Saturday, 4 June 2016

Get Down to Water Fest

Water Fest is back on Saturday 11th June and there will be even more fun activities on offer as well as traditional favourites along the Kennet and in Forbury Gardens.

This year, visitors will be able to take a historic tour of the town and see a photographic exhibition focusing on the Kennet and Avon Canal, plus they can take part in a programme of themed events as part of Reading’s Year of Culture.

Water Fest is also linking up with Reading Green Fest which will offer visitors more attractions to visit in Town Hall Square and St Laurence Church.

The celebration of Reading’s waterways, organised by Reading Borough Council in partnership with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, gives visitors the opportunity to view an array of beautifully decorated canal boats, visit craft and community stalls, take a trip on a narrowboat and enjoy some great live music.

Chestnut Walk will host stalls offering a range of hand crafted items such as jewellery, prints, jams and toys while Riverside Walk will be lined with stands run by local charity and community groups.

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust will be running relaxing journeys on its narrowboat throughout the day.

A large array of different boats moored along the length of the site will also take part in three parades throughout the day and will then be judged in the best dressed boat competition.

Forbury Gardens will be offering a mix of traditional and contemporary music and dance with highlights including the Acoustic Beatles and La Mort Subite and performances from Beatroots Bateria, Shinfield Shambles and two winning choirs from this year’s Let’s Sing Choir Competition, The Barbarettes and the Bulmershe Ensemble.

There will also be a host of children’s activities and entertainment on offer in the Gardens, including free face painting and balloon modelling.

A new feature for this year is being hosted by local photographer and historian Chris Forsey. He will be offering two circular History Walks and a Photographic Exhibition featuring some of Chris’ images of the Kennet and Avon Canal in the Turbine Room in Blake’s Lock.

Bel & The Dragon will be holding a barbecue all day and hosting the Steve Morano Band throughout the afternoon.

Special Water Fest inspired storytelling will also take place on a boat courtesy of the Novella Project, which offers young authors the chance to have their work published.

A mini festival of water curated by live artist and sculptor Amy Sharrocks is also taking place as part of Reading’s Year of Culture. Events include Drifting, where two boats will be available all day for people to drift on the canal, Reading Water installation under Forbury Bridge, Water Workshops for children in the Forbury Bandstand, a Water Fight in the Gardens and A Message to You by Plan B which involves text messages being shouted across the river at The Oracle.

Reading Green Fest will be celebrating everything sustainable and environmental in Reading with fun activities for all ages at Town Hall Square and St Laurence Church.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Your Conservative Party MP Alok Sharma voted for all of this and by association so did their local candidate.

Apparently, our Into Battle Election Special is causing consternation in the Tory ranks, apparently they don't like what we are saying. Isn't it odd how the truth can be so uncomfortable.

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Reading West Station

Reading West Station Upgrade

It was in January 2015 that Battle Councillors first floated the idea of upgrading West Reading Station. We had heard from residents who used the station that it was inaccessible for disabled people, it was a difficult place for people with small children and pushchairs as well as older people who were not so sure on their feet. In short it was not a very pleasant place to use. Our main station has just undergone a multi-million pound upgrade making it fit for the 21st Century. Battle Councillors decided it was time for Reading West Station to be brought into the 21st Century. This report sets out a joint strategy agreed by Battle Councillors, Reading Borough Council, Network Rail and Great Western Railway.

"Reading West Station Upgrade will provide a step change in passenger facilities at the
station and wider interchange, and create a visible presence on the Oxford Road. The scheme will improve the perception of safety and security in the local area and act as a catalyst for the economic regeneration of the Oxford Road local centre. In addition, it will deliver decongestion benefits to the local highway network through enhancements to the Oxford Road."

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