Author: Caversham GLOBE

2017 Spring RESCUE clean-up event on 12th March

The Spring RESCUE (Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event) across the Reading Borough is one week later than the “Keep Britain Tidy” clean up now taking place. Could you help keep Caversham clean by joining other GLOBE activists for up to 2 hours on Sunday 12 March from 11 am?
We will meet by the BT Exchange Church Street Caversham and clean nearby streets and open areas. It’s important that you let GLOBE know by email if you can come along on Sunday 12 March (please also give a contact phone number), so that we can obtain enough litter pickers,gloves and hi-viz vests or let you know if bad weather may disrupt our arrangements. Please email [email protected] as soon as you can and no later than Wednesday 8 March. In case you need it, 07768 958407 to contact Richard Denney. If you know of others who may help, please spread the word. Thank you
There are other litter hots spots in Caversham and Emmer Green for which we are seeking volunteers to help clean up: for example, Mill Green/Deans Farm public land, the alley (footpath 41) behind Chiltern Road, the Stuart Close/Surley Row/Grove Hill footpaths: also the green path from the Emmer Green pond that goes behind Knights Way and Buckingham Drive to Marshlands Square where there is bad fly-tipping in at least 5 places. You may also know of other areas. We can make separate arrangements for these.

Caversham GLOBE Meeting Tuesday 28th February 2017

Adopt Your Street posterWe are pleased to welcome Ricky Josey to the Caversham GLOBE meeting on Tuesday 28th February to talk about the new Reading Adopt Your Street Scheme as well as the RESCUE (Rivers & Environemntal Spaces Clean-up Event. Ricky is now working with Reading Borough Council’s streetcare team to set up the Adopt Your Street scheme in which local residents can volunteer to help keep their area clean. The scheme runs successfully in neighbouring boroughs and is now being extended to Reading. You can choose the area you want to keep clean and tidy and when you want to do it. Volunteers will be provided with litter pickers, plastic bags, gloves and high-vis. Any street or local space can be adopted. All are welcome to the meeting to hear more about this important initiative, which supports residents in caring for their communities and environments.

Reading decisively rejects Gladman development proposals

Gladman siteRBCs planning committee voted unanimously last night to send strong objections to South Oxfordshire on the speculative application from Gladman to build 245 houses on open countryside immediately adjacent to Emmer Green.

All of the public speakers and councillors spoke in very robust terms against the application which GLOBE believes to be unsustainable, contrary to the approve SODC local plan and objectionable on many other grounds including ecology and the burden on local services and the road network in Reading.

More information on the CAGE campaign web site

South Oxfordshire will decide the application at a planning meeting in March and we urge GLOBE supporters who have not yet expressed their concerns to send objections to SODC.

Mapledurham playing fields ‘most supported site’ for Heights school location

Reading council have released the results of the survey regarding new location for ‘Heights

Mapledurham playing fields
Mapledurham playing fields

school’ in Caversham.

The Heights school is currently in a temporary site next to Westfield Recreation fields in Caversham.

Mapledurham playing fields came out first with 70% of survey participants saying they would support it as the new school location.

The results have been passed onto EFA for a decision.

Apart from the fact that there is clearly a need for more school places, it is a pity for green space to be sacrificed.

Want to read more?

  • The Reading Chronicle has published an article here.
  • The full stats from the survey can be seen on RBC site here.

Get walking or pedalling! – avoid reading bridge work delays

Caversham commuters are seeing increased travel times as they find that can’t drive over the Reading bridge due to strengthening works. The reading bridge is closed for two weeks from Monday, 18th May 2015.

Reading Bridge may be closed to Cars/Truck. But walkers can still use it.
Reading Bridge may be closed to Cars/Trucks. But pedestrians can still use it!

Well, I have some good news for you… The bridge is still open to pedestrians/bike users on foot…

So if you are going into reading or close by, why not ditch the car for the two weeks and save some time!

Plus, it will save you sitting in the traffic jams, while also saving fuel costs and giving you some nice health benefits.

PS: If you want to see updates on the Reading bridge strengthening progress, get reading have a page up here.


