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Monthly Archives: January 2015

February events

  • Surgery: Ward Councillors will be available at The South Reading Community centre on Saturday 7th February between 10.30am-12pm. If you have any issues we can help with please pop down and why not try a coffee in the new community cafe next door.
  • Whitley Big local development trust launch: one million pound of lottery money is to be decided where to be spent by local residents. Plans will be launched at the new  community cafe on Northumberland Avenue at 5.30pm-7pm on Monday 9th February.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out speaking to residents on Saturday 14th February at 10.30am in Birdhill Avenue and Wednesday 25th February at 6pm on Barnsdale road.
  • Full Council meeting: Ward Councillors will be in attendance at the Council meeting on Tuesday February 24th from 6.40pm.
  • Whitley research project: Tyndale Baptist Church on Cressingham road recently conducted some research into the image and views of Whitley. The project included an interview with Ward Councillor Ashley Pearce and how young people can be helped. The findings will be revealed on Thursday 12th February at St Agnes Church on Northumberland Avenue from 2pm-3.30pm.
  • Older peoples club: A new club for the over 50’s is launching on Wednesday 18th February at South Reading Community centre. The club will include Zumba, bingo and games, and is a great chance for people to make new friends. The club will run every Wednesday afternoon afterwards.
  • Whitley museum launch: Whitley big local will be launching a new museum based around Whitley on Saturday 21st February from 10am-3pm.  If you have any old photos or just want to see what is there please come down to the Community café on Northumberland Avenue.
  • Church Ward Rose: Your latest Ward newsletter will be dropping through your letterbox from mid February onwards with an update on what your Councillors have been doing.
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New Community cafe opens


Whitley Big local has opened a new community cafe at The South Reading Community centre on Northumberland Avenue. The new cafe will be serving teas and coffees priced between £1 and £1.50. The cafe will be open Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturdays between 9am-3pm. The cafe will be a great asset to Whitley and huge congratulations to all of the volunteers involved.

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New monthly free lunch for pensioners in Whitley

The three cooks for pensioners will soon be bringing their free lunches to the people of South Reading.  The FREE 3 course lunch will take place on the last Saturday of every month from 1pm to 3pm at Christ the King on Northumberland Avenue.  If interested please phone Brenda on 07847849812 or 01189314221 to book a place.  This is essential to determine how much food is needed.  The first date for the lunch will is 31st January and will be the last Saturday of the month after that.

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Affinity news

Housing company Affinity have a new website which can be seen here: Affinity. The site will be used for the Affinity newsletter, highlight any new events, order repairs, give feedback and pay rent.

Repairs can also be reported between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday on 0800 028 6942 or by emailing

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Ridgeway expansion granted planning permission

Reading Borough Council planning committee last night unanimously granted planning permission to The Ridgeway Primary school expansion plans to a 3 form entry to help meet Reading’s increasing demand for primary school places.

Residents of Hillbrow have raised some concerns which were heard by the committee whilst ward Councillors Ashley Pearce and Paul Woodward were in the public gallery to listen to these.  Concerns included the ability of vehicles to access the site and pick up points for school trips.

The permission comes with conditions including:

  • Access from Hillbrow will not be used for pupil access by vehicle or foot, it will only be deliveries and visitors.
  • The travel plan will be submitted which is progressing rapidly under the guidance of Head teacher Madelaine Cosgrove and be reviewed annually.
  • Work hours will be from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and no time on Sundays.

The Council will continue to work with residents to discuss and work through any issues that arise.

This is great news for South Reading as The Ridgeway school can continue to provide excellent education to more young people in the area.

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Whitley the Venue for New Older People’s Club

A NEW social club for the over 50s in Whitley Wood opens with a free event on Wednesday 18th February, 11am – 4pm at Whitley Wood Community Centre.

The lively launch includes zumba, bingo, games and prizes, providing a taste of what the social club will have on offer. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet friends or make new ones over free soup and hot drinks.

An advice surgery from the Winter Warm Programme – where residents can get help and tips on how to cut their energy bills and keep warm during the winter months – is also part of the club’s launch event.

Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, Rachel Eden said:

“I am delighted that following the success of older people’s social clubs in other parts of the town, the Council is launching this new club in Whitley Wood.

“The launch will be a welcoming, fun social event with the added bonus of an advice session from the Winter Warm Programme.

“Older people in Reading want fun, active clubs in their neighbourhood to help them live life to the full. Working with volunteers, communities and older people themselves the Council is determined that despite the government cuts we will invest in services for Whitley Wood and communities across Reading.”

After the launch event, the social club will run weekly every Wednesday from 25th February. Whitley Wood Community Centre is located on the no.6 and the no. 9 bus routes – stop at Engineer’s Court. For more information on the social club, please contact Sarah Hunneman on 075808 70945 or email

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