‘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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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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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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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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