Hours: 16 hours per week including occasional Saturday / early evening
Salary: £10.42 per hour with paid holiday (pro-rata)
Reporting to: Venue manager
Closing date: 11 June 2023
Start date: As soon as possible
This is a great opportunity to play an important role in maintaining a beautiful listed building for the benefit of the community and supporting day to day operations, following the retirement of our current Maintenance Coordinator.
The Horton is a relatively new venue for creative arts, heritage and events, in a renovated former chapel. It is run by a charity set up by people in Epsom determined to see the listed building saved from dereliction and brought back to life for the whole community
The Maintenance Coordinator will play an essential role in the smooth running of The Horton’s operations on a day-to day basis. The role has responsibility for the on-going maintenance of a listed heritage building, grounds and equipment to a high standard.
As a keyholder-responder, the person holding this role is required to live a maximum of 20 minutes’ journey away from The Horton.
The Maintenance Coordinator communicates with a range of people including the public, contractors, artists, performers and other staff. They may sometimes supervise volunteers.
The role will require a flexible approach to ensure that tasks can be completed to suit the demands of the scheduled events and activities . This is an interesting role where each day will be slightly different.
Conduct safety checks including fire alarm, water and emergency lighting.
Inspect and report all defects and damage.
Carry out simple maintenance tasks such as cleaning filters and replacing light bulbs.
Maintain an up-to-date log of maintenance tasks.
Arrange PAT testing of equipment.
Undertake minor repairs to fixtures and fittings using manual and power tools.
Ensure there is an adequate supply of hygiene consumables, e.g. toilet roll, paper towels, cleaning products.
Order and take delivery of materials and supplies.
Monitor performance of cleaning contractor and make sure all areas are kept clean at other times.
Arrange timely visits from specialist maintenance contractors.
Get quotes from suppliers and for specialist contractor to achieve best value for the charity.
Supporting Hospitality Manager with maintenance of kitchen equipment.
Maintain cleanliness and general tidiness of external areas.
Empty litter bins.
Manage recycling for The Horton.
Clean and clear all drains and gullies to ensure effective and healthy operation.
Inspect fences, gates, walls, steps, lights, etc. Report/repair defects as appropriate.
Keep entrance to The Horton clean and clear of obstructions.
Undertake simple gardening tasks – weeding, hedge trimming etc.
Carry out security procedures.
Act as one of several keyholders responding to an emergency call-out.
Open and close the premises on a rota, as required.
Ensure hirers follow procedures and take action where there is a failure to do so.
Set up chairs, tables and equipment for activities and putting them away.
Set up staging blocks and equipment for performances, if required.
Set up display boards for exhibitions.
Support the technician in setting up sound and lighting equipment (with training).
Have due regard to current Health & Safety and Lifting & Handling regulations.
Making suggestions to improve the visitor experience where appropriate.
Upholding The Horton’s values of tolerance, including everyone, and welcoming diversity.
Work with The Horton team to ensure an excellent experience for all visitors.
Attend personal development and training, as required.
Undertake any other duties as reasonably required.
Essential knowledge, skills and experience
- Basic maintenance of buildings and associated systems.
- General cleaning and security duties.
- DIY and practical skills.
- Experience of checking the work of others.
Good organisational, planning and scheduling skills.
- Problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently on tasks.
Experience working cooperatively with internal teams and external partners.
- Ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage time to work on multiple tasks.
- A positive, ‘can do’ personality.
- Able to use email and basic computer systems to create and save simple documents.
Nice to have
- Qualification in a trade – electrical, plumbing etc.
- Experience in a similar maintenance or facilities role.
- Enthusiasm for creative arts and heritage.
- First aider
- Experience of volunteering or working with volunteers
You will be required to have a DBS (Criminal Record) check for this role.
Please send your full CV and cover letter to [email protected] setting out why you have applied for this job and how you meet the requirements of the role.
Please refer to the job description and person specification.
Closing date: 11th June 2023
Start date: As soon as possible
We are recruiting a graduate for a paid 12-week internship, 3 days per week, starting in June 2023.
The Horton, Epsom is a new venue for creative arts, heritage and events, in a renovated former chapel. We opened just over a year ago and have welcomed more than 20,000 visitors so far.
As a new and expanding social enterprise, The Horton offers a great opportunity for someone keen to kick-start their career in the creative cultural sector. You will learn a wide variety of professional skills working as part of a small, dedicated team.
The Horton is run by a registered charity working to offer high-quality creative and cultural opportunities to the general public and promote the heritage of the site. We are committed to being an inclusive venue and to promoting diversity.
We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic person with a good standard of written English.
(Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a writing test.) Applicants will be keen to develop new skills and open to learning from feedback.
Days can be flexible but will include some Saturdays. (We understand that as this is a part-time post you may have other work.)
You will be paid the UK Living Wage (up to £10.42 per hour with paid holiday).
Download the full Job Description for details of how to apply.
Closing date: Monday 5 June 2023
Trainee Hospitality Supervisor at The Horton, Epsom
Reporting to: Hospitality Manager
Location: The Horton Arts Centre, Epsom
Hours: 20-30 per week including regular evenings for events.
Potential for increased hours working on private events, for the right candidate.
Pay: Annualised Hours Contract – up to £10.50 per hour with holiday pay.
Benefits: training opportunities, employee wellbeing support programme, discounted food and drink, free parking.
Start date: May/June TBC
This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious person keen to progress in a hospitality and events career.
You’ll be working with a great team at Epsom’s creative and cultural venue The Horton, being trained in a wide range of skills to offer supervisor support for the café-bar, events and private hires.
The Horton is a registered charity with big plans for growth. We host creative workshops, live performances, exhibitions and wellbeing activities.
