• Oxford Road Timebank June What’s On in West Reading









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    Welcome to Oxford Road Timebank’s June newsletter, bringing you news, events and community updates of all-things West Reading.

    You’ve received this newsletter because you are a member of the Oxford Road Timebank, or because you expressed an interest in finding out more about it. Please feel free to share it with others in the area.

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    Have you used the Timebank recently? We are getting ready to launch our user-friendly website. Please get in touch to share your offers and requests for help. Would you like to help support some fantastic community activities such as intergenerational craft classes? Maybe you’d like help with some DIY, or have a piece of furniture you’d like fixing? Would you be willing to share your gardening knowledge? Or maybe you could walk someone’s dog or take up a hem? Always wanted to start a walking group? We can help you. We are also looking for community activators and street ambassadors – we can help support your community events and groups. Tell us what you would like to see happening in your community.

    We’re getting excited about the street parties we are involved with in West Reading this month. There are some fantastic ideas being cooked up. On Waverley Road, citizens are putting together a street quiz to get to know each other better, and will be pledging ways they can share their skills or help their neighbours. We’ve already got together for some wine tasting sessions after finding out we have an expert as a neighbour, and we’ll be looking at other shared interests and seeing if we can start some more clubs.

    Could you be a champion for your community? We are here to support individuals or groups who want to do something in their neighbourhood or street.

    Are you interested in starting a social group such as a book club or a walking group for your neighbours or community? Or joining with other parents in your road to try a Play Street? Do you have a skill or passion that you’d love to share? We may be able to help you with things such as equipment, printing posters, insurance, and helping find like-minded people.

    Timebank members can earn timecredits for helping with community events. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out how we could help support you at oxfordroadtimebank@gmail.com.

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    We love the Oxford Road!
    Each month we would like to highlight something unique that our members love about West Reading. Get in touch to tell us what you love about living in West Reading. This month, ORTB Timebroker Donna talks about one of her favourite places to shop locally.
    Gazi Istanbul Food Centre, 282-286 Oxford Rd
    This is my go-to shop when I have friends or family coming over to stock up on snacks and ingredients like preserved lemons. I love their breads and fresh herbs, and can’t walk past without grabbing a punnet of strawberries for a fraction of the price of the supermarkets. I am trying to work my way through trying all of their varieties of frozen savoury pastries, so far the giant cheese and spinich whirl is leading. The staff are really friendly.

    Reading Abbey Revealed and Water Fest
    Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins, The Kennet
    Saturday 16th June: 11am-5pm, Free

    Although not a West Reading specific event, the re-opening of Reading Abbey is something for all Reading residents to be excited about. After years of being closed to the public, everyone is invited to be part of the celebrations.

    Children can take part in Jelly’s artistic animal procession in Forbury Gardens at 2.30pm. You can download and decorate a mask here. You can also join Jelly on the day to make Willow Streamers, 11am-2pm.

    The re-opening of the Abbey runs alongside the fantastic annual Water Fest, held in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet. Expect live entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.

    Reading Abbey celebrations continue with all sorts of events, activities and opportunities to get involved. Find out more here.

    Special events in West Reading in June.
    For weekly and regular events please see next section.

    NEW* Reading Bicycle Kitchen, Saturdays 12-4pm during Summer, The Nag’s Head, Russel St
    Take your bike to this fix-it-yourself workshop for some TLC and enjoy a drink in the beer garden at the same time. They have 4 fully equipped work stands and a host of enthusiastic volunteers to help you. It’s held under a Marquee in the car park behind the pub in a safe and dry environment.

    NEW* Prospect Park Run, Prospect Park, Free
    A free, weekly, timed 5k walk/jog/run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Friendly and fun. You must register online first! To volunteer email: prospecthelpers@parkrun.com

    NEW* Coffee Afternoon, St Mark’s Church, Cranbury Rd
    Every Friday: 2.30-4pm. Everyone welcome to join for a coffee and a chat.

    NEW* Active Retirement Walking Football, Prospect Park Astro Turf Courts
    Every Wednesday: 11am-12noon, £4 drop in. All abilities welcome.
    More info call: 0118 937 2632 email: reading.play@reading.gov.uk

    Tilehurst Village Fete, Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst
    Saturday 9th June: 11am-4pm League of Friends of the RBH. Over 100 stalls, dog show, performances and refreshments. £1 / 50p entry.

