CADRA 2024 AGM & Open Meeting Monday 20 May

15 May 2024

The CADRA AGM and Open Meeting will be on Monday 20 May in the Caversham Baptist Church, starting at 7.30. After the brief formal business and a roundup  of the year, we welcome two speakers from the Reading  Climate Action Network.

Tracey Rawling Church is co-chair of the Reading Climate Change Partnership which is steering Reading’s response to the climate emergency in pursuit of its goal of net zero by 2030. She is also the low-carbon lead on the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a trustee of the Reading Business Community Partnership which connects the business and community sectors for mutual benefit. In 2014 she received the award of Sustainability Executive of the Year.

Tricia Marcouse  is Theme Lead for the nature and green spaces component of the Reading Climate Action Plan. After a career as an Environmental Engineer in various countries around the world, she is now Chair of Econet and President of the Reading and District Natural History Society. She is known to many, both for local practical environmental projects and as a regular contributor to Caversham Bridge.

After presentations on the work of Climate Action Network and the many practical opportunities, Tracey and Tricia will take questions. It promises to be a fascinating evening on a critically important issue for us all.

Local Events Websites

19 March 2024

These are local organisations that provide a list of some forthcoming events. It is by no means comprehensive, but they are local and have a genuine interest in the local cummunity.

The new What's On in Reading website replaces the existing Reading Arts and Venues.  The big difference is that groups other than RBC related are able to add their events to the programme (after some training).

Reading Borough Council - Things to do 

Choose Caversham - Events 

South Oxfordshire District Council - Events 


There are also other organsisations which we think mught be of interest to our members:

Concerts in Caversham regularly put on "high quality concerts brought to you by some of the most talented musicians in the country".

CADRA 2023 Autumn Meeting - Reading Transport Strategy 2040 & Issues for North Reading

13 September 2023

The CADRA Autumn Open Meeting takes place on: Monday 6 November 2023 at 7.30pm  in the Caversham Baptist Church, Prospect Street. As the Council prepares to launch its consultation on their Draft Transport Strategy 2040, we are delighted to welcome Chris Maddocks, Strategic Transport Manager for Reading Borough Council and Robert Williams, CEO of Reading Buses to talk on the subject: Reading Transport Strategy 2040 – Issues for North Reading

It's also a good chance to find out more about CADRA and take up membership. Everyone is welcome.

CADRA 2023 AGM - Fords, Ferries and Bridges

21 May 2023

The CADRA AGM takes place on: Tuesday 23 May 2023 at 7.30pm in the New Testament Church of God, Church Street, Caversham.

Following the brief formal business, we are delighted that David Cliffe - Chair of The History of Reading Society and Berkshire Local History Association will talk about Reading's Fords, Ferries and Bridges. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Reading Bridge. 

David has been central to local history for many years and has an extensive collection of old photos. He is the author of many books, including “Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas” (2017).

It's also a good chance to find out more about CADRA and take up membership. Everyone is welcome.

CADRA 2022 Autumn Open Meeting – Avoiding Scams

6 September 2022

7.30pm on Wednesday 9 November at Highdown School Hall, RG4 8LR

A Talk by Steve Hambridge, RBC Trading Standards

We are pleased to announce the arrangements for our Autumn Open Meeting, and delighted that Steve Hambridge, Senior Consumer Protection Officer in Reading Borough Council Trading Standards, has agreed to come and speak.

Steve has a wealth of experience in this area and last spoke to CADRA in 2013. His focus will be the scams which plague us all, not only the familiar ones but also new threats emerging.

As our usual venues in Caversham are not available, the meeting will take place in the large airy hall at Highdown School. The school has plenty of parking.

We will also welcome Margaret Ormonde, author of Emmer Green Past and Present. Copies of this newly reprinted book with a new appendix will be available for sale, as well as our Caversham greeting cards which you may find useful at Christmas.

CADRA'S Autumn Newsletter will be published in October.

