Friday, 2 October 2015

October Newsletter

Two very important reminders to all garden members:

1) The 2015 Town Meal takes place Sat 3rd October 12noon until 4pm in Forbury Gardens, the event is themed around local food and communities, its free to attend!

2) The ORCG monthly work party for October has been moved to SAT 10th October 10am until noon. Please come and help. This change is to a) avoid the event above and b) to enable ORCG to join in with the Reading Rescue event 8-10th October, sponsored by Thames Water, Supported by Connect Reading and Reading Borough Council and led by community groups across Reading in their local areas. If you want to help to make Reading a greener place to live come along and join in.

Ricky Josey
Chair ORCG

Friday, 27 March 2015

Easter work parties

Evening everyone, a couple of quick reminders:

This Sat (28th) we will be clearing up the access lane/path to the garden as part of the Reading Rescue 2015 events (Info on other Rescue events can be found on the website reading rescue ), I will be at the entrance gate for 3pm, this shouldn't take too long as the monthly work party already includes an element of clearing up.

The next monthly work party is Easter Sat, I will be at the gate from 10am.


Ricky Josey (Chair ORCG)

Friday, 6 March 2015

It's Spring again!

A big hello to all the community garden members!

Crocuses 2015

We have been quiet through the winter but not inactive, we've had CROW from Econet come in and do some clearance work around the pond and some tree work in the garden. We are in advanced stages of obtaining funding for two new benches to replace the last wooden ones, these will be similar to the new ones obtained last year. We have been chasing up veg plot holders to ensure full usage and we have some new fruit trees coming from the Reading Food Growing Network RFGN, these will be in the garden shortly. One school has already used the garden for their RSPB Big Garden bird watch event and we have some bookings in the diary for future visits.

To get 2015 off to a good start we have the following events:

Sat 7th March 10am-Noon - Garden re-opens and we'll be giving the garden a freshen up - please come along and lend a hand with some light gardening.
Chris will be leading this event.

Sat 28th March 3-5pm - Reading Rescue event at the garden - we will be tidying up the garden access pathway, the access lane and parking area.
Ricky will be leading this event.

Work parties will be the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH March to October 10am-12noon, if you would like to help outside of these days/hours please let us know.

The pond, newly cleared

The 2015 diary is on the front of the cabin, please put any events in here to avoid clashes of events and disappointment and check out planned events.

The new playcabin
If there is anything you would like to see happen in the garden please catch up with a committee member at a work party or email one of us.

2015 is up and running in the garden :-)

Ricky Josey
Chair ORCG

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Early Summer 2014 Update

A big welcome to all our new members, we've had quite a few people join in the last month or two!
All members are invited to attend the garden this Saturday (June 7th) when some light gardening and tidying will be taking place between 10am and 12 noon.
Our new benches have been ordered and will be here later this month (finally!) and the other garden items will also be here shortly :-)
The GARDEN EMAIL ADDRESS IS NOT WORKING so please direct any emails to myself or a committee member. I will confirm when the issue has been resolved.

ORCG is a member of the Reading Neighbourhood Network and as members of RNN all ORCG members can access the training offered on the website for FREE. is the website. If there is trainging you would like to attend let me know and I'll get you all the relevant details.
There is now an Oxford Road Timebank in place, everyone along the Oxford Road is invited to join it, more details can be found on their website or you can speak directly to them at the Oxford Road Fun Day on July the 5th. (See below.)

July 5th is the annual Oxford Road Fun Day held in Kensington Park in Kensington Road (for those new to Reading if you head out of town on the Oxford Road you turn left at Mr Cod) and as the website says "The Oxford Road Fun Day is a family day For the local Community, set up by the local Community and run by the local Community." More details on their website 
Finally, there is a new Community Organiser covering the Oxford Road area, her name is Freya, Freya can be contacted here if you have a community project you would like to start or see happen then speak to Freya and see if it can happen!

If you have any queries about the garden or would like more info about the running of the garden please contact me.
Ricky Josey

Thursday, 13 March 2014

March 2014 Update

Spring appears to have arrived, just like the latest update from the ORCG!

After a winter sleep we're back to keep you informed about the garden, there's lots to tell you so here goes:

Reading Rescue is this week and ORCG will be clearing up the access lane to the garden on Sat 15th starting 10am, please come along and join in, this will be a short task and then we'll move into the garden to start tidying up after a windy spring. See for info on all the events for Spring 2014.

Work parties in the garden will be 10am-12noon on the first Saturday of each month (Apr-Oct) with April 5th being the first, please come along, meet other garden members and help as little or as much as you can. Plot holders and all garden members are reminded that assisting with the garden upkeep is part of the arrangement for holding a plot and being a member of the garden.

The boundary fence adjacent to the rear of Dreams was damaged in the recent winds. Repairs have been completed. If you see any damage in the garden or to the boundaries please let a member of the committee know.
There will be work on the trees adjacent to the veg plots in the neighbouring garden on Monday 17th March from 10:30am, this should only be for the morning. Please take this into account if you are planning to use the garden.

New furniture and equipment is (finally) being ordered for the garden, we will inform you of arrival dates shortly.

If you have an event for the garden or are part of a group that would like to use the garden please drop us the details so we can avoid event clashes.

Finally, we invite all garden members to consider joining the steering committee for the garden, we have 4 members but would like at least a couple more, there's not too much involved, we have a chair, treasurer and secretary in place and a maximum of 4 meeting a year (we've already had 1 of them this year) and the summer BBQ. Please drop me a line for more info.

I think that's plenty from me, I hope to see you in the garden soon.

Ricky Josey
Chair ORCG