    Autistic Pride Reading Annual Picnic in the Park, Prospect Park Railway
    Sunday 10th June: 11am-4pm, free entry.
    APR’s 4th picnic for autistic families in Reading to get together. Expect trains, stalls, cake, bouncy castle and video games tent for older children/teens. Free but please register here.

    Polish Fair, Prospect Park
    Sunday 10th June: 1-6pm, free entry.

    Enjoy Polish food and delicacies, children’s activities and much more.

    Castle Tap Book Club, Castle Tap, 120 Castle St
    Monday 11th June: 7.30-9.30pm
    Discussing The Muse. The Castle Tap and Battle Library may still have copies to borrow. Half a Yellow Sun will be given out. Tea and coffee on offer. Info

    Men’s Health Week, Free Fitness Classes at Meadway Sports Centre
    Stay Active (50+) – Wednesday 13th June: 9.30-11.30am, free health MOTs available
    Cardio Training – Thursday 14th June: 8-8.45pm
    To book onto these classes call 0118 937 5060

    Artisan Community Food Fair, The Oasis, Baker Street
    Saturday 30th June: 9am-12noon
    Delicious bread, bakes, jams, American pancakes, fudge, vegan goods and more.

    Vintage & Retro Day, Mind Charity Shop, 308 Oxford Road
    Saturday 30th June: 9am-5pm. Pop by to buy hand-picked vintage and retro clothing and items. Please donate any retro or vintage items you no longer want, clothing, homeware, records, accessories etc!

    West Reading Arts Trail, Battle Primary Academy and other locations to be announced
    Friday 6th-Sunday 8th July. Celebrating some of West Reading’s artists and makers.

    Carboot Sales: Prospect Park, every Saturday morning
    Highmoor Football Ground, every Sunday morning, Scours Lane

    Weekly and recurring events in West Reading

    Oxford Road Timebank Board Game Socials
    Thursday 7th, 14th, 28th June
    10.30 – 11.30am Battle Library
    Every Tuesday, 10.30-11.30am Central Library
    Free. Tea, coffee and games provided. Feel free to bring your own board game.

    NEW* Reading Bicycle Kitchen, Saturdays 12-4pm during Summer, The Nag’s Head, Russel St
    Take your bike to this fix-it-yourself workshop for some TLC and enjoy a drink in the beer garden at the same time. They have 4 fully equipped work stands and a host of enthusiastic volunteers to help you. It’s held under a Marquee in the car park behind the pub in a safe and dry environment.

    NEW* Prospect Park Run, Prospect Park, Free
    A free, weekly, timed 5k walk/jog/run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Friendly and fun. You must register online first! To volunteer email: prospecthelpers@parkrun.com

    NEW* Coffee Afternoon, St Mark’s Church, Cranbury Rd
    Every Friday: 2.30-4pm. Everyone welcome to join for a coffee and a chat.

    NEW* Active Retirement Walking Football, Prospect Park Astro Turf Courts
    Every Wednesday 11am-12noon, £4 drop in. All abilities welcome.
    More info call: 0118 937 2632 email: reading.play@reading.gov.uk

    Norcot Ward Surgery, Wilson School, Wilson Road
    Saturday 9th June: 10.30-12am, monthly drop in to speak to your local councillors

    West Reading Farmers’ Market, The Cattle Market, Great Knolly Street
    Saturday 16th June: 8.30am-12pm

    Oxford Road Community Garden Tidy, located off the bottom of Western Elms Road.
    Garden tidy on Wednesday 20th June 6pm.
    Timebank members can earn time credits for helping. www.orcg.org.uk

    Digital Volunteers, Battle Library
    Every Friday: 10am-12noon. Free. Get help and advice with all things digital.

    Age UK Reading Pop in Coffee Mornings, The Hexagon
    Every Thursday: 10-12am, £1. Special speaker from RBFRS on fire safety in the home on 21st June.

    Mothertongue, Jelly Arts, Broad St Mall
    Knitting group for women with English as an additional language
    Term-time Tuesdays: 10-11.30am. Donation

    Coffee & Craft, Battle Library
    Every Friday: 9.30-10.30am. Free

    Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum, The Salvation Army, Oxford Rd
    Wednesday 4th July: 7-9pm
    Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) including residents, police, Reading Borough Council and community groups.

