Shiplake Mem Hall

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Recent Hirer feedback


We have used Shiplake Memorial Hall on a number of occasions. It is a lovely well-maintained venue with good facilities and parking.

Erica Grieve December 2019 Christmas Party


Parking is excellent. The kitchen is outstanding. All the needs for a large group of 60. Tables, crockery and so forth were plentiful and in very good order. We had no problems in setting up our large lunch party at all.

Dr Christopher Howlett October 2019 Private Party


Excellent facilities, friendly helpful staff, furniture easy to move.

SS October 2019 Fundraising Event


Super organised, clean and friendly hall/booking staff/caretaker in comparison to other halls we have hired (and all halls we have hired have been great but Shiplake tops them all). Beautiful hall in lovely surroundings. Perfect for our son's special day. We had lots of very positive comments from guests. Will definitely be our venue of choice from now on!

Amanda Burger October 2019 Naming Day


We were very impressed with the hall, the facilities and the assistance from caretakers and other staff when needed. All queries were dealt with promptly and were extremely helpful, and the information provided was thorough and easy to follow. We would certainly use the hall again without hesitation!

RF September 2019 40th Birthday Party


I was really happy with everything. Your caretaker was there when I arrived 15 minutes before my booking time and was really helpful. There are clear instructions on everything from how to stack the chairs to where the brooms are and how to leave everything. I thought the hire fee was perfectly acceptable.

Louise Rapple Moore July 2019 Concert


The hall was absolutely perfect for what we needed and Jo was really efficient and helpful with the booking process (all other bookings I've ever made have all been very slow to get responses). Meeting the caretaker was very useful but I would advise that bookers are made aware this would be happening and factor in an extra 15 minutes to their booking time.

JM July 2019 Children's Party


Excellent facilities and both booking process and dealing with the caretaker on the day was an easy and pleasant experience.

SH June 2019 Fundraising Event


All the facilities are in excellent condition. It is a beautiful, very well-maintained hall in idyllic surroundings. We found that the people who run the hall dealt with us in a professional manner and accommodated all our requirements. It is great value for money.

FK June 2019 Adult Party


Firstly, the team were extremely helpful over e-mail as we made arrangements and booked the hall. Secondly, the care-takers (Jacob and Peter) were more than happy to speak to us on the phone and arrange visits to the hall as we made preparations and visited the hall. They gave us lots of explanations of the facilities and even a history of the hall.

A few days before the wedding, we were informed of a slight glitch with the usual cleaners being unavailable for the day after (cleanup), but this was more than made up for by the Shiplake Memorial Hall team who made other arrangements for us and extremely quickly. Overall, you were lovely, helpful and professional and we could not have chosen a better venue for our wedding reception. Thank you!!!!

S&L H June 2019 Wedding Reception


Very good although we paid for the use of the bins and rubbish disposal and were not given the bin store code.

SH April 2019 Children's Party


Everything made simple and straightforward. It was convenient to be welcomed by the caretaker. All hardware and utilities are good quality and clean. Spacious facility.

ST April 2019 Adult Party


I have used the hall in the past, before the refurbishment, so I knew the hall itself to be a good size and shape. The car parking is excellent and the improved kitchen is fantastic as is the easy access to the hall via the automatic front doors. Another bonus, unknown before the day, was the ability to plug into the speaker system to relay music - thanks to the caretaker who demonstrated this. Everything was clean and ready to use, there were plenty of tables and chairs, the lighting and heating were spot on. All in all a very positive experience and I would like to think that all our guests had a wonderful evening.

Karen Broadbent March 2019 Adult Party


This is a great facility for the local community and all credit should go to those volunteers that run it so well. From the initial enquiry, to being shown round, the booking process to support both on the day of the event and afterwards, we couldn't have hoped for better support/service. Massive thanks to Caroline, Lottie and Jacob. You made this such an easy process for us.

