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The new Whitley Community Youth FC wins 2-0 against Directions FC!

By Maria Cox at the Whitley Community Development Association.

Whitley Community Youth Football Club match-day strip

Whitley Community Youth Football Club match-day strip

The newly-founded Whitley Community Youth Football Club (WCY FC) won their second-ever game 2-0 against Directions FC at the Maiden Erlegh School’s Hamilton Road pitch on 21 September.

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Two years on, what has changed on the scenic route to the Madejski Stadium?

Sustrans signpost on Waterloo Meadows

Reading were at home to Sheffield Wednesday for their first game of the 2018/19 season. It was a fine day, so we decided to see what had changed since 2017 on the scenic cross-country route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium.

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Active at South Reading Leisure Centre

Entrance to South Reading Leisure Centre

South Reading Leisure Centre is about 1.3 miles from the Whitley Pump. It takes half an hour to walk there, or it is right on the Emerald 5 bus route. I have to admit that apart from the famous purple tennis courts, I didn’t really know much about what the centre had to offer to southern Readingas; so I went to have a look.

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Reading Borough Council’s ‘Active Reading’ consultation

Here at the Whitley Pump offices where we sit all day, every day, in front of our computers, with the curtains drawn and a pile of empty coffee cups in the sink, we thought we should have a look at what Active Reading was all about. The council’s online consultation only runs until 14 August so we thought we had better get our skates on.

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South Reading tennis courts improved – shame about the tatty banners!

The four tennis courts at South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue have been given an upgrade with new nets and posts. The hard courts have also been painted purple and green. A shame the banners on the fencing weren’t tidied up too!

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Two University planning applications mentioned at planning committee

Under the new chairmanship of Whitley ward councillor Emmett McKenna, two University planning applications were mentioned at the first Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee of the new mayoral year.

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Information Commissioner orders Council to publish confidential Arthur Hill Baths report

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has instructed Reading Borough Council (RBC) to publish an unredacted version of an internal report used in the sale of Arthur Hill Memorial Baths. The ICO said that RBC had not provided evidence or arguments to supports its decision to withhold this information for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

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Windrush Day comes to south Reading on 22 June

Image courtesy of BAFA.

Reading celebrates the Windrush generation’s contribution to the town with four events, starting with a sports day at South Reading Leisure Centre on Windrush day, 22 June.

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Learn to Bowl at Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road

Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road in Katesgrove are holding two ‘Learn to Bowl’ days on 5 May and 1 June this summer.

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Sage Reading half marathon on Sunday 17 March

Black History Mural on race day 2018

Last year, the Reading half marathon was called off at short notice because of treacherous, icy conditions on the roads. The weather remains unpredictable this year; Reading may have had some of its best summer weather in February!

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29 December – Reading’s last game of 2018

Shepherd’s Bush Green War Memorial

The last Saturday of the year and Reading‘s last game of 2018 is away against Queen’s Park Rangers.

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22 December – Reading FC’s last home game of the year

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge (2004)

Reading play their last home game of 2018 today. Their opponents are Middlesbrough who are sixth in the Championship table.

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Elgar Road could get HGV signage

The consultation on how to spend the neighbourhood portion (15%) of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) paid by developers or landowners on new developments in Reading ended on 14 September. The results of that exercise have been published in papers going to Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 26 November and councillors will be asked to approve recommendations on how to spend the money.

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Give the IDR a break from traffic

By Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR..

Reading’s Green party lit the briefest flicker of hope in the breasts of the Friends of the IDR this week that the town could convert the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) into a cycle track for a day.

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Protestors disrupt council policy meeting

Peter Burt, from the Save Arthur Hill Baths campaign

Protestors from Reclaim Reading, a group who use art and provocative actions to ask who controls Reading, served a ‘public information notice’ at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy meeting on Monday 24 September.

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Katesgrove, Whitley, Church and Redlands wards have £419,897 to spend

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is paid by developers or landowners on new developments and at least 15% of the money collected must be spent on local projects. Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed a way in which this money can be allocated that complies with government regulations and are now consulting with residents on which projects to prioritise.

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Milestone occasion celebrated at Reading Bowling Club

Bowlers taking part in the President v Captains’ match

One of the long-standing traditions at Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road has been the annual President versus Captain match. This has always been a prestigious occasion, with not only a hard fought competition between the two teams on the green, but with a social occasion afterwards.

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South Reading swimming pool re-opens

The swimming pool at South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue re-opened this February after four months’ closure, during which Reading Borough Council (RBC) refurbished its lighting, air conditioning and water heaters.

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Whitley Amateur Boxing Club and the Tamuka Mucha fight

Whitley Amateur Boxing Club.

Whitley Amateur Boxing Club is right at the heart of Whitley, both in location and spirit. In just three years, a lot of hard work from locals has seen this small hall in Callington Road transformed into a hub of community boxing and exercise activity that is well equipped and staffed. The place is packed to the rafters with talented fighters, hopefuls and enthusiasts, six days of the week.

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Arthur Hill swimming pool is on the market

Arthur Hill Baths, the heritage swimming pool on the Park and Redlands ward borders and the nearest swimming pool to the Whitley Pump, is open for voluntary sector bids until 21 March 2018.

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