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April events

  • Councillors surgery: Ward Councillors will be available at Whitley Cafe on Saturday 3rd April from 10.30am-12pm to discuss any concerns that residents have.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out across the ward on various days to knock on doors and speak with residents. We will be out on Thursday 7th April on Southglade and Brybur close (early afternoon), Blagdon Road on Friday 8th April (early afternoon), Barnsdale Road on Saturday 9th April (11am), Winton Road on Saturday 23rd April (11am) and Windemere Road on Saturday 30th April (11am).
  • Reading Banner and Church Ward Rose: over the next month you should be receiving the Labour parties Reading wide newsletter as well as the local ward newsletter to keep you up to date with goings on across your area.
  • Reading half marathon: many roads will be closed on Sunday 4th April as thousands of runners will be completing the half marathon. Please come out and give them a cheer.
  • John Madejski Academy 5 a side tournament: Councillors have been invited along as guests to a 5 a side football tournament on Saturday 4th April at 3-5pm at Academy sport.
  • Community police meeting: Thames valley police will be holding one of their regular Have your say meetings with the local community which will take place on Monday April 4th at 11am at Whitley cafe. 
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March events

  • Councillors surgery: Ash, Eileen and Paul will be at the Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue to speak to residents and help with any queries on Saturday March 5th from 10.30am-12pm.
  • Canvassing: The Church ward team will be out speaking to residents to ask for any concerns on Monday 14th March at 5.30pm on Shinfield Road and on Saturday March 19th at 11am on Hartland Road.
  • Library consultation: Whitley Library’s future is under consultation with the possibility of the Library moving into the community centre building. We want to hear your views and the consultation is under way. Councillors will be available to answer questions on Tuesday 29th March from 5-6.30pm at the Whitley Cafe.
  • Full Council meeting:  Councillors will be back in the Civic centre chamber on  Tuesday 22nd March at 6.30pm to answer questions from the public, Cllr Eileen McElligott will be asking for an update on progress with helping South Reading schools and Ashley will be asking about the impact of falling numbers in registered voters.
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February events

  • Councillors surgery: Eileen, Ashley and Paul will hold their regular monthly surgery where residents can come along to discuss issues on Saturday 6th February at 10.30am at the Whitley Cafe on Northumberland Avenue.
  • Reading Banner delivery: The Labour party Reading Banner newsletter containing news from across the town will be delivered to residents during the first weekend of February.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out speaking to residents on Wentworth Avenue and Whitley Wood Road on Wednesday 17th February (afternoon), Tamarisk Avenue, Whitley Wood Road top and Shinfield Road on Wednesday 24th February from 6pm and Birdhill Avenue, Cressingham Road top and Monksbarn on Sunday 28th February at 11am.
  • Affinity tenancy leaflet: Councillors have developed a simplified version of the new Affinity housing tenancy agreement and this will be delivered to residents this month.
  • Linden Road walk around: Councillors, Affinity representatives and Council officers will be surveying Linden Road on Thursday 25th February at 9am. We will be seeing if there are any traffic and parking measures suitable to implement.
  • Northumberland Avenue shops (by Foxhays Road) redevelopment plans: these shops cut be set for a spruce up with some painting, fence replacing and planting set to take place. An event by the shops to speak to residents will take place on Saturday February 27th from 2.30pm-4.30pm.
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January events

  • Councillors surgery: Eileen, Ashley and Paul will be holding one of their monthly advice surgeries on Saturday 9th January at 10.30am at Whitley cafe. Please come along to discuss any issues you may have.
  • Church Ward Rose and South Reading calendar: You will soon be receiving the latest edition of our ward newsletter as well as the popular South Reading calendar containing events in South Reading for the next 6 months.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out and about speaking to residents about any concerns this month. We will be out on Thursday 14th January in Stanhope Road around 6-7pm and Monday 18th January in Upper/Lower Meadow road around 6pm and Foxhays/Windemere roads on the morning of Saturday 30th January.
  • Full Council meeting: Councillors will be in attendance at the public Council meeting where the public and other Councillors can ask questions to us on Tuesday 26th January at 6.30pm at the Civic centre. Councillor Pearce will be asking for the London fringe allowance for teachers to be extended to Reading.
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December events

