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Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers

The Fringe team for In Danger

The Fringe team with Simon HARTMANN and Daniel Ernesto MUELLER (third and fourth from left)

The Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers. This year’s festival will take place from Friday 17 July to Sunday 27 July.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 20 January

 

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Where in the ward is this?

Where in the ward is this?

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A trip along the IDR at the History of Reading Society

Coley Bridge

Coley pedestrian bridge over the IDR

Graham Turner presented a film about the route of the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) before it was built, at the History of Reading Society (HoRS) on 15 January. The venue, the Abbey Baptist Church, was almost full and the audience were entranced as changing scenes of the streets of Reading in the 1960s and 70s appeared before their eyes.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 18 January

There was one new planning application in south Reading this week. It may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Christchurch Green at risk of becoming ‘devastated’ by planning decisions

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) chair Simone Illger told Reading Borough Council (RBC) that the Christchurch Green in Reading was being “devastated” by unsympathetic development, at the planning applications committee on 15 January. RBC nonetheless approved the change of use of the ground floor 60 Christchurch Road from a dry cleaners into a restaurant, saying that their own local plan didn’t allow them to choose otherwise.

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Council refuses giant LED adverts in Katesgrove

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have refused permission for two giant illuminated LED advertisement hoardings on Whitley Street and the Basingstoke and Surrey Road junctions. These would have replaced the existing hoardings, both of which until recently were non-illuminated.

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‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre

‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo courtesy of (c) Aidan Moran

We are greeted at the Progress Theatre by a smiley and welcoming Chris Moran, director of this production, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Chris is a Progress veteran. The director’s notes in the programme are in tune with how she is in person: full of enthusiasm and love for theatre and up for a challenge. As we are talking I realise that I recognise her voice and my other half kindly points out that she played Joyce in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Of course she did, and she was excellent in it.

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More double yellow lines coming to Elgar Road South

Entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will carry out a statutory consultation on the introduction of double yellow lines at the entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments and the Makro delivery entrance on Elgar Road South. The proposals were among additional waiting restrictions proposed at the council’s Traffic Management sub-committee on 9 January.

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The Busy Bees Day Nursery at Reading International is ‘good’ says Ofsted

The English office for standards in education, children’s services and skills, OFSTED, inspected the Busy Bees Day Nursery at Reading International in December and assessed it as good.

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Council supports Sustrans’ improvements to the Kennet cycle path

Reading Borough Council (RBC) offered its support this week to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in their project to remove motorcycle barriers on the Kennet Path between the Katesgrove Lane IDR underpass and Fobney Lock.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 13 January

 

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Where in the ward is this?

Where in the ward is this?

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – the Funchal drinking fountain by Max Römer

Fontanario da Imperatriz – 1844

Funchal, on the island of Madeira, has more than enough drinking fountains for a dedicated tourist trail. If we had to pick one that really stands out for twinning, it would have to be this one which is situated up on the hill just north of the casino. There is also a very circuituous and tenuous link back to the Whitley Pump.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 11 January

Watlington Street

There were 11 new planning and building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Reading Borough Council discusses the Christchurch Road parade this week

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Reading Borough Council will be discussing one planning application on the Christchurch Road parade during planning applications committee on Wednesday 15 January.

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Whitley councillors will be at the Fidget and Bob Café Bar on 18 January

Kennet Island Piazza

Kennet Island Piazza

Whitley ward councillor Micky Leng will be at the Fidget & Bob Café Bar on Kennet Island from 9.45am on Saturday 18 January.

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Meet your Redlands Labour councillors at St Luke’s Church on 11 January

St Luke's parish hall

St Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Redlands Labour Ward Surgery on Saturday 11 January at 10.30am. They will be at the St Luke’s Church, Erleigh Road, Reading for an hour and a half.

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News from StrikeUp theatre at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

StrikeUp Scratch Night

StrikeUp theatre will be running acting courses at the Rising Sun Arts Centre starting on Thursday 9 January and running until 26 March. The morning course will cover ‘the actor and power’ and ‘the actor and pace’ and the evening course ‘the actor and truth’ and ‘the actor and the audience’.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 6 January

 

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