Christmas tree at Christ Church Christmas fete 2017
Christmas fete 2017 at Christ Church, Reading
Reading BID Christmas tree in Broad Street, November 2015
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.
Tai Chi class at Christ the King
Age UK Berkshire run Tai Chi classes in the parish hall at Christ the King on Northumberland Avenue. The last class of 2019 before the Christmas break was on Wednesday 4 December and was followed by festive refreshments.
Christ Church Reading in the snow. Photo (c) Dennis Wood
Christ Church is holding a Christmas fayre on Saturday 7 December from 1pm until 4pm. It will be followed by a barbecue and fireworks in the evening.
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.
Special Advent and Christmas events at Christ Church, on Christchurch Road in Reading, start with the Advent carol service on Sunday 1 December and end with the parish eucharist on Christmas day.
By Gillie Tunley and Adam Harrington.
Arnhem Clarinet Choir at Christ Church. Photo courtesy of AKK
The Arnhem Clarinet Choir brought light, warmth and quite a bit of fun to Christ Church in Reading on the evening of Thursday 17 October. Their programme included Dvorák, Pachelbel (he of canon fame) and a powerful version of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. They will be performing in Reading town centre on Saturday 19 October.
Christ Church, Reading, from Kendrick Road
Whitley Pump 1923 – in the background Christchurch Conservation Area
Dennis Wood’s talk at Christ Church in October about the history of Reading’s Southern Hill was so successful that he will give another history talk, on Wednesday 29 April, about Whiteknights Park.
The Arnhem Clarinet Choir. Photo courtesy of AKK
The Arnhem Clarinet Choir will be giving a free concert at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading on Thursday 17 October at 7.30pm.
Local historian and author Dennis Wood will be giving a talk on the history of Southern Hill at 2pm on Wednesday 9 October at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading. Southern Hill is the name by which the area that now lies along Christchurch, Redlands and Upper Redlands Roads was once known.
Heritage Open Days (HODs) are celebrating their 25th birthday with an extended programme of events over ten days from 13 to 22 September. There are over 40 participating venues and events in Reading this year and you don’t have to go too far from the Whitley Pump for some of them.
The parish of St Agnes with St Paul and St Barnabas in south Reading is planning to build a new church centre and a new health centre at St Paul’s on Whitley Wood Lane in south Reading. You can learn more about this development at public drop-in sessions at St Paul’s today, Monday 12 August, and Saturday 17 August.
There will be two drop-in sessions at St Paul’s Church on Whitley Wood Lane for neighbours who want to leant more about the new church centre and health centre proposed for the site.
From L to R: Fiona Talkington, Thomas Strønen, Jackie Oates, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Hannah James, Helen Jukes
Friday night was a BIG NIGHT for the Reading Fringe. Conversations with Trees was a unique musical collaboration specially curated by Fiona Talkington with Thomas Strønen, Hannah James and Jackie Oates. The group had only been brought together a few days before and delivered a thoughtful, tense and emotional piece which was rapturously received by the audience in St Mary’s Minster.
Whitley Social Club and Cafe. Picture (c) Mohan Banerji
WCC bar. Picture (c) Jean Claydon
Whitley Community Cafe. Picture (c) Ellen Bentley
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.
Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel before demolition
Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel during demolition
Developer Pednor Property Ltd has made a planning application to build a three-storey and basement block of eight flats on the site of the Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel on South Street, next door to South Street Arts Centre.
Pell Street looking west
Nikolaus Pevsner‘s edition of the Berkshire volume of ‘Buildings of England’ was published in 1966, the thirtieth county guide of forty-six. The Reading section starts with the Abbey, followed by churches and finally public buildings.
A drizzly wet Monday morning up on Katesgrove Hill.
The application by Reading Family Church for a change of use of the former Ultima premises on Basingstoke Road is to be considered for a second time by Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 5 December.
Advertising ‘A’ boards on the public highway must be licensed and meet strict specifications. Reading Borough Council (RBC) charges an application and an annual fee for a licence.
Christ Church in the snow
Special Advent and Christmas events at Christ Church, on Christchurch Road, Reading, start on Sunday 2 December with the Advent carol service and end with the parish eucharist on Christmas day.