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1.2 Million More Bus Trips in Reading Last Year

1.2 Million More Bus Trips in Reading Last Year

THE total number of bus journeys in Reading soared by 1.2 million trips last year, bucking the national trend of a fall in bus use. Bus journeys in Reading increased again in 2015/16, this time by 6.3%, while many parts of the country – including London – experienced a fall in bus trips. The figures […]

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Reading Taxis Fit for Purpose After Spot Checks

Reading Taxis Fit for Purpose After Spot Checks

THERE is good news for Reading residents and visitors this coming winter, with the town’s hackney carriage taxis now fully fit for purpose following an intense round of spot checks. The spot checks took place over three days starting on 20th September at Prospect Park in Tilehurst, as part of a joint initiative between Thames […]

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Study shows fracking could threaten Britain’s richest wildlife habitats

Study shows fracking could threaten Britain’s richest wildlife habitats

Areas of Great Britain earmarked for fracking may contain some of the country’s richest wildlife sites, scientists have found in the biggest ever mapping study of UK biodiversity. Analysis undertaken by the University of Reading, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Butterfly Conservation shows that many areas opened up for potential shale gas extraction by […]

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Thames Valley residents to get early access to medical treatment with new clinical trials unit

Thames Valley residents to get early access to medical treatment with new clinical trials unit

Patients in the Thames Valley will have early access to a range of new treatments thanks to a new clinical trials unit based at the University of Reading. The Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit (TVCTU) will be used for a range of trials including developing new medicines as well as bringing together existing work in […]

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When is the best time to see the Supermoon

When is the best time to see the Supermoon

Astronomy fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the Supermoon should act fast this weekend in order to get the most dramatic view, a meteorology expert from the University of Reading has advised.   Professor Chris Scott has explained the phenomenon in a video, in which he states the best time to see the moon […]

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New website reveals if your ancestor was a medieval soldier

New website reveals if your ancestor was a medieval soldier

The names of thousands of medieval soldiers who fought in the Hundred Years War have been revealed on a new website thanks to work by a historians from the Universities of Reading. The site – www.medievalsoldier.org – allows you to see if your ancestors are listed among more than 3,500 French soldiers linked to the […]

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Invitation to Free Landlord Information Evening

Invitation to Free Landlord Information Evening

A FREE Landlord Information Evening is being held at the Civic Offices later this month. All property landlords are invited to attend the event on Thursday 20th October. The National Landlords Association will be giving a presentation on the Right to Rent legislation while deposit protection scheme My Deposits will be offering advice about tenancy […]

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Grand Opening Festival to celebrate relaunch of rural life museum

Grand Opening Festival to celebrate relaunch of rural life museum

Families are invited to be among the first to see the new interactive galleries at The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) at the University of Reading, as it reopens following a £3m redevelopment project. A Grand Opening Festival will be held on Saturday 22 October, featuring live music, Morris dancing, a petting farm, […]

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Volunteers Join Streetcare Team for Autumn Reading RESCUE

Volunteers Join Streetcare Team for Autumn Reading RESCUE

A POPULAR area along the River Thames and an alleyway in Caversham will receive a deep clean during this year’s Autumn RESCUE event. Employees from Thames Water and IHS Markit, of Henley-on-Thames, will join the council’s Streetcare team in the clean-up events on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October. Thames Water volunteers will be litter […]

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Unique prison lectures reveal Oscar Wilde’s memories of children put behind bars

Unique prison lectures reveal Oscar Wilde’s memories of children put behind bars

The cruel sight of children in prison as described by Oscar Wilde is the focus of one of a series of presentations to be held in HMP Reading. The University of Reading has joined forces with Artangel to present Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison throughout October. Four lectures in the prison chapel will […]