Welcome to the Arborfield Village website.
Latest important updates and information will be found on this page.
We hope you find what you are looking for in the main menu on the left. If there is anything you would like to see on the website please contact the Parish Office on 0118 976 1489 or by email
8.4.15 - Arborfield & Newland Annual Parish Meeting. Monday 20th April, 7.30pm at Arborfield Village Hall. The agenda is here. The Annual Report is here. Last years Draft Minutes are here.
2.4.15 - At the Wokingham Borough Council Planning Meeting on Wednesday 1st April the Bearwood Park application, submitted on behalf of Reading FC, was approved.
At the Wokingham Borough Council Executive Committee on Thursday 26th March the Arborfield & Newland Village Design Statement was approved. This document was started many years ago and thanks go to all who contributed their time and expertise to complete it.
Also at the Executive meeting the following decision was made: Option B alignment modifications for the Arborfield Cross Relief Road be agreed and progressed through detailed design to a full planning application and that the Council will continue liaison and discussions with Councillors, landowners, affected residents and other stakeholders.
At the Wokingham Borough Council Planning meeting on Wednesday 25th March the Planning Application from AGLC for the northern part of the Arborfield Garrison SDL was approved. The Planning Application for the Secondary School was also approved.
8.1.15 - Wokingham Borough Council is holding a public meeting to update all interested residents on progress towards the new secondary school in Arborfield at Henry Street Garden Centre, Swallowfield Road, Arborfield from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday January 21.
This will be an opportunity to hear about the planning application for the school and about the process by which it will be determined. All are welcome to attend.
18.12.14 - The Arborfield & Newland Parish Council Office will be closed from noon on Thursday 18th December 2014 and reopen at 10am on Monday 5th January 2015. During this time emails will be checked daily. Phone messages and the post will be checked on normal working days only. Only emergencies will be dealt with.
The Parish Council wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
4.12.14 - CHRISTMAS CAROLS WITH THE COOMBES CE PRIMARY SCHOOL - Wednesday 10th December - details are here
19.11.14 - ....The 'Elf Training Camp’ - a festive fun activity day for under 8’s at Hazebrouck Nursery, Arborfield on Saturday 6th Dec 2014. Activities include Pudding Toss, Cracker Javelin and the Snowman Challenge. Parents can participate or enjoy free festive snacks and beverages. It's free, no booking necessary just come between 10 am and 3pm. ....
Consultation on Draft Arborfield & Newland Village Design Statement
Notice under Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004
I am pleased to consult you about the document described above and attach a copy of the formal statutory notice at the end of this email. The consultation document is a Village Design Statement (VDS), which was prepared by Arborfield & Newland Parish Council to provide a detailed description of the character of the parish to be used in determining future planning applications. Wokingham Borough Council currently has 11 VDS, which are part of the adopted Borough Design Guide SPD. The Arborfield & Newland Village Design Statement has been presented for adoption by Wokingham Borough Council as a standalone SPD.
Copies of the document are available for inspection from 11th November 2014 at the Council’s Shute End Offices, Wokingham during normal office hours Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm and is also available to view on the Council’s website at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/planning/developers/designspd/.
Representations are invited on the above document and may be accompanied by a request to be notified at a specified address of the adoption of the SPD. All representations should be sent either in writing to Rebecca Bird, Neighbourhood Planner, Wokingham Borough Council, Council Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WN or by email to
. Only representations that arrive at the Council’s specified address within the six week period commencing on 11th November and ending at 5pm on 23rd December 2014 may be considered as of right.
I look forward to receiving your comments. The Council’s Executive is scheduled to consider adoption of the Village Design Statement on 26 March 2015.
Rebecca Bird, AICP BA MUP
Neighbourhood Planner, Land Use & Transport Team, Wokingham Borough Council
6.11.14 - Consultation on Open Green Space Maintenance - you are urged to respond to this consultation
Wokingham Borough Council is undertaking a review of its grass cutting and other open green space maintenance services and will be launching a consultation on this on Friday October 17.
