Oarsome Haslams Team raise over £890 for Launchpad – Preventing Homelessness in Reading

Oarsome Haslams Team raise over £890 for Launchpad - Preventing Homelessness in Reading

The Haslams Team of Dragon Boat racers powered their way to an impressive 5th place at last weekend’s Reading Dragon Boat Festival at Thames Valley Park Riverside.

Competing amongst 28 other teams, they won their first 3 races only to lose out in their aim to get to the finals. But all is not lost, along the way, thanks to the generosity of their supporters, they managed to raise over £890 so far for Launchpad Reading who they have supported for a number of years.

Team organisers and crew members, Suzanne Thorpe and Hannah Jackson were instrumental in putting the team together and organising the fund-raising efforts through Just Giving. Pictured alongside are the rowing team of ‘Boaty MacHaslams Face’, led by skipper Chris Cullity, coached by Jamie Boyt and crewed by Charlie Rapson, Jack Walden-Bye, Kelly Elliot and her son Sam, Iwona Zych, Michael Danelian, Tina Moss, Jack O’Neill, Tom Woodford, Suzanne Thorpe, Hannah Jackson, Calvin Madine, Steve Woodford and Aeron Weston.

“Hey. Just a quick note to say a massive ‘thank you’ to you, Steve and the rest of the Haslams Dragon Boat Team. Absolute stars!” Jason McMahon, Fundraising and Relationship Manager – Launchpad Reading.

Steve Woodford, Managing Director of Haslams went on to say “Supporting local events and the community has always been at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to have raised much needed funds for our friends at Launchpad Reading. We have already entered next year’s event and will begin training in earnest”

Launchpad Reading is a local charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential. For further information visit http://www.launchpadreading.org.uk.



Haslams Supporting Launchpad


The charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged adults to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential.

Following the success of our Gift Appeal last year, we are delighted to continue our commitment for another year at our offices in Friar Street.

The Haslams ‘Launchpad Gift Appeal’ is to provide Launchpad clients ranging from 18 to 81 years of age who are all currently trying to get their lives back on track a little treat for Christmas. Launchpad staff and volunteers hope that, with your generosity, each client will receive a gift.

Simpy choose a gift as if it was for yourself or a member of your family to treat someone to a little luxury over the festive period. To support this wonderful charity, simply pop in and collect a Gift Appeal label.

Our aim this year is to support everyone of the 116 Launchpad clients.

We do hope you are able to support this amazing charity, and spread a little Christmas spirit…

Click here to find out more…

Whiteknights Studio Trail comes to town



Whiteknights Studio Trail comes to town for an exciting exhibition with Pride of Reading award nominees Haslams.

Once in a while the artists, designers and makers of the Whiteknights Studio Trail like to put on their glad rags and come to town to show their work in a central Reading location. This time we’re proud to be hosting the exhibition at our landmark town centre office. The exhibition will be an opportunity for the public to view and buy work from the group, an exciting mix of talented artists, designers, jewellers and makers of all kinds. A perfect way to get ready for Christmas and maybe tick some presents off your list.

Jenny Halstead WST Co-ordinator says:

‘This is the third time in our 16 years that WST has had an extra event and ‘come to town’, but this is the first time in this wonderful venue and we are so very grateful to Haslams for this invitation. We have an evening opening with a glass of wine to welcome you on Friday 18th November 6.30 -9pm and we are open all day on Saturday 19th 9.30 – 4.30pm when 24 artists will show and sell their work in this pre-Christmas event.’

The “WHITEKNIGHTS STUDIO TRAIL” is a walking trail of artists’ studios in the University of Reading area. The event is now in its 16th year. Every year the artists, designers and makers of the Whiteknights area of Reading open their home studios and invite people to see them at work and chat to the artists themselves.

WST Comes to Town
Haslams Estate Agents
159 Friar Street, Reading
Friday 18th November 6.30 -9pm
Saturday 19th November 9.30 – 4.30pm

For more information about Whiteknights Studio Trail click here

Haslams – Proudly Supporting Local Rugby Talent


Haslams have long been associated with supporting local sporting talent, and following on from their sponsorship of Reading Rugby Club’s Minis last year, they are delighted to announce their support and sponsorship of emerging superstar Connor Hayhow.

