Events

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Canoe Club

    The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TH

    You are invited to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens AGM on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

    Following a brief AGM, garden historian Ben Viljoen will be giving a illustrated talk about the work of the landscape designer Humphry Repton in Berkshire.

    Humphry Repton was the last great English landscape designer of the eighteenth century, often regarded as the successor to Capability Brown.

    Contact details:
    Email: friends@fccg.org.uk
    Phone: 0118 954 5779.

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019
    16:00 StartSouth Street Arts Centre

    21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU

    StrikeUp Theatre invite you to attend the free community performance of their debut Arts Council funded show, Silent Generation.

    About Silent Generation: The play emerges from interviews with Reading residents born between 1925 and 1945; an era when children should be seen-and-not-heard, and when it often felt dangerous to speak out politically. Now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, are the Silent Generation heard today? With low social integration and little representation across television and social-media platforms, it doesn’t feel like it.

    Following 10 months of interviews, Rachel Mary directs the piece with a company of 4 actors (Patricia Loveland, Peter Marinker, Stella Ross and Michael Curran), aged between 68 and 84 years, who bring their shared experience to the performance of the script, beautifully crafted by StrikeUp Associate Joe Marsh.

    About the Director: Rachel Mary is an emerging theatre maker with a background in political theatre and physical comedy. She trained at the Antonio Fava Commedia School, Reggio Emilia and with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (2013-15) and studied with the University of Essex Drama Department (2009-2012), specialising in political theatre.

    Since then Rachel has worked as an actor and director in London and the South East, developing her professional practise working alongside established theatre makers and companies.

    Further information: Please contact Rachel to confirm your free place by emailing rachel@strikeuptheatre.co.uk or calling 07514 712785.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019
    09:30 - 11:30Southcote Community Centre

    Coronation Sqaure, Reading RG30 3QP

    A support group for family members who have children/young people with additional needs living within the community of Southcote.

    A safe and supportive space for sharing experiences and gaining support with the unique challenges faced by families of children with additional needs.

    Each session will include a half hour talk about being a parent of a child with additional needs. The remainder of the session will be for discussion of the topic and social support time.

    • Refreshments provided
    • Children welcome under parent’s supervision
    • Topics for future sessions to be decided, after discussion with the group

    For booking and further information, please contact Charlie Taylor via email at supportgroups@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk or phone on 07810 689679.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019
    23:00Locations around Caversham

    Be part of Caversham's first Green Ticket Trail!

    Sellers: Time for a Spring clean? Do you have a house full of items which you would love to sell? No time to individually list them online? Why not host a Green Ticket sale from the convenience of your garage, driveway, porch or front garden for just £10? Register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk and receive all you'll need to run a successful sale, plus you'll be supporting a great charity - Helen and Douglas House. Once registered, on 27 April set up and sell.

    Buyers: Put the date in your diary. Discover many treasures along the trail and bag yourself a bargain or two. Meet your local neighbours and enjoy a different shopping experience. You’ll receive a map, for £1, with all the sale locations on it and discover pre-loved treasures and fabulous finds along the trail!

    It's all about selling something you don't want to someone who does - in your local community!

    More information can be found at www.facebook.com/GreenTicketTrails/.

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019
    18:30 - 20:30St Laurence's Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    Reading Soup returns for the second event of 2019 this May Day!

    Join us in the stunning venue of St Laurence for an evening of Community Projects, live music, art from local artists and delicious, home-made vegan soup!

    How Reading Soup works:

    • £5 gets you a warm bowl of delicious Soup
    • Local Groups and Projects pitch about their work to the crowd
    • The crowd vote for their favourite Project
    • The Project with the most votes WINS all of the door money
    • Plus there's live music and art on display to enjoy

    Children are welcome and the venue is fully accessible. Find out more on the website at www.readingsoup.com.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019
    12:00 - 14:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    As part of this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June) and the Reading Volunteer Awards 2019, Reading Voluntary Action will be working with partners to curate an exhibition on the theme of volunteering. We are seeking creative representations of what volunteering means to those involved in, or benefiting from, voluntary work.

    Find out more about the exhibition at http://rva.org.uk/article/exhibition or by emailing awards@rva.org.uk.

