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.
Former corner shop on Collis Street
Former corner shop on Elgar Road
Former corner shop on Edgehill Street
Former corner shop on Waterloo Road
When I was growing up in Wales, my local corner shop was called Eva’s after the homely purveyor of goods and gossip who lived on the premises with her doddery black mongrel, Paddy.
Eastern Coley Meadows by the Kennet
Western Kennet path, from Rose Kiln Lane bridge
Western Kennet path, near Rose Kiln Lane
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.
The window displays have gone and all is bare inside as the shop awaits a refit.
The Whitley Pump roundabout is one of nineteen Reading roundabouts that can be sponsored.
Esther Choules, the manager at the Age UK charity shop on Whitley Street has been working there for 24 years. The Whitley Pump interviewed her at the shop on a Wednesday afternoon.
Former City Link Warehouse
Unit 10, Brunel Retail Park
Rose Kiln Lane
Miah’s Saffron Restaurant at 39 Whitley Street has closed. The banner over the front window says that a Korean restaurant ‘Gooi Nara’ is coming soon.
A poem by Victoria Pugh
with illustrations by Jane Burnett.
So many hat boxes, stacked up, on shelves by the door –
round, black, with a crest on each one; full of flat caps,
trilbies, bowlers, top hats? Or nothing? Like extra-wide
organ pipes, ready to play a tune in brown dog tooth.
RISC ‘stones’ room
Katesgrove’s first local election hustings for many years was held at RISC on Saturday 30 April. Topics discussed included local traffic and parking, cross-party co-operation, voluntary contributions to council work, litter and the provision of green spaces, but the biggest issue was the cost, economics and politics of housing.
Low grey clouds scudding above rain washed streets. People hunched against horizontal freezing rain, scuttling to get home before it gets dark by four. The next time you have one of those bus stop moments where you find yourself giving the far side of the road a thousand yard stare whilst a trickle of cold rainwater makes it way down your neck, take some time out to visit Katesgrove’s tropical oasis at 89 Mount Pleasant, the Pau Brasil café.
Two drop in sessions are being held on the 15 and 16 February 2016 at the civic offices. The sessions will give local residents the opportunity to ask about the new local plan. The consultation poses questions about the future development of Reading.
The Hop Leaf was a beerhouse without a name in 1869 when George Benwell was granted a Beerhouse certificate. This is the first licensing record for the pub which had probably operated since at least the end of the 1850s. In 1830 the Beerhouses Act had allowed easy registration of beerhouses on payment of a fee of 2 guineas (£2.10) by householders who paid rates. In 1869 beerhouses came under the same regulations as other premises licensed for the sale and consumption of alcohol and there was continued pressure to reduce the explosion in numbers licensed premises caused by the 1830 Act [ref 1].
Pau Brasil proprietor, Evie Pierce
Here’s something different for Katesgrove cake lovers. A typical Portuguese cake at this time of year is the bolo rei (“king cake”) which is eaten any time between Christmas and Epiphany (“dia de reis” or literally “kings’ day”) on 6 January.