CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

A charity shop and advice centre hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning is now planning to reopen tomorrow morning. The branch of Reading-based charity Christian Community Action (CCA) had hoped it would be business as usual today, despite seeing its frontage destroyed when a Peugeot 206 smashed into the building…

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Everybody in Reading needs good neighbours

Reading is to get nine new Neighbourhood Teams – all ready to respond to local hot potatoes such as litter, graffiti, fly-tipping, grass cutting and maintenance of public spaces, crime and fear of crime, speeding, road safety and street drinking.…

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Reading to get new smaller waste collection trucks

Reading’s newest trucks are rubbish – and that’s official. The Council has ordered 13 new waste collection vehicles and they are smaller than the ones they’re replacing, making them better for Reading’s narrow streets.…

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Fighting for religious freedom in Caversham

  An ambassador for a human rights charity who has spoken at the United Nations came to Caversham to share his goal of achieving religious freedom and human rights for people who live in some of the world’s most oppressed countries.…

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Christine places music and movement on canvas

  Berkshire-based visual artist and arts communicator Christine Holley is currently holding an exhibition of her paintings and drawings at The Peacock Gallery, Earley – nestled inside Maiden Erlegh School. It runs until the end of the month.…

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Frocks around the clock at Lou Lou’s

  It’s rock around the clock! Vintage lovers were able to turn back the years with a special event at Reading’s Town Hall on Saturday, February 28. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair stopped off in the Thames Valley to bring a blast from the past.…

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If the coat fits … Mel’s book helps children grieve

When Mel Maxwell’s sister died following a battle with an aggressive form of cancer she looked around for books that would help her young niece and nephew understand what had happened. She found books written for adults but nothing that a child or young adult could relate to – so she took the task on…

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Waste not, want lots: junk becomes treasure at course

A craft course with a difference started recently and a similar one will take place in March. Tutor Ornella Trevisan teaches her students how to make useful and creative objects using weaving techniques and raw materials that would normally go to landfill, helping Reading get greener and creative.…

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Review: Gaslight at the Progress Theatre

Once again a Reading theatre gives its audience something to cheer about. This time it’s Progress Theatre who, inits 68th season, give us Gaslight, a chilling tale with Jack Manningham (played by Geoff Dallimore) one of the most evil characters I’ve seen in a play or film recently.…

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Mugabe protesters take to Reading’s streets

A group committed to bring change to Zimbabwe took to the streets of Reading today to bring their message to the Thames Valley. Members of Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe were in Broad Street to talk about their campaign to bring peace, justice and freedom to the country governed by Robert Mugabe.…

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Car crash hit store: we’ll be open on Monday

  A Reading charity shop and advice centre says it’s business as normal, despite an early morning car crash that saw its frontage destroyed. Christian Community Action (CCA)’s Oxford Road store and its neighbour, Shazz Hair and Beauty, were hit by a red Peugeot on Saturday, February 28.…

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‘More help needed for displaced Christian communities in the Middle East’

The Reading Churches Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 7 February saw the largest number of men attending in its 20-year history, with 152 gathering to welcome back Major-General Tim Cross, who first spoke 10 years ago. His topic on this occasion was one of the most critical issues facing the world today – the rise of…

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The End of an Earring: How Pam left Pat Butcher behind

  The big moments in soap operas always resonate. We still talk about who shot JR, fondly remember the Deidre/Ken/Mike love triangle in Corrie and we’ve only just found out who killed Lucy in EastEnders. But what’s it like for the actors? And what affect does it have on them personally?…

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