News Archive

Tony Farnese

It is with the deepest of regrets that I have to tell you of Tony's sad passing on the evening of Saturday 10th Feb at the Royal Berkshire hospital. Tony was a great friend and colleague to us all on the parish council. He was also involved for many years in several other village organisations. We shall miss him greatly.
Trefor Fisher, Chairman

Annual Audit and Public Examination

These have been published on our Accounts & Finance Page

Wokingham Borough Council
Election Information

Two notices to bring to your attention: the first is that the election of Parish Councillors for Sonning was uncontested; and the notice of those running for election to the Borough Counil.

Coronation Events

There are multiple events being planned to celebrate the Coronation. Details can be found on the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society website. There's a dinner on Saturday 6th May, and two different options for the Big Lunch on Sunday - a bring-your-own picnic and musical entertainment from noon until 4pm and that's followed by a Barn Dance for children and adults from 4-8pm.

You'll need to purchase tickets for the dinner but the Sunday events are free, thanks to the Sonning Volunteer Fire Brigade Trust and the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society. However you must register for tickets to either of the Sunday sessions in Pearson Hall. Click here for full details.

Coronation Souvenir Medal

Sonning Parish Council are pleased to be involved in the arrangements for the forthcoming Coronation of King Charles III on Saturday 6th May 2023.

The Council are pleased to be able to announce that they will be purchasing a number of personalised medals to give to the children at Sonning Primary School and all other children who live in Sonning up to the age of 12. The medals for the school will be handed over to Phil Sherwood (Headteacher) to give out. Souvenirs for those children not at Sonning School should be ordered ASAP via the link: Coronation Medal and will be available for collection in the Pearson Hall on Monday 8th May from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

the BIG tidy Up

A message from councillor Christopher John......

Hello All - not long now until the annual Sonning village litter pick, organised by Sonning Parish Council. See poster below.

If, like me, you enjoy Sonning looking lovely and tidy please come and join us (refreshments provided!). Children very welcome when accompanied by an adult. Equipment supplied but please bring your own gloves and if you have them a hi-vis and litter picker (some are available to borrow on the day).

Meet at the Pavilion on King George V field - Saturday 25th March @ 10am

Any questions …. Please contact Tony on the number below. Look forward to meeting some of you there!

Sonning Village Show

This year's show is on Saturday 10th September. The events will run from 2-5pm at the usual location of Sonning Primary School, Ligugé Way (off Pound Lane). Read more.....


  21 APRIL 1925
8 SEPTEMBER 2022  

Sonning Parish Council today joins the rest of the country in mourning, following the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

Chairman, Tony Farnese, said: On behalf of the residents of Sonning and the officers and members of the Parish Council, I would like to express my deepest sorrow at the death of our esteemed Monarch Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

Most people living in this Country today will have no knowledge of life without her as our Queen and I know that the grief will be real and long-lived. For over 70 years, she has reigned with compassion and grace, and she leaves a far-reaching legacy that spans the whole world which will be felt for many generations to come.

A book of condolence will be open at the Pavilion, Pound Lane from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm on Tuesday 13 September and Thursday 15 September and on Tuesday 13 September between 7.00 pm and 9.30 pm for anyone wishing to express their sadness and to give their condolences following the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

If anyone would like to share a message of sympathy but is unable to get to the Pavilion, they can email their message to and it will be printed and included in the book. Messages can also be put on the Buckingham Palace e-book of condolence at

As a mark of respect all Parish Council meetings will be cancelled during the mourning period. The next full Council meeting will therefore be held on Tuesday 27 September 2022.

Jubilee Beacon Lights Up The Night

The flames lit up the evening sky and the tired but happy children formed a circle around the beacon, a memorable scene which was a joy to behold. The Parish Council wishes to thank all those who attended and all those who contributed to making the evening such a memorable success.
Read more....

