Activities for Members – Do come and join us

Updated 26 March 2022

Renewal of Memberships and applications to join for the first time

Renewal of membership for 2022 is now due, the membership form can be printed from the following link: Membership renewal form .If you wish to pay by Bank Transfer details of the bank account are provided on the form, please let Alison ( know if you decide to pay this way.

Come Join us

We will be delighted if you wish to join us.  The recruitment leaflet may be printed from  RCS RECRUITMENT LEAFLET


Each year we aim to undertake visits to a selected location in London or a town of historic interest where we usually link up with the local Civic Society. We have previously been to Bath, Malvern, Southampton, Poole and Winchester to name a few. Our London visits have been led by a Blue Badge Guide and have included Docklands, Spitalfields, Southwark and the Kings Cross and St Pancras area.  Recent events in Reading have included  visits to; see the work underway at Thames Lido (Kings Meadow), the new offices of Haslams Estate Agents, the new School of Architecture at Reading University and to hear from the Head of the School. In March 2022 some 40 members and friends took part in a guided your of 24 Southcote Road, an 1850s building which has been undergoing sympathetic restoration for the last 2 years.

Local activities in general

There have been local guided walks with a theme, such as statues and monuments; and an annual churches tour.  For Heritage Open Days for the last 4 years we have organised a walk of interesting parts of town with Terry’s Reading Walkabouts, in 2022 this will be of Christchurch and Redlands.

We hold a lunch party at a local restaurant, usually in Spring.

Members receive regular updates by email (copied to those not on email) about related events along with an occasional formal newsletter.  Newsletters, which show past events, may be seen on the Membership page.

Our AGM is usually held in the Garden Hall at Watlington House or at Thames Lido in Spring. 

We invite a speaker to talk on a topic of interest to the Society. In the past, subjects have included old film footage of the town, and an illustrated talk on Stratfield Saye, home of the Dukes of Wellington, “On Track, Reading’s Railways, Past, Present and Future”, in 2017 The Battle of Maiwand.

The talk for the AGM 2022  on 6th April is by the High Sheriff of Berkshire as he reflects on his year.

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