Facilities
Home
News
Events in Reading
Photos
Sections
Pubs
Restaurants
Shops
Sport
Leisure
Hotels
Services
Local Information
Business to Business
How to...
Get a Newsletter
Get Listed
List an Event

Reading Guide


CRUCIAL NUMBERS - Click for emergency help and advice
MEDICAL ADVICE - First to call if you’re feeling pain
POLICE - If it's for life or death dial 999, if not click here

ACCOMMODATION - Hotels
CELEBRITIES - Famous faces
CINEMAS - What's on+ trailers
COUNCIL - Local services
ENTERTAINMENT - Theatres
FOOD SAFETY - Rankings
FOOTBALL - Royals' latest
HISTORY - Wikipedia tells it
MAP - Reading and area.
MUSEUMS - Arty-Facts!
NEWS INFO - Papers/Web
ORACLE EATS - Riverside
RDG(E) MP - Rob Wilson
RDG(W) MP -Alok Sharma
READING FORUM - Views
RIVER THAMES - The flow
RUGBY UNION - London Irish
TOURISM - Local attractions
TRAFFIC - Live info feeds
TRAVEL - Buses & Trains
WEATHER - 5-day forecast




Credits
Site (C) 2010 John Rogers Media Services
We make every effort to ensure information is up to date and accurate, but can not be held responsible for errors or for content of external sites that are linked to from this site.
Contact:
editors@reading-guide.co.uk
or 07766 350905

Title


READING FC have sacked manager Brian McDermott, the latest of several surprise decisions coming from the Mad Stad in recent weeks. McDermott’s departure comes only six months after he was re-hired after his previous sacking, and follows the unexpected departures of director of football Nick Hammond and highly-rated technical coach Chris Davies. This is the club statement.

It appears the Thai owners have decided the club needs a totally new direction, which indicates that the remaining members of the “old guard”, Sir John Madejski, Nigel Howe and Ian Wood-Smith might now be less prominent as the day-to-day front for the club. Former Manchester United hard-man defender Jaap Stam is already hot favourite to replace B-Mac as the club takes a twist in the direction of Holland. The Royals’ recently-appointed technical director, Brian Tevreden - who appears to have taken Hammond’s role as well - came from there in March where he was working alongside Stam at Ajax.

Stam, assistant manager with the Dutch giants, is said to be keen on a management job in England, and two and two probably make four if Tevreden is now the man who has the ear of the owners. It’s been a topic of speculation on social media whether the Thai group are more interested in the development of the football club’s land, rather than the club itself - although these moves indicate they may, after all, be hell-bent on getting Royals back to the Premier League. There might be a little tinge of local Thai pride involved as well, because Leicester City’s astonishing success has been under Thai ownership, as has Sheffield Wednesday’s. The Owls now have a 50-50 chance of returning to the top flight in this weekend’s Championship play-off against Hull. Ironically, Royals’ main 50pc shareholder, Narin Niruttinanon, is a close friend of Wednesday’s 100pc owner, Dejphon Chansiri. Their respective fathers are the two senior executives of the same huge fish processing company.

In other Royals news, the club has announced that the proposed pre-season tour of Slovenia has been cancelled and that two key pre-season friendlies will be held, one at Swindon on Tuesday 19 July, with the final warm-up game against Bournemouth at the Mad Stad on Friday 29 July. Going back to the Dutch theme, the club’s first signing of the summer has been unveiled as Danzell Gravenberch a defender from FC Dordrecht, who had been training with the Royals for several weeks.


Reading Hotels - Cheap Accommodation Deals in ReadingReading HotelsREADING HOTELS - IF you need a hotel room in Reading, the UK - or anywhere in the world - our discount booking service is the answer. Click here for Reading Guide's own link to LateRooms.com®. Availability and prices are updated daily, the prices per room not per person, and there's no booking fee. IF YOU make future bookings, please do so from this link.

