Engine House and Screen House at Blake’s Lock
Thames Water have submitted an application for listed building consent to replace the doors and windows on the sewage pumping station at Blake’s Lock. Town centre sewage is pumped from here to the sewage treatment works in Whitley.
The Hallowing of the Church at Reading Abbey by Thomas Becket in 1164. Oil on canvas by Stephen Reid – 1920 © Reading Museum (Reading Borough Council)
Henry I founded Reading Abbey in 1121 but it was not consecrated until 19 April 1164 during the reign of his grandson Henry II. The ceremony was carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket and was attended by the King and his noblemen.
Many spring and summer events are being cancelled or postponed in Reading to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Reading Borough Council have published a list of some spring and summer events, such as Waterfest in June, which have been affected.
Southend Pier on a wet day in 2016
The MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, is determined to see Southend granted city status. He is so determined that he secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the subject before MPs left Parliament for Christmas on 20 December. Reading, like Southend, lost out in 2012 when three new cities were created as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Gillette in February 2017 before work started
There were 2 new planning and 22 building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.
Hexagon, Broad St Mall and Fountain House
Reg Vastern-King chair and founder of the Friends of the IDR had watched the events unfolding at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee when the proposal to build four residential towers at Broad St Mall was discussed. I met Reg at his favourite hostelry, the Reindeer on Southampton Street to ask him what he thought about it all.
Coley pedestrian bridge over the IDR
Graham Turner presented a film about the route of the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) before it was built, at the History of Reading Society (HoRS) on 15 January. The venue, the Abbey Baptist Church, was almost full and the audience were entranced as changing scenes of the streets of Reading in the 1960s and 70s appeared before their eyes.
Struggling over the Rose Kiln Lane bicycle path gate
Struggling through the Rose Kiln Lane bicycle path gate
Reading Borough Council (RBC) offered its support this week to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in their project to remove motorcycle barriers on the Kennet Path between the Katesgrove Lane IDR underpass and Fobney Lock.
There were 11 new planning and building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.
Reading Museum will close for the holidays on Saturday 21 December 2019 at 5pm and, as it does not open on Sundays or Mondays, it will re-open at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2020. The museum shop and Town Hall reception will also close during this period.
The Red Cow in 2016
The Red Cow public house at the corner of Southampton Street and Crown Street was mentioned at last week’s Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee. Julie Williams, RBC acting planning manager, told the committee that during the ongoing refurbishment developers had been asked to rebuild a section of wall. This was because they had laid bricks in stretcher rather than Flemish bond and, as the pub is a listed building, the method used had to be in historically appropriate.
Matt Rodda speech 13 December 2019
Alok Sharma speech 13 December 2019
Matt Rodda (Labour) has been re-elected member of parliament (MP) for Reading East and Alok Sharma (Conservative) has been re-elected as MP for Reading West.
Reading BID Christmas tree in Broad Street, November 2015
Christmas tree at Christ Church Christmas fete 2017
Christmas fete 2017 at Christ Church, Reading
The mayor of Reading, Councillor Paul Woodward, has invited the town to the annual civic carol service in Reading Minster on St Mary’s Butts on Thursday 12 December at 6.30pm.
From L to R: deputy leader of the council, Tony Page; Reading Mayor, councillor Paul Woodward and Reading Buses CEO, Robert Williams
On Friday 6 December 2019, Reading Buses celebrated 100 years since the first motorbus was brought into service on the route from St Andrew’s Church, Caversham Heights to the Plough Inn, Tilehurst. The Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust will be running five historic Reading buses on routes through the town tomorrow, Sunday 8 December.
From L-> R: Matt Rodda & Rachel Eden (Labour), Yemi Awolola (CPA), convenor John Crosfield, timekeeper Christina Hughes Nind, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat), Jamie Whitham & David McElroy (Green).
An estimated 60 people attended the parliamentary hustings at the Quaker Meeting House in Katesgrove, Reading on Thursday 28 November. Candidates Matt Rodda and Rachel Eden (Labour), Jamie Whitham and David McElroy (Green), Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat) and Yemi Awolola (Christian Peoples Alliance, CPA) answered questions from the Reading public about the UK’s future relationship with Europe, a fairer society and the climate emergency.
Monuments and Inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel, Reading by John Dearing
John Dearing, the author of In Grateful Memory, has lived in Katesgrove for over 39 years. This recently published and very readable booklet about the monuments and inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel on Castle Street features many Katesgrovians of times gone by.
Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and Global Justice Reading are holding a hustings on Wednesday 4 December when people can ask questions of some of the candidates standing in the 12 December general election.
Four Horseshoes 15 October 2015
Four Horseshoes 17 October 2015
The Four Horseshoes public house at the corner of Basingstoke Road and Long Barn Lane was an ancient hostelry originally known as the Long Barn. In the 1820s, it was at the centre of a libel case involving tenant James Leach and Reading’s brewing and political elites.
There were seven new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.