Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda both vote for Cooper’s EU withdrawal amendment

During the EU withdrawal debate on 27 February, Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) both voted in favour of Yvette Cooper‘s amendment requesting a delay in leaving the EU if the UK parliament is unable to accept the government’s EU withdrawal agreement.

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Meet your Church and Whitley councillors at the Whitley Community Café on 2 March

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Whitley Labour Party Ward Surgery and the Church Labour Ward Surgery on Saturday 2 March at 10.30am. They will be at the Community Café, South Reading Youth and Community Centre, Northumberland Avenue for an hour and a half.

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Urban sketching in Whitley

By Huma Jehan.


Sketches (L->R): Mohan Banerji, Jean Claydon, Ellen Bentley

Urban sketchers are a global community of artists who draw on location, and there are local chapters worldwide. The Reading Urban Sketchers got officially recognised as a local chapter recently but it has been around as the Reading Sketchers for two and a half years.

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Whitley urban wildlife in January

By David Turner.

Male sparrowhawk. Photo (c) David Turner

Wildlife activity in my Whitley garden during January was good, despite the cold. There were no great surprises but there was a lot of activity. At the beginning of the year, I saw a female green woodpecker and a pair of great spotted woodpeckers, as well as a squirrel with mouthfuls of dry leaves clearly intended as nesting material.

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