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CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

A charity shop and advice centre hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning is now planning to reopen tomorrow morning. The branch of Reading-based charity Christian...

Car crash hit store: we'll be open on Monday

Car crash hit store: we'll be open on Monday

  // A Reading charity shop and advice centre says it's business as normal, despite an early morning car crash that saw its frontage destroyed. Christian Community Action (CCA)'s Oxford Road...

REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

Reading Rep and 2 Heavy Productions have teamed up in a challenging production. Race is a play about a controversial subject, as author David Mamet states: "The central theme of...

Wokingham gathers in Market Place for Passion play

Wokingham gathers in Market Place for Passion play

// Wokingham's annual Easter play took place in Market Place on Good Friday and the audience included Town Council Mayor, Martin Bishop.

Zebra crossing for Dee Road schools

Zebra crossing for Dee Road schools

Parents pushing for road safety measures to help get their children to two Tilehurst schools have been promised a new zebra crossing, subject to planning approval. There will also be...

Review: Berzerk's Hood moves and challenges you

Review: Berzerk's Hood moves and challenges you

"Did you enjoy that?" director Matt Whitelock asked as I left the Oakwood Centre, having just watched the opening night of Hood. "Well..." I said, hesitating, "enjoy is not the...

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REVIEW: Birdsong - a very moving masterpiece

REVIEW: Birdsong - a very moving masterpiece

The Original Theatre Company have taken Rachel Wagstaff's version of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and created a masterpiece. Birdsong is a...

CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

A charity shop and advice centre hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning is now planning...

Benefit sanctions account for nearly half of all Foodbank referrals

Benefit sanctions account for nearly half of all Foodbank referrals

Almost half of all referrals to a foodbank is the result of problems with the benefit system, while low, insecure...

Everybody in Reading needs good neighbours

Everybody in Reading needs good neighbours

Reading is to get nine new Neighbourhood Teams – all ready to respond to local hot potatoes such as litter,...

Reading to get new smaller waste collection trucks

Reading to get new smaller waste collection trucks

Reading's newest trucks are rubbish – and that's official. The Council has ordered 13 new waste collection vehicles and they...

Bishop Michael talks Middle East at Grace Church, Caversham

Bishop Michael talks Middle East at Grace Church, Caversham

  // A Caversham church focused on the Middle East at a special day held on Sunday, March 1. Grace Church,...

Fighting for religious freedom in Caversham

Fighting for religious freedom in Caversham

  // An ambassador for a human rights charity who has spoken at the United Nations came to Caversham to share...

Christine places music and movement on canvas

Christine places music and movement on canvas

  // Berkshire-based visual artist and arts communicator Christine Holley is currently holding an exhibition of her paintings and drawings at...

Frocks around the clock at Lou Lou's

Frocks around the clock at Lou Lou's

  // It's rock around the clock! Vintage lovers were able to turn back the years with a special event at...

If the coat fits ... Mel's book helps children grieve

If the coat fits ... Mel's book helps children grieve

When Mel Maxwell's sister died following a battle with an aggressive form of cancer she looked around for books that...

Waste not, want lots: junk becomes treasure at course

Waste not, want lots: junk becomes treasure at course

// A craft course with a difference started recently and a similar...

Review: Gaslight at the Progress Theatre

Review: Gaslight at the Progress Theatre

// Once again a Reading theatre gives its audience something to cheer...

Mugabe protesters take to Reading's streets

Mugabe protesters take to Reading's streets

A group committed to bring change to Zimbabwe took to the streets of Reading today to bring their message to...

What's on this week - March 1-7

What's on this week - March 1-7

A round-up of events taking place this week across the Thames Valley.

Car crash hit store: we'll be open on Monday

Car crash hit store: we'll be open on Monday

  // A Reading charity shop and advice centre says it's business as normal, despite an early morning car crash that...

'More help needed for displaced Christian communities in the Middle East'

'More help needed for displaced Christian communities in the Middle East'

The Reading Churches Men's Breakfast on Saturday 7 February saw the largest number of men attending in its 20-year history,...

The End of an Earring: How Pam left Pat Butcher behind

The End of an Earring: How Pam left Pat Butcher behind

  // The big moments in soap operas always resonate. We still talk about who shot JR, fondly remember the Deidre/Ken/Mike...

Model railway fans on the right track with Kenavon show

Model railway fans on the right track with Kenavon show

  // Hundreds of railway fans made east Reading their destination for the annual Kenavon Railway Society exhibition. The event featured...

