Two careful owners

Kim Barkins was fortunate enough to find the car of his dreams 17 years ago when he saw the Armstrong Siddeley Whitley 18 hp in a garage in Brightwell cum Sotwell. The car at that time had had one careful owner, Stanley Maciak. For most of its life the Whiley has been kept under lock…

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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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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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Wokingham’s ‘Green Fingers’ gardening campaign

Wokingham Town Council have a vision and they need your help. They want to encourage the life and vibrancy of Wokingham Town for its existing and future residents and businesses. One of the ways this will happen is by the council’s Green Fingers gardening campaign. During April to July any gardener living within Wokingham’s towns…

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Blandy & Blandy supporting this year’s Dementia Awareness Week

Reading-based solicitors firm Blandy & Blandy will proudly be supporting this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, which begins on May 17. In partnership with Reading Dementia Action Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Society the firm will be running free drop-in sessions providing information on matters including writing a will and Lasting Power of Attorney. The sessions will…

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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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Democracy Day at University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus

On Saturday April 25, the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations will be holding an exciting topical event, centred on the upcoming UK elections. Dominik Zaum, Professor of Governance, Conflict, and Security said: ” It will be a chance for members of the public and the University community alike to engage in a thoughtful…

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MORRISONS PREDICTS BEST BRITISH ASPARAGUS CROP FOR A DECADE

Morrisons vegetable buyers have predicted Britain could have the best crop of outdoor grown asparagus for nearly a decade. Farmers are reporting that growing conditions and a predicted three month heat wave means the 2015 asparagus crop could increase by up to 20%. Morrisons Asparagus Buyer David Bartle said: “Growing conditions look like they are going…

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Churches get together to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The annual Week of Prayer For Christian Unity will run from January 18 to 25 and will be marked in a series of ways across the world. Timed to co-incide with the octave of St Peter and St Paul and will take the theme of We Will All Be Changed. The Churches Together in Britain…

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Jesus Christ Superstar to come to Caversham

Students from Henley College will be using St Andrew’s Church in Caversham for a special performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. The rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has been chosen by the College for its Christmas show and the College says it has made the decision to “stage the production in the…

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Carols for the homeless

Launchpad Reading – formerly Reading Single Homeless Project – has announced the date of its annual carol service. It will take place in Reading Minister Church, St Mary’s Butts on Monday, December 19. Although the charity has yet to reveal its plans for the event, previous years have seen famous names read some of the…

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