RAIN OR SHINE? COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE READING AREA (Met Office)
-------------------------------------

IN A JAM? READING TRAVEL INFO INCLUDING TRAFFIC CAMS AND BUS DELAY INFO (Borough Council)
-------------------------------------

LIVE CAMERAS AND INCIDENT UPDATES ALL ALONG THE M4 CORRIDOR IN BERKSHIRE (BBC Travel)
-------------------------------------

GETTING FROM AA TO BB - COMPLETE ROUTE PLANNER WITH TIMINGS AND TURNINGS (AA)
-------------------------------------

DRIVING FAR AND WIDE - OUT OF AREA MOTORWAY AND TRAFFIC NEWS (Highways Agency)
-------------------------------------

STOPPING ON THE WAY? FOR MOTORWAY AND A-ROAD SERVICE AREAS (M'way Services Online)
-------------------------------------

RAIL JOURNEY PLANNER - ALL THE 'FROM AND TO' INFO AND FARES (National Rail)
-------------------------------------

LIVE RAIL DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL BOARDS FOR READING AND LOCAL STATIONS (National Rail)
-------------------------------------

BUS SERVICES PUTTING THE DING-DING IN READING AND AREA (Reading Buses)
-------------------------------------

IF YOU'D RATHER GO ON FOOT, HERE'S A HANDY GUIDE TO WALKS IN THE READING AREA (iFootpath)
-------------------------------------

FLYING FROM HEATHROW - AIRPORT DIRECTORY AND OTHER KEY INFO (Heathrow Airport Guide)
-------------------------------------

WHAT’S THE TIME WHEN WE GET THERE? CHECK THE CLOCK FOR ANY MAJOR CITY (Time and Date)
-------------------------------------

ROAD TO THE AIRPORT - TIMES AND DETAILS FOR READING RAIL-AIR LINK TO HEATHROW (Railair)
-------------------------------------

FLYING FROM GATWICK - PARKING, FLIGHT INFO AND SHOPPING (Gatwick Airport)
-------------------------------------

FLYING FROM STANSTED - WORLD'S BEST AIRPORT FOR LOW-COST FLIGHTS (Stansted Airport)
-------------------------------------

FLYING FROM LUTON - ALL THE INFO ON THE GROUND AND AIR SIDE (Luton Airport)
-------------------------------------

FLYING FROM SOUTHAMPTON - DOWN THE M3 AND UP, UP AND AWAY! (Southampton Airport)
-------------------------------------

PLAIN SAILING OR ROUGH SEAS - CROSS-CHANNEL FERRY INFO FROM PORTSMOUTH (Portsmouth Port)
-------------------------------------

OFF TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS? LATEST ON TOP CATS FROM POOLE AND PORTSMOUTH (Condor Ferries)
-------------------------------------

LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE - LIVE INFO FOR THOSE CRUISING FROM SOUTHAMPTON (ABP Southampton)
-------------------------------------

IF THE SEA TURNS YOUR TUM LET TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN - FRANCE BY UNDERGROUND (Eurotunnel)
-------------------------------------


CLICK YOUR CHOSEN WEBSITE FOR THEIR CONTENT

Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, has now been consigned to publishing history - T.M. decided the way forward is only via its getreading website.
-------------------------------------
The oldest - now only - newspaper in the Reading, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - recently sold to the Newsquest group.
-------------------------------------
First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
-------------------------------------
The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage under its Newbury Today brand.
-------------------------------------
The Wokingham Times was that area's longest-established newspaper, but is no more. Website, getwokingham, styled like Reading stable-mate getreading is now the only outlet.
-------------------------------------
The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for 50+ years and its website keeps up well with the news from its patch.
-------------------------------------
First published in 1869 and once had an enviable circulation larger than the town's population - still thriving and proudly independent, with fifth generation of Baylis family, Jason, at helm.
-------------------------------------
Founded in 1812, and apart from a brief spell, the Express remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
-------------------------------------
Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years family-owned. Today, owned by Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
-------------------------------------
BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of Government funding for its county-wide broadcast and multi-media coverage - website perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
-------------------------------------
After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found stability. It has a good website - plus TV from Fred Dinenage and Reading's Sangeeta Bhabra.
-------------------------------------
Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site, with news, and features about its output. Now part of the zany Jack FM brand.
-------------------------------------
Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
-------------------------------------
The University of Reading, in its 111th year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
-------------------------------------
A hyperlocal news operation with focus on positive people-led stories that, publishers say "will encourage, inform and inspire." Now also publishing The Wokingham Paper after demise of the Times.
-------------------------------------
There are several "Readings" in the USA - best-known is 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
-------------------------------------
From another "Reading, USA", 16 miles north of Boston is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
-------------------------------------
News aggregator which trawls the www for any story with the word "Reading", so can occasionally throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
-------------------------------------