Grease is the word for school's new auditorium

Grease is the word for school's new auditorium

// Students proved that a stage was the one that they wanted when they christened their new auditorium with a...

Freeze! Wokingham Borough council tax to stay unchanged

Freeze! Wokingham Borough council tax to stay unchanged

Wokingham Borough residents will see no change in the Council Tax rates if the budget for the next financial year...

It's Woky Blue - look out for the 5million blue bags

It's Woky Blue - look out for the 5million blue bags

Forget Esso blue, from Monday it's time for Woky Blue as the Borough Council starts to deliver more than five...

Royals ready to take on the Rams in FA Cup clash

Royals ready to take on the Rams in FA Cup clash

Saturday's fifth round FA Cup game against Derby County will be a chance for the Royals to bounce back after...

Connect Reading team up with Hospitality Association to help long-term unemployed

Connect Reading team up with Hospitality Association to help long-term unemployed

Local charity Connect Reading ran a one-day workshop at Reading's Crowne Plaza Hotel to help 20 unemployed people learn about...

Review: Educating Rita at The Mill At Sonning

Review: Educating Rita at The Mill At Sonning

Director Robin Herford and set designer Michael Holt, along with the rest of the crew at The Mill at Sonning,...

REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

Reading Rep and 2 Heavy Productions have teamed up in a challenging production. Race is a play about a controversial subject, as author David Mamet states: "The central theme of...

Zebra crossing for Dee Road schools

Zebra crossing for Dee Road schools

Parents pushing for road safety measures to help get their children to two Tilehurst schools have been promised a new zebra crossing, subject to planning approval. There will also be...

REVIEW: Birdsong - a very moving masterpiece

REVIEW: Birdsong - a very moving masterpiece

The Original Theatre Company have taken Rachel Wagstaff's version of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and created a masterpiece. Birdsong is a critically acclaimed and popular book. At 500 pages long and...

CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

CCA store hit by crash to reopen on Tuesday

A charity shop and advice centre hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning is now planning to reopen tomorrow morning. The branch of Reading-based charity Christian...

Everybody in Reading needs good neighbours

Everybody in Reading needs good neighbours

Reading is to get nine new Neighbourhood Teams – all ready to respond to local hot potatoes such as litter, graffiti, fly-tipping, grass cutting and maintenance of public spaces, crime...

Reading to get new smaller waste collection trucks

Reading to get new smaller waste collection trucks

Reading's newest trucks are rubbish – and that's official. The Council has ordered 13 new waste collection vehicles and they are smaller than the ones they're replacing, making them better...

Wokingham gathers in Market Place for Passion play

Wokingham gathers in Market Place for Passion play

// Wokingham's annual Easter play took place in Market Place on Good Friday and the audience included Town Council Mayor, Martin Bishop.

Review: Berzerk's Hood moves and challenges you

Review: Berzerk's Hood moves and challenges you

"Did you enjoy that?" director Matt Whitelock asked as I left the Oakwood Centre, having just watched the opening night of Hood. "Well..." I said, hesitating, "enjoy is not the...

Christine places music and movement on canvas

Christine places music and movement on canvas

  // Berkshire-based visual artist and arts communicator Christine Holley is currently holding an exhibition of her paintings and drawings at The Peacock Gallery, Earley - nestled inside Maiden Erlegh School....

'More help needed for displaced Christian communities in the Middle East'

'More help needed for displaced Christian communities in the Middle East'

The Reading Churches Men's Breakfast on Saturday 7 February saw the largest number of men attending in its 20-year history, with 152 gathering to welcome back Major-General Tim Cross, who...

Grease is the word for school's new auditorium

Grease is the word for school's new auditorium

// Students proved that a stage was the one that they wanted when they christened their new auditorium with a gala performance of the popular musical Grease, watched by Mayors,...

Freeze! Wokingham Borough council tax to stay unchanged

Freeze! Wokingham Borough council tax to stay unchanged

Wokingham Borough residents will see no change in the Council Tax rates if the budget for the next financial year is approved at a Council meeting next week. If passed,...

Arzu's new collection has the X-Factor!

Turkish-born, Henley-based couture designer Arzu Kara has a lot to shout about lately. Her work continues to go from strength to strength, her new campaign, which is her Autumn Winter...

Henley's MP supports cyclists taking up Bear's challenge

Henley's MP supports cyclists taking up Bear's challenge

On Saturday, thousands of people across the country rallied to Bear Grylls cry and rode or walked round the countryside looking for historic churches.

