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Pheasant public house is ‘To Let’

The Pheasant – To Let July 2019

Admiral Taverns are seeking a new tenant for The Pheasant public house on Southampton Street.

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Former ‘Trooper Potts’ public house to re-open as the ‘Victoria Cross’

The Victoria Cross

The Trooper Potts public house has been refurbished and renamed and will open on 17 July as the Victoria Cross.

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Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street is on the market again

Woodley Arms – February 2019

More than six years after it closed its doors, the former Woodley Arms public house on Waldeck Street is on the market again at an asking price in excess of £1.25million. The site is being sold by Savills, the estate agent, as development land with planning permission for 38 student flats in two buildings .

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Rumpo Kidz Curry Klub II. A tribute to Matthew Farrall

Ah, c’est Nigel des Livres, le poète.

A fabulously riotous evening was held at the the warmly welcoming Namaste Kitchen (formerly the Hook and Tackle pub) on Saturday 18 May to remember our much missed and totally brilliant friend and colleague, Matthew Farrall.

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Official launch of the 40th year of Reading in Bloom

Group photo – Reading in Bloom Launch 2019

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.

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The Queen’s Head gets a facelift!

The Queen’s Head pub on Christchurch Road is now under new management and has been given a new look inside and outside .

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Whitley Street Greggs is open!

Greggs is open

Greggs on the ground floor of the ex-Wellington Arms public house on Whitley Street opened on Saturday 30 March.

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The sad fate of Albert Illenden of Basingstoke Road, 1865

Blacksmith Edward Eynott shoeing a horse at his forge in Church Road, Caversham, Reading, c. 1895. Photo courtesy of Reading Borough Library Local Studies Collection.

John Illenden, a resident of Katesgrove, has uncovered the tragic fate of one of his family who lived and died on Basingstoke Road in Whitley during the 1860s.

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Red Lion on Southampton Street will be replaced by flats

Red Lion, Southampton Street

At the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee on Wednesday 6 March, councillors approved plans to demolish the Red Lion public house and the small cottage next door and build a four-storey block of 11 flats on the site.

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Decision on Red Lion demolition and redevelopment deferred

Red Lion & 38 Southampton Street

Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 6 February deferred making a decision on the application (181117) to demolish the Red Lion public house on Southampton Street until the next meeting.

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How to demolish the Woodley Arms and build student accommodation

Demolition of the Woodley Arms may not be far off, because property developers Lainston Woodley Arms LLP have submitted a construction method statement to Reading Borough Council (RBC) outlining the way in which they will carry out the demolition and the subsequent building works.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – postcard from Gibraltar

Queen Victoria’s Monument, Gunners’ Parade, Gibraltar c. 1910

Queen Victoria’s Monument on Gunners’ Parade in Gibraltar is in the form of a drinking fountain with a bowl for dogs at the base. On the rear is the inscription “Erected by the inhabitants of Gibraltar 1910”.

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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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19 December – RISC opening and closing times over Xmas and New Year

The Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) at the foot of London Street houses the Global Café and the World Shop. The Global Café does not usually open on Mondays and so on the evening of Sunday 23 December it will open for the last time in 2018 and will not re-open until Wednesday 2 January.

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2 December – Katesgrove Pubs

Reading CAMRA are publishing an A to Z advent calendar of Reading and Mid-Berks CAMRA pubs on their twitter account (@ReadingCAMRA). They say that they are doing this “… [to] encourage you to give them some support especially during January, one of the quietest periods of business for the pub trade.”

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Ode to old pubs

The old Wellington Arms (Huma Jehan)

The new occupier of the Wellington Arms on Whitley Street has been announced; it will be Greggs the bakers. The news has moved a neighbour to pen a wistful ode.

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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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New tenant sought for the Nob

ei publican partnerships are advertising for new tenants for the Queens Head, locally known as ‘The Nob’, on Christchurch Road in Reading.

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Was the Wellington Arms a B and B?

Atlantis Holdings, the owners and renovators of the old Wellington Arms on Whitley Street, has applied to Reading Borough Council for a lawful development certificate to convert the upper floors to bed and breakfast accommodation.

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Owner of Woodley Arms plans site clean-up

The owner of the former Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street, Lainston Woodley Arms LLP, has told Reading Borough Council that they plan to secure the site this week.

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