The Katesgrove neighbourhood policing team will hold a Have Your Say Meeting on Wednesday 29 March at 12.00pm at Milman Road Surgery, Milman Road.
By Matthew Farrall and Evelyn Williams
It was a lovely cool day for running the Reading half marathon this year and a really good supportive and fun crowd were outside Christchurch; always a popular viewing spot.
“Whadja say, mate?”
Anyone growing up in Katesgrove, Whitley & Tilehurst will be aware of the Reading accent, even though the accent has been bred out of most of Reading folk to be replaced by Thames mockney. These three areas retain some of the country burr and poetic rolling vowels of the Reading brogue often used when ordering larrrdy cake !
The one really useful way to know if someone is from Reading is to get them to say “Thursday”. No matter how modern their speech, it will come out as “Fursdee”. There is, of course, no such day. The main feature of the accent is the replacement of most vowels with an ‘a’ sound and the abandonment of the end of word ‘g’, as in “lend me a payned so I can go dayn tayn” and “Reading” pronounced as “Reddin”.
I have been collecting Reading-isms for years and really enjoyed a man on the bus refer to “dark clayds gathering over Europe” the other day. Anyways, see you Fursdee maybee.
By Jason Hilbourne.
Avanti Cycling are offering free bike courses over the next month as part of the Reading Bikeability scheme.
The season has started at Katesgrove community allotment at Waterloo Meadows. Sessions led by Seth from food4families take place every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 3.30pm.
The Redlands neighbourhood policing team will hold a Have Your Say Meeting
on Wednesday 22 March at 06.00pm
at the Craven Road entrance to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Thames Water are planning roadworks on Mill Lane from 14 to 16 March.
Road closures for this year’s Reading half marathon on Sunday 19 March mean that Katesgrove bus services will be cancelled for most of the morning.
Diversion at Whitley Pump for the half marathon 3 April 2016
This year’s Reading half marathon is on Sunday 19 March and many roads around Katesgrove will be closed for most of the morning and some of the afternoon. Even pedestrians can be affected because roads can become impossible to cross as runners stream past.
Virgin Media are planning roadworks on Whitley Street near the junction with Essex Street on 13 March.