  • Councillors surgery & Christmas event: Eileen, Ash and Paul alongside other South Reading Councillors will be at one of their regular surgeries on Saturday 5th December from 10.30am-12.30pm at the Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue. If you have any issues you want to discuss please come along. Local historian Mark Clapson will also be doing a talk on the history of Whitley at 11am.
  • South Reading Christmas party: Whitley Big local will be celebrating the festive season at Whitley cafe on Saturday 12th December from 1.30pm-4pm. Kids and adults alike are welcome, there will be good, music and activities.
  • Rabsons Rec clean up: Councillors and Labour activists will be out on Sunday December 13th at 11am at Rabsons rec to clean up the park and area. After recent conversations with residents, Councillors and the Council are acting to improve the area for locals. All equipment will be provided so please come along and lend a hand for half an hour to help.
  • Carol service at St Barnabus Church: local residents will congregate at St Barnabus Church on Elm Road on Sunday 13th December at 6pm to sing carols, hear the Christmas message and drink mulled wine. Ashley will also be doing a short reading at the service.
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November events

  • Councillors surgery: Eileen, Ashley and Paul will be holding their regular monthly surgery on Saturday 7th November at 10.30am-12pm at the Whitley cafe. Please come along with any concerns we can help with.
  • Rememberance service: Church Ward Councillors will be in attendance on Sunday 8th November to remember those who sacrificed their lives for us in past wars. St Mary’s Butts church at 10.30am.
  • St Patricks Hall meeting: Councillors and The Northcourt Avenue residents association will be meeting with the University on Thursday November 12th to discuss St Patrick halls redevelopment and local engagement.
  • Voter ID drive: On December 1st thousands of people in Reading could lose their vote after changes to Voter registration. Councillors will be holding a Voter ID advice check at The Whitley cafe on Saturday 14th November at 10.30am-12.30pm where residents can check if they’re registered and ask any questions.
  • Reading Housing summit: Reading is in the midst of a housing crisis where we need more affordable housing as soon as possible. On Tuesday 17th November at 6.30pm at the Town hall all local stakeholders will have their say on how to solve this. The meeting is open to the public so please come along.
  • Elm road residents meeting: Local residents requested a meeting with Councillors to discuss issues and we are more than happy to oblige. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 8pm at St Barnabus church. Please come along and raise any concerns you have.
  • Give blood in Whitley: On Monday 30th November at The Whitley cafe from 12.30pm-3.15pm & 4.45pm-7.15pm. You do not need an appointment and can just turn up on the day, Councillor Pearce will be there to donate.
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October events

  • Councillors surgery: Your Councillors will be hosting their monthly surgery on Saturday 3rd October at 10.30am-12pm at The Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out knocking doors and listening to residents concerns on Sunday 4th October at around 11am on Whitley Wood Road, Alandale Road, Wentworth Avenue, Winton Road and Brybur Road. Further canvassing will take place on Saturday 10th October around 11am and Tuesday 13th October at 6pm, both along Northumberland avenue.
  • As part of the review of it’s services in light of huge Government funding cuts, their will be a review of libraries across the town.  Please give your feedback on the Whitley Library when the review launches on Friday 9th October. 
  • Christ The King older people’s celebratory lunch. Councillors will be in attendance to mark the 25th anniversary of the older people’s lunch club (run by Danny Apap) at Christ the King. The meal will include entertainment and starts at 12.30pm on Saturday October 10th. For more details call Danny on 07917667413.
  • South Reading community hub meeting.  The next meeting of all interested groups concerning South Reading issues including the Council and Whitley Big local is at the Whitley Cafe on Tuesday 13th October at 7pm.  
  • Aspire2 AGM and Quiz night.  Church Ward Councillors will be trying to take top spot at the Quiz night held at Reading Girls school (Northumberland Avenue) on Friday October 16th at 7pm. Please come along and support the excellent work Aspire 2 do for South Reading children.
  • Mark Clapson at Whitley cafe. History and Politics University lecturer Mark Clapson will be returning to the Whitley Cafe on Saturday 17th October at 11am to give another of his fascinating talks on the History of the area.
  • Full Council meeting.  Church Councillors will be in attendance at the public Council meeting on Tuesday 20th October at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre. It will include a question from Ashley on Teachers fringe allowances.
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September events

  • Councillors surgery: Your Councillors will be hosting their monthly surgery on Saturday 5th September at 10.30am-12pm at The Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue.
  • St.Barnabus Church Fun day: Councillors will be present at the Churches fun day on Saturday 12th September from 12pm-2pm on Elm Road
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out knocking doors and listening to residents concerns on Tuesday 8th September at 6pm on Barnsdale Road, Saturday 12th September at 11am on Hollydale Close, and Thursday 24th September at 6pm on Sycamore Road/top of Cressingham Road.
  • Northcourt Avenue residents meeting: Councillors will be speaking to residents of Northcourt about the issues on the road including parking, trees and lamp posts on Tuesday 29th September.
  • Ridgeway School Governors meeting; Ashley will be in attendance at the Full Governors meeting to discuss the schools future strategy and recent results on Thursday 24th September.
  • Education strategy public meeting: Eileen (Chair) and Ashley (Vice-Chair) will be discussing the borough wide education strategy and recent Key stage 2 and 4 results at the public Education meeting at the Civic centre on Tuesday 22nd September at 6.30pm.
  • Church Ward Rose and South Reading calendar: You will soon be receiving a copy of the Ward’s Most recent newsletter as well as the new South Reading calendar after many local groups came together to work on a document with all local events on.
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July events

