With advent officially starting yesterday Reading’s Older People’s neighbourhood team have put together a listing of events and information for older epople across our town. As a council Reading is committed to working with the people who make Reading a special and better place and I know the aim is to help ensure that every older person has somewhere to go this Christmas. Do spread the word
Christmas events and information for older people in Reading
Christmas Day Lunch
The Salvation Army, Castle Street Roundabout
Time 10:00 to 3:00pm 25th December
Tel: 0118 9583019
You must call by 10th December and book your place
South Reading Events
St Agnes Church Hall
Free cookery demonstration- gifts to make for Christmas
Saturday 5th December 2pm to 3:30pm
South Reading Community Café – Clare McEnoy 07496154842
Tues 8th Dec Christmas Carols 10:30am to 11:30am
Sat 12th Dec Christmas Craft fair 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sat 12th Dec Christmas Family Party 1:30 to 4:00pm
Three Cooks – Brenda Neale 07961945030
Fri 11thDecember 12:00pm onwards Christmas buffet at Cintra Park
Sat 19th December Christmas dinner with live singing for Lynne Turner at Christ The King Church Hall, Whitley. Please call Brenda in advance to book
Whitley Library – Jackie Perrow 01189375117
Thurs 6th December Christmas computer sessions, send E cards and messages and find out how to get bargains on the internet!
The World Turned Upside Down, public house, Basingtoke Road, South Reading – Good Friends Christmas Meal 12.30pm £5.00 15th December
West Reading Events
All Nations Christian Church
Berkeley Ave, Reading, West Berkshire RG1 6JE
0118 950 5661
We are holding our Christmas Lunch on Thu 17th December at 1pm.
If anyone local to us wishes to attend please book a place:
Tel: 0118 9505661 by no later than Thu 10th December or;
Our Carol Service and Nativity with a difference is at 6pm Sun 20th Dec. Coffee and mince pies will be served after the event.
Cornerstones Sheltered Housing,
Salvation Army Band 9th December 2015 2:15pm
Tilehurst Oak Tree House –
Contact: Tina Ford 07870198584
Fri 18th Dec Pantomine – Cinderella, Tickets cost £5:00
Mon 21st December Goodnight Sweethearts -singing and dancing 4:00pm to 5:00pm tickets cost £2:50
Thurs 31st December, New Year’s Eve Party. Bring and share food and drink 7:00pm till late
Firtree Retirement Club YMCA Tilehurst
Club Secretary 0118 9677130
Christmas concert on Tuesday 8th December from 10.45am to 12.00pm Carol Service 15th December 10.45am to 12.00pm led by Rev Brian Blackman with a visit from Cllr Eden and mince pies. All Welcome.
Tilehurst, St Michael’s Church Rough Lane, Reading
Christmas at St Michael’s Tilehurst 2015
In addition to our regular services at 8.00 am, 9.30 am and 6.30 pm on Sundays, the traditional celebrations for Christmas begin on Sunday 29th November, 6:30pm with Readings and ‘Music for Advent’ with the choir.
Our annual Christingle service led by Jenny Foakes on Sunday 6th December at 9.30 am is for all ages. The uniformed organisations take a special part and we enjoy welcoming their friends and parents too. The proceeds for this service always go to the Children’s Society. That evening at 6.30 pm is a Eucharist with anointing and laying on of hands.
In Advent we have services of a different kind including Taize worship on 13th December at 6.30.
If you enjoy singing why not come along on 19th December to Carols at the Triangle at 2.00 pm?
Our final All Age Eucharist of the year is on 20thDecember at 9.30 when our young people and children take an active part in the service.
And then the joys of Christmas! There is nothing quite like the Nativity service at 4.00 pm on 24th December on Christmas Eve. Children dress up as characters in the wonderful story and their families and friends have just as much fun watching them and joining in the singing.
Later at 6.30 pm is the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols. You will be most welcome to join us as we tell once again the most wonderful story in the history of the world in music and readings.
At 11.30 pm is the first mass of Christmas, always with a wonderful feeling of anticipation as we walk to and from church in the dark.
The First Mass of Christmas starts at 11.30 pm even though we think of it as “Midnight Mass”. Do come early, the church is always full!
