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  • Reading University 2016 Brand Jam

    27 July 2016

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2016, working exclusively with not-for-profits. The students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free.

  • International arts event at Reading Prison this autumn

    23 July 2016

    “Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison” will take place from 4 September to 30 October 2016. Leading artists, performers and writers will respond to the architecture of the prison, themes of imprisonment and separation, and the work of the prison’s most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde.

  • Active Communities fund open for applications

    23 July 2016

    People’s Health Trust Active Communities fund is now open for applications in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest. Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

  • New loyalty card for Oxford Road shoppers

    21 July 2016

    Shoppers in West Reading will have the opportunity to grab a bargain thanks to a new loyalty card for Oxford Road. The Oxford Road Traders’ Association launched its shoppers’ Smile loyalty card at the weekend outside Tesco Extra in Portman Road.

  • Did you hold a Big Lunch this year? Tell us about it!

    27 June 2016

    Residents in many streets around Reading participated in this year’s Big Lunch, with 27 streets granted road closures for their parties in June and plenty of other summer events around the area. Among them were the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association to the west of the town centre and the Bell Tower Community Association, which held its party in Newport Road, near Caversham Road. In Baker Street there was a large bouncy castle, enjoyed by adults as well as children, plenty of ...

  • Policing and crime: have your say

    27 June 2016

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is consulting on the views of the public on policing and crime in their local area. The results of the survey will be used to help inform the next 5 year Police and Crime Plan, which will set priorities and direction for crime and policing across the Thames Valley Police area. To take part in the survey please visit

  • Using the Smallmead tip? Don’t forget your orange sticker

    25 June 2016

    From 1 July the re3 recycling centres in Reading and Bracknell are introducing new visitor access requirements. Residents are being reminded to use the vinyl permits that have now been posted to households in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Council areas. Households will only be given one permit, but this can be transferred between vehicles – if you prefer not to display the sticker all the time on your windscreen the suggestion is to put it back on its ...

  • Ready Friends Afternoon Tea serves up information on befriending

    23 June 2016

    Advice and information was offered alongside tea and cake at an event held to promote volunteer befriending earlier this month.

  • Grants for organisations helping disadvantaged children and young people

    18 June 2016

    by Alistair Dowlman, Reading Borough Council BBC Children in Need have announced September deadlines for their grant programmes for groups supporting disadvantaged children and young people: Small Grants Programme Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any ...

  • Reading’s first community solar scheme is launched

    17 June 2016

    Reading Community Energy Society have launched an opportunity to buy shares in solar panels that will be put on local community centres. Local people are encouraged to invest.