  • Councillors surgery: Your Councillors will be holding one of their regular surgeries for residents to drop into on Saturday 4th July at 10.30am at the Whitley Community cafe.
  • Shinfield Road Rec clean up: Councillors and (hopefully!) volunteers will be undertaking a clean up of Shinfield Road Rec on Saturday 4th July at 12pm-2pm, meeting at the entrance on Linden Road. Reading Borough Council will provide gloves, bags, pickers and collect any findings, we just need to provide the labour.
  • Full Council meeting: Ashley, Paul and Eileen will be in attendance at the last Council meeting before the summer where a busy schedule is expected on Tuesday 7th July.
  • Ridgeway Governors meeting: Ashley will be at the Ridgeway Governors meeting on Wednesday July 15th and in attendance at one of the school’s assemblies.
  • Whitfest: WhitFest is Aspire2’s annual community arts festival, that hosts community-led arts projects and activities which celebrate this distinctive part of Reading. A full schedule of May Half Term Events will be available soon.  The Finale will take place at Rabson’s Recreation Grounds on 18 July 12-4 PM. If you are interested in sharing something at the Finale please contact Christina Pepper at clerk.aspire2@gmail.com.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be back out talking to residents about their concerns and how to improve the area in the following places/Times: Wednesday 8th July on Windemere Road at 6pm, Blagdon Road on Saturday 11th at 11am, Linden Road on Wednesday 15th at 6pm for a traffic survey (more to follow), Northcourt Avenue on Thursday 16th at 6pm and Foxhays Road on Saturday 18th at 11am. 
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June events

  • Councillor surgery: Ward Councillors will be available to chat to about any concerns or issues in the area on Saturday June 6th from 10.30am-12pm at the Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue. 
  • Labour rose: The latest edition of the Church Ward Rose will be dropping through your letter box at the beginning of June.  This edition includes election results, Reading buses news and a report on the recent clean-up.
  • South Reading churches fun day: the now well established fun day at Rabson’s Rec returns for its 11th year on Saturday 27th June.  The event organised by Vernon Orr at St.Agnes Church on Northumberland Avenue last year included a bouncy castle, face painting and free food.
  • Whitley museum event: Fighting for Whitley. The Whitley museum will be holding an event on Saturday June 20th from 10am-3pm.  The event is a chance for residents to share memories, events and stories with other locals. There will also be a talk by Dr Mark Clapson at 11am and 1.30pm.
  • South Reading community hub meeting: Councillors, Whitley Big Local representatives and Reading Borough Council will be meeting on Tuesday 30th June to discuss plans for future projects in South Reading.
  • Council business: It is a busy month for Ward Councillors with each attending meetings of their various committees including planning, licensing and education.
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May events

  • Councillor surgery: Church Ward Councillors will be available to talk to at the Whitley café (Community centre on Northumberland Avenue) from 10.30am-12pm on Saturday 2nd May. They will also be out in the Ward speaking to residents.
  • General election: The General election is on Thursday May 7th.  You can vote from 7am to 10pm and depending on where you live in Church Ward your polling station will be one of Christ the King school (Northumberland Avenue), The Community centre (Northumberland Avenue), Ridgeway Primary or the Scout hut (Northcourt Avenue). You may have already received a postal vote or polling card but remember you DO NOT need your polling card to vote.  If you need any assistance getting to a polling booth or know any one that does please let us know.
  • South Reading Community steering hub: Councillors will be meeting with representatives of Whitley Big local and Reading Borough Council to discuss proposals to help improve South Reading on Tuesday 12th May at the South Reading Community centre.
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April events

  • Newletters: You will be receiving the latest Ward newsletter at the beginning of April. The election special includes features on Reading East candidate Matt Rodda and Church candidate Paul Woodward and can be seen here: Election final
  • Inequality talk: There will be a talk about tackling inequality hosted at the Quaker house on Church street on Wednesday 1st March starting at 7.30pm.
  • Whitley estate walkabout: The neighbourhood policing team will be out to speak to residents on Tuesday 7th April at 10am meeting at the Whitley advice shop off Northumberland Avenue.
  • Surgery: Ward Councillors will be holding their regular advice surgery at the Whitley community cafe on Saturday 4th April from 10.30am-12pm.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out to speak to residents on Saturday 11th April at 11am on Linden road, Wednesday 15th April at 6pm on Ennerdale and Stanhope road and Saturday April 26th in the Blagdon road area. Please speak to us about your concerns and how to improve the local area.
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March events

