Headlines for October Issue

Bishop of Reading retiring
The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, has announced he will retire next year. His last official engagement takes place on Easter Sunday. “Bishop Andrew has brought a passion for the global Church which has been threaded through every aspect of his leadership,” says the Bishop of Oxford. In a letter to clergy and parishioners across the Berkshire episcopal area…. (Read more)

Do you have some spare time, looking at giving some time working in media, perhaps you may have children at senior school looking at working in multi-media and news, PC Literate and happy to work with the internet and website. Or perhaps even retired. Then we at Caversham Bridge are looking for a few people to join the editing team, to help sort through stories and make them ready for publication, even to gather news from around the Caversham area. We also want to expand the Bridge and add a couple more interesting sections…. (Read more) or visit volunteering-editors

Gladman Appeal Hearing
Gladman Land claim to be the UK’s most successful land promoter. They applied to South Oxfordshire District Council for outline planning permission to build 245 homes on fields East of Peppard Road from Kiln Road to Peppard Building Supplies. The land is within the Parish of Eye and Dunsden which currently includes fewer than 150 homes. A campaign group was formed – Campaign Against Gladman in Eye and Dunsden (CAGE). This included several parishes in South Oxfordshire and residents’ associations in Caversham, Emmer Green and Caversham Park Village. The application was refused and Gladman lodged an appeal. Thanks to contributions from the….. (Read more)

Demand Soars for Bereavement Support Group
Demand has soared during the past year for a bereavement support group set up by Independent Funeral Directors A.B. Walker. Hundreds of people have been helped thanks to the Link Bereavement Care Group which was set up five years ago by A.B. Walker, one of Berkshire’s oldest family businesses. Anyone who has been bereaved and feels they can benefit can apply to go on a group course. There are six sessions over consecutive weeks hosted by trained facilitators. The program is…. (Read more)

Reading Hard of Hearing Club
Reading Hard of Hearing Club members understand what it’s like to have a hearing loss which can make you feel lonely and isolated. Do you have difficulty in following what people say? Do you sometimes feel frustrated and convinced that most people don’t understand your problem? Being able to lipread can help boost your confidence, so why not come and join us in learning to lipread? You can practise these skills to help you communicate….. (Read more)

Could Caversham and North Reading become a friendlier place?
Do you think our community could be a friendlier place and help people feel less isolated if more people did some small acts of kindness or consideration on a regular basis? You might see in some of our local shops and halls “pledge cards” and some blue shopper bags. The idea of the cards is to act as a prompt for those small acts and the bag has two uses:
It suggests that all it may take is a smile….. (Read more)

The Stinkhorn
For October, I usually write something about fungi. Since I’m about to go away on holiday, I’m writing this in August, during the heatwave. It’s far too dry for many fungi, but by the time you read this, the situation may be completely different! Having said that, the world of fungi is vast and complex. They may have some of the qualities of plants, but they also have some of the qualities of animals…. (Read more)

From Shellshock to PTSD
Dunsden Village Hall, Inaugural lecture by Professor Suzanna Rose, Tuesday, 10th July 2018 An invitation to give the inaugural lecture of a series is an honour and a challenge; Professor Rose gave us a masterclass in the art; determining the brief, interesting and informing the target audience and setting the tone. Against the backdrop of the newly extended and renovated village hall, with its close associations with Owen, the talk addressed past, present and future issues. By choice, she created an…. (Read more)

Challenging times for Traidcraft.
Each year, Traidcraft, the fair-trade company based in Newcastle celebrates the launch of their autumn/Christmas catalogue with a series of “Road Show” events around the country. This year, for the first time they came to Reading. On 31 August around fifty “Fair Traders”, who mostly sell Traidcraft items in their churches, met at Caversham Heights Methodist Church. They came from as far as Nottingham and the Forest of Dean for the event, which provided an opportunity to see the latest foods and crafts and to hear an update on Traidcraft’s work. Traidcraft was established over 30 years ago as a Christian response to poverty. It aims to fight poverty through trade, helping farmers and artisans in developing countries transform their lives by trading their way out of…. (Read more)

Paddington Bear visits Caversham Park Church as part of his pilgrimage
Paddington came to visit us at our service on Sunday as part of his tour around the region, he came with an important message for us and to ask how we are welcoming to people especially the youth who generally feel very isolated when they come to church. This formed part of our worship, following which he…. (Read more)

Following the celebration in May of 50 years of the Reading and District Probus Club, the club has continued to meet each month, and members have enjoyed talks on varying topics, including: ‘Ladies of the Tower’, a talk on women who have been imprisoned in the Tower of London, given by Tony Stafford, a Yeoman Warder, in full Beefeater dress. ‘The History of Policing’, a talk by Ken Wells, a retired policeman, who now runs the Thames Valley Police Museum in Sulhampstead, but temporarily housed in Theale Police Station while refurbishments are carried out. The talk covered how the… (Read more)

Chazey WI
The August meeting was our last one at the Methodist Church Hall and we were entertained by Jean Turton talking about Chinese Brush Painting. Jean was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject, painting scenes for us and describing the method of holding the brushes. Valerie, our President, thanked Jean for a very entertaining…. (Read more)

Rivermead Indoor Bowls Club
Rivermead Indoor Bowls Club, Richfield Avenue, Reading re-opens on 29th September 2018 for our new season. New Members are welcome (no experience necessary) – coaching and help are available. There are two Open Days – Sunday 21st October – 2pm to 5 p.m. and Saturday 27th October – 10am to 1pm Bowls are provided, but please bring along your own flat…. (Read more)

Caversham Heights TG
At the time of writing this, the starting time of the next meeting of Caversham Heights Townswomen’s Guild is still uncertain. It will be on the afternoon of 17th of October at Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall. Our speaker will be Gillian Hegarty, who will tell us about Volunteering at Greys Court. We enjoyed a Garden Party at the home of…. (Read more)

Caversham Horticultural Society
The Society has two events this month. Firstly the Autumn Plant Sale will be held at the Oakley Road Allotments on Saturday 6th October between 10.0 – 11.30am. The following Wednesday, 10th October, has the public…. (Read more)

Our Lady and St Anne’s Patronal Feast
26th July was the feast day of Sts Joachim and Anne, the mother and father of Our Lady and the grandparents of Jesus. The day was celebrated as the patronal feast of the parish of Our Lady and St Anne. A well-attended Mass in the evening was celebrated by Father Patrick. The choir sang the Latin Proper of the…. (Read more)


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