Henley MP prepares to go on tour

Henley MP prepares to go on tour

As party conference season gets underway, Henley's MP is getting ready to go on tour.

Rural crime is down but still costs Oxfordshire £680,000

Rural crime is down but still costs Oxfordshire £680,000

Rural crime cost the Oxfordshire economy an estimated £680,000 in 2013 - down 42% from the previous year - and thieves are looking for tools, quad bikes and garden equipment.

Dunsden's trail marks war poet connection

Dunsden's trail marks war poet connection

Wilfred Owen is one of our most famous war poets – and he has a local connection. ahead of the Great War commemorations.

Concert raises £1,000 for education

Concert raises £1,000 for education

A concert featuring the best in Latin American-inspired music has helped raise £1,000 for an education charity in Rotherfield Peppard. 

Bring a purple candle to Thatcham to celebrate new bishop

Bring a purple candle to Thatcham to celebrate new bishop

To celebrate the installation of the first female Bishop in the Church of England, the Archdeacon of Berkshire will lead a special Candlemas service on Sunday at St Mary's Church...

Joseph recast for only fifth time in nearly 60 years - the Nativity that keeps it in the family

Joseph recast for only fifth time in nearly 60 years - the Nativity that keeps it in the family

  // A Nativity play that has been performed for nearly 60 years will this year welcome only its fifth Joseph - and its first change of director.

Another tasty batch from Warings

Local artisan bakery Warings today opened a new store in the market town of Thatcham. From the moment the doors opened at 10:00am, a steady stream of curious customers filed...

Pub to play Last Post at its Open Mic night

Pub to play Last Post at its Open Mic night

A HAMPSTEAD NORREYS pub will turn its open mic night into a poignant tribute to the First World War when it performes The Last Post on Saturday night.

Free health checks at Berkshire County Show

Free health checks at Berkshire County Show

Free health checks will be available for people between the age of 40 and 74 at Berkshire County Show this year.

Support for special kids

Support for special kids

Parenting Special Children is a charity supporting families living in West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham who have children with special needs.

REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

REVIEW: Race – it’s not a black and white case

Reading Rep and 2 Heavy Productions have teamed up in a challenging production. Race is a play about a controversial subject, as author David Mamet states: "The central theme of...

Jools Holland coming back to Reading

Jools Holland coming back to Reading

Thursday, November 19 is a blues letter day for fans of one of the most seasoned visitors to The Hexagon – Jools Holland will be returning to Reading with his...

Reading based basket making course focuses on upcycling

Reading based basket making course focuses on upcycling

A new course launching at Park URC in east Reading from February 4 will show people how they can make baskets and other containers using recycled materials. Run by a...

The Sixteen is a sell-out for its Christmas concert

The Sixteen is a sell-out for its Christmas concert

A Christmas concert coming to Reading has been so successful that the only chance of getting a ticket is if there are some box office returns.

Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Jaws and Harry Potter coming to a theatre near you

Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Jaws and Harry Potter coming to a theatre near you

Some of the most famous soundtracks in modern cinema history will be celebrated at a special concert coming to Reading later this month.

Cam Cole commands a crowd on the streets of Reading

Those of a more sedate music persuasion could have been forgiven if they thought that Animal from The Muppets had been let loose on a set of drums in town...

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Bookface: Chapter Five art book fair

Bookface: Chapter Five art book fair

October 12 saw the fifth art book fair at Reading's Rising Sun Arts Centre. 'Bookface: Chapter Five' celebrates handmade books,...

BOOKFACE: Book Arts Fair at Rising Sun Arts Centre

BOOKFACE: Book Arts Fair at Rising Sun Arts Centre

More than 20 artists' will be selling and exhibiting their handmade books at Bookface, Chapter 5 on Sunday October 12...

WriteFest returns to celebrate local writing

WriteFest returns to celebrate local writing

Annual short playwriting contest once more graces the Progress Theatre stage.

Join Joseph on The Hexagon's stage

Join Joseph on The Hexagon's stage

It's a star-studded autumn full of treats as Reading Arts brings a galaxy of stars to the town.

Wishing Well wows shoppers

Unsigned Australian group 'The Wishing Well Band' were on form this afternoon (Friday September 5) and gave an impromptu performance...

Watch out for Remi in the new Doctor Who

Watch out for Remi in the new Doctor Who

LISTEN up – TV's most popular Time Lord has a new star in the show. And he's from Reading.

Why do homo sapiens rule? Find out in Oxford next week

Why do homo sapiens rule? Find out in Oxford next week

The author of a book that looks at a brief history of ... well, everything ... will be speaking at...