All profits from our hospitality operations help to run the venue sustainably.
As Trainee Hospitality Supervisor, you will have a flexible approach to work in a fast-paced environment. Hours are not fixed as The Horton has different events on each week at varying times.
This role is ideal for someone leaving college or university, looking to gain experience in all areas with a view to future hospitality management role.
As well as enhanced practical service skills, you will have the opportunity learn more about food preparation and menu development, costing events packages, rota planning and budgeting, with the chance to contribute new ideas.
The Horton embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Find out more about our culture.
If you are interested, please read through the Job Information Pack and get in touch with your CV and covering email explaining what attracts you to this role.
Download the Job Information Pack
We will be accepting applications until 28 May but will be interviewing on a rolling basis and reserve the right to offer the role before this date.
Charity Treasurer (Trustee)
We are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable Treasurer to help support the growth and development of The Horton Arts Centre as we enter a new phase.
The Horton is a new, award-winning venue in Epsom, that opened in 2022. Having completed a complex £3m restoration of the former chapel, we are now moving forward with our plans to make The Horton a renowned cultural centre, championing the creative arts and our important history of mental health care.
The Treasurer will join our friendly board of trustees (Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society), and will oversee the financial affairs of the organisation to ensure we are sustainable and operating within legal, constitutional and accepted accounting practice. The Treasurer will help to ensure that proper records are kept and effective financial procedures are in place that support the organisational structure, which includes a trading subsdiary, The Horton Epsom Ltd. They will monitor and oversee reporting on the financial health of the organisation, liaising with our accountants and staff on production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
The Horton embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a board of trustees that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Find out more about our culture.
- Liaise with staff, trustees and volunteers to ensure continuing financial viability of the organisation
- Take the lead in interpreting financial data for fellow trustees and making them aware of financial obligations
- Regularly report financial position in Board meetings for both the Charity and the trading subsidiary
- Oversee the production of the annual budget and propose its adoption to both the Charity and the trading subsidiary
- Oversee the VAT returns and liaise with finance-related suppliers where necessary..
- Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls remain in place i.e.
- Signatories on the bank
- Purchasing limits
- Purchasing systems
- Petty cash/float
- Salary payments
- PAYE & NI payments
- Appraising financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies
- Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors
- Help to oversee and support the Finance Coordinator.
Qualified either with ACCA or CIMA would be desirable. Experience as a senior financial manager is essential.
Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management best practice with good financial analysis and strategic skills.
The ability to communicate clearly.
Knowledge and experience of current fundraising practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations would be desirable.
Good IT skills, including working knowledge of bookkeeping software Xero.
Support the vision and values of the Charity and our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.
Trustees typically spend a few hours each week on Charity matters – each with their own specialist area. Trustees are unpaid.
The Board of trustees meets around 10 times per year (usually early evening weekdays) and also occasionally for strategic planning sessions. Trustees are also in regular contact by email.
To express an interest in this role, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]
Freelance Technicians, The Horton
£15 per hour;
Min four-hour call
As we begin planning for performances and events at The Horton, we are seeking technicians to form our pool of freelancers to fit up and run sound and lighting for live music, theatre and dance performances, talks and events.
Events requiring technical support start in April 2022 and are one-night events paid on an hourly basis. Shifts will be ad hoc, with increasing opportunities as The Horton builds up to a regular programme of events in 2022.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new growing arts centre in Surrey. Please read our technical specification for details of the equipment we currently own.
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.
- 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
- Video/projection experience would be beneficial too but not a requirement for the post
- Experience mentoring future theatre professionals
- IT and networking skills
- Industry certification in Working at Height, Health & Safety and/or Electrical standards.
Please send your CV and a covering email to [email protected]
The first opportunity will be late April 2022 with a training and induction session prior to this.
There is no closing date as we will continue to recruit until the pool is sufficient for our programme.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Makers Market – Saturday 27 May 2023
Calling all artists and makers!
Following the success of our festival marketplace, and Makers Market in February we are delighted to be hosting another curated arts and craft marketplace on Saturday 27th May.
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 that design and make their own original items.
To express an interest, please download and complete the form below. Please note that this is a curated art and craft marketplace, 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
(£30 +VAT) £36.00 for a table in our performance space
(£34 +VAT) £40.80 for a table in our atrium
The Horton has free wi-fi, free parking and fully accessible set-up. The event will be promoted on our website, social media channels and through regional PR partners.
Seeking Wedding and Catering Preferred Suppliers
From 2023 The Horton will be opening bookings for wedding receptions and larger-scale catered events.
We are seeking expressions of interest from experienced suppliers who would like to be considered for our approved list of suppliers for:
Flowers, décor and styling
Photography and videography
Full wedding and event management service
If you have not visited the venue, you are encouraged to do so during public opening hours Wednesday- Saturday 9.15am-4.30pm.
The Horton can accommodate up to 250 guests for seated dining across two rooms, depending on table configuration.
When the Performance Space is used as a dance floor, The Atrium alone would accommodate up to 150 guests, depending on table configuration.
Caterers would need to be able to prep off-site and bring in a portable kitchen as The Horton’s own kitchen is not adequate for large-scale catering and refrigerated storage is for in-house café use. There is a hard-standing area outside the kitchen with power and water supply.
The Horton’s Premises License allows up to 12 dates per year for weddings. It is not currently licensed to carry out marriage ceremonies.
To express your interest, please email [email protected]
If you have hard copy brochures of your what you offer, please post to: Hospitality Team, The Horton Arts Centre, Haven Way, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8NP
Due to an extremely high number of expressions of interest, we are temporarily closing this opportunity until the team have had time to review those submitted.