Whitley Fun Day Saturday 9th July – Reading’s Biggest Free Festival

Local Churches, Local Businesses and Local People are working in partnership to stage the eleventh Whitley Fun Day on the local park, Rabson's Rec in Northumberland Avenue on Saturday 9th July from 12 midday to 3pm. It is the major annual event for the Whitley community and attracts crowds of up to 5,000 most of whom come on foot. The Mayor of Reading, Local MPs, local councillors, local schools, community police, Academy Sport, Aspire2 and the local Whitley Wood Fire Station are all involved.


Contributions from Businesses, Charities, Grant Making Bodies and the Whitley and South Reading Churches all means everything is free. More sponsorship is welcome to help improve the event year by year.


Fusion Youth and Community UK who relocated to Whitley from Oxford 2 years ago, have an enhanced team with international experience and will again be advising and assisting the organisers to make the day a really enjoyable experience. 


On the day there will be the usual attractions, including bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling, games in the centre & competitions, tug of war, lots of arts and craft activities for all ages, messy play and children's area, plus the "Honour Whitley" stands where local people are reminded of their worth and value. This year the popular “Honour Whitley” wristbands will be reintroduced. "Whitley Heroes" presentations will also be made.


This year a local benefactor has contributed a number of plaster of paris models, some quite elaborate for people to paint during the day.


John Madejski Academy (JMA) will again allow the burgers and hot dogs to be cooked nearby in their kitchens and the Indian food provided by the local Indian Church, Reading Christian Fellowship, will again prove popular. Circle Hospital will again offer a healthy juice option.


 On stage musicians will be providing feel good music and they will be joined by pupils from JMA who will also be performing. Des will be running mass Zumba spots.


All are invited to one of the main events of the year! There will be something there for everybody, so the whole family can come. 


Member of the planning team

1st June 2016

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