Reading Centre

Visitors in the garden at the south front at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in autumn.

The Reading Centre is a voluntary group of National Trust members from Reading and the surrounding area.

The Reading Centre welcomes new members and we hope you'll join us. We arrange an extensive programme of events, including:
 
  • evening and afternoon talks
  • day visits to Trust properties and other places of interest
  • theatre trips
  • walks and holidays, at home and abroad
 
Some of the National Trust Places we support are Basildon Park, Greys Court, Cliveden and The Vyne, Hinton Ampner and Mottisfont Abbey.
 
Our programme of events raises funds to provide support to a number of National Trust properties. Many of our members provide volunteer support. For example, working as stewards at one of the above properties or helping with events.
 

Membership

Membership is open to all National Trust members, volunteers, and members of affiliated organisations. If you would like to meet people with similar interests in heritage and conservation - and our programme appeals to you - you will be made very welcome. The current annual membership fee is £12 per person or £18 for two people living at the same address. In return for their subscription members can attend talks and receive two newsletters a year which contain details of events.
 

What's On

Evening meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of most months in St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley RG6 1EY, commencing at 7.30 pm.  Car parking is available in the adjacent St Peter’s School grounds

From October to June there are also meetings on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month in the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading commencing at 2.00pm. This venue is in the centre of Reading and is close to ‘bus stops. There is no nearby car parking.

Tuesday 28 February 2017: Annual General Meeting, 7.30pm

Thursday 2 March 2017: Day visit to Neasden Hindu Temple

Tuesday 14 March 2017: Afternoon talk - 'Wildlife from Around the World' by Tom Way

Wednesday 15 March 2017: Day visit to Mottisfont and Sir H Hillier Gardens

Tuesday 21 March 2017: Day visit to Household Cavalry Museum & Banqueting House

Tuesday 28 March 2017: Evening talk - 'Partnership in the Past - History of John Lewis'

Wednesday 29 March 2017: Day visit to Knebworth House & Gardens, Hertfordshire

If this takes your interest, why not take a look at our Reading Centre Summer programme of events 2017 (PDF / 0.2MB) download  

 

Get in touch

To find out about joining, please call the Membership Secretary on 0118 986 0404. For more information on events, call 0118 942 5765.