You will find lots of information about Emmer Green on this website.
For anyone who isn't already a member, do please join. It only
costs £1.00 a year, payable 5 years at a time. Details and
a form are available by clicking
For further information about
Reading visit www.reading.gov.uk .
For general enquiries to Reading Borough Council Tel: 0118 939 0900.
The Reading Telephone code is 0118.
Local residents can get discounts on events, amenities and courses
in the borough, on the production of their card, which also serves
as a library ticket.
Tel: (0118) 9390386
Meeting places and groups
North Reading Children's Centre
is off St Barnabas Road. http://northclustercc.reading.gov.uk/.
A base for the North Children's Action Team. Active programmes for local
teenagers. It is also used as the local polling station.
Tel: (0118) 9015612
St Barnabas Church Hall
For bookings, please ring Jon Barclay on 07580 029910 to check
availability, or email email@example.com .
Alternatively, try the St Barnabas
Church website. Under "visit us" there is a dropdown
item, "hiring the church hall", with full details and pictures
of the hall inside and out.
The hall is popular for children's parties
and has a busy daytime use with weekly dance, pilates, art and club
There are two Scout halls (off Kiln Road and at the top of
The new hall is now open at Highdown School. It is hoped it
will be shared by the community.
Groups meeting in the area include Women’s Institute, Townswomen’s
Guild*, 2nd Emmer Green Guides, 1st and 2nd Emmer Green Brownies, 89th
Reading Scouts, 3rd Reading Scouts and Friends of Clayfield Copse (a
local conservation group).
Regular events in Emmer Green include fêtes
and fairs organised by the schools, churches and other groups.
corner of the Recreation Ground (off Kidmore End Road) is a children’s
play area, while Clayfield Copse, a local nature reserve area, offers
lovely walks in the woods, plus a skateboard facility and meet up area
for young people.
There is a comprehensive range of shops, including a Budgens supermarket,
which is open 8.00am – 8.00pm six days a week plus Sunday from
10.00am – 4.00pm. Other shops include a chemist, hardware shop,
card shop, a newsagents (which offers newspaper deliveries), an off-licence,
hairdressers, beauty parlour, barber, betting shop and a sub Post
True Food Community Co-op, a non profit making enterprise aiming
to provide sustainable organic produce www.truefood.coop .
A mobile library run by Tilehurst Library comes to the shopping precinct
alternate Fridays; Tel: (0118) 9015118.
The garage on the north section
of Peppard Road undertakes repairs and a petrol station and Tesco
mini supermarket is on Buckingham Drive.
There is a community notice
board at the shopping precinct for local people to advertise forthcoming
Public Houses & Restaurants
Two of the three public houses, the Black Horse and the White Horse
(which serves food), are in the heart of the village, with the third,
the Gardeners’ Arms, in Surley Row.
There are two Indian restaurants, which also provide ‘take-away’ meals,
plus a fish & chip shop, Chinese and Pizza takeaways. The Bite
coffee shop serves light refreshments.
Church Street, Caversham Tel: (0118) 9015103
web: click here
maintains a Community Information
Database* for Caversham
as a whole (click here).
Some entries in it may need updating, so please use as a guide and
report any changes to the library.
The Highdown Sports Centre, Surley Row
Sports Centre is no longer run by Reading Borough Council. Affiliated
can continue to use the sports facilities. Once a refurbishment programme
is complete it is hoped to resume more open public access.
swimming, badminton, squash, tennis etc.
Reading Golf Club
is accessed off Kidmore End Road Tel: (0118)
9472909. Click here for website.
Caversham Park Tennis Club*
is adjacent to Clayfield Copse, off Caversham
The local football team
has been affiliated to the Black Horse pub
and plays at the recreation ground opposite.
Abbey Rugby Football Club*
Peppard Road, just beyond Emmer
Emmer Green has an active allotment site in Grove Road. There is a
waiting list. Please approach Reading Borough Council and ask for
your name to be added (click here for
Anyone with gardening interests can join Caversham Horticultural
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Membership Secretary on 0118 947 0510 for details.