CADRA 2022 AGM - Local Policing Talk

16 May 2022

The CADRA AGM takes place on: Monday 16 May 2022 at 7.30pm in the New Testament Church of God, Church Street, Caversham.

Following the brief formal business, we are delighted that Inspector Sarah Sanderson will be talking about local policing, the team  she heads up, along with PC Vince Moore, the Neighbourhood Supervisor -  Presentation Sildes.

It's also a good chance to find out more about CADRA and take up membership. Everyone is welcome.

CADRA 2021 Autumn Talk Video -The Climate for Electric Cars

14 November 2021

The Climate for Electric Cars Video

If you missed our highly successful  2021 Autumn talk or just want to see it again, you can watch it now on YouTube by clicking on the title above.

We hope the talk will help decide whether, when and how to change to an electric car? What are the benefits and challenges for you and for the energy industry? Is an electric vehicle really greener? And how does this fit in to all the national issues on energy supply?

Phil Coker, from the University of Reading Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group, is examining the variability of renewable energy supplies and the challenges in moving towards a low carbon energy system. This includes demand response, energy storage, vehicle-to-grid and hydrogen applications. Anthony Simpson works in Renewable Energy and Sustainability including the grid integration of electric vehicles.

CADRA 2021 Repeat Reading Abbey and the Gaol Talk

2 July 2021

We are pleased to confirm that our online talk, Reading Abbey and Reading Gaol by John Painter, will be repeated at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20 July.  John Painter (Friends of Reading Abbey) explores the overlapping histories of the Abbey and the Gaol. CADRA is pleased to present this on-line talk, which in normal times would follow on from our AGM. It comes just after the 900th anniversary of the founding of Reading Abbey. John Painter's talk features images of the Gaol by Matt Emmett (Forgotten Heritage)

CADRA 2019 Autumn Meeting

11 September 2019

The CADRA Autumn meeting will be a talk entitled "The Changing Face of Reading".

We are pleased to welcome: Richard Bennett, Chair of Reading Civic Society, and Mark Worringham, Head of Planning Policy, Reading Borough Council.

The meeting is on Tuesday 12 November at 7.45pm in Thameside School Hall, Harley Rd, Caversham.

CADRA 2019 AGM 11 June - Chair's Report & Accounts

5 June 2019

The CADRA AGM takes place on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7.30pm in Thameside School Hall, Harley Rd, Caversham. The agenda, including links to the formal documents, is as follows:

1. Minutes of 2018 AGM
2. Chairman’s Annual Report 
3. Treasurer’s Report - 2018-19 Accounts
4. Election of Committee
5. Any Other Business (items advised in advance only)

Following the AGM, we are delighted that Tom Asbridge from Queen Mary University of London has agreed to speak. Tom is the author of the well respected book, “The Greatest Knight” and has presented a number of TV programmes about William Marshal.

The William Marshal Panel was erected on Caversham Bridge thanks to the support of the Reading Civic Society and all the generous donors who contributed to the project costs, exceeding £5000.

CADRA 2018 Autumn Meeting - The Changing River Thames

6 November 2018

The presentation ‘The Changing Thames’ given by Terry Marsh, honorary Fellow of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford at CADRA's Autumn 2108.

CADRA 2018 AGM - The Chilterns AONB

17 May 2018

The CADRA AGM took place on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 7.30pm in Thameside School Hall. Following the brief formal business, the speaker was Sue Holden, Chief Officer of the Chilterns Conservation Board for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Chilterns lie on Caversham’s doorstep: their woodland, hills, views, chalk streams and history provide a huge recreational
asset for all of us, as well as a rich and diverse habitat. But such a lovely area so close to London is under huge development pressure, not only from housing but from big infrastructure projects like HS2.

The Chairman's Report 2017-2018

CADRA News - Spring 2018


CADRA 2017 50th Anniversary Celebration Autumn Meeting

17 October 2017

Tuesday 17 October at 7.30pm Thameside Primary School, Harley Road.
Trees in Caversham, speaker: Dr John Evans
Followed by A toast to the future of CADRA.