Keep Burglars Out
some advice from
Thames Valley Police

You can take some simple steps to protect your home this Summer:

  • Lock all doors and windows when you are away from home and at night. If you have a UPVC door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key.
  • Install a video doorbell, alarm or CCTV system.
  • Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and reach of windows, doors and letterboxes. Double check vehicles are locked and store keyless fobs in a suitable security pouch.
  • Cut back shrubs and hedges to aid visibility.
  • Do not leave your home in darkness if you go out in the evening.
  • Ensure side and rear gates are in good condition and locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.
  • Ensure sheds and garages are secure and security mark and register tools and other items you have stored there.
  • Keep ladders and gardening tools securely locked away. Do not leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
  • Do not advertise you are away from home on social media - wait until you return to upload any holiday snaps. Please ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you are away.

You can find further information and crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website at If you have any information relating to burglary or crime in your neighbourhood, please report it online at or call 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111.

Public Rights of Audit of Accounts

SPC - Clean Up Day 2022
Sunday 10th April

Meeting at the Pavilion on King George V field, Pound Lane, Sonning on Sunday 10th April 2022 at 10am.

Please come along and lend a hand but remember to wear gloves, strong footwear and suitable clothing. Please bring along your own litter picker and Hi Vis if you have them otherwise they can be provided while stocks last. Refreshments will be provided.

Just turn up on the day or for further details please contact: Tony Farnese on 07774 494610.

Local Plan Update
Deadline 24th January

All residents will have received a flyer from WBC concerning the latest consultation on their revised growth strategy. Everyone is encouraged to read the leaflet and login to and look at the survey. You do not have to answer every question. For Sonning residents the important questions are 12b and 13b where you can give your opinions on "Land east of Pound Lane (Sonning Golf Club)" and "Land at Sonning Farm".

If you find the online survey difficult to navigate then you can also send an email with your thoughts to

Protect our Green Spaces

An important part of the Local Plan Update is to ensure that we protect the green spaces that define Sonning. Please visit the Sonning Neighbourhood Plan website and vote for the important areas around us so that we can try to prevent them from being developed.

WBC Launches Garden Forest Scheme
29th November 2021

In celebration of National Tree Week, Wokingham Borough Council is launching a pilot Garden Forest Scheme, which is part of its aspiration to becoming a net-zero carbon borough, and invites residents to apply for a tree, or trees, for their own garden.

Over the next five years, we are looking to plant 250,000 trees across the borough to increase carbon sequestration rates. Carbon sequestration is a process whereby the trees will draw excess CO2 from the atmosphere and store it.

In order to apply to the Garden Forest Scheme, the council invites you to visit its Engage platform, where you will find an application form and more information about the scheme, and the project as a whole.

The scheme is set to initially run for two years, after which it will be reviewed, and a decision made on whether to extend it. The initial application window, open until 31 January, and applicants will be contacted throughout March, with successful residents being given more information on arrangements for collecting a tree, which will be early Autumn 2022 to coincide with planting season.

In order to be eligible, you must have space in your garden for a tree and permission to plant the tree if the garden is not yours.

Councillor Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement, said: “I am really excited that we are able to launch the Garden Forest Scheme, and offer residents another way that they can help towards reaching our goal of a net-zero carbon borough. We know that as a council we can’t do this alone, so being able to offer residents ways in which they can help is so important.”

John Tucker, Director of Woodland Outreach at the Woodland Trust added: "The Woodland Trust is proud to be supporting Wokingham's Tree Project through our Emergency Tree Fund. Planting new trees is a vital step in fighting climate change and nature loss. By joining in the Garden Forest initiative, residents across Wokingham can play their part and get the lasting benefits of trees to enjoy for years to come."

Annual Parish Meeting
Tuesday 25th May 2021

The annual meeting of Sonning Parish Council will be held this coming Tuesday following the earlier annual Parish meeting, at approximately 8.30pm. Due to the uncertainty about Covid variants it will be held this year via Skype. This meeting is open to the public and you should contact the Clerk with your email and/or Skype name by midday on Monday if you would like an invitation.

