John Painter (author)

Reading Abbey by John Painter (author) Peter Durrant (author)

John Painter retired as a full-time local government officer in 2011, following 28 years working for Reading Borough Council, latterly as the authority’s Head of Administration, Monitoring Officer and Returning Officer. A graduate in History and Politics from Warwick University, with a keen interest in local history, he has been actively involved in the Friends of Reading Abbey from 2011, and Secretary since 2013.  He is also an active member and Secretary of the Reading Male Voice Choir.  His motive in joining the Friends of Reading Abbey was to provide support the Council’s efforts to consolidate the Abbey Ruins and get them re-opened to the public by 2021, the 900th anniversary of the Abbey’s foundation. He has lived in Reading since 1983, in the same road, close to the University and the  Purple 17 bus route.