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Christchurch Green at risk of becoming ‘devastated’ by planning decisions

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) chair Simone Illger told Reading Borough Council (RBC) that the Christchurch Green in Reading was being “devastated” by unsympathetic development, at the planning applications committee on 15 January. RBC nonetheless approved the change of use of the ground floor 60 Christchurch Road from a dry cleaners into a restaurant, saying that their own local plan didn’t allow them to choose otherwise.

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University neighbours are fed up with parking problems, HMOs, litter and public disturbance, say Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

People living near the University of Reading (UoR) think that the university and its students are causing parking problems, damaging local communities by demanding more houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), littering and causing late-night disturbances. The Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) have released the analysis of a consultation they ran this year to see what residents really thought about living next to the University.

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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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The changing nature of Christchurch Green

Christchurch Road parade, Reading

I’ve occupied my present home in Northcourt Avenue, Reading for 30 years, but I’ve lived in the Whitley area my whole life. In that time, I’ve witnessed a lot of change as Reading has grown and the number of people living and working in the town has followed suit. Traffic and parking issues appear to be an inevitable part of this growth.

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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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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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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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13 December – Pau Brasil holiday opening times

Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant in Katesgrove will be open until around 4pm on Christmas Eve, 24 December, so that you can stock up on Brazilian and Portuguese specialities.

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Tutu’s Ethiopian Table expands to Palmer Park

Councillor Sarah-Jane Hacker handing the keys to Palmer Park Lodge to Tutu Melaku. Photo (c) Reading Borough Council.

Tutu’s Ethopian Table, the restaurant in the Global Café at RISC on London Street, will open a new branch at the Palmer Park lodge in the new year. The restaurant’s proprietor Tutu Melaku said that her existing restaurant at the Global Café will remain open.

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Reading’s living advent calendar 1-24 December

December, from the Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry c1440

Reading UK CIC is seeking 24 different acts for Reading’s first living advent calendar to be performed in the town centre every day from 1 to 24 December.

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Clay’s Hyderabadi Kitchen, London Street

Clay’s Hyderabadi Kitchen at 45 London Street is a recent and welcome addition to Katesgrove’s eclectic selection of restaurants. In a small and cosy dining room, it offers a delicious array of fragrant, exotic and mouth-watering dishes, typical of the cuisine of Hyderabad.

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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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Lunch and community at the Whitley Wood over 50s social club

Tony and his garden at the Whitley Wood Community Centre

Over 50s can enjoy a meal and conversation from 11am until 2pm every Wednesday at the Whitley Wood Community Centre, near Swallowfield Drive, Reading.

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Cheese feast at the Forbury

Glen Dinning’s Blue Collar Street Food is back at the Forbury Gardens from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April with the marvellously titled ‘Cheese Feast’. I caught up with Glen for a carafe of tea at C.U.P to ask him about his modern re-boot of this festival as well as the latest events at the Madstad.

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Munchees happy café

I spent a year unemployed in Reading in 85-86 and it made me feel pretty low. It is incredible how quickly your self-confidence ebbs away when you are in that situation. On Giro day I used to treat myself to a meal out at this friendly café at the Butter Market called Munchees; I would have usually have either the burger or fish-n-chips and a milky coffee. A waitress would take your order and you paid at the counter afterwards. Back then, there was a big bloke with a moustache running the place who always made you feel as you were on to a bargain by knocking 10% off the bill and you would be offered a free lollipop on leaving.

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Restaurant review: Vel kitchen and bar

Vel, the smart newly refurbished restaurant, is in sight of our sacred pump at 73-75 Whitley Street. This place was previously known Café Madras after taking over from Chennai Dosa who moved to town.

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The Honest Reading Burger

I wanted to try this new Reading Burger made with local ingredients at the smart looking Honest Burgers on the corner of the Butter Market and to check that it’s worthy of the name. After an edgy game of dominos in the Monks, me and four workmates on a payday binge thought we would indulge.

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Fidget and Bob on Kennet Island

Shuet and Breege at Fidget and Bob’s on Kennet Island

Within the old Whitley borders, and built on the sewage plant that had been the origin of the Whitley whiff before new facilities were built on the other side of the A33, Kennet Island isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as a place to live or visit. Some people point to its isolation from the town, the zombie-film-like soulless streets and architectural sameness as the downside. On the upside, it’s clean and safe with some nice foliage, there is a hospital for a minor op and it’s close to the football and Kennet Meadows; you can even walk or cycle by the canal from central Reading. While most Islanders are hunkered down in their living machines, two resident pioneers are working hard at building a smart and tasty new business, situated slap bang-in the middle of the estate’s rather wonderful and a bit mad waterfall-bedecked piazza. Breege Brennan and Shuet Han Tsui are the friendly, busy folk behind the memorably named Fidget & Bob and generously agreed to talk to me about it.

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