Conservation and Wildlife
Friends of Clayfield Copse*
The Friends of Clayfield Copse hold monthly work parties in Clayfield
Copse or adjoining Blackhouse Wood, these are to carry out management
work in the woods to maintain access and improve diversity. The work
parties are held on the first Sunday of each month at 10am, meet in
the car park, they are open to all.
Contact Anne Latto, tel: (0118) 9484454 or click here to
CROW* (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays), affiliated to
the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, the Berkshire
Conservation Volunteers and the Sonning Common based Green
work in Clayfield Copse.
The group meets every first Thursday of the month. The group is
represented at TREGA (The Reading Globe Alliance) and ECONET - an umbrella
for organisations involved in conservation work in the Reading area.
Click here to email.
Other conservation activities may be found through organisations
like the Chiltern Society and the Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife
Highdown Secondary School and Sixth Form Centre, Surley
Head: Ms Cave (from April 2013); Tel: (0118) 9545700
Emmer Green Primary School, Grove Road,
Head: Mrs Tanya Crossman; Tel: (0118) 9015464
The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road
Head: Mrs Dawn Cox; Tel: (0118) 9015560
Caversham Park Primary and St Martin's School are both within walking
distance of Emmer Green.
Reading Adult & Community College offers evening classes at Highdown
Pre-school playgroups are held at the Community Centre.
Adult Education courses are run at the North Reading Centre, Archway
Emmer Green Surgery, 4 St Barnabas Road, (Tel: 9486900 [General]
/ 9481684 [Appointments]), which includes a team of doctors and nursing
for the care of babies & children is also held at the surgery.
This is your local general practitioner's out of hours co-operative.
By appointment only. Access contact information via your usual GP surgery.
Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road/ Craven Road Tel: (0118) 3225111
Veterinary Surgeries can be found in Sonning Common
or Oakley Road, Caversham.
Age UK Berkshire
Working to promote the welfare of older people often
in partnership with others. Includes practical help and advice such as
the 'Handyperson Scheme'.
Tel: (0118) 9594242
Reading 50++ initiatives
An Active Retirement Club runs Tai
Chi classes on Wednesday mornings at St Barnabas Hall.
Armed Forces welfare benefits and advice: Tel: Legionline on 08457
Facilities and courses at Highdown School
Mrs Rackley Tel: (0118)
HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECKS
To arrange a free home safety check and get free alarms fitted
Tel: 0800 587 6679
St Barnabas Parish Church, C of E, Grove Road.
Reverend Derek Chandler, 20 St Barnabas Road
Tel: (0118) 9478239
The Grace Church (formerly Caversham Hill Chapel),
119 Peppard Road,
Tel: (0118) 9474529
Caversham Evangelical Church, meets at the Emmer Green
Community Centre, RG4 8LN.
Tel: (0118) 9482318
All Saints, C of E, Dunsden Green, South Oxfordshire.
Christine Bland, Church Warden, Tel: (0118) 9406098
Caversham Bridge Newspaper
This will give details of all churches within the Emmer Green/ Caversham
Caversham Christian News Ltd, Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4
Tel: (0118) 9471703
Contact Mrs D Moore, 0118 9473713, for information about postal subscriptions.
Caversham Good Neighbours
Offer help and support to vulnerable residents.
Tel: (0118) 9478496, Mon–Fri
EGRA is a non commercial organisation. Only members have access to
the Tradesman's List. The nominations must come from a member who
has used, and is pleased with, their service. The entries are monitored
and it is revised annually.
For individuals or small businesses wishing to advertise:
The Caversham Bridge
Tel: (0118) 9476958
And two free booklets circulated in the RG4 area and beyond:
Round and About
Tel: 01491 837621
Tel: (0118) 9462121
Martins newsagent in the Emmer Green Precinct have a board in the window
for placing ads.
Community Notice Board
Emmer Green Precinct. For small
ads and local community groups to promote forthcoming events.
