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 55 people or be subdivided into two smaller areas using a folding partition.  There is also a small kitchen.  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 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.

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 click here to email Stella Cantor, Booking Secretary, preferred (or telephone 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 Singing for fun;
Tuesday: 10am Tiny Tots Toddlers; 2pm Duplicate Bridge;
Wednesday: 2pm Duplicate Bridge;
Thursday: 2pm Duplicate Bridge; 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.