Whitley Pump Day, 12 May 2020 is our last day of operation and we will be switching off our virtual printing press today.
The statutory deadline for production, audit and sign off of Reading Borough Council (RBC) accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been extended from 31 July to 30 November 2020. This is the result of new Government regulations for local authority accounts and audit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Totnes Jubliee Drinking Fountain was erected in 1904 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It has been located on The Plains since 1988 but it was originally situated on Station Road on a site donated by the Great Western Railway.
Once upon a time the Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street was a thriving and well loved public house. The brewery, Greene King, sold the pub when it closed eight years ago in 2012. It waited patiently as the years past and the developer submitted a succession of planning applications. It is now a very sorry and sad site with the former car park a sea of discarded furniture, tyres and general household rubbish in black bin bags.
This tall and probably once very beautiful stinkpipe is in central Reading on a major bus route. It has avoided our stinkpipe spotters for many years although it is scarcely hidden.
We learn from the History of Reading Society’s The Reading Book of Days that on 1 May 1823 William Henry Timms published his Twelve Views of Reading. These included a view south up Southampton Street (Horne Street) and east along London Road.
For our fifth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose shredded beef and cassava casserole, served with the white beans, rice and greens. We are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to eat our way through a range of Brazilian dishes.
The National Archives at Kew are currently closed and have made some of their digitised records available free of charge until they re-open. Downloadable documents include some historic wills, a selection of military service records including British Army medal cards 1914-1920 and pages from the Domesday Book.
Up here on Katesgrove Hill we have grown used to the tall crane at the corner of Crown Street and Silver Street. Piece by piece it has been dismantled and loaded onto lorries. By late morning on Thursday 23 April it had all but disappeared.
Whitley Pump reader Andrew Coltman sent us some photographs of the site of Green Park railway station on the line between Reading and Basingstoke. It looks like the land has been cleared ready for building to commence.
I see very few people over the Kennet meadows. Especially at the moment as they have been under water for so long.
They are still saturated and very muddy and not an attractive proposition for a walk. The marshy nature of the floodplain does attract a lot of birds, and April, as they migrate northwards lots of new birds appear. I spend a lot of time looking, and despite finding over 60 different species this month it takes a lot of time. Often I am out at dawn and get to see the sun rise from a vantage point that gives me a good view over one area or another.
Calling all local artists who have entertained and sustained us with your thrilling theatrical productions, right here in Reading and beyond – we miss you, the world is a drab place without you… But the fabulous Rabble Theatre Company, led by the inspirational Dani and Toby Davies, have devised an ingenious way of keeping theatre alive, online – and you can join for a free trial!