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Whitley sees the light at Hallowe’en alternative in the big outdoors

An ambitious plan to hold an outdoor light party paid off as Whitley basked in an Indian summer.

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Rabsons Recreation Ground, on Northumberland Road, was the venue for an autumn afternoon of fun and games, held on Friday, October 31.

Organised by South Reading churches, families could enjoy games, songs, crafts, hot dogs and a giant bouncy castle.

Face painters gave children a colourful makeover while a specially erected gazebo allowed people to light a candle or write a prayer in memory of loved ones.

More than 200 people came along to the Light Party, the first such organised by the churches, who also run a huge family fun day in July.

Indy Nottage, a youth worker for St Agnes church, planned the day and he was delighted it was so popular.

“It’s been lots of fun and there’s a great atmosphere,” he said. “The children have really enjoyed themselves. It’s been exactly what we’d hoped for, it’s been brilliant.

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“The weather has been really helpful – it’s a once in 300 years type of weather. We wanted to take a risk and hold it outside because people would be playing outside in the park.”

Indy added that the event was motivated by a desire to “focus on good things.

“Children can be afraid if the dark, this is about shining a light.”


Hallowe’en is a contracted form of All Hallows Eve and this weekend is an opportunity to remember family members who have died.