    If you’d like to get involved, we’re also holding a free drop-in workshop at Reading Central Library on 2 May 2019. The workshop will be led by artist Kate Shorey, who will be creating a volunteering wordgram. We’d love you to come along and contribute a word, phrase, or idea – or even work on your own submission!

    Refreshments will be provided. Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Berkshire West Your Way

    1A Rupert Square, Reading RG1 3HE

    Would you like to better manage your mental health and wellbeing?
    Would you like to be part of a supportive peer group?

    This group will provide a safe and supportive environment where participants will support each other and learn from each other to build on and develop skills to manage their own wellbeing.

    The group will run from 10:00 to 13:00 at Berkshire West Your Way on the following dates:

    • Friday 3 May
    • Friday 10 May
    • Friday 17 May
    • Friday 24 May

    If you would like to find out more or register for a place please contact Carole Connolly at Berkshire West Your Way, either by phone on 01189 660240 or email at berkshirewest-yourway@together-uk.org.

  • Wed
    15
    May
    2019
    13:00 - 15:00Elevate Hub

    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
    19
    May
    2019
    12:30 - 16:30Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    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
    21
    May
    2019
    14:45 - 16:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Matt Taylor from Age UK Reading is a Dementia Champion and will be delivering this free training session for anyone from Reading’s community and voluntary sector wanting to become a Dementia Friend, as part of Dementia Action Week.

    What is a Dementia Friend?
    A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.

    What does a Dementia Friend do?
    Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions – both big and small.These actions don’t have to be time-consuming. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts!

    Dementia Friends can also get involved with things like volunteering, campaigning or wearing a badge to raise awareness. Dementia Friends is open to anyone who wants to help people with dementia in their community.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 14:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Autism Berkshire is pleased to host a free Accessing Public Services Toolkit Workshop for parents and carers, from Cerebra, the charity for children with brain conditions, including autism.

    The workshop aims to support parents and carers of disabled people, as well as professionals who advise them, who are encountering difficulties with the statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services.

    By the end of this workshop you should be able to

    • Consider commonly-occurring problems that parents face accessing services;
    • Recognise different types of dispute;
    • Identify and use the problem-solving approaches within the Toolkit.

    Target audience: Parents and carers of disabled children, young people or adults resident in Berkshire and front line professionals who support parents and carers.

    For further information and to book your free place, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    11:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground

    Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG13 6HT

    Annual League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Summer Fete – fun for all the family.

    Stalls including charities, craft, food and drink, tombola and games, inflatables, ice cream and much more…

    Stalls are available to book up until the middle of May. Get in touch at the first opportunity for pricing and further information and to book a stall.

    Entry for public on the day: £1 for adults and 50p for children.

    See the website at www.lof-royalberks.org.uk for more information. If you have any queries please phone 01183 228592 or email lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    12:00 - 15:00The Carey Centre

    Anstey Road, Reading RG1 7JR

    Community Fun Day at the Carey Centre on Saturday 8 June from 12:00. Free event with fun and games for all ages, a bouncy castle, BBQ, and more.

  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2019
    11:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the Kennet

    This year's Reading Water Fest will take place on Saturday 15 June and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the event. Water Fest takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum.

    Reading Borough Council and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope you can join them for a very enjoyable day! The event will consist of live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments, water activities, narrowboats, craft and charity stalls.

    For more information on the event please contact the Events and Festivals Department by phone on 01189 372771.

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019
    12:00 - 18:00Palmer Park

    Reading RG1 3PA

    East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park. The festival aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of East Reading.

    The event culminates in a fun day at Palmer Park with a wide range of attractions, music and performance marquees.

    For more information see the East Reading Festival Website.

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019
    12:00 - 17:00Baker Street

    Reading RG1 7JS

    This is the big one. We close off Baker Street, from Carey Street/Zinzan Street along to Howard Street/Body Road and have a party. Please bring along some food for us all to share. We will provide (soft) drinks, cutlery, crockery, chairs and tables so you can eat your food, chat to your neighbours and enjoy the sunshine.

    There will also be activities such as live music, Zumba, martial arts, bouncy castles, swingball, the regular BSANA quiz and a crazy golf course! Opens at Noon, but you are welcome to come any time from 10:00 and help us set everything up.