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High Streets Cultural Programme

Reading High Street Awarded £85K for Cultural Programme

  • Further £85k funding announced for Reading’s historic high streets
  • The investment will allow for a three-year programme of cultural activities
Palmer Park Library

All Reading Libraries Reopen as Palmer Park Library Returns this Week

  • Palmer Library is now due to reopen this Wednesday 19 May, initially for 3 hours per week, from 1-4 pm
  • From Wednesday all Reading Libraries will have returned
  • The service is working hard to reopen fully as soon as possible
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Council Refuses to Give Up on Reading Gaol Bid

  • Council extremely disappointed by indication that MoJ has rejected Reading Gaol bid
  • Call for discussion with Ministers to emphasise the huge historical and cultural value of the vacant site
  • Details of Council bid published today to show what is possible to achieve
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Council to Tell Inquiry Hundreds of Affordable Homes Lost in Reading Due to Permitted Development Rights

  • Nearly 600 new affordable homes and millions in contributions lost in Reading due to permitted development rights planning laws
  • Council invited to submit oral evidence on the impact in Reading at next week's House of Commons Select Committee inquiry

23 Reading Schools Sign up to Walk To School Week

  • 23 schools across Reading have committed to to take part in Walk to School Week, which begins on Monday
  • Families are encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ for the whole week
Reading Abbey

Artists announced for commemoration of Reading Abbey’s 900th Anniversary

  • Reading based creative groups Berzerk Productions, StrikeUp, and Ma Bessie have been commissioned to create digital art pieces
  • The digital events will be released in the lead-up to the Water Fest, the flagship celebration event to mark the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey on Saturday 19th June
  • The commissioned artists will have a share of the £10,000 funding pot, provided by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
Reading Museum reopening

Reading Museums Set to Reopen

  • Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) set to reopen on Tuesday 18 May.  
  • Visitor welfare and safety are at the forefront of all reopening plans
Upper Thames Patrol vessels, 1940s

Thames Archives Reveal 250 Years of the River’s History

  • New online exhibition, ‘Where Smooth Waters Glide’ launching on Friday 7 May.
  • Thames Conservancy archive highlights 250 years of lock building, pollution and flood management

Get Ready to Have Your Say on May 6th

  • The Council is reassuring people that polling stations will be safe places to vote next week
  • Residents asked to note changes in eight local polling stations this year