Industrial & Economic History Group or The Commercial Influences on Past, Present and Future Development of the Thames Valley !
Reading U3A Members's Meeting talk 10th February 2011 at 2.15 pm
RIVER THAMES: DRINKING WATER & SEWAGE TREATMENT
Due to circumstances completely beyond my control the Naval College has informed me that although they had previously booked a conducted tour for us in 3rd April they have now organised a much higher revenue producing event for them on that date and it would not be possible to accommodate us. I have therefore agreed a new date of 27th March.
The Barrier itself can be seen from the riverbank. (It is neither possible to set foot on it nor in the control room)
There is a café on the bank with good views of the Barrier beneath which is a museum containing a working model of a barrier gate and considerable explanation about the river etc. There is also a video presentation lasting about 20 minutes on the history of the construction of the Barrier. Entrance to the museum (payable on the day) £3
11.30 Leave the
Have lunch in the area. There is a whole range of places from a superior restaurant The King William in the Old RN College to various pubs.
14.00 Start organised tour of the Old RN College conducted by an expert guide
This includes the Painted Hall and the Chapel that are free anyway but as well as much history about the place includes places that are not normally open to the public. Having visited the Old RN College on many occasions it is well worth the fee of £6 (payable in advance)
16.00 Depart for home.
The problem is time. Really one wants at least two days to do all the attractions in the area justice.
More information on the Old RN College is available on their website.
This depends on the number going but an indicative price is about 35 - £19/ per head or about 50 - £14/head which includes a gratuity for the driver.
If you are interested please e-mail with the following information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Number in the party
3. Where you would like to join coach (Locations still being investigated)
4. Do you want to join the conducted tour of the Old RN College?
5.. Would you like to make your own travel arrangements on the day or join the coach party?
You are invited to join us for our traditional boating day at Beale Park, set around a 7 acre lake connected to the river, just a mile or so upstream from Pangbourne at Lower Basildon.
Thursday June 30th. Explore Reading Museums
This Study Day is organised by Reading U3A
Flyer and Application Form.
This Activities Day is organised by Reading U3A
Water Park Visit - Postponed for reassessment
for a variation to be organised in spring 2011 for a visit to the Cotswold
Water Park (developed for leisure, wildlife and other uses from a large
number of gravel pits) might be a good initial step (see www.waterpark.org
for more information) . We have been in contact with Jill Bewley (Education,
Events and Publicity Officer of the Cotswold Water Park Society ) . We
envisage the visit as starting with a session that will include an introductory
talk by Jill or one of her colleagues followed by questions and discussion,
and then our visiting some key areas of the Park relevant to our area
of interest – this might include talking with people who have made financial
investments in facilities, etc. Other groups (e.g. Natural History,
Art, Photography) involved in the Riverside Project might
also join us and after the introductory talk leave to do their own thing.