Gardening Month (August)

With lots of sun and town centres getting busier and busier, there is no better time to be looking towards green spaces at home to get outdoors while enjoying some space. Our Compass Allotment is looking forward to some attention after feeling a bit neglected compared to previous years so get in touch with us if you're interested in joining our gardening group. Here are the Royal Horticultural Society's top tips on what to do with your gardens this month:

  • Cut back Wisteria and lavender

  • Prune summer fruits and prevent some plants/trees from fruiting/flowering if they are in their first year of growing to encourage more leaf growth and root establishment

  • Deadhead flowering plants regularly

  • Water, water, water! It's been very hot and sunny recently so make sure everything gets a good soak - avoid watering in the middle of the day, preferably stick to early morning or evening

  • Collect seeds from garden plants ready to dry out and replant for next year

  • Harvest vegetables as they become ready

  • Cut out old canes on raspberry bushes that have already fruited and been picked

New Directions Traineeships for 19-24yr olds

starting in October 2020

Are you aged 19-24?
Is a lack of work experience and skills holding you back?
Then our Traineeship Programme could be for you!
Traineeships provide you with real work experience within Reading Borough Council or another local employer whilst gaining nationally accredited qualifications that will improve your skills and knowledge.

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Local News

Image: Reading Town Centre, sourced from

With the reopening of Reading's town centre, the community has lots to be proud of. The UK's Secretary of state for business energy and industrial strategy visited Reading in the lead up to the reopening of shops, using the town's centre as an example to the nation of how businesses can operate successfully and safely, with Reading East MP Matt Roda labelling the town the 'best in the area' for social distancing measures. There is an exciting new street food market being opened in what was formally Poundland in the Broad Street Mall, giving a high-profile space to small, independent vendors at a time where they will really benefit from the economic boost. For more local news and information visit

Berkshire paramedic, winner of a Pride of Reading Award and Local Hero 2016, Stuart Brookfield, has been picked to feature in a portrait collection of 12 NHS workers with vital roles in the national Covid-19 response. Stuart earned recognition in 2016 after saving a man from drowning while on holiday in Greece. His portrait has been taken by British photographer Rankin to commemorate the work of NHS staff throughout the pandemic. Visit getreading for the full story:

Image: Stuart Brookfield, sourced from

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Check out photos of Reading's town centre in 1997 in this article from Berkshire Live:

Image: Reading Town centre (1997), sourced from

#HelpUsHelpYou   The NHS wants everyone to attend scheduled childhood vaccinations and antenatal/newborn screening appointments, as long as you do not have Covid-19 symptoms and you are not self-isolating. The NHS will take every possible step to make sure you are kept safe.


Vaccinations for children and pregnant women are needed to stop the spread of preventable illnesses which reduces the pressure on the NHS. Antenatal and new-born screenings are important to detect medical conditions early and give you the best treatment.


For more information, look at the following NHS guidance:

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