• 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

News & Announcements

Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal Consultation

On Monday 3 October WBC will begin their consultation on the Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal. This takes place over a six week period and everyone is being urged to take a look at the WBC Consultations web page and make any comments online. (The PDF Consultation Document may also be found at the foot of their web page.)

There will also be an exhibition in the Pearson Hall on Wednesday 26 October 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm and on Thursday 27 October 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Again there will be an opportunity to make comments.

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, once 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.

The Parish Council therefore urge you to view the draft document online or visit the exhibition in Pearson Hall and to complete the questionnaire form. WBC will take all comments into account prior to formal adoption.

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 awardStephanie 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.”

Sonning is a 'No Cold Calling Zone'
March 2016

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.

Casual Vacancies

The Council now has two vacancies. If you would like to get involved in local matters that affect you as a Sonning resident, and have a few hours to spare then you can be sure of a warm welcome as a co-opted member of Sonning Parish Council. Please ring the Clerk Lesley Bates (01189697753) if you would like to hear more or browse the Council web site to find out about the activities of your local Council.

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 Tony Farnese. Mike Haines is the Borough Councillor for Sonning and Warren, and Theresa May is currently 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.

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