Quaker Meeting House
London Road Campus (Redlands Road entrance)
Heritage Open Days (HODs) are celebrating their 25th birthday with an extended programme of events over ten days from 13 to 22 September. There are over 40 participating venues and events in Reading this year and you don’t have to go too far from the Whitley Pump for some of them.
The parish of St Agnes with St Paul and St Barnabas in south Reading is planning to build a new church centre and a new health centre at St Paul’s on Whitley Wood Lane in south Reading. You can learn more about this development at public drop-in sessions at St Paul’s today, Monday 12 August, and Saturday 17 August.
There will be two drop-in sessions at St Paul’s Church on Whitley Wood Lane for neighbours who want to learn more about the new church centre and health centre proposed for the site.
From L to R: Fiona Talkington, Thomas Strønen, Jackie Oates, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Hannah James, Helen Jukes
Friday night was a BIG NIGHT for the Reading Fringe. Conversations with Trees was a unique musical collaboration specially curated by Fiona Talkington with Thomas Strønen, Hannah James and Jackie Oates. The group had only been brought together a few days before and delivered a thoughtful, tense and emotional piece which was rapturously received by the audience in St Mary’s Minster.
By Huma Jehan.
Whitley Social Club and Cafe. Picture (c) Mohan Banerji
WCC bar. Picture (c) Jean Claydon
Whitley Community Cafe. Picture (c) Ellen Bentley
Sketches (L->R): Mohan Banerji, Jean Claydon, Ellen Bentley
Urban sketchers are a global community of artists who draw on location, and there are local chapters worldwide. The Reading Urban Sketchers got officially recognised as a local chapter recently but it has been around as the Reading Sketchers for two and a half years.
Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel before demolition
Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel during demolition
Developer Pednor Property Ltd has made a planning application to build a three-storey and basement block of eight flats on the site of the Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel on South Street, next door to South Street Arts Centre.
Pell Street looking west
Nikolaus Pevsner‘s edition of the Berkshire volume of ‘Buildings of England’ was published in 1966, the thirtieth county guide of forty-six. The Reading section starts with the Abbey, followed by churches and finally public buildings.
A drizzly wet Monday morning up on Katesgrove Hill.
The application by Reading Family Church for a change of use of the former Ultima premises on Basingstoke Road is to be considered for a second time by Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 5 December.
Advertising ‘A’ boards on the public highway must be licensed and meet strict specifications. Reading Borough Council (RBC) charges an application and an annual fee for a licence.
Christ Church in the snow
Special Advent and Christmas events at Christ Church, on Christchurch Road, Reading, start on Sunday 2 December with the Advent carol service and end with the parish eucharist on Christmas day.
Pictures by Huma Jehan.
Dancers waiting to perform
The Reading Hindu Temple on Whitley Street held their annual Diwali cultural programme on Sunday 11 November. Katesgrove artist Huma Jehan went along to draw what happened at this lively and colourful event.
A horse bus at the corner of West Street and Broad Street looking east c.1895
On 9 November 1895, Alderman Charles James Andrewes was travelling on a Reading Omnibus Company horse bus from the Queens Head public house, via the Whitley Pump, to West Street, when his fellow passengers noticed that he was unwell.
Trooper Potts memorial
The Berkshire Record Office (BRO) has been running a blog since August 2014 which documents daily events of the First World War contained in collections of letters, school log books, parish magazines and other records in the archives.
By Gillie Tunley and Adam Harrington.
Mark Middleton as Henry II. Photo: Pieter Lawman Photography.
The theatre company Reading Between the Lines (RBL) present the final instalment of their Conquerors trilogy, Henry II, in the thrillingly atmospheric St Mary’s Minster, Reading, until Saturday October 27. It is the story of love and power; love between a husband and wife, a King and his former drinking buddy, and a Welsh monk and a beaver.
The first night of Henry II, the pay what you want night, on 8 October was booked with much anticipation as soon as tickets came out in June. There are 17 more days and 24 more performances to come until Reading collapses exhausted with the last night of the last part of the Conquerors trilogy.
St Agnes Church
St Agnes Church on Northumberland Avenue will screen the film Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope on Monday 8 October from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
The ski jump at the end of the IDR in 1984. The Hook and Tackle is the on the left, painted white.
Having carved its way from Caversham Road to the foot of Southampton Street, in the 1970s Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) stopped abruptly at the ‘ski jump’ where the Oracle roundabout now is. During this hiatus, Reading consulted and debated about whether and how to continue.
Heritage Open Days (HODs) take place over two September weekends this year; 6-9 September and 13-16 September. Local publicity leaflets are beginning to appear around Reading and you can also look for events on the HODs website.
Christ Church, Reading from Glebe road
The ‘Reading Book of Days from the History of Reading Society reminded us that Christ Church was consecrated by the Right Revd Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford on 7 August 1862.