Thinking of holding a street party? Free road closures available this summer

To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of three weekends in the summer. The weekends are 1-2 June, 22-23 June or 6-7 July. The first weekend is the official Big Lunch weekend and the last two weekends have been added by popular demand for the Great Get-Together. Continue reading Thinking of holding a street party? Free road closures available this summer

Take part in research at the University of Reading

This project explores what factors other than language influence how we communicate. Specifically, we assess how different conversation partners affect the way in which people communicate. This study will help research on communication in people with and without brain impairments and may help people with acquired brain injury in the future. For more information, please email Willemijn Doedens at w.j.doedens@pgr.reading.ac.uk. Continue reading Take part in research at the University of Reading

Courier fraud in Reading – advice from Thames Valley Police

Elderly and vulnerable residents in Reading Police Area have been targeted by courier fraudsters. Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing over their bank cards and associated PIN (number) to a courier that arrives at their home. Thames Valley Police are calling on friends and family to help tackle the problem by talking to elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives. If you receive this type of call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Continue reading Courier fraud in Reading – advice from Thames Valley Police

Reading Dispensary Trust – grants available

Reading Dispensary Trust makes monthly grants for equipment and services not available through statutory sources, to those suffering from physical and mental illness, living within a seven mile radius of the centre of Reading. Applications are only accepted from organisations/agencies on behalf of their clients. Grants have been given for many items including white goods, furniture, carpeting, mobility aids, holidays, laptops and driving lessons. Continue reading Reading Dispensary Trust – grants available

Children Celebrate Toy Library Launch at Reading Central Library

Little library users in Reading are in for a treat, with the official launch of the town’s toy library at its new central location. The toy library will be officially launched this week on Thursday 31 January at 11:15 by the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Debs Edwards and Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, supported by local children and a fairy princess. The celebration will also include a castle shaped cake! Continue reading Children Celebrate Toy Library Launch at Reading Central Library

New public consultation on tackling congestion and air quality

Reading Borough Council will this week withdraw its East Reading MRT planning application ahead of a public consultation on how the Borough should tackle worsening congestion and poor air quality in the future. As part of a public consultation and visioning exercise to be launched in the spring, Reading Borough Council intends to engage with residents, neighbouring local authorities, businesses and other stakeholders on options for future transport solutions. Continue reading New public consultation on tackling congestion and air quality

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019

The Greggs Local Community Projects Funding is open for applications until 28 February 2019. Grants of up to £2,000 are available and they are looking to fund projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. For more information see the website at www.greggsfoundation.org.uk. Continue reading Greggs Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019

Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental

Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental. An upstairs office space at Tilehurst library is available and our brand new office space at Battle library will be built in 2019. Reading Borough Council are interested in hearing from any organisation that might be interested in a brand new, relatively small office in RG30/RG31 at low cost. If you would like more information please contact simon.smith@reading.gov.uk. Continue reading Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental

New Community Memory Café offers welcoming safe space in Southcote

A New Community Memory Café launched in Southcote with the aim of offering a welcoming space for people who are concerned about their memory or mental wellbeing. At its launch the café welcomed individuals and their carers to a friendly atmosphere with exercise from the Memory Clinic, a talk on museum artefacts from The Museum of English Rural Life and a quiz compiled by the dedicated volunteers. Continue reading New Community Memory Café offers welcoming safe space in Southcote

Consultation on Draft Palmer Park Development Framework

Reading Borough Council is consulting on plans for the future of Palmer Park. The Draft Palmer Park Development Framework is a planning document which looks in particular at how a new swimming pool could be accommodated within Palmer Park, as well as other options for improvement. Consultation on the Draft Framework began on Friday 14 December and will last until Friday 22 February 2019 and the consultation documents are available online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk. Continue reading Consultation on Draft Palmer Park Development Framework