First Choice Holidays

SWISS UK Banner


THE permanent memorial to Reading's only Victoria Cross holder, Trooper Fred Potts, unveiled in the Forbury last year, is proving a popular addition to the town’s architecture. Fred, who died in 1943 and until recent years, was virtually unknown in the town due - mainly to his own modesty. However, the people who did know of Fred’s heroics during the Great War believed the time was long overdue to recognise his bravery with a suitable memorial in a town centre location. The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust was set up to raise the necessary funds and, backed by BBC Radio Berkshire, former Reading Mayor Cllr Fred Pugh, former MP Martin Salter, Reading College, Haslams Estate Agents and Reading-born TV personality Chris Tarrant, they achieved their aim - the bronze statue, created by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, was unveiled. As well as commemorating Fred Potts, it also recognises the sacrifices of the many men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who gave their lives, both in the battle for Scimitar Hill at Gallipoli, Turkey, and throughout World War One. Fred’s medal relates to an incident in August 1915, in which he saved the life of fellow-Reading soldier Arthur Andrews after both were injured by machine-gun fire as the Yeomanry charged on Scimitar Hill. For three days, during which they had virtually no food or drink, Fred ignored his own wounds to drag Arthur to safety, using a shovel as a makeshift stretcher. The amazing FULL STORY.

B-Europe.co.uk - London To Europe By Train

CLICK CHOSEN CLUB LOGO TO LINK TO THEIR LATEST INFO

Keep up to date with all things Royal - info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
-------------------------------------
Unofficial Reading FC website with plenty of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
-------------------------------------
More than 200 former Reading players and managers are in the Association - the website has interesting info about great names of Royals' and Biscuitmen's past.
-------------------------------------
Reading's adopted top-flight Rugby Union team, survived two recent relegation scares - but better times are likely to be ahead after new investment.
-------------------------------------
Reading's most consistently-successful sports club runs 11 men’s and seven ladies’ teams. Elite squads at the top of the domestic game and many international stars.
-------------------------------------
Reading Cricket Club operates in tandem with the adjacent Reading Hockey Club, providing a two-pronged elite sports operation at the extensive Sonning Lane site.
-------------------------------------
The club performs solidly in the National South West Division One (East) alongside Newbury. Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, they still field a Wanderers XV.
-------------------------------------
Originally for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, acquired a 22-acre site at Emmer Green and are now successful - including a top Ladies’ XV.
-------------------------------------
Founded 1926, now nicknamed The Rams, Redingensians was originally for former pupils of Reading School. Teams in all age groups - 2014/15 champs SW Nat League 3.
-------------------------------------
Has promoted cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, it is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy two-wheel life.
-------------------------------------
The club has a long and proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful-ever female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
-------------------------------------
Provides after school clubs, school holiday courses, birthday parties and much, much more for boys and girls from the age of 5-14, in and around Reading.
-------------------------------------
A friendly community rowing club located on one of the best stretches of the upper Thames, with access to 6km of river from Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham.
-------------------------------------
Founded as recently as 1997, Rockets had spectacular lift-off and now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. Currently consistently at the top end of the NBL Division 1 standings.
-------------------------------------
The legendary (and still going strong at 81) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful still have a website.

