From the GetReading.co.uk website:
“The Jacksons department store building will be buzzing again later this month when it is taken over by Reading Repair Cafe and a new DIY bicycle workshop. The regular Repair Cafe event where anything from bikes to computers can be repaired is moving into the iconic building for a session on Sunday, June 15. Reading Bicycle Kitchen will also be holding its grand opening and party with giveaways on the same day. The iconic building has been empty since the 138-year-old family retailer closed down on Christmas Eve last year. Reading Bicycle Kitchen recently received a £29,000 grant from Reading Borough Council to help set up a not for profit community interest company (CIC). It will offer a low-cost way for Reading cyclists to keep their bikes in good condition. Volunteer mechanics will give help and advice and work stands and tools will be available for use. The scheme will also enable people with no or low wages to build a bike from scratch using donated parts which will then be theirs to keep. The organisation is asking potential volunteers to contact them via www.readingbicyclekitchen.org. Reading Repair Cafe will be able to help with repairs to a wide range of items including bicycles, computers, electronics, tool sharpening and clothing repairs. Repairs and cakes are free but visitors are encouraged to make a donation to support Repair Cafe. Doors will be open at Jackson’s Corner, in King’s Road, from midday to 4.30pm.”
See also Reading Bicycle Kitchen’s Twitter feed and their Facebook page for further updates.
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