The Reading Room is Rathmell’s village hall.
September 2021 – A cautious reopening of the Reading Room is underway.
The Committee regret that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all events planned by the Committee and advertised on our programme, are being postponed until further notice.
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 2018 – October 2019.
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 Sue Cariss at email@example.com. The cost of hiring the hall is £12 per morning, afternoon, or evening session, or £20 for two sessions.
How to contact the Reading Room
For general enquiries, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Annual General Meeting will be held in the Reading Room on Tuesday 26th October at 7pm (or thereabouts – TBC).
The minutes of the last AGM in 2019 (with 2020’s postponed by the pandemic) can be read here.
The Chairman’s Report for the 2019 can be read here.
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.