BSANA Area

Hello and welcome to the website for the people who live or work in the Baker Street area of Reading in Berkshire.

The aims of the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA) are to develop our sense of community and improve our local environment. You are invited to get involved or join our mailing list.

20 May 2019: Click here to read the current version of the draft Russell Street / Castle Hill conservation area reappraisal. Please note that the draft has not been through a final edit.
The survey can be found at tinyurl.com/rsch2019.
If you have questions please contact us at heritagestreets@bsana.org

Thanks to all who have helped with past events. It all goes to making our neighbourhood a nicer and more friendly area to live in. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

  Sunday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Sunday, 16 June 2019
Sunday Café at the Oasis
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
A new chance to meet your neighbours in a nice safe environment
 

  Tuesday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Tuesday Café at the Oasis
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
Stop by for a delicious cake and tea and a chat with your neighbours. Cakes from 50p. Always home made.
 

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  BSANA Play StreetsAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 18 June 2019
BSANA Play Streets
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm.
Venue: Baker Street (Oasis to Anstey Road)
We have reserved Baker Street from the Oasis to Anstey Road. There will be no cars. No vans. No traffic at all – as we have permission from Reading Borough Council to close off this section of the street.
Bring your kids and have fun.
 
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  BSANA MeetupAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 21 June 2019
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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 Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 21 June 2019
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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).
 

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  BSANA hosts Simon Williams at the Castle TapAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 21 June 2019
BSANA hosts Simon Williams at the Castle Tap
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: Castle Tap, Castle Hill
Simon Williams is one of the very best solo singer/guitarists in the area. He sometimes describes his style as “Acoustic Rock” but he always plays melodic sounds. He’s played for years as a guitarist and behind-the-scenes songwriter for many bands, including a sell out headline slot at “Sound” nightclub in London’s Leicester Square. His first ever solo performance saw him take the stage in front of a 2,000 strong audience in Hammersmith.
 
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  Prospect parkrunAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Saturday, 22 June 2019
Prospect parkrun
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am.
Venue: Prospect Park
The parkrun is completely free. Just visit the website www.parkrun.com to register and print out your barcode. Arrive at least 10 minutes before 9 for your first event so you can hear the race briefing. (You can participate without a barcode, but your time won’t be recorded.)
Come and meet us any Saturday. Talk to the friendly volunteers (in yellow Hi Vis parkrun tops). We also welcome volunteers to help with events.
We look forward to seeing you at Prospect Park on a Saturday soon.
 

  Sunday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Sunday, 23 June 2019
Sunday Café at the Oasis
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
A new chance to meet your neighbours in a nice safe environment
 

  Give Blood in ReadingAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Monday, 24 June 2019
Give Blood in Reading
Time: 10:00am – 5:15pm.
Venue: Salvation Army, Anstey Road, RG1 7JR
The Blood Service is running a double session at Salvation Army, Anstey Road in Reading, and needs your help. Timings are from 10.30am-1pm and from 2.15-5.15pm.
You should contact the service by phone to book attendance on: 0300 123 23 23, or you can book via the website.
Do help if you can – you could save someone’s life – please don’t leave it to someone else!
 

  Tuesday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Tuesday Café at the Oasis
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
Stop by for a delicious cake and tea and a chat with your neighbours. Cakes from 50p. Always home made.
 

FEATURED EVENT
  BSANA TalksAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Thursday, 27 June 2019
BSANA Talks
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Venue: Salvation Army, Anstey Road, RG1 7JR
A regular talk open to everyone on a local topic.
Loneliness
Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, Reading voluntary Action’s Reading Friends Coordinator introduces their wonderful new Ready Friends Toolkit offering practical advice on how to take steps to interactwith our lonely neighbours and be a critical friend for them.
 
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  BSANA MeetupAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 28 June 2019
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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 Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 28 June 2019
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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).
 

  Prospect parkrunAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Saturday, 29 June 2019
Prospect parkrun
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am.
Venue: Prospect Park
The parkrun is completely free. Just visit the website www.parkrun.com to register and print out your barcode. Arrive at least 10 minutes before 9 for your first event so you can hear the race briefing. (You can participate without a barcode, but your time won’t be recorded.)
Come and meet us any Saturday. Talk to the friendly volunteers (in yellow Hi Vis parkrun tops). We also welcome volunteers to help with events.
We look forward to seeing you at Prospect Park on a Saturday soon.
 

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  Artisan Community Food FairAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Saturday, 29 June 2019
Artisan Community Food Fair
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
Eat Local – Love Local
Celebrate great food from local producers.
* Delicious Jams *
* Vegan Goodies
* Organic Teas*
* Sourdough Bread & more *
 
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  Sunday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Sunday, 30 June 2019
Sunday Café at the Oasis
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
A new chance to meet your neighbours in a nice safe environment
 

  Tuesday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Tuesday Café at the Oasis
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
Stop by for a delicious cake and tea and a chat with your neighbours. Cakes from 50p. Always home made.
 

