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No water in Reading postcodes RG1, RG2 and RG6

Image courtesy of Thames Water.

Thames Water reports that an issue at an Earley booster station is causing low pressure or no water in Reading postcodes RG1, RG2 and RG6.

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Hug the Gaol on Sunday 13 October

Oscar Wilde gates on Chestnut Walk

The atmospheric art exhibition inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s haunting Ballad of Reading Gaol at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock recently provides a compelling cultural backdrop to the Hug The Gaol Event on Sunday 13 October at 2pm. The emotive images evoked by the ‘Pit of Shame’ lead us to a feeling of redemption as we surround Reading Gaol in a mass hug to demonstrate our desire to have Reading Gaol at the heart of the community.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 5 October

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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The Reading Town Meal Saturday on 28 September 2019

Having a good time at the Reading Town Meal

Having a good time at the Reading Town Meal

The happy gathering of the annual Reading Town Meal took place on Saturday 28 September in the Forbury Gardens. Reading folk enjoyed a free meal created from produce mainly grown in Reading’s allotments and community gardens. The food was cooked and served by catering students at Reading College.

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The Pantry re-opens

Canapes at the Pantry

Canapes at the Pantry. Picture : Huma Jehan

The new Pantry Café and Kitchen, in the old town hall near Reading Museum, was officially opened on 27 September. Katesgrove artist Huma Jehan was there to sketch the event.

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‘On the Edge’ exhibition at the Holybrook Gallery

By Gillie Tunley and Evelyn Williams.

The inspired Diana Russell and Liz Real have curated a heartwarming exhibition of work from CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop-in Centre) at the Holybrook Gallery, Reading Central Library. Carole Stephens officially opened On the Edge on 17 September.

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RBL bring a modern horror movie version of Macbeth to Reading Minster in October

The Reading Between the Lines (RBL) theatre group will be performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Reading Minster this autumn. RBL brought plays about Henry I, Matilda the Empress and Henry II to the town over the last few years.

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‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town’ – exhibition at the Turbine House at the Riverside Museum

‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town’

A new exhibition of artworks inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol‘ opened on Saturday 31 August in the Turbine House of the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock. ‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town‘ features works by 20 Reading artists curated by fellow local artists Jenny Halstead and Linda Saul.

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Matt Rodda MP’s petition to Save Reading Gaol

Matt Rodda at the opening of the ‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town‘ exhibition at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

The Whitley Pump asked Reading East MP, Matt Rodda, about his ‘Save Reading Gaol’ petition.

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Heritage Open Days events 2019 in and around Katesgrove

Heritage Open Days (HODs) are celebrating their 25th birthday with an extended programme of events over ten days from 13 to 22 September. There are over 40 participating venues and events in Reading this year and you don’t have to go too far from the Whitley Pump for some of them.

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”

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Conversations with Trees: Friday night at the Fringe

From L to R: Fiona Talkington, Thomas Strønen, Jackie Oates, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Hannah James, Helen Jukes

Friday night was a BIG NIGHT for the Reading Fringe. Conversations with Trees was a unique musical collaboration specially curated by Fiona Talkington with Thomas Strønen, Hannah James and Jackie Oates. The group had only been brought together a few days before and delivered a thoughtful, tense and emotional piece which was rapturously received by the audience in St Mary’s Minster.

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First view of ‘The Last Abbot’ at Reading Abbey

‘The Last Abbot’ preview at the Reading Abbey, June 2019. Image (c) Reading between the Lines

The fabulous Reading Between the Lines (RBL) theatre company, led by Dani and Toby Davies, and fresh from their Cultural Award for Henry II, are embarking on another historical drama to further develop the cultural identity of Reading, in collaboration with second year history students. The Last Abbot, penned by prodigious playwright Beth Flintoff, examines the intriguing tale of Hugh Faringdon, the bloodily executed last abbot of our newly re-opened abbey… was he true or treacherous?

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 29 June

There were 11 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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Planning applications in Abbey, Church, Katesgrove, Minster and Whitley wards for the week ending 22 June

There were ten new planning applications for Abbey, Church, Katesgrove, Minster and Whitley wards this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Traffic diversions through Katesgrove for repairs to crash barriers on IDR flyover

The Flyover on 28 May 2019

Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.

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‘The Art of Trees’ at the Turbine House

The Turbine house at Blake’s Lock, part of Reading museum and next door to Bel and the Dragon, is worth a visit on its own; it’s a lovely spot and I could easily gaze out the windows at the waters of the Kennet flowing over the Borough weir.

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Reading Fringe Festival events in and around Katesgrove

The Reading Fringe Festival programme 2019 is out and there are lots of events south of the IDR, including those at the new-to-the-fringe venue, the After Dark club on London Street. Other local venues are the Rising Sun Arts Centre, South Street Arts Centre, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).

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Student accommodation and Reading’s new local plan

The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.

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A Katesgrove tour of the Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum

Reading Hindu Temple

The stunning centrepiece at the entrance to the new Story of Reading gallery at Reading Museum contains an object from each of Reading’s 16 wards. For Katesgrove, it is a small brass lamp used during prayers at Reading Hindu Temple at the top of Whitley Street.

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