Booking the Reading Room
Please call Lilian on 01858 880721. If Lilian is unavailable please call Fiona on 01858 880594.
Rates: £8 per hour rental for villagers and charities; £12 per hour for commercial or external users.
What’s On at the Reading Room?
Save the dates!
28th July Storytime at the Reading Room
We launch our new summertime reading journey for primary age children. The journey starts with David Walliams The Midnight Gang, and continues with a list of themes to provide some ideas for reading exploration during the holidays. Two more meetings will take place to share adventures, and for a final prize giving for those who have reached their goals!
30th September Captain Wilson’s Treasure Hunt
Details to follow…
Winter 2017 Reading at the Reading Room
Continuing the literary theme that began with the children’s storytime we bring something for the grown ups! A local author will present their work at an informal gathering.
21st April 2018 St Georges Day Festivities
Come along to the Reading Room for fish and chips, live music and good company to celebrate the day of our patron saint
The Reading Room
Sibbertoft Reading Room is, in all but name, our “Village Hall”. Together with the church and pub it is a key focal point for events within the village and is an essential part of village life.
Located on Berkely Street, it was given to the village in 1911 by a local benefactor Elizabeth Mansel and subsequently extended in the 1960s so that the original hall is now larger and a kitchen and toilets were added.
The hall is available for hire for one-off events or on a regular basis. It is regularly booked for parties, keep fit classes and meetings amongst other things. In addition, the management committee arrange some events during the year. There is usually an annual quiz night and there have been dinner dances and beer festivals. These are fundraisers but also help to foster a good community spirit. As the hall is over 100 years old it needs constant upkeep so that it continues to be a focal point for many generations to come.
We welcome any ideas for future fundraising events and are happy to support any villagers who may wish to use the Reading Room for a club or society.
Charitable status and management
Sibbertoft Reading Room became a registered charity in 1965 with charity number 304245. The charity is a not for profit organisation, governed by a trust deed and has two trustees. However, the day to day running of the hall and all decisions are taken by a voluntary management committee elected annually at an Annual General Meeting (AGM). All inhabitants of the village who are 18 or over may attend and vote at the AGM. The committee also hold at least two ordinary meetings each year.
Dimensions: The hall is 11m long and 7.8m wide, narrowing to 5m, giving approximately 70sqm (750 sqft) of floor space.
Folding tables are available in 3 sizes:
- Six large tables (180cmx60cm) seating up to 8 people;
- Six medium tables (125cmx60cm) seating up to 6 people;
- Six small tables (90cmx60cm) seating up to 4 people.
Two trolleys store a total of 64 folding chairs with padded seats.
There is a fitted kitchen, equipped with an electric oven with four ring ceramic hob, microwave, fridge freezer, water urn, electric hostess trolley and two electric kettles. There is sufficient crockery for up to 40 or 50 place settings with dinner plates, side plates, bowls, cups and saucers. Cutlery is also provided.
There are two toilets, male and female
The front entrance has large double doors. We have a ramp that can be put down to allow wheelchair access to the hall.
There is a small carpark at the front of the hall that can accommodate several cars. Parking is also available on the road.