In 1877 Mrs Maria Fuller and her spinster sisters Julia and Emily Barclay paid for the building of a Reading Room on the site they had purchased three years earlier, "for the benefit of the inhabitants of Westcott".
For a more detailed history see the History page.
Nearly a century and a half later their endowment is still providing a facility for villagers and those further afield to hire for a wide range of functions. Being close to Holy Trinity Church provides a convenient location for receptions for Weddings, Christenings or Funerals, while also providing a great place for children's parties and other functions.
The Reading Room is used by numerous clubs and societies providing the opportunity to join classes on Art, Art appreciation, Aikido, Bridge, Dog training, Exercise for health, Pilates, and T'ai Chi, and provides a home for Brownies and Guides. For the full list, see the Activities page.
The Reading Room features:
Art History lectures explore the different periods of Art in Europe. Set within the respective social and historical context
of the periods it gives a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of paintings and sculpture.
Courses each year of twenty, 2 hour lectures are on a Wednesday morning, run from September to April each year by Brenda Culliford (née Whitaker) MA,BA (Hons) Diploma of European Humanities, who is an art historian of many years experience.