Reading Abbey’s much anticipated big day re-opening was well celebrated by visitors yesterday, 16 June. The formal cutting of the crimson and gold ribbons was undertaken by Reading Mayor, councillor Debs Edwards, and HM Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire James Puxley.
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.
Having recently inhabited the delightful world of Toad, Rattie, Mole and various other riverside creatures in Progress Theatre’s enchanting production of Wind in the Willows, I pondered on how much they would’ve enjoyed messing about on the River Thames in one of these sleek boats at Henley’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival.