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 (Google Map link). 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. Download this PDF to keep the hire info to hand, and of course, feel free to print / share.
How to contact the Reading Room
For general enquiries, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of events 2019
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. Events are (usually) put on the website ahead of time, so if we’ve been diligent and there’s something planned, you’ll find details here.
Photos of the Reading Room