With effect from 1 August 2013 the Curdridge Reading Room and Recreation Ground Charity has been incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).  This is an incorporated organisation registered with the Charity Commission under charity number 1153056.  The name, Curdridge Reading Room and Recreation Ground, remains the same.

Why the change?

  •  The constitution of the old Charity was very outdated and the Charity Commission require that such documents are reviewed and updated as necessary
  • Under the old constitution, the personal financial liability of Trustees was perceived as a major risk in considering the major building works that will be necessary in the near future. The CIO constitution protects Trustees from such personal liability
  • A CIO is a legal entity and can form contracts with suppliers and contractors in its own right.

What is the main change in how the Charity (CIO) run?

  •  The old Charity was run by a large group of Trustees appointed by village organisations who meet regularly at the Reading Room (the Managers).  Most of the day to day duties were delegated to a smaller sub-committee (the Officers).
  • The new Charity (CIO) is run on a day to day basis by a board of Trustees who are elected annually by a new group – Members of the Charity.
  • The new Trustees and Members are bound by the governing document (Constitution) of the CIO (Charity) and Operating Procedures which were agreed by the former Trustees of the old Charity in July, 2013.

What does the Charity do?

The ‘Objects’ of the Charity remain broadly the same. Put simply, the Charity exists to run both the Reading Room and the Recreation Ground for the benefit of all of the inhabitants of Curdridge and Curbridge, providing and maintaining a facility for recreation, sport, religion and learning activities.


  • You do not have to be a Member of the Charity to use the Reading Room and Recreation Ground
  • Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in furthering the purposes of the Charity within the terms and conditions of the Constitution
  • Membership is free of charge
  • Members are responsible for electing the Trustees at Annual General Meetings and have powers to call Extraordinary General Meetings under certain circumstances (see Constitution)
  • Members also have voting rights on certain major decisions and constitutional changes
  • Members are generally individuals, but each of the organisations which meets regularly at Curdridge Reading Room and Recreation Ground may also appoint one Representative Member each if they wish (see constitution)
  • Since Members are responsible for electing the Trustees and holding them to account, we are eager to receive applications for Membership from as many interested parties as possible.
  • Membership Application Forms can be downloaded here by clicking on the image below
  • Paper copies are also available at the Reading Rooms.  Please return your application form to: Membership Applications, Curdridge Reading Room, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, SO32 2HE



  • At our first AGM on 15th April 2014, the Trustees initially appointed by the previous Reading Room Managers’ Group will stand down and there will be an election to appoint between 4 and 8 Trustees for the next 12 months.
  • Until that first AGM, the Trustees will be: David Picton- Jones, Elaine Flower, Emma Downer and Penny Gregory.  There are up to 4 remaining Trustee positions to be filled and we are eager to hear from anyone who would like to help for the next 8 month period and perhaps beyond.

Apart from the change in the incorporation everything else with regards to our dealings with all regular users and leasees will remain the same.  Contractual rights and obligations of the old Charity and agreements made will simply transfer to the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us here.

Monthly Trustee Meetings

From September 2013 onwards, the first 30 minutes of our Trustee Meetings are set aside for public comments and questions.  These meetings usually take place on the first Monday of each month in the Committee Room at 8pm with occasional exceptions.  The remaining dates for the year ending April 2016 are as follows:

Monday 7th December 2015

Monday 4th January 2016

Monday 1st February 2016

Monday 7th March 2016

Monday 4th April 2016

Minutes of previous meetings are available


Click below for a full copy of Constitution, Operating Procedures and Membership Application Form:

Constitution – August 2013

Operating Procedures – August 2013

Membership application – August 2013