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Parish Council

News – Summer 2014

Berkshire Youth running local youth services FOLLOWING THE withdrawal of universal youth services by Wokingham Borough Council last autumn, Shinfield Parish Council took over the management of the youth workers in order to maintain our club at Spencers Wood Pavilion. Since then we have been working to establish a robust support structure for those at the club and are pleased to announce that this will be provided for us by Berkshire Youth. Established in 1940, Berkshire Youth provides support to youth leaders and young people across Berkshire and within the six unitary authorities. They have developed new opportunities for both youth leaders and young people over this considerable period. As an independent organisation, they

willingly support the five outcomes of Every Child Matters and promote these through their ongoing club support and programme delivery. They will provide dedicated support so that an excellent service is provided to the young people of our parish. This will include a staff handbook as well as central support from their team. Berkshire Youth will also work with the parish council to develop youth provision as demand increases with the growth of the parish. For further information on Berkshire Youth visit

South of M4 Community Forum THE NEXT Community Forum will take place on 23 June at 7pm at the Three Mile Cross Church Centre and all members of the community are welcome. The meeting will review lessons learned from the Mitford Fields development, receive a written update from WBC on transport and planning, look at street naming for the coming new developments, including details of how local residents, groups and societies can get involved in putting forward suggestions and an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan. At the last meeting 27 questions were taken away by WBC so that further feedback can be provided. Questions included: ● More presentation by elected members and more time for Q&A: Feedback WBC will take on board for future forums and residents are

encouraged to submit written questions and suggestions for further agenda items via email to ● Bus routes and shelters: The interim and full bus strategies are fully funded by the developers. The funding has been calculated with assistance from bus operators, with the view to the services becoming commercially viable and supported by the developers until this time. At this time it is not known if the new service will be in the Reading fare and Plusbus zone, as this will depend on the service operator. ● Pedestrian crossing at Church Lane/Basingstoke Road: As part of the recently approved Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross development, junction improvements have been secured

which also include pedestrian facilities ● The Mitford Fields/Basingstoke Road junction: This is progressing through to the detailed design stage and is hoped to be programmed for delivery by the summer ● Traffic control at the Mereoak Park bus gate: potential alternative options are being looked at with the delivery of the Mereoak Park and Ride ● Parking issues along the Grazeley Road: Yellow lines could be introduced subject to consultation with the Police and statutory consultees. To see the note from this meeting and previous meetings, as well as all the questions and responses, please go to: communities/ communityforums/southm4/ Page 1

Shinfield 10k Run and May Day Fete THE ANNUAL Shinfield 10k run took place on 5 May and was followed by tea, cakes and a village fete. In spite of the warm sunshine drying the ground up, there was still rather a lot of water and slippery mud on the course, so plenty of laundry needs afterwards. This year 763 runners completed the event, 461 men and 302 ladies. The men’s race was won by Dan Thorne in 32:20 minutes and the first lady across

the line was Lesley Locks in 37:38 minutes. There were junior races, in which 182 runners took part in the under-16s, under-13s and under-10s races. In the under-16s, first boy was Jack Harlowe in 23:42 minutes, while the first girl was Eva Thomas in 31:54; in the under-13s, first boy was Thomas Nike in 14:05 minutes and first girl was Stephanie Poole in 15:12; in the under-10s, first

boy was Jack Robinson and the first girl was Sasha Poole in 9:34. The youngest runner was Charlie Bloomfield, age 3, in 26:32 minutes. As the Juniors finished they received a bag of popcorn to replace burnt energy and salt and a yellow draw string bag embellished with the words "I have Shinfield in the bag"! Well done to all those who took part.

Deardon Way Public Open Space SHINFIELD PARISH Council and Wokingham Borough Council have signed a lease granting the parish council the use of land to the west of Deardon Way and north of the connecting pathway to Ryeish Green, as a Public Open Space. The borough council have also provided funding for the continued maintenance of the area and this will become a parish responsibility. The area has been cleared of brambles and other weed growth, cultivated and had grass seed sown to produce a good surface. It is not intended that this area will be used for organised sports and no equipment will be installed. However, the parish council has received a grant from the Berkshire Community Development Fund for the purchase of fruit trees to provide a community orchard to the eastern end of the site. A total of 36 trees have been purchased and it is expected they will be planted in the autumn. Laurels Garden Centre in Hyde End Lane, Ryeish Page 2

Site for the community orchard, Deardon Way Green, have potted these up and are kindly storing and caring for them until optimum planting time. The mix of trees includes apples, pears, plums and cherries as well as cobnuts. The apples are all varieties bred in this area, two from Slough, two from Oxfordshire, one from Newbury, one from Buckinghamshire and one, called Ashmeads Kernal, from Gloucestershire, included because of the name and its

Reading association. One of the plum varieties called Marjories Seedling was also bred in Berkshire and we have approached the National Fruit Collection based in Brogdale in Kent, to graft specimens of the Shinfield Seedling apple, some of which will be planted in schools within the parish.

