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.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) proposes to increase the rental charge on their 20 allotment sites by 3% in 2020. The policy committee meeting discussed the proposal, in the draft 2020/21 budget and medium term financial strategy (MTFS), on 16 December and agreed to a public consultation before the budget is set in February.
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.
Reading mayor Councillor Deborah Edwards attended the launch of the 40th year of Reading in Bloom (RIB) at the Hilton Hotel, Kennet Island on 8 May. The gathering included local community gardening groups such as the Katesgrove community allotment and it was addressed by Marc Allridge, chair of RIB.
Whitley Social Club and Cafe. Picture (c) Mohan Banerji
WCC bar. Picture (c) Jean Claydon
Whitley Community Cafe. Picture (c) Ellen Bentley
Sketches (L->R): Mohan Banerji, Jean Claydon, Ellen Bentley
Urban sketchers are a global community of artists who draw on location, and there are local chapters worldwide. The Reading Urban Sketchers got officially recognised as a local chapter recently but it has been around as the Reading Sketchers for two and a half years.
Today is the last Friday of December and, given the disruption of festive closures and bank holidays, the difference between the days of the week may be beginning to blur. A quiet night in planning the planting on your allotment may be in order.
International world soil day – the day to make you want to be down on Waterloo Meadows allotments digging your plot. However after another wet November the ground is still too sodden for anything but some weeding and a bit of a tidy up.
This year’s Reading Town Meal will take place on Saturday 29 September from 12 noon until 4pm in Forbury Gardens. The free lunch, cooked by Reading College students with local vegetables and fruit, will be served to about 1,000 people.