• 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

Defibrillator Fund Raising Afternoon
May 24th - King George's Field

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.

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.

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.

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