Why is the village hall in Buckland called the Reading Room?  There is a rather quaint reason for this dating back to when it was built and opened in 1890.  At the time, newspapers, books and magazines were not generally available to the ordinary working man and so it was a place where local people could go to read.  Publications were made available and it was a quiet place to make use of them.

It remains as a community facility for the use of the people of Buckland and the surrounding areas.  It is leased from Buckland Estates by St Mary’s Parochial Council, and managed for them by the Reading Room management committee.

The Reading Room is in Old Road, a short distance from the village shop. For anyone using satellite navigation, they should use the postcode RH3 7DY.

The community activities taking place in the Reading Room on a regular basis are detailed below:

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday 1 pm Art Group

4.15 Rainbows

5.30 Brownies
Tuesday 10 am Tiny Tots 2 pm Bridge Club
Wednesday 10 am Bridge Class
Thursday 2 pm Bridge Club 7 pm Yoga
Saturday Monthly – Sugar Guild


  • The accommodation consists of one larger hall accommodating up to 60 people, with one area which can be separated off by screens if wanted.
  • There is a well equipped kitchen which hirers can use as well.
  • The building has recently been refurbished and has efficient heating and other fittings which make it a very pleasant venue for smaller gatherings. Please visit the Gallery to view some photos of the interior.

To view the conditions of hire click here.

The rate for hiring is a minimum of £30 for up to 3 hours, and then £10 an hour. Please contact us if you are interested in a regular booking as a lower rate might apply.

If you are interested in hiring the hall either on a regular basis or for a one-off event even over more than one day, please contact the Booking Secretary Stella Cantor, email (preferred) or telephone 01737 843335.