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Surplus food from Reading businesses available for free from the WCDA

Surplus food at the Whitley Community Development Association

Surplus food at the Whitley Community Development Association

Supermarkets Marks and Spencer, Morrisons and Aldi and wholesaler Bidfood are now donating their unsold produce to the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) at 252 Northumberland Avenue in Whitley, Reading. The food is available for free; this is not a formal food bank, so neither social services nor any charity has to refer anyone. People do not have to fill out any forms or identify themselves to take the food they can use.

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The new Whitley Community Youth FC wins 2-0 against Directions FC!

By Maria Cox at the Whitley Community Development Association.

Whitley Community Youth Football Club match-day strip

Whitley Community Youth Football Club match-day strip

The newly-founded Whitley Community Youth Football Club (WCY FC) won their second-ever game 2-0 against Directions FC at the Maiden Erlegh School’s Hamilton Road pitch on 21 September.

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Matthew Farrall’s memorial defibrillator project unaffected by missing WCDA donations

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) public defibrillator project will not be delayed by the alleged misuse of more than £3000 of public donations by a former WCDA employee. The WCDA have called in the police and obtained support and advice from the Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) and the Big Local.

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Whitley’s young people make their voice heard at the WCDA AGM

Ian Holt, WCDA chair

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) held a well-attended annual general meeting at the Whitley Social Club and Café on 9 February. Two students from the John Madejski Academy (JMA) told the WCDA how they helped discover some of the aspirations of Whitley’s young people.

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‘Young people in Whitley’ is theme of WCDA AGM on 9 February

The theme for the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) annual general meeting (AGM) at 12.30pm on Saturday 9 February is the young people of Whitley.

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Free Heartstart training at the WCDA on 15 December

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) have organised training with Heartstart Swallowfield on 15 December to teach local residents what to do in a life-threatening emergency.

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Matthew Farrall charity gig at Readipop on 22 September

Club Velocity will present a charity gig in memory of Matthew Farrall on 22 September. Matthew, who died in April 2018, was an enthusiastic Whitley resident, Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) trustee, Explore Reading and Whitley Pump contributor.

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WCDA defibrillator unveiled in memory of Matthew Farrall

From L: Steve Haines, Bob Bennett, Trisha Bennett and Stephanie Chard

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) unveiled its new public access defibrillator on 28 July. The device was bought with funds donated by the friends of Matthew Farrall, who died in April 2018. The defibrillator is designed to help resuscitate people suffering a heart attack and is attached to the external wall of the South Reading Community Hub at 252 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA.

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Paid role at Whitley Community Museum

Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) are advertising for a museum development worker at the Whitley Community Museum housed at the South Reading Community Hub on Northumberland Avenue.

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The new South Reading Community Hub is open!

Reading mayor, Councillor Debs Edwards, opens the South Reading Community Hub on 26 June 2018

The newly refurbished South Reading Community Hub was opened by Reading’s mayor, Councillor Deborah Edwards, on 26 June, with help from the children of the Ridgeway Primary School.

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Whitley Community Development Association needs local suggestions for spending £191,000 this year

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) on Northumberland Avenue has spent about a quarter of a million pounds so far, said finance officer Mo McSevney at their open evening on Wednesday 11 April 2018.

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Find out about the Whitley million at the WCDA open evening on 11 April

From L: Micky Leng, Chris Bloomfield, Steve Kirby (back), Imke Wilson (with book, front), Ian Holt (red shirt, at back), Trisha Bennett (with scarf, front), Charles Carrington (with hat, back), Matthew Farrall (striped shirt, front), Liz Grugeon, Derek Chapman.

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) will hold an open evening, from 6.30pm until 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 April.

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South Reading community hub takes shape on Northumberland Avenue

WCDA, RBC and Beard Construction at the South Reading Community Centre, December 2017

Reading Borough Council (RBC) is transforming the South Reading Community Centre on Northumberland Avenue into a ‘community hub’ that will include a library, children’s centre and meeting spaces together with the existing Whitley Social Club and Café.

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Whitley Social Club and Cafe is community centre “for the first time in thirty years”

From L: Micky Leng, Chris Bloomfield, Steve Kirby (back), Imke Wilson (with book, front), Ian Holt (red shirt, back), Trisha Bennett (with scarf, front), Charles Carrington (with hat, back), Matthew Farrall (striped shirt, front), Liz Grugeon, Derek Chapman.

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) elected officers for the coming year at a well-attended annual general meeting on 13 December. Community development co-ordinator Trisha Bennett and funding and finance officer Mo McSevney also explained in detail what the WCDA does and how it has evolved throughout 2017.

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Christmas at the Whitley Community Development Association

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) will hold its second annual general meeting on Wednesday 13 December, starting at 6.30pm at the Whitley social club and café, 252 – 260 Northumberland Avenue RG2 7QA.

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Find out how the Whitley million is being spent

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) is holding a public meeting on Wednesday 12 July to present how they are spending their £1 million grant.

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RG2 Whitley Radio is on its way!

WCDA trustee Micky Leng (L), radio station manager Charles Carrington aka MC Napthali (R) and Whitley resident Ellis at the back.

Whitley is going to get a new radio station called “RG2 Whitley Radio”. They will broadcast over the internet from RG2WhitleyRadio.com and they are looking for input from the local community.

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Whitley Community Development Association meets on 7 December

Whitley CDA

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA), a charity working to improve Whitley, is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday 7 December at 6pm at the Whitley Social Club & Café, 252 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA.

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Whitley residents asked for feedback on transport proposals

Northumberland Avenue

Whitley residents have been invited to a public meeting at the Community Café, South Reading Youth & Community Centre, Northumberland Avenue on Wednesday 17 February at 7.30pm to discuss how transport in the area could be improved.

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Investigation into financial inclusion in Whitley

Northumberland Avenue

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) will be investigating financial problems amongst Whitley residents in the new year.

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