Our 17th Century Barn is located in the Goosecroft Recreation Ground, off Beech Road. It is an historically important building, having been constructed originally as part of the Purley Park estate, and moved twice since. The latest move was in 1992 to its present site, in an agreement between the Parish Council and the builders of the Trenthams estate. The eight-bay space is divided into two halls, each of which can be used independently. The aims for the facility are that it be used for the benefit of the community of Purley, by local groups and residents, for meetings and events.  The outside of the Barn has been recently re-clad with new timber.

Policy for hiring, and Terms and Conditions have been drawn up to ensure that the Barn is used effectively whilst preserving the Barn and the local environment. The Barn is managed on behalf of the Council by Dan Wisniewski. Contact details are: Tel: 0118 984 4507 email using our Amenities Manager contact form.

WiFi access is available in the small Barn and part of the large Barn.

Some pictures of the Barn decked out for various functions

Barn(18)aWedding Reception

Barn(21)aAm-dram Show

Barn(22)aBarn Dance

Friends of Purley Barn Website

Booking the Barn

The Barn is available for commercial and private hire.

To book the Barn please fill in the Booking Form and Event Risk Assessment Form below and return, with payment and deposit (separate cheques please) to:

The Amenities Manager
c/o Parish Offices
Goosecroft Lane
off Beech Road
Purley on Thames
Reading
RG8 8DR

or use our Amenities Manager contact form.

The following documents can be downloaded in pdf form by clicking on the links below.  The Barn Booking Form and Event Risk Assessment Form are capable of being completed and saved to your computer.  You can then forward them directly to the Amenities Manager using the contact form.   (Please note that the contact form will allow you to send only one file at a time so you will need to send two messages.)  You will still need to send payment and deposit cheques by post.

Barn Booking Form
Event Risk Assessment Form
Barn Terms & Conditions
Barn Floor Plan (large file)
Barn Items Included in Hire
Decorating the Barn

To avoid disappointment we would draw potential hirers attention to Clause 14 of the Terms & Conditions:
“The Barn cannot be hired for any purpose which endangers the fabric of the Barn or which is excluded explicitly or implicitly from the insurance cover of the building. For example, any equipment which is gas powered or anything which represents a fire hazard. Sports activities are also not permitted. Equipment such as bouncy castles are not permitted inside the Barn.”

Charges for bookings

The Barn Hire Charges

Daily Hire

Large Hall

Small Hall

Deposit

Category A

Commercial use, weddings, etc

£600 per day

£325 per day

£200 non-refundable

Category B

All other users

Hourly charge Weekday – £15 Weekend – £20 Minimum charge 3 hours

Hourly charge Weekday – £10 Weekend – £15 Minimum charge 3 hours

£150

Category C

The fees for hirers with an existing long-term arrangement with Purley on Thames Parish Council will be determined on an individual basis but reasonable annual increases may be applied if the Council deems it appropriate.

Commercial events includes:

  • events run for profit (excluding events specifically for raising funds for a charity or approved local organisation);
  • wedding receptions;
  • any other similarly large private events.