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.

What are the Facilities

The Reading Room comprises one large hall, which can accommodate up to 60 people or be subdivided into two smaller areas using a folding partition.  There is also a small kitchen.  The building was refurbished in 2015 to provide a very pleasant venue for small gatherings.  Please visit the 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.  Visitors are requested to park with consideration for local residents and businesses, to respect any notices that reserve space for customers or residents and not to obstruct any footpaths, driveway entrances or private roads.

Hiring the Reading Room

If you are interested in hiring the Reading Room, on either a regular basis or for a one-off event, please email Stella Cantor, Booking Secretary (preferred) or call 01737 843335.

The rate for hiring is a minimum of £30 for up to 3 hours, and thereafter at £10 per hour.  Please contact Stella if you are interested in a regular booking as a lower rate might apply.  Click here to read the basic conditions of hire.

Activities at the Reading Room

Many community groups use the Reading Room on a regular basis, mostly on weekdays, both during the day and in the evenings that currently include the following groups:

Monday:1pm Art Group; 4.15pm Rainbows; 5.30pm Brownies; 1st/3rd Monday 10am U3A singing;
Tuesday: 10am Tiny Tots; 2pm Tuesday Bridge Club; 6:30 to 9:30pm Yoga;
Wednesday: 10am Bridge Class;
Thursday: 2pm Thursday Bridge Club; 7pm Yoga;
2nd Saturday: 1.30pm Sugar Guild.

Please refer to the back cover of the Buckland Parish Magazine for contact details for these activities – a parish magazine can be collected (in return for a donation) from St Mary the Virgin Church, Buckland.

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.