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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 23 September

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30 December – Making sense of Reading’s residential property developments

Clarendon House (foreground) and Verto (background)

When we walked around the IDR on 16 September for this year’s Heritage Open Days, the number of new property developments along its route became astoundingly clear. In an anti-clockwise direction we first passed, on the south side of Queen’s Road, New Century Place where both blocks have recently been converted from offices to studio apartments.

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Learn about stress and hope at St Agnes in October

St Agnes Church

St Agnes Church on Northumberland Avenue will screen the film Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope on Monday 8 October from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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World Book Day 2018

As a celebration of World Book Day 2018, the Whitley Pump looks back at the books we reviewed in the last year.

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‘The Firefighters’ – location Katesgrove

Southampton Street today opposite the Huntley Boorne & Stephens Southampton Street entrance

For local historians with a penchant for photographs and films, David Cliffe’s Picture Palace to Penny Plunge may turn out to be the book of the year. Following up on the filming of A Bridge too Far on Hill Street in 1976 led to the discovery of ‘The Firefighters’.

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Apollo, After Dark and the Central Club: “when the music hits you, you can feel no pain”

Matthew Farrall (left) and David Archibald (right), making a sign for ‘Africa’

I was on a lunchtime walk from work with colleagues recently and among them was Jamaican-born Rastafarian, David Archibald. David’s knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean history of three Katesgrove buildings had us all enthralled. He gave us some real insight into the cultural and socio-political side of life growing up in Reading in the 70s and 80s. With vivid joy, he talked of the great times he had at the Apollo Youth Club, the Caribbean Club and the Central Club; David explained most of his life at the time revolved around social gatherings with music at the heart of everything.

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A Bridge too Far – the view from Hill Street

Hill Street today

When the Whitley Pump recently reviewed Picture Palace to Penny Plunge by David Cliffe, we found out that a scene from the film A Bridge too Far had been shot on Hill Street in Katesgrove.

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