About the Trust

The Watlington House Trust is run by a group of volunteers who give their own time to run this beautiful building.


DSC_0152The building itself is Grade II* protected and is set in trust, meaning no one owns or profits from the building. The Watlington House Trust (Charity Number: 1158378) was formed in 1929 to oversee the building and running costs, and ensure the aims of the building are met. Whilst the trustees themselves have changed over the years, the format which the Committee follows remains very much unchanged along with our goal; to be a Centre of Excellence for Social & Welfare Needs.


The Trust meet every two months and holds the AGM yearly. We are all volunteers dedicated to giving our spare time for this wonderful building which enables local groups to be involved with and make use of the facilities we have. Can you spare a little time, we always need volunteers and trustees to support this wonderful building and garden.

We operate on a strictly non-profit basis, meaning no one other than tenants and the building itself can benefit. Every penny we receive is put right back into maintaining the building, running costs and refurbishments (of which some areas of the premises are in urgent need).

Learn more about Watlington House’s history here and in our Wikipedia article.

Who uses the building and hall

We have many groups using our hall or building, from the AA support group through to Zumba. All of these organisations are Charities or local community groups. Some will pay a small amount of rent for the room only – all other costs such as utilities, facilities and health & safety running costs are covered by the trust, enabling the groups to concentrate funds on their core aims and values.


The Mills Archive

Berkshire Youth

Intergrated Gurkha Security Service

Armed Force Recruitment Service

BIAG (Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)


Zumba (Monday and Friday)

Zumba (Tuesday and Thursday)

All Jazzed Up

Reading Swing Jam


and these are just a few………………………….