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Press and media - 'Central Club' building

Click the links below to read published press articles, news and information about Reading's 'Central Club'.

SIR COXSONE vs Saxon vs Unity 1988 - Central Club, Reading

Drugs raid on Central Club getReading 22 December 2005

Police arrest 23 in drugs raids BBC News 23 December 2005

Salter - Save our Mural getReading 20 January 2006

Black mural 'to be kept in some form getReading 9 March 2006

Black protest' for new venue getReading 29 March 2007

Central Club will open doors again getReading 13 October 2008

Central Club set for a fresh start getReading 16 April 2009

Pride of Reading nomination for Mark Bartley getReading 11 September 2009

Central Club back open next summer getReading 7 October 2009

Troubled Central Club to re-open? getReading 26 November 2010

£220,000 grant to Central Club team getReading 6 December 2010

Central Club set for relaunch getReading 23 March 2011

Reading black community club to have fundraising deadline extended
BBC News 23 September 2012

Central Club given extra time to raise funds getReading 26 September 2012

Reading African Caribbean club gets lifeline The Voice Online 2 October 2012

New bid to breathe life back into Reading's Central Club
getReading 27 October 2014

Revitalising Reading's Central Club building Reading Voluntary Action news. 20 November 2014

Review of potential use of building formally known as 'Central Club'
Reading Voluntary Action news 10 December 2014

Next Steps to Bring Former Central Club Building Back Into Community Use
Reading Borough Council press release 6 March 2015

Black History mural: the Central Club could become an arts centre
getReading 13 March 2015

From all angles: Will Reading Central Club mural be kept?
getReading 17 March 2015

Central Club redevelopment could be modelled on Notting Hill cultural arts centre
getReading 18 March 2015

Reading's Central Club revamp in 'cultural quarter' plan BBC News 25 March 2015

Black History mural must stay when Central Club leased or sold Get Reading 13 July 2016

Reading Mural Black History 1988-1989
University of Nottingham - Contemporary Antislavery Archive

Take a look at Reading Central Club
Get Reading News Gallery 18 July 2017


Reading Borough Council leader Jo Lovelock announces decision to sell the Central Club. Get Reading 25 July 2017

Reading council is selling Central Club, but what about the iconic black history mural?
Get Reading 25 July 2017

Reading Borough Council will no longer be contributing £220k to developers willing to transform the former Central Club site
Reading Chronicle 25 July 2017

Reading Borough Council's Policy Committee is believed to have rejected four community bids for the Central Club site.
Reading Chronicle 31 July 2017

Council attempting to 'erase' Reading's Afro-Caribbean history, says CAG
Whitley Pump 31 July 2017

Community campaigns to stop sale of iconic club
ITV News 4 August 2017


Leo Muhammad talks about Central Club in Reading UK 4 August 2017

From all angles: The Reading Central Club mural
Get Reading updated 7 August 2017

Decision to sell Reading Central Club could be challenged in court
Get Reading 8 August 2017

Spiritual Home For The Black Community In Reading
Reading & District Labour 9 August 2017

The Central Club building has been put on the open market by Reading Borough Council with the mural's future hanging in the balance
Reading Chronicle 12 August 2017

Voluntary Sector Can Still Bid for Former Central Club Building
Reading Borough Council News 14 August 2017

Community groups still have a chance to buy Central Club building in Reading
Get Reading 15 August 2017

Reading council to sell black community's 'spiritual home'
BBC News 17 August 2017

Reading Green Party supports the campaign to save the Central Club and Iconic Mural
Reading & Wokingham Green Party 17 August 2017

Pledge to keep Reading Central Club's black culture mural
BBC News 21 August 2017

Take a look at Reading Central Club.
Get Reading News 24 August 2017

Support Aspire CIC's Bid To Purchase Reading's Central Club As A Community Asset.
National Black History Month Magazine 26 August 2017

RASPO Steel Band at Central Club Reading August 2000

RASPO Steel Band at Central Club Reading August 2000

Black History Month at Central

RASPO Steel Band Black History Month event at Central Club Reading

Families celebrated Black History Month with Caribbean cuisine and calypso music at Central Reading Youth Provision in 1997.

Aspire (Reading) CIC

Aspire (Reading) CIC logo

Aspire is a Community Interest Company formed in 2016 by the Caribbean Associations Group in Reading UK to be the legal entity that represents and acts on behalf of Reading's Black community associated with the highly aspirational bid for the Central Club building, mural and site.

The Caribbean Associations Group is the coordinating umbrella organisation for The Jamaica Society & Friends, (JS&F) The Barbados & Friends Association (BAFA) and The St Vincent & Grenadines Association (SVGA).

Aspire raised 10 Million GBP to fund their compelling bid to acquire and develop the Central Club site in Reading. The bid has the backing of 20 Reading based community groups.

Aspire Reading CIC website >