Leaking water main fixed at the Tank

In the fine print of Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) consultation on prioritising projects which will benefit from a 15% share of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), is the statement “flooding issue now resolved” at the Tank on Spring Gardens.

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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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Katesgrove, Whitley, Church and Redlands wards have £419,897 to spend

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is paid by developers or landowners on new developments and at least 15% of the money collected must be spent on local projects. Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed a way in which this money can be allocated that complies with government regulations and are now consulting with residents on which projects to prioritise.

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Reading Fringe – On the Couch – Wednesday edition

From L to R: Sir John Madejski, Fiona Talkington, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Matthew Williams and John Luther

Reading Fringe Festival presented the first of a series of four ‘On the Couch‘ events today (Wednesday 25 July). BBC Radio 3 presenter and Fringe guest curator, Fiona Talkington navigated the panel of four of Reading’s cultural celebrities: Sir John Madejski, John Luther, Matthew Williams and Zsuzsi Lindsay through a lively and entertaining programme.

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A Reading Bookseller, Publisher and Author (extended article)

York Lodge, 81 Baker Street, Reading

In March we published a piece by Matthew Farrall about ‘The Berkshire Book of Song, Rhyme and Steeple Chime’ by Arthur L Humphreys. Matthew noticed that the author’s address was York Lodge, Reading, and discovered the connection between Humphreys and another, albeit short term and involuntary Reading resident, Oscar Wilde.

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