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Greatest Night updated 13 June 2019 for progress on design and fundraising

Caversham and District Residents Association and Reading Civic Society are working together to develop a richly illustrated panel, telling the story of William Marshal, who died in Caversham 800 years ago on the 14th May. He was one of the most influential figures in Medieval England and was regarded as the Greatest Knight whoever lived.

Drawing on the extraordinary History written after his death, many books have been written. Dr Thomas Asbridge, medieval history scholar at Queen Mary University of London and author of The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, gave an excellent lecture to a full hall at the 2019 CADRA AGM on 11th June at Thameside School. With advice from Dr Asbridge, design work for an information panel on the life of William Marshal is largely complete.

Subject to planning permission, the panel will be installed on the viewing platform of Caversham Bridge, looking towards Deans Farm, where his home was thought to be, and Reading Abbey, where his body was taken for a mass before a burial at Temple Church, London.

The aim is to have the panel installed during autumn 2019.

Reading Borough Council are being supportive of the project.

Reading Civic Society (a registered charity) has agreed to receive donations and apply for Gift Aid for the project. Generous donations, combined with projected gift aid and money set aside by CADRA, have reached the initial target of £4,300 but additional costs now seem likely and further donations will be very welcome. 

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by completing this DONATION FORM. Please indicate if you are eligible to claim Gift Aid.

Reading Civic Society Annual Party 2nd March 2019 – Pepe Sale

Some 57 members and their guests attended the annual Civic Society party at Pepe Sale on Saturday 2 March. As ever we were brilliantly looked after by Toni and the Pepe Sale team. It was terrific to see such an enthusiastic turnout with some new members attending and some long standing members attending an event for the first time in many years.

We were very grateful for the donations of prizes for the raffle which raised £130

A selection of images by Chris Widdows is below.

The Quiz by Chris Widdows