Council Christmas Information from Kizzi and the Green team

14 December 2017

Christmas wreath

Reading Borough Council will be closed for all non-essential Council services this year for the Christmas and New Year period. Here is a list of when assorted services will be available over the holidays.

Green Party campaigner, Kizzi Johannessen, who finished in 2nd place in Redlands Ward at the last council elections and is challenging to become a councillor said: "I know that Christmas is a positive time of year for many, but others struggle at this time of year. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

"On behalf of the Green Party I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year."

Winter Watch

Winter Watch is run by the Council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure you do not suffer from cold in your home during the winter months. See here for more information:

Civic Offices

The Civic Offices on Bridge Street will be shut to the public from 5pm on Thursday December 21st and will re-open again to the public at 9am on Tuesday January 2nd. The Call Centre will similarly be closed during the same period.

If members of the public need to contact the Council outside of opening days, they can call Reading Borough Council’s out of hours number for any emergencies on 0118 937 3737.

Adults and Children’s Social Care

Essential Adult Social Care and Children’s Social Care Council departments will be operating normally over the Christmas and New Year period. Social care services will be open on Friday December 22nd and Christmas Eve, as well as Wednesday December 27th to Friday December 29th. They will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

For emergencies relating to Adult Social Care and Children’s Social Care outside of normal office hours and on weekends, people can call 01344 786543.


All of Reading’s Libraries will be open on Friday Dec 22 and Sat Dec 23 as usual. They will be closed on Christmas Eve and remain closed until Tuesday January 2nd when they re-open.

See for more detail on usual individual branch opening hours.

Museum, Town Hall, Hexagon and South Street

The Museum and Town Hall will be closed from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.  The Museum’s last opening day will be Saturday December 23rd and it will re-open on Tuesday January 2nd. See for up to date opening hours.

The Hexagon Theatre will be open for performances as usual. See for more information. It will be shut on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

South Street will close on Christmas Day and open again on Wednesday January 3rd. More information at

Bins, Recycling and Christmas Trees

As usual, bin collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period. People can check their collection calendar or visit

On the first collection after Christmas people can leave out an extra bag of rubbish next to their grey bin, and any extra recycling can be left in a cardboard box next to their red bin or box. Garden waste collections will finish as usual for the festive season on December 23rd and begin again on January 8th.

Since Christmas brings a large amount of extra waste, people are being urged to recycle as much as possible. Christmas card, wrapping paper and plastic bottles can go in the red recycling bin. Please put your recycling in your bin or box loose, and not in plastic bags.

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at bottle banks around Reading. Residents can visit to find their nearest recycling sites.

A list on what you can and can’t recycle – and where you can do it – can be found at

Christmas Tree recycling sites open on January 2nd and stay open until  January 17th. They will be in car parks at the following locations:

  • Mapledurham Playing Fields
  • Clayfield Copse
  • Hills Meadow
  • Rivermead Leisure Complex
  • Kensington Road Recreation Ground
  • Prospect Park
  • Meadway Recreation Ground
  • Tilehurst allotments, Armour Hill
  • Palmer Park Sports Stadium
  • Whitley Wood Recreation Ground
  • South Reading Leisure Centre (Academy Sport) Northumberland Avenue

The trees will be chipped by the Council and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the Borough. Residents are being advised not to be alarmed if they see piles of trees as it takes a few days to get round to each location.

The Recycling Centre on Island Road is open during the holiday period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening times are 8am to 6pm, except for Christmas Eve, when the centre closes at 4pm.

Leisure Centres

Opening and closing times of Reading Sport and Leisure run services over the Christmas period are as follows. Please check with individual centres for details of available sessions or go to

Central Swimming Pool (0118 937 5070)

Christmas Eve: 8am – 2pm.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Dec 27th: Closed

Dec 28th and Dec 29th: 7am – 2pm

Dec 30, Dec 31st and Jan 1st: Closed

Meadway Sports Centre (0118 937 5060)

Christmas Eve: 8am – 2pm

Christmas Day and Boxing Day: Closed

Dec 27th to Dec 31st: 8am – 2pm

Jan 1st: Closed

Palmer Park Sport Stadium (0118 937 5080)

Christmas Eve: 9am – 3pm

Christmas Day and Boxing Day: Closed

Dec 27th to Dec 31st: 9am – 3pm

Jan 1st: Closed

South Reading Leisure Centre (Academy Sport) (0118 937 3399)

Christmas Eve to Dec 28th: Closed

Dec 29th: 6.30am – 3pm

Dec 30th: 8.30am – 1.30pm

Dec 31st and Jan 1st: Closed

Rivermead Leisure Centre (operated by GLL)

Christmas Eve: 6.30am – 2pm

Christmas Day and Boxing Day: Closed

Dec 27th – Dec 30th: 6.30am – 6pm

Dec 31st: 6.30am – 2pm

Jan 1st: Closed

Normal opening hours apply after these dates.

The Register Office

The Register office will be open on Friday December 22nd,  as well as on Wednesday December 27th to Friday December 29th. It will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  Appointments can be made anytime online on

If you need to arrange a funeral quickly and it is for religious reason, the funeral director or a council approved Licensee will normally liaise with the Register Office and Henley Road Cemetery outside of normal working hours.

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