William Morris once said “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. You can find something that fits that adage at the Age UK shop on Whitley Street or you can donate something you don’t love or need, and please someone else, while supporting a cause that affects us all in some way. Last month, I saw a raspberry beret in the window and the search is now on for a charity shop leopardskin pillbox hat. I popped in to ask friendly assistant manager, Jackie, about how it all works and what life is like behind the counter.
There is a TO LET sign up for the ground floor of the Wellington Arms, and refurbishment of the pub looks almost complete.
The Whitley Pump received photos this week of the brief moment when work on the gym at 43 Whitley Street revealed the sign for Whitby’s Camera Shop, a previous occupant of the building.
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.
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.