Your local Environmental Health Officer (contactable through your District Council) will be able to give you precise advice relating to your own area, and its regulations: click here to go to the page with the list of district councils
One Local Authority - Renfrewshire Council - has produced a guide for Churches and Clubs: click here to go to the relevant part of their website
Catering for special events
You may be planning a special event where you intend to provide food that has been prepared at home for friends and family or for a group meeting or wedding? If so as the person preparing or handling the food, it is your responsibility to make sure your food does not make the guests ill. Food poisoning is a miserable and potentially dangerous experience.
For advice on how to make sure that the food you prepare remains safe please see the link below http://www.eden.gov.uk/health/food-safety/food-hygiene-and-safety-guidance/catering-from-home-safely/
Here are some documents which have been produced by one Church (St Cuthbert's, Carlisle) which might be another place to start. There are four documents: two covering letters, a 'policy' relating to those just making tea/coffee and biscuits, and a 'policy' relating to those making more elaborate meals on the premises or at home.
NB if you hire your Hall out, you should tell hirers that they must take the same care (it may be sensible of they are given and use your 'policies'.)
You should probably display a short notice in the Hall kitchen summarising the most important points.
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