Raunds Methodist Church received a very helpful letter from East Northamptonshire Council today.
It explains the new mandatory conditions set by the Government on 6th April 2010 put on our premises license:
"They put a duty on those who manage licensed premises and clubs to prohibit irresponsible promotions and the dispensing of alcohol directly into the mouth of another; they also require those who manage licensed premises and clubs to provide free tap water to customers on request"
I am reasonably confident that our complete ban of all alcohol on Methodist premises means we can comply fairly easily. I wonder if the free coffee and tea we usually offer count for anything.
I did ring the council, it seems their computer system does not distinguish between entertainment and alcohol licenses so everyone got the letter.
Seems a fairly typical assumption that entertainment always requires alcohol. What a crazy world.