Certificate given to GLOBE for 25yrs of RESCUE

GLOBE receives certificate for 25 years of ‘Outstanding & Continued comittment to improving the local area’

Caversham GLOBE were very pleased to receive this award at RESCUE event celebrating 25 years of Reading RESCUE (Rivers and Environmental Spaces Cleanup Event).

Certificate given to GLOBE for 25yrs of RESCUE
Certificate given to GLOBE for 25yrs of RESCUE

Background on RESCUE

RESCUE was started in 1989 by a group of committed and concerned canal users from West Berkshire and Reading, the Rivers & Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event has changed tremendously over the years.  It has grown to include business sponsorship and urban areas.

You can read more on RESCUE and get involved by visiting their website:

GetReading article on felling of 7 poplars in Christchurch meadows.

As most GLOBE members will know, Reading Borough council are preparing the Christchurch meadows site for the building of a new Pedestrian/Cycle bridge.

Getreading have written an article on their website which talks about the felling of 7 poplar of the 70 poplar trees that run along the meadow and George street.

The poplars have been removed to allow an access point for building vehicles to be created coming off George street into the park.

22.10.2014 RBC contractors preparing site access to Christchurch meadows via George street.
22.10.2014 RBC contractors preparing site access to Christchurch meadows via George street.

As mentioned in the Article, GLOBE has been part of the discussions regarding these trees. The line of poplars are a well known landmark in Caversham and can be seen for miles. Therefore GLOBE members have been pushing RBC to maintain this landmark.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“According to the council, the row of poplars is around 30 years old and the trees, nearing the end of their safe life, are susceptible to disease.

Three trees fell during strong winds last winter.

The council has already held discussions with Caversham Globe, the Save Christchurch Meadows group and Reading Tree Wardens about replacing these trees with new Lombardy poplars.”

Source: Getreading website article.

The rest of the article can be read by clicking on the following link here.

Reading RESCUE October 2014

Reading BridgeSeveral items of flytipping and old metal road signs dredged out of the Thames at Reading Bridge by Caversham GLOBE supporters this weekend.

Our contribution to the October Reading RESCUE event which took place across the town from 9-11 October. An old shopping trolley was also pulled from the river at King’s Meadow.

The wonderful volunteers hard at work planting!

GLOBE Volunteers and the Church street planters

In April 2011 Reading Borough Council (RBC) told Caversham GLOBE that, due to budget cuts, the Council would no longer be maintaining the 22 planting boxes along Church Street Caversham. These planters had been installed by RBC in 2001 as a millenium project to improve the appearance of Caversham village centre. In 2012, Caversham GLOBE agreed to look after the 10 RBC planters on the BT Telephone Exchange frontage. The following year, encouraged by the Caversham Traders Association (CTA), GLOBE extended its work to include the 12 RBC planters on the north side of Church Street. This is how it was reported in the local paper “Get Reading” in May 2013 when the planters were all woodstained, selectively pruned and partially replanted.

'Winning the right to tidy' - Getreading article
‘Winning the right to tidy’ – Getreading article

Thanks were due to the Caversham Traders Association, Drews Hardware for materials and RBC for a small grant. 10 Caversham GLOBE activists gave up much of their Bank Holiday time to carry out the first stage of painting and replanting. Then six volunteers from Scottish & Southern Energy Vastern Road Offices, as part of their “Community Programme”, later assisted in concluding these improvements for Spring 2013. Five of the Caversham traders made the generous gesture of paying the costs of buying new plants. GLOBE subsequently watered and replanted, with the help of Green Shoots Garden Centre (part of the Ways and Means Trust Charity).


The wonderful volunteers hard at work planting!
The wonderful volunteers hard at work planting!



The end result - GLOBE still maintain these plants to this day.
The end result – GLOBE still maintain these plants to this day.


In June 2014, as result of the installation of Bicycle Hire stands, some of the planters on the BT Exchange forecourt have been replaced and we await replanting by Reading Borough Council. In the meantime,GLOBE has been encouraging BT Facilities Management to implement a maintenance programme for a tidy frontage and removal of the remaining redundant railings. This eyesore should soon be just a bad memory!

This eyesore should soon be just a bad memory!

Richard Denney October 2014