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Mon 26 February 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brexit? Is It Worth It?

From the Government’s own leaked report, Brexit with a Free Trade Agreement will cost us 5% of GDP after 15 years. These shocking numbers predict that we would be £2,000 million a week poorer than we be otherwise. To put this in context, that is 80% of the NHS budget across the UK. 

Some people may be willing to pay this price for the what they see as the benefits of Brexit. But more and more are asking “is it worth it?” A balanced and fully-sourced summary of the costs and benefits of the likely Brexit scenarios is set out at

The IsItWorthIt double decker bus will arrive in Reading at 7pm on Monday 26th of February. It will park in front of the Oracle on Broad St. Come and join a peacefull discussion.

Mon 26 February 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
BiodiverCity: Stories of how our individual decisions can affect our garden birds
Function Room, Maiden Place Community Centre, RG6 3HE

A talk by Mark Fellowes, Professor of Ecology at the University of Reading, to Earley Environmental Group.

Today, we have become a truly urban society, with almost 90% of British people living in built-up areas. Biodiversity, and our society's connection with nature, is threatened by urbanisation, and our gardens provide a vital link between people and wildlife.

Mark will share his group's most recent research on how the decisions made by every garden-owner affect the birds that share their gardens.

Refreshments and voluntary collection.

Location accessible by #21 bus.


Tue 27 February 2018 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
‘Managing the impact of Brexit on the Agri-Food industry trade between the UK and Ireland’
Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building at the University of Reading.

Re-posted - earlier posting contained errors!

The annual Edith Mary Gayton Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of the Cork University Business School and Chair of Agri-Food Economics at UCC.

Her research interests include the sustainable development of the agri-food sector with a particular interest in the impact of public policy on the farm sector. Thia is a member of a number of international research consortia examining issues such as the economic performance of farms, the sustainability of food production and the impact of climate change on agriculture.

The lecture will be held in the Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building at the University of Reading (entry from Earley Gate) . Tea and coffee will be available from 18:15 hrs and the lecture will commence at 19:00. Wine and nibbles will be available after the lecture.

This is going to be a very popular event, so please confirm your attendance by e-mailing Teresa Hicks or by telephoning 0118 378 8152.

Mon 12 March 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Great Debate: Engineering Better Food Systems
G10, Palmer building, Whiteknights campus

Today’s global food system uses a lot of resources: fuel and fossil-derived fertilisers on the farm, fuel for transport, plastics for packaging and electricity for refrigeration with wastage at each stage. What can engineering do to improve sustainability of food production and distribution as the world population increases?

There will be four short talks followed by an opportunity for the audience to raise questions and views to a panel consisting of the four speakers. See link for details.

Refreshments from 18:00 - meeting starts at 19:00.

Mon 26 March 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Reading Hydro CBS AGM
The Outlook Pub, 76-78 King’s Rd, Reading, RG1 3BJ

Come along to Reading Hydro's 2nd AGM, hear updates, get involved, celebrate the progresswe have made!

We’ll be sharing where we’re up to with the project and reflect what we have done towards our objectives. Then carry on building on this together.

If you are not already a member you are more than welcome to join us as well and if you want can also join there. Just £1 to join our community co-op (we are a Community Benefit Society)

We will be downstairs at The Outlook  (which also serves food) and we’re also hoping that we can bring some cake there (to be confirmed)