Thursday 26 January 2012
Stairlifts Reading – Stairlifts Berkshire
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Stairlifts Reading – Stairlifts Berkshire
We’ve crossed the Wiltshire border into the Royal County of Berkshire. Why Royal? Because the Queen has a residence at Windsor Castle. But first Castle Comfort Stair Lifts are heading to Reading. What do we know about Reading? It’s the County town and the largest in Berkshire but unless you have ‘sat nav’ impossible to find your way around.
Yes Reading has a population 232, 662 and as 19.4% of the population are retired that would mean somewhere in the region of 44,136 in Reading. About 2.6% of the retired have stairlifts – so that’s about 1,173 of Reading’s population.. We have the national figures on our website with constant updates – take a look at the bottom of this webpage.
So if you’re in the Reading area and looking for the best stairlifts prices, your search is over. Here at Castle Comfort Stair Lifts we have a good range as the national agents for all UK manufacturers and can give you a totally unbiased recommendation.
Why not give us a call for more information on 01865 477 004 today?
A Royal connection
Reading itself has a current Royal connection. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge grew up in the nearby village of Bucklebury with her sister Pippa Middleton; her family still reside there.
Reading also seems to have bread a number of ‘luvies’ – directors, actors, actresses including another Kate, Winslet this time who’s just won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a mini series for her role in Mildred Pearce.
Two notable film directors also have connections with Reading: Sam Mendes, Kate Winslet’s ex hails from here; his film directorial debut was American Beauty and he also directed Revolutionary Road which starred Kate as well as many other films and theatre plays.
Sir David Lean is an Old Leightonian having spent time at Leighton Park School in Reading. He went on to direct some very famous films – Laurence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and the earlier Brief Encounter amongst them.
Other actors and actresses from Reading
Kenneth Branagh who spent his teenage years in Reading, is well known for his roles in and directing a number of Shakespeare plays on film but has also starred in or directed many other genres. He has recently played Laurence Olivier in the film My Week with Marilyn for which he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe. He was married to Emma Thompson and then had a long term relationship with Helen Bonham Carter who he directed in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Lucy Benjamin known for her long-running role as Lisa Fowler in EastEnders also hails from Reading. Her on and off screen lover during this time was Phil Mitchell/Steve McFadden.
Another EastEnders star, John Altman who played Nick Cotton also comes from Reading.
Actress Jacqueline Bisset is another Reading born actress; she is best known for her roles in films like Bullitt and The Deep and also for the TV series Nip and Tuck. Bissset is godmother to Angelina Jolie.
A number of TV presenters have also come out of Reading:
· Famous son of Reading, Chris Tarrant is well known for presenting Who Wants to be a Millionnaire and also as a Radio DJ
· Jeremy Kyle who fronts his own show, The Jeremy Kyle Show where participants are invited to resolve relationship issues or their problems with drugs and alcohol live on air
· Arthur Negus was famously known as a presenter on the Antiques Roadshow
· Sally Taylor is a local news presenter on BBC South Today
Any issues you want to share? Maybe you’re finding it difficult to get up and down those stairs? Maybe you need to replace your current stairlift for a more up-to-date model. Castle Comfort Stair Lifts can help.
We have a good range of all kinds of stairlifts, straight, curved, perch and reconditioned. Curved stairlifts are always more expensive as they are tailor made to ‘fit’ you, but we have competitive prices for all types.
And if the cost is a problem you can look at our information on obtaining a grant or for a more instant influx of funds, 0% finance. Don’t forget our £50 off voucher too – every little helps!
This annual event in conjunction with Leeds Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend bringing music enthusiasts to the town to camp and enjoy the music.
Over the years the headline acts at Reading Festival (first festival was in 1961) reads like a who’s who of the pop music industry and includes Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Cobain famously played his last UK gig at the Festival in 1992 arriving on stage in a wheelchair.
Other headliners include Iggy Pop, Oasis, Pulp, Guns & Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, New Order, The Pogues, The Police and The Jam.
Reading has been here for a long time. There was some sort of settlement at Reading back in Roman times but the first official evidence is from the 8th century when Reading was known as Readingum. This is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon tribe The Readings, which means Reada’s People.
By the time of the Doomsday Book, Reading is described as a Borough with 6 mills, 4 belonging to the King and 2 to Battle Abbey in Battle, East Sussex, because the land had been donated to Battle Abbey by William the Conqueror after his invasion of England.
Henry I is buried in the grounds of Reading Abbey which he founded. The Abbey was hard hit by Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries and only the remains still stand.
It is unusual that a town and borough the size of Reading doesn’t have city status. The borough council has tried on two previous occasions, as part of the Millennium celebrations and as a mark to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Last year they put in a bid for this year for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – watch this space as no decision has been taken yet.
Who do we know?
· Oscar Wilde imprisoned in Reading Jail for a two year period during which time he wrote De Profundis; after his imprisonment he lived exiled in France where he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experiences
· Jane Austen went to Reading Ladies Boarding School
· More recently Ricky Gervais made a film called Cemetery Junction set in Reading in the 70’s. Gervais comes from Reading
· Property developer and TV presenter Sarah Beeney also comes from Reading
· Journalist and TV presenter Charlie Brooker too
· As does musician Mike Oldfield and Marianne Faithful lived here for a time in her childhood
We’re at the end of a quick-stop tour of Reading but it’s not too late to call Castle Comfort Stair Lifts on 01865 477 004 for more information and advice about the perfect stairlift for you. We can assess what is right for you and your house and have it installed in an hour! Or at the very most half a day. Castle Comfort Stair Lifts have excellent after sales service too – you can call us 24/7 on 01865 477 004 .
Hope to hear from you soon!
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