Monday, 29 December 2014

Reading Half Marathon 2015

With entries filling up for the flatter, faster 2015 Reading Half Marathon due to be held on Sunday 22 March 2015, I would welcome any runners (of any standard!) who could run for the Mayor of Reading's Charities Team. 

Just get in touch ....

Monday, 15 December 2014

Public Surgeries In Redlands In 2015

Councilllor David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones hold public surgeries for residents in Redlands all the year round.

"Just Walk In" surgeries are held on the second Saturday of every month, alternately at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road and at the Hexham Road Community Centre

Surgery hours are 10.30am until noon.

No appointment is necessary, and all discussions are confidential.

The calendar for 2015 is as follows:
  • January 10th - St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • February 14th - Hexham Road Community Centre
  • March 14th - St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • April 11th - Hexham Road Community Centre
  • May 9th - Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • June 13th - Hexham Road Community Centre
  • July 11th - St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • August 8th - Hexham Road Community Centre
  • September 12th - St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • October 10th - Hexham Road Community Centre
  • November 14th - St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road
  • December 12th - Hexham Road Community Centre

We also undertake regular "street surgeries" on  most other Saturdays in the year. 

This is where we deliver notices to you a day or two beforehand, then on the following Saturday morning, if you want to see us you all  you have to do is put up the "Please Call In" notice in your window

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Bonkers And Brilliant Event

This morning in the Forbury Gardens saw the first Reading Santa Run. The charity fund raising event organised by the Rotary Club of Reading saw over a thousand Santas run 5k around the town and back to the Forbury.

Well done to all concerned for this bonkers and brilliant event which has taken fun-running to a new level. I hope and expect that this will now become a regular date in the town's calendar.

Photo courtesy Chris Forsey / Reading Chronicle

Saturday, 13 December 2014

If You Do Only One Thing Today ....

... Please sign this petition:

John Morland, 30, and Kris Jarvis, 39, were mowed down by a disqualified driver in a stolen car while out cycling on February 13, 2014.

In memory of the two fathers, Oxford Road NAG together with Mr Jarvis’ fiancée Tracey Fidler and Mr Morland’s fiancée Hayley Lindsay, have launched a petition calling for the sentence for causing death by dangerous driving to be changed.
The driver was given a sentence of 10 years and three months for the two counts of death by dangerous driving and the aggravated vehicle taking.
The petition asks the Government to change the law so someone who receives a sentence for causing death by dangerous driving would receive the maximum sentence of 14 years per person that has been killed.
Currently the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving is 14 years. Whether more than one person was killed as a result of the offence is an aggravating factor.
Oxford Road NAG chairwoman Teresa Colliass said: “A lot of the NAG members were very upset about what happened and then the sentencing was the worst scenario. Ten years for two people’s lives almost makes a mockery of the sentencing. Is that all Kris and John are worth?”
She continued: “I want to ask everyone to sign it so that we can take some good out of this bad situation. It isn’t going to bring Kris and John back but it will hopefully offer a small bit of comfort.”
During the sentencing the court heard that the driver had previous convictions for 67 offences. He was also sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment to run concurrently for the additional offences, banned from driving for 15 years and ordered to retake his driving test at the end of the period.
Miss Fidler, 38, said: “We wanted to change the law because we think it is ridiculous to class them as one when two people were involved.
“I know they would have done exactly the same for me and Hayley if it was the other way around. We are fighting for Kris and John.”
Both men worked for the council – Mr Jarvis was a street care waste support officer and Mr Morland was a refuse truck driver.
Mr Jarvis was a father-of-five - Adam, nine, Emma, 11, Luke, 15, Ryan, 17, and Kyle, 19. Mr Morland was a father-of-two - Jazmin, seven, and Harvey, 11.
Miss Lindsay said: “If the law changes then hopefully another family won’t be put through as much as we have been put through.”
To sign the e-petition visit

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Joey Essex From TOWIE

As the Mayor of Reading I was pleased to welcome Joey Essex from TOWIE to the opening of the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink in Reading last night. He seemed to be a nice guy.
PS Have his autograph on the ribbon to sell for charity auction - offers?

Photo: (c) Chris Forsey / Reading Chronicle

Missing Girl Found

Missing girl found - Reading
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Thames Valley Police can confirm that it has located a missing girl from Reading

Britannia Abdula was reported missing yesterday but has been located safe and well.

Thames Valley Police would like to thank the public and media for their assistance.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Police Appeal For Information: Missing Girl In Reading

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of a missing girl in Reading.
Britannia Abdula, aged 13, was last seen leaving her school, Blessed Hugh Faringdon School in Southcote, Reading, at about 3pm yesterday (8/12).
Police believe that she boarded a bus, possibly the number 26, to Reading town centre.
It is believed that she may have visited a Subway restaurant in Broad Street after exiting the bus.
Britannia is black, about 4ft 5in tall, with a clear complexion.
She was last seen wearing her school uniform, which is a burgundy jumper, burgundy blazer, a grey skirt, black leggings, white shirt and black shoes.
Investigating officer, Det Insp Nick Watts said: “Britannia’s family are extremely concerned for her welfare and desperately want her to come home.
“If you are reading this Britannia, please get in touch with your family or police so we know you are safe and well.
“If anyone has any information regarding Brittania’s whereabouts please contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”