Trophies celebrating the achievements of Woodley Arms sports teams have been rescued from the pub on Waldeck Street which closed in 2012.
The Whitley Pump became aware that the trophies were still in the building and set about arranging a rescue so that this important collection of memorabilia of pub and Katesgrove community life was not lost.
The owners of the property agreed that they could be removed and returned to the community. Claire and Dave Richards, licensees at the Hop Leaf on Southampton Street, were happy to take in the orphaned trophies for safe keeping.
There are over 50 cups or other awards for pool, darts and crib competitions and leagues, some with winners names inscribed on them, including those described below.
In 1998 the Woodley Arms won the S C A Wednesday Pool League summer knock out cup and in the 1999-2000 season the landlord Ade Carter was winner of the S C A Wednesday Pool League Captains Cup.
In 2000-2001 the Woodley Arms were the third division winners of the Reading Royals Darts League men’s 1001 challenge cup.
There are several Reading and District Cribbage Association awards including runners up in the publicans cup 2001.
Anyone one who played in a Woodley Arms team, particularly from the 1990s onwards, who would like to take their trophy home should contact Dave and Claire at the Hop Leaf. Those which are not collected will form part of a planned permanent display.
Lainston Woodley Arms LLP have made two applications to redevelop the site for student housing both of which were rejected by Reading Borough Council.