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Council wants Reading’s views on community safety

Reading Borough Council (RBC) is undertaking a community safety survey. These surveys take place every two years. If you participated in the 2017 survey you will recognise that this year’s is very similar. The opinions of Reading residents on issues in their area may not translate directly into the priorities set for Reading because other opinions and crime statistics are also taken into account.

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 September

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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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Mobile libraries in south Reading

Reading has two mobile library routes that serve the south of the town every three weeks.

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South Reading Community Hub celebrates its first birthday

By David Neale.

A community hub in Whitley has become an essential part of the neighbourhood within its first year.

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Councillor Deborah Edwards’ mayoral year in south Reading

Southcote councillor Deborah Edwards attended a considerable number of events in south Reading during her mayoral year. This is a pictorial record of just a few of them that the Whitley Pump was able to cover.

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15 December – Whitley Library Xmas and New Year closures

Whitley Library’s last day of opening before Xmas is Saturday 22 December until 1pm and it will not re-open until Thursday 3 January.

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11 December – 8 days at the Berkshire Record Office before 2019

Berkshire Record Office

The Berkshire Record Office (BRO) re-opens at 9am today following its annual stocktake. There will then only be eight days in which to cram in last minute research before the New Year.

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Reading in the Margins at the Central Library

Liz Real and Martina Hildebrandt, eminent local artists, have combined their creative forces to present a fun and feisty exhibition of work at the Central Library’s HolyBrook gallery portraying eminent women of the area and also examining the compelling history of our prison.

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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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‘Reading in the margins’ art exhibition at Reading Central Library

The Reading tourist (Martina Hildebrandt)

A new art exhibition called Reading in the Margins is on show at the HolyBrook gallery at Reading Central Library from 6 until 17 November. It includes the work of artists Liz Real and Whitley resident Martina Hildebrandt.

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Whitley past and present explored with Dennis Wood

By John Howard and Adam Harrington.

Dennis Wood at the Whitley history talk on 29 September. Photo: John Howard

Dennis Wood, the author of Views from the Hill, the Story of Whitley gave a charming and fascinating talk called Whitley Past and Present at Whitley library on 29 September.

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The old Whitley library has been locally listed

The old Whitley Library building has now closed

The old Whitley library on Northumberland Avenue has been added to Reading’s list of locally important buildings and structures. This means that in future it will be subject to more detailed planning controls than an unlisted building.

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Whitley history talk

Dennis Wood, author of Views from the Hill, a history of Whitley, will be giving an illustrated talk at 2pm on Saturday 29 September at Whitley Library.

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Kendrick School’s Houses, by Katie Amos

Watlington House

Kendrick School’s Houses, a booklet by Kendrick School old girl Katie Amos, lays out the history of the three houses: Watlington House, Sidmouth House and the Cedars, which have been occupied by Kendrick School in the past and today.

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A Reading Bookseller, Publisher and Author (extended article)

York Lodge, 81 Baker Street, Reading

In March we published a piece by Matthew Farrall about ‘The Berkshire Book of Song, Rhyme and Steeple Chime‘ by Arthur L Humphreys. Matthew noticed that the author’s address was York Lodge, Reading, and discovered the connection between Humphreys and another, albeit short term and involuntary Reading resident, Oscar Wilde.

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Three protests at council policy committee meeting

Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on the evening Monday 16 July saw three very different public protests played out in front of councillors and RBC officers.

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The new South Reading Community Hub is open!

Reading mayor, Councillor Debs Edwards, opens the South Reading Community Hub on 26 June 2018

The newly refurbished South Reading Community Hub was opened by Reading’s mayor, Councillor Deborah Edwards, on 26 June, with help from the children of the Ridgeway Primary School.

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The new Whitley Library opens its doors

The new Whitley Library, in the South Reading Community Hub on Northumberland Avenue, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday 19 June, after a six month Reading Borough Council (RBC) project to improve the building.

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