Reading Room – our village hall

Buckland Reading Room

View of 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 during the Covid crisis – 10th September 2020

“The Reading Room was closed during lockdown but has now re-opened with a number of restrictions in place.  Perhaps the most important to know if considering a hire is that the number of people who can meet together is very limited.  We have measures in place to allow the safe use of the space.”

If you are interested in hiring the Reading Room, please email Reading Room Bookings (preferred), or telephone 01737 843335._____Stella Cantor, Reading Room Bookings Secretary.

What are the Facilities

The Reading Room comprises one large hall, which (prior to the current crisis) could accommodate up to 55 people or be subdivided into two smaller areas using a folding partition and a small kitchen (not currently available).  The building had a major refurbishment in 2015 and re-decorated in 2018 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.

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