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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Totnes Jubilee Drinking Fountain

Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain, Totnes

Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain, Totnes

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.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take six

Bacalhao com natas

Bacalhao com natas

For our sixth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose, bacalhao com natas served with cassava chips and greens.

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A blot on the Katesgrove landscape

A sea of fly tipping - Woodley Arms car park 2 May 2020

A sea of fly tipping – Woodley Arms car park 2 May 2020

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.

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Spot the stinkpipe – the Lockdown Edition

Stinkpipe

Stinkpipe

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.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take five

Shredded Beef and Cassava Casserole

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.

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Free online archive resources available

Poulton & Sons head office 185 Elgar Road c1900-1909 courtesy Reading Borough Council (Reading Library)

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.

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Blake’s Lock Sewage Pumping Station to get new doors and windows

Engine House and Screen House at Blake's Lock

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.

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Katesgrove loses a crane

View down Mount Pleasant

View down Mount Pleasant

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.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take four

Chicken with chorizo and chick peas

Chicken with chorizo and chick peas

For our fourth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose chicken with chorizo and chick peas in a rich tomato and piri-piri sauce.

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Signs of a start being made on Green Park railway station

Green Park Station

Green Park Station

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.

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19 April 1164 – The Consecration of Reading Abbey

The hallowing of Reading Abbey

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.

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Grass paths mowed at Waterloo Meadows

Waterloo Meadows 16 April 2020 (2)

The grass paths across Waterloo Meadows were mown on 16 April and the meadows are looking especially beautiful at the moment.

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Lunch from Fidget & Bob on Kennet Island

Tofu & Vegetables Noodle Pot

Tofu & Vegetables Noodle Pot

After our first foray for shopping at Fidget & Bob on Kennet Island we decided that we should try out their noodle pots. Three flavours are available and we have now tried all of them. Our two favourites are Won Ton Dumplings and Tofu & Vegetables especially with extra chilli.

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Sustrans path on Waterloo Meadows has been surfaced

Waterloo Meadows Sustrans Path

Waterloo Meadows Sustrans Path

The path along the north bank of the Kennet through Waterloo Meadows has now been surfaced. This is part of improvements that Sustrans are carrying out to the pedestrian and cycle route.

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Planning permission submitted for a new restaurant and take-away on Whitley Street

Whitley Street

Whitley Street 25 June 2018

A planning application has been submitted for a change of use of the former Loans 2 Go and HSBC premises at 81 Whitley Street to a restaurant and hot food takeaway.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take three

Coconut ice cream

We have enjoyed three takeaway Sunday lunches from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown. This is becoming a habit! Pau Brasil also now has a website and online shop.

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John Dearing’s Poetry Corner: Indian summer by the Kennet

Fobney Lock

Fobney Lock

John Dearing has kindly assembled for us a selection of poems, mostly very short, mainly inspired, if that is the right word, by the familiar scenes in and around Katesgrove and the River Kennet.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take two

Chicken with white beans

Chicken with white beans, rice, greens, vegetables and manioc flour

Our first ever take-away Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading, was so good that we decided to do it again. This time we tried a different option of chicken breast with white beans, greens and rice. The beans are the stars of this meal and must definitely contain a secret ingredient that makes them so delicious.

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Sterling Square on Silver Street

Thomas Homes on Silver Street 26 March 2020

Thomas Homes on Silver Street on 26 March 2020

Sterling Square, on the corner of Silver Street and Crown Street in Katesgrove, has been steadily going up over the past three years. We have observed the progress on the beautifully tidy Thomas Homes site.

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Fidget and Bob on Kennet Island: not just on the way to the Madejski

Fidget & Bob at Kennet Island

Fidget & Bob behind the Kennet Island water feature

Unlike some of our fellow Whitley Pump contributors, we have been a bit slow to visit Fidget & Bob at Kennet Plaza. It is on one of several possible routes to or from the Madejksi Stadium and we have usually rushed past in the blur of getting to the game on time. It was time to drop by; we need our local businesses more than ever in these times of social distancing and lockdown.

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