About thirty people attended the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) annual general meeting at Katesgrove primary school on 15 November, including Reading’s mayor Councillor Rose Williams, Reading Borough Council officials, officers from Thames Valley Police and six mini-police.
by Matthew Farrall, Gillie T, Evelyn & Paul Williams
Main course – ‘allotment tajine’
Dessert – ‘Reading town crumble’
Two courses of locally produced allotment and garden goodness were served at the Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September. The free meal was thoroughly enjoyed by the Whitley Pump review panel.
Looked down on by the Blade, the historic characters on the Abbey Gateway and the Maiwand Lion, the Forbury Gardens once again played host to the annual Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September.
View of Katesgrove Hill over Fobney Meadow and the Kennet towards Christchurch by R.W.Ford 1940
The western edge of Katesgrove as it was in 1940 from Fobney Meadow is depicted in this watercolour by R.W. Ford.
From left: Lynne Reynolds (RBC project officer), Sarah Hacker (RBC councillor for sport), Andrew O’Hare (local BMX enthusiast)
The BMX track at Waterloo Meadows has been cleared of vegetation and renovated with newly profiled jumps.
Among a long list of new cost saving and income generation proposals going before Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on Monday 17 July is one which will affect Reading’s allotments holders.
£2.2 million of ‘section 106’ (s106) contributions were spent in Reading in the year ended 31 March 2017, according to a report received by Reading Borough Council’s policy committee on 12 April.
Christchurch Conservation Area
The consultation on Reading’s new local plan will end at 5pm on Wednesday 14 June.
Indian Bean Tree at Reading Minster
The Shady Side of Town (© Two Rivers Press)
On a fresh Mayday morning, I went along to the first part of an organised walk at that eleven acre wedge of melancholy calm and beauty known as Reading Old Cemetery. An eager crowd of around a hundred souls had gathered to learn more of Reading’s trees and celebrate the publishing of a remarkable book on the subject.
The Friends of the Harris Garden, on Reading University’s Whiteknight Campus, hold regular charity open days. The Whitley Pump‘s Gillie Tunley went to one on 21 May (for Little Owls pre-school) to take some pictures of the garden in its full spring glory.
Western Kennet path, from Rose Kiln Lane bridge
Western Kennet path, near Rose Kiln Lane
Eastern Coley Meadows by the Kennet
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.
What a great view. From the top of the Cowsey on a clear day you can see directly down the glacial valley over to Tilehurst and its stark pale water tower with the wonderful Sulham Woods in the background.
We couldn’t help noticing that the Whitley Pump roundabout was looking a little dejected on the day of the Reading half marathon. Years ago it was on the route of the race, but not any more.
By Jason Hilbourne.
Avanti Cycling are offering free bike courses over the next month as part of the Reading Bikeability scheme.
The season has started at Katesgrove community allotment at Waterloo Meadows. Sessions led by Seth from food4families take place every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 3.30pm.
Reading’s Cintra Park is a world away from how it was even five years ago. Some ‘orrible kids, dog mess, violence and drugs weren’t uncommon. My cricket team and I even found a shotgun cartridge in the outfield when playing a game one evening.
Sun sets on the Katesgrove children’s centre
South Reading Community Centre
Details on the proposed remodelling of Reading’s children’s centres will be publicised at events held across the town until the beginning of March.
Beech tree (I think) in winter
The old rose garden looking south
Oi! You! Gimme food!
The old rose garden looking north
The old rose garden looking west
The Harris Garden on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus remains open throughout the winter.
The sun sets on the Katesgrove children’s centre
Reading Borough Council has proposed to replace the town’s 13 children’s centres with four ‘children and family centre hubs’. Under the proposal, Katesgrove children’s centre would be replaced by the Sun Street Youth and Community Centre at Cemetery Junction.
Inside the Huntley, Boorne & Stevens tin works
After much public interest and a prolonged campaign it is not surprising that the first application to be heard at Wednesday 7 December Planning Applications Committee was the proposed demolition of the After Dark Club. But it is not just the club that was under threat.