Sweeney pies: use or lose our business heritage

The news that Sweeney & Todd’s pie shop and restaurant is up for sale sent a shudder down the spine to all of us who still look upon a Sweeney pie as a treat and a Reading food icon.

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Matilda the Empress at St James’ Church

Lighting of the church porch

There really was a buzz of excitement and expectation around the eagerly awaited opening night of Matilda the Empress. A queue had formed outside St James’ Church on the chilly evening well before the official door opening time 7pm.

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Is east Reading’s MP voting for his constituency?

Cemetery Junction

The MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, voted in parliament in February to give the prime minister power to trigger ‘article 50’ that begins the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There was the briefest of Twitter storms at about the same time whether the Reading East constituency had voted to leave or to remain in the EU, and whether Rob Wilson was representing his constituents.

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A year in planning

Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.

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Katesgrovians asked for opinion on IDR underpass

Users of the IDR underpass between Katesgrove Lane and the County Lock were asked their opinion on Thursday 15 December.

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