Warham Reading Room is located in Warham near Wells-next-the-Sea. During 2016, the Reading Room was redeveloped and since then the Reading Room can take its rightful place at the heart of the community once again.

History of the building

Warham Reading Room was built in 1892 and is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Reading Room was the project of the Reverend Charles Digby, the Rector of Warham.  He wanted to offer his parishioners a space that would benefit those living in the local community. As part of the Holkham Estate, he approached the  landowner, Thomas William Coke, the 2nd Earl of Leicester, who gave a piece of land for the purpose. Reverend Digby funded the building out of his own pocket.

Redevelopment

The redevelopment was completed through a Big Lottery Fund grant where the specialist building work was carried out by local construction company Robsons.  The redevelopment created a comfortable and welcoming space. The work involved reinstating the proportions of the original main room by moving the kitchen to an extension on the south side.  Within the new section of the building, aswell as the open plan kitchen, there is a storage unit and foyer with glass folding doors down one side. There is modern under-floor heating. The building is also fully accessible for all. The new foyer and contemporary kitchen facilities offer flexibility to those requiring a small or extendable space.

Warham Reading Room has the capacity to hold functions of 390 standing, 60 banqueting and 100 theatre-style seating. 

 

The Reading Room has been returned to its original purpose and is able to host a wide range of events and activities designed to bring the community together, addressing the issues of isolation commonly found amongst rural communities.

Warham Village Trust

Warham Village Trust is a registered charity (charity no. 233576) which comprises of four Trustees and a committee group.

The Warham Village Trust are responsible for Warham Reading Room to ensure that the space is maintained and continues to be for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parishes of Warham All Saints and Warham St Mary.

The Trustees and Committee are responsible for the community events such as Bingo, Quiz night and dances etc.

Trustee meetings are held quarterly with additional meetings if required.

In order to organise events, the committee meets every few months.

Our Trustees and Committee

Trustees – Sammi Cooke (Treasurer, Secretary and Bookings), Jon Smith, Billy Cooke, Daniel Peel

Committee – Helen Howell, Gerald Peel, Denise Andrews

If you would like to enquire about joining our committee, please contact us.