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Welcome to the May newsletter from Wokingham Without Parish Council.

This month, as we reach another stage of opening up from lockdown, we've got parish council news, ideas for activities to get you out and about, and an update on local planning matters. 
Following our Annual Meeting on 4th May, we are pleased to report that the council has appointed Councillor Aaron Plume as Chairman and Councillor Lesley Foxwell as Vice Chairman for the 2021-22 civic year. 
The council would like to express its grateful thanks to outgoing Chairman, Ken Newland, for his many years of dedication to the parish council and the local community. 

Councillor vacancy 

Following a resignation in April, the parish council has a vacancy for a parish councillor. If you're interested in finding out more about how you can help support your local community, please contact the Clerk, Katy, on 

Local News 

Pond works progress at Pinewood

Work on Dickie's pond at Pinewood is almost complete, with just the living coir rolls to support the banks to be put in place. 

The pond has had new sections dug, silt removed, the water inlet widened and improved and banks enhanced to prevent flooding in the winter. 

We are pleased to report that the pond water levels have now improved significantly and we hope the work will help sustain the pond over the drier summer months and reduce flooding of the adjacent footpaths in the winter. 

The parish council will monitor the pond over the coming months and review whether further measures are needed. 

Below are some pictures showing the works as they progressed:
April 23rd - work is underway digging out the eastern side of the pond and enhancing the bank adjacent to the footpath
April 29th - work begins to dig out the area parallel to the road and work on the water inlet. The living coir rolls, which will help to stabilise the banks, are being stored on site until the heavy machine work is complete. 
May 6th - Groundworks with machinery now complete, the temporary dam has been removed and the water levels in the pond start to rise. Material removed from the base of the pond has been used to build up the western bank, to prevent winter flooding. 
May 11th - water levels have now settled and the increased scale of the pond can be better appreciated. Living coir rolls, pre-planted with pond plants and positioned to help stabilise the banks, will be installed over the coming days. 

New gate on footpath 18

The parish council is aware that a gate has been installed across FP18 near the golf course. The installation of the gate was approved by Wokingham Borough Council, but a lack of consultation prior to installation has meant that an access issue for users with certain mobility aids has only recently been identified. 

The parish council and ward members are encouraging discussion between the parties and we hope that a suitable solution can be found that protects the golf course from unwanted access, whilst permitting legitimate access requirements. 

Getting out and about!

With summer on its way (at last!), we’re getting excited for Bike Month this June! Are you registered?
Register for Bike Month
What about prizes? trophy
Once you’re registered and you log your first ride during Bike Month, you’ll be entered into some amazing prize draws, including for two Cannondale bikes of your choosing! More prizes to follow so keep your eyes peeled.
Until then, happy riding,
The Love to Ride team

California Gardeners' Club is a friendly gardening club based in Finchampstead, Wokingham.

The club holds monthly meetings with a speaker on an interesting array of topics, not only on gardening but also the natural world. These are currently held via Zoom until they can meet again in person at the California Ratepayers’ Hall.

Talks this year have included wildlife photography from the brilliant Tom Way, fuchsias from a multi-trophy winning amateur exhibitor and a journey through the landscapes of Colorado. The club also publishes a monthly newsletter for members who have access to a trading hut at reduced prices. They also organise other things such as tool sharpening and in normal times, garden visits and two shows a year.

To find out more about joining, please visit where you will find contact details, as well as past newsletters, write-ups from previous talks as well as photograpths from the virtual spring show and recent photo competitions. 

Membership is free for 2021

Local Planning Update

South Wokingham planning applications recommended for approval 

The latest plans for development south of the railway have been recommended for approval and will be considered by Wokingham Borough Council's planning committee this week.

The meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 18th May 2021.

The planning applications to be considered are:
  • 192928 - South Wokingham distributor road main section - from the Eastern Gateway to Finchampstead Road
  • 203535 - Western Gateway - improved junction of Finchampstead Road and Molly Millars Lane
  • 191068 - Up to 1,434 new homes, a primary school, a community facility and nature parks
  • 190914 - up to 215 new homes to the east of the development, adjacent to Bigwood
  • 190900 - St Anne's SANG - a nature park of 7.83 hectares which will connect to Buckhurst Meadows. 
You can read more on the latest development news or view the documents online

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, there will be limited numbers for attendance at Shute End. If you would like to participate, please consider doing so virtually via Microsoft Teams.

If you would like to participate either in person or virtually, please contact Wokingham Borough Council's Democratic Services Team  
The meeting can also be watched live on YouTube 

It's 'No Mow' May!

Join legions of gardeners and say “no” to the mow this May to help our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us!

Plantlife’s No Mow May campaign doesn’t ask you to do much. In fact, it asks you to not do anything at all…

Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1st and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.

Let it grow… let it groooow…

At the end of the month, on the Bank Holiday Weekend, join in with our nationwide “Every Flower Counts” survey to discover how many bees the UK’s lawns can feed. Not only will you receive your very own “nectar score” (which will tell you have many bees your lawn can feed), you’ll help us learn more about the health of the nations’ wild flowers.
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