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Krazy Playdays Reading’s largest soft play face closure

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Soft play centres: Reading businesses appeal for help to survive impact of coronavirus

CHILDREN’s soft play centres in Reading are fearing for their futures and have appealed to the government for help.

As yet, they have had no word about when they can reopen and feel they have been left in limbo.

One such centre has been Krazy Playdays Reading’s larget softplay and party center.

A statement on the company’s Facebook page said: “It is with a very sad and heavy heart I must let you know Krazy Playdays will be closing permanently.”

“Unfortunately we have had no luck with our business interruption insurance, rent assistance or grant.”

“Over the last 10 years the team and I have been blessed to be able to meet amazing customers, lovely children and had the privilege to work with fab team members.”

“We will miss you all and feel very grateful for all your support we have had!”

Following the government announcement, over 25 play centres across the UK have already closed their doors for good this week.

In response the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has launched a petition calling on the government to save the sector, warning that as many as 64% of indoor play sites could close by October.

BALPPA chief executive Paul Kelly said: “Last week the indoor play industry was dealt the latest devastating blow in the COVID-19 crisis when they were once again totally overlooked in the government’s re-opening plans.”

“Without goverment support, the very future of this entire sector is at risk.”

Sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-rescue-the-indoor-play-industry-from-closure

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Battle Library Reopens next week!

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Battle Library reopens next week! The library is due to reopen next Tue 6 April, initially for 9 hours per week (Tuesday 1-5, Friday 10-12, Saturday 10-1).

Working in line with current national safety guidance, from 6 April, Battle Library will offer:

📚 Returns – to entrance when the library is open, book drop when closed.
📗 Order and collect (book online at https://www.reading.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/libraries-reopening/ or via 0118 937 5950) – you can order specific or a general collection of items
💻 Limited computer bookings (via 0118 937 5950)

Visitors to the library will be reminded to follow safety precautions, including the wearing of masks inside the building and for the use of computers, test and trace registration will be required.

They will look to continue the planned phase of reopening of wider library services where possible and with safety at the forefront of all our plans. The Library Service hopes to confirm the reopening details for its other branch libraries at Whitley, Southcote and Palmer Park shortly.

Book drops are currently available at Central, Caversham – and shortly at Battle library – and no fines are being charged.

The Library Service’s popular e-service continues to be available. Over the past year, we have had 2,623 people join the service and They’ve issued a staggering 65,000 eResources!

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Banksy’s artwork appears on side of former Reading Prison

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A piece of graffiti painted by Banksy has appeared overnight on the side of Reading Prison.

In the early hours of Monday (1 March) morning, the artwork was spotted on the side of the now-closed institution.

It shows a man dressed in a striped prisoner’s uniform scaling the side of the building on a knotted rope.

Beneath the man, the chain is shown to be made of paper and coming out of a typewriter.

Banksy has named the piece ‘The Create Escape’.

In a video featuring TV artist Bob Ross, the Bristol-based artist – whose identity is a closely guarded secret – shows how he created the painting.
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Some have speculated that the man is meant to represent Irish poet Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned at the jail from 1895 to 1897 on charges of gross indecency with other men.

A campaign was recently launched to save the Grade II listed building after it was closed in 2014.

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RBC highest agency manager has a day rate of £975

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Revealed by the “The Reading Chronicle“, concerns have been raised about the money spent on agency & temporary staff.

The highest agency manager at the RBC has a day rate of £975, one temporary manager at the children’s services company Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has been working for 24 months, this are two examples among others.

One former RBC contractor who want to remain anonymous said the headline fees skew the reality. “Overall, contractors cost a similar amount to permanent employees as there are no benefits like pensions and paid holidays. On top of that many live far away from Reading, as it was my case, and have to pay for travel and sometime accommodation out of their rate,” he said.

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