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Cornbury Music festival 2019 – Review

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Firstly I want to say:  I am really happy that this little gem of a festival in the middle of some of Englands most beautiful landscapes – the Cotswolds – has made it to it’s 16th year!! However, while my colleagues have been diligently attending and singing it’s praises, this was my first time at Cornbury, hence I’ve missed 15 of them… OMG 😉 

OK better late than never and like so many other festivals I have been to, you usually go because you like the headliners on the bill, but along the way you discover new talent and artists/musicians that make the headliners a nice addition…

Yes, Trevor Horn (pun intended); The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys are great names with a history that people of my age group really appreciate (I’m 53, but it’s a secret), but here are a few that I equally enjoyed:

RACHEL SAGE: I’ve been following Rachel on Facebook for – I don’t remember how long. Can’t quite remember how this came about, but this was the first time I’ve seen her perform live and she didn’t disappoint. Her songs worked very well and her set the Cafe Nero Stage was an ideal start into the weekend for me 🙂 I think I’ll go and see her again next week during her UK tour.

Saturdays highlight was WILDWOOD KIN: It’s funny how suddenly there’s the new band in your life and although they have been around for a while, I haven’t heard of them before. The set blew me away, firstly because they have great songs, but I was also happy to see a un-usual set-up on the stage and the drums at the front of the stage played standing up by the lead singer is perhaps something The Eagles should’ve done when Don Henley was singing. So WILDWOOD KIN was – I think – my personal highlight of the festival. And just as luck has it, they are appearing on BBC-Radio-London this morning and i wonder what it means – why a band was totally unknown to me and then in the space of a few days I see them live and hear them on the radio… hmmmmmmm

But, of course one has to mention TREVOR HORN. Back in the 80’s and 90’s I didn’t really know his name, but certainly his music and the acts he produced. Seeing his set, simply made me feel like seeing some of my favourite 80’s  (and somewhat 90’s) bands play live again. Every song of his set was a hit and everyone knew the words and the audience had a great time. It was a shame that GRACE JONES wasn’t available to sing “Slave to the Rhythm”, but the rest of the concert was delivered with so much fun and professionalism, which totally enraptured the audience.

Apart from the music I watched colleagues kids having a massively great time, rolling around in balls 3 times their size; playing hook the duck, oh those classics; going on other crazy rides, and enjoying the amazing array of free stuff (that their parents enjoyed even more) including free ice lollies; circus toys; make your own pyramid lanterns (at least that’s what I thought they were) and making art out of old records which I thought was a particularly nice touch.

In summary, this is a classic festival, recommended for up market family fun; suitable for all ages; particularly those who appreciate the finer things in life including 80s and 90s music.

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Lions Reading Firework Extravaganza

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It’s back for 2019!

The Lions Club of Reading have their annual Fireworks Spectacular at the ground of Reading City FC on Scours Lane (just off Oxford Road) in Reading on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

A spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky at 7pm

A family ticket purchased in advance is just £15 for up to 2 adults and 3 children (5-15 years old). Adult tickets are for everyone aged 16 years and older, and children’s tickets are for 5-15 year olds. Under 5s are admitted free of charge, and don’t require a ticket. Click here to buy tickets online.

Tickets purchased on the night will be more expensive, and are limited.

And there’s plenty to do before the fireworks display, with fairground rides, hot food and drink stalls and a licensed bar.

There’s further fun with face painting and other activities.

Gates are open at 5pm, and it’s best to arrive early, to give yourself plenty of time to get parked and on the site ahead of the fireworks.

And it’s easy to get to, with plenty of free parking available, as well as being on the Sky Blue 16 bus route from Reading Town Centre.

This always a very popular event, so to avoid disappointment book your tickets today.

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Reading Town Centre 5K | Santa Run | 8th December 2019

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1k Mini Santa Run–The fairly level 1k course is ideal for youngsters, adults with babies in buggies, dogs with owners and we especially welcome wheelchair users and encourage all those with disabilities to join in, dress as Santa or Elf and be part of the festive fun!  PLUS you can raise monies for your own particular charities if you wish. By the way Santa or Elf outfits included in the entry fee!

5k Town Centre Santa Run–The annual Reading 5k Charity Santa Run, organised by The Rotary Club of Reading will take place once again in Reading – Sunday 8th December 2019.

Starting at 9.00am. It is open to anyone 10 and over and Santa suits are included in the price.
Great town centre route starting and finishing at the Forbury Gardens and taking in Broad Street, The Oracle shopping centre and Kennet side paths.

The route is all on road or pavements. The route is through the town centre starting and finishing at the Forbury Gardens and taking in Broad Street, The Oracle shopping centre and Kennet side paths, runners should be aware of street furniture and bollards. There are some narrow sections, please show patience when passing through these areas and across the river Kennett Bridge.

‘100% of money raised by runners will go to charities, none on overheads. The majority of funds raised will go to our two main charities, Daisy’s Dream and No. 5. The remainder will be split between other local charities and Rotary Projects to included Reading Samaritans, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Berkshire Vision and CIRDIC.’’

To enter click on www.readingsantarun.co.uk

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Reading West Get Their Running Shoes on for Prospect Parkrun…

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Reading residents are encouraged to get their running shoes on this Saturday for a free, timed 5km run in Prospect Park, which is now a weekly fixture in the Reading calendar.

Reading parkrun, which started earlier this month and is being championed by Reading Council, brings free weekly, timed runs at Prospect Park every Saturday, starting at 9am. It is coordinated entirely by volunteers from the local community.

The run is open to everyone, is completely free and is easy to take part in, although participants need to register in advance at www.parkrun.org.uk/register and bring a printed copy of the barcode it provides.

People are encouraged to participate by walking, jogging, running, cheering people on or volunteering with the run organisation, and to catch up for refreshments in a local cafe afterwards.

Almost 200 runners attended the event the previous week, with the help of 15 volunteers.

Event Organiser
Prospect parkrun’s Event Director, AJ Jain, said: “Parkrun is a friendly, welcoming event that provides a perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air to socialise and be physically active in a supportive environment.

The run takes place in pleasant parkland surroundings every Saturday at 9am and we encourage people of all abilities to take part; from juniors and those taking their first steps in running, to seasoned runners. The parkrun also brings people together with a visit a local café afterwards. Our nominated coffee shop is the Mansion House, so we are also supporting a local business as well.”

Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Recreation, said: “I’m delighted the Council has been able to support the first parkrun in Reading and hope to see many more of these groups across the borough in future. We are keen to encourage grass roots activities like this, which have so many benefits to offer, not only in terms of health and wellbeing, but also from a social perspective in encouraging the community to come together.

The Course
The course is two relatively flat laps, on grass, round the southern section of the park. The course gets muddy and boggy after rain so trail shoes may be necessary at times. The start and finish is just south of the Prospect Park Pavilion car park. To find out more and register visit www.parkrun.org.uk/prospect

If people are interested in volunteering to help with the run organisation, email prospecthelpers@parkrun.com

parkrun is a not for profit organisation which is part of a national network of timed runs held around the world in over 1000 locations. This is the first parkrun within the Reading area. For more information on the national initiative visit www.parkrun.org.uk

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