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  • Whitley Growallot – come and give us your ideas for 2015

    16 January 2015

    News from Whitley Growallot We are now starting our third growing season, having completed the planned development of the site (including BBQ, meeting shed and compost loo!) and established a working committee. The focus of 2015 will be to offer the best possible growing resource to local people that we can. We have built up a productive garden (too much to eat at times) and a solid community of local growers. For the next phase we need to offer interesting, relevant workshops, ...

  • Southcote Over 50s Social Club launched

    15 January 2015

    Your community welcomes you to your own weekly Southcote Over 50s Social Club on Mondays from 2 February 2015 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at the Southcote Community Centre, Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QP. There will be free lunch, tea, coffee, cake and activities (these will be free for your first visit, suggested donation thereafter). Need help getting there or want to find out more info? Please call Michelle Brown on 07834 335103 or email The club is also looking for volunteers – ...

  • Consultation: School admission arrangements for 2016

    15 January 2015

    School admission arrangements are the rules used in the allocation of school places, and must comply with the School Admissions Code. Arrangements are determined by the Admissions Authority. There is an annual procedure to set the admission arrangements – where an Admission Authority wishes to make changes, they must consult. Reading Borough Council is the Admission Authority for community primary, infant and junior schools in the Borough. They are proposing to make changes to the current over-subscription criteria to give priority ...

  • Job vacancy: Food4families Outreach Team Leader

    13 January 2015

    Food4Families is helping a whole new generation of children and families in Reading to grow their own food; we are now entering an exciting new phase to extend the reach of this successful project. You will lead a team of volunteer and work experience staff to engage people to get growing on their doorsteps, going on to help them create and manage small community ‘veg patches’. If you have the knowledge and a passion for ‘growing your own’ together with the skills ...

  • Could you be a Digital Champion?

    8 January 2015

    In the digital age essential services are being increasingly accessed online, and inevitably those without the opportunity and skills to access online services will be at a disadvantage. No doubt there are many people out there who would benefit from access to computer equipment in their area, such as at their local community centre, church hall or other community building. Perhaps you have been thinking of helping your neighbours get online, or even know of a local facility such as a ...

  • ‘Tis the season to be granting!

    24 December 2014

    A reminder that Reading Neighbourhood Network’s small grants scheme is fast approaching its first round deadline. Applications are welcomed from anyone looking to improve cohesion in their neighbourhood and get more activities going – we are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who is thinking of starting up a new neighbourhood group in their community, so RNN membership is not a pre-requisite. The deadline for this round is 31 December, so time is running out!  Details of the scheme and a link ...

  • What’s on for older people in Reading this Christmas

    4 December 2014

    by Michelle Brown, Reading Borough Council (RBC) There are lots of events and activities happening across the Christmas season in Reading and RBC’s Adult Social Care team have compiled a useful list of the ones they know about. The list is not comprehensive but it’s a useful starting point, so do take a look, highlight relevant items to your neighbours and print it off if you have somewhere to display it. The flyer also includes other useful information in one place like ...

  • How can Reading recycle more?

    1 December 2014

    A lively forum was organised by the Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) with support from RNN, with the aim of looking into Reading’s recycling successes and challenges. The event was attended by councillors, council officers and members of GREN and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN). There was a presentation on how the recycling system works and a video of material collected for recycling being sorted at Smallmead to separate out useful materials for industry. This produces high quality materials from loose paper, ...

  • Advertise your neighbourhood’s seasonal activities with RNN

    20 November 2014

    Are you organising any events over the Christmas period in your neighbourhood – a party, Santa’s grotto, Christmas meal…? You can advertise your event free on the Reading Neighbourhood Network website. Just send the details of your event to and we’ll do the rest. If possible please include a phone number in case we need to contact you.  

  • Revitalising Reading’s Central Club building

    20 November 2014

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) RVA has been asked to undertake a review and consult with organisations interested in the building, which has been empty since 2006. The Council also agreed that any future plans for the building will fully recognise the cultural and social significance for the local community of the iconic former Central Club mural on London Street, and its position as a high profile local landmark in Reading. We would like to hear from organisations or groups across ...