George Palmer School in Photographs 1907 – 2014 book signing

George Palmer School in Photographs 1907 – 2014 book signing

The book 'George Palmer School in Photographs' is already well-loved and popular. It has now been updated to include colour...

Become a Reading Detective

Become a Reading Detective

If you would like to find out which King died from eating too much fish and was buried in Reading...

Book Review – a family friendly book of short walks West of Reading

Book Review – a family friendly book of short walks West of Reading

John Prior came up with a genius idea when he wrote down directions for walks he had taken with his...

Ian McEwan in conversation in Oxford

Ian McEwan in conversation in Oxford

Aldershot born author Ian McEwan is back in the area on Thursday September 4 at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

Mallory Knox will rock your soles in Vans

Mallory Knox will rock your soles in Vans

If you aren't able to make it to Reading Festival this week then hang out in Vans shoe shop on...

The wait is over as Reading Rep give us Beckett's masterpiece

The wait is over as Reading Rep give us Beckett's masterpiece

Reading's resident professional theatre company, Reading Rep have chosen to end their 2013/14 season with 'Waiting for Godot' by Samuel...

Game of Thrones and Fool’s Assassin authors in world exclusive event in London

Game of Thrones and Fool’s Assassin authors in world exclusive event in London

HarperVoyager the fantasy and science fiction publishing arm of HarperCollins, have seized two of the world's giants of fantasy fiction...

Million selling author, Robin Hobb starts her UK book tour in Reading

Million selling author, Robin Hobb starts her UK book tour in Reading

Robin Hobb, one of the world's leading fantasy writers started her UK tour in Waterstones bookshop, Reading on Saturday August...

The Gospels with Mike and Andy - audio book

The Gospels with Mike and Andy - audio book

Anyone who has been to a Soul Survivor event will recognise the voices of Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft. The...

Crumble or Stand; the Power of Forgiveness and the Crumble or Stand  Workbook. Books about betrayal and forgiveness

Crumble or Stand; the Power of Forgiveness and the Crumble or Stand Workbook. Books about betrayal and forgiveness

'Crumble or Stand; The Power of Forgiveness' is a book that provokes a lot of strong emotions. Sadness, anger and...

Virginia lets us see through the eyes of a child

Virginia lets us see through the eyes of a child

What Milo Saw is a debut novel by local author Virginia Macgregor that shows us how it takes a small...

Local artist brings colour to Community School

Local artist brings colour to Community School

The children of Oxford Road Community School, Reading are in for a big surprise when they go back to school.

BBC Introducing... Brilliant Bands at the Oakford

Last night the Oakford Social Club in Reading rocked to the sounds of some brilliant bands who took to the...

Lord Carnarvon opens Tutankhamun exhibition at the Ashmolean, Oxford

Almost a century after his great-grandfather, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon discovered the tomb of the Boy Pharoah King, Tutankhamun,...

A star line-up of bands ensures Wokingham's 'Under the Sky' is the Real Thing!

1970s soul and funk sensation "The Real Thing" appeared in the Royal County last Friday evening as they headlined the...

Caversham festival brings a wealth of talent to town

Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, thronged to the sound of music of all varieties this weekend as the Caversham Festival rode into...

The Real Thing are still the 'Real Deal'

The Real Thing headlined at "Under The Sky", Wokingham's elite music festival at Elm's Field last night (Friday). 

Royals snap up Mackie on loan deal

Royals snap up Mackie on loan deal

Hot on the heels of yesterday's signing of Simon Cox, Reading Football Club has announced the signing of Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Mackie on a season-long loan deal.

Faith forges friendships in sport

Reading Hockey Club has managed to transform itself over the years from a mid-sized London League club to one of the most respected and formidable Hockey Clubs in Europe. The...

Sir John thanks Royals fans for their loyalty as he reveals latest on takeover talks

Sir John thanks Royals fans for their loyalty as he reveals latest on takeover talks

Reading Football Club's chairman has issued a statement revealing that Anton Zingarevich has left the club and that there is necessary funding in place to take the club forward.

Ossie rules football!

It was certainly Ossie Rules Football today down at the Madejski Stadium. The game in question, however, didn't concern burly Australian men in sleeveless shirts but a celebrity football game...

Match reports: The Thames Valley Churches Football season came to thrilling climax with two cup finals

In a dramatic end to both TVCFL cup competitions, Tilehurst Albion and South Ealing overcame stern tests to secure victories in the Philmar Cup and Colin Lowery Trophy Finals on...