  • Cowsey clean up: As part of the annual RESCUE event supported by Thames Water, the Church Ward Labour team will be out cleaning up litter and tidying the Cowsey on Sunday 29th March at 11am, meeting at the Hartland road entrance. Please come and join us to help if you are free.
  • Surgery: Ward Councillors will be available to listen to any resident concerns on Saturday March 7th from 10.30am-12pm.  The surgery will take place in the new Community café in the South Reading community centre.
  • Canvassing: Ward Councillors and Labour representatives will be out speaking to residents on Saturday 21st March at 10.30am-12.30pm on Ashburton Road, Whitley Wood Road and Alandale Road, Thursday 26th March on Devonshire park at 6pm and Saturday 28th March on Hazel Crescent and Beech Road at 10.30am.  Please let us know of any concerns in your area we can help with.
  • Whitley Big Local Local trust meeting: The Big local have submitted their community plan to the Local trust on how to spend the lottery money they received. The meetings/discussions will take place on Friday 13th March at 2pm and 6pm at The community cafe in the South Reading Community centre.
  • Public discussion on income inequality: Reading Quakers will be hosting a public discussion on income inequality including topics of the living wage and lack of affordable housing. The debate will take place on Wednesday 1st April at the Friends meeting house on Church street.
  • Reading East General election debate: Reading University will be hosting a debate between all Reading East Parliamentary candidates including Labour candidate Matt Rodda.  The event will take place at the student Union and starts at 7.30pm.  More details can be found here: Reading East election debate.
  • Full Council meeting: Ward Councillors will be present at the Full Council meeting to debate and discuss any pressing issues facing local residents.  The meeting is open to the public so please feel free to come along.
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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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January events

  • Full Council meeting: Councillors will be in attendance for the first Council meeting at the new Civic Centre on Tuesday 27th January at 6.30pm.  Questions from the public are welcome.
  • Planning committee: The Planning committee on Wednesday January 14th at 6.30pm will be deciding on the planned expansion of the Ridgeway Primary to provide much needed primary school places in the area.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out asking for residents views on Northcourt Avenue on Tuesday 20th January at 6.30pm and Highmead and Cherry Grove on Wednesday January 28th at 6pm.  Please let us know any issues in the local area.
  • Landscape conference: Reading Borough Council will be holding a conference on January 22nd to discuss the future of education in Reading and in specific academic areas.
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December events

  • Councillor surgery on Saturday December 6th 10.30am-12pm: Councillors will be in attendance at South Reading Youth and Community centre to discuss any resident concerns.  Please come along.
  • Reading banner delivery: In the next month you should receive through your door the latest Reading Labour party newsletter featuring Reading east parliamentary candidate Matt Rodda.  please feedback to us your thoughts.
  • Opening of new Civic centre: The Civic centre will be moving from its current home to Bridge street across from the Oracle (House of Fraser) on Monday December 15th. The last day the old Civic will be open is Friday 12th December.  The new offices are estimated to use up to 75% less energy, saving the taxpayer money in running costs.
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November events

Upcoming events for the public and Church Ward Councillors in November include:
  • Canvssing: Councillors will be out knocking doors on Wednesday 26th November from 6pm on Sycamore Road and Thursday November 27th from 6pm in Northcourt avenue. Please speak to us if there is any local issues we can help with.
  • YAC Whitley Research Project Interview (Wednesday 26th November): Ashley will be speaking to representatives from the Church on Cressingham road about potential youth projects in the area and how the Church can help.
  • Councillor surgery: This will take place on Saturday December 6th at 10.30am at South Reading Community centre. Councillors will be available to help and answer questions as well as a street surgery taking place that morning.
  • Remembrance service: There will be a remembrance service to mark those who have fallen serving for the armed forces on Sunday November 9th at 9.30am at Minster church. Church Ward Councillors will be in attendance to pay their respects.
  • Narrowing the gap conference: After last years succesful conference on tackling inequality, the Council is again holding a forum for different groups in Reading to meet and share ideas on how to help the towns most vulnerable. The conference will be held on Tuesday November 18th at the old town hall at 5.30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Church Ward Rose: Councillors and helpers will also be busy delivering the latest edition of the Church Ward Rose early in November. So expect your latest edition to keep you up to date with Ward matters to drop onto your mat soon.
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