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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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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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Surplus food from Reading businesses available for free from the WCDA

Surplus food at the Whitley Community Development Association

Surplus food at the Whitley Community Development Association

Supermarkets Marks and Spencer, Morrisons and Aldi and wholesaler Bidfood are now donating their unsold produce to the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) at 252 Northumberland Avenue in Whitley, Reading. The food is available for free; this is not a formal food bank, so neither social services nor any charity has to refer anyone. People do not have to fill out any forms or identify themselves to take the food they can use.

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Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers

The Fringe team for In Danger

The Fringe team with Simon HARTMANN and Daniel Ernesto MUELLER (third and fourth from left)

The Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers. This year’s festival will take place from Friday 17 July to Sunday 27 July.

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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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Christchurch Green at risk of becoming ‘devastated’ by planning decisions

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) chair Simone Illger told Reading Borough Council (RBC) that the Christchurch Green in Reading was being “devastated” by unsympathetic development, at the planning applications committee on 15 January. RBC nonetheless approved the change of use of the ground floor 60 Christchurch Road from a dry cleaners into a restaurant, saying that their own local plan didn’t allow them to choose otherwise.

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Council refuses giant LED adverts in Katesgrove

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have refused permission for two giant illuminated LED advertisement hoardings on Whitley Street and the Basingstoke and Surrey Road junctions. These would have replaced the existing hoardings, both of which until recently were non-illuminated.

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More double yellow lines coming to Elgar Road South

Entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will carry out a statutory consultation on the introduction of double yellow lines at the entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments and the Makro delivery entrance on Elgar Road South. The proposals were among additional waiting restrictions proposed at the council’s Traffic Management sub-committee on 9 January.

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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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A rubbish year in Katesgrove

A row of red bins

There are certain places in Katesgrove where rubbish likes to congregate. We continually pass the same spots blighted by dumped rubbish and fly-tipping on our daily routes to work, shops and schools, or just going out .

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Age UK charity shop on Whitley Street Christmas and New Year opening hours

The Age UK charity shop on Whitley Street, currently sporting a festive window display, will be open until about 12 noon on Christmas Eve. It will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and re-open on 27 December.

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Reading’s Alzheimer’s Society is recruiting volunteers for their Side by Side service

Reading’s Alzheimer’s Society (AS) on London Street is recruiting more volunteers to help with their Side by Side service. This service aims to combat social isolation by pairing a volunteer with someone with dementia.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 21 September

There were five new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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The changing nature of Christchurch Green

Christchurch Road parade, Reading

I’ve occupied my present home in Northcourt Avenue, Reading for 30 years, but I’ve lived in the Whitley area my whole life. In that time, I’ve witnessed a lot of change as Reading has grown and the number of people living and working in the town has followed suit. Traffic and parking issues appear to be an inevitable part of this growth.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 27 July

There were eight new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 20 July

There were 17 new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Reading MP Matt Rodda says “Cycling should be for the many, not just the brave.”

Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for transport (buses), took part in the Active Travel debate in Parliament on 9 July. The Whitley Pump called “house!” at the end of his speech, having completed at least one line in any direction as well as all four corners of our political buzzword bingo card, with a bonus prize for the mention of Reading.

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Traffic diversions through Katesgrove for repairs to crash barriers on IDR flyover

The Flyover on 28 May 2019

Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.

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Reading Fringe Festival events in and around Katesgrove

The Reading Fringe Festival programme 2019 is out and there are lots of events south of the IDR, including those at the new-to-the-fringe venue, the After Dark club on London Street. Other local venues are the Rising Sun Arts Centre, South Street Arts Centre, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).

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Reading Kindness Rocks

Reading Kindness Rock at the Tank

Have you seen painted stones appearing in random places in Katesgrove and wondered what they were?

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