Events

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019
    12:00 - 18:00Broad Street, Reading

    Culture Mix presents Carnival of the World 2019, a colourful celebration of music, art, dance and diversity.

    Featuring a live music stage and the spectacular Broad Street walking parade with percussionists, dancers and Carnival costume the event showcases local and international cultural talent.

    Join Culture Mix in the heart of Reading town centre as we celebrate and showcase great music and art for all.

    Free event. For more information see the Culture Mix website at https://culturemixarts.co.uk.

  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2019
    12:00 onwardsKing's Meadow Park

    Napier Road, Reading RG1 8BN

    Reading Pride's annual Parade & Festival returns for its sixteenth year on Saturday 31 August at Kings Meadow. The Festival kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12:00 with a full line-up of entertainment throughout the day along with a funfair, youth area, a wide range of food, drink and market stalls.

    Pride is organised by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and provides free fun for all the family. For more information see the website at https://readingpride.co.uk.

  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
    12:15 - 14:00Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    Reading Borough Council invite you to attend a Dementia Friends training session in the Council Chamber. The aim of the session is to train volunteers, who can encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia, and to train Dementia Friends Champions on how to help their community.

    • The Dementia Friends session will start at 12:45 and will be followed by the Older People’s Working Group at 14:00
    • Lunch and refreshments will be on offer at 12:15

    If you would like to attend, please book your place via email to opwg@reading.gov.uk or phone on 01189 372383.

  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019
    14:00 - 17:00Harris Garden

    216 Pepper Lane, Reading University grounds, Reading RG6 5SH

    A day of fun to raise money for Reading Mencap. We have around 15 to 20 local businesses holding stalls there along with 5 of our own, including Tombola, raffle, plants and refreshments.

    It will be opened by our Patron Sir John Madjeski. All to raise much needed funds.

    Entry: Adults £3, kids go free, no Dogs allowed.

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2019
    11:00 - 13:00Community Place

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Click here to register

  • Sun
    15
    Sep
    2019
    12:30 - 16:30rLab

    Unit C1, Weldale Street, Reading RG1 7BX

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:

    • Electronics
    • Mechanical items
    • Computers (hardware/software)
    • Toys/Furniture
    • Clothing/textiles
    • Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Tue
    17
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 - 17:00Holy Brook Gallery

    Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    This is an exhibition of artwork created by clients attending Churches in Reading Drop in Centre. Its purpose is to display to the general public the variety of drawings, paintings, sculpture and poetry that has been produced over a period of time by people experiencing hardship in the form of homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, addiction etc. It is a tribute to the talent and artistic abilities of those who may feel on the margins of society.

    The exhibition will run from 17 September to 28 September 2019, in Central Library’s Holy Brook Gallery, during the library’s normal opening hours.

  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2019
    14:00 - 17:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Guided tours of the beautiful riverside gardens and the listed 17th century summer house give a unique glimpse into the history of the house that once stood on the site, of the families who lived there, and of the history of Caversham and its links with Reading across the Thames.

    Sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people are available on request, run by experienced guides from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens.

    Families can also follow an architectural trail which takes them on a fascinating journey of exploration and discovery around the summer house. The activities along the trail will engage the youngest ones and even adults will look at the building in a different way.

    For further information please email friends@fccg.org.uk.

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019
    12:30 - 16:15Community Place

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Anyone interested in reducing loneliness and social isolation is welcome at the next Befriending Forum on Thursday 26 September.

    The focus of this event is on how to show the impact of your work – to funders, the public, beneficiaries and to your own volunteers and staff.

    The agenda includes:

    • A networking lunch
    • A presentation by the national organisation Befriending Networks
    • Hearing local funders’ perspectives
    • A data visualisation workshop
    • A chance to get creative and develop your practice

    The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.

    Free event but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Reading RG1 3BB

    Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. First held in 2011, so far there have been five fantastic ‘picnics in the park’ celebrating the delicious fruit and veg that is grown in Reading. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked by Reading College students, and served free in Forbury Gardens.

    The meal is accompanied by music from local bands, family fun activities, plus the chance to learn more about growing your own food, shop with local producers and find out what local community and sustainability groups are doing in Reading.

    Find out more at www.readingtownmeal.org.uk.

  • Mon
    30
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 - 15:00Broad Street Mall

    Broad Street, Reading RG1 7QE

    Featuring local organisations supporting older people and their carers. Also showcasing many local community groups offering fun activities that people can get involved in, to connect to their communities and improve their health and wellbeing (music, singing, dance, exercise and more).

    More information about the programme of activities to follow.

  • Wed
    02
    Oct
    2019
    19:30 - 23:00Royal British Legion

    Downing Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5BB

    Annual quiz night and charity auction run by and raising funds for League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

    £12 per person for teams of up to 6 people includes a basket meal (served at approx. 20:15). Lots of fun for all throughout the evening!

    See the website at www.lof-royalberks.org.uk for more information. To book your place/table please get in touch by emailing lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019
    11:00 - 15:00The Silvers Workshop

    37 Hilcot Road, Reading RG30 2SX

    The Silvers’ Workshop are holding an open day on 6 October 2019, to celebrate a national event Silver Sunday which highlights activities undertaken across the nation by persons of a certain age and over.

    The open day will take place from 11:00 until 15:00 and will showcase the activities and projects our workshop undertakes. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be provided and served by Asda’s Community Champion. All welcome.

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    09:00 - 12:00Meadow Suite - University of Reading

    Minghella Building, Shinfield Road, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6BT

    Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations in Reading to sign up for a free event on 8 October 2019. The Road to Growth event will be hosted at the Meadow Suite in the University of Reading and will provide attendees with the latest insight on the state of the social sector at a time of change and challenge.

    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations will present an update on the state of the sector and then local and national sector specialists will engage with the audience in unpicking some of the challenges and opportunities that exist.

    Panelists will share research and insights on the state of the sector, how political and Brexit uncertainty are impacting the sector, examples of how charities and social enterprises are responding. Attendees will leave with practical insight and guidance to help their organisations survive and thrive in a changing world.

    To find out more visit https://go.charitybank.org/road-to-growth. Register for the event at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Mon
    14
    Oct
    2019
    09:30 - 15:15Conference Centre

    100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

    You are invited to attend Berkshire Community Foundation's Symposium to be held on Monday 14 October 2019 at Green Park in Reading.

    A full programme will be offered on the day, with speakers covering topics such as:

    • Staying positive in the face of big challenges
    • Public Speaking
    • A finance update
    • A legal update from Blandy and Blandy

    There will be some networking opportunities where you will have the chance to talk to other voluntary organisations and discuss issues impacting on your work.

    In order to book a place for your organisation, please register via www.eventbrite.co.uk by Monday 30 September 2019.

  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019
    19:30 - 21:30Christchurch

    Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AR

    Arnhem Clarinet Choir are an internationally known choir from Holland. They are in Reading to celebrate their 30th anniversary with two concerts. This is a free concert.