Some halls don’t know how they managed before they introduced an on-line booking system. Some packages allow everything, including the production of invoices, to be managed electronically. There was a time when only one type of easily useable software was available – Avalon but now a few others can be purchased and prices are dropping. Hallmaster has an arrangement with ACRE and is certainly worth a look. It also offers a £10 discount to members of NNVHC. Then there is Libris-Crucial. All are worth exploring. Check out whether you can link in invoice management; the quality of email or telephone support and whether would-be hirers can make their booking on the internet.
Photograph: Bedlington Community Centre