In 2010 we celebrated 100 years, in 2021 we undertook a major renovation
The Reading Room is a village facility that is used for a wide range of social, sporting and educational events and is a focal point for the village. The aim of the Bainton Reading Room Committee is to manage the day-to-day operations of the Reading Room for the benefit of residents of the parish of Bainton & Ashton.
Chair Ian Abbott Donnelly 01780 740009
Sec. & Tres. Helen Fancourt 01780 740091
Bookings Andy Totten 01780 740381
Peterborough City Council no longer provides any funding - one of the things that has been cut!
To be able to cover our running costs and maintenance we also run 'Friends of Bainton Reading Room' where people donate £20 a year.
In addition, we get a contribution from the Parish Council, Buttercross Club and the Trustees. Occasionally we get donations from individuals. For major works we raise money and seek grants.
The hall was built in 1910 by the Bainton Poor's Charity on land donated by Lord Kesteven.
Around this time lots of people did not have books and this became an important part of the community. It has always been a reading room however after the 1st world war its use became broader and its usefulness as a meeting place meant that is function became very like a village halls.
The books were kept in a bookcase with wire mesh doors opposite the front door. These were to be read on the premises. At night the hall was lit by paraffin lamps.
Later this static collection of books was replaced by a mobile service run by Northampton County Library. Twice a week they would bring boxes of books fo the village to borrow.
In 1964 the Soak of Peterborough Council took over this service.
4K projector setup
(NB not stored on site)
(NB not stored on site)
Ask committee member for help is this is needed.
Projector slots on & Cable loops round
Here are some old photos of the Reading Room Interior prior to the 2021 Refurbishment:
One of the main hall walls is where we hang pictures of significance to the Reading Room and the village. If you have any that are suitable we would be glad to find some space.
The kitchen has been re-fitted in the past few years and has the space and facilities to cater for big parties. All good parties revolve around the kitchen, so this is probably the centre of the community... there is nothing more sociable than a group of people washing up!
We have free wifi available at the Reading Room, Please note our Acceptable Use Policy
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