BSANA Neighbourhood Association

BSANA AreaHello and welcome to the website for the people who live and work in the Baker Street area of central Reading in Berkshire.

Russell Street/Castle Hill Conservation area Reappraisal
A draft of the proposed Re-Appraisal of the local Conservation Area  was published on 9 April 2017 and shared at our recent Heritage Day 2017. But what this says is going to affect all of this in this area- and  as such your views are very much needed by May 15.  The re-appraisal proposes that some areas are replaced back into the Conservation Area and that the boundary  is extended to include Mansfield Road and the Oxford Road up to the railway bridge. Other bold ideas include the recommendation to expand Article 4s potentially in the area and to get the area listed on the At Risk register- thus improving greatly chances to make improvements to the area.
     
 

 
Russell Street /
Castle Hill
Conservation area
consultation

 
 

Current events Click here for all future events

Oxford Road Timebank Games MorningAdd to CalendarWednesday, 26 April 2017
Oxford Road Timebank Games Morning
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Venue: The Pavilion, Oxford Road (bottom of Russell Street)
See venue on map (opens in new window)There is a new Games club at Lifespring church.  Do pop in if you can

FEATURED EVENT

Tai ChiAdd to CalendarThursday, 27 April 2017
Tai Chi
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
Venue: Walford Hall, Carey Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Bangasumnida: Greetings!
New Tai Chi classes are every other week.
Body & Brain Yoga and Ki Gong is rooted in Korean Taoist tradition which develops the full potential of the brain, eliminates stress, and revitalises the body. Through physical training we release deep tensions, strengthen and detox the body, and develop flexibility. This allows our bodies and minds to become happy, healthy and peaceful. The classes are focussed in Yoga, Ki Gong, Meditation and Vibration and combine East Asian healing and energy philosophies.
These classes are for young and old, the able and the not so able. The aim is not to become super fit, or to gain the perfect physique but to simply focus on what is really important: your health.
We are hoping to host these classes on a long-term basis, but we’ll need a good attendance to keep them running. So get excited and bring a friend!
For BSANA residents, we are reducing the £8 per class to just £3!
Be quick and register by emailing BSANA at taichi@bsana.org
Clothing: comfortable, come as you are!
We look forward to seeing you there!

BSANA MeetupAdd to CalendarFriday, 28 April 2017
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along to the Oasis where there’s a cafe providing teas, coffees, lunch and snacks. Meet other local people and BSANA committee members. For BSANA residents, here’s your chance to directly discuss the issues that affect you. What’s happening? What do you want to happen? What is being done about the area? How can I participate? Remember BSANA is local residents coming together to make our area better for everyone.

BSANA Chat & Games nightAdd to CalendarFriday, 28 April 2017
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along and have a chat, ask any questions, and help plan BSANA’s activities. Also games evening with a selection of board and card games (just for fun – no gambling).

FEATURED EVENT

BSANA Spring FlingAdd to CalendarSaturday, 29 April 2017
BSANA Spring Fling
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm.
Venue: Chatham Place, Oxford Road
See venue on map (opens in new window)Join local Neighbourhood Association BSANA (www.bsana.org) for their Spring Fling community event located by the green in Chatham Place, Oxford Rd and learn how to dance around a maypole.
Children and their families are invited to join jelly artists for a free spring flower crown workshop from 2pm. Learn how to make tissue paper flowers and turn them into crowns and garlands.
Flower hair crowns were traditionally worn in celebration of May Day and welcoming the spring/summer season. Join BSANA to dance around the maypole in your new colourful creations.
Nibbles provided by Nomad Bakery.
For tickets Click here

Oxford Road NAG MeetingAdd to CalendarTuesday, 2 May 2017
Oxford Road NAG Meeting
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) is part of a force wide initiative that was established by Thames Valley Police in 2007, that deals with key issues that have been identified by the community after consultation.
NAGs are volunteer working groups made up of representatives from the community. These will include local residents, the Police, Reading Borough Council and other organisations, such as local businesses, community groups, Neighbourhood Watch Groups (NHW), schools and other voluntary organisations.

Oxford Road Timebank Games MorningAdd to CalendarWednesday, 3 May 2017
Oxford Road Timebank Games Morning
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Venue: The Pavilion, Oxford Road (bottom of Russell Street)
See venue on map (opens in new window)There is a new Games club at Lifespring church.  Do pop in if you can

BSANA MeetupAdd to CalendarFriday, 5 May 2017
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along to the Oasis where there’s a cafe providing teas, coffees, lunch and snacks. Meet other local people and BSANA committee members. For BSANA residents, here’s your chance to directly discuss the issues that affect you. What’s happening? What do you want to happen? What is being done about the area? How can I participate? Remember BSANA is local residents coming together to make our area better for everyone.

BSANA Chat & Games nightAdd to CalendarFriday, 5 May 2017
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along and have a chat, ask any questions, and help plan BSANA’s activities. Also games evening with a selection of board and card games (just for fun – no gambling).