For comprehensive countrywide journey planning visit www.traveline.org.uk
Tel: 0871 200 22 33
Tel: (0118) 9594000 (Traveline Tel: 0871 200 22 33), or for general
and timetable information
Emmer Green is served by the ‘Pink Buses’. All buses terminate
at Reading town centre from July 2014. The local bus routes are No.23
(via Caversham Park), 24 and 25, the latter offering a service to Peppard
Common via Sonning Common. All buses to and from Emmer Green divert
to the north entrance of Reading station. The Motts Travel also runs
a daily morning service from Stokenchurch to Reading centre. For Reading
FC home matches, Reading Buses put on a special bus that goes from
the village pond to the Madejski Stadium and returns supporters after
the game. Anyone of State Pension Age can apply for a free pass on
Reading Buses. Tel: 0118 9305522 (Reading Borough Council).
Concessionary Pensioners' Bus Pass
Travel on Reading Buses for those aged 60 and above is free at times
To apply for a pass you need to go in person to the Civic Centre, with
evidence of your address (eg utility bill or bank statement) and proof
of age (birth certificate, passport) plus a small colour photo of yourself.
The form you fill in will take a couple of weeks to process. Passes
must always be shown on the bus.
With this pass you can travel free on local bus services
throughout England from 9.00am to 10.59pm Mondays to Fridays, and all
Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Tel: (0118) 9305522
Reading Station offers a wide range of services. You can check departure
There are regular buses to and from the station, 30 minutes free car
parking for drop offs, and a multi-storey car park for those paying.
A site which scours the timetables and checks out cheap fare availability
is www.thetrainline.com or check out www.nationalrail.co.uk.
The Council is only liable for injuries caused by potholes, if they
have been reported. If there are any along your road please telephone
0118 9373787 to register the hole.
READING BOROUGH COUNCIL
Reading Borough Council
(Please refer to the telephone directory for a comprehensive list):
on-line form is available for reporting graffiti or fly posting.
Alternatively, telephone 0800 834035.
Noise Pollution: Environmental Health Section on FREEPHONE (0800 626540).
Rats and Vermin: Pest Control Service FREEPHONE (0800 834035)
Abandoned Vehicles: Tel: (0118) 9390243
Blocked Drains: Tel: (0118) 9390669, emergencies Mon - Fri 4pm -8am
Tel: 0845 9200 800
REFUSE / RECYCLING
Reading Borough Council provides free ‘wheelie bins’. Collection
day varies throughout Emmer Green, depending upon where you live.
Similar bins or boxes are available for the recycling of paper, cardboard,
plastic (bottles only) and tins - no glass.
Green bins can be purchased from the Council for garden waste.
Currently rubbish and recycling bins are emptied on alternate weeks.
Missed bins Tel: 0800 834035
Recycling sites for the same material, plus glass, in Surley Row, next
to the rear entrance of Highdown School and another in Caversham Park
Village, near the Milestone Centre.
For further suggestions for recycling in Emmer Green, click here.
The non-emergency Thames Valley Police number is 101. The local team
of officers changes regularly. See the website for details of the
Following the amalgamation of Upper and Lower Caversham NAGs in 2015,
the meetings will be more frequent with the venues changing.
For the latest neighbourhood police information visit http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/yournh-tvp-pol-area-n466
A drop-in Police Surgery
is also in operation at Church House, Caversham (Voicemail 9474269).
On the first Monday of every month between 5pm and 8pm there will
be someone there to answer any enquires or complaints you may have.
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are already established in the area.
From April 6th 2008 Councils have been given responsibility for dealing
with stray dogs and they (the dogs!) are no longer dealt with by Police.
The contact number in Reading is 9390251 during office hours. 01344
786584 (Outside office hours). This is the Dog Warden, to whom complaints
re. dog fouling and excessive noise can also be made.
Emmer Green mainly falls under Peppard Ward. Councillor Surgeries
are held on the first Saturday in the month 10.30am – 12
noon in a Readibus at the shopping precinct car park.
Councillors may also be contacted individually:
Tel : 07795 807249
Tel : 07718 699128
Tel : 07740 474783
Tel : 07973 899882
Tel : 0118 9476439
Tel : 0118 9574590
Member of Parliament for Reading East:
Mr Rob Wilson MP
Tel: 0118 375 9785
Postal Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
Information is believed correct at the time of publication.
Please feel free to report any errors, anything out of date, or omissions.