EVENTS

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SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATION BY ANDREW HOOD, SUNDAY 3 JULY, 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.

A sculpture demonstration by Andrew Hood is to take place in the gardens on the afternoon of Sunday 3 July. Andrew is the sculptor in residence at Lavender Place in Reading.

The pop up sculpture workshop will help you to satisfy the deep-seated human desire to make marks on stone. Spend ten minutes (or more if you like) in the gardens vinery and learn how to chisel and mallet upon limestone, then contribute towards the creation of our own Caversham Court Gardens griffin, similar to those on their plinths next to the steps onto the lawn. Safety eye glasses will be provided. No other safety eqipment is necessary but closed footwear is recommended for participants and a minimum age of 9 years necessary to qualify

Find out more about the sculptor here https://mcalistair.artweb.com

FUTURE EVENTS

MIKRON THEATRE, 19 JULY, 7.00 p.m.

Mikron Theatre will perform 'Raising Agents' in the gardens on the evening of Tuesday 19 July.

There is no need to seek tickets, a 'pay what you feel' collection will be taken after the show. Bring a chair and blanket. "Raising Agents' (100 Years of the W.I.) is the story of Bunnington, a run-down Womens Institute. When a PR guru becomes a member, the women are glad of new blood. Initially. She re-brands them as the Bunnington Bunnies,. They're hopping. With stakes higher than a five tiered cake stand a battle ensues for the very soul of Bunnington, perhaps the W.I. itself! Above all else, like the W.I. itself 'Raising Agents" is a story of friendship.

FUN DOG SHOW, SUNDAY 24 JULY, 12.00 Noon

The Ways and Means Trust will be holding their Fun Dog Show in the gardens on 24 July. Registration from 10.00 a.m. All dogs welcome. Refreshments and home-made cakes from the Tea Kiosk (10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) or bring a picnic.

For more details visit www.waysandmeans.org.uk

Caversham Chord Capers ukelele band will provide musical accompaniment and the Friends of Reading Museum and the Friends of Reading Abbey will be coming along to join in the fun.


RECENT EVENTS

VISIT OF DESCENDANTS OF THADDEUS ARATHOON, 22 JUNE.

The Friends were delighted to welcome Victoria Brosman, her husband Michael and and their family of three daughters and a son (image above) to the gardens on 22 June. Victoria's great grandfather was Thaddeus Arathoon, a successful Armenian jute merchant, who moved to England just before the First World War and purchased the Old Rectory from the Simonds family in 1919. Thaddeus lived in the house with his wife Mary Ripsima and five children and it was he that re-named the building Caversham Court. The eldest daughter (Victoria's grandmother) was married in St Peter's Church which neighbours the gardens. The family were highly respected in Caversham but stayed only a short time, selling the house in 1922 and moving to warmer climes to start a hotel business in Monte Carlo.

The Brosmans had travelled from their home in the U.S.A. to see where earlier generations of the family had lived so viewed with interest the footprint of the house, learnt about the history of the site and saw portraits of the Arathoons which are on display in the gazebo. Victoria was also able to show our guides Val Peggrem and John Evans documents of the Arathoons tenure including family portraits which add to our knowledge of those who had lived in the house. A fuller account and portraits will appear shortly in the History Section of this website.

1 RECEPTION OF DUSSELDORF ROWING TEAM, 11 JUNE

2. TANGO DANCE, 19 JUNE



RECEPTION FOR DUSSELDORF ROWING TEAM, 11 JUNE

A reception was held in the gardens on Saturday 11 June to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the Reading Amateur Regatta and the 75th Anniversary of the Reading Dusseldorf Association. Rowing teams from Reading Rowing Club and from Dusseldorf joined members of both Reading organisations, Friends and other guests to mark the occasion with a picnic and drinks on the causeway and the gazebo. The rowing teams had competed against each other on the 1500 metre course on the Saturday afternoon and were to race against each other in another special challenge race the following day. it was a very convivial occasion with speeches to mark the especial relationship between Reading and Dusseldorf. Amongst the presentations to the Dusseldorf crew were copies of the gardens Heritage Guide and the book 'Down by the River' written by Gillian Cl;ark. The photo above shows Reading and Dusseldorf crews, shortly after the German guests had been presented with Reading Rowing Club shirts.

Caversham Court Gardens was an appropriate venue for the event. Back in the 19th century, prize-giving ceremonies were often held on the lawns of Caversham Court (then known as the Old Rectory). In 1870, for example, local newspapers reported that silver presentation cups donated by wealthy industrialists were filled with champagne from the cellars of the Simonds family of bankers and brewers who owned the estate at the time.


TANGO DANCE IN THE GARDENS, SUNDAY 19 JUNE.

Reading Borough Council gave permission for a Tango Dance in the gardens in aid of the Ukraine Crisis Appeal. The session was organised by Tango Risque. See image above.