William plays polo at Ascot

The Duke of Cambridge has made his first public appearance since leaving hospital with his newborn son, playing in a charity polo match.

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Bus driver reunites little boy with bear

A young boy from Reading was left distraught after he lost his cuddly toy on a bus.

But - after getting off the bus in Berkshire the little boy suddenly discovered that his Harry Bear was missing.

His mum Alice immediately began using social media to announce that Hayden’s blue bear was lost.

Hayden Tilley back with his source of comfort

The Facebook appeal was seen by bus driver Stephen Saunders and decided to search for the bear in his own time.

He didn’t find the bear that day, but kept searching and the following day it came to light in a pile of rubbish.

Stephen immediately notified Alice that Harry Bear had been found and she was able to break the good news to a very relieved and excited Hayden.


Roads that will be affected in Reading for resurfacing

As roads in Reading get resurfaced in a £1 million project, here are the main roads that will be affected from next week:

  • Burghfield Road - Underwood Road to Borough Boundary (Southcote Ward)
  • Norcot Road - Oxford Road to Links Drive, westbound only (Kentwood / Norcot Wards)
  • Dee Road - Sections from The Meadway to Taff Way (Tilehurst / Norcot Wards)
  • Bath Road - Section on north side from park entrance near Liebenrood Road to Parkside Road, nearside lane only) (Southcote / Minster Wards) -
  • Peppard Road - Derby Road to Surley Row, northbound only (Thames Ward)
  • Lower Henley Road - Full length (Caversham Ward)
  • Great Knollys Street - Cattle Market to Caversham Road (Abbey Ward) -
  • Castle Hill / Castle Street - Field Road to Castle Street (Minster / Abbey Wards)
  • Chapel Hill - Lower Elmstone Drive to Borough Boundary (Tilehurst Ward)
  • Crown Street - London Street junction (Katesgrove Ward)
  • Hemdean Road - Sections from Chester Street to Oakley Road (Caversham / Thames Wards)
  • Lower Elmstone Drive - Sections from Chapel Hill to Pierces Hill (Tilehurst Ward)
  • Caversham Road - Southbound from Tudor Road to Chatham Street off slip and Great Knollys Street junction both sides (Abbey Ward)
  • Basingstoke Road - Sections from Rose Kiln Lane to Buckland Road (Whitley Ward)
  • Bath Road - Sections from Burghfield Road to Burrcroft Road (Southcote Ward)
  • Gosbrook Road - Sections from Westfield Road to Washington Road (Caversham Ward)
  • The Meadway - New Lane Hill to St Michaels Road (Tilehurst Ward) -
  • Craven Road - full length (Redlands Ward)
  • Forbury Road - Vastern Road to Blagrave Street (Abbey Ward)

Reading roads will start to be resurfaced from next week

A £1million project to resurface the main roads across Reading will begin next week.

Around 19 main routes will be renewed so they are safer for drivers,pedestrians and cyclists.

The work has been timed to coincide as near as possible to the school summer holidays to minimise disruption.

Diversions will be put in place for the duration of the closures.

The work is expected to last seven weeks, weather permitting.

Councillor Tony Page said:

Once again this is a major investment by the Council in improving road surfaces. Weather conditions over the winter months have taken their toll, but we are committed to maintaining and improving surfaces to benefit motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

We are very aware that repairing roads can result in disruption, especially in a busy town like Reading. We have planned this programme to coincide with a quieter time on the Borough's roads and we would ask all road users to bear with us while these important improvements take place. We will do everything we can to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum."

– Cllr Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport at Reading Borough Council


Thousands of runners turn out for Reading Race for Life

Prospect Park in Reading saw 3,000 runners turn out for the race Credit: Mel Bloor

Three thousand people turned out at Prospect Park in Reading for the annual Race for Life. The event raises money for cancer research. Participants can run, jog or walk the 5 or 10 kilometre course.

The event raises money for cancer research Credit: Mel Bloor

Prince George's first birthday: official photo

Prince George will be one on Tuesday Credit: PA

Looking every inch the confident toddler, Prince George is pictured walking in an official photograph released to mark his first birthday.

With his arms outstretched and his eyes fixed on where he is going, the future king is striding ahead in the picture taken during a visit with his proud parents to the Sensational Butterflies outdoor exhibition at London's Natural History Museum. The youngster will celebrate his first birthday on Tuesday when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to hold a birthday party for him at their Kensington Palace apartment with close family and friends.

Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are expected to attend from the family home at Bucklebury in Berkshire. There are also newspaper reports that they are to host a Peter Rabbit themed party for the prince, at their Berkshire home.

Big changes for staff and passengers at Reading station

As Reading railway station has under gone a £900 million redevelopment, it has meant big changes for passengers and the staff who work there.

Sangeeta has been to meet the members of staff who are making it all work, including the resident hawk!

She met:

  • Matt Parker- Ticket Office Supervisor
  • Simon Plummer- Customer Service Helpdesk
  • Ali Butt- Train Despatch at Reading Station
  • Katrina Kruger- Passenger Ambassador
  • Pat Kemp- Longest serving member of staff
  • Max Bell- Bird Controller
  • Denise- Resident Hawk!
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