We are hoping to reopen the Reading Room for community events as soon as restrictions permit, when we look forward once again to be able to host yoga, coffee mornings, parties and quizzes. Until then, we are pleased to be able to offer some online activities, details below.
If you would like more details please contact Kath 07740 064655, Matty 07568 133827, Anna 07980 742824 or Karen 07749 515448
As always if you have any ideas for activities you would like to see at the Reading Room in the coming year, or would like to get involved in any way, we’d love to hear from you.
Village Quilting Project
People around the village are busy crafting 8” x 6” fabric illustrations of life in Sibbertoft in 20/21. The finished quilt will eventually go on permanent display in the Reading Room. Contributions are welcome, completion by 22nd March 2021. For more information and support please contact either Clare Garner, Claire Jones or Jo Elliott (all are on the village WhatsApp group but please call us if you need another means of contacting them).
We invite pre-school/early years/KS1 children to join us for a weekly village Zoom get together on Wednesdays at 10am. Each week an activity pack will be distributed to participants beforehand and we’ll have an hour or so of stories, games, songs, crafting fun and a chance for the little ones of the village to see their friends. If you’re interested in joining or helping to run sessions, please get in contact with Kath Allen (details below).
World Poetry Day – Sunday 21st March
We welcome any interested villagers in joining us to celebrate World Poetry Day. We plan to have a live zoom session with a poetry recital. If anybody would like to submit their own poems for reading or would like to share their favourite poem please get in touch.
A Spring-themed general knowledge crossword is available and can be delivered to your door for £1. The winning entry (all correct entries in a draw) will receive a hamper of spring goodies tailored to their tastes. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 31st March.
We are very pleased to announce that the planned works to improve the Reading Room are going ahead. We have completed the first phase of works, including rewiring, installation of new heating and lighting, double glazing and new flooring as well as adapting the facilities to include an accessible toilet and providing a ramp to the entrance door. The next phase of improvements will focus on modernising the kitchen and creating a new storage space.
This is due to very generous grants, and the committee would like to thank the following for making contributions to the project: Sibbertoft Parish Council, St Helen’s Parochial Church Council, Daventry District Council, Central England Co-op Community Fund, the Postcode Lottery and Market Harborough Building Society, as well as those who have given so generously to the yellow bucket! We would also like to thank Rockingham Construction, Alpha Electrical, Tim Westwood (paving), KDS decorating, CH Flooring Solutions, Danny Hubbard Windows, Platinum Preservations and William Ashton (architect) for their work on the project so far.
Improvements phase one
Booking the Reading Room
Please call Anna on 01858 881252. If Anna is unavailable please call Kath on 01858 882098.
Rates: £8 per hour rental for villagers and charities; £12 per hour for commercial or external users.
We are aiming to go plastic free at the Reading Room, so we ask all those hiring the Reading Room to use alternatives to plastics if at all possible.
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.