News from Reading Neighbourhood Network
News compiled on 27 September 2020
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  • Reading Town Meal 2020- September Update

    26 September 2020

    Who’s getting excited? Not long to go now until this year’s town meal. We are pleased to announce that RG2 radio will be broadcasting the event live from Reading College for everyone to tune into at 12:00-14:30 Saturday 3 October. Don’t forget to sign up at if you haven’t already to receive a town meal recipe card and activity packs delivered to your doorstep.

    How can I get involved?
    -Tune into the live RG2 radio broadcast at 12:00-14:30 on Saturday 3 October
    -Make your own household town meal using our recipe suggestions
    -Complete the registration form to a receive a town meal recipe card and activity pack delivered direct to your doorstep
    -Sign up to the online workshops via the website or Eventbrite
    -Watch the recorded cook-alongs via the YouTube channel
    -Have a go at the town meal quiz and crossword

    What’s happening at Forbury Gardens?
    Visit the stall in Forbury where any surplus fruit and vegetables will be available for collection (until it runs out) on the following dates:
    -Sunday 27 September 11:00-16:00
    -Friday 2 October 11:00-16:00
    -Saturday 3 October 11:00-16:00

    For more information about the Reading Town Meal visit, phone on 01189 586692 or visit the Facebook page for the latest event announcements.

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  • Building Berkshire Together – have your say on creating a new hospital

    4 September 2020Building Berkshire Together – have your say on creating a new hospital

    News from: Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

    The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is beginning a major modernisation of its services and buildings involving the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds over the course of the next ten years. They want to work with local residents to create a new hospital, fit for the 21st century. They are calling this new project Building Berkshire Together:

    Our dual objectives are to develop and deliver outstanding NHS services in a manner fit for the 21st century and to play a greater part in the growth and development of our local economy.

    We started to develop our long term thinking on this some time ago and we are now able to make rapid progress because the Department of Health and Social Care recently published a Health Infrastructure Plan that provides the funding for 40 new hospitals building projects over the next 10 years.

    We have been chosen as one of the NHS Trusts to receive funding to develop plans for a new hospital. It could be a completely new hospital, or it could be a combination of new building and refurbishment. We will submit our initial thinking to the government later this year.

    And now… we need to know what you think and what you want from your local hospital. Over the coming months we will be seeking the views of many local people but if you would like to know more about how we are Building Berkshire Together please visit our website and tell us what you think by completing our survey.

    Take part in the survey: Go the the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust website ( and click ‘Building Berkshire Together’ on the left-hand side.

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  • Growing Careers & Growing Healthy Conversations – New Courses starting this autumn

    4 September 2020

    Food4families are running the following new courses this autumn:

    Growing Careers: Free, practical and hands on 6 week introductory course into what you could be doing if you got a job in horticulture.

    -Course 1: Monday 5 October 11:00 to 13:00 based in Central Reading
    -Course 2: Friday 9 October 13:00 to 15:00 based in South Reading
    -Covering soil health, propagation, plant care, lawn maintenance, landscaping and garden design.
    -2 hour sessions; outside; based in local Reading community gardens.
    -All equipment provided and travel refunded.

    Growing Healthy Conversations: Practise your conversational English whilst you grow fresh fruit and vegetables at our local community gardens. Free 10 week course

    Course 1 – Timing: Tuesdays 13:00 to 15:00 starting on 22 September
    Location: Lavender Place Community Garden, Queens Walk, Central Reading (next to The Hexagon), RG1 7AE

    Course 2 -Timing:Thursday 13:00 to 15:00 starting 24 September
    Location: Erleigh Road Community Garden, rear of St Luke’s Parish Church Hall, Erleigh Road, East Reading, RG2 0BW

    Small groups, supported by tutors socially distanced, outside. All equipment, tools, seeds etc provided. Travel costs can be refunded.

    For more information on the above courses and to book your place contact Sharon Fitton, by email at or ring 01189 586692 and leave contact details.

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  • BCF coronavirus funding for small organisations

    3 September 2020

    Berkshire Community Foundation is offering small-scale funding for local groups addressing the following issues:

    -Food Banks and tackling food poverty;
    -Domestic violence and abuse;
    -Homelessness or rough sleeping;
    -Providing employment opportunities, enterprise or skills development.

    BCF would like to support 10 groups for £2,000 each, with a mix across the different service areas. Some core funding would be considered.

    Groups will need to apply by 11 September by completing the BCF Expression of Interest form found at and stating ‘BCF Coronavirus Fund’ at the start of the Description of Project text box.

