Reading Mayor councillor Debs Edwards rang the bell of the George Palmer School after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Palmer Academy on Monday 18 June. The Northumberland Road academy is the successor to the George Palmer School which opened in 1907.
Reading Abbey’s much anticipated big day re-opening was well celebrated by visitors yesterday, 16 June. The formal cutting of the crimson and gold ribbons was undertaken by Reading Mayor, councillor Debs Edwards, and HM Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire James Puxley.
Reading Abbey dormitory wall today
The conservation work at Reading Abbey is technically fascinating. One of the more visible aspects, even from the outside, is the soft green capping on top of the walls. This has been introduced as the best way to protect the fabric from the affects of rain.
Rabson’s Recreation Ground
In the time of Abbot William (1165-1173), Reading Abbey was given permission by Henry II to enclose land that it had in Whitley into a park. By the time of the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539, large swathes of Whitley were owned by the Abbey; Whitley Manor to the west of Basingtoke Road and Whitley Park to the east.
Blue and white billboards appeared on Tuesday evening at the corner of Crown Street and Southampton Street. They are part of a Reading:International project ‘A Reproduction of three weeks in May 1970.’
Cloister style garden with Elizabeth Frink statue and Abbey and Prison in the distance
Just three days until Reading Abbey re-opens (#abbeymania) and up here on the hill what we most want to know is – ‘If the water supply for the Abbey came from the Whitley Conduit where did it arrive?’
You have to travel way beyond the Whitley Pump’s border for this exhibition but it is definitely worth it. The location for Kategsrove artist Robert Fitzmaurice’s current show – ‘Soldier’ – is Sandham Memorial Chapel.
Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road in Katesgrove are concerned that proposed changes to parking arrangements on Morgan and Kendrick Roads will have a severe detrimental effect on the club.
Christ Church in Christchurch Conservation Area
This year’s Whiteknights Studio Trail takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June and includes three artists, Carole Stephens, Linda Saul and Mark Ripley who are exhibiting at Christ Church (venue 22), the closest venue to the Whitley Pump.
Is no news good news? The Whitley Pump antennae are trained downhill on the Civic Offices hoping to pick up any crackle that would indicate some progress on the production of Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) accounts for the two previous years.
Whitley Library – 2 June 2018
Whitley Library closed its doors on Saturday 2 June at 1pm after 80 years of serving the local population. It will re-open in the south Reading community hub on Tuesday 19 June.
Reading Abbeymania can take you wherever you want to go and Reading Museum are determined to investigate and communicate all facets of this local treasure trove as widely as possible. As a contribution to achieving this, volunteer researchers are sought to help produce materials for a new learning programme to be delivered by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadors attached to Winchester Science Centre.
Reading Memory Routes map by Alda Terracciano
Opening night of Matilda the Empress
Christopher Tajah – older Gordon Greenidge
Abel Auer and rented dogs outside the Rising Sun Arts Centre
Painted column at Abbey exhibition, Reading Museum
The Whitley Pump has featured at least one of the finalists in each of the twelve categories of this year’s Reading Cultural Awards, some on more than one occasion. This shows how much is going on in, or linked with, our little patch of Reading!
Town Hall (Palacio Municipal)
‘The Lime Tree’ by César Aira is a recent arrival in the World Shop at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) on London Street. The short novel is set in Coronel Pringles in Argentina, a real place named after a real person, Juan Pascual Pringles, a hero of the wars of independence against Spain in the early nineteenth century. It is also where author César Aira really grew up.
The mayoral party return after a change of robes
Reading mayor Rose Williams and Düsseldorf Oberbürgermeister Thomas Geisel
Reading mayor Rose Williams and Zillah Puri, ceramics teacher at New Directions.
Reading mayor, Rose Williams
The Mayor Councillor Rose Williams speaking at the service
Unveiling of Plaque to Phoebe Cusden 19 November 2017
Morris Dancers 21 February 2018
Mayor Councillor Rose Williams and Councillor Sarah Hacker opening the new Abbey exhibition, Reading Museum
Reading Mayor Rose Williams opening the ‘Whitley Wood Album’ on Friday 11 May
Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams has had a very busy mayoral year, packed with civic events and appearances alongside her duties as ward councillor. This evening, 23 May, the Mayor will hand over to her successor at the council Annual General Meeting at Reading Town Hall. Continue reading
The mayoral party leaves after the election
The mayoral party return after a change of robes
Presentation of medals
The Reading Borough Council annual general meeting (AGM) and election of mayor for the forthcoming year will take place on Wednesday 23 May at 6.30pm at the Town Hall, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH.
Your summer wardrobe is not complete without a Katesgrove T-shirt. The Whitley Pump has a stock of T-shirts in a variety of colours and sizes for men and women.
The first Monday in May has been a bank holiday in England, Wales and for exactly forty years, but it still feels as if we have not got used to it yet.
There has been no change in the political hue of the south Reading wards of Church, Katesgrove, Redlands and Whitley. All four wards had three Labour councillors each before the election, and all four each have three Labour councillors now. In each ward, the sitting councillor was re-elected. The additional Labour councillors who had stood down in Church and Katesgrove wards were each replaced by Labour councillors.
A plaque which was placed on the Whitley Conduit when it was refurbished in 1908 is now on show in the new Story of Reading Gallery display at Reading Museum.