Dates for your 2016 diary!
Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme
1st July, 11am
To mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, members of the British Legion will be gathering in Caversham Court Gardens at 11am on 1st July 2016. A short ceremony will be held in the vinery, where Head Gardener Will Paice will be planting a special commemorative border.
The battle was one of the largest and bloodiest of the First World War, with over 57,000 British casualties on the first day alone. By the end of the campaign in November 1916, more than 1,500,000 men had died on the allied and enemy sides.
Members of the public are most welcome to join the British Legion members and students from Hemdean House school and parents, who will also be attending. An exhibition about Caversham in World War One will be on display, and the Ways & Means Trust will be serving refreshments in the Tea Kiosk throughout the day.
Progress Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wednesday 13th July – Saturday 23rd July 2016
Openair cinema May - September
Lady meets Knight Templar at the Magna Carta & William Marshal, lord of Caversham manor exhibition 15 June 2015
Schoolchildren hung onto the ancient yew tree posters proclaiming values inherited from Magna Carta
Steelband Music Ltd open the Summer Party on 21 June
Actors from Progress Theatre populated the gardens with ghosts from the past
Local potters explained Caversham's clay roots
This began in Caversham Court Gardens! Bright sunshine and thousands of well-wishers greeted Reading PC Lee Umpleby as he emerged from the gazebo carrying the torch, to the sound of the bells of St Peter's church.
As the excitement built up before the torchbearer left, Progress Theatre performed scenes from their 2012 production, Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I, and the Reading Scottish Pipe Band gave a taste of the program they would play at the Olympics closing ceremony.