New: Parish Community Award THIS YEAR, Shinfield Parish Council has introduced the Parish Community Award and its first recipient is Eddie Brown from the Shinfield Voluntary Car Service. Eddie was nominated by John Strong for his tireless work in the ongoing running of this service, valued by so many in our parish. Eddie was presented with his award at the Car Scheme Annual Meeting on 29 May by Mike Gough, Chair of the parish council. If you would like to nominate somebody for next year’s award, you will find all the details and the nomination form on the parish council’s website soon.

Mike Gough (left) and Eddie Brown Shinfield Parish Community Award 2014

Spencers Wood Carnival

Clares Green Road Recreation Ground Saturday 20 September 2014 – noon to 9.00pm THE SPENCERS Wood Carnival was established by Liz Ratcliffe and Debbie Johnson-Wait to bring the community together for a day in the centre of the village. The eighth running of the Carnival takes place this September and it promises to be as much fun as ever. Local community groups are encouraged to participate by having a stall at the Carnival to raise money for their cause. These groups keep all the proceeds from their own activities as well as sharing in any surplus that arises from the event. These stalls are supplemented by arts and crafts and other stalls offering present buying opportunities.

There is no need to go hungry, with food available from Miah’s and Caf’Active, both based in the village, as well as from the barbecue run by Lambs Lane School. The Farriers Arms will be running the bar again this year: it truly is a local event. Mason’s Funfair has been ever present and will offer its traditional fairground rides and sideshows, whilst Cathy Valentine, another favourite, has arranged an afternoon of entertainment for smaller children. Many of the stalls pack up at the end of the afternoon but the fun goes on, with live music into the evening. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Even if it rains the show goes on.

We get a little wetter but a good time is still had by all. Liz Ratcliffe says “it has been a privilege to be able to organise the Carnival and to go round it each year seeing the smiles on the faces of people who are really enjoying themselves. However, none of this would be possible without the generous support of Shinfield Parish Council which gives us a grant each year that helps cover our fixed costs and agrees to us using the field.” Put the date in your diary and come along. If your group wants to get involved this year then please contact the organisers as soon as possible at Page 3

NEWS UPDATES • Feedback on the Annual Parish Meeting This year’s Annual Parish Meeting was held on Thursday 24 April at Caf’Active in Spencers Wood, with a presentation from Sir David Bell, the vice chancellor of Reading University, who provided an interesting insight into the role of the University in our parish. There were many questions from the floor about the development in the parish. This was followed by a report from Mike Gough, the chair of the parish council for 2013/14, on activities and achievements in the parish this year. Your feedback from the event has been reviewed and will be taken into account for next year, specifically the provision of roaming microphones for questions from the floor. • Announcement of Chair and Vice Chair following the 2014 annual meeting of the council At the Annual Parish Meeting, held on 12 May, Mike Gough (pictured left) was elected as chair of the parish council, with Ian Montgomery (pictured right) as vice chair. The chair and vice chair of each committee will be elected at the first meetings of the committees in this new civic year. Chair Mike Gough and vice chair Ian Montgomery • The work begins The University of Reading have made the first move in the programme which will eventually lead to all the new building and changes to Shinfield village as part of the South of the M4 Development. Contractors are currently opening up an access road to a car park to serve an area to be known as Langley Mead. This is the piece of land lying to the southwest of Shinfield, off Hyde End Road and running alongside the River Loddon, to be classified as a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) area. Trees and shrubs have already been planted out alongside pathways to the river from the car park and this valuable natural and community resource is taking shape for the future. Langley Mead car park works You will note that fly-tippers have already made their presence felt by dumping rubbish on the site. If you have noticed anyone doing this please report it to the Police or Wokingham Borough Council. Page 4

Twitter DO YOU use Twitter? Did you know that the parish council has an active Twitter account? The council is always looking for additional ways to communicate with our parishioners, to complement this quarterly newsletter and the newly refreshed website. As the parish grows and developments come forward there will be plenty of news to share, so feel free to follow us on @ShinfieldPC

Sign up for news from the parish council THE PARISH council has two websites: News updates, information on the parish council and committee meetings and minutes from these meetings, details of your local councillors and information on local organisations. Information on the on-going development of some 3,000 new homes throughout the parish and development of the Shinfield Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, which will become part of local planning policy for all future developments. You can register on both websites to be kept up-to-date with the latest news by email.

Contact the parish council Our office and postal address: Shinfield Parish Council Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green Shinfield, RG2 9EH Tel 0118 988 8220 Email The office is open to local residents from 09:00 to 12:00 Monday to Friday.

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Summer 2014 newsletter from Shinfield Parish Council

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Summer 2014 newsletter from Shinfield Parish Council