How much to pay for a group venue?
This depends largely on how many children attend or you are hoping will attend your group. Woodcraft groups pay for their rent out of the weekly subscriptions (subs) paid by the children so you need to make sure that the price reflects what you think you can afford.
As a general rule of thumb, groups normally charge weekly subs of between £1.50 and £2.50.... so if you have 10 kids you wouldn't want to pay more than £25 per session as a maximum... if you have 20 kids you could pay more. Groups normally start small and grow, so you may decide to invest and lose money for the first few months while you recruit more members. If you don't think that you can afford to pay the rent solely from subs you will need to fundraise in other ways to find the difference.
The cost of venues also varies hugely around the country, with some groups paying as little as £100 a term and others paying in excess of £60 per night. Also seek to negotiate rental charges, as many groups receive a discount as a regular booking and others have negotiated reduced rents during the first term whilst they become established.