West end of Milman Road
Milman Road residents were surprised in early August 2018 when Reading Borough Council (RBC) put up a notice at the west end of the road saying they proposed to permanently ban parking there.
Waterloo Meadows clean up
Mini police litter haul
Reading Rescue Event 9 October 2015
Volunteers are needed to help the Friends of Waterloo Meadows clean up the meadows on Saturday 13 October.
Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery and an attempted robbery near the Katesgrove Children’s Centre at Waterloo Meadows, Elgar Road, Reading on Tuesday 25 September.
Peter Burt, from the Save Arthur Hill Baths campaign
Protestors from Reclaim Reading, a group who use art and provocative actions to ask who controls Reading, served a ‘public information notice’ at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy meeting on Monday 24 September.
Mini police litter haul
1873 school on Katesgrove Lane
The Katesgrove ‘mini police’, who are students from local primary schools under guidance from Thames Valley Police, will be litter picking on Thursday 27 September.
David Nolan, Smallmead MRF supervisor
You can find out what happens to the rubbish you put into your recycling bin during recyling week, which lasts until 29 September. The re3 material recycling facility (MRF) off Reading’s A33, more commonly known as the Smallmead tip, is running free public tours this week.
‘Kill Committee’. Photo by permission (c) Musical Bear Records.
Rumpo Kidz at the White Hart, Basingstoke
Club Velocity will present a charity gig in memory of Matthew Farrall on 22 September. Matthew, who died in April 2018, was an enthusiastic Whitley resident, Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) trustee, Explore Reading and Whitley Pump contributor.
Reading Borough Council will discuss new and amended parking restrictions across the town at their traffic management committee tomorrow, 12 September.
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.
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.
The Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) will publish its next newsletter at the end of August and needs volunteers to help deliver it before 9 September.
Rabson’s Recreation Ground
The Whitley Wood Album – Rabson’s Rec (photo: John Howard).
The Whitley Wood Community Centre
Berkshire Youth and Reading Borough Council have teamed up to organise many events for young people in south Reading in August.
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.
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?
Reading mayor, Councillor Debs Edwards, opens the South Reading Community Hub on 26 June 2018
The newly refurbished South Reading Community Hub was opened by Reading’s mayor, Councillor Deborah Edwards, on 26 June, with help from the children of the Ridgeway Primary School.
The new Whitley Library, in the South Reading Community Hub on Northumberland Avenue, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday 19 June, after a six month Reading Borough Council (RBC) project to improve the building.
The Kendrick School on London Road, Reading, proposes to admit 32 more year 7 students each year from September 2020 bringing the total admitted to 128.
Dancers at the JMA (24 January 2018)
JMA performing arts teacher Tommy Robinson accepting a Lets Sing 2018 award from Mayor Rose Williams at the Hexagon, Reading. Photo courtesy of Reading Borough Council.
John Madejski Academy performance night (24 January 2018)
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.
Simone Illger waiting for a bus on Shinfield Road
Disabled people, trade unionists and Berkshire Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) will be outside Reading Borough Council (RBC) civic offices on Bridge Street on Monday 11 June at 6pm to protest council proposals to reduce concessionary bus services for disabled people.