Young Royals pair agree new contracts

Young Royals pair agree new contracts

Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that young stars Jake Taylor and Michael Hector have agreed to put pen to paper on new contracts with the Royals.

Why your vote matters this year

Why your vote matters this year

As you may have noticed, we've started carrying some articles relating to the forthcoming General and Local Elections that are taking place on Thursday, May 7. It's a crucial time, with...

You'll never guess why Luke Skywalker from Star Wars wrote to Dennis The Menace

You'll never guess why Luke Skywalker from Star Wars wrote to Dennis The Menace

Head back in time to September 1979: Star Wars mania was in full flight across the UK as the classic George Lucas film had gripped the world's imagination. The sequel...

Editor's blog: awe and wonder at midnight mass

Editor's blog: awe and wonder at midnight mass

It's midnight. All is quiet as people wait in their pews, expectantly. A bell rings - Christmas Day has started. The organ strikes up with - what else? - It...

Editor's Blog: What Russell Brand did before Question Time will surprise you

Editor's Blog: What Russell Brand did before Question Time will surprise you

Russell Brand appeared on Question Time last night, pitted up against UKIP leader Nigel Farage. But what the comedian did before he appeared on the show will surprise you.

Editor's blog: Watch out, the wolves are running

Editor's blog: Watch out, the wolves are running

A mysterious Punch and Judy man, two trainee priests and a train journey home to start the Christmas holidays. It's all straightforward until a lost ticket and a chance conversation...

Editor's blog: Virgin Media's mobile price increases and you

Editor's blog: Virgin Media's mobile price increases and you

Virgin Media's mobile phone tariffs are rising by 2.5% next month - months after Ofcom ruling against fixed term contract prices rises.

What can we do about poverty in the Reading area? Come along and have your say on Tuesday

What can we do about poverty in the Reading area? Come along and have your say on Tuesday

Organisations, residents, community groups and charities from across the Reading borough are all being invited to attend a special conference next week and play their part in helping to develop...

Benefit sanctions account for nearly half of all Foodbank referrals

Benefit sanctions account for nearly half of all Foodbank referrals

Almost half of all referrals to a foodbank is the result of problems with the benefit system, while low, insecure income and debt drives almost a third of claimants to...

Snow wonder - but that could be it...

Snow wonder - but that could be it...

Well, that took us a bit by surprise – a small covering of snow fell across the country last night, giving Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell a winter wonderland this morning.

Uh oh! Yellow snow alert for Wednesday

Uh oh! Yellow snow alert for Wednesday

More snow has been forecast to fall in the South East this week and the Met Office has issued its Yellow Snow warning (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?regionName=se from=rss sn=27B3FCA8-907E-67B9-7F56-3FA20F961E57_5_SE utm_source=dlvr.it utm_medium=twitter tab=warnings map=Warnings...

Let it snow - watch out for more overnight

Let it snow - watch out for more overnight

In case you didn't notice, at around 3.30pm today the Thames Valley experienced rain, sleet, hail, snow and thunder all at the same time. And The Met Office thinks that...

Wokingham comes together for Live Nativity

Wokingham comes together for Live Nativity

  // A little donkey led the people of Wokingham from Market Place on a journey to the first Christmas, as part of a spectacular performance in 2014's Living Advent Calendar.

Editor's blog: awe and wonder at midnight mass

Editor's blog: awe and wonder at midnight mass

// It's midnight. All is quiet as people wait in their pews, expectantly. A bell rings - Christmas Day has started. The organ strikes up with - what else? -...

Caversham follows the Star down the Star Road

Caversham follows the Star down the Star Road

// On Christmas Eve, Caversham residents followed the star down Star Road and towards the old Star Inn. And with them were some Shetland ponies, wise men and some children...

Christingles light up Christmas Eve at St Peter's Caversham

Christingles light up Christmas Eve at St Peter's Caversham

// The smell of oranges and candlewax filled the church of St Peter's in Caversham on Christmas Eve as hundreds of families gathered together for two Christingle services.

Queen on the big screen at Graceful Christmas Day lunch

Queen on the big screen at Graceful Christmas Day lunch

// The Queen's speech was shown on a big screen as part of a Christmas Day lunch for people in Caversham who would otherwise have been on their own for...

Drop-in centre dishes up Christmas Day treats

Drop-in centre dishes up Christmas Day treats

// A centre that helps Reading's needy and disadvantaged people threw open its doors on Christmas Day to serve a special festive...

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