HERE are five of the top stories in Reading this week (August 14 - 20).

1. The Narrowboat pub opens in Reading as the Bel and Dragon closes

Reading Chronicle: The Narrowboat pub opens in Reading

A RIVERSIDE pub has reopened in Reading, under new management and new name. 

The Narrowboat pub, located in a former biscuit factory in Blake’s Lock on the River Kennet, opened its doors Friday, August 11.

Formerly one of Fuller's Bel & The Dragon sites, The Narrowboat will be run by Natalia Foley, who joins the team from another Fuller pub, The Victoria Arms in Binfield.

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2. Best and worst secondary schools in Reading based on Ofsted reports

Reading Chronicle: Exam paper stock

AS pupils across Reading get their A-Level results today (August 17), we have delved into the best - and worst - secondary schools in the area.

The education watchdogs use a four-level rating system: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate.

A school judged outstanding at its most recent inspection will typically receive an inspection every four years, to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

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3. New cafe in Prospect Park, Reading opens its doors

Reading Chronicle: Left to right: Southcote Ward Councillor Debs Edwards, Councillor Adele Barnett-Ward Lead

A NEW café in Prospect Park has opened its doors as part of half-a-million-pound playground.

Hey Coffee, a highly anticipated addition, is in the park Pavilion building opposite the newly opened half-a-million-pound playground and the new Ranger Station.

The new playground features a unique Reading-themed 9-hole mini-golf course, new play hub and activity centre with Sky Tykes low ropes and climbing tree.

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4. Huge Georgian home for sale near Reading town centre

Reading Chronicle:

A STUNNING Georgian townhouse has been listed on the market within walking distance from Reading Town Centre.

The well-presented character home has been advertised on Zoopla for £850,000 with Prospect estate agents in Reading.

This detached five-bedroom house is located on Eldon Road, Reading, approximately 0.7 miles from Reading.

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5. Dozens of shops shuttered in Reading town centre: ROUND UP

Reading Chronicle: Dozens of shops are shuttered in Reading town centre

DOZENS of shops are shuttered in Reading town centre as several high street stores close.

Various shops have been closed for months, including former Chipstar and Thomas Cook on Broad Street.

Speaking about the town centre, resident Tammy Scott said it is "sad" to see so many stores left empty.

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