Whitley garden wildlife in May

By David Turner.

Lucky escape for the squirrel. Photo: David Turner

May was a very bad month for predation in my garden, with cats catching blackbirds, pigeons, starlings and squirrels. I do get annoyed, but I would never harm a cat; it’s just a natural instinct on their part, and there is very little I can do to stop it.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Planning applications in Abbey, Church, Katesgrove, Minster and Whitley wards for the week ending 22 June

There were ten new planning applications for Abbey, Church, Katesgrove, Minster and Whitley wards this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

Continue reading

Trinity Concert Band sizzling summer concert at Leighton Park

Trinity Concert Band. Image (c) TCB

Last Saturday, on a glorious summer’s evening, the fabulous Trinity Concert Band raised the roof of the Michael Malnick Centre at Leighton Park with an evening of dazzling musical entertainment. The concert, under the supremely skilled baton of Paul Speed, celebrated the best of British, honouring the Queen’s birthday, with memorable musical highlights from every decade of her reign.

Continue reading

Reading Labour’s front bench and portfolios for the forthcoming mayoral year

New lead councillor portfolios and appointments were approved at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) annual meeting on 22 May at Reading Town Hall. In a reshuffle of portfolios and responsibilities, Minster ward councillor Ellie Emberson replaced Jason Brock, who is now leader of the council, as lead councillor for corporate and consumer services. Ellie Emberson was first elected in the 2018 local elections. The reshuffle also saw Karen Rowland, another new councillor in 2018, replace Sarah Hacker as the lead for culture, heritage and recreation.

Continue reading

Councillor Paul Woodward elected Reading Mayor

The Mayoral Party returns after changing into their robes (L to R) Councillor Deborah Edwards (outgoing mayor), Councillor David Stevens (incoming deputy mayor), Councillor Paul Woodward (incoming mayor) and mace-bearer

Church ward councillor Paul Woodward (Labour) has been elected Reading mayor and Councillor David Stevens (Conservative) elected deputy mayor for the forthcoming year. The elections took place at the Reading Borough Council  annual meeting yesterday evening (22 May).

Continue reading