Sizzling in the sun: Newport Road street party 2017

Saturday 17 June 2017 – another excellent street party for the Big Lunch weekend, and with the temperature reaching 29 degrees this one was our first real scorcher!

Splat the Rat and Readipop’s drumming workshop, both favourites from last year, were back again, and we had much more live music – this time from an acoustic band from New Hope, a capella singing from the Voices of Reading community choir and an excellent set from covers band Sunday Replay. Plenty of activities for the kids with loads of help from New Hope and another fiendish quiz courtesy of David and Jonathan with prizes provided by the Standard Tandoori and Tesco.

Many thanks to everyone who helped and the residents of Newport Road for hosting. And special thanks to the Moderation for the delicious free barbecue food and Thai curry.

Newport Road street party 2016

Saturday 11 June 2016 – another excellent street party for the Big Lunch weekend! We were worried about the weather for the first time this year, but fortunately got away with only a few spots of rain while areas around Reading had downpours. New for this year were Splat the Rat, Readipop’s drumming workshop and our first live music courtesy of Joy & Christie and the Bell Tower Shower! Plenty of activities for the kids with loads of help from New Hope and another fiendish quiz courtesy of Rod – with prizes provided by the Standard Tandoori. Many thanks to everyone who helped and the residents of Newport Road for hosting. And special thanks to Readipop for their support in getting our live music going, and to the Moderation for the delicious free barbecue food and Thai curry.

Newport Road street party 2015

Saturday 6 June 2015 – we’re back again, with another excellent street party for the Big Lunch weekend! The weather was fine, and about 150 people came again for an afternoon of fun. The famous ‘hook a duck’ game was back, and another fiendish quiz, this year courtesy of Rod – with prizes provided by the Standard Tandoori. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped and the residents of Newport Road for hosting. And special thanks to the Moderation for the delicious curry, and to Chris for stepping in at the last moment and cooking an excellent barbecue (and Jonathan for assisting)!

The Big Spring Clean 2015

The Big Skip’s back in the spring this year, because of the expected building work at the school in the summer. As in previous years our Big Skip is kindly sponsored by Reading Festival organisers Festival Republic.

Tidy-up Day 2014

The Big Skip’s back again! As usual it didn’t take long to fill our giant skip, provided with sponsorship from Reading Festival organisers Festival Republic – this year we had more bike repairs and free coffee courtesy of the Crowne Plaza.

Newport Road street party 2014

Saturday 31 May 2014 – we’re back again, with another excellent street party for the Big Lunch weekend! The weather was fine, and about 150 people came again for an afternoon of fun. The famous ‘hook a duck’ game and egg-and-spoon race were back, and another fiendish quiz, this year courtesy of Rod – with prizes provided by the Standard Tandoori. We also had a bike repair workshop, face painting and a cake stall courtesy of Sarah from Addison Road that raised money for Bell Tower. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped and the residents of Newport Road for hosting. And special thanks to Andy from the Moderation for providing another free and very tasty barbecue!

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