• Welcome from Sonning Parish Council
  • A lovely part of the Thames
  • With magnificent old buildings
  • and green fields
  • home to an historic church
  • a very old watering hole
  • with scenes reminiscent of 3 Men in a Boat
  • and a nature reserve
  • and concern for the environment

Notice of Road Works

UPDATE: 14:00 pm. Wed 20th May 2015

27-29 May: TO BE CONFIRMED - Charvil Lane closed for road repairs.

18-31 May: Reading Bridge (the one by the Thames Water HQ) will be fully closed to all traffic from May 18th for two weeks for major strengthening works. It’s very possible that our little bridge here in Sonning will find itself carrying some of the diverted traffic, adding further to congestion in commuter hours and Oracle shopping queues at weekends.

News & Announcements

VE 70th Anniversary

VE Celebrations in Sonning Glebe

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.

Time Called For Ancient Willow

Photo of Willow by Great House 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.

23 April - 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.

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.

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.

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 pat.doyle@sonning-pc.gov.uk for size details.

Archives of previous front page news can be found on the News Archive page


The civil parish of Sonning lies within the Borough of Wokingham. Responsibilities are split between the two councils, with the Parish Council looking after local interests. The chairman of the Parish Council is Pat Doyle. Mike Haines is the Borough Councillor for Sonning and Warren, and Theresa May is the local Member of Parliament.

Our website is divided into two sections - one with information pertaining to The Council and the other for Sonning Village matters. Under each main heading in the menu you'll find various sub-headings to help you navigate around the site quickly:
About the Council - Aims & Objectives, The Councillors, Policies &Procedures, Reports.
Committees & Working Groups - Agendas and Minutes of Council and Planning Meetings as well as details about the other working groups.
Planning Matters - How the planning guidance functions, Conservation Area Assessment and the Sonning Design Guide.
News - archives of the SPC Newsletter and the front page stories from this website.
Council Amenities - the other projects the Parish Council looks after, from allotments and the playground to the Local Nature Reserve. There is also a Fault Reporting form.
Sonning Village - the history and facilities within the village and the local societies.
Sonning Leisure - information about local sports facilities and other organisations and community groups.
Village Events - details about the annual and bi-annual community occurences such as the Sonning Regatta & Scarecrows and the Sonning Show.

Some of the photos on these pages can be enlarged. If you hover over one and the border changes from black to blue then do a mouse click to view a larger version. (eg. the "Our New Logo" in the main panel).

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