The consultation will run until Friday December 12 and will provide an opportunity for all residents to give their views on priorities we have for this service and to put any other comments or ideas to us.
We have to be clear that no additional funding is earmarked for this service, however we are looking at how it can be provided in a more flexible and cost-effective manner and will use the consultation’s finding to achieve this.
Anybody wanting to take part in the consultation can visit http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/consultation/current/greenspacesconsultation/ and for more information please contact Head of Community Services Josie Wragg at
or call on (0118) 974 6002.
29.10.14 - Arborfield Garrison SDL - a brief explanatory note about the planning applications provided by Wokingham Borough Council is here
29.10.14 - Talented Teen Competition - poster available here
The Borough Mayor, Cllr UllaKarin Clark, is pleased to announce the launch of her search for a talented teen competition.
Each year, the Borough Mayor chooses a charity to support for their term of office. This year, Cllr Clark is setting up a fund, in association with the Wokingham charity “more arts”, to support and mentor deserving teenagers in the Borough who are showing an aptitude for the arts but do not have the resources or opportunities to reach their potential.
The Mayor and “more arts” are therefore launching a competition to identify a potential star and want to hear from teenagers between 14 and 19, who live in Wokingham Borough and sing, dance, paint, play, photograph, sculpt, write or perform.
Entries for consideration need to be received by December 31, 2014 and auditions will be held around the Borough in February half term with the finals and showcase of art being held during Easter 2015.
“more arts” is an independent arts development charity in Wokingham that champions all arts forms, and was created to enable and deliver more arts cultural activities and experiences at the local level, for the benefit of all.
Cllr Clark said: “The arts should be for all and not a select few. By encouraging our young people to celebrate their talent, we can inspire everyone to appreciate the importance of the arts and challenge its elitist image. I look forward to receiving lots of entries. Please contact the Mayor’s Office for more information and an application form.
23.10.14 - PUBLIC MEETING AND CONSULTATION ON NEW ARBORFIELD SECONDARY SCHOOL - Parents in the south of the borough will be able to discuss progress on the new secondary school to be opened in Arborfield in September 2016 at a public meeting next month and give their views in a consultation to follow. News release available here
16.10.14 - YOUNGSTERS GET BEHIND THE WHEEL AT DRIVESTART. Details available here
16.10.14 - Why not become a Wokingham Winter Friend. Details available here
16.10.14 - EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNITY DAY, MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER - FREE - ALL WELCOME - Details here
13.10.14 - ARBORFIELD GARRISON SDL COMMUNITY FORUM - The next meeting is on Thursday 23rd October at Henry Street Garden Centre starting at 7pm. The agenda can be found here.
10.9.14 - PARISH COUNCILS INITIAL COMMENTS TO THE ARBORFIELD GARRISON SDL PUBLIC EXHIBITION. The Parish Council has raised a number of significant initial comments and concerns to Curtin & Co and Crest Nicholson as well as Wokingham Borough Council. They are listed here.
The response to the Parish Councils questions are here.
8.9.14 - PARISH COUNCIL OPEN AFTERNOON - following feedback at the Annual Parish Meeting held in July you hopefully have read the Arborfield News and seen that the Parish Council are holding an open afternoon on Saturday 13th September. All details are here. We hope to see you there.
1.9.14 - ARBORFIELD GARRISON DEVELOPMENT - PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND WEBSITE
There are 2 remaining exhibition dates and the www.arborfieldgarrison.co.uk website is now live. Please take a look at try to visit the exhibition.
20.8.14 - ARBORFIELD GARRISON DEVELOPMENT - PUBLIC EXHIBITION. Information is available here. Residents should also receive a leaflet delivered through doors in the next day or so. It is most important to attend if possible as your comments will help shape the development.
