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Katesgrove Lane underpass cleaned up!

By Christine Lalley, Katesgrove Community Association environmental officer.

Katesgrove IDR underpass clean-up, June 2019. Picture courtesy of Katesgrove Labour

On Saturday 21 June, a dedicated bunch of people from Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) turned out to tidy up the underpass by the old Hook and Tackle Pub, now known as the Namaste Kitchen, on Katesgrove Lane.

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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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Katesgrove Lane and IDR pedestrian underpass clean-up planned for 22 June

The Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) invites community-minded residents to help make Katesgrove Lane, RG1 2ND, look pretty again. They have organised a litter-pick and tidy up near the IDR pedestrian underpass on Saturday 22 June from 10am until 1pm.

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Katesgrove School Buildings

Katesgrove Primary School

As my knowledge of the history of Katesgrove school grew, it became apparent that it was possibly unique; two Victorian Schools on one site built to quite different designs. This was of great interest for visitors interested in the history of education.

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Lessons at the Victorian schoolroom at Katesgrove School

1873 school on Katesgrove Lane

Good better best,
never let it rest,
’till your good is better
and your better best.

This was the Victorian rhyme learnt by heart by pupils visiting the Katesgrove schoolroom. It became our mantra when setting up the Victorian schoolroom. Artefacts and lessons used in the schoolroom had to be thoroughly researched and, as far as the budget allowed, historically accurate.

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Setting up the Victorian schoolroom at Katesgrove School

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The Victorian Schoolroom at Reading Museum was originally housed at Katesgrove School and as it prepares to move again into a new home at the Abbey Gateway, the Whitley Pump looks back to when it was first established.

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Meet your Katesgrove councillors at the Namaste Kitchen on 20 March

Hook & Tackle

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Katesgrove Labour Ward Surgery on Tuesday 20 March at 6.00pm. They will be at the Namaste Kitchen, Hook and Tackle, Katesgrove Lane, Reading for an hour and a half.

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Katesgrovians buried in Coburg Cemetery, Melbourne, Australia

Henry Philbrick, elder brother of Charles and George Philbrick of the tannery on Katesgrove Lane, went out to Australia to seek his fortune in 1857. After a period in the goldfields of Victoria he turned to the family trade and set up a tannery at Broadford in 1865.

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Meet your Katesgrove councillors at the Namaste Kitchen on 16 January

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Katesgrove Labour Ward Surgery on Tuesday 16 January at 6pm. They will be at the Namaste Kitchen, Hook and Tackle, Katesgrove Lane, Reading for an hour and a half.

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History published of Philbrick’s tannery on Katesgrove Lane

County Lock Photograph c.1898; Philbrick’s Tannery is on the right with the Louvred Windows – courtesy Reading LIbrary

The 2017 edition of ‘Berkshire Old & New’, the journal of the Berkshire Local History Association, includes a history of Philbrick’s tannery on Katesgrove Lane.

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The Historic Katesgrove Industries Tour

Reading, from the South Hill 1882. reproduced from Illustrated London News.

The Historic Katesgrove Industries tour was available for the first time on 8 September 2017 during the Heritage Open Days weekend. The two hour walk started at the foot of London Street outside Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and, after a loop around Katesgrove, ended outside Great Expectations, next door to RISC.

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Katesgrove Primary School Fayre “truly wonderful”

Katesgrove Primary School held its summer Fayre on 8 July, featuring burgers, cakes, henna, Indian food, a raffle and much more.

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Mini police clean up Katesgrove lane

PC Laura Wilson and Ricky Josie from RBC removing a knife from Foundry Place

Pupils from Katesgrove School became ‘mini police’ on Thursday 15 June and helped officers from Thames Valley Police tidy up the area around their school.

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Community clean-up on Katesgrove Lane on 15 June

The Katesgrove neighbourhood team from Thames Valley Police will be carrying out a community clean-up on Katesgrove Lane and surrounding streets tomorrow, Thursday 15 June, from 1.30pm.

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Elgar Road pavement improvements

Improvements have been made to pedestrian access at the crossroads at the north end of Elgar Road. Famous for being the meeting place of a road (Elgar), a lane (Katesgrove), an avenue (Berkeley) and a street (Pell), it had become a bit of a bottleneck.

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Katesgrovians asked for opinion on IDR underpass

Users of the IDR underpass between Katesgrove Lane and the County Lock were asked their opinion on Thursday 15 December.

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Children’s entertainer comes to Katesgrove Primary School

Katesgrove winter fayre

Katesgrove Primary School will be holding its winter fayre on Saturday 10 December from 11am until 2pm. It will include a Santa and a children’s entertainer with a magic and puppet show.

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Katesgrove Poet’s Corner

Charles Jean d'Hector

Charles Jean d’Hector

Katesgrove at the end of the eighteenth century was home to the exiled French count Charles Jean d’Hector who had left France at the beginning of the French Revolution.

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CCTV camera to be set up in Katesgrove Lane to tackle drug abuse

Reading Borough Council (RBC) plans to install a CCTV camera in Katesgrove Lane, near the IDR pedestrian underpass, by the end of December 2016.

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Katesgrove Community Association to allow online voting

The Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) plans a radical overhaul of its constitution to allow online voting and to reduce the number of people required to make decisions.

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