Whitley is commonly know as one of the large suburbs of Reading. Whitley is a large residential settlement originally created for workers in a time of industrial boom. The Whitley Excellence Cluster (WEC) still survives today despite other clusters around the country breaking up as a result of the coalition government. WEC is supported by Aspire2 which ensures annual events, family holidays and Ufton Court visits remain possible for the Whitley community.
Other organisations operating in Whitley such as the Community Cafe, Youth Centre and Community Museum create a very close-knit community within the Whitley area. Visit the Community Museum on Facebook to see old pictures, records and stories from Whitley locals!
Whitley Claim to Fame
- Ricky Gervais, the well-known comedian, actor, film director and producer, musician and writer was born and bred in Whitley!
- Midge Ure, a popular musician, whilst a member of Slik in 1974 lived briefly on Hexham Road.
- M.L.Emmett, a poet, editor, Convenor of Friendly Street Poets Inc. lived as a child in Ashburton Road, Hartland Road and Brayford Road in Whitley.