Opportunities

Charity Secretary (Trustee)

Are you interested in becoming a Secretary of an extraordinary arts and heritage venue, created within a truly iconic and historically significant former hospital chapel?

This is an exciting opportunity to be the Secretary of The Horton Arts Centre’s Board of Trustees.

Join us in shaping our mission to: 

“Enrich the community and bring people together, through creativity and innovative use of both our indoor and outdoor spaces.”

Key Responsibilities:

Read about what a trustee does.

The Secretary shares the same governance responsibilities as other board members (“trustees”)

  • Helping the charity fulfil its charitable objectives, comply with its legal obligations, and maintain good governance.

as well as:

  • Ensuring that board meetings run smoothly by liaising with the chair on the agenda and circulating board papers in advance of board meetings.
  • Taking the minutes of board meetings, recording actions and key decisions.
  • Acting as the charity contact for the Charity Commission.

Download the full role description to find out more about this rewarding volunteer position and how to apply.

“Enriching the community and bring people together, through creativity and innovative use of both our indoor and outdoor spaces.”

Chef/ Café Supervisor

Reporting to: Hospitality Manager

Location: The Horton Arts Centre, Epsom

Hours:  Full time Tuesday to Saturday (40 hours per week) This role would generally be Tuesday to Saturday day shifts with occasional evening required. 
Part-time considered  (Minimum 24 hours)      

Salary: £25,000 (full time)

Benefits

  • Pro-rata holiday pay
  • Staff discount in café
  • Free parking
  • Feel-good factor working for a local charity 🙂
  • Family & friends offers on selected tickets

The Horton Arts Centre is a growing not-for-profit venue for creative arts, heritage and events, in a renovated former chapel. It is run by a charity.

The Horton’s Café-Bar offers fresh and excellent quality food and drink. It is a social hub that also provides hospitality for our events and private hires that take place at the venue. We have been awarded the maximum award of 5 for Food Hygiene and Safety.

The Horton is currently open to the public 5 days per week 9.15-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, plus specific evenings for performances and events.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Cook/Café Supervisor to join our friendly team and play a leading role in the next phase of our inspiring social enterprise. This is a great opportunity to develop personally and professionally in a forward-thinking, ambitious organisation. 

As Cook / Café Supervisor, you will take the lead on our preparing our food offering, develop a seasonal menu in partnership with the leadership team and support the Hospitality Manager with the day to day running of our café-bar.  

What we are looking for 

Our ideal candidate will:  

  • have professional experience as a Cook, with training in Food Hygiene and, ideally, a qualification in Professional Cookery 
  • have front-of-house experience in a café, bar or other venue 
  • have experience in supervising other members of a team
  • be a good communicator, who makes quick, effective decisions 
  • welcome new ideas, leading with positive behaviour and a can-do approach 
  • sets a great example to others as a hands-on team player 
  • enjoys helping to maintain a healthy work environment, supporting and motivating staff 

Job description  

Principal duties – Cook 

To be responsible for the food preparation and service from the Café at The Horton. This includes: 

  • preparing food to a high standard of taste and presentation. 
  • preparing food in accordance with food safety, hygiene and allergens best practice. 
  • ensuring food waste is kept to a minimum. 
  • ensuring the kitchen and storage areas are clean and hygienic at all times . 
  • delegating food preparation tasks to other members of the café team. 
  • taking responsibility for the preparation of food for private events ensuring that these are catered for to the highest possible standard.  
  • supporting the Hospitality Manager with food ordering, stock management and implementation of health and safety policies and procedures. 
  • establishing good working relationships with local suppliers. 
  • working with the Hospitality Manager to develop the café and private event hospitality menus. 

Principal duties – Café Supervisor 

To be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Café-Bar at The Horton when the Hospitality Manager is not on site. This includes: 

  • Being a hands-on member of the team, both front and back of house. 
  • Maintaining consistently high standards of presentation of the Café-Bar. 
  • Customer service including till operation. 
  • Supervising the café/bar team, and directing their activities as required. 
  • Providing excellent customer service, including addressing any customer feedback. 
  • Opening and closing duties, including daily cleaning schedules, cashing out, locking up etc. 
  • Ensuring that the café team follow procedures for reducing energy consumption and correct recycling and disposal of waste.  

Principal duties  – other  

  • Taking part in the Duty Management rota for The Horton, responding to emergencies, incidents and customer complaints as required.  
  • Exercising discretion and respect the need for confidentiality at all times.  
  • Maintaining The Horton’s high standards and reputation at all times.  
  • Promoting The Horton’s values of inclusion and welcoming diversity in all aspects of your work. 
  • Undertaking such other duties as may reasonably be required. 

