Jolly Trolley Fun Day!

Whitley Pump is just off the map!

On Saturday 3 November the British Trolleybus Society and Reading Museum are bringing Reading’s last trolleybus to Town Hall Square.

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Memories of the paintings at the South Reading Community Centre

by Dennis Wood

The opening of the South Reading Community Hub

The opening of the South Reading Community Hub took place in June this year after the Whitley Library had been moved there. After I attended the opening and told some friends about it, they mentioned to me about the two large paintings that they remembered from their younger days as hanging in the main hall of the South Reading (Whitley) Community Centre and wondered whether they were still there. Although I knew they were no longer in the hall, there were various recollections of these paintings and clearly a bit of research was needed to unravel their story. This is the result with the valuable help of Reading Museum.

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32 years of Reading trolleybus history

Reading 174 (ERD145). Photo courtesy of the Trolleybus Museum, Sandtoft

An exhibition of Reading trolleybus history opened at Reading Museum on 14 August. Items on show will delight the transport enthusiast and local historian. This is one of several events in Reading and at the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft near Doncaster to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Reading’s trolleybus system.

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Lessons at the Victorian schoolroom at Katesgrove School

By Wynne Frankum

1873 school on Katesgrove Lane

Good better best,
never let it rest,
’till your good is better
and your better best.

This was the Victorian rhyme learnt by heart by pupils visiting the Katesgrove schoolroom. It became our mantra when setting up the Victorian schoolroom. Artefacts and lessons used in the schoolroom had to be thoroughly researched and, as far as the budget allowed, historically accurate.

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