SGN’s roadworks on Christchurch Road have caused significant traffic disruption along Silver Street, Whitley Street, Kendrick Road, Christchurch Road and Basingstoke Road this week. These works will continue all summer and are likely to cause further problems in the area.
By Gillie Tunley
Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, commemorates the victory of good, peace and love over evil. It also heralds the bright arrival of spring after a dull winter, and on Saturday 18 March the Hindu Temple in Whitley Street burst with joyful colour as children in richly bejewelled costumes performed music and dance to an enthralled audience.
Age UK’s shop on Whitley Street put on its best outfit for the Tuesday 7 March opening and the Whitley Pump got a sneak preview.
The window displays have gone and all is bare inside as the shop awaits a refit.
Anyone who walks up and down Whitley Street will notice the improvement in the appearance of the former Wellington Arms pub building.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
Katesgrove’s one and only grit bin is on the junction of Alpine Street and Elgar Road.
The bottle bank in the Whitley Street car park looked a bit of a mess the other day when we dropped some bottles off. Continue reading
Finally, the last leg of the tour brings us back to Whitley Street and the Whitley Pump.
43 Whitley Street
23-25 Whitley Street
Esther Choules, the manager at the Age UK charity shop on Whitley Street has been working there for 24 years. The Whitley Pump interviewed her at the shop on a Wednesday afternoon.
Work is once again underway on the outside of the old Wellington Arms on Whitley Street after a hiatus of several months.
It is now possible to read 120 issues of the staff magazine of Simonds Brewery, the Hop Leaf Gazette, online. The first magazine was published in 1927 and the last in 1961.