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Phoenix College consultation on new location

Phoenix College

Phoenix College is considering relocation from Christchurch Road to the Hamilton Centre off Bulmershe Road. There will be a consultation and exhibition on the proposed plans on Thursday 12 September from 3.30pm to 6.30pm in the community room at Alfred Sutton Primary School.

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Reading Demonstrations against Brexit and the Prorogation of Parliament

Some of the speakers from L to R: Matt Rodda MP, Phillip Lee MP, Councillor Rob White, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey, speaker from the Women’s Equality Party, and Vanessa Rogers from Berkshire for Europe

A demonstration and march against Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament took place in Reading on Saturday 7 September. Speakers included Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, and Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell, who left the Conservative Party last Tuesday and joined the Liberal Democrats.

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The Honey Bee Day Care in Palmer Park “puts children at significant risk”

The office for standards in education, children’s services and skills in England, OFSTED, published a report into The Honey Bee Day Care on 26 July, saying its “weaknesses put children at significant risk.”

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Information Commissioner orders Council to publish confidential Arthur Hill Baths report

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has instructed Reading Borough Council (RBC) to publish an unredacted version of an internal report used in the sale of Arthur Hill Memorial Baths. The ICO said that RBC had not provided evidence or arguments to supports its decision to withhold this information for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

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EU election candidates for 23 May

The 2019 European elections take place on Thursday 23 May in the United Kingdom. You can vote in this election if you are aged over 18 and you registered to vote in this election by 7 May, and you are also a citizen of the UK or you are a citizen of another EU member state but resident in this country.

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The nearest post office to the Whitley Pump

Premier Stores, Northumberland Avenue – one of our nearest post offices

Now that the post office at Premier Stores on Whitley Street has closed, the Whitley Pump no longer has a convenient post office. The three closest post offices are almost equidistant from our Katesgrove Hill HQ.

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Grants available from the Reading Dispensary Trust


The Reading Dispensary Trust is a medical charity based on the Wokingham Road who issue grants for equipment and services that can help people experiencing physical and mental illness. They only offer grants to referring agencies within a seven mile radius of Reading town centre.

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Tutu’s Ethiopian Table expands to Palmer Park

Councillor Sarah-Jane Hacker handing the keys to Palmer Park Lodge to Tutu Melaku. Photo (c) Reading Borough Council.

Tutu’s Ethopian Table, the restaurant in the Global Café at RISC on London Street, will open a new branch at the Palmer Park lodge in the new year. The restaurant’s proprietor Tutu Melaku said that her existing restaurant at the Global Café will remain open.

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Protestors disrupt council policy meeting

Peter Burt, from the Save Arthur Hill Baths campaign

Protestors from Reclaim Reading, a group who use art and provocative actions to ask who controls Reading, served a ‘public information notice’ at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy meeting on Monday 24 September.

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Could St Laurence’s drinking fountain flow again?

St Laurence’s Church Fountain

Always a nice moment when conflicting agendas collide and something good comes of it for everyone. During the ‘questions from the public and councillors’ section of an edgy and rancorous Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 24 September, councillor Tony Page seemed to suggest that St Laurence’s drinking fountain could flow again.

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That’s the way to do it!

By Scaramouche.

The abrasive relationship between Reading’s Green and Labour parties hit another of its troubled patches at Reading Borough Council‘s (RBC) traffic management sub-committee on 12 September. It devolved into the kind of public row that leads to television news stories where neighbours stare sadly at bloodstained driveways and say “they seemed such a nice couple… ”

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Reading East MP Matt Rodda criticises tenant fee bill

In the House of Commons on 5 September, Reading East MP Matt Rodda expressed concern that the government’s Tenant Fees Bill didn’t adequately protect tenants from unreasonable landlord fees. He voted for amendments suggested by the opposition Labour party, but these were defeated by the Government.

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Three protests at council policy committee meeting

Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on the evening Monday 16 July saw three very different public protests played out in front of councillors and RBC officers.

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How Reading East and Reading West MPs voted in the European Union (withdrawal) Bill debate

12 June was a big day in the House of Commons for Brexit as the debate and voting took place on a long list of amendments proposed by the House of Lords.

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Reading East MP Matt Rodda speaks out on local authority funding

Matt Rodda, Katesgrove councillor and Reading East MP

Reading East MP Matt Rodda spoke in the parliamentary debate about the National Audit Office (NAO) report on the financial sustainability of local authorities on 20 March.

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Matt Rodda’s community drop-in surgery

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, will be holding a community drop-in surgery on Friday 23 March from 10am until 12 noon at St John the Baptist Church, St John’s Road, Caversham RG4 8EB.

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Reading’s young actors get opportunity to perform in Romeo and Juliet

The Reading Between the Lines (RBL) theatre company are looking for actors aged 16 to 25 to audition for their production of Romeo and Juliet, but you need to be quick if you’re interested as they want to hear from you by Saturday 3 March.

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Reading East MP Matt Rodda tries to get a straight answer from Boris Johnson

Reading East MP Matt Rodda attempted to get a straight answer from the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in parliament on 20 February.

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Arthur Hill swimming pool is on the market

Arthur Hill Baths, the heritage swimming pool on the Park and Redlands ward borders and the nearest swimming pool to the Whitley Pump, is open for voluntary sector bids until 21 March 2018.

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Glen’s Blue Collar Food

Glen Dinning, of the Blue Collar Food Market

Glen Dinning is the 25 year old enthusiast behind Blue Collar Food, which can be found at the Butter Market on Wednesdays, the summer foodie events at the Forbury and other recent well-received markets in Henley and Guildford. In a town where a wagon-train-like huddle of feisty independent shops and cafés survive and sometimes thrive amongst a Scooby Doo background of chain coffee shops and retail, Glen is a true innovator and entrepreneur, but he’s not a bit like Del Boy or the Wolf of Wall Street. He is a friendly Reading geezer with a blue and white hooped heart who has already achieved great things with a smile on his face and a large portion of savvy and sheer bottle. He agreed to meet me over a pot of tea to give up some of his business secrets and tell of future plans (and perhaps seek investment in my toast business). He had his phone turned off and he paid for the tea.

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