is supported by Reading Borough Council
Tuesday 28th May 2013 7pm. Southcote Neighbourhood Advice Centre. All welcome.
SOUTHCOTE MAY FAYRE
SATURDAY MAY4th CORONATION SQUARE 12-4pm
This year's Fayre, opened by PEPPA PIG was a great success. There were loads
of activities for children of all ages - bouncy castles, soft play,
rhyme time, farm animals, reptiles, spiders,face painting, glitter
tattoos, touch rugby, hook a duck, velcro suits, fire engine, police car.
Stalls included healthy eating, NHS health checks,
Southcote Information Technology Experience[SITE], Granville Rd. Tenants
Assoc., Southcote Growallot, Southcote GLOBE, Tombola, Books, Kids jewellery, Cakes, Sweets, BBQ.
Displays include Readipop and Tai Chi.
'YOUR COMMUNITY-YOUR CASH' How would you spend £15,000 to help your
community grow? People were invited to vote for their favourite projects while at the Fayre.
was particularly fitting that on the day of the Fayre, the new housing
on the Square, Eileen Bowsher Court, was officially opened.
Eileen, who for many years was a member of Southcote GLOBE, worked
tirelessly for the area, including organising many May Fayres in
Our thanks and congratulations to the Ambassadors for Southcote Children's Centre, ASCC, for all their hard work organising the event.
For some great pictures of the day, see the May Fayre 2013 website page of the Southcote Residents Association
CORONATION SQUARE PRECINCT GARDENS WORK PARTY: Sunday April 21st 9am
Six members and friends weeded, did some planting and generally tidied up ready for the May Fayre.
RESCUE SPRING 2013 CLEAN-UP: Southcote work cancelled due to snow.
RESCUE AUTUMN 2012 CLEAN-UP
October 13th Saturday am.
members and friends collected several bags of litter from the side of
the Burghfield Road by the Holy Brook bridge and at the bottom of
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS: Sunday 2nd September
Six members and friends worked on the gardens, weeding and cutting back vegetation.
KENNET MEADOWS WALK: SATURDAY JULY 21st
small group of members and friends joined local naturalist Adrian
Lawson for a walk in the Meadows. It was a fine morning and among the
birds on the recently created Fobney Island nature reserve were grey
cormorant and canada geese. Other birds seen were young whitethroat.
goldfinches, stock dove and mandarin ducks. Several species of damsel
and dragonflies were on the wing and wild flowers included teasel,
meadowsweet, valerian, purple
loosestrife, bramble and ragwort. These walks are open to everyone -
keep a look-out for details of future events on posters or this website.
Cinnabar moth caterpillars feeding on ragwort. Photos:A Briers
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
and friends worked on the Gardens on Sunday May 6th. While the
planting in three of the beds is thriving, there is a continuing
problem with the bed near the charity shop and takeaway.The soil is
continually trampled and plants do not have a chance to get
established. This bed spoils the look of the Gardens and serious
thought needs to be given to it's future- any ideas very welcome.
FLORIAN COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT:
This new allotment was officially opened by the mayor, Cllr. Debs Edwards on April 14th - see Community Gardening page.
Details of all the local community plots are also on that page.
RESCUE 2012: Saturday March 10th.
members and friends worked hard clearing rubbish from the Linear Park
[Burghfield Rd. to Circuit Lane], Southcote Farm Lane and the path
across the Meadows to Southcote Lock. Around 35 sacks of rubbish,
shopping trolleys, tyres, a bicycle and parts of a motor bike were
Janet, Graham, Ann, John & Gloria Photo: GetReading 14/3/2012
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
Five volunteers weeded and cleared rubbish and dead vegetation on Sunday February 19th.
VISIT TO THE MAYOR'S PARLOUR:
Mayor and local Southcote councillor, Deborah Edwards welcomed a group
of members and friends to the Mayor's parlour on Feb.14th for an
informal visit. She told us about her role as mayor, the charities she
is supporting and the history of the town and the symbols of office.
There was also some discussion of local issues. Our thanks to Deborah
for a very interesting evening.
WALK IN KENNET MEADOWS: SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER
and friends enjoyed an Autumn walk in the meadows. Walk Leader,
local naturalist Adrian Lawson took us to the area where Fobney Island
nature reserve is being developed, and explained the history of the
project and what is hoped to be achieved in the future.
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
Five volunteers weeded and cut back vegetation on Sunday October 9th
Six volunteers weeded and tidied up the gardens on Sunday July 31st.
WALK IN KENNET MEADOWS: SUNDAY MAY 8th
and friends enjoyed a walk in Kennet Meadows. Leader Adrian Lawson
provided a fascinating insight into the history and wildlife of the
area. He identified birds, often tracking them by their songs. Species
seen included heron, garden warbler, sedge warbler, reed warbler and
moorhen. The weather was fine and the sun brought out many insects including several species of damselfly.
Cameras were much in use and some of the images taken are shown
Photos:G Prior We hope to arrange more walks in the Meadows with Adrian.
CORONATION SQUARE SHOPPING PRECINCT GARDENS WORK PARTY:
April 17th . Six volunteers weeded, tidied up and put some more plants
in. One of the beds had suffered considerable damage but we hope to work on it when
the ground is less dry.
