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.

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A group from Young at Heart enjoying lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club in October 2014
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RAB sight impaired person with his guide walking through woods May 2018

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Social club

Hand bell ringers with club members joining in on the session The Social Club meets at Walford Hall on the second Tuesday of every month and it is organised by Julia Canham. The Club was set up for blind and partially sighted people of Reading and runs in addition to the various craft and outings clubs at RAB. Many people who enjoy these clubs also attend the social club, but it is also open to those who do not wish to join in these activities.

Club meetings take place once a month at a cost of £4 per session. Julia has been involved with the social club for 21 years. She says: We are always looking for new members, and anyone who is able to get to the hall independently would be most welcome. We also offer transport on the RAB mini-buses which can also accommodate a wheelchair,. We are a friendly bunch from age 60 onwards, sight impaired, blind, and helpers. A nice cup of tea and biscuits awaits you and at the Christmas meeting there is usually a musical activity, mince pies and nibbles. calendar of coming events

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>November's 2018 social event

Richard singing while Dannie play's the keyboard In November the Social club enjoyed a musical afternoon with entertainment by Richard and Danni. Danni is a Trustee and completely Blind, and Richard has limited sight. They both attend the ramble group, and keep us entertained with singing on the mini bus journeys. One of the pubs we go to for lunch after a ramble has a piano, and Danni plays the piano while we all enjoy a sing song with Richard leading the singing! At the Social Club session Danni played the keyboard and Richard sung assorted songs, including many from Elvis! It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and we would love to see them back again in the New Year.
Julia, Social club Organiser

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Frank ‘The Duke’ singing and playing his accordion July’s Social Club meeting saw the return of Frank ‘The Duke’. This is the second time we have had him as he proved so popular with members last time. He entertained us by singing popular songs accompanied by his accordion. Most of the songs were well known to the audience, and they needed very little encouragement to join in enthusiastically.


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