Caversham Court Gardens is the stunning setting for several outdoor cinema screenings this summer. On August 5th, you can enjoy Birdman at 7pm or 8.45pm, lounging on beanbags or deckchairs. On August 6th, it’s ’80s classic The Breakfast Club, on August 7th it’s (my favourite film of all time) Trainspotting, which should make for a nice contrast with the idyllic setting! On August 19th, you can watch Boyhood, Clueless is on August 20th and Fight Club is screened on August 21st, with Dead Poets Society and Interstellar and Pulp Fiction on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Visit www.cultscreens.co.uk
We’ve had a note from Linda Rumble of Caversham Heights Townswomen’s Guild. Last month was a fashion show, with some members of the guild given the opportunity to strut their stuff in stylish outfits supplied by Bon Marche, the Friar Street fashion store. Following such excitement, the social studies group has closed down for July and August, but is back in September. The ambling group, Scrabble group and luncheon club continue through the summer, as does the main club. The guild’s next meeting is on Thursday, 20th August, at 7.30pm at Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, 74 Highmoor Road, Caversham. Linda adds: “We’ll be having salad, a chat and a bring-and-buy sale. Any ladies wishing to visit us will be very welcome.”
Are you aware of Caversham GLOBE? The acronym stands for Go Local On a Better Environment, a group which works to improve and protect green spaces for the benefit of wildlife and local residents. If this interests you, on Tuesday, August 25th, there’s a Caversham GLOBE meeting at 7.15pm (tea and coffee from 7pm) in the upstairs hall, Church House, Caversham (RG4 8AX). Visit www.cavershamglobe.org.uk or call Richard Denney on 07768 958407.
Are you familiar with Caversham Weir? Reading Sustainability Centre are on a mission to install a hydro-electric turbine scheme and eco-education centre to promote the better use of resources including water, food and energy. There are many, many volunteering opportunities for the group, to help with funding and admin. To find out more, visit www.readingsustainabilitycentre.co.uk
Now to a club with an impressive pedigree. Caversham Allotment Association is holding its 114th annual show – yes, 114th; I checked! – on Saturday, 5th September. This will take place at Caversham Hall in St John’s Road, Caversham, starting at 2.15pm. Visitors are invited to attend and support the society and see prize exhibits of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Readers are promised that there will be none better for miles around! Enjoy a cup of tea and have a chat and you can enjoy a raffle and buy some of the produce at the end. Entrance is free. Any enquires, call Carol Wheeler on 01189 475802.
Now, Wimbledon might be over, but how about a strawberry tea? Strawberry teas will be served at Christ The King Church in Sedgewell Road, Sonning Common, on Saturday, 29th August, from 3-5pm. Join the friendly gang for strawberries and cream, tea and cakes in the church garden (in the hall if wet). There will also be a sale table of small items, jigsaw puzzles, plants and garden produce. All proceeds will go to church funds. For more details, call Sue Nickson on 01189 724520.
The Fortunes Past & Present is a great two-hour show from the hit band of the 1960s and ’70s. They play The Mill at Sonning on Sunday, August 23rd. Tickets are £31.50 and you can call The Mill on 01189 698000 to book.
Purley Horticultural Society, together with Purley WI, will be holding their Late Summer Show on Saturday, 5th September, from 2.30-4pm in Purley Memorial Hall, Glebe Road. Refreshments will be available.
Age Concern Bracknell Forest continue to hold a weekly Get Together at New Priestwood Community Centre every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. Sessions start on 12th August. Join the group for different activities each week for the body and brain, including quizzes, games, gentle exercise, guest speakers and entertainment. There’s no need to book – you can just turn up. Sessions are £2, including refreshments. Some transport may be available. Call Sue at Age Concern Bracknell Forest on 01344 862916 if you have any questions.
Sonning Hockey Club is a friendly, sociable club with a thriving membership in men’s, ladies’ juniors and mixed hockey. New members are always welcome at the club, which has a special event on Wednesday, August 26th. For more details, visit www.sonninghockeyclub.co.uk
Improving the standards of homecare for the most vulnerable in our community is the aim of a new framework agreement between the council and a specially selected list of providers. The Home Care Framework replaces the Domiciliary Care Accreditation Supplier List and will be used to choose future services for Berkshire residents who require home care support. The council will work closely with the companies on the list to monitor and improve service quality. Care providers must comply with Reading’s local Dignity Charter to promote and protect the dignity of individuals, and must also meet the requirements of the UNISON Ethical Care Charter to promote better quality of care and working conditions for care workers. This includes paying the living wage, proper training and payment for travel time. Residents can continue with providers who are not on the new list if they are satisfied with the service and do not wish to make any changes. However, the council will inform them of any quality issues and they can transfer to a new provider on the approved list at any time. Rachel Eden, lead councillor for Adult Social Care, said: “The council is determined to drive up homecare services in the face of continued government cuts and as people’s needs grow. This new framework is an important step in implementing the council’s Ethical Care and Dignity Charters to ensure that everyone – council commissioners, providers and care workers – work together to provide the best quality homecare for residents.”
Rainbow Children’s Centre at Sonning Common has a great programme of events throughout the rest of the school holidays. As well as the Reades Lane site, Rainbow has venues at Woodcote Village Hall, Sonning Common Library and The Children’s Centre Play Bus. Volunteers are always welcome to help with play sessions. Call 01189 724024 to find out more.
They say it’s a sign of becoming truly middle-aged when you start accosting members of the public about littering and dog-fouling. Well, I have crossed that threshold… Yes indeed; I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve run up to strangers, saying ‘Excuse me, is this yours?!’ while pointing at offending dog poo. Well, it seems I am in good company – Reading Borough Council has been making a concerted effort this summer to crack down on this filthy habit, handing out £75 penalty fines. You might have seen the council’s dog wardens and street care team at dog fouling ‘hot spots’, while telling responsible dog-owners about new legislation being introduced which requires their pets to be microchipped before next April. You’ll find them in Southcote between 11am and 2pm on August 20th. Liz Terry, Reading’s lead councillor for neighbourhoods, said: “There is no excuse for not clearing up after your dog and anyone who fails to do so is showing a blatant disregard for their neighbours, public health and the environment and they could end up with an instant £75 fine. I hope this campaign gets that message across but also acts as a good way for pet owners to get some helpful advice from our dog wardens.”
Have a fantastic August!
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