by Janet Allen.
One of the long-standing traditions at Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road has been the annual President versus Captain match. This has always been a prestigious occasion, with not only a hard fought competition between the two teams on the green, but with a social occasion afterwards.
The 2018 Reading half marathon will take place on Sunday 18 March. The anti-clockwise route starts in Green Park and ends at the Madejksi stadium.
Whitley Amateur Boxing Club is right at the heart of Whitley, both in location and spirit. In just three years, a lot of hard work from locals has seen this small hall in Callington Road transformed into a hub of community boxing and exercise activity that is well equipped and staffed. The place is packed to the rafters with talented fighters, hopefuls and enthusiasts, six days of the week.
Reading based naturalist and bicycle kitchen pioneer Adrian Lawson makes an unlikely Professor Higgins, but for the last three years he has been helping refugees learn to speak English at the Reading Refugee Support Group. We met up for a relaxing carafe of loose leaf tea in the smart C.U.P. café at St. Mary’s Butts for a chat about his voluntary work.
There is an nearly traffic-free route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium. It is a timeless and almost secret world of ancient paths beside rivers and streams and through the meadows of south Reading.
Are you over 55 and looking for a suitable exercise class? Just over half a mile and precisely one kilometre from the Whitley Pump there are sessions at the University Sports Park.
Gordon Greenidge – hard hitting West Indies batsman and Alfred Sutton schoolboy is honoured in an incredible performance in the cricket pavilion at Reading School for 3 nights this week. The two actors playing the young and older reminiscing cricketer set this unusual theatre in the round on dramatic fire with their dazzling energy and intimacy.
Whitley raised sporting legend Lawrie Sanchez has had the most amazingly varied life and career, including some great highs. He has appeared on University Challenge, scored a winning goal in a cup final, run a successful Reading bar and nightspot, been the first to be sent off for committing a professional foul, got a university degree, cycled to Amsterdam, walked the Namibian Desert, steered Northern Ireland football to their most successful period (until recent success), raised Wycombe from the doldrums to football league success and a cup semi-final, managed a team in the Greek Premier league and even helped relegate Swindon!
The BMX track at Waterloo Meadows has been cleared of vegetation and renovated with newly profiled jumps.
The Whitley Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) agreed that it should focus on youth provision and engagement at its meeting on Thursday 27 April.