Mount Pleasant plot cleaned up after a community protection notice issued

Rose Williams in front of the plot on Silver Street

Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams obtained a community protection notice for the vacant plot on Mount Pleasant in Reading, not far from the Pheasant pub, to be cleaned up and secured.

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Meet your Katesgrove councillors at the Pau Brasil Café on 1 June

Pau Brasil. Image (c) Huma Jehan

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Katesgrove Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 1 June at 10.30am. They will be at the Pau Brasil Café, 89 Mount Pleasant, Reading for an hour and a half.

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‘Indigenous resistance’ photo exhibition at Pau Brasil café

Photo: (c) Rosa Gauditano

The Pau Brasil Café on Reading’s Mount Pleasant will host a photograph exhbition showing the life and culture of Brazil’s indigenous people from 15 March until 30 April. The photos were taken between 1989 and 2012 by the Brazilian photographer Rosa Gauditano and the exhibition includes videos recorded and edited by young Xavante Indians.

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Apollo, After Dark and the Central Club: “when the music hits you, you can feel no pain”

Matthew Farrall (left) and David Archibald (right), making a sign for ‘Africa’

I was on a lunchtime walk from work with colleagues recently and among them was Jamaican-born Rastafarian, David Archibald. David’s knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean history of three Katesgrove buildings had us all enthralled. He gave us some real insight into the cultural and socio-political side of life growing up in Reading in the 70s and 80s. With vivid joy, he talked of the great times he had at the Apollo Youth Club, the Caribbean Club and the Central Club; David explained most of his life at the time revolved around social gatherings with music at the heart of everything.

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