The AGM was held The Grace Church
on the Peppard Road on 28th April. After the formal business we were
lucky to have two speakers this year. Pat Baxter Head of Transport for
Reading Borough Council and Paul Newman from Network Rail outlined the
Reading Station development. Pat also gave us an insight into other transport
proposals north of the river and reassured that in future severe cold
weather conditions a realistic coping strategy is now in place. Details
of the committee are at the end of the newsletter.
One sunny evening in May
a group of EGRA members were lucky enough to have a guided tour of Caversham
Gardens led by Anne Latto.
Barry Prior is organising a future outing to the Thames
Valley Police Museum at Sulhampstead .
We do not yet have a date, but if you might be interested, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0118 9461150 to add your name to
The arranging and funding of the refurbishment of two dilapidated seats
by the pond has been undertaken by EGRA. The work was carried out by
local carpenter Steve Munnings (Woodworks) and Bryan Verran organised
the brass plaques. And after consultation a seat, previously at the Surley
Row junction, has been relocated by the Council on the precinct green.
We hope they are all enjoyed by the community.
this newsletter is the ‘members only’ 2010
Recommended Tradesmen’s List. The next complete revision will be
in 2012. As before, all entries are from members' recommendations. Please
continue to pass on the names of good workers and feedback on dissatisfaction.
As before we particularly thank Bob Cruickshank for managing and compiling
the list over a number of years. This is his last year, so we will be
looking for someone new to take on the role. Please note content does
not imply a responsibility or liability on either the Association or
any of its members in the event of possible dissatisfaction with any
of the tradesmen listed.
New planning applications remain fairly quiet, however, we continue to
monitor all local planning applications and respond to consultations
as necessary. Cllr Isobel Ballsdon (Thames Ward – which covers
some areas of Emmer Green) is now Chair of the Planning Committee.
We also monitor beyond the boundary and have been informed South Oxfordshire
Council's Development Framework has now been withdrawn until it has heard
from Minister of Local Government.
Following a public enquiry in April it has been formally agreed that
the footpath between Russet Glade and Jefferson Close will become a public
right of way.
Cllr Richard Willis has kindly given us the schedules for bus shelter
Emmer Green Pond - 16 July
Buckingham Drive (inbound) - 16 July
Buckingham Drive (outbound) - 22 July
Rotherfield Way - 30 July.
St Barnabas Church - 25 August
Kiln Road - 25 August
Grove Hill / Hemdean Rd - 24 September
There have been additional requests for a new shelter at the northern
end of Peppard Road, and we have heard, that because of new usage figures,
there are plans to move the former shelter at the top of Courtenay Drive
to the bottom of the road. Please let us know as soon as possible if
you are in favour or against this change. One of the smaller shelters
at Cavendish Road belongs to RBC and will remain in place.
There is continued disappointment at the withdrawal of the 24 clockwise
loop. Barry Prior attended the public meeting in April with James Freeman
and Pat Baxter, Heads of Reading Buses and RBC’s Transport Department
respectively. A number of issues were raised and we are still pressing
for improvements and will keep you informed.
Transport Users Forum
Meeting chaired by Cllr Richard Willis, Tuesday 13th July 6.30pm - Kennet
Room, Civic Centre
POLICE & SAFETY ISSUES
http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/yournh-tvp-pol-area-N130 This is the
direct link to the Caversham North neighbourhood section of the Thames
Valley Police website. It gives details of our local officers and dates
for forthcoming Neighbourhood Action Group meetings at Highdown School.
The relaunch of the Upper Caversham NAG has been highly successful and
we would urge residents to support meetings. The next meeting is at Highdown
School on 20th July 6.00-8.00pm. Please contact Inspector Penny Mackenzie
on 0845 8 505 505 if you wish to attend.
Warm summer weather means open windows and a change in behaviour patterns.
Anti-social behaviour, albeit from noisy neighbours, or late-night revelling
should not be tolerated. Please report incidents: Noise Pollution: Environmental
Health Section on FREEPHONE 0800 626540.
Or non-emergency police call 0845 8 505 5050
Please be security minded in your home - residents are reminded to keep
valuables safe and keys out of easy reach.
Parking on Green
In response to concerns from various EGRA members and worried parents,
we have been campaigning to stop cars parking on the green opposite
Emmer Green School at school pick up and drop off time. Despite letters
from the school and requests not to put children’s safety at
risk, the abuse continues. Cllr Richard Willis has now passed the matter
to Transport Officials and RBC’s Housing Department, who is responsible
for the land, is bidding for funding from the Decent Neighbourhood
Fund to install metal trip rail to prevent vehicular access to the
green. We will keep you informed
We regularly monitor grass and hedge cutting, and feedback to the Council
anything reported to us. We have commented on the state of some of
the grass verges following on from gas pipe laying and hope that in
due course, decent surfaces will be reinstated.
Litter and Recycling
Reading Borough Council has an obligation to site more bottlebanks to
give residents access within walking distance. Some have recently been
installed near the Tesco / Esso Garage.