Jason Knibbs February 2019 Teenage Party


I and all my guests were very impressed by the Hall and its facilities. It is a beautiful building kept in a great condition and with love and care. Everything we needed was there i.e. cutlery, crockery, glasses, tea, coffee facilities. The hall has a very welcoming feel. Many people said who nice it was to come in such a place from the cold outside. The place was spotless. The personal approach was particularly nice - every time I had questions, they were answered. It was lovely that Peter and Jacob came to meet us on the day and showed us around with all details. Many thanks to Lottie for liaising with me coordinating it all. The speakers were a bit quiet at times and if we wanted to use a laptop and a microphone at the same time, they were in conflict a bit. But maybe we did something wrong. Perhaps this can be looked at. Other than that - MANY MANY THANKS.

Katrina Liktman December 2018 Adult Party


Facilities were brilliant, clean and spacious, friendly booking process.

GH December 2018 Naming Ceremony


Please convey our thanks to all community members for their hard work in maintaining such a wonderful facility; the hall. We: Chris and Marks families and friends had a fabulous time last Saturday evening: everything went just as planned - actually even better than planned.

Liz Butler December 2018 Adult Party


I just like to say that we absolutely loved the hall. It looked absolutely stunning on the day and was just perfect for our wedding celebrations. Can you also please pass on a big thank-you to Jacob for always being so lovely and welcoming when showing us round.

Kate Esslemont December 2018 Wedding Reception


Really great experience, from liaising over email, to the facilities itself. The instructions were great, the facilities were great and the whole event was fab! I would highly recommend, and will do so!

Holly Frizzell November 2018 Children's Party


Great and easy booking process. Gareth was brilliant and came back to me really quickly, by both email and telephone. Very efficient! The caretaker on the day was so welcoming, helpful and friendly. You have a great team.

RP August 2018 Children's Party


An excellent venue! No negative comments.

Parenthesis Choir July 2018 Choir Party


It's a beautiful space, love the outdoor area including the wooden train. Caretaker met us and showed me round and was very helpful. Great kitchen (hadn't expected it to be so useful with jugs, cups etc). Handy that we could use the sound system easily with our mobile phones

HL June 2018 Children's Party


It is such an excellent facility and easy to book, all my queries and questions were answered quickly. The caretaker was very accommodating about our preview visit to the hall, which was invaluable as I'd forgotten how well equipped the kitchens were!

Nicola Liddon Horncastle June 2018 Adult Party


I have lived in Shiplake since 1963 and have many years of memories of using hall for private parties and fundraising events, dances etc. The new kitchen is a delight and very well equipped with everything we needed. We were fortunate to get the lovely new floor and the curtains which matched the chairs. By the time we had laid up the tables for nearly 70 it looked stunning. Would definitely recommend. The caretaker was particularly helpful and amenable. Thank you to all.

Brenda Nichol May 2018 Adult Party


Very good experience. Caretaker enthusiastic and attentive. It would be useful to know what, if any, kitchen utensils and equipment are available or whether hirer should bring everything needed to cook and prepare food.

Peter Clark (Rotary Club of Reading Matins) April 2018 Fundraising Event


Everything great as usual. Perfect place and appreciated caretaker seeing us in although we had no problems. Great kitchen facilities for tea and coffee.

Jane Gray March 2018 Orchestra Workshop


It was perfect.

Toni Ilsley March 2018 Fundraising Event


The Hall & facilities are excellent. Some of our party are already thinking about future family events & using the Hall again. Please thank Jacob for his good spirited help & attention.

MH February 2018 50th Wedding Anniversary


Extremely professional, and well organised. It was great to have the caretaker there to welcome me in and on leaving. Shame you have to be so strict on parties for 13 year olds but I do understand the concerns. The hall is really well equipped and lovely and clean. Well done to everyone involved.

Lucy Jacobs December 2017 Children's Party


The hall was beautiful, clean and there was plenty of space available for all our different needs. The caretakers were kind and helpful.

Amber Nunn October 2017 Adult Party


We just wanted to say thank you for providing us with the most wonderful venue to celebrate our special day. By far the best part was being surrounded by friends and family and Shiplake Hall was the perfect place to fit them all in and allow us the flexibility to run the day exactly how we wished. We will be recommending the hall to everyone in the future who requires a beautiful venue that still has bundles of character.

MH October 2017 Wedding Reception


All of our members are really impressed with the environment. Very clean toilets and tidy kitchen. Beautiful garden and play area on the other side is very helpful. Plenty of car parking space. To Improve - it would be nice if the hall space is little bigger and a changing room. But still I would recommend this to anyone in my friend's circle.