The SPC Annual Reports are available to view: here .

Sonning Neighbourhood Plan
Spring Questionnaire 2021

We've received responses from over half the homes in the Parish! Currently a total of 354 completed questionnaires.

We'd sincerely like to thank all of you who have taken time to read and complete our rather long but worthwhile survey. And if there are any of our residents who still have to get their form to us then please don't delay - it's not too late but please do it soon.

You can discover more information about the Plan and the results of our survey (once they've been determined) can be found here: Sonning Neighbourhood Plan

After many months of development we now have a questionnaire that will be delivered to all Sonning residents before the end of April. It's good timing since it coincides with the easing of lockdown and our distribution team will be able to deliver it by hand and, if the opportunity arises, have a chat with people about how important this is to the future of our Parish and why we really need every resident aged 16+ years to complete a questionaire.

Community Help

Sonning Support, is the new name for what was the Sonning Covid-19 Community Support Group, originally set up by the Sonning Parish Council in March 2020. They are an independant, informal group of local volunteers who joined together to provide help and support to those people who need it during these unprecedented times. If you need help in collecting a prescription from the chemist, buying food from the shops, walking a dog or other errands then do get in touch - click on the link above to contact them.

Volunteers do not expect payment for their time - the beneficiary is only expected to pay the cost of their shopping, prescriptions or other such expenses that they would cover normally.

If you have any concerns or queries please contact Trefor Fisher via email to or 07789 880072.

Covid-19 Useful Links

From WBC & the NHS.... Covid-19 - Advice for Residents

from the Government.... Covid-19 - Overall Situation

Road Safety Report - June 2020

Councillor Trefor Fisher has published the latest report from the Highways Working Group. It can be read here: Road Safety Report

A Neighbourhood Plan for Sonning

Sonning Parish Council together with the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society would like to thank everyone who came to this important meeting in February. Pearson Hall was packed and we apologise to those of you who had to stand.

Information about the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the presentation that was given is available on You can sign up to be kept informed about how the Plan is progressing and, hopefully, join the team.

May 2019
Wokingham Wellbeing Week

This showcases the work of many of the organisations around Wokingham that are working to improve our wellbeing. There will be events held every day all week for all ages highlighting the importance of Wellbeing, through; talks, storytelling, art, performance art, music, health & fitness, meditation & relaxation, discussion & more.

The week finishes on Sunday 19th from 12noon – 3pm with a Community Picnic and entertainment held at Howard Palmer Gardens. A short video explains more: Full details of all events can be found here:

April 2019
Notice of Election of Parish Councillors

WBC have formally announced the Parish Elections for the Borough. There are NINE councillors to be elected for Sonning Parish.

1. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH between 9am and 5pm on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, 3rd April 2019.

2. Nomination papers for Parish Elections may be obtained from Clerks to Parish Councils or the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH from the Returning Officer during the times stated above.

3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 2nd May 2019.

4. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Friday 12 April 2019. Applications can be made online:

5. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH by 5 pm on Monday, 15th April 2019.

6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH by 5 pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

7. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH by 5 pm on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor the Parish Election Nomination Pack can be downloaded from here: ParishNominationPack

January 2019
WBC local Plan Update

Wokingham Borough Council Local Plan
A Development Threat To Sonning

The Parish Council are urging residents to read up on the details of the proposed development sites and to respond to the survey. You could possibly even visit one of the events being organised by WBC, to view development proposals, put forward by developers/land owners for the Borough and in particular Sonning. There are five sites in Sonning which could, with planning permission be turned into large housing developments and two identified as traveller sites. Wokingham is required to supply 800 new houses each year, as part of the Government proposals, across the Borough. The Parish Council objected to all the proposals for Sonning in 2016 when they were first consulted and the latest consultation gives residents and others the opportunity to air their views. Residents will have important local information, which could assist WBC in making their final decision, on which proposals to include in the Local Plan.

