Reading Room – our village hall
Buckland Reading Room
Buckland Reading Room is a community facility, provided for the people of Buckland and surrounding areas.
The Reading Room is leased from Buckland Estates by St Mary’s Church Parochial Church Council, and is managed on its behalf by the Reading Room Management Committee.
The Reading Room is in Old Road, a short distance from the village shop. For anyone using satellite navigation please enter RH3 7DY.
Availability for hire – September 2021
Like everything else, activities in the Reading Room were affected by the pandemic and lockdown but the hall is now open although we are retaining some of the precautions for Covid for the safety of all our users.
The rate for hiring is a minimum of £40 for up to 3 hours, and then £10 an hour and, depending on the circumstances, we may need to make a small additional charge for extra cleaning. If you are interested in making a regular booking a lower rate may be offered.
To hire the Reading Room, please email Reading Room Bookings (preferred), or telephone 01737 843335 to contact Stella Cantor, Reading Room Bookings Secretary.
What are the Facilities
The Reading Room comprises one large hall, which can accommodate up to an advisory limit of 55 people. There is a small kitchen but crockery and cutlery are not currently provided due to the cleaning problem associated with Covid.
The building had a major refurbishment in 2015, was most recently re-decorated in 2018 and is equipped with efficient heating and other fittings to provide a very pleasant venue for small gatherings. Please visit the Reading Room Gallery to view photographs of the interior. and consider hiring it for your next family party or event.
The Reading Room does not have a car park and on street parking in the village is limited. Visitors are asked to park with consideration for local residents and businesses, to ensure access to driveways to private homes is not obstructed and not to park on footpaths or bridleways.
Why is the village hall called the Reading Room?
There is a rather quaint reason for this, dating back to when it was built and opened in 1890. At that time, newspapers, books and magazines were not generally available to ordinary working people. The Reading Room provided a quiet place locals could visit to read the publications made available to them.