Fire fighter charity car wash

Wokingham Fire Station hosted a charity car wash on Saturday April 25. The annual event was to raise monies for the Fire Fighter’s Charity which looks after the welfare of serving and ex-fire fighters across the UK. Fire fighter Ross Burton said: “We raised just under £1,000 on the day which is a fantastic effort…

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‘Walking in her shoes’ – Bishop of Reading shares burden of Ethiopian women

The Bishop of Reading Andrew Proud will be donned his sandals and hoisted a bundle of firewood as he walked through the shopping centre of Reading in the shoes of Ethiopian women living in poverty ahead of this year’s Christian Aid Week (May 10-16, 2015). Bishop Andrew is joining Christian Aid in asking the British…

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John Connolly author of A Song of Shadows visits Reading

John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series of thriller novels was in Reading on April 14 to meet his fans and sign books at Waterstones. A Song of Shadows is the 14th book in the series. “Actually the 13th story was a little novella kind of thing, just to avoid superstition.” he laughed. “I’m…

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Energy democracy – is it possible?

Matt Bramhall, from Global Justice Now, will talk and lead a discussion on ‘Energy Democracy? Is it possible to have clean and affordable energy under democratic control?’ One in five people globally live without electricity because they are unable to access it and millions more go without because they cannot afford to pay for it. Even in the…

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Quench bookshop, Reading will be closing its doors

Another small bookshop will be closing its doors soon. This one is Quench, the Christian bookshop on London Street, Reading. Below is a message from the team at Quench: For many years, there has been a Christian Presence on London Street in Reading in the form of a Christian bookshop. As you know, over the…

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Bean Pole Day Gardening Event at Caversham Court Gardens

Caversham Court Gardens are holding their fifth Bean Pole Day event on April 25 in their award winning riverside gardens. The day will promote local woodland products and wildlife friendly gardening. Local woodland products such as bean poles, pea sticks, and plant supports will be for sale, as well as stalls for vegetable and flower…

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Reading Contemporary Art Fair

Art for All Over 4,000 new and experienced art buyers and collectors are expected to attend Reading Contemporary Art Fair. This is the biggest fair yet with over 130 curated artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries. Go along and join in You can discover your inner artist at one of the workshops and activities taking place over…

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OFF THE BLOCK #4

Off the Block, Adrenalin theatre. The test of a professional theatre maker. Written by Four Professional Writers, Directed by Four Professional Directors Following three years of sell out shows, RBL return with our high-adrenaline, new writing sprint. 4 writers, 4 directors, 4 days, 4 plays New for 2015, four musical composers 16 actors and only 1…

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REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

Reading Rep and 2 Heavy Productions have teamed up in a challenging production. Race is a play about a controversial subject, as author David Mamet states: “The central theme of the production is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject”.…

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Zebra crossing for Dee Road schools

Parents pushing for road safety measures to help get their children to two Tilehurst schools have been promised a new zebra crossing, subject to planning approval. There will also be a package of traffic calming measures on the approaches to the affected schools.…

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REVIEW: Birdsong – a very moving masterpiece

The Original Theatre Company have taken Rachel Wagstaff’s version of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and created a masterpiece. Birdsong is a critically acclaimed and popular book. At 500 pages long and spanning three generations Wagstaff had to choose scenes for the play carefully.…

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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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