Reading Mencap and Wokingham Waterside Centre’s Riverside Family Festival takes place on Saturday, 15th August. Local charity Reading Mencap are partnering with Wokingham Waterside Centre to offer a day of fun by the river, including canoeing
The Fortunes Past & Present is a great two-hour show from the hit band of the 1960s and ’70s. They play The Mill at Sonning on Sunday, August 23rd. Tickets are £31.50 and you can call The Mill on 01189 698000 to book.
More music: and if you love your guitar riffs, make a date for this one. Surrey/Berkshire power trio Crème Freche will play a gig on Friday, August 7th, 9-11pm, at Binfield Club in Forest Road (RG42 4DU). For more information, call 01344 420572.
Purley Horticultural Society, together with Purley WI, will be holding their Late Summer Show on Saturday, 5th September, from 2.30-4pm in Purley Memorial Hall, Glebe Road. Refreshments will be available.
Age Concern Bracknell Forest continue to hold a weekly Get Together at New Priestwood Community Centre every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. Sessions start on 12th August. Join the group for different acitivities each week for the body and brain, including quizzes, games, gentle exercise, guest speakers and entertainment. There’s no need to book – you can jJust turn up. Sessions are £2, including refreshments. Some transport may be available. Call Sue at Age Concern Bracknell Forest on 01344 862916 if you have any questions.
Improving the standards of homecare for the most vulnerable in our community is the aim of a new framework agreement between the council and a specially selected list of providers. The Home Care Framework replaces the Domiciliary Care Accreditation Supplier List and will be used to choose future services for Berkshire residents who require home care support. The council will work closely with the companies on the list to monitor and improve service quality. Care providers must comply with Reading’s local Dignity Charter to promote and protect the dignity of individuals, and must also meet the requirements of the UNISON Ethical Care Charter to promote better quality of care and working conditions for care workers. This includes paying the living wage, proper training and payment for travel time. Residents can continue with providers who are not on the new list if they are satisfied with the service and do not wish to make any changes. However, the council will inform them of any quality issues and they can transfer to a new provider on the approved list at any time. Rachel Eden, lead councillor for adult social care, said: “The council is determined to drive up homecare services in the face of continued government cuts and as people’s needs grow. This new framework is an important step in implementing the council’s Ethical Care and Dignity Charters to ensure that everyone – council commissioners, providers and care workers – work together to provide the best quality homecare for residents.”
They say it’s a sign of becoming truly middle-aged when you start accosting members of the public about littering and dog-fouling. Well, I have certainly crossed that threshold, it seems… Yes indeed; I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve run up to strangers, saying ‘Excuse me, is this yours?!’ while pointing at offending dog poo. Well, it seems I am in good company – Reading Borough Council have been making a concerted effort this summer to crack down on this filthy habit, handing out £75 penalty fines to those who offend. You might have seen the council’s dog wardens and street care team at dog fouling ‘hot spots’, while telling responsible dog-owners about new legislation being introduced which requires their pets to be microchipped before next April. You’ll find them in Southcote between 11am and 2pm on August 20th. Liz Terry, Reading’s lead councillor for neighbourhoods, said: “There is no excuse for not clearing up after your dog and anyone who fails to do so is showing a blatant disregard for their neighbours, public health and the environment and could end up with an instant £75 fine.I hope this campaign gets that message across but also acts as a good way for pet owners to get some advice from our dog wardens.”
A simpler way for families, children and young people to access help if they need it is set to be created. There are currently a number of ways to access Early Help Services, which offer support to families and young people as soon as possible, but the new proposals would make the process more straightforward. The scheme will offer a single point of entry and support will come from Reading council’s own services as well as from local voluntary sector and health services.
Have you taken your tots to Reading Central Library lately? The Children’s Library has been given a spruce, creating an enchanting space for little ones to enjoy Rhyme Time and explore early reading skills. Wi-fi is now available to the whole library building, for casual users and to support the digital inclusion project being delivered by Reading Voluntary Action, as well as people using job search facilities. Well worth popping by for some free fun while you’re in town shopping!
Bracknell Flower Club, winners of a silver-gilt medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, holds monthly practical flower arranging classes (beginners to advanced) as well as monthly NAFAS demonstrations. The group, who have been in touch with Round & About to appeal to residents in our RG42 postcode, meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Priestwood Community Centre in Bracknell. New members are always welcome to join. For further information, please contact Alison Phillips on 01344 882733.
Binfield Garden Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, August 6th, (and next month, on September 3rd ) at 7.15pm at the Memorial Hall in Terrace Road South (RG42 5JA). This friendly club usually organise an informative talk, various competitions, a raffle and social time with tea, coffee and biscuits. However much or little you know about gardening, if you are at all interested in nature and the countryside, do turn up for a warm welcome. Call 01344 423688 or visit www.binfieldgardenclub.wordpress.com
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