GLOBE and friends worked in the Kennet Meadows/Holybrook area on
March 12th, clearing litter from the Burghfield Road through the Brunel
Rd. Linear Park area and
from footpaths across the meadows. This, plus two more bagfuls picked
up after the photos were taken, is what we collected in just one
SILCHESTER RD. MINI ROUNDABOUT:
Southcote GLOBE is working with Southcote Primary School on the re-vamping of the planting on this roundabout.
school has a thriving Gardening Club and some of the children took part
in a competition to come up with ideas for the re-planting. We are
liaising with the Parks Department of Reading Borough Council and look
forward to getting started on the practical work. We are also hoping to
some of the 'Surf & Turf' project gardeners.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Held onTuesday 28th September at Southcote Neighbourhood Advice Centre, Coronation Square.
See Minutes page.
WORK PARTY AT CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
Five volunteers worked on Sunday Sep5th, cutting back vegetation, weeding and putting in some plants and bulbs.
There were some appreciative remarks from local people.
Did you know that domestic batteries can now be re-cycled locally?
Bins situated inside the Advice Centre on Coronation Square, the Library and Aldi are available during opening hours.
Also aluminium foil can now be re-cycled at Coronation Square.
member Jill Hodges recently attended a meeting of Re3, the partnership
between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils and
Waste Recycling Group WRG. The problem of contamination of recycled
material was highlighted.
The red wheelie bin should be used for the following items ONLY:
Mixed paper & card [shredded paper to be contained in a box, eg a cereal carton].
Food tins, drink cans.
Aerosols, plastic bottles [tops removed]. NO plastic bags.
Putting anything else into the bin contaminates the load, which then has to go to landfill.
Locally, glass can be recycled at Coronation Square or Sainsbury's Calcot.
Tetrapak, textile and book recycling is also available at Sainsbury's Calcot.
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
volunteers worked on the gardens on Sunday May 9th, weeding and
planting perennials. There were favourable comments from several
passers-by, which is encouraging.
REMEMBERING TERRY FARRELL:
RESCUE, GLOBE members and friends joined Terry's family at Coronation
Square to put up the plaque dedicated to our former Chairman and his
involvement in our community.
The Rivers and Open Spaces Clean-Up Event took place over the weekend March 13th -14th.
GLOBE worked on Saturday 13th. Volunteers cleared the area between the
Burghfield Road, along the Holy Brook Linear Park and across to
Southcote Mill, including the footpath to Southcote Farm Lane.
Graham, John and Gloria with rubbish from Linear Park......................................and some more!
GREAT NEWS ON KENNET MEADOWS!
scrapped plans to build a 7500 house mini-town in the Kennet Valley following years of opposition from residents and
politicians. David Morris, Director of Prudential's property branch,
PRUPIM, said " The world has changed since the project was first
envisaged.Following a fresh look at the proposals, in consultation with
other major stakeholders, we felt that they were no longer capable of
delivering appropriate returns for the risk involved". Since the
plan was originally proposed in 2002, there has been fierce opposition on
grounds of flooding, wildlife and transport,from local residents and
politicians, conservation organisations, and the Environment Agency.
This follows nearly 25years of fighting to save this wildlife-rich area from various development proposals.
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS :
The gardens were tidied up and some shrubs planted at the most recent work parties.
MEETING 26th January 2010
welcomed Richard Denny from Caversham GLOBE, and Ricky Josey from
Oxford Rd. Community Garden, who told us of their work and ideas. There
will be an Open Day at the Oxford Rd Garden on July 17th.
GENERAL MEETING- 29TH SEPTEMBER
reports from the Chairman and the Treasurer, the following were elected to serve
for the next year:
Chairman: Jill Beadon
Vice Chair: June
Secretary: Caroline Martin
Murphy & Gary Champion,two members of Southcote Neighbourhood
Action Group [NAG] then told us about the role of NAG and how it works
with the Police and the Local Authority on issues such as social
behaviour, drugs and traffic problems.
CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
Volunteers weeded and generally tidied up the beds at work parties in April, June and August. Fortunately
most of the planting can tolerate very dry weather and we hope
to put in more plants such as lavender and rosemary in the
Here are the results of our morning's work on
Southcote GLOBE is sad to report the death of
Eileen on 23rd March 2009.
Eileen was a former member of our
group and a tireless campaigner for community issues in Southcote over very many
years. She will be sadly
Rivers and Open Spaces
Clean-Up [RESCUE] weekend this year was 14-15th March.
GLOBE members and
friends worked on Sat 14th, cleaning up along the Holybrook from Burghfield Rd.
to Circuit Lane, across Circuit Lane Meadows, from Southcote Farm Lane
to Circuit Lane Meadows, and
along part of the Kennet towpath. We always hope that there will be less
rubbish each year, but there was still a depressingly large
Rubbish collected between the Burghfield Rd.
and Brunel Rd. Car Park
2008 KENNET VALLEY PROPOSALS TURNED DOWN !!
The Prudential's proposals for
3500 houses and associated infrastructure in the Kennet Valley have been thrown
out by the Regional Minister for the South East, Jonathan Shaw MP, who said that
the development was not viable.
This follows strong criticism by the
Environment Agency, a campaign by local people, bird watchers, anglers,
community and interest groups and local councillors, and a petition signed by
1500 people which was taken to the House of Commons by Reading MP Martin Salter.
This doesn't stop Prudential from making further applications, so we need to
remain watchful !
MORE WORK ON THE GARDENS !!
Sunday 13th July 2008, members tackled the weeds that were over-running the garden
beds at Coronation Square and laid a mulch of bark chippings. There have been
very favourable comments from local traders.
CORONATION SQUARE :
Sunday April 13th 2008, GLOBE members worked hard to clean the overgrown planting
beds at the Coronation Square shopping precinct. Grass and weeds were dug out
and more plants put in.
We are hoping to arrange
walks through the Meadows. Watch out for information on this site and for
posters in the library etc.
Path by River