If a DBS clearance is not currently held, then you may be required to undertake a DBS check.  

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.  

To apply, please email your CV to [email protected] and state whether you would prefer full time (40 hours) or part-time only or drop your CV and cover letter at The Horton’s Welcome Desk.

Closing date: 19 May 2024 

Interviews may be held prior to the closing date for early applicants.  

We are not able to accept any applications directly through Facebook or Messenger

Casual Café-Bar Worker (Part-time)

Reporting to: Hospitality Manager

Location: The Horton Arts Centre, Epsom

Hours:  Varied depending what’s on.            

Salary: Living Wage

The Horton Arts Centre is a growing not-for-profit venue for creative arts, heritage and events, in a renovated former chapel. It is run by a charity.

The Horton’s Café-Bar offers fresh and excellent quality food and drink. It is a social hub that also provides hospitality for our events and private hires that take place at the venue. We have been awarded the maximum award of 5 for Food Hygiene and Safety.

The Horton is currently open to the public 5 days per week 9.15-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, plus specific evenings for performances and events.

We are looking for a friendly casual bar worker to join our team. Must be over 18 years with bar experience.

Job description

Principal duties – operational

  • Delivering a high quality and professional café-bar service for all customers.
  • Operating till and cash handling.
  • Complying with all relevant legislation and policies in relation to food hygiene, COSHH, health and safety and licensing.
  • Following procedures for reducing energy consumption and correct recycling and disposal of waste.
  • Being polite and confident in dealing with customers.
  • Able to manage busy shifts.
  • Undertaking such other duties as may reasonably be required.
  • Exercising discretion and respect the need for confidentiality at all times.
  • Maintaining The Horton’s high standards and reputation at all times.

Benefits

  • Staff discount in café
  • Free parking
  • Feel-good factor working for a local charity 🙂
  • Family & friends offers on selected tickets

To apply, please complete this application form and send it to [email protected] or drop it at The Horton’s Welcome Desk. We will not accept applications without a completed application form. 

Next Makers’ Market – Saturday 24th August 2024

Calling all artists and makers!

Our next curated arts and craft market will be on Saturday 24th August 2024

You may be a seasoned Etsy seller or have just started experimenting with making your own items and want to give it a go. We’re especially looking for artists and those with a specific craft who design and make their own original items.

To make an application, please download and complete the form below.

Please note that this is a curated makers market, meaning that sellers will be selected to offer a diverse selection of original items, not based on first-come first-served.

Sellers will pay a fee of:
£36 (inc VAT) for a pitch in our performance space
£50 (inc VAT) for a pitch in our atrium

The Horton has free wi-fi, free parking, licensed café-bar and fully accessible set-up. The event will be promoted on our website, social media channels and through regional PR partners. Sellers can also collect promotional leaflets from The Horton to distribute, free of charge.

For more details, please download the application form below and email to [email protected] 

Application Form – August Makers’ Market 2024

If you would like to be added to the Maker’s Market mailing list to be notified about future opportunities to sell, please email [email protected]

The Winter Makers’ Market will be:  Saturday 14th December 2024. Application information will be posted here in September.

Freelance Technicians, The Horton

£15 per hour;
Min four-hour call 

Join our pool of freelancers to run sound and lighting for live music, theatre and dance performances, talks and events.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Programme and operate our Jands Stage CL Compact Lighting Console lighting desk
  • Operate our Yamaha QL1 sound desk with four radio mics 
  • Working solo in both lighting and sound.
  • Working alongside a range of artists
  • Maintaining the condition of the lighting and sound equipment and ensuring safe storage when not in use
  • Assisting on the delivery of projects as required/when available
  • Performing maintenance on all sound and lighting equipment and/or reporting faults and damage when needed
  • Developing and maintaining professional relationships with colleagues and artist of The Horton and any suppliers we use
  • Help to identify and undertake any training deemed necessary by The Horton and applying it in the workplace
  • To comply with all policies The Horton share with you in relation to Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety and Evacuation.

Person Specification

Essential:
  • Ability to work and collaborate with visiting artists
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Previous experience with rigging a small digital lighting & digital sound set-up, fitting up from flight case to operation
  • Previous experience using radio mics – fitting and operating
  • Excellent punctuality and organisational skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • An understanding of stagecraft and theatre traditions
Desirable:
  • Video/projection experience would be beneficial too but not a requirement for the post
  • Industry certification in Working at Height, Health & Safety and/or Electrical standards. 

