Apollo, After Dark and the Central Club: “when the music hits you, you can feel no pain”

Matthew Farrall (left) and David Archibald (right), making a sign for ‘Africa’

I was on a lunchtime walk from work with colleagues recently and among them was Jamaican-born Rastafarian, David Archibald. David’s knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean history of three Katesgrove buildings had us all enthralled. He gave us some real insight into the cultural and socio-political side of life growing up in Reading in the 70s and 80s. With vivid joy, he talked of the great times he had at the Apollo Youth Club, the Caribbean Club and the Central Club; David explained most of his life at the time revolved around social gatherings with music at the heart of everything.

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Stay well with help from the council’s Winter Watch

Councillor Graeme Hoskin, Reading Borough Council lead member for health. Photo (c) RBC.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have launched their annual Winter Watch scheme to provide support and information over the colder months. The scheme is designed to help elderly or disabled people and low-income families with emergency heating, bedding and energy payments as well as offering damp-proofing and home energy checks.

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Katesgrove, the urban village

By John Dearing.

Early in 1980 I wanted to move from Maidenhead to Reading, where houses were cheaper. I contacted an estate agent and one Saturday in May I collected details of four properties, three of which were in Katesgrove. After the usual laborious process of house purchase, I moved to Sherman Road in October 1980. By 2015 more than half my life had been spent at this address.

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Marina, pub and hotel proposed near Waterloo Meadows

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have proposed to enter into a development agreement with H20 Urban and the Canal and River Trust to build a 100 berth marina, hotel and pub on the A33 side of the Kennet opposite Waterloo Meadows, according to the Katesgrove Labour group.

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Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams attends launch of Phoebe Cusden House

Councillors Richard Davies, Rachel Eden, Rose Williams and the mayor, Councillor Mohammed Ayub

Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams was among the attendees at the launch event for the opening of Phoebe Cusden House on 31 March. The supported living accommodation at Whitley Rise, Basingstoke Road is owned and managed by Reading Borough Council (RBC).

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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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