Friends' Events, Visits and Other Special Activities

The next visit is a guided walk around the Abbey Quarter in Reading [ map HERE] has been organised for 29th July finishing with tea and cake in Pugin's St James's Church.

Finding a car parking space in the centre of Reading can be difficult and is expensive; therefore we suggest that you travel by train. A suitable train leaves Basingstoke at 13.07 and arrives at Reading's main station at 13.31. We are scheduled to meet our guide, John Mullaney, at 2.00pm in the foyer of Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH (telephone 0118 937 3400). The Museum is located about 5 minutes walk from the railway station.

If you haven't yet paid the £6 fee, please bring it with you on the day and please wear "sensible shoes" for a walk of about one mile on public footpaths. At the end of the outing we will be entertained to refreshments in St. James Church , the cost of which is included in the £6 fee. We will need to book refreshments ahead of the outing so, if unfortunately you have to cancel, it would be helpful if you could do so by noon on Thursday 27th July by telephoning 01256 322073 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members of the committee and I look forward to seeing you, either on the train or at the Museum on Saturday 29th July.

In the past the Friends have organised the following one-off events:

  • We had a Social Evening and Skittles Match between the Friends of the Curtis and Willis Museums on Friday 7th April 2017 at the Golden Pot,
  • An exhibition entitled “Bronzes of the World” which ran for two months in the Museum’s Community Gallery.
  • The bi-annual Social Evening and Skittles Match against the Friends of the Curtis Museum which took place at the Anchor Inn in North Warnborough.
  • A Members' guided tour of the Wellington Statue and Royal Garrison Church at Aldershot.
  • The manning of Friends' Promotional Display Stands at the Centenary Open Day at All Saints Church in Basingstoke and the Hampshire Genealogical Society Open Day at the Everest Community Academy in Popley.
  • In 2016 Cathy Williams organised a Members' guided tour of Pamber Priory. Derek Anthony wrote an article describing the visit in the September 2016 Newsletter

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