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Artistry of the Arnhem Clarinet Choir fills Christ Church, Reading

By Gillie Tunley and Adam Harrington.

Arnhem Clarinet Choir at Christ Church. Photo courtesy of AKK

The Arnhem Clarinet Choir brought light, warmth and quite a bit of fun to Christ Church in Reading on the evening of Thursday 17 October. Their programme included Dvorák, Pachelbel (he of canon fame) and a powerful version of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. They will be performing in Reading town centre on Saturday 19 October.

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Dennis Wood promises another history talk in the new year

Dennis Wood’s talk on the history of Reading’s Southern Hill in Christ Church this October was so successful that he has been asked to arrange another history talk, probably in spring next year.

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The Arnhem Clarinet Choir comes to Christ Church on 17 October

The Arnhem Clarinet Choir. Photo courtesy of AKK

The Arnhem Clarinet Choir will be giving a free concert at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading on Thursday 17 October at 7.30pm.

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A talk about Southern Hill at Christ Church by Dennis Wood

Poster for Southern Hill talk

Local historian and author Dennis Wood will be giving a talk on the history of Southern Hill at 2pm on Wednesday 9 October at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading. Southern Hill is the name by which the area that now lies along Christchurch, Redlands and Upper Redlands Roads was once known.

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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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New church centre and health centre proposed for St Paul’s on Whitley Wood Lane

The parish of St Agnes with St Paul and St Barnabas in south Reading is planning to build a new church centre and a new health centre at St Paul’s on Whitley Wood Lane in south Reading. You can learn more about this development at public drop-in sessions at St Paul’s today, Monday 12 August, and Saturday 17 August.

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Learn about the proposed church and health centres at St Paul’s Church Hall, Whitley Wood Lane

There will be two drop-in sessions at St Paul’s Church on Whitley Wood Lane for neighbours who want to leant more about the new church centre and health centre proposed for the site.

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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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Urban sketching in Whitley

 

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.

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Planning application 182188, site of Zoar Baptist Chapel South Street

Developer Pednor Property Ltd has made a planning application to build a three-storey and basement block of eight flats on the site of the Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel on South Street, next door to South Street Arts Centre.

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A Pevsner Perambulation in Katesgrove

Pell Street looking west

Nikolaus Pevsner‘s edition of the Berkshire volume of ‘Buildings of England’ was published in 1966, the thirtieth county guide of forty-six. The Reading section starts with the Abbey, followed by churches and finally public buildings.

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3 December – A wet Monday at Whitley Pump

A drizzly wet Monday morning up on Katesgrove Hill.

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Reading Family Church application on Basingtoke Road brought back to planning committee

The application by Reading Family Church for a change of use of the former Ultima premises on Basingstoke Road is to be considered for a second time by Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 5 December.

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Community, church and charity organisations to benefit from ‘A’ board licensing concessions

Advertising ‘A’ boards on the public highway must be licensed and meet strict specifications. Reading Borough Council (RBC) charges an application and an annual fee for a licence.

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Christmas at Christ Church, Reading

Christ Church in the snow

Special Advent and Christmas events at Christ Church, on Christchurch Road, Reading, start on Sunday 2 December with the Advent carol service and end with the parish eucharist on Christmas day.

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Diwali at the Reading Hindu Temple

Pictures by Huma Jehan.

Dancers waiting to perform

The Reading Hindu Temple on Whitley Street held their annual Diwali cultural programme on Sunday 11 November. Katesgrove artist Huma Jehan went along to draw what happened at this lively and colourful event.

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On this day – 9 November 1895

A horse bus at the corner of West Street and Broad Street looking east c.1895

On 9 November 1895, Alderman Charles James Andrewes was travelling on a Reading Omnibus Company horse bus from the Queens Head public house, via the Whitley Pump, to West Street, when his fellow passengers noticed that he was unwell.

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Berkshire at War

Trooper Potts memorial

The Berkshire Record Office (BRO) has been running a blog since August 2014 which documents daily events of the First World War contained in collections of letters, school log books, parish magazines and other records in the archives.

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Henry II at St Mary’s Minster, with Reading Between the Lines

By Gillie Tunley and Adam Harrington.

Mark Middleton as Henry II. Photo: Pieter Lawman Photography.

The theatre company Reading Between the Lines (RBL) present the final instalment of their Conquerors trilogy, Henry II, in the thrillingly atmospheric St Mary’s Minster, Reading, until Saturday October 27. It is the story of love and power; love between a husband and wife, a King and his former drinking buddy, and a Welsh monk and a beaver.

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First night of Henry II at Reading Minster

The first night of Henry II, the pay what you want night, on 8 October was booked with much anticipation as soon as tickets came out in June. There are 17 more days and 24 more performances to come until Reading collapses exhausted with the last night of the last part of the Conquerors trilogy.

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