Children having fun at the recent Caversham Festival The Revd Jeremy Tear

Around 10,000 people dodged the showers and Wimbledon tennis to enjoy the annual Caversham festival on Sunday, July 8 in Reading’s Christchurch Meadows.

The festival was organised by Readipop, the local music charity, in partnership with various organisations including Churches Together in Caversham (CTC).CTC started the day with an all-age service on the main stage, attended by around 300 people. Its performance arena hosted a local schools choir and various sports and dance clubs who entertained the crowds and invited them to take part in activities such as a fun pentathlon, cricket and football, judo and taekwondo, and lindy hopping. Festivalgoers also heard 30 local bands playing on three stages while hundreds of children enjoyed free rides on inflatables provided by the churches.Speaking of the event, the Revd Jeremy Tear, from Churches Together in Caversham, said: “It was great to be able to partner with Readipop in putting on this year’s festival. “The event was appreciated by many people and was a fantastic way to bring the whole community together.

“I’m very grateful to all the performers and volunteers who helped to make it happen.”