14.8.14 - Current consultations by Wokingham Borough Council are:
Shaping our Communities
As the ambitions for the Strategic Development Locations become a reality, the Council has been outlining its approach to how it will continue to involve residents and other stakeholders to ensure that these become vibrant new communities that support a high quality of life.
Along with the housing, the SDLs will also include new schools, play grounds, parks, nature reserves, shops, businesses and community facilities as well as the necessary roads and other transport links.
Wokingham Borough Council has been working on a new document that sets out how it will continue to involve residents and other stakeholders in planning our identified housing growth areas (known as Strategic Development Locations) and how it will support our new communities as they develop.
The SDLs will not be just housing developments. They will include new schools, play grounds, parks, nature reserves, shops, businesses, and community facilities as well as the necessary roads and other transport links.
We are keen to know what you think of the new Shaping Our New Communities document and its recommendations. The consultation, and corresponding documents, are available on the Wokingham Borough Council website
Wokingham Borough Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan Consultation
Wokingham Borough Council needs your views on Gypsy and Traveller development in the Borough. The Government requires councils to meet the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, and the Council has chosen to do this through the creation of a Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan (GTLP). In order to develop the GTLP, we need to assess the various options that are available to meet the needs of the Travelling community.
These options have been set out in the GTLP Draft Options Paper. Now we want your views on the various issues in the Paper, including the potential size and location of new Gypsy and Traveller sites. We are also conducting a ‘Call for Sites’ to allow people to suggest sites in the Borough that may be suitable for Gypsy and Traveller or Travelling Showpeople development.
The consultation period runs from Thursday 7th August to 4pm on Thursday 2nd October.
To view the documents and fill out the online comments form, please visit our website at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/planning/policy/ldf/gypsy-and-traveller-local-plan/ (Hard copies of the comments and ‘Call for Sites’ forms can also be provided on request). Alternatively you can respond by email to
or by post to: Land Use and Transport Team, Wokingham Borough Council, PO Box 157, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1WR. You can also view the GTLP Draft Options Paper at the Civic Offices at Shute End, Wokingham.
14.8.14 - Annual Parish Meeting - Draft Minutes from the 2014 APM held on Monday 14th July are available here
3.7.14 - Annual Parish Meeting - Monday 14th July 2014
APM 2014 Report available here
APM 2014 Agenda available here
Draft Minutes from APM 2013 available here
12.06.14 - Arborfield SDL Community Forum - Following discussions with local parish council and other community representatives, it has been decided to postpone the Arborfield Community Forum previously scheduled for Thursday June 19. This is in order to ensure the next forum meeting can directly address issues relating to the Strategic Development Location proposals and provides as constructive an opportunity for attendees to engage with the development consortium as possible. The next forum is likely to be in Mid-July and further details will be publicised as soon as possible.
12.06.14 - Arborfield & Newland Annual Parish Meeting - Monday 14th July - Notice is here. The Annual Report will be published here in due course.
22.04.14 - Neighbourhood Plan
Arborfield & Newland and Barkham Parish Councils have applied to Wokingham Borough Council to form a joint Neighbourhood Area covering both parishes.
This is the first step to creating a Neighbourhood Plan covering both parishes. The idea of Neighbourhood Plans is that communities can be involved in producing local planning policy which is the result of people working together to decide how their local area should develop. Neighbourhood Plans must generally conform with the policies of the Borough Council’s Local Plan and they should plan positively to support it.
The first step for an area wanting to create a Neighbourhood Plan is to apply to the Borough Council to designate the area that the plan will cover – and this is what Arborfield & Newland and Barkham Parish Councils have done.
The application requires a six-week consultation period before a decision is reached. A copy of the application will be available at Wokingham Borough Council’s Shute End Offices, Wokingham for anybody to view and comment upon from Thursday, April 17 until 4pm on Friday, May 30. It will also be available to view on the Borough Council’s website at: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/planning/policy/ldf/neighbourhood/arborfieldandbarkham/.
