Headlines for February Issue

Caversham Heights Buses: route 22 services slashed!
Last month’s issue featured a review of the Reading Buses consultation process on Caversham ‘Pink’ routes which has been in progress since October 2017. The process was brought to a close on Thursday 11th January at the Reading Council Traffic Management Sub Committee meeting which was attended by members of ‘Concerned of Caversham’ who have engaged constructively with the Borough and company to defend the 22 route and in particular the off peak service level. Interested parties should refer to…. (Read more)

The Caversham Heights Society.
On the 29th November 2017 a coach load of Society members went to London to see ‘42nd Street’ at the Drury Lane Theatre. Because of traffic the chance of a leisurely lunch proved out of the question but most of us managed something to eat before the afternoon performance. ‘42nd Street’ is the story of a dance group performing in Broadway, and elsewhere, in the early 1930s Great Depression. The story line was thin but the stage setting was…. (Read more)

Organ Recital at St Peter’s.
St Peter’s Church, Caversham presents the fifth in a series of organ recitals at 3pm on Saturday 24th February featuring Jeremy Meager. Jeremy first became interested in learning to play the organ at the age of six and started lessons as a teenager in 1979 with Dr Stephen Darlington, the Master of Music at St Alban’s Abbey where he was…. (Read more)

The subject of the December talk was ‘Georgian and Regency Reading’. The speaker was Dr Margaret Simons who sits on the committee of the Berkshire Local History Association and is a tutor of local history for the Workers’ Educational Association. The Georgian and Regency era covered the consecutive reigns of the monarchs of the House of Hanover from the…. (Read more)

Palm Sunday with two donkeys and a Bishop!
Christians from Caversham and beyond are invited to join the three churches of St Peter’s, Caversham, St
John’s, Caversham and St Margaret’s, Mapledurham and go on a journey from Mapledurham to St John’s
Church, re-telling the Palm Sunday story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Mike Smith, Rector of Caversham
Thameside and Mapledurham, said, “We wanted to…. (Read more)

Women’s World Day of Prayer (International and Inter-denominational).
The international movement of the Women’s Day of Prayer invites everyone to attend our Caversham service at St Andrews church, Harrogate Road, Caversham Heights at 7.30pm on Friday 2nd March with the title ‘All God’s Creation is Very Good!’ We will join an estimated 3 million people around the world that day in a service which has been written this year by the….. (Read more)

Sweet Chestnuts.
have to admit that the nearest I came to eating chestnuts last Christmas was the stuffing in an oven-ready pheasant bought in the supermarket. Did the hot chestnut man with his brazier come to Broad Street last year? I must have missed him if he did. Occasionally you come across sweet chestnut trees among old woodlands in this area, but usually they have been planted. This month’s picture shows the…. (Read more)

Tribute to Derek Richings.
Derek was born and brought up in Gloucester – the second child of four children. His elder brother John and his wife were not able to attend his funeral due to ill health. Derek attended the local school, then at the age of 11 he went to Sir Thomas Richie’s Grammar School where he was chosen for the school’s swimming team. During that time he also became a member of the Sea Scouts. He remained at that school until he left full-time education but continued…. (Read more)

Advent Mass at St Anne’s School.
Father Patrick celebrated Mass for the whole school at the beginning of Advent. Afterwards parents and
parishioners were invited to enjoy refreshments in the school hall. Members of staff organised the supply of cakes and biscuits and were ably assisted by a…. (Read more)

Scouts Christmas Post.
Many thanks to everyone for their support and help in making the 89th Reading Scouts Christmas Post a success once again – whether you were collecting cards, sorting, delivering, or using the service every bit of
help makes this possible. This year we sorted and…. (Read more)

Lent Groups from Caversham Churches Together.
See what Lent groups are studying over the Lent period here in Caversham…. (Read more)

New Altar servers at Our Lady and St Anne’s Church.
At the beginning of January seven altar servers were enrolled into the St Stephen’s Guild of Altar Servers at
the church of Our Lady and St Anne in Caversham. They had been trained by…. (Read more)

Chazey WI.
The Christmas meeting was very enjoyable. Members watched as Violet McMonnies decorated four tables for a festive lunch. Each table very different, but using the same method of decoration. A hot spicy fruit drink was ready to have with the…. (Read more)

Rosehill WI.
Well, here we are into 2018 and let’s hope that it will be a good year for everybody. Arlene Riley, our Vice President welcomed everyone present on a rather windy Wednesday afternoon. She also reminded us
that subscriptions for 2018 were now due and should be given to Judith Sharp (Treasurer). Next, the birthday buttonholes were given out by Margaret Seal. Barbara Wood is…. (Read more)

Caversham WI.
For Caversham WI’s December meeting, we welcomed Monica Phillips and two of her long-time students to get us to try line dancing. She brought us lovely music, took us (very patiently!) through some simple – and some more complicated – steps, and we had a wonderful time dancing together. We were even treated to a…. (Read more)