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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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A history of the Woodley Arms

Woodley Arms - February 2019

Woodley Arms – February 2019

The Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street closed in 2012 and now looks sad, abandoned and derelict as it awaits demolition. The public house was built as part of the redevelopment of Spring Gardens in the 1970s and was the pub’s third incarnation.

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A trip along the IDR at the History of Reading Society

Coley Bridge

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.

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Review of 2019 at the Whitley Pump

The MERL’s new yarn bomb

Thank you to all our readers and regular and occasional contributors for making it a wonderful year on Katesgrove Hill. We hope that you continue to enjoy reading or contributing to the Whitley Pump in 2020.

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Red Cow public house has a walk on role in surreal planning committee drama

The Red Cow

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.

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Kobanî House lives to fight another day

Kobani House celebrates the dismissal of IPO at Reading County Court

Kobanî House celebrates the dismissal of the IPO

The owners of the former Red Lion pub on Southampton Street, renamed Kobanî House by its new occupants, have failed in their first attempt to evict the building’s residents. Reading County Court dismissed the application for an interim possession order (IPO) on 3 December because the landlord had not followed the correct service procedure.

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The Four Horseshoes public house and its place in Reading’s political history

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.

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Southampton Street’s Red Lion Pub reopens as Kobanî House

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobani House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobanî House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

The former Red Lion pub on Southampton Street has gained a new lease of life as a social and political space. The new occupiers have re-named the building ‘Kobanî House’ after the city in Rojava province in northern Syria, and they hosted their first open-mic night on 7 November, featuring music from Kurdistan.

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A new planning application for the Woodley Arms site on Waldeck Street

Rear of the Woodley Arms 23 October 2019

Lainston Woodley Arms LLP (LWA), who have planning approval to build student accommodation on the site of the Woodley Arms public house on Waldeck Street, have submitted a new application for 38 ‘co-living units’.

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Pheasant public house is ‘To Let’

The Pheasant – To Let July 2019

Admiral Taverns are seeking a new tenant for The Pheasant public house on Southampton Street.

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Former ‘Trooper Potts’ public house to re-open as the ‘Victoria Cross’

The Victoria Cross

The Trooper Potts public house has been refurbished and renamed and will open on 17 July as the Victoria Cross.

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Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street is on the market again

Woodley Arms – February 2019

More than six years after it closed its doors, the former Woodley Arms public house on Waldeck Street is on the market again at an asking price in excess of £1.25million. The site is being sold by Savills, the estate agent, as development land with planning permission for 38 student flats in two buildings .

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Rumpo Kidz Curry Klub II. A tribute to Matthew Farrall

Ah, c’est Nigel des Livres, le poète.

A fabulously riotous evening was held at the the warmly welcoming Namaste Kitchen (formerly the Hook and Tackle pub) on Saturday 18 May to remember our much missed and totally brilliant friend and colleague, Matthew Farrall.

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Official launch of the 40th year of Reading in Bloom

Group photo – Reading in Bloom Launch 2019

Reading mayor Councillor Deborah Edwards attended the launch of the 40th year of Reading in Bloom (RIB) at the Hilton Hotel, Kennet Island on 8 May. The gathering included local community gardening groups such as the Katesgrove community allotment and it was addressed by Marc Allridge, chair of RIB.

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The Queen’s Head gets a facelift!

The Queen’s Head pub on Christchurch Road is now under new management and has been given a new look inside and outside .

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Whitley Street Greggs is open!

Greggs is open

Greggs on the ground floor of the ex-Wellington Arms public house on Whitley Street opened on Saturday 30 March.

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The sad fate of Albert Illenden of Basingstoke Road, 1865

Blacksmith Edward Eynott shoeing a horse at his forge in Church Road, Caversham, Reading, c. 1895. Photo courtesy of Reading Borough Library Local Studies Collection.

John Illenden, a resident of Katesgrove, has uncovered the tragic fate of one of his family who lived and died on Basingstoke Road in Whitley during the 1860s.

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Red Lion on Southampton Street will be replaced by flats

Red Lion, Southampton Street

At the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee on Wednesday 6 March, councillors approved plans to demolish the Red Lion public house and the small cottage next door and build a four-storey block of 11 flats on the site.

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Decision on Red Lion demolition and redevelopment deferred

Red Lion & 38 Southampton Street

Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 6 February deferred making a decision on the application (181117) to demolish the Red Lion public house on Southampton Street until the next meeting.

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How to demolish the Woodley Arms and build student accommodation

Demolition of the Woodley Arms may not be far off, because property developers Lainston Woodley Arms LLP have submitted a construction method statement to Reading Borough Council (RBC) outlining the way in which they will carry out the demolition and the subsequent building works.

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