On Friday 31 March 2017, Robert Dimmick (chair of the RDA) attended the official opening of Phoebe Cusden House by the Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub. The house is a small Council-owned development of flats for people who can live largely independently, but require on-site support. It has been built and finished to a high quality, and it is a very fitting reminder of Phoebe Cusden the founder of the Reading Düsseldorf connection.
Among those present were Phoebe’s grandson Richard Thom and granddaughter Kathleen Day, and the lead councillor for housing, Richard Davies. A short speech was given by Councillor Rachel Eden, lead councillor for adult social care, who referred to Phoebe’s service to the people of Reading, mentioning her involvement in creating the Reading-Düsseldorf link and our 70th anniversary.
The pictures show a general view of the building, Richard and Kathleen in front of it, and Rachel Eden giving her speech.
Our Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday 5 April at 7.30 pm, at Nomad Bakery, Prospect Street, Caversham. I hope you will want to join us during this special year. If you do, please fill in the details and send back the form and payment. Members of the Association are entitled to pay the lower rate for the meal. We very much hope to see you there.
Reading and Düsseldorf go on running togetherFollowing the successful visit by Reading teams to the Düsseldorf Marathon in April, three Reading runners - Aaron Baker, Heidi Price and Jon Finch - travelled to Düsseldorf for the first Kö-Lauf half marathon on 4 September. There was also a team from Haifa, one of Düsseldorf's other twin cities.
We have been invited to send four individual runners and a relay team of four to the 2017 Düsseldorf Marathon on 30 April 2017. We already have people signed up but we do occasionally have someone drop out so if you would like to be on our waiting list please contact the Chairman.