Katesgrove based carry-on country band the Rumpo Kidz and the bard of Elgar Road Nigel Pounds crossed borders into Hampshire last Saturday to perform at the White Hart, a lovely big old boozer at the old end of Basingstoke town. After negotiating the consumer-Narnia of a shopping mall at the heart of the new Basingstoke, our redbrick troubadours traipsed through the heavy rain with all their gear on their backs.
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Hoardings have gone up around the former Lok n’Store site on Berkeley Avenue. Site clearance work is taking place behind the metal barriers.
Two of the bollards at the junction of Waterloo and Elgar Roads by the bottle banks disappeared last week.
Waste and rubbish collection services in Reading are struggling to meet targets set for recycling and Reading Borough Council (RBC) will target four areas where contaminated recycling bins are an ongoing problem.
The Historic Katesgrove Industries tour was available for the first time on 8 September 2017 during the Heritage Open Days weekend. The two hour walk started at the foot of London Street outside Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and, after a loop around Katesgrove, ended outside Great Expectations, next door to RISC.
The BMX track at Waterloo Meadows has been cleared of vegetation and renovated with newly profiled jumps.
by John Dearing
Among the inscriptions and memorials in St Mary’s, Castle Street is a memorial to Corporal William Henry Cross of the 58th company of the Imperial Yeomanry, killed at the battle of Bethlehem on 7 July 1900 during the conflict variously called the Second Boer War or South African War.
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.
One of the more surprising views of Katesgrove is from the western side of the Kennet on Berkeley Avenue.
Improvements have been made to pedestrian access at the crossroads at the north end of Elgar Road. Famous for being the meeting place of a road (Elgar), a lane (Katesgrove), an avenue (Berkeley) and a street (Pell), it had become a bit of a bottleneck.
Katesgrove’s one and only grit bin is on the junction of Alpine Street and Elgar Road.
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.