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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Take a flask of tea and your knitting

The next Reading Borough Council (RBC) Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport Committee meeting on Wednesday 21 November has a packed agenda, so it could be a long evening. Papers include the revelation that student numbers at Reading University are expected to increase by 31% by 2028.

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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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Whitethroats and I

by Adrian Lawson.

Whitethroat. Photo: Nikola Middlemast

If you see me at this time of year, I am usually not walking very fast – I am scanning the fields and bushes on my regular walks looking for the common whitethroat. From spring and through the summer there are quite a few of them scattered around Reading, skulking in bushes or patches of bramble, and singing their curious scratchy little song.

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A rooftop Eden at RISC

The first of this year’s public open days at the amazing rooftop garden above the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) was on Saturday 7 April. There may be people in the RISC café on London Street totally unaware of the 200 square metres of Eden above their heads, and that many of the herbs and flowers from the garden are used in the café. They are missing out on something quite remarkable.

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1962 air crash wreckage found at Kennet Meadows

By Adrian Lawson.

Coley Meadows (c) Adrian Lawson

I met the owner of part of Coley meadows many years ago, and he told me a fascinating tale of two aeroplanes colliding there. He described the area where he thought they had crashed, and for many years I kept my eyes open for any sign. When the Fobney Island nature reserve was being dug I had hoped to find some evidence, but there was none. I looked it up and found a news report; the crash happened on 4 November 1962. There was no detail on the actual location, so I asked a few of the more senior residents, but strangely nobody knew much.

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