Do not miss this opportunity to have your say! Respond to the survey and ensure that wbc makes the right decision. It will shape the community in which you have chosen to live.

Click here to read all the information and find out about the local events

Deadline for your response is 22nd February

November 2018
WWI Remembrance Ceremony

Remembrance of the end of WW1. This is a joint venture to mark the end of the First World War is a joint venture between the Sonning Parish Council and St Andrews.

The current list of events taking place on Sunday 11th November on King George’s Field, starting at 6.30pm (timings are to coincide with 100’s of similar events across the country) is:

6.55pm The Last Post

7.00pm WW1 Beacon of light

We will be lighting a beacon symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of Peace.

7.05pm St Andrews Church Bells

The church bells will ring in celebration of Peace.

We will be selling Indian food, burgers and hot dogs, plus wine and beer. Soft drinks for the children will be complementary.

September 2018
Notice of Conclusion of Audit

March 2018
Sonning Parish Clean Up Day 2018

April 2017
Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal: Adopted 19 April 2017

We are pleased to be able to inform you that Wokingham Borough Council officially adopted the Conservation Area Appraisial on 19th April. click on the cover below to download a copy (NB. It is a low resolution version but 3Mb.)

The Parish Council and the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society have been working together over a number of years to produce the Conservation Area Appraisal which, now that it is adopted, will form an important evidence base together with other adopted planning documents. National planning guidance identifies the importance of evidence based documents as informing planning policies and decisions. It is a very valuable document and will help to inform the assessment of future planning proposals being considered by WBC.

August 2016
Ali’s Pond wins prestigious National Conservation Award

The local nature reserve in Sonning, managed by the Friends of Ali’s Pond volunteer group, has just won the CIEEM award for small scale practical nature conservation. Representatives of the FAP went to the annual national awards ceremony at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Click here for further information

Ali's Pond wins prestigious natinal conservation award

Stephanie Hilborne (CEO The Wildlife Trusts), Alastair Driver, Belinda Driver, John Woodhouse (all Friends of Ali’s Pond) and Trefor Fisher (Sonning Parish Council)

Sonning Parish Council were represented at the awards by Councillor Trefor Fisher who said: “As owners of this small parcel of land in the centre of the village, Sonning Parish Council are thrilled with the recognition of what has been achieved here by the Friends of Ali’s Pond group over the years. Through local community action and fund-raising they have turned a formerly largely neglected and often fly-tipped area into a superb wildlife reserve which is extremely popular with the local community, not least the schools and Baden-Powell groups who use it for pond-dipping and other nature study activities.”

March 2016
Sonning is a 'No Cold Calling Zone'

The Council are pleased to be able to let you know that Sonning has now been declared a No Cold Calling Zone. Thanks to the hard work of the various Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinators, who took the requried steps and undertook a survey of residents, Sonning residents should be able to enjoy their property in peace and can prevent unwanted callers.

The letter from West Berkshire Trading Standards (click here to open it) gives details of how the scheme works and anyone wishing to deter cold callers needs to display one of the "No Cold Callers" stickers which are available from Jan Fielder. Please note that the Fair Trading Officer responsible is now Julian Weal.

June 2016
Annual Accounts

In accordance with the Electors' Rights (by law any person entitled and registered to vote has the right to inspect a council's accounts) Sonning Parish Council has published the requisite Notice of Appointment. Click here for further information

May 2016
Annual Meeting

Why not come along to the Annual Parish Meeting to be held in the Pearson Hall on Tuesday 17 May at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. This is your opportunity to meet your Councillors, listen to their Annual Reports and to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served from 7.00 pm. The Council look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible. Click here to open the Agenda

July 2015
New Chairman of The Council

The Council are pleased to announce that Tony Farnese was elected, unopposed, to the role of Chairman of the Council at the Council meeting held on 14 July 2015. Cllr Farnese, who has been a member of the Council since he was co-opted in April 2005, said that he would be pleased to take on the role but regretted the resignation of Mr Doyle.

