Meet your Redlands councillors at the Hexham Community Centre on 14 October

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Redlands Labour Ward Surgery on Saturday 14 October at 10.30 am. They will be at the Hexham Community Centre, Bamburgh Close, Reading RG2 7UD for an hour and a half.

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Reading Borough Council involved in ‘obfuscation and deception’ says Aspire chair

Keith Kerr, Aspire CIC chair

The dispute between Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities and Reading Borough Council (RBC) over a bid to acquire the old Central Club on London Street and its ‘black history’ mural led to a public demonstration through the town centre on 25 September. Keith Kerr, the chair of the legal entity set up to manage the bid on behalf of Reading’s Afro-Caribbeans, the Aspire Community Interest Company (CIC), talked to the Whitley Pump about what he intended for the site, how much he was willing to pay for it and how he feels the bid has been mistreated by RBC.

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Reading’s Caribbean groups ‘demand their birthright’ with the Central Club

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading’s Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) vowed to fight Reading Borough Council (RBC) at a packed meeting at RISC on Friday 4 August. The Aspire Community Interest Company (CIC), founded by CAG, had bid for London Street’s Central Club and its famous ‘Black History’ mural, but the council had decided to put the site on the open market instead.

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Quakers’ reverse hustings a huge success

Left to right: Jamie Whitham (standing up), Andy Kirkwood, Olivia Bailey, Ricky Duveen, convenor John Crosfield (white rosette) and timekeeper Christina Hughes Nind, Michael Turberville, Matt Rodda, James Moore.

Over a hundred people attended the ‘Reverse Hustings’ at Katesgrove’s Quaker Meeting House on 31 May. Members of the public gave candidates their views and asked questions on subjects ranging from homelessness to sustainability.

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