Reading University student asks town’s residents about plastic usage

Dora Thorne, an environmental management student at Reading University, is asking the town’s residents what they know about plastic use and pollution.

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Winter flocks on Coley meadows

By Adrian Lawson.

A murmuration of starlings at Gretna. Photo: Walter Baxter via Wikimedia Commons

Flocks of birds are a phenomenon that have always intrigued me. Watching how different birds go about it has fascinated me all my life. There are those obscure little flocks of twittering tits that flit about the hedgerows in winter, and there are those massive and spectacular starling murmurations that fill the dusk skies with choreographed magic.

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Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives

By Jason Hilbourne.

Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims:
-Improving energy efficiency
-Reducing carbon emissions
-Support sustainability in the local community including educational projects

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Council wants to install electric vehicle chargers in residential streets

By David Neale.

Photo (c) Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council has won a grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to install electric vehicle charging points on residential streets that have no off-street parking. The Council have asked Reading residents to help them identify suitable streets in a survey that closes on 15 December.

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Could St Laurence’s drinking fountain flow again?

St Laurence’s Church Fountain

Always a nice moment when conflicting agendas collide and something good comes of it for everyone. During the ‘questions from the public and councillors’ section of an edgy and rancorous Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 24 September, councillor Tony Page seemed to suggest that St Laurence’s drinking fountain could flow again.

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Meet Reading’s animal warden at Whitley Wood Rec on 25 July

An American foxhound and a black Labrador retriever playing with a stick. Photo: Peter Wadsworth, via Wikimedia Commons.

Reading’s animal warden Lisa Clements is on a tour of the town this summer. She will be at Whitley Wood Recreation Ground, on Basingstoke Road, at midday on Wednesday 25 July to give advice and support to pet owners and to increase awareness of the problem of dog fouling.

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There is more to Reading Abbey than history

Reading Abbeymania can take you wherever you want to go and Reading Museum are determined to investigate and communicate all facets of this local treasure trove as widely as possible. As a contribution to achieving this, volunteer researchers are sought to help produce materials for a new learning programme to be delivered by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadors attached to Winchester Science Centre.

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Council takes the reins of the Katesgrove Community Association

Reading Borough Council (RBC) neighbourhood initiatives manager Chris Bloomfield and RBC neighbourhood initiatives officer Janet Ives have taken on the role of Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) chair, after the existing chair, Abby Knowles, and treasurer, Dan Knowles, stepped down.

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