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.
Beech tree (I think) in winter
The old rose garden looking north
The old rose garden looking west
Oi! You! Gimme food!
The old rose garden looking south
The Harris Garden on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus remains open throughout the winter.
Reading Bowling Club weathervane
Harris garden in Spring
South Reading Community Centre
RISC ‘stones’ room
A cat of Cat’s Grove
Lauren Heath’s funeral cortege
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
Dorset wagon at MERL
After Dark club
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.