July 2015
Unexpected Changes at Sonning Parish Council

The Parish Council were sorry to receive the unexpected resignation of their Chairman, Councillor Pat Doyle, in early June. Pat had served on the Council since being co-opted in February 2007 when he immediately took over the role of Chairman of the Planning Committee. Pat had previously dealt with planning while Chairman of the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society’s Planning and Traffic Panel and brought his expertise to the Parish Council. Over the years Pat became even more knowledgeable in planning matters and continued as Planning Chairman after he became Chairman of the Council in February 20013. The Council would like to express their thanks to Pat for his huge contribution to the Council and the community and to say how sorry they are that he is no longer a member of the Council. As a sign of their appreciation, Councillors made a point of including a vote of thanks in the minutes of their meeting on 14 July 20015. The Council would like to wish Pat all the best.

May 2015
Defibrillator Fund Raising Afternoon

Following the purchase and installation of a second ‘life saving’ Defibrillator at ‘Beech Lodge’, adjacent to Sonning Primary School, in December 2014 at a cost, including installation, of just over £2,000, your Parish Councillors decided to arrange a fund raising event to recoup expenditure in conjunction with Barclays Bank plc, its bankers.

Barclays Bank plc operate a ‘Match Funding’ scheme to finance worthy causes that matches any funds raised on any ‘single’ event up to £1,000 – raise £1,000 and receive £1,000! Following a visit by Kim Savage, from Barclays plc Woodley, to a meeting of the Council last year to explain Barclays’ initiative, it was decided to hold a fund raising event to be arranged by group of Councillors. Kim was an active participant at the event and we are most appreciative of her enthusiastic help on behalf of her generous employers.

Thanks to some solid organisation, help from Sonning Scouts, members of our community, beautiful spring weather, the Fun Afternoon was a brilliant success, raising a total after limited expenses of £840.57 (with match funding taking the total to £1,681.14).

In addition to a well used bouncy castle, a welly wanging competition, an informative exhibition by the S&SE Society, a visit from our local paramedic to explain defibrillator operation, a busy bar, cakes and tea supplies, tasty barbecue, school parents tombola, a well supported raffle, the star attraction for the afternoon was undoubtedly Sonning’s version of Crufts where our local dog owners displayed the abilities of their pets. Even Sonning Parish Council’s Chairman Pat Doyle’s star pooch won a red rosette with his biscuit catching abilities!

And with special thanks to the tireless efforts of Councillors Mena Pownall, Tony Farnese and wife Joan* (* not a Councillor), Trefor Fisher and Alex Evans, all in all a terrific Sonning style afternoon was had by everyone.

May 2015
VE 70th Anniversary

Sonning Glebe celebrated in style on Sunday with a traditional street party. With nearly 200 attending, including the Rt Hon. Theresa May MP accompanied by husband Phillip, sunny weather added to the party atmosphere, with games, food, teas, cakes to fuel the fun. Almost £800 was raised for the British Legion from the raffle and donations.

VE Celebrations in Sonning Glebe

April 2015
Time Called For Ancient Willow

The ancient willow overlooking the river and the Wharf on the edge of Great House land has to come down. The amount of rot in the trunk has caused it to become a danger to the public. In spite of valiant efforts by tree surgeon Julian Clark with severe pollarding (as undertaken with the willow alongside the bridge that split in October 2013) the old tree has to go, by approval from WBC.

Photo of Willow by Great House

April 2015
Lafarge Tarmac 'Local Liaison Meeting'

Cllr Pat Doyle attended today’s Lafarge Tarmac ‘Local Liaison Meeting’ (attended by Lafarge Tarmac Estates and Operations, Sonning PC, Eye and Dunsden PC, Landowners Phillimore Estates, Oxfordshire County Council). There was no representation from Shiplake, Caversham or Henley.