For more information please contact Rebecca Bird on (0118) 974 6456 (Direct Line) or email:
See the attached notification letter here for more information.
22.4.14 - Freedom of Information request. The Parish Council were asked why the date of the Annual Parish Council meeting was changed. Please see here the response. The Statutory Instrument which has governed the change of date for the Annual Parish Meeting is here.
11.4.14 - Annual Parish Meeting 2014 - The rescheduled date is confirmed as Monday 14th July, 7.30pm at the Arborfield Village Hall.
3.4.14 - Arborfield Cross Relief Road Consultation Report is now available at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/transport/roads/arborfieldreliefroad/
3.4.14 - Annual Parish Meeting 2014 - The date will now be Monday 14th July at Arborfield Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. Further details will be posted here in due course.
27.3.14 - Annual Parish Meeting 2014 - update
Due to the EU election date changing to 22nd May this year and subsequently the local elections following suit the Arborfield & Newland Annual Parish Meeting can't be held until between 27th May and 31st July so the below published date of 28th April is now incorrect. Information on the revised date will appear here as soon as it is confirmed.
19.3.14 - Annual Parish Meeting 2014 -
Monday 28th April, 7.30pm at Arborfield Village Hall. All parishioners welcome to attend. The APM is a meeting for parishioners and is not a Parish Council meeting although the Parish Council do have a duty to organise it. Draft minutes from the 2013 meeting are here. The agenda for the 2014 meeting will be published here in due course.
5.2.2014 - Arborfield SDL Community Forums.
Please note that the date for the next meeting is now Monday March 17. This is a change from the originally published date and I am sorry for any inconvenience caused. All meetings are due to be held at Henry Street Garden Centre and will begin at 7pm.
Agenda available here
15.1.2014 - Open meeting on plans for secondary school in south of the Wokingham Borough
An open meeting offering residents the opportunity to get involved in plans for a new secondary school for the south of the borough will be held at the Finchampstead Baptist Church (FBC) Centre, Gorse Ride, RG40 4ES at 7.30pm on Thursday January 23.
Wokingham Borough Council is offering parents in the south of the borough (including Finchampstead, Arborfield and Barkham) an opportunity to help create a new secondary school for their children. We believe this will be of particular interest to parents with children in year 4 or below.
The new school would be a free / academy school which could be established in a number of different ways. Key decisions need to be made including how the school should be set up, who would run it, where it would be located, what sort of education it would provide, whether it would have a sixth form and other characteristics. Local parents, working in partnership with the council, can influence these decisions and it may also be possible for the school to be parent-led if a group of dedicated parents successfully bids to the government. These and other issues will be explained and discussed at a meeting.
To book a place at the meeting please email:
or call (0118) 974 6105
5.12.13 - CHRISTMAS CAROLS AROUND THE VILLAGE TREE BY THE BULL ROUNDABOUT - WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2013 - 6PM - JUST TURN UP
5.12.13 - READING FOOTBALL CLUB PUBLIC EXHIBITION FOR BEARWOOD ESTATE - SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER - 10AM - 4PM IN THE MOSAIC ROOM, BEARWOOD COLLEGE, RG41 5BG
6.11.13 - Following requests from residents and community representatives, an Arborfield Community Forum meeting will be held at Henry Street Garden Centre at 7pm on Monday November 11th. Representatives from the Arborfield Garrison Landowners’ Consortium will provide an update at this forum and a full agenda will be sent nearer the date of the meeting. Please let Jan Palmer know if you are able to attend on
or (0118) 974 6172
6.11.13 - Details of the 2013 Rural Matters Conference are here
1.10.13 - Due to technical problems with the website we have been unable to upload any attachments or data for the past couple of weeks. Hopefully this has now been rectified and we have now been able to publish the Parish Councils questionnaire results. We can only apologise for the delay in updating the website.
