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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 March

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Decking over the IDR – a conversation with Reg Vastern-King

Hexagon, Broad St Mall and Fountain House

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.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 2 March

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 24 February

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 17 February

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 10 February

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 3 February

 

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 16 December

 

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 December

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 25 November

 

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Gritters and grit bins plans for winter 2019-20

Alpine Street grit bin in the sun July 2019

Katesgrove’s VIP grit bin tuned in to the webcast from Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport Committee on the evening of 20 November to find out about the gritter and grit bins plans for this winter.

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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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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 14 September

These new planning applications for south Reading 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 7 September

Thomas Homes site at the corner of Silver Street and Crown Street in February 2019

There were 12 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 31 August

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.

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