FEATURED EVENT

Artisan Community Food FairAdd to CalendarSaturday, 6 May 2017
Artisan Community Food Fair
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Eat Local – Love Local
Celebrate great food from local producers.
* Delicious Jams *
* Vegan Goodies *
* Fudge & Confectionery *
* American Pancakes *
* Bread & Bakes & more *
All your favourite artisnal foods are back – monthly.

Oxford Road Timebank Games MorningAdd to CalendarWednesday, 10 May 2017
Oxford Road Timebank Games Morning
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Venue: The Pavilion, Oxford Road (bottom of Russell Street)
See venue on map (opens in new window)There is a new Games club at Lifespring church.  Do pop in if you can

FEATURED EVENT

Tai ChiAdd to CalendarThursday, 11 May 2017
Tai Chi
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
Venue: Walford Hall, Carey Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Bangasumnida: Greetings!
New Tai Chi classes are every other week.
Body & Brain Yoga and Ki Gong is rooted in Korean Taoist tradition which develops the full potential of the brain, eliminates stress, and revitalises the body. Through physical training we release deep tensions, strengthen and detox the body, and develop flexibility. This allows our bodies and minds to become happy, healthy and peaceful. The classes are focussed in Yoga, Ki Gong, Meditation and Vibration and combine East Asian healing and energy philosophies.
These classes are for young and old, the able and the not so able. The aim is not to become super fit, or to gain the perfect physique but to simply focus on what is really important: your health.
We are hoping to host these classes on a long-term basis, but we’ll need a good attendance to keep them running. So get excited and bring a friend!
For BSANA residents, we are reducing the £8 per class to just £3!
Be quick and register by emailing BSANA at taichi@bsana.org
Clothing: comfortable, come as you are!
We look forward to seeing you there!

BSANA MeetupAdd to CalendarFriday, 12 May 2017
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along to the Oasis where there’s a cafe providing teas, coffees, lunch and snacks. Meet other local people and BSANA committee members. For BSANA residents, here’s your chance to directly discuss the issues that affect you. What’s happening? What do you want to happen? What is being done about the area? How can I participate? Remember BSANA is local residents coming together to make our area better for everyone.

BSANA Chat & Games nightAdd to CalendarFriday, 12 May 2017
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along and have a chat, ask any questions, and help plan BSANA’s activities. Also games evening with a selection of board and card games (just for fun – no gambling).

Oxford Road Timebank Games MorningAdd to CalendarWednesday, 17 May 2017
Oxford Road Timebank Games Morning
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Venue: The Pavilion, Oxford Road (bottom of Russell Street)
See venue on map (opens in new window)There is a new Games club at Lifespring church.  Do pop in if you can

BSANA MeetupAdd to CalendarFriday, 19 May 2017
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along to the Oasis where there’s a cafe providing teas, coffees, lunch and snacks. Meet other local people and BSANA committee members. For BSANA residents, here’s your chance to directly discuss the issues that affect you. What’s happening? What do you want to happen? What is being done about the area? How can I participate? Remember BSANA is local residents coming together to make our area better for everyone.

BSANA Chat & Games nightAdd to CalendarFriday, 19 May 2017
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)Come along and have a chat, ask any questions, and help plan BSANA’s activities. Also games evening with a selection of board and card games (just for fun – no gambling).

FEATURED EVENT

BSANA Barbecue and AGMAdd to CalendarTuesday, 23 May 2017
BSANA Barbecue and AGM
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
Venue: Walford Hall, Carey Street
See venue on map (opens in new window)We would like to cordially invite you to our annual AGM meeting.
To entice you this year we’ll be having one of our fabulous (always halal) BBQ’s along with the event! So – don’t cook- bring the family along- and have a great evening catching up with the neighbours!
Grab your food from 6:30pm and at 7pm, there will be a brief business update, voting Committee members in, a quick version of our annual “State of the Neighbourhood Address.” There will be a chance for you to voice your opinions – good or bad – about the neighbourhood and community events. Councillor Tony Page will be along to give us a quick update on “all things Reading” and field a question or two!
BSANA is generously funded by the People’s Health Trust, but we need your ideas on how best to spend funds to benefit our community and coming together as neighbours. This is the perfect chance to weigh in on ideas you have to improve activities and events that make a difference to our community. Therefore, we cannot stress this enough, it is vital that we see you there! So, please come join us and help us continue to be the best neighbourhood association in Reading!
Last but not least! We would like to invite you in honouring our neighbour, Mayor Mohammed Ayub, for a year of outstanding service to the town.
Are you motivated to do more? Be a committee member, or help run an event or two? Please drop a note to committee@bsana.org prior to the meeting as we have positions available and are looking for a Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Green Streets Committee Chair and a Community Liaison Officer! Come along and make a difference!
The meeting is open to anyone within the BSANA area.