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Heritage Open Days information evening at the MERL on 4 March

The Reading UK community interest company will host an information evening about Heritage Open Days on Wednesday 4 March at 5pm. The information evening will be at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands Road and the open days themselves run from 11 September to 20 September this year.

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Tree cover in Katesgrove

Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

Councillors at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 17 February opted for a quick meeting. The time was taken up with three questions from a member of the public and three from Councillor Rob White. In the answer to his first question we learnt that Katesgrove is almost at the bottom of Reading’s tree cover league.

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Readiophonics fourth Birthday Bash

Readiophonics

Readiophonics

On this special celebration of their fourth birthday at South Street Arts Centre, Readiophonics, resplendent in cobalt blue and led by the sassy Sarah Sharp, musical director, welcomed us with a warmly soulful beep bop medley, Tonight… is going to be a good, good night.

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A talk about the Old Redlands Estate

Old Redlands Estate

This month’s History of Reading Society talk on Wednesday 19 February, Redlands Estate or ‘Shakels Fields’, will be about Redlands’ place in the development of Reading. The speaker is Keith Jerrome who lived in Redlands for 40 years.

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The JMA is improving but some teachers aren’t skilled enough, says Ofsted

The office for standards in education in England, Ofsted, inspected the John Madejski Academy (JMA) in January 2020 and reported that the school ‘requires improvement‘. Ofsted noted that the school is already improving, adding that there were problems with some teachers’ lack of expertise as well as pupil attendance. The JMA principal Camilla Thornalley agreed that the school is improving, saying that they had been aware of the problems Ofsted raised and had plans to address them.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 17 February

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Whitley garden wildlife in December and January

Male Sparrowhawk

What a crazy start to 2020’s weather! Still, it has been heartening to see and record an abundance of wildlife in my Whitley garden, and I am optimistic that spring will be very busy.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 15 February

Looking west down Ennerdale Road

Looking west down Ennerdale Road

There were seven 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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Goodbye to the Coley Park Black Poplar

The Coley Park black poplar after storm Ciara

The Coley Park black poplar after storm Ciara, February 2020. Photo: © Adrian Lawson.

The great Coley Park black poplar was, for me at least, one of the most iconic trees in Reading.

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Student accommodation at 79 Silver Street expected to open in September

79 Silver Street – February 2020

Prestige Student Living are advertising that their student accommodation at 79 Silver Street will be open in September 2020. The student rooms and apartments available vary in price from £250 per person per week to over £310 per person per week for a 51 week tenancy starting from 12 September.

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Katesgrove Litter Action Day on 29 February

Trevor Slack from the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) is planning a Katesgrove Litter Action Day on Saturday 29 February.

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Scottish and Southern plan mains upgrades in the Spring Gardens area from 17 February

Elizabeth Walk on Saturday 2 July

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) intend to modernise the electricity mains on Milman Road, Spring Gardens, Essex Street, Mellor Walk, Aveley Walk and Elizabeth Walk between 17 February and 6 April. This will lead to 30 minute electrical power outages whilst the electricity supply is switched from the old to the new mains cable.

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Meet your Redlands Green Party councillor on Christchurch Road on 16 February

The Green Party councillor for Redlands ward, Jamie Whitham, will be meeting constituents on Christchurch Road on Sunday 16 February at 7.00pm.

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Reading Food Growing Network AGM and talk on 16 February

Reading Food Growing Network AGM

The Reading Food Growing Network (RFGN) are holding their AGM in the conference hall at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) on London Street on Sunday 16 February starting at 4.30pm. It will be followed by a talk on Growing Climate Friendly Food given by Dave Richards who co-ordinates RISC’s work on food and gardens.

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Meet your Whitley councillors at the Whitley Wood Community Centre on 15 February

The Whitley Wood Community Centre

The Whitley Wood Community Centre

You can meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Whitley Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 15 February at 10.30am. They will be at the Whitley Wood Community Centre, Swallowfield Drive, Reading RG2 8UH for an hour and a half.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 10 February

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Sedgehill Spring

Sedgehill Spring

We are very grateful to an Old Reading Plus Facebook group contributor for pointing us towards the Sedgehill Spring. The spring is a delightful discovery nestled in the Chiltern woodlands near Sonning Common.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 8 February

Red Lion January 2020

There were eight new planning 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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Boundary commission proposes big changes to Reading electoral wards

LGBCE draft recommendations for Reading.
Map contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018.

England’s Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE) has proposed big changes to Reading’s electoral wards. The town’s residents have until 13 April to give their opinion before the LGBCE present their final recommendation on 1 September. If they go ahead, the boundary changes will affect all wards in Reading except Park.

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Thames Valley Police come to the Whitley Street Gregg’s on 12 February

Greggs is open

The Katesgrove neighbourhood policing team will hold a Have Your Say Meeting on Wednesday 12 February at 11.00am at Gregg’s Bakers on Whitley Street.

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