VK September 2017 Community Event


My real surprise was to have the caretaker come to the hall on the day / time of hire to check we had everything we needed. This far surpassed our previous experience of having issues accessing the hall the last time we hired it some time ago! True customer service has far surpassed our expectations! We will be back.

SA September 2017 Children's Party


The hall was an absolutely perfect venue for our party. We have received so many compliments about the evening and what a great venue it is. The administration around the booking and logistics on the day was excellent. Thank you to everyone who makes this such a great local facility.

Jo Saunders September 2017 Adult Party


Very good experience. Would definitely think about using it again. Availability of tables, chairs, crockery, glasses, etc. included in the price makes this very attractive.

IB August 2017 Adult Party


The caretaker was a great help. I think if you pay for the clean up service which I did you should also clean up the kitchen as the extra money to sweep the floor and put tables back is a bit excessive. As we we were told to wash everything up which is a pain late at night. The hall was a great space for a small party. Some furniture outside would be nice for adults to sit on.

JL August 2017 Private Party (Adult)


Our wedding day was made extra special by our beautiful reception venue. Communication was outstanding throughout and any questions I had were answered immediately. The hall was excellent value for the clean and clear service and it made our clear up after the wedding quick and stress free. The facilities were excellent too- we had 88 people for a sit down meal and there was more than enough room. The stage area was great for our wedding band and there was room for a hired in bar. The outside garden area was well kept and perfect for outside drinks reception. There was more than enough parking for all our guests. Overall a stunning building at extremely good value for money. We would recommend anyone to have their wedding reception here.

Louise Durman August 2017 Wedding Reception


The Hall is an excellent venue. It is clean, well maintained, has ample parking and has outdoor space too. The service I received from the booking team was excellent. the access card arrived a few days in advance of our event. The hall instructions were easy to understand and brushes etc to clean up at the end of the day were easily accessible.

Erica Grieve You Superstar Ltd August 2017 Children's Activity


It was a really lovely day and we said we would like to live at Shiplake Memorial Hall as we felt so at home! This is our third time of hiring the hall .It is a beautiful building in a delightful setting, with great facilities and very efficient, friendly and helpful management . This makes hiring and using the hall easy and very clear. We will certainly be recommending the hall to our friends and family. We give you 10 out of 10.

Reed and Carter families July 2017 Family Party


I attended a wedding reception here. It was an excellent venue in a nice location. The kids play park was handy for entertaining the kids between the meal and the dancing.

Andrew Burroughs July 2017 Wedding reception


Thanks to Lottie for her help with making hiring the hall so easy, responding to emails quickly. Also a big thank you to David Lloyd to contacting us prior to our hire time to ask if he could help with leaving tables and chairs out - hugely appreciated and very thoughtful.

Katherine Green (Shiplake College) June 2017 Public Meeting


Wonderful experience, fantastic facilities, lovely people to deal with. I would only change the crockery and have a plain white set.

Richard Miles June 2017 Wedding Party


The event went great & all info & instructions of using the hall was very clear & easy to follow. The hall is tidy & very well equipped unlike all other halls in the area. We will definitely be booking again & recommending it to family & friends. Thank you for your great outstanding service & great communication.

  May 2017 Children's Party


Excellent value for money. All the volunteers I contacted were immensely helpful and obliging. I must give a special mention to Kevin who was brilliant throughout!

Graham Webber April 2017 Fund Raising Luncheon


Communication about the hiring and general usage was great and the hall itself was very clean and perfect for our party.

Louise Brooks March 2017 Children's Party


Very Good.

Peter Clark March 2017 Fund Raiser


All excellent!

AW March 2017 Children's Party


We have used the hall for the second time for children's party. Everyone complimented the venue. They said it was pleasant, just right in terms of size, they liked the interior, they did feel it was appropriate for the event we celebrated. Car parking was very convenient. It was great that previous party left us the tables already set up. (This was by prior arrangement.) I don't see any areas for improvement to be honest. Perhaps to attract people more I would offer colourful lights as part of the package for children parties - kind of bonus that would convince people to use the hall. But for us, the hall provided all facilities we needed and the party went very well. It was great to have music equipment as part of the pack, children loved to be on the stage - it was more popular then bouncy castle :-) The children were crying as they were leaving the party....only because they didn't want to go home :-)

Anya Mikulski March 2017 Children's Party


The kitchen facilities are superb, the size of the hall is great too, plenty of space and the high vaulted ceiling adds charm especially at night with a disco and lights.

