Our lunchtime walking for softies group took a detour to the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). We went to have a good look at the Caxton ‘leaf’ that was all around the media last week.
Files not found (Joe O’Donnell)
Stare II (Hannah Jones)
Immortality (Mei Ting)
Fragment V (Tom Cartmill)
Henry I (Robert Fitzmaurice)
Jackson’s mannequin (Jane Burnett)
Art lovers on Katesgrove Hill can leave their cars at home if they want to binge on culture this summer. The local highlight is the Whiteknights studio trail on 10-11 June. Reading University is also hosting several exhibitions over the next few months including the Reading Guild of Artists show on 15-25 June.
The Hugh Sinclair human nutrition group at Reading University are looking for healthy postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 70 to help them study the effect of flax seeds on bone and gut health.
BT are planning roadworks on London Road in front of the University of Reading on 1 April.
There is a mysterious mound of earth just off the beaten paths of the Whiteknights campus that when viewed all way around has the look, air and feel of a Hobbit barrow in the Shires. There is a brick entrance and a lonely shadowy gate that looks like a good habitat for bats and small birds but no other hints of its origin or use.
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.
Oi! You! Gimme food!
The old rose garden looking west
Beech tree (I think) in winter
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.
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].
Lauren Heath’s funeral cortege
South Reading Community Centre
RISC ‘stones’ room
After Dark club
Dorset wagon at the MERL
Reading Bowling Club weathervane
Harris garden in Spring
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
A cat of Cat’s Grove
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.
Drawing specially commissioned from Martin Andrews for the MERL re-opening
The internationally significant Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands road re-opens this week after a multi-million pound refit.
Upper Redlands Road
University of Reading
Here at the international HQ of the Whitley Pump on top of Katesgrove Hill, we decided to celebrate our first birthday by ‘beating the bounds‘ of Katesgrove ward. This is a walk of over 4 miles around the perimeter of the ward, or as near to the perimeter as can be obtained without swimming or getting run over.
SGN are planning roadworks on London Road next to Reading University from 8 – 19 August.