AND OTHER SENIOR SPORTS CLUBS AND VENUES NEARBY…

The Magpies have an extremely proud, and unique football boast - their York Road ground is the world's oldest football ground used continuously by the same club.
-------------------------------------
Basingstoke share Maidenhead's status in Conference South - and they have some lively local derbies. Mascot Stokie is even taller than a certain Kingsley Royal!
-------------------------------------
Few sporting venues match the history or rich heritage of Ascot. Queen Anne, staying at Windsor Castle in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse.
-------------------------------------
Newbury Racecourse is more than 100 years old, combining heritage with a modern sports/events venue. Constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
-------------------------------------
Although the local area has racing links to dating back to Henry VIII, the first race meeting here was not until 1866. The only figure-of-eight flat course in the country.
-------------------------------------
Ice Hockey has been thriving in Bracknell for many years, with Bees playing home games at the John Nike Leisure Centre. Ambitious new team management in place for season 28.
-------------------------------------
Basingstoke Bison play in the English Premier Ice Hockey League. Founded in 1988 as the Beavers, the club has sustained the sport in the town successfully since.
-------------------------------------
The Hawks are one of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, among the top 50 in the country - 2014/15 champions of National League 2 South after winning first 14 games.
-------------------------------------
Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. Now in London and SE National League 3.
-------------------------------------
The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, are always competitive in South West Division One (East) - finishing sixth 2014/15.
-------------------------------------

Virgin Atlantic Airways


======================================================================
Debenhams

======================================================================







Swarovski - The Magic of Crystal








Shop online and check for frequent offers

Free 14-Day trial - Track your family background




A great chance to freshen up your office this Spring!

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW READING-GUIDE.CO.UK UPDATES ON



News from The Reading Guide
29/12/2012 BREAKING NEWS: LINKS TO THE TOP LOCAL SOURCES - AND READING USA
WITH traditional newspapers under increasing pressure from "new media", both of the local newspapers, the Post and the Chronicle have made dramatic changes in recent years. The end of 2014 brought the "last Post" - after nearly 50 years, the old Evening Post adjusted to a twice-weekly, Wednesday and Friday offering, and now is only a website. more...
28/12/2012 SPORTS NEWS LINKS: CLICK FOR THE LATEST FROM THE ROYALS, IRISH AND OTHER CLUBS
12/01/2010 YOUR CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH TV PROGRAMMES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED - THE FULL SET

Reader Poll
2016 is likely to be the year plans are fully approved for a huge development around the Madejski Stadium. Is that a good idea?
Poll started 18/03/2016. Vote to see the results.
      YES - It's a really imaginative scheme which will add to matchday experience.
      NO - Let's just stick to football and forget all the peripheral stuff!

What's On - 29th MAY 2016
Leisure, Museums
AT HOME WITH ART - TREASURES OF THE FORD COLLECTION

Leisure, Days Out
BASILDON PARK BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP

Leisure, Theatre
UNTOLD STORIES - HYMN AND COCKTAIL STICKS

Leisure, Theatre
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY - BY RAY COONEY

Leisure, Museums
ON TRACK - READING'S RAILWAYS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE - EXHIBITION

Leisure, Music
ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL AT DORCHESTER-ON-THAMES

Leisure, Entertainment
TWYFEST 2016

Leisure, Days Out
THE SONNING VILLAGE SCARECROW HUNT

Local Information,
BURGHFIELD COMMON SCARECROW TRAIL

Leisure, Days Out
TRUCKFEST SOUTH

Local Information,
NINE SPRINGS NURSERY GARDEN OPEN IN AID OF RED CROSS

Leisure, Days Out
FLYBALL TOURNAMENT

Leisure, Theatre
BOWIE EXPERIENCE

Leisure, Theatre
DAVID STARKEY - THE KING IS DEAD

Leisure, Theatre
SPOT - LA BARACCA TESTONI RAGAZZI

Leisure, Theatre
ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS

Leisure, Days Out
WEST SILCHESTER HALL - GARDEN OPEN FOR NGS CHARITY

Leisure, Days Out
RED CROSS BERKSHIRE OPEN GARDENS - THE OLD MANOR, SULHAMSTEAD

Leisure, Days Out
CRUISE ALONG THE BASINGSTOKE CANAL

Leisure, Entertainment
BRACKNELL ALE AND WINE FESTIVAL

Leisure, Days Out
STONOR PARK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Leisure, Days Out
BERKSHIRE COUNTRY FAYRE

Leisure, Days Out
HIGHCLERE COUNTRY SHOW

Local Information,
NEWBURY ARTISAN MARKET

Local Information,
THE GREAT BRITISH ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE CAR BOOT FAIR