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The Thames Valley marks Armistice Day

Thousands of people gathered in silence across the Thames Valley to pay their respects this Armistice Day to Britain's war dead. This year, the commemorations took place as the nation marks 100 years since British troops were sent to the front line, in the First World War. From Aldershot, traditional home of the British Army, Divya Kohli reports.

Berkshire cadet plants final ceramic poppy at Tower

A pupil from a school in Berkshire was the person chosen to plant the last ceramic poppy at the Tower of London's WWI memorial artwork. Cadet Harry Hayes, 13, is a year 9 student at Reading Blue Coat School.

He planted the flower ahead of the traditional silence held at 11am on the 11th of November. The installation'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, marks the centenary of the First World War.

Cadet Harry Hayes, 13, from Berkshire plants the final ceramic poppy Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Cadet Harry Hayes salutes after planting the final ceramic poppy
Standing to attention at the Tower of London


Armistice Day at Forbury War Memorial in Reading

Happy Birthday to Reading Rescuers

Reading Rescue celebrate 25 years Credit: Reading Rescue

A group which brings together volunteers to help keep Reading clean - is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary. "Reading Rescue" has spent the last quarter of a century tidying-up the town's open spaces - collecting 650 tonnes of rubbish.

A special celebratory event on 14th November will bring together the volunteers from businesses, community groups and residents associations who - with support from Reading Borough Council - have helped to keep Reading clean.

Since RESCUE - the Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event - started in 1989, around 40 groups have cleared 46 sites each year. Since 2010 alone, 500 bags of recycling and 1400 bags of rubbish were cleared by 2100 volunteers who contributed 6215 hours of their time. Thames Water has sponsored Reading RESCUE since 2007.


Newbury man charged with attempted burglary

Thames Valley Police has charged a man with attempted burglary.

Glen Tarft, 29, of London Road in Newbury, was charged with one count of attempted burglary at The Folly, Greenham, at around 3pm on Thursday, 23 October.

He appeared at Reading Magistrates Court and has been remanded to appear at East Berkshire Magistrates Court on 19 November.

Work on Reading Bridge to begin next month

Work to strengthen Reading Bridge will begin in November Credit: ITV Meridian

Work to strengthen Reading Bridge starts in two week's time. More than 350 lorry loads of expanding foam concrete will be pumped into the bridge to fortify the 92 year old structure. During the improvement works, road users are advised to leave extra time for their journeys due to traffic building up around the Caversham Bridge.

“The many thousands of tonnes of foam concrete being pumped into voids under Reading Bridge and the use of carbon fibre polymer reinforcement materials make this a major feat of innovative engineering and a challenge for the Council in carrying out these essential works whilst the bridge remains open for the vast majority of the time. We are of course fully aware of the disruption any lane closure will cause to people, but we cannot escape the fact that Reading Bridge is almost 100 years old and now in need of essential strengthening and waterproofing. Reading Borough Council successfully bid for Government funding to carry out this essential work and the limitations on using that funding within a set time period means we have no choice but to carry out that work now. We know from recent experience the significant strain that full closures of Sonning Bridge and Whitchurch Bridge can cause to Reading’s road network. Reading Bridge carries an estimated 24,000 vehicles a day, while Caversham Bridge carries 35,000. That is why we are keeping Reading Bridge open during the first phase of this project, but there is no doubt that even off peak lane closures will cause delays. Advance notices are in place, we are publicising the lane closures widely in advance of the work starting and we would ask motorists and all regular users of Reading Bridge to allow for some disruption to their journeys.”

– Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport

Work to start on strengthening Reading Bridge

Work to strengthen Reading Bridge starts in two weeks. More than 350 lorry loads of expanding foam concrete will be pumped into the bridge to fortify the 92-year-old structure.

Reading Bridge to be strengthened

During the improvement works, road users are advised to leave extra time for their journeys due to traffic building up around the Caversham Bridge.

One lane of Reading Bridge will be closed off-peak on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 4pm from Monday November 10th to Friday December 5th. At present the Council hopes to avoid the use of temporary traffic lights and maintaining two-way traffic at all times, although delays are anticipated as a result of the single lane closure.

Plans submitted for King's Meadow Baths revamp

Listed Building Consent has been granted for repairs to King's Meadow Baths which will be carried out before major construction works get underway.

King's Meadow Baths

Plans for the redevelopment of the baths have now been submitted to Reading Borough Council.

Proposals include restoration of the existing building, construction of a new pool, a spa, treatment rooms, bar and restaurant.

A detailed application is now open to public consultation before going to a future meeting of the council's planning committee.

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