1.10.13 - Arborfield Cross Relief Road - The Parish Council questionnaire results are here. The Survey Monkey data is here. The Parish Council will be meeting on Tuesday 15th October to discuss and agree a response to the WBC Consultation which ends on 8th November. The Parish Council urges all residents to respond to the WBC Consultation. Details are available here.
16.9.13 - Parish Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 17th September 2013 at 7.30pm. Unfortunately the Agenda will not upload onto the website for some reason. If you would like a copy of the agenda please email
and you will be sent one. The agenda is available on all the Parish Councils noticeboards - by Arborfield Stores on Eversley Road, in the bus layby on Langley Common Road, on the external wall of the Pavilion in Arborfield Park and on the Reading Road opposite the junction with Church Lane. Apologies for any inconvenience cause.
4.9.13 - Arborfield Garrison SDL Community Forum meeting scheduled for Monday 9th September at Henry Street Garden Centre has been cancelled by WBC. Please see below details from WBC:
The next meeting of the Arborfield Parish and Community Partnership Forum was scheduled to take place on Monday 9th September at the Henry Street Garden Centre starting at 7pm. However, this coincides with the launch of an eight-week consultation period on the Arborfield Cross Relief Road, which will run until Friday 8th November. For this reason it has been decided to CANCEL the 9th September Forum meeting.
The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Thursday 12 December, 7pm (venue to be confirmed).
An exhibition setting out the Arborfield Cross Relief Road options will be on display at Henry Street Garden Centre from Monday 9th September until Sunday 2nd November 2013. The garden centre is open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am until 5.30 pm and on Sundays from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm. Council officers will be at the Garden Centre to discuss the scheme as follows:
• Friday 27 September, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
• Saturday 28 September, from 09:30am to 1:30pm.
• Friday 25 October, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
• Saturday 26 October, from 09:30am to 1:30pm.
There will also be an exhibition at the Council Offices in Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN from Monday 9th September to Friday 1st November 2013.
Additional exhibitions and an opportunity to discuss the relief road scheme with Council officers will take place as follows:
• Wokingham Market, Market Place, Wokingham: Friday 13 September from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday 14 September from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
• FBC Centre, Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead: Friday 20 September from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, and Saturday 21 September from 09:30am to 1:30pm.
• Barkham Village Hall, Church Lane, Barkham: Friday 04 October from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, and Saturday 05 October from 09:30am to 1:30pm.
• Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield: Friday 18 October from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, and Saturday 19 October from 09:30am to 1:30pm.
• The Victory Hall, Church Road, Farley Hill: Friday 01 November from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, and Saturday 02 November from 09:30am to 1:30pm.
Information and a questionnaire for comments will be available from 9th September at www.wokingham.gov.uk/arborfieldreliefroad. There is also a dedicated consultation email address:
15.8.13 - Arborfield By-pass
As reported here on 22nd July The Parish Council have created a short questionnaire to find out parishioners traffic movements through Arborfield on the Eversley Road (A327). There are several ways to complete and return the questionnaire. All responses to be received at the Parish Office by 31st August 2013.
1. The questionnaire is available online here www.surveymonkey.com/s/Arborfield_bypass_proposal_consultation
2. A copy of the questionnaire will be inserted in the latest issue of the Arborfield News which will be delivered to the Street wardens today for delivery to each property.
3. The questionnaire is available here to print off, complete and return.
4. The questionnaire will be available on the Arborfield Community Facebook Page very soon.
5. If you have signed up to the Parishioners Information Email list held by the Parish Council you will receive an email with the questionnaire attached.
We hope many of you will complete and return the questionnaire.
Arborfield & Newland Parish Council
The Arborfield & Newland & Barkham Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Group are carrying out a Business Survey. If you own or run a business in Arborfield or Barkham we would like to hear from you. Please complete and return the survey available here by 23rd August 2013.
22.7.13 - Arborfield Bypass
The presentation from the meeting on Monday 15th July at Henry Street Garden Centre is available at this link http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/communities/communityforums/arborfield/
Arborfield & Newland Parish Council has been asked by numerous residents over the past week whether they support the recommended route or not.
