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Chinese and British Exhibition flyer from the British Library

Explore British Chinese communities and culture with Reading Libraries this December

  • Library exhibition explores British Chinese communities and culture
  • A free Chinese Brush painting session is on offer at Reading Central Library on Saturday 3 December
  • Hear traditional Chinese stories and take part in Chinese crafts on Saturday 10 December
Ayo storytelling

Reading Libraries announces five new guest speakers as part of its ‘Reading Libraries Telling Stories’ series

  • ‘Reading Libraries Telling Stories’ is a series of diverse and uplifting storytelling sessions, from a wide range of people from the Reading community and beyond.
  • The first session is on Saturday 3 December at 1.30pm at Reading Central Library.
  • The storytelling sessions are completely free and are suitable for all ages.
Fraud Free Christmas

Residents urged to have a fraud-free Christmas

  • Avoid counterfeit goods this Christmas
  • Steer clear of dangerous toys online
  • Don’t be tempted to borrow money from unscrupulous loan sharks
Christchurch Pedestrian Bridge

Have your say on plans to improve Reading’s pathways and get more people walking

  • 12-week public consultation launches today
  • Ambition to increase the number of people walking and cycling
  • Action plan includes creating new paths and reinstating historic rights of way that have been lost
Tom Charman, HAGS project manager; Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward, Reading's Lead Councillor for Leisure and Culture and Bridget Hickey, Reading Council Playground Project Officer.

Work starts on new flagship play area at Prospect Park

  • £530,000 investment to provide exciting new equipment
  • New play area set to open in the summer 2023
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New Hamilton School Highly Commended in National Awards

  • Hamilton School's new building 'highly commended' in local authority and community buildings national awards
  • New building on Bulmershe Road was delivered by the Council and replaced Phoenix College 
Reading CDP 2022

Reading One of Only 19 UK Councils and 122 Worldwide named as Climate Action Leaders

  • Reading again achieves CDP ‘A’ List accolade for bold leadership on climate change
  • Just 122 towns/cities worldwide and 19 in the UK receive top score on climate action in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) ‘gold standard’ of environmental reporting
  • Out of more than 1,002 entries worldwide, only 12% received an A score
Mayors Charity Auction

Mayor of Reading to host a Reading-themed online auction for chosen charities

  • A range of local businesses and other organisations have already donated items, with a range to suit a range of tastes and budgets – in time for Christmas
  • Proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2021-23: Parenting Special Children, ACRE, and Duchess of Kent Hospice (Sue Ryder Care)
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Thousands of Council Cost of Living Vouchers to be Distributed to Struggling Reading Households

  • Thousands of Cost of Living vouchers to be distributed to eligible residents by the Council before Christmas
  • Families eligible for pupil premium free school meals, care leavers and older people among the recipients 
  • Council vouchers are to help with soaring heating and food costs
Climate (1)

Reading 4th Largest reduction in UK for Cutting Carbon Footprint

  • Reading’s overall carbon footprint cut is the 4th largest reduction of 374 UK local authority areas.
  • Reading Borough Council has now cut its own carbon footprint by 71.3% in just 13 years.
  • Much more to do; residents, communities, businesses, organisations and council will need to re-double efforts to reach net zero by 2030.
Resurfacing in Reading

12 More Reading Roads To Be Resurfaced, Taking Total To 467: More To Come In 2023

  • 12 roads being resurfaced in the next month takes the total to 467 in three years
  • That £9m investment is being followed by a further £8m to continue making improvements to Reading's roads
  • Over 350 trees are being planted in conjunction with the road improvements programme
Palmer Park Community Pool filling

Reading school children help fill the new Palmer Park Community Pool

  • East Reading’s new community pool filled with 325,000 litres of water over a five-day period.
  • Palmer Park Leisure Centre and Stadium on schedule to open in December.