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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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Council supports Sustrans’ improvements to the Kennet cycle path

Reading Borough Council (RBC) offered its support this week to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in their project to remove motorcycle barriers on the Kennet Path between the Katesgrove Lane IDR underpass and Fobney Lock.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 13 January

 

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 23 December

 

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Half-marathon runners aim to raise £10,000 for Redlands Primary School

Photo courtesy of the Friends of Redlands School

The Friends of Redlands School, the parent-teacher association for Redlands Primary School on Lydford Road, Reading, are in training for their fundraising stint at the half-marathon in April 2020. They want to raise £10,000 to improve facilities and provide workshops for pupils at the school.

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Hatches, Matches and Dispatches over Christmas and New Year

Civic Offices

Reading Register Office will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It will be open by appointment only on all other weekdays: 23, 24, 27, 28, 30 and 31 December. Appointments can be made online on the life events page of the council website.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 16 December

 

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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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Civic carol service at Reading Minster on 12 December

The mayor of Reading, Councillor Paul Woodward, has invited the town to the annual civic carol service in Reading Minster on St Mary’s Butts on Thursday 12 December at 6.30pm.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 December

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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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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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Christ Church Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7 December

Christ Church Reading in the snow

Christ Church Reading in the snow. Photo (c) Dennis Wood

Christ Church is holding a Christmas fayre on Saturday 7 December from 1pm until 4pm. It will be followed by a barbecue and fireworks in the evening.

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