David Chandler spoke on the wildlife of
Bugs Bottom in 1992. That theme has continued at
intervals with Mark Hillyer from Caversham Court Environment
Centre in 1994, and Tricia Marcouse from Reading
Urban Wildlife Group in 1995; followed up with
Tina Gower in 1997 and Anne Latto
representing Friends of Clayfield Copse. We really spread our wings
in 2003 when Mt Kilimanjaro was on the agenda, courtesy
of Graham Horn.
The services have been represented with Thames Water 1993,
Crime Prevention 1996, Thames Valley and Chilterns
Air Ambulance Trust
2005 and the local
police, PC Small on community policing in 1986 and
Sgt Warren McGowan and his team in 2007. Reading
Borough Council sent along representatives to speak on trees in 1986,
in 1990 the Chief Executive, John Filkin,
spoke on environmental issues and Frances Smith on pollution (1991).
Steve Green informed us about the North Reading Youth Project in
1998, and Tina Heaford brought us up to date on
that in 2008. Other
have been Bill Mander from The Berkshire Woodcarvers (1999),
Bet Tickner from the BBC Monitoring Station (2001),
Lady Audrey Durant speaking on
the history of Surley Row (2002), Gill Franklin
from Cross Lanes Apple Farm (2004), and local
artist Jenny Leach (2006).
In 2009 Richard Bennett talked about the history of Reading Civic
Society and its achievements. The next year Pat Baxter – RBC
Transport Strategy Manager – described a number of the major
planning and transport issues currently before the Borough Council,
and Paul Newman – RailTrack Project Manager – spoke on
the redevelopment of Reading Station.
In 2011 Chris Aldridge of the True Food Co-Operative Shop told us
about the history and ethics of the enterprise and gave members the
chance to sample some of their products.
In 2012 Dr. Clive Edmonds gave an illustrated talk about the history
and workings of the caves in and around Emmer Green and Reading.
This was followed up the next year by Chris Butlin of 89th Reading
Scouts who spoke about the recent rebuilding project which would
include an opportunity for caving in the mines beneath their premises.
In 2014 Corry Starling from Mapledurham Mill spoke with passion about
the history and workings of the mill and future plans.
In 2015 Rachel Sanderson from the Chilterns Conservation Board gave
a fascinating insight into the Chilterns Commons Project and news
on the local Red Kites.
For the 2016 AGM a representative from the Museum of Berkshire Aviation
has been booked.