Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue wants help building an inclusive workforce

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has invited local community groups to contribute to a survey so they can better understand public perception of their service and the roles within it.

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Reading Labour’s front bench and portfolios for the forthcoming mayoral year

New lead councillor portfolios and appointments were approved at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) annual meeting on 22 May at Reading Town Hall. In a reshuffle of portfolios and responsibilities, Minster ward councillor Ellie Emberson replaced Jason Brock, who is now leader of the council, as lead councillor for corporate and consumer services. Ellie Emberson was first elected in the 2018 local elections. The reshuffle also saw Karen Rowland, another new councillor in 2018, replace Sarah Hacker as the lead for culture, heritage and recreation.

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Councillor Paul Woodward elected Reading Mayor

The Mayoral Party returns after changing into their robes (L to R) Councillor Deborah Edwards (outgoing mayor), Councillor David Stevens (incoming deputy mayor), Councillor Paul Woodward (incoming mayor) and mace-bearer

Church ward councillor Paul Woodward (Labour) has been elected Reading mayor and Councillor David Stevens (Conservative) elected deputy mayor for the forthcoming year. The elections took place at the Reading Borough Council  annual meeting yesterday evening (22 May).

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Councillor Deborah Edwards’ mayoral year in south Reading

Southcote councillor Deborah Edwards attended a considerable number of events in south Reading during her mayoral year. This is a pictorial record of just a few of them that the Whitley Pump was able to cover.

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‘Harvey’ with the Shinfield Players

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

Gordon Bird as Elwood P Dowd in ‘Harvey’ at the Shinfield Players Theatre. Photo: Eilish Phillips

The Shinfield Players are staging the charming Harvey, written by Mary Coyle Chase and deftly directed by Maggie Smith. Members of the audience may remember the original version, a huge Broadway success, and the 1950 film version starring James Stewart as the amiable Elwood P Dowd.

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