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Successful Reading Abbey Revealed looks to protect the future of the Abbey Quarter

  • Reading Abbey Revealed Project seeks to continue work with conservation specialists to ensure site is protected and preserved for the foreseeable future
  • Evaluation report going before the Council’s Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee on Wednesday 29 June
Hexagon new space - artists impression

Council reveals £20 million bid to revitalise Hexagon and Central Library

  • Council to submit £20 million bid for Government ‘Levelling Up’ funding
  • Opportunity to revitalise and breathe new life into Reading's cultural and learning offer
  • Proposals to transform the Hexagon and build a new Central Library
CYP Mental Wellbeing Project

Have your say on arts and culture projects to help improve young people’s mental wellbeing

  • Cultural projects planned to improve wellbeing for young people aged 0-25
  • Children of all ages and their families, teachers, and family workers encouraged to register their interest
Dusseldorf 75

Reading and Düsseldorf Celebrate 75 Years of Friendship

  • Reading will welcome The Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf, Oberbürgermeister Stephan Keller, and representatives from Düsseldorf City Council
  • The Mayor and the Oberbürgermeister will re-affirm the friendship link at a Civic meeting on Sunday afternoon
Diane James and her famous Vera Lynn tribute

Reading pays tribute to veterans on Armed Forces Day

  • Free family-friendly event on 25 June in the Forbury Gardens and town centre between 11am to 4.30pm.
  • Musical performances, craft workshops and activities throughout the day
Crescent Road Clean Air Day group photo

Reading Celebrates Clean Air Day 2022

  • Reading marks Clean Air Day 2022
  • Celebration at the Crescent Road School Street in east Reading
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Reading’s Community Alcohol Partnership wins two national awards for tackling underage drinking

  • Readings Community Alcohol Partnership co-ordinator, Tessa Brunsden, received the CAP+ of the Year Award, and the Award for Innovation 
  • Reading's CAP was set up in January 2015 as a partnership between Reading Borough Council, local police, retailers, schools and neighbourhood groups and health providers
HSHAZ funding announcement

Artists announced for next stage of heritage funding for projects celebrating Oxford Road

  • Two £9k grants awarded to local art groups
  • Cultural projects include an after-school programme and community newspaper
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Reading Remembers Two Years After The Forbury

  • Next Monday marks the two-year anniversary of the attacks at Forbury Gardens
  • A minute's silence and flower laying ceremony will take place at Forbury Gardens from 7pm
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'Niko' finds his forever home

  • Dog tied up and left abandoned rescued by the Council’s animal warden
  • Forever home found with a new family
Artists Fiona Talkington and Richard Bentley

New audio trails bring Reading’s hidden histories to life

  • June 21 launch of two self-guided audio trails around the town centre’s heritage sites
  • Created as part of Reading's High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) 
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New Digital Parking Pilot for Reading

  • A new digital parking permit scheme set to be trialled in Lower Caversham later this year
  • Digital parking permits can be issued instantly, reduce complaints and also mean visitor permits can be used by the hour, offering better value for money for residents
  • If the pilot is a success, a digital scheme could be considered boroughwide in the future