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31 December – Congratulations to the Hampstead drinking trough

The trough adjacent to Reading Central Swinming Pool

The Whitley Pump would like to congratulate the cattle trough and drinking fountain on Spaniards Road in Hampstead, London on making the Historic England list of 23 remarkable places listed in 2018. We hope to make an official twinning visit during 2019.

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30 December – Making sense of Reading’s residential property developments

Clarendon House (foreground) and Verto (background)

When we walked around the IDR on 16 September for this year’s Heritage Open Days, the number of new property developments along its route became astoundingly clear. In an anti-clockwise direction we first passed, on the south side of Queen’s Road, New Century Place where both blocks have recently been converted from offices to studio apartments.

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29 December – Reading’s last game of 2018

Shepherd’s Bush Green War Memorial

The last Saturday of the year and Reading‘s last game of 2018 is away against Queen’s Park Rangers.

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28 December – A quiet Friday night with a seed catalogue?

Today is the last Friday of December and, given the disruption of festive closures and bank holidays, the difference between the days of the week may be beginning to blur. A quiet night in planning the planting on your allotment may be in order.

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27 December – The Museum of English Rural Life is Open

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) re-opens after Xmas today. It will also be open on 28, 29 and 30 December.

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26 December – Stink pipes we have spotted

The Pheasant

The Whitley Pump collection of Reading stink pipes started with a reader’s enquiry about the unidentified pipe or pole near the Pheasant where Southampton Street and Mount Pleasant meet.

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24 December – Last bus home to the Whitley Pump

On Christmas Eve most buses are following a normal Monday to Friday timetable but will stop running between 7pm and 8pm. Emerald 5 & 6 will have additional late evening services.

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23 December – putting out the red bin tonight at Whitley Pump

Tomorrow 24 December is the last red bin collection of 2018 at the Whitley Pump on Katesgrove Hill.

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22 December – Reading FC’s last home game of the year

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge (2004)

Reading play their last home game of 2018 today. Their opponents are Middlesbrough who are sixth in the Championship table.

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21 December – Winter Solstice

Today is the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. There will be 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds of daylight in London and something similar at the Whitley Pump in Katesgrove.

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20 December – Katesgrove Community Noticeboard

The display in the Katesgrove community noticeboard by the bus stop on Whitley Street has been refreshed and tidied up.

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19 December – RISC opening and closing times over Xmas and New Year

The Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) at the foot of London Street houses the Global Café and the World Shop. The Global Café does not usually open on Mondays and so on the evening of Sunday 23 December it will open for the last time in 2018 and will not re-open until Wednesday 2 January.

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18 December – Death of William Blandy (1817)

The Kennet by Temple Place

We are grateful to the the ‘Reading Book of Days’ for informing us about the death of Alderman William Blandy on this day, 17 December, in 1817.

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17 December – Last Monday not to like before 2019

Today is the last Monday of the Autumn term at New Christ Church CE Primary school, Katesgrove Primary School and the Palmer Academy in Katesgrove that all close for the Xmas break on Friday 21 December.

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16 December – Putting out the grey bin tonight at Whitley Pump

Tomorrow 17 December is the last grey bin collection of 2018 at the Whitley Pump on Katesgrove Hill.

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Evening edition – London Street traffic lights

Santa has listened and Katesgrove has an early Xmas present. The new traffic lights on London Street are now in operation!

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15 December – Whitley Library Xmas and New Year closures

Whitley Library’s last day of opening before Xmas is Saturday 22 December until 1pm and it will not re-open until Thursday 3 January.

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14 December – Civic Offices Xmas and New Year closures

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have announced when the Civic Offices will be closed to the public over this Xmas and New Year.

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13 December – Pau Brasil holiday opening times

Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant in Katesgrove will be open until around 4pm on Christmas Eve, 24 December, so that you can stock up on Brazilian and Portuguese specialities.

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12 December – Age UK on Whitley Street

Age UK’s shop on Whitley Street has a festive window display of Xmas jumpers and other Xmas paraphernalia. Look no further for something to wear on Christmas Jumper Day this Friday.

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