CADRA 2023 Autumn Open Meeting Monday 6 November

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.

Reading Festival August 2023

14 August 2023

Festival Republic have provide Information about the dates, times and contact details during the festival, which may be of help.

CADRA 2023 AGM & Open Meeting Tuesday 23 May

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.

Reading Walks Festival - Caversham Walks

3 March 2023

The Reading Walks Festival (10-14 May) includes one around the St Peters Conservation Area and the 2-day St James' Way - a Camino in England. The latter comes with an interesting Leaflet.  There are also others with local as well as a wider interest. Places are free but may book up quickly.

Reading Walks Festival - Caversham Walks

3 March 2023

The Reading Walks Festival (10-14 May) includes one around the St Peters Conservation Area and the 2-day St James' Way - a Camino in England. The latter comes with an interesting Leaflet.  There are also others with local as well as a wider interest. Places are free but may book up quickly.

CADRA Autumn Open Meeting 2022 – 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.

Thames Valley Police CADRA 2022 AGM Presentation

17 June 2022

At the CADRA 20222 AGM Inspector Sarah Sanderson and her colleague PC Vince Moore gave an interesting talk. Here are her Presentation Sildes.

   

CADRA AGM & Open Meeting - Thank You

16 May 2022

Getting ready for the CADRA AGM. Thank you to the New Testament Church of God for hosting us - memories of the old Glendale Cinema. Thank you to all who came and the new members who joined.

   

CADRA 2022 AGM & Open Meeting Monday 16 May

14 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.

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

Local Events Websites

2 May 2022

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".

The Caversham Arts Trail - 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd May

2 May 2022

The Caversham Arts Trail takes place on  two weekends in May this year: the 14th & 15th, and the 21st & 22nd.

Reading Water Fest on Saturday 4 June 2022

11 April 2022

Reading Water Fest on Saturday 4 June 2022 has been arranged to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

This accessible one-day event will take place between 11am and 5pm within the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the River Kennet. 

Water Fest is Reading’s largest free town centre-based community event. It features an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage, with a plethora of live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.

The event celebrates and showcases the Kennet Canal in all its glory, along with the gorgeous and historic spots on its towpath, with the chance to spot beautifully painted boats and chat to boaters. It is run in partnership with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and will also partner with the Blue Collar Street Food event in the Forbury. Waterfest Counncil News

The Climate for Electric Cars Video of CADRA Autumn Talk

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.

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.

CADRA 2019 AGM & William Marshal Talk on 11 June

17 April 2019

The CADRA AGM takes place on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7.30pm in Thameside School Hall, Harley Rd, Caversham. Following the brief formal business, 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.

CADRA 2018 Autumn Meeting

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

17 April 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 50th Anniversary Celebration 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.