by Matthew Farrall, Gillie T, Evelyn & Paul Williams
Main course – ‘allotment tajine’
Dessert – ‘Reading town crumble’
Two courses of locally produced allotment and garden goodness were served at the Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September. The free meal was thoroughly enjoyed by the Whitley Pump review panel.
Looked down on by the Blade, the historic characters on the Abbey Gateway and the Maiwand Lion, the Forbury Gardens once again played host to the annual Reading Town Meal on Saturday 30 September.
When the Whitley Pump visited All of a Twist at the Turbine Gallery on the River Kennet we found more than we expected of interest to those living on Katesgrove Hill.
There is so much universal benefit, glory and wonder to be gained from a tree in its exuberant lifecycle that it’s hard watch our big, friendly horse chestnuts get ill. These two big trees at the Whitley Pump, between Basingstoke and Christchurch Roads have a nasty blight.
The three walks around Katesgrove that the The Whitley Pump organised as part of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend are now fully booked. There are some alternatives a little further afield.
Dave (or ‘Arry)
The Empress Natasha
Dave (or ‘Arry)
To celebrate International Cat Day, here is a gallery of the cats of Cats’ Grove who have told their stories to the Whitley Pump.
Hook & Tackle Public House
This year The Whitley Pump has organised three walks as part of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend.
Christchurch Conservation Area
The consultation on Reading’s new local plan will end at 5pm on Wednesday 14 June.
About once a year I get awoken at the crack of dawn by the most spectacular howling outside my bedroom window. This horrific, terrified noise comes from a muntjac deer who has got itself trapped in railings on neighbouring property.
The Shady Side of Town (© Two Rivers Press)
Indian Bean Tree at Reading Minster
On a fresh Mayday morning, I went along to the first part of an organised walk at that eleven acre wedge of melancholy calm and beauty known as Reading Old Cemetery. An eager crowd of around a hundred souls had gathered to learn more of Reading’s trees and celebrate the publishing of a remarkable book on the subject.
By Jason Hilbourne.
Reading’s lost railway
Kennet Towpath, just under Pell Street Bridge, February 2014
The Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) wants your views on their climate change strategy Reading Means Business on Climate Change, launched in 2013.
Western Kennet path, from Rose Kiln Lane bridge
Western Kennet path, near Rose Kiln Lane
Eastern Coley Meadows by the Kennet
Reading Borough Council (RBC) have proposed to enter into a development agreement with H20 Urban and the Canal and River Trust to build a 100 berth marina, hotel and pub on the A33 side of the Kennet opposite Waterloo Meadows, according to the Katesgrove Labour group.
Naturalist Adrian Lawson and Wang Hua, an English teacher visiting from China.
We met local naturalist Adrian Lawson at 6 am on a mild cloudy morning at Southcote Junction. Adrian had kindly offered a show and tell of the birds and wildlife that we could see or hear at Coley meadows near the Kennet, as well as at the wonderful Fobney Island nature reserve.
What a great view. From the top of the Cowsey on a clear day you can see directly down the glacial valley over to Tilehurst and its stark pale water tower with the wonderful Sulham Woods in the background.
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.
Dave, who might actually be ‘Arry, lives on Boults Walk with his daughter and niece Tinkerbell.
Most people love the red kites that have been wheeling, swooping, mewing and whistling over our town increasingly over the past few years.
Katesgrove councillor Matt Rodda (Labour) accused Greens and Liberal Democrats of “wanting to have their cake and eat it” in a party political clash over measures to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
All residents should have received a letter from the council setting out the changes that are taking place on bin collection days. There will also be a stricter regime in place on what will and will not be collected.
The old rose garden looking north
The old rose garden looking west
Oi! You! Gimme food!
The old rose garden looking south
Beech tree (I think) in winter
The Harris Garden on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus remains open throughout the winter.