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NEXT MEETING:
Tuesday May27th. 7pm Southcote Neighbourhood Advice Centre, Coronation Square,Southcote. All welcome.
n.b. NO MARCH MEETING

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RESCUE SPRING 2014 CLEAN-UP
Because of the recent flooding,Southcote GLOBE will not be working along the Holy Brook and across Kennet Meadows on Saturday March 15th.
Instead we will be tidying up the  garden beds at Coronation Square shopping precinct on Sunday 16th March starting at 9am.
Any help will be very welcome.

SOUTHCOTE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION:
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The Southcote Community Association is now fully up and running.
The association is an umbrella organisation for the many community groups and clubs in Southcote. A constitution has been agreed and a committee elected at the end of last year.In addition to the usual officers, the committee has representatives from most of the local organisations and clubs - Southcote GLOBE's member is our Chair Jill Beadon. Events have been planned and work is going on to publish a local newspaper, written by the community, for the community, which will be delivered to every household in Southcote.
Coming soon. don't miss -
    Valentine's Day Tea Dance with the Denton Dancers
                                    Friday 14th February 5-8pm Southcote Community Centre.
                                    Tickets 3 in advance from Southcote Library, Southcote Advice Shop, Southcote Comunity Centre,
                                    and Reading Borough Sheltered Housing Units. A limited number of tickets at 4 on the night.
    May Fayre Saturday May 10th

.RESCUE AUTUMN 2013 CLEAN-UP
Saturday October 12th am.  
13 volunteers cleared rubbish from the Linear Park along the Holy Brook from the Burghfield Rd. to Circuit Lane.
The haul included 11 sacks of rubbish, 2 lawn mowers, 1 bike, batteries and car tyres. Thanks to all who helped.

CORONATION SQUARE PRECINCT GARDENS WORK PARTY: Sunday 29th September
Members and friends cut back vegetation, weeded and planted Spring bulbs.


CORONATION SQUARE PRECINCT GARDENS WORK PARTY: Sunday 14th July
The beds were weeded and tidied. Some plants had been lost due to the very dry weather.


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.
Also '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.
It 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 the past.
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.
Seven 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 Circuit Lane. 


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
A 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 wagtail, 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.

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Cinnabar moth caterpillars feeding on ragwort.  Photos:A Briers

CORONATION SQUARE GARDENS:
Members 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.
Fifteen 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 collected.

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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:
Reading's 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

Members 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
Members 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 below.


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Photos:G Prior
We hope to arrange more walks in the Meadows with Adrian.

CORONATION SQUARE SHOPPING PRECINCT GARDENS WORK PARTY:
Sunday 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.

RESCUE 2011:
Members of Southcote GLOBE and friends worked in the Kennet Meadows/Holybrook area on Saturday 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 morning !!  


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SILCHESTER RD. MINI ROUNDABOUT:
Southcote GLOBE is working with Southcote Primary School on the re-vamping of the planting on this roundabout.
The 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 involve 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.

RE-CYCLING:
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.
GLOBE 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:
Six 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:
Following 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.

Terry Farrell

RESCUE 2010:
The Rivers and Open Spaces Clean-Up Event took place over the weekend March 13th -14th.
Southcote 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.

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Graham, John and Gloria with  rubbish from Linear Park......................................and some more!

GREAT NEWS ON KENNET MEADOWS!
Developers
have 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
We 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.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING- 29TH SEPTEMBER 2009
After reports from the Chairman and the Treasurer, the following were elected to serve for the next year:
Chairman:    Jill Beadon
Vice Chair:  June Farrell
Secretary:  Caroline Martin
Treasurer:  Peter Beadon
Gary 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 future.

Here are the results of our morning's work on April 19th:

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EILEEN BOWSHER:

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 missed.

RESCUE 2009:
The 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 amount.

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Rubbish collected between the Burghfield Rd. and Brunel Rd. Car Park
                                                                                                                               
JULY 18th 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 !!
On 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 :
On 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.
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KENNET MEADOWS:
We are hoping to arrange walks through the Meadows. Watch out for information on this site and for posters in the library etc.


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 Path by River Kennet





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