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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Church Ward survey

As Councillors we are your representatives to Reading Borough Council. We want to hear your views so we can help shape your community in your vision.

We have created a short survey that will only take a few seconds to fill in. This will help us understand what national and local issues are important to you, and if you are a Labour member, how you may be able to help us.

The survey will only take around a minute and can be found here.

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August events in Church Ward

  • Councillors surgery: Ward Councillors and the Whitley area PCSO will be at The Whitley Cafe on Saturday 5th August from 10.30am-12pm. Please come along and discuss any local issues.
  • Summer canvassing: Ward Councillors and Labour activists will be out across the summer to speak with residents about local issues and concerns. These dates will include:

-Thursday 3rd August (top of Blagdon road) at 6pm.

-Thursday 10th August at 5.30pm (Elm Road)

-Saturday 12th August (top of Cressingham road) at 11am

-Wednesday 16th August (Stanhope Road) at 5.30pm

-Saturday 19th August (Barnsdale road) at 11am

-Wednesday 23rd August (Northcourt Avenue) at 5.30pm

-Wednesday 30th August at 5.30pm (venue to be confirmed)

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WhitFest 2017 a big success!

Cllr Ashley Pearce helping to run one of the WhitFest stalls.

This year’s WhitFest (the arts festival for South Reading) was excellently hosted by the John Madejski academy. There were various stalls for kids and adults to enjoy as usual, with charities such as Age Concern and ABC to read represented as well as local crafts people displaying their works. Cllr Pearce and Reading East MP Matt Rodda helped run the WhitFest doodle stall where youngsters were encouraged to write down what Whitley meant to them. The day was topped off with some excellent entertainment in the form of singing and dancing from the JMA students themselves. The event continues to grow every year and I look forward to being involved again next year.

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Good bye and thank you to Primary heads


Two of our Primary school head teachers in South Reading have recently retired after many years service in our schools. Charlie Clare after many years dedicated service heading up Geoffrey Field Junior took a hugely deserved retirement. As well as Charlie, Madelaine Cosgrove retired after overseeing The Ridgeway school expansion in recent years. We wish them the best of luck and rest in their future endeavours.

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Matt Rodda Reading East MP

Matt Rodda as the MP for Readng East wants to be an accessible MP who is there to serve his constituents. There are numerous ways you can keep in contact with Matt:



Twitter: @MattRodda

Phone: 07746 642938


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Labour party manifesto-For the many not the few

The Labour party general election manifesto is one of the most read political documents of all time. The document, entitled for the many, not the few has been incredibly well received by the public and sets out a platform for a brighter future for Britain. The party promises to renationalise the railways, increase the minimum wage, end NHS privatisation, properly fund our schools and put an end to tuition fees. The full document can be read here.

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South Reading events calendar

The latest version of the South Reading events calendar will soon be dropping through letter boxes if it has not already!

Thanks to everyone that has contributed and we hope more people will contribute in future. The online calendar can be viewed here

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Reading Neighbourhood network survey

Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) is an umbrella organisation of residents and neighbourhood groups active across Reading. They provide information, support and training through peer support and events.

The network has two main aims:

  • to increase the level of community activity at a neighbourhood level
  • to increase the voice of residents through neighbourhood groups

Reading Neighbourhood Network would like to invite current and potential members to complete their survey, to find out more about your group and what you would like to see from RNN.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey below.


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