Please send your CV and a covering email to [email protected]

 

Volunteering with The Horton

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, have fun and know that your contribution is of real value to the community.

As an independent charity, The Horton relies on volunteer support to make great things happen. Our volunteers can choose the hours that suit their lifestyle and interests.

Roles include: visitor assistant, event steward, hospitality assistant, arts workshop support, box office, small D.I.Y jobs and will soon be expanding to add gardening.

To express your interest, please complete the below application form. We will get back to you as soon as we can. It is a very busy time at The Horton and most staff are part time so this may not be straight away.

All volunteers are expected to carry out tasks in the spirit of The Horton’s values of tolerance, welcoming diversity and including everyone. Read about our Vision & Values to find out more.

THANK YOU

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a ‘front-of house’  team, where your time and skills will be highly valued.

We are looking for a number of Box Office Assistants to provide a friendly and helpful welcome on behalf of The Horton, selling tickets and supporting administration of the venue.

You would need to be able to commit to at least one regular half-day every week.  Ad hoc evening sessions,  before performances and during the interval, would be shared between all box office volunteers to suit their availability and interests.

Role Description

  • To act as the reception for the venue, ensuring the Box Office provides a professional and welcoming service for all visitors including artists, hirers and public.
  • To answer the telephone and act as first point of contact for general enquiries.
  • To deal with any customer service issues that may occur, either in person, on the phone or via email, in a professional manner, handing over to staff members as required.
  • To ensure a thorough knowledge of upcoming events at The Horton and the building’s heritage, to enable the Box Office to give the best possible customer service.
  • To operate the computerised box office system and online sales technology. (Training will be given.)
  • To ensure the ticketing systems records are maintained and accurate.
  • To support the administration of the venue, ensuring information is up-to-date and well organised.
  • To be responsible for cash and card transactions made by the Box Office.
  • Liaise with staff members and other Box Office volunteers to ensure essential information is passed on and good communication is maintained at all times.
  • To keep a log of any visitor access requirements including disabled visitors to the mezzanine who would require support to evacuate the building in an emergency.
  • Ensure leaflet displays and merchandise areas are tidy and well-stocked.
  • To keep up-to-date on current Box Office practices and attend any appropriate training sessions related to your role.
  • Carry out all tasks in the spirit of The Horton’s values of tolerance, welcoming diversity and including everyone.

Personal Qualities and Experience

  • A friendly and approachable personality with good communication and telephone skills.
  • Passionate about good customer service.
  • Must be confident in working independently and under pressure (e.g. managing a queue of people)
  • Good computer skills.
  • Previous experience of cash handling /financial procedures.
  • Enthusiasm for the creative arts, live performance and culture in general.
  • Confidence in promoting events and activities to visitors.
  • Previous work or volunteering dealing directly with members of the public.

As a role with some responsibility for finance, you may be required to complete a Criminal Records (DBS) check.

To apply
Please send a brief CV and cover letter to [email protected] setting out why you are interested in this volunteer position and what qualities you feel you could bring to the role.
Please also state if there are specific days of the week that you would be available or whether this is flexible.

Please note – this application process is for Box Office Volunteers only. 

Charity Trustee

We are always eager to connect with individuals from our local area may be interested in joining our board of trustees. Whether you have prior trustee experience or not, we welcome applications from anyone who is enthusiastic and passionate about Epsom, the arts, and heritage.

Being a trustee involves providing strategic guidance and support to the charitable organisation, ensuring that we fulfil our mission and objectives. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of Epsom’s arts and heritage scene, making a lasting impact on the community.

While experience in this field is not necessary, a genuine interest and care for Epsom’s cultural heritage is essential. As a trustee, your main responsibilities will include attending board meetings, participating in discussions, and helping shape the direction of our organisation. Your unique insights, perspectives, and ideas will be highly valued.

We believe that diversity is key to the success of our board, and we strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply. By bringing together people with diverse experiences, skills, and perspectives, we can create a more inclusive and vibrant arts and heritage community in Epsom.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee and making a meaningful contribution to our organisation, please get in touch with us. We would be delighted to speak with you and provide more details about becoming a trustee, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Now that the main building renovation project transforming The Horton is complete, we are looking for new trustees to support our growth and development as we enter a new phase.

Join us in preserving and promoting Epsom’s rich cultural heritage. Together, we can make a difference.

To express an interest in this role, please send your CV and cover letter (maximum two sides of A4) or a two minute video if you prefer, outlining why you’re interested in joining The Horton Board of Trustees, and what skills, expertise and personal qualities you would bring, to:  [email protected]

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