Se­cret fundraiser

Berkshire Life - - THIS MONTH -


Read­ing UK has an­nounced that Blue Col­lar Street Food has been ap­pointed as the op­er­a­tor of the Fri­day street food mar­ket in Mar­ket Place.

Blue Col­lar, who cur­rently op­er­ate the Wed­nes­day street food mar­ket in the town cen­tre, have been con­tracted to run the mar­ket un­til Septem­ber 2022.

Blue Col­lar has built up a strong rep­u­ta­tion in Read­ing for high-qual­ity street food since 2016. In ad­di­tion to the town cen­tre, they run street food mar­kets at Read­ing FC on match days and at lo­cal busi­ness parks, along with be­spoke events in For­bury Gar­dens and other lo­ca­tions in Read­ing.

Glen Din­ning, owner of

Blue Col­lar, said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited to be tak­ing on Fri­days in ad­di­tion to the Wed­nes­day Mar­ket and can’t wait to cre­ate a place for the very best street food traders to push the bound­aries and make lunchtimes special. Af­ter what’s been a dif­fi­cult year, we re­ally be­lieve lo­cal, in­de­pen­dent food traders can help us put our town’s food scene on the map, and I’d like to thank Read­ing UK for giv­ing us that op­por­tu­nity.”

Nigel Hor­ton-Baker, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Read­ing UK, said: “Glen Din­ning has shown through his com­mit­ment to grow a strong cus­tomer base for the Wed­nes­day mar­ket that he un­der­stands what Read­ing food­ies want and can de­liver it.

“Read­ing UK would like to thank SMT, who have op­er­ated the Fri­day mar­ket, CHOW, in Mar­ket Place for the past four years. A qual­ity food of­fer is a key part of what makes Read­ing town cen­tre an at­trac­tive place in which to work or to visit and we look for­ward to the new Fri­day mar­ket build­ing on that suc­cess.”

Blue Col­lar Street Food will con­tinue to op­er­ate the Wed­nes­day mar­ket along­side the new Fri­day mar­ket. Both mar­kets take place in Mar­ket Place, RG1 from late morn­ing through to mid-af­ter­noon. bluecol­larstreet­

Thames Hos­pice is invit­ing gar­den lovers to join them on a vir­tual fundrais­ing tour as it pre­pares to open its doors to the new hos­pice this month. Se­cret Gar­dens is an ex­clu­sive vir­tual tour of eight gar­dens and venues for a sug­gested do­na­tion of £10 per

UWL’s Col­lege of Nurs­ing, Mid­wifery and Health­care, said: “To be able to ex­tend our cour­ses to even more peo­ple look­ing to trans­form their lives with a ca­reer in health­care is an­other in­spir­ing step for us. We strive to im­prove ac­cess to health­care train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion for peo­ple of all ages and from dif­fer­ent walks of life, and these ad­di­tional places to al­low for greater num­bers of stu­dents to ac­cess this train­ing and the vi­tal work place­ments across our part­ner NHS Trusts will help en­sure that even more peo­ple can per­son. The Vir­tual Se­cret Gar­dens Tour will also of­fer peo­ple an ex­clu­sive sneak pre­view of the new Thames Hos­pice, which is set in eight acres of stun­ning land­scaped gar­dens by Bray Lake. en­ter the pro­fes­sion and make a dif­fer­ence to our NHS.”

UWL of­fers stu­dents ac­cess to fully equipped sim­u­la­tion learn­ing equip­ment from Read­ing city cen­tre. Dur­ing their cour­ses, stu­dents will com­plete work place­ments with pri­vate and vol­un­tary health­care providers, and NHS prac­tice part­ners in­clud­ing the Royal Berkshire Hospi­tal, Wex­ham Park Hospi­tal and Berkshire Health­care Foun­da­tion Trust.

ABOVE: Blue Col­lar is tak­ing over Read­ing’s Fri­day Street Food Mar­ket

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