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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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Traffic diversions through Katesgrove for repairs to crash barriers on IDR flyover

The Flyover on 28 May 2019

Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.

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Sage Reading half marathon beating the streets

So much excitement up here on Katesgrove Hill as the sound of the approaching motorcycle mounted race marshall announced that the race was on its way to the small crowd at the junction of Kendrick and Christchurch Roads .

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‘Coalition of the disaffected’ takes shape on London Street

Aspire and CAG meeting at RISC (drawing: Huma Jehan)

Reading’s Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) and Aspire CIC have decided on political action in the aftermath of Reading Borough Council’s controversial sale of the Central Club to property developers Red Line Land.

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Sale of the Central Club

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed to sell the Central Club on London Street in Katesgrove to Red Line. They will develop the site and take over responsibility for the maintenance of the mural. Councillors were at pains to point out at RBC policy committee on 16 July, that the process of finding a new use for the club since it closed in 2006 has been protracted.

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Central Club on London Street up for sale

Haslams are marketing the Central Club on Katesgrove’s London Street and details of the sale are available on a dedicated web page.

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Reading half marathon Sunday 18 March

The 2018 Reading half marathon will take place on Sunday 18 March. The anti-clockwise route starts in Green Park and ends at the Madejksi stadium.

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Community groups encouraged to express interest in Central Club mural

The ‘Black History’ mural

Reading Borough Council is advertising for expressions of interest from community groups to bid for the north wall and mural of the former Central Club on London Street.

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‘Black History’ mural becomes an asset of community value

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have listed the ‘Black History’ mural on Mill Lane as an asset of community value after it was nominated by the Aspire community interest company (CIC) as part of their campaign to acquire the Central Club.

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Debate on the Central Club and Black History Mural

Katesgrove councillor Sophia James spoke in the ‘Save Reading Central Club Mural/ Do Not Sell The Central Club (A Community Asset) to Commercial Developers’ debate at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) council meeting on Tuesday 17 October.

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