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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 December

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Village Pumps by Richard Williams

Richard K Williams book Village Pumps is a concise summary of the history, technology and terminology of water pumps. The book is richly illustrated with diagrams and photographs and will be of interest to every Whitley Pump reader.

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Reading Buses celebrate 100 years of motorbuses

Tony Page, Paul Woodward and Robert Williams

From L to R: deputy leader of the council, Tony Page; Reading Mayor, councillor Paul Woodward and Reading Buses CEO, Robert Williams

On Friday 6 December 2019, Reading Buses celebrated 100 years since the first motorbus was brought into service on the route from St Andrew’s Church, Caversham Heights to the Plough Inn, Tilehurst. The Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust will be running five historic Reading buses on routes through the town tomorrow, Sunday 8 December.

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Whitley garden wildlife in October and November

Mouse

Mouse. Photo © David Turner

My Whitley garden was burgled in September, leaving me with very little equipment with which to record wildlife. Fortunately, I still have one working camera which I move about the garden each week and, of course, I have my trusted Fuji camera permanently strapped to me!

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Three new comedy plays from StrikeUp theatre at the Rising Sun on 7 December

StrikeUp at the Rising Sun

StrikeUp theatre will perform three new comedy plays in Scratch night at the Rising Sun Arts Centre on Silver Street on Saturday 7 December at 7.30pm.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 2 December

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In Grateful Memory, John Dearing’s new booklet about the monuments and inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel

In Grateful Memory

Monuments and Inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel, Reading by John Dearing

John Dearing, the author of In Grateful Memory, has lived in Katesgrove for over 39 years. This recently published and very readable booklet about the monuments and inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel on Castle Street features many Katesgrovians of times gone by.

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Dance Reading – Bodies in Space

A cat of Catsgrove in Moon Dust

RISC on London Street hosted a very different dining experience, and a very different dance performance, on the evening of Friday 22 November. Bodies in Space, part of Dance Reading 2019, was a space-inspired entertainment that engaged all the senses.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 25 November

 

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The Four Horseshoes public house and its place in Reading’s political history

The Four Horseshoes public house at the corner of Basingstoke Road and Long Barn Lane was an ancient hostelry originally known as the Long Barn. In the 1820s, it was at the centre of a libel case involving tenant James Leach and Reading’s brewing and political elites.

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