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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 Cafe 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 garden offers an ideal venue to enjoy the canalside setting, and car parking is nearby. The cafe is currently closed for refurbishment and we hope to reopen at Easter.

Reading Waterfest – Saturday 16th June

The branch’s big annual event, in partnership with Reading BC. Lot’s of waterside fun in the Forbury Loop adjacent to Reading Abbey.

Our branch holds monthly meetings from September to May (excluding Dec). 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 by email:

Meetings for Spring 2018

Tuesday 15 May
? Joint meeting with IWA

The Eastern End K & A Volunteers

(an independent Community Waterway Adoption group) is authorised by C&RT to carry out maintenance work on certain parts of the K&A. The Working Party meets on the 3rd Wednesday and last Saturday of each month. If you would like to join a Working Party, contact : Mike Bennett 0118 969 9861 for dates and details and to check that the next one will actually be taking place