    BCF aims to get the funds to successful groups by the beginning of October. Taking into consideration that projects may not be completed by year end, the funder would like a simple interim report detailing how the project is progressing – they would like to promote successful groups in the lead up to Christmas. In the new year (around March), a final monitoring report would be required.

    The fund is aimed at any local group that satisfies their criteria, including smaller groups and those supporting specific communities.

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  • Reading Community Learning Centre reopening

    28 August 2020Reading Community Learning Centre reopening

    Reading Community Learning Centre is delighted to be reopening from Monday 14 September.

    If you are interested in joining our programme, please call Petra Robinson for more information and to book an appointment on 07923 138681. We offer courses mainly for women including:

    -English conversation

    -Reading and Writing


    -IT for Beginners

    -Looking good, feeling good

    -English for Work

    For more information please visit the website at

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Upcoming events
  • Mon
    19:00 - 20:00Online Event

    An environmental critique of the draft Reading Transport Strategy and its approach to carbon, congestion and clean air.

    "Making the polluters pay" can reduce traffic and fund improved and cheaper bus services and new cycling infrastructure.

    Workshop Speaker: John Booth

    Please sign up to this online event at to gain access to the Zoom webinar link.

  • Tue
    19:30 - 20:30Zoom webinar - Reading Climate Action Network

    Consultation has finished, the Plan is finalised, and now we need to implement it. After a brief introduction to the overall goals from our Chair, some of our theme leads will look at some of the community actions in more detail and be ready to answer your questions.

    We'll cover the new Reading hydro scheme, reducing consumption of "stuff" and providing a better town meal to the non-human Reading residents!

    Workshop speaker: Trish Marcouse

    Please sign up to this online event at to gain access to the Zoom webinar link.

  • Thu
    19:00- 20:00Online Event - University of Reading

    Discover the causes and impact of food loss and food waste, the effect of common retail practices on food loss and reflect on your personal contribution to the problem. Explore the potential of the waste hierarchy and the circular economy providing a framework for solutions to this issue.

    Through this interactive workshop, discover innovations such as upcycled food and hear from companies that are making a difference. Gain practical ideas on reducing food waste at home and how to be an agent of change on a personal, community, and national level.

    Workshop speaker: Simona Grasso

    Please sign up to this online event at to gain access to the Zoom webinar link.

  • Fri
    19:00 - 20:00Online Event - Global Justice Reading

    The proposed trade deal with the US is not just about a few iconic products. US food standards are radically different to Britain’s; US agriculture is dominated by massive corporations with intensive use of antibiotics, hormones and steroids.

    Why do we need this trade deal? We already trade with the US and experts say that this would have very little impact on our economy. The most optimistic estimates predict it could bring a fraction of a percent growth after 15 years!

    We could still stop this dangerous deal going ahead but what can we do? Join this session to find out.

    Workshop Speaker: Jackie Oversby

    Please sign up to this online event at to gain access to the Zoom webinar link.

  • Sat
    11:00 - 16:00Online

    If you love food, enjoy spending time with family and want to learn about how you can eat more sustainably, then you will definitely want to join us for this year’s Reading annual celebration of locally grown and healthy food on Saturday 3 October. You can sign up now.

    We can enjoy the day together (albeit from our own households) with recipe cards, online workshops, Kahoot quizzes and much, much more. We are even hoping to broadcast live from Forbury Gardens on the day to help connect us all.

    Not only will we deliver exclusive town meal inspired recipe cards direct to your doorstep, there will also be a live cook-along to follow and surplus fruit and vegetables made available from our stall in Forbury for you to collect, take home and add to your town meal inspired recipes.

    Our online workshops will feature topics including how to tackle food waste, sustainable food growing methods and climate change.

    If you would like to help and support the running of this year’s socially distanced town meal there are volunteer roles to suit everyone’s skill set, ranging from donating fruit and vegetables, delivering recipe cards to households, helping us to publicise the event and much more.

    For more information about the Reading Town Meal visit the website or Facebook page, call 0118 958 6692 or visit our Facebook page for the latest event announcements.

  • Sat
    15:00 - 16:00Online Event

    A presentation and discussion with members of Compassion in World Farming, the leading farm animal welfare charity.

    This talk is for you if you are not ready to go vegan but care about animal welfare, environmental destruction, the climate crisis and your health.

    • Learn how the choices you make effect all of these and how you can make better ones.
    • Share your views and pick up some ideas.
    • Find out what the strange and confusing words and logos on food labels actually mean.

    We promise not to bully you or show horrible pictures of animals in pain, so don’t be afraid to join us. Suitable for adults and children of all ages.

    Please register at to gain access to the Zoom webinar link.

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