CG March 2017 Teenage Party


Clean and ready to use when we arrived. Lots of bulletins everywhere giving instructions on how to do things e.g. work the dishwasher, unlock the main doors. Our only minute problem was realising the black button to unlock the side door was the unlocking button when we first arrived.

  March 2017 Fund Raiser


The hall and kitchen was absolutely spotless. Your cleaners are amazing. As it was a children's party there was a moment when white chocolate buttons were on the floor, when I picked them up they were as clean as when they were dropped! Amazing.
The kitchen was really well stocked with plastic jugs for squash and forks for the cakes.
The swipe card entry was just a brilliant process - so so simple. As we had a few 2 year odds running around the fact that you had to press the exit button to open the front doors was brilliant as it meant they were secure at all times and could run around without us panicking they could get into the carpark.
I will not hesitate to book the hall again for my daughters 3rd birthday and I am already in discussions to have the hall on NYE.

Danielle Haken March 2017 Children's Party


Very well maintained, everything was labelled and made clear once we were there and we were not bothered by anyone during our hire. Would happily recommend to friends/family.

Richard Lester February 2017 Music Video


Lovely space. Complicated entry and exit instructions! Couldn't get in the kitchen! Normally use Harpsden hall which is half the price but not as nice.

We're actually 10% cheaper than Harpsden Hall based on their published rates - you get a very good deal!

Rachel Head February 2017 Play Rehearsal


Sorry it's taken me a little while to get around to thanking you for the hall and all your help, it was an absolutely fantastic day! People are still talking about it which is so nice! and of course people wanted to book in again for next year which speaks volumes. Many people commented on how beautiful the hall looked and the facilities were great. A big 'thank you' to Gareth and Kevin for all your help and I hope we left everything as it should be. Please pass on my thanks to the committee for the very generous contribution of the hall costs, really appreciated.

IB December 2016 Charity Christmas Lunch


Many thanks the party was fab and hall was exactly what we needed.

December 2016 Children's Party


As ever, many thanks. The hall was superb.
The hall was in excellent condition and clean on arrival. The instructions were generally clear. We were confused however about the rubbish facilities as I thought there would be something similar to a crate, but then noticed I believe from a previous party that rubbish bags had just been left outside. I'm not sure it's fair to charge extra for rubbish as the hall is already a bit more expensive than other venues, although admittedly it is to a better standard.

We're sorry for the confusion. The normal requirement is for hirers to take all rubbish home but we have an option for use to be made of Grundon bins. We raise a charge to contribute towards the cost from Grundon and do not make a profit on this service.

BF December 2016 Children's Party/Activity


For the third year running the Hall worked perfectly as a venue.

Alan Popham December 2016 Charity Event


Attractive hall, great facilities, Clean, well run, contact people lovely (Gareth, Kevin and Lottie) and onsite very quickly if any problem. Only issue we had for our Christmas fayre was parking. Partly our own fault for using part of the car park for bouncy castle. Large volume of cars had to park quite far away.

ML November 2016 Christmas Fayre


The whole process was well organised and the booking was efficiently dealt with. The hall was clean and ideal for our event

GK November 2016 Childrens' Party


The hall was lovely and was perfect for my Son's Christening. I understand the damage deposit but I find it a little strict. My father informed me after the conversation I had with your venue that the chairs were not in piles of 8 when we first got them out. I am not worried about the £5 but having organised the event alone, worked all day during the event and left the hall in a very reasonable state, I find it a bit much to charge for chairs being stacked at the wrong height - my family were trying to help and in the chaos of trying to be out on time I had no time to tell them the stacking limitations.

We're sorry for your concern about the damage deposit charge, which we had discussed with you beforehand. We had a few concerns after the hire but the only one we raised a charge for was for restacking tables and chairs. This was because our safety requirements were very clearly displayed on the storeroom door. The charge covered no more than the cost to us of the cleaner's extra time in restacking.

