14th November 2017
by Clive Ormonde


Local Information

EGRA About Us
EGRA Committee
EGRA Membership
Contact EGRA
EGRA Local History
Emmer Green Book
EGRA Local Information
EGRA Planning
EGRA Recycling in Emmer Green
EGRA links
EGRA Newsletters
EGRA Minutes of Meetings
EGRA Constitution
Privacy Policy

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 here.

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.

Reading Passport

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. 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 meetings.

There are two Scout halls (off Kiln Road and at the top of Grove Hill).

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.

In one 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.

Shopping Amenities

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 Office.

In Grove Road is the True Food Community Co-op, a non profit making enterprise aiming to provide sustainable organic produce www.truefood.coop.

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 events.

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.


Caversham Library
Church Street, Caversham Tel: (0118) 9015103
web: click here

Reading Library
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.

Sports facilities

The Highdown Sports Centre, Surley Row

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 Park Road.

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 Green.


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 the website).

Anyone with gardening interests can join Caversham Horticultural Society*.
Send an e-mail to membership@caversham-horticultural.org.uk 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 email.

CROW* (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays), affiliated to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, the Berkshire Conservation Volunteers and the Sonning Common based Green Gym also work in Clayfield Copse.

Caversham Globe
The group meets every first Thursday of the month. The group is represented at TREGA (The Reading Globe Alliance) and ECONET - an umbrella organisation 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 Trust (BBOWT).

Highdown Secondary School and Sixth Form Centre, Surley Row
Head: Ms Cave (from April 2013); Tel: (0118) 9545700
web www.highdown.reading.sch.uk

Emmer Green Primary School, Grove Road,
Head: Mrs Tanya Crossman; Tel: (0118) 9015464
web www.emmergreenprimary.com

The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road
Head: Mrs Dawn Cox; Tel: (0118) 9015560
web www.hill.reading.sch.uk

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 School.

Pre-school playgroups are held at the Community Centre.

Adult Education courses are run at the North Reading Centre, Archway Road, Caversham.

Emmer Green Surgery, 4 St Barnabas Road, (Tel: 9486900 [General] / 9481684 [Appointments]), which includes a team of doctors and nursing staff.
The clinic for the care of babies & children is also held at the surgery.
web: www.emmergreensurgery.co.uk

This is your local general practitioner's out of hours co-operative.
web: http://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/_store/documents/v3final_leaflet_2013_when_to_contact_westca1.pdf
By appointment only. Access contact information via your usual GP surgery.

NHS Direct
web: http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/

Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road/ Craven Road Tel: (0118) 3225111
web: http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/rbh

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
email: info@ageukberkshire.org.uk
web: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/berkshire/

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 725 725

Facilities and courses at Highdown School
Mrs Rackley Tel: (0118) 901 5809
Email: har@highddown.reading.sch.uk

To arrange a free home safety check and get free alarms fitted
Tel: 0800 587 6679
web: www.rbfrs.co.uk

St Barnabas Parish Church, C of E, Grove Road.
Reverend Derek Chandler, 20 St Barnabas Road
Tel: (0118) 9478239
web www.saintbarnabas.org.uk

The Grace Church (formerly Caversham Hill Chapel), 119 Peppard Road,
Tel: (0118) 9474529
web http://www.gracechurchcaversham.org.uk/

Caversham Evangelical Church, meets at the Emmer Green Community Centre, RG4 8LN.
Tel: (0118) 9482318
web http://www.cec.uk.net/

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 area.
Caversham Christian News Ltd, Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AX
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 9.30-11.30am.


Reading Chronicle
web: www.readingchronicle.co.uk

Evening Post
web: www.getreading.co.uk

Henley Standard
web: www.henleystandard.co.uk


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
web: www.roundandabout.co.uk
Connecting Caversham
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.

Public Transport
For comprehensive countrywide journey planning visit www.traveline.org.uk
Tel: 0871 200 22 33

Reading Buses
Tel: (0118) 9594000 (Traveline Tel: 0871 200 22 33), or for general and timetable information www.reading-buses.co.uk

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 stated below.
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 day Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Tel: (0118) 9305522

Rail Travel
Reading Station offers a wide range of services. You can check departure times live online.

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.


Telephone Helplines

Reading Borough Council
(Please refer to the telephone directory for a comprehensive list):
Graffiti: An 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 0785 0728759

Thames Water
Tel: 0845 9200 800
web: www.thameswater.co.uk/reportaleak


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 current team.

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. Several 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:

Peppard Ward

Jane Stanford-Beale
Tel : 07795 807249

Simon Robinson
Tel : 07718 699128

Clare Grashoff
Tel : 07740 474783

Thames Ward

Ed Hopper
Tel : 07973 899882

Jeanette Skeats
Tel : 0118 9476439

David Stevens
Tel : 0118 9574590

Member of Parliament for Reading East:
Mr Matt Rodda MP
Tel: 07746 642938
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.