    BSANA Meet-up, The Oasis, Baker St
    Fridays: 12-2pm

    BSANA Chat & Games Night, The Oasis, Baker St
    Fridays: 7-10pm

    Carboot Sales: Prospect Park, every Saturday morning
    Highmoor Football Ground, every Sunday morning, Scours Lane


    What’s on for Children in West Reading

    St George’s Toddler Group, St George’s Church, St George’s Rd
    Term-time Tuesdays: 10.30am – 12noon. £1 child, 50p adult

    Bumps & Babes, Battle Library (New)
    Wednesdays: 12.30-2pm

    NEW* Prospect Park Little Kickers, Prospect Park Astro Turf Courts
    Every Wednesday (term time only): 10-10.45am. £2 drop in sessions for ages 18months to 4 years.
    More info call: 0118 937 2632 email: reading.play@reading.gov.uk

    Wilson School Summer Fayre, Wilson Playing Field
    Saturday 23rd June, 1-4pm
    A fun day for all the family with performances, bouncy castle, donkey rides, games, tombola, stalls, beer & pimms tent, ice-creams, food and loads more. Raffle prizes include a bike from Decathlon, Thames Lido vouchers, AmazonFire Tablet.

    NEW* Reading Rockets ASD Basketball Sessions, Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Rd
    A new weekly session for young people (9-18) on the Autistic spectrum. Thursdays term-time 4-5pm, £4 Email

    East Reading Festival 2018, Palmer Park
    Sunday 17th June: 12-6pm. Always worth a trip to the other side of town, this festival is friendly, has lots of activities for the kids and great food.

    Reading Buses Family Open Day, Reading Buses Depot, Great Knolly Street, RG1 7HH
    Sunday 1st July: 11am-4.30pm. Charity fundraising day featuring vintage and the latest buses. Free shuttle bus from town.

    Nature Nurture at Lousehill Copse, Dee Park
    First Saturday of the month. Saturday 7th July 10.30-12.30, Free.
    Free, monthly forest-based family events

    Breastfeeding Support Clinic, Battle Library
    Every Thursday: 11.30am-1pm. Free

    Story Times, Battle Library
    Every Tuesday: 2.15-2.45pm. Free
    Every Thursday: 2.15-2.45pm. Free
    Every Saturday: 11.30am-midday. Free

    Rhymetime, Battle Library
    Every Friday: 9.45-10.15am and 11.15-11.45am. Free

    Baby Clinc, Battle Library
    Every Tuesday: 2.15-4pm. Freee

    Toddler Craft, Battle Library
    Every Friday: 10.30-11.15am. Free

    Games Club, Battle Library
    Term-time Fridays: 3.30-4.30pm. For school-age children. Free

    Messy Club, Jelly Arts, Broad St Mall
    Tuesdays: 12.30-2pm. Free
    An arts club for disabled children and adults. Get in touch first to discuss your needs.

    Have your say.
    There are regular Ward Surgeries held by your local councillors that you can drop into to discuss your neighbourhood.
    Battle Ward: first Saturday of the month, Battle Library: 10.30-12am
    Norcot Ward: Saturday 9th June, Wilson Primary School: 10.30-12am
    30th June, Neighbourhood Office, Unit 2, Montague House 12 Spey Road RG30 4DG
    Kentwood Ward: Saturday 9th June: 10.30-12am, St Mary Magdeline, Rodway Road

    You can also attend the Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum, The Salvation Army, Oxford Rd, Wednesday 4th July: 7-9pm. Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) including residents, police, Reading Borough Council and community groups.

    Feedback on proposed changed to Access Passes required

    Reading Council are asking for feedback on proposed changes to the transport services they provide for Access Pass holders. If you know anyone who is an Access pass holder (disabled or their companion), please ask them to complete the consultation by 20th July.

    In West Reading news, Reading Council have announced their preferred site for a new 900-place secondary free school is off Richfield Avenue. Due to be discussed later this month, the school could be open by September 2021. This would mean that the previously proposed transit site for the travelling community would not go ahead. More info here.

    Age UK Reading have launched their new website. It features details of regular events and services they offer, such as their Lively Living Social Clubs with extra support, Befriending, Happy Feet nailcutting service, as well as ways you can support them. You can also access their advice line by phone: 0118 956 2480 and by email: info@ageukreading.org.uk. Advice officers are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 2:30pm.

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