Reading Borough Council (RBC) have refused permission for two giant illuminated LED advertisement hoardings on Whitley Street and the Basingstoke and Surrey Road junctions. These would have replaced the existing hoardings, both of which until recently were non-illuminated.
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.
Redlands Ward Green Party councillor Jamie Whitham will be holding a Green Party street surgery in Northumberland Avenue on Sunday 5 January at 7pm for an hour. If you would like to speak to councillor Whitham you can contact him by phone or email as shown in the poster above.
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].
Whitley Library on Northumberland Avenue will stay open until 12 noon on Christmas Eve. It will not then re-open until Thursday 2 January at 9am when normal opening hours resume. No books are due back during the period when the library is closed.
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.
The Red Cow public house at the corner of Southampton Street and Crown Street was mentioned at last week’s Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee. Julie Williams, RBC acting planning manager, told the committee that during the ongoing refurbishment developers had been asked to rebuild a section of wall. This was because they had laid bricks in stretcher rather than Flemish bond and, as the pub is a listed building, the method used had to be in historically appropriate.