Italian students at the English language summer school at Bradfield College. Photo : Pierluigi Lippolis
This year, the Whitley Pump’s very own theatre reviewer Gillie Tunley helped teach English to Italian students at Bradfield College, an impressively beautiful independent school near Theale. The students spent a day in Reading and shared their views on the town.
By Wynne Frankum
The Victorian Schoolroom at Reading Museum was originally housed at Katesgrove School and as it prepares to move again into a new home at the Abbey Gateway, the Whitley Pump looks back to when it was first established.
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.
From L to R: Sir John Madejski, Fiona Talkington, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Matthew Williams and John Luther
Reading Fringe Festival presented the first of a series of four ‘On the Couch‘ events today (Wednesday 25 July). BBC Radio 3 presenter and Fringe guest curator, Fiona Talkington navigated the panel of four of Reading’s cultural celebrities: Sir John Madejski, John Luther, Matthew Williams and Zsuzsi Lindsay through a lively and entertaining programme.
The Earl of Essex
Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS) has organised a walk on Wednesday 8 August at 19.30 which will visit important sites in Katesgrove from the siege of Reading during the English Civil War (1642-1651).
York Lodge, 81 Baker Street, Reading
In March we published a piece by Matthew Farrall about ‘The Berkshire Book of Song, Rhyme and Steeple Chime’ by Arthur L Humphreys. Matthew noticed that the author’s address was York Lodge, Reading, and discovered the connection between Humphreys and another, albeit short term and involuntary Reading resident, Oscar Wilde.
For this year’s Heritage Open Days festival the Whitley Pump will be leading a walk around the IDR on Sunday 16 September at 11am.
The ‘Black History’ mural
Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed to sell the Central Club on London Street in Katesgrove to Red Line. They will develop the site and take over responsibility for the maintenance of the mural. Councillors were at pains to point out at RBC policy committee on 16 July, that the process of finding a new use for the club since it closed in 2006 has been protracted.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on the evening Monday 16 July saw three very different public protests played out in front of councillors and RBC officers.
Victorian strollers with the Mayor
New Christ Church primary school first opened its doors to pupils on 14 July 1868 and on 14 July 2018 they celebrated with a summer fair.
Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) are advertising for a museum development worker at the Whitley Community Museum housed at the South Reading Community Hub on Northumberland Avenue.
New Christ Church School, Reading
New Christ Church School on Milman Road in Katesgrove will be celebrating its 150th birthday in a special summer fair on 14 July.
Whitley Street at the beginning of the twentieth century
Around 1900, the top of Whitley Street was entirely residential. Conduit Crescent was built in the first half of the nineteenth century and the houses beyond, which curve to meet Highgrove Street, were built about the turn of the twentieth century.
Drawing of the Whitley Conduit 1908 by Mr T.T. Cumming – Berks, Bucks & Oxon Archaeological Journal Vol 14
The Whitley Conduit on Highgrove Street was probably Reading Abbey’s drinking water source until the Abbey’s dissolution in the sixteenth century. The conduit existed at least until 1908, when Edward Margrett described the remains and requested that the municipal authorities repair it. But what happened to it after that?
Madness night at the Rising Sun (photo: Zac Yeo)
Maija Varvatsis, pianist, at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
‘The Who’ night at the Rising Sun (August 2014)
What’s on at the Rising Sun
Abel Auer and rented dogs outside the Rising Sun Arts Centre
Rising Sun, Reading
Damien Passmore and Zac Yeo at the Rising Sun Arts Centre
Ceiling in the Rising Sun
The big surprise on the night of 27 June was the special award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Arts’ which was won by the Rising Sun Arts Centre on Silver Street (pictured above). For the expected awards, the Whitley Pump had featured at least one of the finalists in each of the twelve categories of this year’s Reading Cultural Awards.
Reading mayor, Councillor Debs Edwards, opens the South Reading Community Hub on 26 June 2018
The newly refurbished South Reading Community Hub was opened by Reading’s mayor, Councillor Deborah Edwards, on 26 June, with help from the children of the Ridgeway Primary School.
Reading Mayor councillor Debs Edwards rang the bell of the George Palmer School after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Palmer Academy on Monday 18 June. The Northumberland Road academy is the successor to the George Palmer School which opened in 1907.
Reading Abbey’s much anticipated big day re-opening was well celebrated by visitors yesterday, 16 June. The formal cutting of the crimson and gold ribbons was undertaken by Reading Mayor, councillor Debs Edwards, and HM Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire James Puxley.
Reading Abbey dormitory wall today
The conservation work at Reading Abbey is technically fascinating. One of the more visible aspects, even from the outside, is the soft green capping on top of the walls. This has been introduced as the best way to protect the fabric from the affects of rain.