Booking the Reading Room
The Reading Room is fully open for bookings, please call Anna on 01858 881252.
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.
As always if you have any ideas for activities you would like to see at the Reading Room, or would like to get involved in any way, we’d love to hear from you. If you would like more details please contact Matty 07568 133827, Anna 07980 742824 or Karen 07749 515448
To celebrate the refurbishment of the Reading Room and after the trying times of the last year and a half we are throwing a village party. This is a great opportunity for us to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
•Beer, wine and soft drinks
•Food from the Oceanview fish and chip van (£3pp)
•Home made cakes and biscuits
•Kids trick or treat trail
•Fancy dress (optional)
Food and drink will be subsidised but to do this we ask for advance food orders that can be booked online via Ticket Source.
Please support this event, if numbers are too low we will have to cancel.
We are very pleased to announce that the Reading Room improvements have now finished. The first phase of works, included 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 second phase of improvements focused 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
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.