The Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 20 January was meant to be an Oscar night for an unnamed winner of the Award to Design, Build and Maintain Reading’s Boroughwide Leisure Centres, who would only ever be referred to as bidder A. The frustration of the procurement process was too much and the compère, RBC leader Jason Brock, decided to reveal the successful bidder’s name. But wait, hadn’t RBC chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Sloman already done that?
25 December 1914 Archibald Buchanan-Dunlop (left), Captain M. B. G. Copeman (centre), and Captain W. C. Wilson (right) in the trenches at La Grande Flamengrie. Image courtesy Robin Buchanan-Dunlop
Major Archibald Henry Buchanan-Dunlop of Whitley Rise was pictured in the Berkshire Chronicle of 8 January 1915 beneath the headline “Major who sang carols between the trenches”. A short paragraph beneath reported that he was one of the “moving spirits” in the Christmas truce between British and German troops on the Western Front [ref 1].
The Age UK charity shop on Whitley Street, currently sporting a festive window display, will be open until about 12 noon on Christmas Eve. It will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and re-open on 27 December.
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.
South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue will be closed from 24 until 27 December, as well as 30 December and 1 January. It will open from 8am to 4pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December, and from 8am to 2pm on 31 December.
Limestone figurine of a horse 750- 650 BC, Cypro-archaic I period. Image courtesy of the Ure Museum (c) University of Reading.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus houses many ancient Cypriot artefacts collected by Ellen Barry at the end of the nineteenth century. Ellen Barry was the daughter of William Exall, a partner at the former Katesgrove Lane ironworks Barrett, Exall and Andrewes. Her mother was Frances Mary Andrewes, who was a sister of another partner in the same business, Charles Andrewes.
Get Berkshire Active is offering between £750 and £2000 to established organisations providing new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire, including Reading’s Whitley, Church and Norcot wards.
Reading were at home to Sheffield Wednesday for their first game of the 2018/19 season. It was a fine day, so we decided to see what had changed since 2017 on the scenic cross-country route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium.
South Reading Leisure Centre is about 1.3 miles from the Whitley Pump. It takes half an hour to walk there, or it is right on the Emerald 5 bus route. I have to admit that apart from the famous purple tennis courts, I didn’t really know much about what the centre had to offer to southern Readingas; so I went to have a look.
Here at the Whitley Pump offices where we sit all day, every day, in front of our computers, with the curtains drawn and a pile of empty coffee cups in the sink, we thought we should have a look at what Active Reading was all about. The council’s online consultation only runs until 14 August so we thought we had better get our skates on.