November 2016 Family Event


Everything was well organised and the Committee were most helpful.

HWB November 2016 Club Event


An excellent venue, well looked after. Kitchen excellent. One suggestion, we spent some time trying to switch 4 lights off at end of evening which were on outside canopy. Not the ones of the walls which went on and off with movement. May be good to advise users that these outside lights are on a timer and would go off on their own!

  October 2016 Fund Raising


It is a lovely, attractive Hall with easy access and great for our Tennis Tournament with courts next door. However, we found the dishwasher to be inadequate when catering for 100 people and it could do with at least another shelf. Also the water heater doesn't get hot enough to make tea and we struggled heating up Quiches in the warming oven - they didn't get very hot.

Thanks for your comments. We are sorry for the concerns you had on the kitchen equipment. We have checked and rectified issues with the dishwasher, which is a commercial model with a 3min wash cycle and normally more than adequate for 100 settings, and the water heater. The warming cupboard does get quite hot but for heating things from cold it is better to use the main oven.

  October 2016 Fund Raising


The booking of the hall ran very smoothly and everyone was helpful

SM September 2016 Public Consultation


The hall was perfect for us and we'd certainly look to use it again in the future. It would have been nice to have been able to use the kitchen to make a cup of tea, but I understand this would probably have been an additional cost.

Graham Day September 2016 Band Rehearsal


All the extras offered made the use of the hall utterly painless. Time to set up and clear down was vital to making it a great experience. The price was an absolute bargain!

  September 2016 Wedding Party


Lovely hall, well kept and all dealings with staff/volunteers pleasant and found everyone very helpful.

Ann Pearce August 2016 Wedding Party


Using Shiplake hall as our reception venue really was fantastic and made for such an amazing day. The facilities are incredible and the kitchen/fridge/freezer space for an event like this is perfect. The wedding package with clean up and tables/chairs away is a great service and the price for doing all that is incredibly reasonable, most wedding outfits hike up the costs when you mention wedding!
The card card system is very clever and although we had some troubles it was all very quickly resolved. Gaining access to the hall before and after the event was exceedingly flexible and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.
As for using the hall again I would definitely recommend it to others to do their weddings or event there.

Josh and Kirsty Ward August 2016 Wedding Party


Fantastic facilities. Really clean and tidy

AD July 2016 Children's Party


What a lovely venue. We had a marvellous afternoon at SMH made special by venue and its comprehensive facilities. It was perfect for our party and so very well equipped with everything we needed. Your caretaker explained everything on our first visit and we were greeted and helped by one of the trustees. All our guests were very impressed and some had never been there before but I'm sure they will use it in the future. Well done Shiplake Memorial Hall for making our celebration very memorable. We will be delighted to recommend Shiplake Memorial Hall to any who asks.

JH July 2016 Adult Party


The hall was fantastic and the party a great succeess. Fantastic facilities and really well organised...thank you!

July 2016 Children's Party


Great experience, would thoroughly recommend to anyone. Meeting with Caretaker particularly useful to show me how to gain access, use facilities etc. Incredibly friendly man and very flexible with the timing of meeting up.

AW June 2016 Children's Party


Excellent venue for a party - kitchen facilities very good and plenty of space, maybe would still be helpful to have decent size serving spoons rather than just the ladles ( I think I made this comment before) - tablespoons are just not big enough when serving quantities from e.g. a pie type dish. Otherwise no complaints!

LC June 2016 Private Party


The overall experience was very positive. The hall is well located and the facilities are very impressive. The process of booking the hall was painless and it is clear that that the hall is very well managed. I highly recommend Shiplake Memorial Hall.

  May 2016 Children's Party


All went really well today and the children had a fantastic time. Shiplake Memorial Hall is such a lovely venue and we will certainly be recommending it to our friends.

  May 2016 Children's Party


The whole experience was very agreeable. For many events I am sure that the provision of round tables would be beneficial. Provision of Champagne flutes would be useful.

NB May 2016 Private Party


We love the hall and the kids' birthday went well thanks

  May 2016 Children's Party


Thank you for hiring the Hall to us. We had a very successful weekend.