On Christmas Day join us at 10.00 am on 25th December for our Family Eucharist while we enjoy the happiest day in the year!
All of us at St Michael’s Church Tilehurst wish all of you a Blessed
Norcot Mission Church
Brockley Close, Tilehurst
Neighbours drop in session with mince pies, etc. December 16th. 10am to 12 noon
Christmas Supper. Please book if you can, 0773 481 1954.
December 12th December 5:30 pm
Oasis drop in December 11th and 18th. 10am to 12 noon
North Reading Events
‘POP-IN’ With Us
Tea & cake
2:30 – 4 pm
At Grace Church
119 Peppard Rd, Caversham
Call Jane : 01491 572931
CAMEO event (Come And Meet Each Other) on Wednesday 2nd December at 2.15, we will have a choir singing Christmas music.
Town Centre Events
St Laurence Church Town Centre
Carol Service 6pm Sunday 20thDecember
Midnight Mass on 24th December 11:00pm
Greyfriars Church Reading Centre
Follow the Star
Friday 4th December, 10.15 – 11.15am
The Christmas story with crafts, songs, & games, for
Under 5s & their parents/carers, followed by refreshments
Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 13th December, 5pm & 7.30pm
A service of readings, carols and solo items led by choir
and orchestra, followed by refreshments
All-age Nativity Service
Sunday 20th December, 10.30 -11.30am
A fun, interactive retelling of the Christmas story for all ages,
with refreshments afterwards. Children are welcome to dress
up as Nativity characters
Christmas Eve Midnight Communion
Thursday 24th December, 11.30pm
A traditional Christmas service with carols and communion
All-age Christmas Celebration
Friday 25th December, 10.30 -11.20am
A festive service for all ages, celebrating the birth of Jesus
New Hope Community Church
Community Carol Singing
Tuesday 22nd December, 6pm
Starting at New Hope and singing our way around the neighbourhood,
ending back at New Hope for festive refreshments around 7pm
Thursday 24th December, 4pm
Nativity for all ages, candles, carols and mince pies
All-age Christmas Celebration with Communion
Friday 25th December, 10.30am
Celebrating Emmanuel – God with us
Christmas Coach Trip
Ashdown House Woodland Walk
Thursday, 10th. December, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.*
All walking abilities welcome
Reading Walks Programme is organising a coach trip to Ashdown House near Lambourn for a day out walking in the grounds and surrounding woods, finishing up at a local hostelry for tea or coffee and a mince pie + a Christmas Quiz.
The woods and grounds are beautiful at this time of year and we will be leading three groups concurrently for walks of different lengths and speeds. There will be a gentle walk of about 45 mins, for those who prefer it, with a trail map and a quiz and plenty of time to chat afterwards. The other two groups will be a medium-paced walk for an hour and a faster walk for the more confident walkers for about an hour and a half. The coach will take us to the Rose & Crown in Ashbury where you can buy refreshments (Tea/Coffee + Mince Pie: £2.50).
Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.
Coach Ticket: £5.00.
Please let us know if you prefer to meet us at Ashdown House.
Reading Pick-up points:
10:00 a.m. – Outside front of Palmer Park Stadium in the car park
10:15 a.m. – Outside the Civic Offices at the bus stop in Bridge Street
10:30 a.m. – Norcot Junction bus stop (outside Reading Retail Park).
Ashdown Walk Coach Departure:
3:30 p.m. –From the Rose & Crown car park, Ashbury.
*Arrival times back in Reading will depend on traffic and weather conditions.
For residents on the Wokingham Borough side of the borders.
Please note: Transport is not available outside of the Wokingham area– call to confirm details.
Thank you to all who have contributed to providing information for your events across Reading
Look out for local events in your local newspapers and community notice boards across Reading for more events
Please stay warm and safe over the winter
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas from your Neighbourhood Team for Older People’s Services, Michelle Berry & Sarah Hunneman. We look forward to meeting you in the New Year
Should you need any information please call:
Michelle 07834 335103 or
Sarah 07580 870945
Every effort has been made to ensure the details in this leaflet are correct at the time of publication, however Reading Borough Council cannot accept any responsibility for changes, amendments or cancellations of any events or activities listed