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Reading Branch

The Reading Branch

Dates from the start of the campaign in 1955 to save the Canal from formal abandonment. The Branch helps manage the successful Canal Shop and Information Centre at Aldermaston and has an active itinerant sales stand that can, on request, attend events anywhere in the Home Counties.

Aldermaston Visitor Centre, Shop & Café

Tel: 01189 712868

The Canal Shop is located just east of the lift-bridge that carries the A340 across the Canal beside Aldermaston Lock, and sells refreshments, sweets, ice creams and souvenirs. The Shop’s garden offers an ideal venue for picnics, and ample free car parking is nearby. We are open all year.

Our branch holds monthly meetings from September to May (excluding Dec). Please see our current programme here.

These take place at The Grange Free Church Hall, Circuit Lane, Southcote, READING, RG30 3HD starting at 7.45 pm. Entry donation £2.50 (incl K&A members) – to help pay for the meeting. Branch contact is: John Swift who can be reached on 0118 941 5540 or 07533 886 917 and be email:

The Branch is now authorised by CRT to carry out maintenance work on certain parts of the K&A.
If you would like to join a Working Party, contact David Copley (0118 959 8247) for dates and details.

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