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Edition 9 - Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Welcome to the ninth edition of the
Rainbow Times 

Greetings to all our readers in Wokingham Without and further afield as we appreciate careful relaxation of the lockdown.

Some welcome rain today and cooler weather has not dampened our enthusiasm as we publish issue 9.

This edition features:
  • Bigshotte Park
  • Neighbourhood Watch Week - The Big Virtual Lunch
  • A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
  • Pinewood Bar and Cafe
  • Animal Spotting
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(Entering 0118 978 7258 if you are prompted)

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This issue of the Rainbow Times features the colour Blue and the letter W
Can you identify all the items in this picture?

Bigshotte Park

Thank you to residents who have alerted us to the anti-social activities at Bigshotte Park, including underage drinking, drug use, lighting of fires and unauthorised gatherings, contra to the Covid-19 restrictions. We have reported these incidents to Thames Valley Police and to Wokingham Borough Council (who has management responsibility for the park including litter collections). 

Police are patrolling the area and Wokingham Borough Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team is also monitoring the situation.  

Residents who have 'real-time' concerns about drink or drug driving should contact Thames Valley Police using 999. Reports of incidents after the event can be made to the 101 service. 

We would ask that if you are a parent of a teenager visiting the park, that you remind them of what constitutes responsible behaviour and ask them to have consideration for other park users and local residents. 

Neighbourhood Watch Week, 7-13 June

The Big Virtual Lunch

We’ve seen a surge in neighbourliness as people look out for the vulnerable and talk to those next door more than ever before - a silver lining to the cloud COVID-19 has cast over our daily lives. We think now is a good time to say thank you and celebrate those actions our neighbours have taken no matter how small or big.

To kickstart the week, Neighouhood Watch is inviting you to take part in the Big Virtual Lunch activities, organised by Eden Project, on the 6th and 7th June. The Big Lunch have put together ideas of small things you can do to celebrate community connections with your neighbours such as making your own bunting and spread some neighbourly joy by hanging it out for all to see, put together a lunch for someone or a small food parcel and leave it on a doorstep, join in with The Big Lunch from your doorstep, raise a cuppa, wave a sausage roll or have a picnic in your own gardens at the same time, host a Big Virtual Lunch online from the comfort of your own home, and ideas to host a Big Virtual Lunch over the phone.

The end of the rainbow?

As the lockdown rules start to be relaxed, we appreciate more freedom of movement and seeing family and friends, albeit whilst observing the recommended guidelines. From a medical standpoint, Covid-19 is still unpreventable and best avoided. Social distancing and good hygiene are strongly advisable, to minimise the risk of infection, and passing it to others. 

From the start of lockdown, we saw the need to prioritise and consolidate information for residents, as a weekly news bulletin.
Rainbow Times has been put together by a small team at Wokingham Without Parish Council, with input from local residents and organisations. We wanted to add a dose of lightheartedness and a focus on health and wellbeing. We hope that you have found the content helpful over the last nine weeks, but we now feel the time is right to reduce the frequency. 

However, the pot of GOLD at the end of our Rainbow Times, is your chance to Guide Our Local Direction!

Whilst the parish council has limited responsibilities, we do have a significant budget, and the passion to deliver projects that benefit our community. If you have a fervour for the area you live in, then get involved with us!

We want the future of Wokingham Without to be shaped by those that live and love this area, and here are a selection of the many active projects we as a team are involved in:-

  • Neighbourhood Plan – a road map for the future of the parish
  • Environmental protection, including reducing our carbon footprint
  • Cycle-way and Footpath improvements 
  • New website and communication tools 
  • Leisure facilities, recreation and open space in Wokingham Without 
  • Protecting and enhancing sites of community value, including Pinewood, Heathlake and our countryside spaces
  • Children’s play areas – investment in new equipment
  • Supporting community groups for all ages

At present, whilst the parish office is closed and meetings are being held virtually, the best way to contact us is via email ( 

In July, we will go live with our new, smartphone-friendly website, which will give residents additional ways to give feedback and ideas to the parish council. 

Take care and stay safe!

Your Parish Council Team

Pinewood Bar and Cafe 

Pinewood Bar and Cafe will re-open Monday 8th June, on reduced hours (10am till 2.00pm) for takeaways only. Customers can phone in advance 01344 778543 to avoid having to wait.

Social distancing measures are in place and the public toilets (located in the cafe) will be open during these hours

Animal spotting!

Our challenge for you two weeks' ago involved a walk through Pinewood, to spot a badger (E), a squirrel (D), a rabbit (F), a giant butterfly (A), a sunflower (C), and a very well hidden penguin (B). 
Did you find me and my friends?

The last laugh!

Sophie Ellis Bextor takes multi-tasking with entertainment and childcare to the extreme!
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