Headlines for January Issue

CADRA celebrates 50 years.
On Tuesday 17 October the Caversham and District Residents’ Association celebrated 50 years. At noon, the team gathered by the Caversham War Memorial to plant a new Copper Beech tree. They were supported by the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams and by Damian Farmer of Farmer and Dyer who had contributed to the cost of…. (Read more)

“Spotacular” for Children in Need at St Anne’s School.
During November, the children of The School Council at St Anne’s School arranged a special day to raise funds for Children in Need. They asked everyone to try to wear as many…. (Read more)

Remembrance and Poppy Appeal 2017.
On Remembrance Sunday 12th November the sun shone brightly, and the wind was cold and brisk in Caversham. The usual Service of Remembrance took place at Caversham’s own War Memorial in Christchurch Meadows. Including the Groups in the Parade over 1000 people attended from…. (Read more)

Caversham Children’s Choir.
If your child is 8-12 years of age with a passion for singing and the ability to read music, then there is exciting news for half-term in…. (Read more)

Church House building work complete.
Church House in the centre of Caversham has now been transformed with two new offices and new toilets, one of which conforms to the latest accessibility regulations. In 2014 this newspaper recorded improvements to the…. (Read more)

History of Reading Society.
The subject of the November talk was ‘Dicing with Death: Threats to Reading’s Health c1550-1900’. The speaker was Joan Dils, the society’s president. Joan quoted the eminent 18th century American statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin who said “Nothing is as certain in life as death and taxes” and throughout the period covered….. (Read more)

Gosbrook Road Christmas Fair 2017.
Lots of goods were on sale, lovely homemade cakes which looked very inviting, many made by Cynthia Neave. Mary Prior’s produce stall is always a success, and was laden with all kinds of pickles, jams, marmalade and apple juice etc. Books, Bric-a-brac and Tombola always keep people busy. Rosemary Johnstone brought her beautiful knitted items with many excellent…. (Read more)

Hemdean House School – in a class of its own.
Hemdean House School, the Caversham based non-selective independent primary school is delighted to be placed as the 29th highest achieving independent prep school in the country ranked by its recent examination results published in the Sunday Times. It is the highest placed in Berkshire, amongst some of the most prestigious schools in the UK. The school, located in Hemdean Road since…. (Read more)

Scottish Country Dancing in Caversham.
On the afternoon of Remembrance Day the hall at Thameside Primary School in Caversham rang to the sound of jigs, reels, and strathspeys when members and guests of Reading St. Andrew’s
Scottish Dancing Society attended the society’s annual Tea Dance. The music was provided by an excellent duo playing piano accordion and fiddle. All the Scottish country dances were…. (Read more)

St Anne’s Well.
Since I live very near to the well, it’s perhaps surprising that I haven’t investigated it before now. It had been forgotten about until 1906 when workmen building a new road from Church Road to Priest’s Lane (now Priest Hill) rediscovered it in the hedge on the edge of the large field called The Mount. After the well was re-opened in 1908, it was decided that this new…. (Read more)

Reading Buses – Caversham Routes.
Reading Buses launched a consultation on 11 October 2017 with a short closing date. It was proposed to reroute the 22 along Hemdean Road and Oakley Road, remove the 24 service and amend the routes of the 23 and 25. This produced stiff opposition locally and a revised proposal was made. The second proposal included a new Hoppa service to cover some areas which were to lose their service. This would run off peak only and would not…. (Read more)

Marie Smith.
Caversham has lost one of its longstanding residents with the recent death of Marie Smith who was a regular worshipper at St Peter’s church for many years and several of her family have been choristers there over the years. Thanks to Marie’s generosity in the more recent times the choir has been able to expand its library of music. Most Sundays after the main service Marie would be at the back of the church with some…. (Read more)

The Rake’s Progress!
On a bright clear Saturday morning in November St Peter’s churchyard was invaded by an army of boys and girls keen to tidy up the place. Eighteen members of 3rd Reading St Peter’s Cubs (Tiger Pack) arrived armed with…. (Read more)

St Martin’s Centre.
Hermes the owners of St Martins Centre are preparing alternative plans for the position of the new cinema. The intention is to develop above and behind the Superdrug store which would be retained with some alterations. The proposed building may rise to 5 storeys with the upper levels set back. The entrance to the cinema would be from the new Caversham Square on the car park side. The entrance to the new…. (Read more)

Gladman proposal for 245 homes off Peppard Road.
Although South Oxfordshire District Council had earlier been expected to recommend refusal of this application, the planning officer finally recommended approval. Following substantial opposition from Parish Councils and individuals in South Oxfordshire, Caversham and Emmer Green, the Planning Committee decided to refuse the application. The developer, Gladman submitted an appeal and the…. (Read more)

Caversham Horticultural Society.
For the January talk the society invited Jim McCartney, a multiple award-winning exhibitor at a number of horticultural shows including our own autumn show. He will be giving information and advice on how to grow and prepare fruit, floral and vegetable exhibits. Secondly a reminder to gardeners residing within the RG4 postal district that membership of the society is…. (Read more)

Chazey WI.
The November meeting encouraged our ladies to do some exercise! Valerie Holden, committee member, introduced Debbie Page who was going to take the members through a Tai Chi session! Some members stayed sitting down and the majority took part standing, and it was a very…. (Read more)

Rosehill WI.
At our November meeting, President Margaret Pyle welcomed all members and guests. Margaret announced that June Fisher had held a very successful MacMillan coffee morning in Sonning Common raising the sum of £1,450. Well done June and friends.
Those members wishing to go to…. (Read more)

Caversham WI.
For Caversham WI’s November meeting, we welcomed Steve Waite, to tell us all about the wildlife found in our gardens. He showed us some of the beautiful pictures of flowers and insects – even an owl – which he has taken…. (Read more)

Join us at Caversham Park Church.
Located at Caversham Park Primary School, Queensway, Caversham Park on Sunday 28th January at 11am, Come and share our Christingle and spread hope…. (Read more)


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