Mamma mia! Italians invade Reading!

Italian students at the English language summer school at Bradfield College. Photo : Pierluigi Lippolis

This year, the Whitley Pump’s very own theatre reviewer Gillie Tunley helped teach English to Italian students at Bradfield College, an impressively beautiful independent school near Theale. The students spent a day in Reading and shared their views on the town.

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WCDA defibrillator unveiled in memory of Matthew Farrall

From L: Steve Haines, Bob Bennett, Trisha Bennett and Stephanie Chard

The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) unveiled its new public access defibrillator on 28 July. The device was bought with funds donated by the friends of Matthew Farrall, who died in April 2018. The defibrillator is designed to help resuscitate people suffering a heart attack and is attached to the external wall of the South Reading Community Hub at 252 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA.

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The fate of the Whitley Conduit

Drawing of the Whitley Conduit 1908 by Mr T.T. Cumming – Berks, Bucks & Oxon Archaeological Journal Vol 14

The Whitley Conduit on Highgrove Street was probably Reading Abbey’s drinking water source until the Abbey’s dissolution in the sixteenth century. The conduit existed at least until 1908, when Edward Margrett described the remains and requested that the municipal authorities repair it. But what happened to it after that?

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John Madejski Academy concert on 19 June

Students from the John Madejski Academy on Hartland Road, Whitley will be performing in a public concert at the school on Tuesday 19 June at 6.30pm.

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Community safety survey suggests 23% of Reading believes the town is a high crime area

Reading Borough Council (RBC) conducted a community safety survey last year which received 989 responses. 975 of the estimated 162,000 people living in Reading borough participated. Of the respondents, 23% thought that the crime level in Reading was high, and littering was the most commonly identified priority anti-social issue.

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‘Whitley Wood Album’ public art installed

The installation of the ‘Whitley Wood Album’, a set of three public artworks by Bruce Williams, was celebrated by the children of the Geoffrey Field Junior School in Whitley and the Reading mayor Rose Williams on 11 May.

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Council takes the reins of the Katesgrove Community Association

Reading Borough Council (RBC) neighbourhood initiatives manager Chris Bloomfield and RBC neighbourhood initiatives officer Janet Ives have taken on the role of Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) chair, after the existing chair, Abby Knowles, and treasurer, Dan Knowles, stepped down.

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