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Accounting in the time of Covid-19

The Kennet at County Lock - 23 December 2019

The Kennet at County Lock – 23 December 2019

The statutory deadline for production, audit and sign off of Reading Borough Council (RBC) accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been extended from 31 July to 30 November 2020. This is the result of new  Government regulations for local authority accounts and audit during the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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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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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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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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Reading Borough Council’s food parcels

 

Civic Offices

For some of us, the lockdown and social-distancing have been an opportunity to support local shops and food outlets or try new recipes but that is not the case for everyone. Residents who have no one to do shopping for them, do not have access to other networks and are clinically vulnerable can request support from Reading Borough Council (RBC). The council have been delivering food parcels to those in need since the end of March.

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A smörgåsbord of dramatic delights from Düsseldorf

Fiona Talkington, Fiona Leonard, Nyani Quarmyne, Andrew Taylor and Arturo Castro Nigueras

Reading Fringe 2018 L to R: Fiona Talkington, Fiona Leonard, Nyani Quarmyne, Andrew Taylor and Arturo Castro Nigueras

In the sad absence of live theatre in these troubled times, the Blue Goat Theatre, Düsseldorf, led by the enterprising Fiona Leonard, has served us up a smorgasbord of dramatic delight with 12 short pre-recorded plays; this is a collaboration between nine countries, reaching across time zones, involving some 36 stellar artists, complete strangers, who have met online to write, create and record a play with the theme, The Thread.

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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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Legislation allowing virtual council meetings comes in to force on 4 April

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave by Jan Saenredam 1604

The legislation that will allow Reading Borough Council (RBC), to hold virtual meetings during the coronavirus epidemic comes in to force today, 4 April. Meetings can now be held by video or telephone conference. The regulations will remain in force until 7 May 2021.

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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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Waterfest cancelled because of Coronavirus

Waterfest 2019

Many spring and summer events are being cancelled or postponed in Reading to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Reading Borough Council have published a list of some spring and summer events, such as Waterfest in June, which have been affected.

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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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Council suspends green waste collection

Rubbish truck (Huma Jehan)

Rubbish truck (Huma Jehan)

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has suspended its green waste collections. RBC say that coronavirus-related staff shortages mean they need to concentrate resources on collecting recycled (burgundy bin) and non-recycled (black bin) household waste.

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Katesgrove parks are open but play areas are closed

Aveley Walk play area

Aveley Walk play area

On 23 March, the Government announced additional measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The steps included the closure of communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms. Katesgrove’s play areas are now closed.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about the new coronavirus bill

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, spoke in the debate on the Coronavirus Bill on 23 March. The bill sets out the Government’s emergency powers to manage the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom.

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Register with Reading’s new community hub to help tackle coronavirus welfare needs

Community action response

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Borough Council have joined with the town’s voluntary groups to form the One Reading Community Hub. This will allow volunteers to help tackle the coronavirus crisis and allow anyone to register unmet but urgent welfare needs.

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Reading’s Smallmead recycling centre closes until further notice

Re3 recycling site

Re3 recycling site

The re3 recycling centre at Smallmead, off the A33 in Reading, has closed to the public until further notice. They have done this because of the prime minister’s instructions to protect NHS services and vulnerable people by immediately closing non-essential businesses.

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Social distancing day 6: take-away feijoada from Pau Brasil

Feiojada served

Feijoada

The Pau Brasil café on Mount Pleasant, Reading, now offers a take-away food and coffee service for collection. They no longer provide a sit-down service as the Government has instructed restaurants to close because of the coronavirus epidemic. The Whitley Pump tried a take-away feijoada for Sunday lunch.

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Social distancing day 5: In the garden

Whitley Pump correspondents enjoying their garden

Whitley Pump correspondents enjoying their garden

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 22 March.

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