FEATURED EVENT
  BSANA Play StreetsAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 2 July 2019
BSANA Play Streets
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm.
Venue: Baker Street (Oasis to Anstey Road)
We have reserved Baker Street from the Oasis to Anstey Road. There will be no cars. No vans. No traffic at all – as we have permission from Reading Borough Council to close off this section of the street.
Bring your kids and have fun.
 
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  Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood ForumAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Venue: Salvation Army, 522 Oxford Road
The Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum is part of a force wide initiative that was established by Thames Valley Police in 2007 (originally called the NAG), that deals with key police and safety issues that have been identified by the community.
Anyone is welcome to attend and, if you want, raise any policing or safety issues for the area (in our case those living on or near the Oxford Road in Reading – in Abbey and Battle wards).
Representatives from Thames Valley Police normally attend and give a general update on policing in the area as well as addressing any specific concerns (without giving out confidential information on current operations).
 
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  BSANA MeetupAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 5 July 2019
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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 Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 5 July 2019
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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).
 

  Prospect parkrunAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Saturday, 6 July 2019
Prospect parkrun
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am.
Venue: Prospect Park
The parkrun is completely free. Just visit the website www.parkrun.com to register and print out your barcode. Arrive at least 10 minutes before 9 for your first event so you can hear the race briefing. (You can participate without a barcode, but your time won’t be recorded.)
Come and meet us any Saturday. Talk to the friendly volunteers (in yellow Hi Vis parkrun tops). We also welcome volunteers to help with events.
We look forward to seeing you at Prospect Park on a Saturday soon.
 

  Sunday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Sunday, 7 July 2019
Sunday Café at the Oasis
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
A new chance to meet your neighbours in a nice safe environment
 

FEATURED EVENT
  BSANA Street PartyAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Sunday, 7 July 2019
BSANA Street Party
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Venue: Baker Street (between Carey Street and Howard Street)
This is the big one. We close off Baker Street, from Carey Street/Zinzan Street along to Howard Street/Body Road and have a party. Please bring along some food for us all to share. We will provide (soft) drinks, cutlery and crockery. There will be chairs and tables so you can eat your food, chat to your neighbours and enjoy the sunshine. There will also be activities such as live music, Zumba, martial arts, bouncy castle, swingball, and the regular BSANA quiz! Opens at Noon, but you are welcome to come any time from 10am and help us set everything up.
 
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  Give Blood in ReadingAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Monday, 8 July 2019
Give Blood in Reading
Time: 10:00am – 5:15pm.
Venue: Salvation Army, Anstey Road, RG1 7JR
The Blood Service is running a double session at Salvation Army, Anstey Road in Reading, and needs your help. Timings are from 10.30am-1pm and from 2.15-5.15pm.
You should contact the service by phone to book attendance on: 0300 123 23 23, or you can book via the website.
Do help if you can – you could save someone’s life – please don’t leave it to someone else!
 

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  Castle Neighbourhood Book ClubAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Monday, 8 July 2019
Castle Neighbourhood Book Club
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Venue: Castle Tap, Castle Hill
Join us for reading and discussing a book each month.
 
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  Tuesday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Tuesday Café at the Oasis
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
Stop by for a delicious cake and tea and a chat with your neighbours. Cakes from 50p. Always home made.
 

FEATURED EVENT
  BSANA Open Management MeetingAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 9 July 2019
BSANA Open Management Meeting
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Venue: Salvation Army, Anstey Road, RG1 7JR
An open meeting to discuss the current situation and future plans for BSANA. You are welcome to come along.
Tea / Coffee and biscuits will be provided
 
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  BSANA MeetupAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 12 July 2019
BSANA Meetup
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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 Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Friday, 12 July 2019
BSANA Chat & Games night
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
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).
 

  Prospect parkrunAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Saturday, 13 July 2019
Prospect parkrun
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am.
Venue: Prospect Park
The parkrun is completely free. Just visit the website www.parkrun.com to register and print out your barcode. Arrive at least 10 minutes before 9 for your first event so you can hear the race briefing. (You can participate without a barcode, but your time won’t be recorded.)
Come and meet us any Saturday. Talk to the friendly volunteers (in yellow Hi Vis parkrun tops). We also welcome volunteers to help with events.
We look forward to seeing you at Prospect Park on a Saturday soon.
 

  Sunday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Sunday, 14 July 2019
Sunday Café at the Oasis
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
A new chance to meet your neighbours in a nice safe environment
 

  Tuesday Café at the OasisAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Tuesday Café at the Oasis
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Venue: The Oasis, Baker Street
Stop by for a delicious cake and tea and a chat with your neighbours. Cakes from 50p. Always home made.
 

FEATURED EVENT
  BSANA Play StreetsAdd to Calendar See venue on map (opens in new window)Tuesday, 16 July 2019
BSANA Play Streets
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm.
Venue: Baker Street (Oasis to Anstey Road)
We have reserved Baker Street from the Oasis to Anstey Road. There will be no cars. No vans. No traffic at all – as we have permission from Reading Borough Council to close off this section of the street.
Bring your kids and have fun.
 
FEATURED EVENT