The Committee meets twice a year to cover detail on forthcoming operations, progress addressing numerous planning conditions and questions local concerns.

It is significant that vehicles carrying processed aggregate will pass either through Caversham or Henley in spite of the latters apparent determination to eliminate HGV’s passing through the town, loaded or empty, and not just trucks from the gravel works.

An extended conveyor tunnel will be installed over Spring Lane together with a ‘Bailey’ bridge for vehicles mainly for the process of removing stripped topsoil from the land to be excavated. The soil will be stored elsewhere above the flood-plain for use following backfill of the excavated workings with inert waste. It is anticipated that back filling could begin as early as two years from anticipated start of aggregate excavation and while that process continues.

It is notable that diligent efforts are being made by the company to fully comply with all operational conditions set out by Oxfordshire County Council. It was made clear by Lafarge Tarmac (soon to be renamed after an imminent sale) that all company vehicles in addition to customer and supplier vehicles in excess of 7.5 tons are clearly briefed that no access to the plant at Sonning Eye is available through Sonning.

April 2015
Parish Elections

As there was no response to the notice advising of an election to become Parish Councillors for Sonning, there will be no election for positions as Councillors on Sonning Parish Council. The Council will be returned unopposed. This has the additional benefit of saving an administration fee to the Council that could be anything up to £2,500.

March 2015
Updates on Highways & Planning

Sonning Parish Council has asked Wokingham Borough Council’s highway engineers to take a look at the state of the roadway in Pound Lane, particularly the northern section from the Sonning Primary School crossing to its junction with Pearson Road. Highlighting the poor state of the roadway will hopefully result in some urgent repairs if not a full re-surface, budgets permitting.

We understand that the old redundant ‘bell/siren pole’ from the former Fire Station site will be re-installed shortly. Not until the pole was taken down for safe keeping during development of the site was it realised that the bell/siren platform was roofed by and old and very rickety kitchen table! For health and safety reasons, the table is being replaced with a sturdier replica.

Although we had a firm promise back in November 2014 from Wokingham Borough Council that Sonning’s mostly blocked rainwater drains and gullies/culverts would be cleared in time for winter, after some more persuasion, the job is promised to start today, March 18th.

March 2015
Information In The New Phone Box

Since BT sold the old phone box outside Pearson Hall to your Parish Council we had a vital Defibrillator installed, followed by another at Beech Lodge next to the school, covering the playground, school and recreation area, plus the neighbourhood.

The phone box in Pearson Road is an Information Point, a totally free facility for local businesses and organisations to display their services and make any kind of leaflet, brochure, business flyer etc. available to locals in visitors alike. Panels are also provided to house suitably sized posters. Contact Pat Doyle (on 0790 513 7857) or email for size details.

February 2015
Oxfordshire Mineral Sites, Sonning Eye

We are all aware of recent sand and gravel processing by La Farge Tarmac in the ‘triangle’ between the B478 and Spring Lane. Permission was granted towards the end of last year by Oxfordshire County Council for the next phase on land east of Spring Lane (towards Shiplake – about half way) for excavation and processing sand and gravel totalling 1.89 million tonnes, including the removal of soil. Planning approval is accompanied by a total of seventy six conditions covering such elements as Archaeology Mitigation, Flood Management Plans, Ground Water Levels, Noise Monitoring and many more.

A rolling conveyor for the movement of excavated material from the site will be installed over its length and will elevate over Spring Lane to join the existing conveyor into the processing plant. Once processed, the materials will be taken from the plant in lorries, the eight wheelers when fully loaded will weigh thirty two tons. To move the 1.89 million tons will entail just over one hundred and eighteen thousand journeys (118,000) duplicated by the lorries returning empty. Lorries will more than likely travel through Caversham and Henley to access A4 and M4.

Your Parish Council received assurances from the company that their lorries or ‘customer’ lorries would not access the processing site via Sonning Bridge. It’s worth noting that heavy penalties await any transgression of the existing Weak Bridge weight limit on our historic bridge.

