About thirty people attended the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) annual general meeting at Katesgrove primary school on 15 November, including Reading’s mayor Councillor Rose Williams, Reading Borough Council officials, officers from Thames Valley Police and six mini-police.
KCA chair Abby Knowles said that the association needed to change how it operated to ensure its survival. One of these changes is to have meetings once every two months; the next meeting will be Wednesday 10 January 2018 at the Waterloo Meadows children’s centre.
“The idea is that the organisation should be more focussed on dealing with projects that people are interested in,” said Abby. “One person from each [project] group can report back to a meeting.”
“This year has been a tough one, especially in the last few months when I’ve been unable to give Katesgrove the attention it deserves, so in the year ahead I would love people to get more involved,” said Abby. “I’d love to hand over to an enthusiastic group of people and stick around in a more casual role.”
Abby Knowles went on to say that the KCA had made a real difference to Katesgrove in the last year, including the weekly knit-and-natter at the Waterloo Meadows children’s centre and last year’s Christmas fair, which made a small profit despite being less well attended than previous years.
“One of the achievements I’m proud of was getting the pavement at the corner of Elgar Road and Pell Street widened where the big tree is, with the help of neighbourhood initiatives at the council,” said Abby.
The KCA had also been involved in rubbish clearance at Waterloo Meadows, together with the Friends of Waterloo Meadows and Thames Water. In April, the KCA also helped organise a neighbourhood event on Aveley Walk in partnership with Thames Valley Police, the council’s neighbourhood initiatives team, food4families and the Museum of English Rural Life.
The KCA was involved in a similar event in June on the newly renovated green space at Foundry Place, as part of the national Big Lunch and Get Together.
“We were trying to encourage residents to take ownership, and let them know it was there to be used and enjoyed,” said Abby.
The Katesgrove community allotment project, at the Waterloo Meadows allotments off Elgar Road, is now in its second year and Abby said that they had funding for another year in which they would continue to work with food4families. There are pictures of the allotment’s painted shed on the KCA’s Facebook page.
The next KCA meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 10 January 2018 at the Waterloo Meadows children’s centre, Elgar Road.
- Katesgrove Community Association
- Friends of Waterloo Meadows
- An evening out with the Friends of Waterloo Meadows
- Thames Valley Police
- Reading Borough Council neighbourhood initiatives team
- Museum of English Rural Life
- Katesgrove primary school