Following selection for London Irish’s AASE scheme, (Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) over the last 2 years, Connor’s impact on the game has taken him to Championship side London Scottish where he has signed an Academy Bursary for the current season and appeared in their pre-season fixture with Premiership and European champions Saracens.  His previous honours include Berkshire RFU at all junior levels, South West England under 18’s, England Counties under 18’s, winners of the 3 Nations Tournament against France and Ireland, and last season scoring the only try for London Irish against Wasps in the ‘A’ league, not a bad achievement for an 18yr old…

Haslams Estate Agents are delighted to be continuing their support of local sporting success. Steve Woodford, Managing Director, ‘At Haslams we are committed to recognising and supporting outstanding local talent in the world of sport, and we wish Connor every success for what guarantees to be a very bright future’.

‘I am incredibly grateful to everyone at Haslams, without their support the dream of playing at the highest level could never be achieved…’ stated Connor.

To find out more about Connor go to his official player page for London Scottish at http://www.londonscottish.com/pro/fixtures/pro_squad.php?player=128625&includeref=dynamic

Local sales negotiator completes gruelling 125 mile charity canoe race

Gareth Hughes, a sales negotiator at Haslams in Reading, and his friend Chris Bucksey, a landscape gardener, have raised just under £1000 for ‘Ready Emmy Walk’, part of Just4Children, by taking part in the world-renowned endurance event, The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, which took place on 26th March and ended on Easter Sunday.

The pair travelled in a kayak from Devizes, Wiltshire finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. 125 miles long, the race has 77 portages and takes just over 24 hours to complete.

Gareth explains: “The challenge was certainly gruelling, it was really hard work, but we finished it with a smile, coming in 34th place out of a total 140 crews. Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us so far. The great atmosphere of the comradery of the other paddlers, the friends, family and well-wishers that had come out into the cold and wet to support us was amazing. We hope to raise even more for Emmy.”


The money raised is going towards an overall fundraising target of £86,000, so that their friend’s 20-month-old daughter, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia, can receive life-changing surgery – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) – to help her walk.

Steve Woodford, managing director at Haslams comments: “We’re incredibly proud of Gareth and Chris – they’ve completed a tough challenge and raised vital funds for a family friend in need. Donating towards this worthy cause is the least we could do, we wish the King family all the very best.”

To add to Gareth and Chris’ total, please visit *https://www.justgiving.com/chris-bucksey *
To find out more about ‘Ready Emmy Walk’, visit*https://www.justgiving.com/readyemmywalk*

All that’s great in Reading

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The Giant Reading letters were created by Reading UK CIC [is a public/private partnership to promote and sustain the economic development of Reading through programmes that drive its world-class economy]

The team seek to promote all that’s great in Reading and members of the public were invited to adorn the letters with what they love about Reading and there’s no shortage of things to love as evidenced by the hundreds of comments.

The letters are being moved around various businesses in Reading and will be at Haslams for the next week or so before they move on….

Catch a glimpse and step inside to see what others love about our town!

Trooper Potts – A Big Thank you from Chris Tarrant


“I’d like to thank everybody involved in contributing in so many different ways to the beautiful tribute to Trooper Potts VC and all the Berkshire yeomanry who gave up their lives.

It was an honour to be part of the campaign to this lasting memorial to all of those who fought for our freedom”

Chris Tarrant OBE

Haslams – Proud to support Walking Rugby in association with Reading RFC

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“We are delighted to add Walking Rugby alongside our senior 15-a-side game and the 10’s, 7’s, Tag and Touch variations that we have been enjoying for years,” says ReadingRFC’s former go-ahead chairman, player and long-time member Craig Hunter.

For all of those 50+ senior men and women interested, the club are staging a free one and a half hour morning welcome session at their Sonning Lane base on Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 10am until 11-30am, before the start of their regular weekly sessions at the 1Life Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley, Reading, a week later, Nov. 11th, also 10am until 11-30am.

While there’s a £2-50 weekly charge per member, participants can bring a friend along for free up until December, 2nd.

As you may well expect from the name there is no running involved in Walking Rugby, in fact, it’s totally forbidden, as is passing the ball higher than shoulder height.

High tackling is definitely a no-no as, indeed, is any form of tackling while there are also no scrums, rucks and mauls.

To keep the game flowing players are not allowed to hold on to the ball for more than three seconds before passing and which keeps the pace moving along while also giving the opposition a chance to intercept.

There are no goal-posts, instead, a player scores a try by walking over the try line carrying the ball while the game time, itself, consists of four ten minute quarters.

As supporter and former England skipper and member of England’s 2003 World Cup winning squad Martin Corry says: “The main emphasis is just to get the ball in your hands and look for space. Although I’ve seen various types of rugby in the form of touch and veteran versions, the carefully adapted rules in Walking Rugby mean that even those who would never have thought to play the game, are now able to enjoy what it’s offering.”

