Newport Road street party 2013

Saturday 1 June 2013 – another excellent street party for the Big Lunch weekend! We had beautiful weather, and around 150 locals came along to our big street party.

Loads of games and things to do – ‘hook a duck’, cake decorating for kids, the ‘me and my pet’ photo competition, another fiendish quiz… Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped set the party up and the residents of Newport Road for hosting. And special thanks to Andy from the Moderation and his family for the free barbecue!

The Whitley Windmill – Reading’s wind turbine

On Thursday 23 May 2013 we visited the vast wind turbine in Green Park. The turbine can power more than 1,000 homes, and is actually situated just over the boundary in the borough of Wokingham.

Tidy-up Day 2012

The Big Skip’s back for a sixth time! As usual it didn’t take long to fill our giant skip, provided with sponsorship from Reading Festival organisers Festival Republic.

Newport Road Diamond Jubilee street party

On Saturday 2 June 2012 we held our biggest and best event yet! 200 locals came along to our big street party in Newport Road to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We all had a stunning afternoon – and many thanks to Andy and the staff of the Moderation, New Hope for use of their furniture and facilities, the Standard Tandoori for bringing food, the volunteers who helped set the party up and Mel, Nicola and Sarah of Newport Road for their enthusiasm and help in organising the event.

Visit to CPI Cox & Wyman printers, Cardiff Road

On 4 November 2011 we had a fascinating visit to a long-established local business. Cox & Wyman’s building is over 100 years old, and they have been printing books there for most of that time. These days they only print paperbacks, and their output is around a million books per week (that’s about two books every second!)

Tidy-up Day 2011

Our fifth tidy-up day – and a great success again! Many thanks to everyone that helped us make the event a success, and to Festival Republic for their sponsorship of the skip.


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