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Monthly Archives: September 2016

October events

  • Councillors surgery- Ashley, Paul and Eileen will be on hand as usual to speak with residents about any concerns on Saturday 1st October from 10.30am-12pm at Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue.
  • Fun day & 6 a side tournament- The recently relaunched Neighbourhood Action Group or NAG will be holding a fun day, BBQ and 6 a side football tournament on Sunday October 6th from 1pm-4pm. All ages, genders and abilities are welcome, and the only entrance fee is a Tim of food for the local food bank.
  • Aspire2 Quiz- Local charity Aspire2 which helps young people in Whitley will be holding its AGM and Quiz night on Friday 14th October at 7pm at Reading Girls school. Contact Christina Pepper on if you would like to enter a team.
  • Full Council meeting- Church Ward Cllrs will be at the Full  public Council meeting on Tuesday October 18th at 6.30pm in the Civic centre. Ashley will be putting forward a resolution about school funding and asking a question about 20mph zones.
  • Affinity open day- Ashley will be present on Wednesday 26th October from 9a.m.-12pm at Whitley cafe for the Affinity open day. This gives social housing tenants in South Reading a chance to gain information on anything from housing swaps to the bedroom tax.
  • Newsletter delivery- The latest copy of the Church Ward Rose will be delivered towards the end of October to keep residents up to date with what their Cllrs have been doing in the past months.
  • South Reading Neighbourhood Action Group meeting- The next NAG meeting is a chance for local residents to set the agenda on what they want to happen in their community. This will take place on Thursday 27th October at 7pm at The South Reading Youth and community centre. 
  • Canvassing- Cllrs will be speaking with residents about road proposals for Linden Road on Saturday 8th October at 11am and Tuesday 11th October at 6pm. 
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Whitley research

Claire McEnoy and others at the Whitley Big local project have conducted some research into the attitudes and experiences of people from Whitley. Councillors plan to use this research to help our future decision making and whatever can do to assist in the future. The research results can be found here.

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Local schools chance to design “Waste warrior”

Children in Reading are being asked to use their artistic talents to create a recycling mascot for the council. Pupils at primary schools across the borough have been invited to enter a competition to design a character who will be used by the council to inspire their mums and dads to recycle more.

Teachers are also being offered the chance to host free special assemblies, classes or group sessions with members of the council’s waste and recycling team.

Youngsters are being challenged to design a mascot, maybe a Waste Warrior or eco-friendly animal, with a catchy to used in future council publicity about recycling. The team can give talks at assemblies, hold interactive classroom sessions or run smaller group talks with pupils.

Councillor Liz Terry, Reading Borough Council’s lead member for neighbourhoods, said: “We are calling on primary pupils across the borough to create fabulous mascots to help us boost recycling in Reading. I would encourage schools to take up the offer of free visits from our recycling officers to help inspire children to learn about recycling and to come up with a character for the competition. The younger we get the recycling message across, the better our chances of cutting down the amount of waste buried in landfill in the future.”

Any schools interested in booking a session or after more information can email:

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