NEW charges for green bin collections could be introduced in Reading if proposals are given the go-ahead later this month (September 26th). Unlike many neighbouring areas, householders in Reading currently have garden waste collected for free from their doorstep. Unprecedented Government cuts to Council funding however, mean Reading Borough Council is now having to consider […]
Poets, authors, playwrights and screenwriters are set to take the stage this November for Reading’s first Literature Festival. Growing out of Reading Poetry Festival’s three successful years from 2013-15, the Festival will bring together many of the most exciting talents in contemporary writing from across the UK and abroad. The events, taking place […]
ARTHUR HILL swimming pool will be closed and replaced with a modern new 25-metre pool at nearby Palmer Park, under proposals being considered at a meeting of the Council’s Policy Committee later this month (September 26). The ageing facility would shut from December 19th this year. It would be replaced in 3 to 4 years’ […]
THE LIFE and work of one of the most acclaimed exponents of classical Indian dance, Ram Gopal, will be celebrated this September with a day of colourful dance, history and costume. The free all day event on Saturday 24th September is being hosted at Reading Central Library. As well as dance workshops and historical talks, […]
CHILDREN are being encouraged to use their artistic talents to create a recycling mascot for Reading Borough Council. Pupils at primary schools across the borough are being invited to enter the competition to design a character to help promote recycling in the town. Teachers are also being offered the chance to host free special assemblies, […]
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging residents to sweep up this September to support Chimney Fire Safety Week (5 – 11 September). The winter months are fast approaching and having your chimney swept regularly can help protect you and your loved ones. Chimney fires accounted for over 5,000 incidents dealt with by […]
CHILDREN and staff at an east Reading nursery will be celebrating the official opening of their new building on Wednesday 7th September. Riverside Day Nursery closed the doors of its premises in New Town Primary School earlier in the summer and has now relocated to bright new modern facilities in Palmer Park. The nursery’s new […]
PUPILS across Reading are celebrating a strong set of GCSE results. At this stage there are no national statistics to make direct comparisons and it is difficult to compare results with last year because of different ways of reporting. However, early indications from schools are that 66 per cent of students in Reading schools achieved […]
A REPORT detailing the council’s strategy for supporting Reading’s looked after children will be considered at a meeting of the Adult, Children’s and Education Committee next week.
AN INDEPENDENT inspection of Reading’s Youth Offending Service has described the workforce as “competent and committed” with a good knowledge of their children and young people.