Please read the below if considering if you want to hire the Reading Room taking into account the COVID restrictions.

From 31st December we were in Tier3.

Now in National Lockdown.

What  the Tiers mean 

LATEST NEWS: (5th January 2021)


The below information is for when we are able to take bookings after the new lockdown has been lifted. Any group/organisation exempt from the lockdown rules can contact us to discuss the possibility of booking during the lockdown. {Subject to change in line with government and PHE guidance.}

For those who want to read the rules/ guidance details we have received the links are provided below.

A COVID secure maximum number has been agreed for both rooms and set as 18 (Main Hall) and 8 (Lower room). These numbers include ALL participants including organisers/ speakers etc.

It may be that any specific event will have to set a limit lower than that above for example because tables are in use or people are lying on the floor for an exercise class.


Any group of greater than 6 will need to split into subgroups of no more than 6 who must not socialise across groups. {Unless they are exempt e.g health classes, which have different rules}.

It is still the case that there is no prospect of the Reading Room re-opening for most of its previous uses, coffee mornings, cinema nights, parties etc. in the near future.

The NHS QR code for COVID tracking is now displayed at several points in the building. 

All event organisers must ensure they meet the track and trace requirements for all their participants.

The kitchen can only be used for access to drinking water. It would be preferred if users brought their own water bottles.

The criteria that need to be met for general bookings are:


1. The Reading Room (RR) has to meet the Government, Health England and any other COVID regulations both overall and with respect to any unique limitations of the RR; specially given physical layout of the building.

2. The actions taken have to be affordable (in financial terms) and manageable within the volunteer time of the committee.

3. There is an identified need for the event driven by local users wanting to come back and use the RR; and that the renters/ hirers are:

  • ​willing to pay the additional costs to sanitize all areas and facilities/ tables/ chairs etc. used.

  • willing to obey and enforce all rules and restrictions as defined by the regulations/ laws

We do not feel that, while the current rules exist, we can responsibly re-open for all (normal) bookings at present.

But, if anyone feels that there is an exceptional situation/ exemptions allowed that means they would like to hire the RR given the above, then please contact us and the committee will consider against the background of the national guidance and rules prevailing at the time and the specific request. 


The COVID-19 Risk Assessment for the RR is now available (updated 31st August). Will be updated to reflect announcements of 9/9. 

Government Advice for multi-purpose community facilities (regularly updated)

Reading Room Management Committee 

Reading Room "Refurbishment or Build New project"

The discussion paper is still available.

The survey closed on May 10th 2020

Survey summary results


Other offerings from our RR Users and others in the village at this time


An interactive group offering PE ,Fun fitness , activity ideas for families and kids . Ideal for home schooling parents who may need a tea break at 3pm !! 

Use the Corsley Playing Field for exercise? Here are the rules.

Corsley sites that might be useful at this time

The Cross Keys Hub (Community Support Group & Pop up shop)

The Bridge  (Site)

Corsley Village Group Facebook page

Old links you might find useful on the COVID page

  • Mental Health Support and Advice (ex Wiltshire added 21/4)

  • Wiltshire Active Communities Resources (added 10th April)

  • Beware of misinformation (added 3/4)

  • Wiltshire Guidance on Volunteering (added 1/4)

  • Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub announced (31/2)

  • Wiltshire Council's Volunteer pack (updated 30/3)

  • Link to sign up for Wiltshire Council News (added 28/3)

  • Volunteering for NHS responder

  • WCA Resources Hub link

  • Wilts and Swindon Response Fund

  • Other Corsley websites that might be useful at this time.

  • Wiltshire's COVID19 site - for Wiltshire Council services and more

Please email if you  want your organisation / offering linked on here. This is ONLY for in village support in these unusual times.

If you are aware of things that could be added to help then please make contact. CONTACT/ EMAIL

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