Reading Association for the Blind

Supporting visually impaired people of Reading since 1883

We are a charitable association offering services to the Blind and visually impaired in Reading Berkshire UK.

  A group from Young at Heart enjoying lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club in October 2014
Sight impaired Brian with sighted guide Mair going through a gate dedicated to Alan who was a keen sight impaired rambler


RAB's Events diary

  The young at heart on one of their trips

To participate in these events or activities you will need to be a member of RAB, cost of £5 a year

The rambles are organised by Alan Futter, phone 0118 9543266.
Note: the £4.00 cost for the ramble is the basic outing charge for events.

YOUNG AT HEART/OUT & ABOUT TRIPS are organised by Sarah Watts phone 0118 9572960 see costs below.

It is also worthwhile becoming a member so you can read and find out more about these events, you can join by filling this form in Membership form then sending the form back along with a cheque for £5 to the address at the bottom of this page.

Sighted help wanted

If you are sighted, like walking or can drive a minibus or think you can help out at one or other of the events listed below please contact us by one of the methods listed at the bottom of this page.
Note: No previous experience is required as advice & training will be given.

Below is a list of forthcoming events or activities for 2017

Monday 18th SeptRamble£4.00
Monday 2nd OctRamble£4.00
Monday 16th OctRamble£4.00
Tuesday 24 OctRAB's AGM at Walford Hall Carey Street Reading RG1 7JS at 2:30pmnone
Monday 30th OctRamble£4.00
Monday 13th NovRamble£4.00
Monday 27th NovRamble£4.00
Monday 11th DecRamble£4.00
2018 events
Tuesday 9 JanRichard Chandler a Blind Member and Rambler talks about his work as a carpet fitter for Heelas
and how things have changed with regards to carpet and floor fitting nowadays
Tuesday 13 FebBernard Tagliavini from The Persula`s National Storytelling Tour£4.00
Tuesday 13 MarchChris Eaton with The Reading Accordian Group£4.00
Tuesday 10 AprilNothing booked but Possiblely a quiz£4.00
Tuesday 8 MaySimon Parsons from British Wireless For The Blind Fund£4.00
Tuesday 12 JuneCarol Of The Bells£4.00

Weston Super Mare holiday

Wow what a weekend we had! A group of us went to Pontins in Western Super Mare for a 50's & 60's themed weekend. Some traveled in the minibus and some by train but we all got there on the Friday evening in time for dinner, which was very good!

There was a lot to do, with activities going on all day including the leisure centre, swimming etc. and for the more energetic, a stroll along the sandy beach was just across the quiet road. Each evening there was an excellent bill of entertainment featuring bands from the 50’s and 60’s. Many of us dressed up and there was much dancing!

We went out on day trips for the two days we were there –on Saturday we went to a DIG For VICTORY exhibition, with stalls, memorabilia, vehicles, demonstrations and music (including a good old sing-along) from the Second World War. Many of the visitors and exhibitors dressed in uniforms or outfits from the period and it was really interesting.

On the Sunday we went to Tyntesfield, a Victorian National Trust country house and estate. As well as exploring this beautiful house with its ornate Gothic carvings, we walked amidst flower-filled terraces in this expansive estate amid the Somerset countryside. A very nice day out indeed.

On Monday the minibus took us on a leisurely drive home through the stunning Cheddar Gorge, having stopped in the village first to stock up on cheeses and cider!

Contact details

Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Walford Hall
Carey Street

Phone: 0118 957 2960

Back to home page Back to top & navigation
***Bottom of page***