Full operational production of the site is estimated to begin at the start of 2016 for which a new site access/exit will be constructed adjoining the A4155 Reading – Henley road. Processed materials will leave the existing plant at Sonning Eye. According the current Oxfordshire County Council Minerals ‘directory’ total yield from the site extending towards Shiplake will total 5.5 million tonnes.

October 2014
New Sonning Parish Council Website

Welcome to the new Sonning Parish Council Website. We have been working hard over the past year or so to produce a new website packed with up to the minute information, news, views and ‘All things Sonning’!

These ‘eye-catching’ pages now hold a wealth of information, not only about the workings of the Parish Council but about Sonning itself; its history, amenities and facilities, details of local groups and organisations and much, much more. We couldn’t have achieved this without help from many knowledgeable, local individuals and we would like to extend a warm ‘thank-you’ to everyone who has given their help and support freely over the last few months.

However, this is YOUR website too, so please do browse through the pages using the menu on the left hand side and if you think that anything is missing, or if you have any comments generally about how the website looks or works or if you have a view about the information that it provides, then we would love to hear from you. We would especially like to hear from local groups and people organising community events, who would like their contact details added to the relevant pages. We very much hope that this will become a well-used and valued community resource.

You have probably noticed that we have also taken this opportunity to give Sonning Parish Council an ‘image makeover’. We are delighted to be able to unveil our new Sonning Parish Council logo, painted for the council by local artist and Bluecoat school teacher, Mr Richard Ennis. As you can see, the logo cleverly incorporates many of the key features for which Sonning is known and loved. We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr. Ennis for his assistance with this.

As technology moves forward at an ever increasing speed, we were very aware that any new website should be easy to maintain and update, easy for the public to use and needed to be ‘future-proofed’, as much as possible. We hope that we have ticked all of those boxes and in addition, the website has been designed to be accessed from computers, tablets and smart phones. So whether you are at home with your computer, or in front of your smart TV, or on a train with your smart phone, you should be able to keep in touch with what’s going on in your Parish!

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Web Team

August 2014
New Fitness Equipment Installed in King George V Field

Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, a variety of outdoor fitness equipment has now been installed in King George V field.

The range is designed to extend fitness opportunities to the wider community with resistance being provided by the users own body weight. The cardio bundle is fun to use and is already proving to be extremely popular with all age groups. Its free for everyone from age 7 upwards, in an uncontrolled yet social and uninhibited environment, whether its just to play, for a work out, or as an aid to recuperation after an injury or illness.

Take some time out and go and try it for yourselves.

December 2013
Sonning Bridge Pathway Lighting Project

Following a formal invitation from Sonning Parish Council, the Rt. Hon’ Theresa May MP Home Secretary came to Sonning on November 23rdat 1.30pm to undertake the official ‘switch-on’ of the Parish Council’s Sonning Bridge Pathway Safety Lighting.

Financial donors to the project were also formally invited, together with the Mayoress of Wokingham Borough, Borough Councillors, Parish Council contractors G.D.Contracting Ltd’s Graham Dawson, Scottish and Southern Energy Contracting manager Pete Stevens, representatives of The Scarecrow Committee, Sonning and Sonning Eye Society and numerous Parishioners.

After a brief welcome and address by Parish Council Chairman Cllr Doyle to the company who had assembled on the set-back pathway alongside the ‘Great House’ hotel, Theresa responded with her own endorsement to the Parish Council’s health and safety initiative. Theresa then crossed the roadway and activated the lighting system to enthusiastic applause.

Invited guests, including Theresa, adjourned to ‘The Great House’ for a brief drinks reception.

With cold but bright sunny conditions, a splendid turnout to welcome our important visitor and the fullest support of our local authority, your Parish Council derives enormous satisfaction from its ongoing programme of Health and Safety works in our Parish.