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Introducing Padworth Village Hall

Padworth village Hall is a Charitable Trust which has a wide range of facilities which can be hired by the Community at very reasonable rates. There is ample car park space for 40 cars and a large area behind the Hall which can be used for caravans. The Hall itself has a capacity of 80-100 people with a screen for projections at the end. There is a large kitchen for self catering and we have an arrangement with the nearby Holiday Inn for a special rate for users of the Hall.

The hall is ideal for children's parties with space outside and a separate children's play area just outside the Hall. The Padworth and Aldermaston Wharf Fair and Craft show is held yearly in July. Behind the Hall is a football pitch and large area for dog walking, there are dog shows held here several times a year.

There are numerous fund raising activities in the Hall such as Jumble sales, quiz nights and pantomime. There are Pilates classes in the Hall as well as Chiropractic treatment available. The rates are on the following pages and to book any of the facilities contact Stuart Unwin, Caretaker on 0118 971 3513


Jumble Sale 2nd Mar 2019 2pm

Padworth and Aldermaston Wharf Produce Show 7th July @ 1200 Vintage family fun day,craft stalls,flyball competition,dog show,refreshments and children's entertainers







The current Village Hall was built in 1949. An earlier hall, located to the rear of the Malthouse, was destroyed by enemy action. The hall was built on land made available in 1948 by Brian Hawkes Easter who also owned much of land to the south-west of the railway and also the Coach and Horses at Midgham. The land was sold to the trustees for the sum of £50. The initial trustees of the hall were Brian Easter and Marjorie Phyllis Showers (formerly of Hatch Farm).

The governing document which was drawn up in 1952 specifies that the hall should be used for "the purposes of physical and mental training and recreation and social moral and intellectual development through the medium of reading and recreation rooms library lectures classes recreations and entertainments or otherwise as may he found expedient for the benefit of the inhabitants of the parish of Padworth in the County of Berks and its immediate vicinity without distinction of sex or of political religious or other opinions."

The earliest users of the hall are listed as the Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council, the Womens Institute, the Mothers' Union, the Girls' Friendly Society, the Womens’ Voluntary Services and the Sterling Cable Social Club.

The Hall was built with the limited building materials available in the immediate post-war period to provide facilities for the purposes listed above. It was essentially an ‘agricultural’ building built around a steel reinforced concrete frame with brick infills and a corrugated asbestos roof. The wood block floor was laid directly onto a bitumen base. It initially comprised the main hall and a small kitchen. The Trustees, over the years, have worked to maintain and develop the facilities to meet contemporary needs. The hall was extended in 1998. The kitchen was enlarged, showers and changing rooms and a small meeting room were added. This room was converted into an apartment in 2006 to provide accommodation for a resident caretaker to improve maintenance end security. New playground equipment was installed in 2011.

An appeal was launched in 2012 to fund a major refurbishment programme. The purposes of this programme were:

  1. improve the fabric of the Hall and ensure the integrity of the structure for the next 20 – 25 years.
  2. provide a better environment for all users – particularly for children and older people.
  3. improve the insulation of the Hall to ensure that heat losses are minimised.
  4. replace the current heating systems with a modern energy efficient system to reduce the carbon footprint of the Hall.

Important secondary objectives were to replace the current corrugated asbestos roof and reduce energy expenditure which accounted for 50% of the Hall’s expenditure.

A sum of £160,000 was raised for the refurbishment and the works were completed in the early autumn of 2014. The refurbished hall was formally opened by Richard Benyon MP and John Redwood MP.

The hall caters for all local residents and has facilities for those with disabilities. There are between 350 and 500 separate uses of he hall and recreation ground each year and the usage has increased substantially since the refurbishment. Regular users include a toddler and parent Stay and Play Group, Padworth Women’s Institute, Padworth Ladies Social Group, Da Capo – an amateur orchestra, other bands use the hall for rehearsals, Reading YMCA Football Club, Kennet Flyball Club, Kennet Valley Wood Turners, Calleva Stickdressers and local computer groups. The Hall is heavily used for village social events – eg quiz nights, harvest supper and theatre performances and also by local people for children’s parties, wedding receptions and other private events.

The Hall Before Refurbishment

The Hall During Refurbishment

The Hall After Refurbishment



Charges for hire of hall

Daytime - Weekdays*
Morning hire period is from 9am - 1pm
Afternoon hire period is from 1pm - 5pm
£40 per half day

Full day - Weekdays
Full day hire period is from 9am - 5pm

Daytime - Weekends & Bank holidays*
Morning hire period is from 9am - 1pm
Afternoon hire period is from 1pm - 5pm
£50 per half day

Full day - Weekends
Full day hire period is from 9am - 5pm

Evening - Weekdays
Hire period is from 6pm - 11pm*

Evening - Fridays & Saturdays
Hire period is from 6pm - 11pm*

Charges for hire of recreation ground

Recreation ground
Includes the use of hall facilities

Recreation ground
Includes the use of changing rooms only

Recreation ground only
Excludes the use of hall facilities & changing rooms

Charges for private use £15 per hour

Hire of chairs for private use
£1 per chair

Hire of tables for private use
£3 per table

Hire of crockery/cutlery etc for private use

* The hire charge includes the use of the kitchen facilities.
For other rates - eg for a weekend or camping contact the Caretaker 0118 971 3513.

Conditions of hire**
All users of the hall and associated facilities are expected to leave the hall clean and all parts of the hall in the condition in which they found it.
Any kitchen equipment, crockery and cutlery must be left clean and stored away appropriately.
Any damage or breakages must be reported immediately to the Caretaker.
** Full conditions of hire are posted in the hall.


Padworth Lane, Padworth, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4HY
Telephone: 0118 971 3513