We welcome the introduction of the recycling receptacles at the precinct
and have requested an additional litter bin next to the newly installed
seat near the shops, as well as more on the playing fields at Clayfield
The bins have only been removed for the summer and will be put back into
the positions in October. Thanks to feedback from members recommendations
for positioning of further grit bins, have been added to our list and
be taken into consideration when the Council is evaluating roads on
which to position the grit bins.
Bob Cruickshank currently heads our graffiti clean up team and he asks
for you to report to him on 0118 9482900 or email email@example.com . Thankfully things are very much better than they were, but if you
would like to help out please get in touch.
Friends of Clayfield Copse continue to meet for active conservation work
on the first Sunday of each month. They also arrange guided walks through
the woods. Contact Anne Latto on 0118 9484454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly it has come to our attention that the veteran tree planted 200
years ago is likely to be felled. EGRA members who live in the vicinity
have been informed of this intention. If this happens, the Council
have stressed an obligation to replant with the same species
We shortly hope to be in a position to present the third of our annual
book prizes to pupils of the school who have shown an interest in the
community. The Emmer Green History web pages, which for ten years has
been hosted by Highdown, will be moving to the EGRA site once everything
has been reconfigured. Thanks in particular to Jane Moody of their
IT department who helped set it up and maintain it.
Emmer Green Youth & Community Centre
There have been several consultations over the forthcoming Children’s
Centre building programme, which will provide a base for the North Children’s
Action Team, a multi agency team who work closely with schools and the
community to support children and young people. To minimise disruption,
work will be carried out during the school holidays – July and
August. The Youth Club will be relocating to the park on Monday and Friday
evenings and other holiday activities to Highdown School.
At the end of last summer Reading was awarded a Lottery grant and ‘Playbuilder’ funding
from the DCSF. New play facilities are being installed throughout the
town. Work is now nearly completed on the new children’s play area
(park landscaping* to follow in the autumn). It has provided a generous
space for our young people enabling them to build and develop social
and recreational skills. Unfortunately there is a small element whose
behaviour can be deemed as anti-social. This is being addressed by the
Parks Manager and the Police Community Support Team. Inappropriate activities
are being monitored and reported.
We have also been advised that when the Emmer Green Community Centre
is being rebuilt in July and August that supervised outdoor activities
for the Youth Club will be relocating the park on Friday and Monday evenings.
Games will cease at 9.00pm.
*8 oak trees to be planted in autumn; rowan and hawthorn in playground
area. Possibilities - border of daffodils near hedges and wildlife areas.
The new location of the EGRA website has been operational
for a year. Many thanks go to Clive Ormonde for his skills in designing
the site over a long period. For those without a computer, the site can
be freely accessed at the local library. We will shortly be transferring
the Emmer Green History site from its former Highdown host.
St Barnabas Garden Party.
Saturday July 10th
2.00pm – 4.00pm.
Scarecrow theme. This year the fete is in aid of the new quiet garden
behind the church. EGRA stall.
Age Concern Berkshire Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Saturday 17th July 11.00am - 3.00pm Forbury Gardens.
Music, Tai chi,
archery, line dancing,
circus skills, gardening, children’s craft sessions. Trading Standards,
Police, Fire and Rescue.
Age Concern 50 Plus+ Forum, and AGM.
Next meeting is Monday 13th September
at 2.00pm, at St Barnabas Church Hall. Please respond to Marveta Hinds
Please be aware that there has been a recent crackdown on illicit parking
at the precinct car park. It is a privately run car park with a two
hours maximum stay. We hope to get clarification on the disabled bays
and, if a miracle happens, better lighting.
Caversham Good Neighbours
voluntary organisation based in Caversham helps residents of Caversham
and Emmer Green by offering transport to
local surgeries, the hospital etc., and home visits. They would like
to recruit more volunteers and also promote the service they offer. Please
phone the office on 0118 9483466 Monday to Friday 9.30am -11.30am or
Secretary Pat Rawlings on 0118 9477778.
True Food Co-op
The official opening of True Food Co-op shop took place Saturday 15th
May. It is a not-for-profit organisation helped by volunteers, and
serves as a base for their local market stalls. It offers organic wholefoods,
fresh fruit and vegetables and eco-friendly household products. www.truefood.coop .
Chairman Margaret Ormonde
Minute Secretary Carol Gibson
Treasurer Bill Harper
General Members - Cathi Edwards, Jenny Leach, Vera Bodman, Jane
Committee Support - Graffiti Bob Cruickshank, Newsletter Distribution
Diana Hartrup, North Reading Youth Project Tara Taylor, Website Management
Clive Ormonde .
Thanks go our teams of volunteers who help deliver the newsletters and
keep an eye on the notice board.
WE VALUE ALL HELP AND SUPPORT. THERE ARE VACANCIES ON THE COMMITTEE.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FIND OUT MORE.
Margaret Ormonde, Chair. Tel: 0118 9470922 email: email@example.com