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Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers

The Fringe team for In Danger

The Fringe team with Simon HARTMANN and Daniel Ernesto MUELLER (third and fourth from left)

The Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers. This year’s festival will take place from Friday 17 July to Sunday 27 July.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 20 January

 

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A trip along the IDR at the History of Reading Society

Coley Bridge

Coley pedestrian bridge over the IDR

Graham Turner presented a film about the route of the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) before it was built, at the History of Reading Society (HoRS) on 15 January. The venue, the Abbey Baptist Church, was almost full and the audience were entranced as changing scenes of the streets of Reading in the 1960s and 70s appeared before their eyes.

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‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre

‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo courtesy of (c) Aidan Moran

We are greeted at the Progress Theatre by a smiley and welcoming Chris Moran, director of this production, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Chris is a Progress veteran. The director’s notes in the programme are in tune with how she is in person: full of enthusiasm and love for theatre and up for a challenge. As we are talking I realise that I recognise her voice and my other half kindly points out that she played Joyce in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Of course she did, and she was excellent in it.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 13 January

 

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – the Funchal drinking fountain by Max Römer

Fontanario da Imperatriz – 1844

Funchal, on the island of Madeira, has more than enough drinking fountains for a dedicated tourist trail. If we had to pick one that really stands out for twinning, it would have to be this one which is situated up on the hill just north of the casino. There is also a very circuituous and tenuous link back to the Whitley Pump.

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News from StrikeUp theatre at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

StrikeUp Scratch Night

StrikeUp theatre will be running acting courses at the Rising Sun Arts Centre starting on Thursday 9 January and running until 26 March. The morning course will cover ‘the actor and power’ and ‘the actor and pace’ and the evening course ‘the actor and truth’ and ‘the actor and the audience’.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 6 January

 

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Review of 2019 at the Whitley Pump

The MERL’s new yarn bomb

Thank you to all our readers and regular and occasional contributors for making it a wonderful year on Katesgrove Hill. We hope that you continue to enjoy reading or contributing to the Whitley Pump in 2020.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 30 December

 

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The MERL is open today and tomorrow

Christmas at MERL

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands Road is open today, 28 December, from 10am to 5pm after a Christmas break. It is also open tomorrow, 29 December, but then closes again until 9am on 2 January 2020.

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Katesgrove’s link with carols in the trenches in 1914

25 December 1914 Archibald Buchanan-Dunlop (left), Captain M. B. G. Copeman (centre), and Captain W. C. Wilson (right) in the trenches at La Grande Flamengrie. Image courtesy Robin Buchanan-Dunlop

Major Archibald Henry Buchanan-Dunlop of Whitley Rise was pictured in the Berkshire Chronicle of 8 January 1915 beneath the headline “Major who sang carols between the trenches”. A short paragraph beneath reported that he was one of the “moving spirits” in the Christmas truce between British and German troops on the Western Front [ref 1].

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 23 December

 

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Whitley Library will be closed from 12 noon on Christmas Eve until 2 January 2020

The South Reading Community Hub

Whitley Library on Northumberland Avenue will stay open until 12 noon on Christmas Eve. It will not then re-open until Thursday 2 January at 9am when normal opening hours resume. No books are due back during the period when the library is closed.

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Red Cow public house has a walk on role in surreal planning committee drama

The Red Cow

The Red Cow in 2016

The Red Cow public house at the corner of Southampton Street and Crown Street was mentioned at last week’s Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee. Julie Williams, RBC acting planning manager, told the committee that during the ongoing refurbishment developers had been asked to rebuild a section of wall. This was because they had laid bricks in stretcher rather than Flemish bond and, as the pub is a listed building, the method used had to be in historically appropriate.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 16 December

 

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Walton Well drinking fountain

Walton Well drinking fountain

In Jericho, Oxford’s answer to Katesgrove, you will find Walton Well drinking fountain. It is situated at the junction of Walton Well Road with Southmoor Road and Longworth Road and right opposite the site of the former Eagle Ironworks. There had been a well, a spring and a ford at this point until the 1880s, but that had been filled in. Former Oxford Mayor William Ward presented the fountain in 1885.

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A joyful ‘Hansel and Gretel’ with RBL at South Street this December

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

Hansel and Gretel with RBL at South Street

Hansel and Gretel with RBL at South Street. Photo courtesy of Pieter Lawman.

Reading Between the Lines (RBL) are staging Hansel and Gretel at South Street Arts Centre in a joyous adaptation by Anna Wheatley during December. This enchanting production is deftly directed by Hal Chambers and set to a sassy soundscape by Benjamin Hudson, with exuberant movement by Rebecca Randall.

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The Progress Youth Theatre performs ‘Romeo and Juliet’ this week

Romeo and Juliet at the Progress Youth Theatre

Romeo and Juliet at the Progress Youth Theatre. Photo © Richard Brown

The Progress Youth Theatre (PYT) is performing Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet until Saturday 14 December at their theatre on the Mount, off Christchurch Road in Reading.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 December

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