Sumac provides a space for others to put on events in keeping with the Sumac ethos.

To check the availability of the Centre see the diary at

If the date is available send your request using the Contact Form or email

Events proposed for a bar night (Friday or Saturday), or requiring a bar at other times should be discussed with the Bar Group at their weekly meeting.

Check list for hirers reference – print and complete

[ ] Details to note in your email request:

  • Title of Event and contact details, eg name, phone no and/or email address.
  • Indicate times or at least ‘morning, afternoon or evening’.
  • Indicate if bar is requested and IF late opening (ie until 12) is requested.
  • Indicate if it is intended to provide food, which must be vegan at events open to the public, (or vegetarian for private bookings).
  • Indicate if event requires PA, Disco Equipment or Projector.
  • There should not be a live amplified music event more often than once a fortnight.


[ ] Send these details, and any additional background information, by plain text email to, (or as a written note) for circulation to the admin group, otherwise there may be no-one to open up for the event

[ ] If event is proposed for Friday or Saturday, or if bar is required at other times, send details to Bar Group at their weekly Tuesday Evening meeting. The bar group must agree before bookings on bar nights can be confirmed.

[ ] Check access to kitchen if required.

When the booking is confirmed

[ ] Design, print and circulate posters and fliers, including for display at Sumac!

[ ] Submit any additional details for display on the Sumac website diary by email to A jpg image may be attached for website if appropriate (or a link included for an existing image elsewhere).



Agreed at Sumac meeting 7th December 2009

The Sumac Centre exists to promote, support and provide resources for, radical social change and it aims to make the centre accessible to all regardless of culture, sex, race, sexuality, or other aspects of individual identity.

The Sumac Centre provides space for groups & organisations to meet, hold gatherings or events provided both the ethos of the group/organisation and the purpose of the meeting/event/gathering does not conflict with the Sumac Centre’s secondary rules and ethical policies.

The Sumac Centre asks for donations to cover costs of opening the centre for groups but acknowledges that some groups have no or little funds whilst other are funded in some way and will be able to make contributions towards these costs.

Suggested contribution per (roughly) 3 hour session (morning, afternoon, evening)

  • £10 base rate for voluntary unfunded organisations
  • £20 rate for partly funded organisations / like minded groups
  • £40 rate for fully funded organisations


No political parties or organised religions are permitted to hold events or to promote themselves at the centre.

A note confirming the amount of the contribution should been sent to the group/organisation, or a note made of the group/organisation, the amount of the donation and date of the room hire.

Payment should be made payable to “The Sumac Centre”. Any cheques or cash collected for room hire should be given to the Treasurer together with invoice reference or a note setting out the name of the group/organisation and the date of the room hire.

The monthly admin meeting of the Sumac Centre may consider room hire at less than these rates for Rainbow Centre Ltd member groups where these are small groups and the cost of room hire can only be raised by way of individual donations given at the meeting by members of the group.

Please print off this printable version and work through the checklist.

There is PDF with further information, including rules and procedures, secondary rules, Forest Fields Social club rules, room booking procedure and a bit about mail boxes.