  May 2016 Exhibition / sale


The hall was a perfect venue for our daughter's 1st birthday. There was plenty of space for a swifish buffet, children had the space to play and they loved performing on the stage. The kitchen and tea and coffee facilities were great and so easy to pass through the kitchen window. Lottie and caretaker were very nice and helpful and it was very important while making a booking. It was my first big party we organised and their advice was very useful. Thank you.

Anya Mikulski March 2016 Family Party


Lovely hall. Very warm on a cold day. Didn't use kitchen facilities so can't comment on that. A query I had during the party was answered promptly.

Dawn Johnson Feb 2016 Family Party


The hall has a lovely 'intimate and warm' feel to it - the set up now is excellent for tables and chairs, perfect access for toilets and those with disabilities. The kitchen is really good to work in, with plenty of space and good worktop areas. The oven/cooker worked well, BUT I could not reconfigure the shelving to use the three shelves which would have been beneficial to me, can this be done? The warming cabinet is a godsend as with all the other equipment you have. Perhaps some large serving spoons would be handy as you only have large ladles and the large dessert spoons aren't big enough for serving portions for a crowd at speed - perhaps a note with the cutlery equipment available, should state that there are no sharp knives provided or large spoons and no chopping boards. I am debating the 'good value for money' - the hire of the hall alone seems reasonable, the use of the kitchen puts a big extra cost onto the user - especially for a charity event, which would make me think twice about using again for this purpose. However, all in all it is an excellent venue with excellent state of the art facilities and I cannot really find fault.

LC Feb 2016 Fund raising event


Only minor area of improvement might be some removable laminated signs to hang on Cigarette ashtrays outside to identify them as such as they were mistaken for flower holders! and a sign for the door to say exit only after 9pm so as not to disturb the neighbours. Aside from this I can't think of anything! Wonderful setting, wonderful building, great facilities and lovely staff. Well done!

Rachel Jones Feb 2016 Private Party


Mostly fine. The cutlery and glasses needed a wash or a good polish .We could only find one saucepan and no serving spoons. It is a good kitchen but I would have like a list of what was supplied. We spent a lot of time going home for chopping knives, bread-knife, serving dishes etc. I may have just assumed things like that would be there. I love the hall and hope there will be a next time.

JH Dec 2015 Private Party


The hall is lovely - one of the nicest we have ever used.

VS Dec 2015 Children’ Party


The hall is lovely venue, and looked wonderful when decorated. Excellent parking and catering facilities. Extremely good value for money.

Jo Taylor Dec 2015 Wedding Reception


It was very hot when we arrived, and wonder whether money could be saved by turning down the heating, especially in mild weather? Still find getting access to and leaving the hall quite complicated. Xxxxx is dealing with the deposit, so I can't comment on that at the moment.

KP Dec 2015 Private Party


Having experience of using many other halls we have never had such good service as with Shiplake - very prompt responses to any queries and so helpful. It is very efficiently run and that is reflected in the standard and high quality of the facilities and the overall cleanliness. Will definitely hire again for family parties - congratulations to all involved in maintaining the hall and booking process.

Jenny Carey Dec 2015 Private Party


Using the hall was a very good experience. Tables and chairs were easily accessible, and the kitchen was very clean, modern and a great size!

AP Nov 2015 Fund raising event


The toilets and basins were very clean and the hall looked immaculate. Those of our guests who had not visited the hall before were most impressed by the facilities.

Nick Fairbrother Oct 2015 Private Party


Thanks once again for providing such a beautiful venue, and specially thanks to everyone in your team who responded so promptly to all of our queries right up until the big day, it meant for less stress and was very much appreciated.

  Aug 15 Wedding Celebration


Just thought I'd let you know that we had a fantastic Barn Dance in The Hall last night and everyone really enjoyed themselves as usual in such a superb venue!!!!

  Mar 2015 Private Party


We had a great party thank you - everyone was really impressed with the hall. Especially nice to be able to use the outdoor area in the sunshine. One thing I would say, we weren't aware from any of the booking information or website that there weren't any sharp knives kept in the kitchen. We had a large cake for the celebration and really needed a decent knife to portion it up. I can understand why you don't keep them in the kitchen but it would have been good to have known beforehand so we could have made sure we had our own.

SR Oct 2014 Private Party


Our party was a great success. Our guests loved the venue.

  June 2014 Private Party