Thursday, 17 June 2021


IF your social life’s in need of a shake-up, or you’re ready to start adding some extra names

IF your social life’s in need of a shake-up, or you’re ready to start adding some extra names to your contacts book, then the Oddfellows in Reading has declared September a great time to take action and make new friends.

As part of its annual friendship month campaign, throughout September the local society will be hosting special events, including afternoon tea parties, singing together group, exercise together classes and various quiz nights — all for people to come together, have fun and try something new.

The campaign is in its seventh year now. It’s our way of reminding people just how important it is to have the support of friends around you. They really do make the good times better and the hard times easier.

Friendships often start as a result of sharing a fun experience or by learning something together, so our events hope to provide that opportunity in a really easy, relaxed way.

The friendship month events are open to everyone and include a Henley river cruise on Tuesday, September 20 at 2pm. This is a get-together group in the form of one-hour river cruise followed by refreshments.

Other events take place at Oddfellows Hall, 118b Oxford Road, Reading, including Singing Together on Wednesday, September 14 at 10.30am and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Gentle Exercise on Thursday, September 15 at 11am and weekly; and Art and Craft Group on Wednesday, September 21 at 10am and the first and third Wednesdays of the month. All cost £2 for members and £3 for visitors.

There will also be an afternoon tea party at 2pm on Friday, September 23 in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Members £5, visitors £7.

Established in 1810, the Oddfellows is one of the largest and oldest friendly societies in the UK with 320,000 members across 136 branches nationwide.

We’re a non-profit mutual run by our members for our members and we do our best to improve the quality of people’s lives through friendship, care and charity.

The society’s members regularly get together to enjoy social events such as talks and trips, lunches, craft sessions and coffee mornings.

For more information, call Reading district secretary Debbie Jex on 0118 957 3354 or email

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