By Jason Hilbourne.
Kennet Towpath, just under Pell Street Bridge, February 2014
Reading’s lost railway
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, near Rose Kiln Lane
Eastern Coley Meadows by the Kennet
Western Kennet path, from Rose Kiln Lane bridge
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.
Oi! You! Gimme food!
Beech tree (I think) in winter
The old rose garden looking west
The old rose garden looking south
The old rose garden looking north
The Harris Garden on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus remains open throughout the winter.
South Reading Community Centre
Lauren Heath’s funeral cortege
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
RISC ‘stones’ room
Reading Bowling Club weathervane
Dorset wagon at the MERL
A cat of Cat’s Grove
After Dark club
Harris garden in Spring
Some years are defined by great songs, some by great personalities, some by great tragedies. This year has been alarming both nationally and internationally, but on the oft-ignored local level, the year was defined by the sound of the tide going out on civic society. The world clearly has bigger problems than the damage wrought by the tortured thrashing of Reading Borough Council as it gets strangled by central government, but one can only be dismayed at the prospect of more of the same next year, exacerbated by the council’s difficulty in controlling its finances.
Phoebe Cusden, Mayor of Reading 70 years ago, was pipped at the post in the naming competition for Reading’s pedestrian bridge over the Thames this year.
Reading Buses, winner of the gold ‘Environment Award’ at the 2016 Bus Awards, were the good news on the night at Reading Borough Council’s recent Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport (SEPT) Committee meeting. The bus company were also named second in the overall competition and picked up a collection of other prizes. The awards ceremony was going on at the same time as the committee meeting and somehow the news penetrated the council chamber.
Last week’s Council Meeting was longer than some Wagner operas and councillors were visibly flagging by the end. So much so, that the final agenda item was almost forgotten.
The Reading Town Meal, now in its fourth year, got off to a wet start in the Forbury Gardens on Saturday 1 October.
Finally, the last leg of the tour brings us back to Whitley Street and the Whitley Pump.
Christchurch Vicarage (209) and Somerleaze (210) – Extract from 1877 OS Map
On both corners of Vicarage Road with Christchurch Road are two of the oldest buildings in the conservation area, both of which are now used by Abbey Junior School.
Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) have joined up with Food4families to establish a community allotment at Waterloo Meadows. Work on the plot started in July and there has already been some produce to harvest.
Alec Guinness, Petula Clark and Veronica Turleigh filming at Hillingdon in 1951. Image courtesy of Reading Museum, Reading Chronicle Collection
The Hillingdon Prince Hotel is a brick manufacturer’s showreel; a magnificent display of grey, red and moulded brickwork with winged dragons and other finials on the roof.
Our exploration of Christchurch Conservation Area took us to Whitley Crescent last week. The walk continues from the junction of Kendrick and Christchurch Roads, and there are some benches nearby if you need to rest or to wait for stragglers to catch up.