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  • 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.

  • Free evening training sessions in July & August!

    27 May 2016

    Reading Neighbourhood Network’s major theme for 2016 is ‘Grow your group’, with the emphasis on growing your numbers, funding, image and network. We are pleased to announce four free ‘Grow your image’ training sessions.  These will help you produce your own high-quality news content and pictures, lay it out in a newsletter and make use of social media to help you get your message out. All sessions will be held at RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, from 7.00 to 9.00pm.  ...

  • Big Lunch street parties across Reading in June

    26 May 2016

    Residents from 27 streets in Reading are planning to host street parties in early June as part of The Big Lunch 2016. The aim of the scheme is to get as many people as possible to meet in the streets and have lunch with their neighbours, in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Why not go along to a party near you and meet your neighbours? Here is the list of this year’s street parties around Reading: Sunday 5 ...

  • Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer befriender?

    26 May 2016

    Can you spare a couple of hours every week or fortnight to spend with someone who is lonely or socially isolated? Many organisations in Reading are currently looking for volunteer befrienders who could make a real difference to the lives of the people they support.