Reading University Gospel Choir
Children from the Palmer Academy on Northumberland Avenue have been regularly attending lunchtime concerts at Reading University over the last year. It’s clear that the children enjoy these concerts, and after a year of being exposed to a wide variety of music from a capella singing groups to string ensembles, it seemed sensible to get a child’s opinion for a change.
Planning officers from Reading Borough Council (RBC) have recommended that a proposed development of 65 student studios is rejected at next Wednesday’s planning applications committee (PAC).
By Jason Hilbourne.
Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is taking part in National Student Volunteering Week from 20 to 26 February, and is on the hunt for community-based volunteering projects or services where a group of keen volunteers could make a real impact.
BT are planning roadworks outside the Reading University on London road until 7 February.
The old rose garden looking south
The old rose garden looking north
Oi! You! Gimme food!
The old rose garden looking west
Beech tree (I think) in winter
The Harris Garden on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus remains open throughout the winter.
Quadrangle at St Patrick’s Hall
Reading University are holding a public exhibition of their new plans to redevelop St Patrick’s Hall on Wednesday 11 January at 6pm. [Note: this exhibition has been postponed].
A cat of Cat’s Grove
Lauren Heath’s funeral cortege
Harris garden in Spring
RISC ‘stones’ room
Reading Bowling Club weathervane
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
After Dark club
Dorset wagon at MERL
South Reading Community Centre
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.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
BT are planning roadworks on London Road between the junctions with Redlands Road and Sidmouth Street on 26 November.