Sibbertoft Reading Room

What’s on?

5th September 7-8.30pm Health and Well Being Course
‘Opening the Present’
A non-religious and non-sectarian, multi-media course donated by the Prem Rawat Foundation. Addressing the core values of dignity, peace, clarity, appreciation, understanding, hope, inner strength, self-awareness, choice and contentment.

This 5 week course is run by volunteers of ‘Peace In’, a community, not for profit organisation. For more details email or phone 01858 880393

13th September 7.30pm Meet the Author – Glynn Illiffe
The latest in our ‘meet the author’ series presents Glynn Illiffe, a very local author of historical novels based on Greek mythology

31st October  5-7pm Halloween Trick or Treat
Our annual trick or treat event for children of primary school age

10th and 11th November 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I
St. Helen’s Church and the Reading Room would like to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 by inviting villagers to contribute to an exhibition in the Reading Room. We hope to create a display of information and memories of relatives of villagers who were involved in WW1, so would welcome contributions from all. These may be letters, photographs, service records etc.; copies would be fine if the originals are too precious to display. The exhibition will be set up on Saturday, 10th November. After the Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th tea will be served in the Reading Room and will give everyone a chance to look at the exhibition. Please contact Caroline Jackson on 01858 881091 or for further information.

22nd November 7.30pm Harborough Movie Makers
Take a step back in time as local history is brought to life with the help of the Harborough Movie Makers.

2nd December Art and Craft Exhibition
A chance for local artists and craft workers to display their work, with the chance to sell pieces if they so wish

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 churr2rch 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.