Updated 20 December 2022
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. 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 2023 we were invited by the Lord of the Manor of Bucklebury House for a guided tour of his wonderful garden and treated to lunch.
In 2022 activities included;
- a guided tour of 24 Southcote Road, an 1850s building which has been undergoing sympathetic restoration for the last 2 years,
- Visit to Bremont Watches in Henley,
- a book launch at Haslams Estate Agents of “The Gentlemen Danes of Reading” by RCS member John Nixon,
- For HODs talks about Georgian Reading by member John Missenden and about Buckler Cars (following the installation of a blue Plaque)
- A visit to the Mayor’s Parlour to meet the Mayor Cllr Rachel Eden to hear about the Mayoralty in Reading and see some of the images of past Mayors and some of the silver collection.
- The launch of Look Draw Build@Reading Station project for Primary Schools in Haslams Estate Agents.
In 2024 on 10 June we have a guided tour of Donnington Hospital (an Almshouse of the Hartley Trust). Visit will be announced and booking required £20 per head.
Local activities in general
There have been local guided walks with a theme, such as statues and monuments; and an annual churches tour. These have unfortunately been rather blown by COVID.
For Heritage Open Days for the last 4 years we have organised a walk of interesting parts of town with Reading Civic Society Committee Member Terry Dixon; Terry’s Reading Walkabouts. In 2022 this covered the Christchurch and Redlands Conservation areas. In 2023 this will cover areas of Caversham.
We hold a lunch party at a local restaurant, now in the Autumn.
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 was by the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Willie Hartley Russell MVO DL, when he reflected on his year and his other interests.