The Reading Room is Rathmell’s village hall.
Rathmell Reading Room is located on the corner of Main Street and Hesley Lane, in the centre of the village. It was established in 1901 by a trust deed which gave as its purpose, “a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of Rathmell and the neighbourhood for meetings, lectures and classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure time occupation”, the object of which was, to “improve the conditions of life for the inhabitants”
It is a charitable organisation run by a management committee on behalf of the charity trustees (Christopher Weston, Bryan Procter, Keith Gerrard, and Duncan Currie). The last “annual report” from the chair of the committee can be read here, and covers the period October 2016 – October 2017.
What is it used for?
The Reading Room is available for community club meetings, parties, and celebrations and for all sorts of private hire events. It is also used by Ribble Banks Parish Council for meetings and as a polling station. The hall seats 50 people and has good kitchen and toilet facilities, a car park, and a full size snooker table in the upstairs room.
How can I hire the Reading Room?
Bookings can be arranged by contacting Vanessa Stone on 01729 840451. The cost of hiring the hall is £12 per morning, afternoon, or evening session, or £20 for two sessions.
Calendar of events 2018
Apart from private hires and group meetings, the Reading Room Committee also organises a calendar of monthly events that aim to provide a centre for village life and bring the local community together. The events planned for 2018 are as follows:
took place on Saturday 14th April, and raised £420 for the Reading Room. Thanks to all who donated, attended, helped, bought, ate and drank!
Rathmell’s Hidden Gems Walk
SATURDAY 5 th May
10 am or 1 pm
A stroll around the village with short stops to meet local residents and find out What Exactly It Is That They Do, followed by tea and a scone. Meet at the Reading Room at 10am or 1pm.
£5 PER ADULT | £10 FOR A FAMILY TICKET | CHILDREN FREE NO DOGS
Open Farm Sunday
SUNDAY 10 th June
10 am – 2 pm
Cappleside Farm will be open to the public, with tours organised by Chris Weston & co. and plenty to see around the farm buildings and grounds. Food, drinks and cakes will be available to buy.
Local pedaller, Malcolm Spencer, will also be undertaking a sponsored cycle ride, starting from Cappleside Farm and doing timed circuits around Rathmell.
PROCEEDS TO GO TOWARDS A DEFIBRILLATOR FOR RATHMELL
Musical Evening with Octameron
SATURDAY 21 st July
Local 8-piece group perform a wide range of vocal music from the classical repertoire of the 16th-21st centuries, as well as jazz and swing numbers from the first half of the 20th century.
TICKETS £8, INCLUDING STRAWBERRIES & CREAM AND A GLASS OF ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL
FRIDAY 7 th September
Steel yourself for battle against Rathmell’s semi-professional beetle-drivers and keep your eye on the prize (a chocolate of your choice from the Celebrations tin).
Open to all ages!
TICKETS £1 | VICTORY – PRICELESS | DEFEAT – INCONCEIVABLE
Fish & Chip Evening
FRIDAY 12th October
Why should Settle get all the haute cuisine michelin-starred gourmet glory? Fish and chips right here in our very own village, and not a newfangled amuse bouche of deconstructed foam to be seen!
£10 PER PERSON. TEA AND COFFEE AVAILABLE. BRING YOUR OWN CHATEAU D’YQUEM.
Annual General Meeting
TUESDAY 30th October
Come along and see a real-life working village committee in action. Lovingly restored and preserved by a team of passionate enthusiasts, the RRR AGM is the best “son et lumiere” attraction outside the Yorvik Viking Centre.
FREE, BUT YOU MAY ACCIDENTALLY END UP ON THE COMMITTEE.
Getting Ready for Christmas
SATURDAY 17th November
Demonstrations of festive crafts by clever local residents, just to make you feel doubly guilty for bringing the dusty fake Christmas tree down from the loft for the 5th year running.
MORE DETAILS LATER IN THE YEAR
SATURDAY 8th December
It is April. Go one better than the most overzealous of high street stores, and start planning Christmas already! Book now for Ian and Edith’s traditional yuletide feast.
I’VE ONLY JUST SHED THE POUNDS I PUT ON AT THE LAST ONE