And, a delighted Mat Finch, Marketing Director at Warner Leisure Hotels, comments: “There is lot of excitement around the sport following the Rugby World Cup. Our guests love to be active and we launched Warner’s Walking Rugby earlier this year in response to demand. It has proved to be a big success particularly amongst people aged from their early 50s to their 80s and we are delighted that it is being rolled out to prominent rugby clubs like Reading RFC. We hope it leads to more people taking up the sport later in life.”

To find out more you can contact Jess Potter on 07766 720798 or e-mail:walkingrugbyrrfc@gmail.com

Haslams host Reading Rugby Business Network

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As the Rugby World Cup continues to grip the Home Nations, the Reading Rugby Business Network held their latest meeting on Wednesday October 14th to discuss the performances of the teams in the pool stages and to look forward to the knock out matches.

A panel consisting of New Zealander Glenn Delaney, Head of Rugby Operations at London Irish, Simon Halliday, former Bath and England centre who played in the 1991 World Cup final and now Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby and David Paice, Australian by birth and holder of 8 England caps, and player at London Irish, answered questions put to them by RRBN founder Stuart Spindler and a very knowledgeable audience of over 60 local business people.

The members were privileged to have up to date insights from these three on the Pools, the performances of the minor nations, how the top 8 teams had started their quest for glory, the England departure from the tournament and the future of the coach Stuart ancaster and the RFU. They also made predictions on the winners which were New Zealand and 2 votes for Australia.

The meeting was held at Haslams, whose estate agency is one of Reading’s longest established businesses, and Managing Director Steve Woodford and his team were delighted to welcome the RRBN to their prestigious new offices in Friar St. They were excellent hosts and their organisation and refreshments were much appreciated by everyone.

Main image from left to right
Stuart Spindler (founder of RRBN), Tim Harding (Haslams), Simon Halliday, Steve Woodford (MD of Haslams), Glenn Delaney, Craig Hunter (Chairman- Reading Rugby Club) and David Paice

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Other pictures are group pictures of the audience and speakers

A New Home For Christmas – with Bewley Homes

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Matthew wins Trooper Potts competiton

Matthew Thame, a Year 9 student, was thrilled to win an iPad, courtesy of Haslams Estate Agents, after winning a competition run by the property company.

The competition asked children to name the animal that was part of the Tropper Potts memorial statue. Matthew correctly guessed it was a lion and his name was drawn out of the many young people that entered.

Matthew (pictured above with Steve Woodford, Managing Director of Haslams) was absolutely delighted to win the iPad and has already downloaded some ‘apps’. He also plans to use the tablet for homework and keeping in touch with his friends.


Trooper Potts: Reading’s only Victoria Cross winner commemorated with statue outside Forbury Gardens

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Trooper Potts Memorial unveiling ceremony on Sunday 4th October

St Edward’s boys attend event to unveil and dedicate the memorial to Trooper Fred Potts VC and Trooper Arthur Andrews who were both wounded in Gallipoli in 1915. Fredrick Owen Potts was awarded the Victoria Cross after endangering his own life to drag his wounded comrade from the battlefield in the First World War.trooepr poots 2

*Joe Tomblin with sculpture, Tom Murphy and Steve Woodford (‘old’ St Edward’s boy) *

Joe Tomblin, representing the boys from St Edwards who were involved in the Trooper Pott’s charity Educational outreach programme in 2014, attended the ceremony. Joe was very excited to meet Tom Murphy, the sculptor of the statue, and another St Edwards boy, Steve Woodford, who is now MD of Haslams, the major sponsor of the project.

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*Joe with Anne Ames – granddaughter of Trooper Potts*

Joe also had the great pleasure to meet the granddaughter of Trooper Potts. Anne attended the event with a large number of the Potts family. Trooper Andrews family were also in attendance.

The Trust responsible for raising funds for the statue have initiated the annual Trooper Potts VC Prize for History at Reading College, and college students have assisted the Trust with outreach work at local schools.
When they visited St Edwards, the students from Reading College explained the background to the First World War. The children were asked write a letter home from the hospital, sketch the rescue, describe the rescue as a reporter, write a poem or write a diary entry having just been awarded the VC. Those completing the best work in each category were presented with a ‘VC Certificate’ by Brigadier Verey from the Berkshire Yeomanry.

Commenting on the day and the overall ‘Potts experience’, Joe Tomblin said ‘I am very proud to be involved in the project, as many people have worked so hard to raise money for the Trust. Now whenever we see the statue in Forbury Gardens, we can take time to reflect and think about bravery and support for others. It was also a really cool way to learn about the First World War’.