FAQ

How can I check availability?
For general enquiries please email us at vogelmornbc@gmail.com or call Jeremy on 021 511 415. If you are interested in the kitchen specifically, email vogelmornkitchen@gmail.com.

What are your hire rates?
The rate depends on your event – we take into account the scale, likely impact, whether it’s in ‘prime time’ (weekends), etc.

Do you take a bond for events?
We sometimes take a bond for large events, especially for first-time hirers.

If we are holding an event, will we need to bring our own tea and coffee?

You will need your own tea/coffee/milk/sugar, but we have mugs, cups, saucers, teapots, teaspoons, plus a zip in the kitchen and several kettles.

Do you provide catering?
The Omāroro Kitchen Cafe operates in the kitchen/mezzanine Fridays 8.45-4pm and Saturdays 10.30-4pm, and can provide bespoke catering. You can contact them via their facebook page.

Are there plates and cutlery or would it be best to bring our own?
We have plates, (not many) bowls, cutlery, mugs and assorted glassware and platters, but if you need large numbers or standard sizes, you will need to hire in.

We prefer sustainable i.e. use crockery/glass/metal and washing up rather than using disposable materials. There are two collections of food gear/utensils, one in the kitchen-mezzanine and another in the bar area upstairs. Feel free to fossick for what you need, just be considerate of users in other parts of the building.

Is there a fridge to store our food during the day?
Yes, we have a standard fridge/freezer in the kitchen and another (plus third, small fridge) in the upstairs bar. The kitchen fridge often has cafe supplies in it but if you need more room you’re welcome to part things in the upstairs fridges. NB the large drinks fridge behind the bar is currently inoperative.

Is there an oven or microwave to heat food?
In the kitchen are a microwave and five-burner gas stove +gas oven (please refer to the lighting instructions on the oven door).

What furniture do you have?
We have a half dozen plastic trestle tables, a round wooden dining table, and a few small-to-large assorted tables including a couple of rectangular formica ones.
We have about 40 cloth-covered stackable chairs, 50 padded folding chairs, 8 plastic/padded, along with several couches, armchairs and office chairs. Feel free to re-arrange, just put them away tidily afterwards.

Do you have a sound system or projector?
We have a sound system; we don’t own a projector but check with us as we sometimes have gear on long-term loan. We do have a movable screen to project on.

Is it OK to stick things on the walls with blutak?
We are trying to keep our nice paint jobs nice and stop the shabby paint job getting shabbier, so please whatever you do don’t take the paint off the walls.

Can I hire the VBC for my (massive) party?
The VBC is a great venue for gathering a big crowd –  but we have to be judicious with our bookings. Experience tells us that big, late and raucous aren’t a great mix, neither for the space nor the neighbourhood overall. Have a chat to us about what you have in mind.

Do you have an alcohol licence or are you BYO?
We currently don’t have a licence so by default are BYO. People hiring the space for events sometimes get a one-off special licence.

What’s the curfew at VBC?
Like the Hall, the noise cutoff is midnight. We’re in the middle of a residential area in one of Wellington’s quietest suburbs – and we like it that way.

Who owns the green in front of the VBC?
The green was long leased from Wellington City Council for exclusive use as a bowling green. Bowling and the lease have ended, and the green is a public space now continuously available for public use via the three unlocked gates.

I want to hold an event on the green. Can I book it?
If you book the Hall and/or Bowling Club then, like any member of the public, you can access the green. If you want to hold a large event, talk to us and we can let the Brooklyn Community Association (who take bookings for the Hall) know so any of their hirers are aware, and vice-versa for Hall bookers. The WCC will also need to know about a sizeable event. Regardless of your booking, the public can still access the green.

Can I play bowls at the VBC?
Unfortunately things have slipped a bit since the heyday of bowling. There’s a fantastic lawn out front, if not championship-level. You’re welcome to have a go with one of our sets though.

What other bowling clubs are for hire – and can I play real bowls there?
If you want real bowling, try the Newtown Workingmens Bowling Club on Owen Street, or Victoria in Mount Vic, Wilton, Island Bay, Naenae  . There is also the charming Hataitai club whose green is on a par with ours.

Is there any bowling or other play equipment I can use?
We have some sets of bowls, as well as a really nice croquet set which you can have a go with. Frisbees and soft balls are a good bet.

Who runs/how can I book the Vogelmorn Hall?
It’s administered by the Brooklyn Community Association under contract from its owners the WCC.

Who owns the Vogelmorn Bowling Club (VBC)?
The generosity of certain old bowlers, in particular life member Tony Ford, led to the ownership of VBC transferring to the Vogelmorn Community Group Charitable Trust (VCG) in 2016 for community use, via the formal assistance of the Vogelmorn Foundation.

Who are the Vogelmorn Community Group (VCG)?
We are a
group of highly motivated local idealists who came together in 2013 around the opportunity presented when the Bowling Club was transitioning into a new life. We formed a Charitable Trust in early 2015.

Who runs the VBC?
Volunteers all the way, whether VCG members or friendly associates. You could join us!

Who funds you?
We rely on an ocean of volunteer time, skills, donated materials and community goodwill. We keep our overheads low and they’re covered by hirage of the space for rehearsals, workshops and events. We’ve also had grants from Rotary and the Nikau Foundation towards our kitchen upgrade.

Do you need help?

For sure! we could use your time, skills, materials you may have access to; even a donation. Drop us a line.

What will happen to the green? Infill housing? Casino?
Nope. The Wellington City Council has committed to retaining the green, along with the once-threatened adjacent Vogelmorn Hall.

What’s the Vogelmorn Precinct?

This is the informal name given to the area encompassing the Tennis Club, Hall, Green and Bowling Club. A first round of WCC-supported consultative design carried out by Co-op Cooperative has been succeeded by a second, also WCC-backed phase which will hone the design, still in collaboration with the community. Get in touch and get involved!

 

Is it true there’s asbestos in the VBC?
Oh yes! on the roof and exterior walls. Being an inert substance, it’s not going anywhere fast. We’ve had samples sent off for testing to confirm that all users and neighbours are safe, and it’s on our long-term plan to replace this though as we move through  our building improvements.

What happened with the asbestos when you replaced the south kitchen wall?
The wonderful Tracey Reihana of Unlimited Environmental Solutions – ‘the azzie pros’ – brought his team to safely remove and dipose of the asbestos. Major Consulting Group gave the remaining wall the all clear – feel free to read their report. We briefly stored some Harditech on a trailer before taking it to the tip. This was asbestos-free: on the Mornington Road breathe easy, stranger.