7 December – Dear Santa

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any traffic lights” grumbled Reg Vastern-King, chair of Friends of the IDR, misquoting the opening line from ‘Little Women‘.

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Tutu’s Ethiopian Table expands to Palmer Park

Councillor Sarah-Jane Hacker handing the keys to Palmer Park Lodge to Tutu Melaku. Photo (c) Reading Borough Council.

Tutu’s Ethopian Table, the restaurant in the Global Café at RISC on London Street, will open a new branch at the Palmer Park lodge in the new year. The restaurant’s proprietor Tutu Melaku said that her existing restaurant at the Global Café will remain open.

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The needs of ethnic minority women in Reading

By David Neale.

The University of Reading and Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) have completed joint research into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading. The project was funded by Comic Relief. The findings and final report were presented by the researchers at a packed meeting of statutory and voluntary organisations held at RCLC on London Street on 19 July, in the presence of the mayor of Reading, Councillor Deborah Edwards.

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Sale of the Central Club

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.

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A rooftop Eden at RISC

The first of this year’s public open days at the amazing rooftop garden above the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) was on Saturday 7 April. There may be people in the RISC café on London Street totally unaware of the 200 square metres of Eden above their heads, and that many of the herbs and flowers from the garden are used in the café. They are missing out on something quite remarkable.

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After Dark Club showcases Reading’s best new bands

By Matthew Farrall with Trevor Absolom and Matthew Davies

After Dark Bar

Last Saturday, the After Dark Club on London Street in Katesgrove hosted another live music night in league with the inspirational Musical Bear Records, with free entry if you turned up before 7.30. Three of the four bands were local and, once again, we were amazed at their quality and originality. The Reading music scene seems pretty vibrant and alive at the moment, not to mention cheap and accessible.

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