The Parish Council was not consulted on the analysis carried out by WBC and therefore does not at this point have a preferred option. We recognise any one of the routes will be both popular and unpopular with a proportion of residents but we also recognise that a bypass is required. Each Councillor is currently looking at the recommended route individually and will be highlighting their key concerns so we can collate an initial response to WBC although it is also recognised that the consultation does not commence until September. Our initial request to WBC, which has been made, is to be supplied with the supporting documents and analysis so we can see how they arrived at the recommended route. We are sure this will raise further questions and queries which will be worked on over the summer. The Parish Council plans to create a questionnaire for residents, information of which will be in the next issue of the Arborfield News and also available on Survey Monkey. By having the questionnaire responses we will be able to gauge local thought as not everyone wishes to stand up in a packed room to air their concerns and thoughts.
Whilst this isn’t a clear cut yes/no answer we hope it goes someway to explaining the Parish Councils position at the present time and if you have any further queries please contact the Parish Clerk at the Parish Office between 10am and 12 noon, Monday to Thursday on 0118 976 1489 or by email to
Arborfield & Newland Parish Council
ARBORFIELD GARRISON SDL COMMUNITY FORUM - HIGHWAYS MEETING - MONDAY 15TH JULY 2013 AT HENRY STREET GARDEN CENTRE STARTING AT 7PM.
THE RECOMMENDED ROUTE FOR THE ARBORFIELD BYPASS ROUTE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE.
ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND
THE AGENDA IS AVAILABLE HERE
Arborfield Garrison Planning Application.
Please click here for a leaflet which is being handed out by Wokingham Borough Council to assist anyone wishing to see the application. Hopefully it is helpful to you. All residents should have received a letter from WBC explaining how you can comment on the application. If you haven’t done so already please submit your comments to WBC by 21st June 2013. More information can be found at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/planningcontrol/planning/planningapplications/searchplanningapplications/
then put in the application number O/2013/0600. More information can be found at http://www.arborfield-garrison-rag.org.uk/
The next AG Community Forum is on Thursday 20th June, 7pm at Henry Street Garden Centre. The agenda can be found here
Follow the link below for minutes and presentations from previous meetings.http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/communities/communityforums/arborfield/
COOMBES CE PRIMARY SCHOOL FETE - POSTER HERE
HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB - POSTER HERE
ARBORFIELD VILLAGE FETE - POSTER HERE
13.5.13 - ARBORFIELD GARRISON SDL - PLANNING APPLICATION
You may already be aware that an application for the Arborfield Garrison SDL has been submitted to Wokingham Borough Council who have now published it on their website. The application can be found at the below link. The reference number O/2013/0600 needs to be typed into the search box.
All residents of Arborfield will receive a letter from Wokingham Borough Council regarding the application and where it can be viewed. Please let the Parish Clerk know if you do not received such a letter by the end of this week at
The planning application documents are available to view at the Parish Office between 10am and 12 noon, Monday to Thursday only.
2.5.13 - Amenity Lorry - Saturday 4th May 2013 - The Amenity Lorry will not be at the Recreation Ground or Anderson Crescent on this date. It will be at Melrose Gardens 8 - 9.30am then Bramshill Close 9.30am - 11am. Apologies for the error printed in the Arborfield News 'What's On' page and also in the Wokingham Times.
16.4.13 Amended Highway works in Arborfield - information available here
16.4.13 Equine Safety Day - information available here
16.4.13 To celebrate the arrival of 3 Jubilee trees in Arborfield there will be Welcoming Ceremonies held. Please see here for details. We hope many of you will come along.
16.4.13 Arborfield Garrison SDL - The next Community workshop/presentation by JTP will be held on Thursday 25th April. Details available here ALL WELCOME
The 2013 Arborfield Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 15th April at Arborfield Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. All Parishioners are welcome. Refreshments will be available after.
Last years draft minutes are available here
This years agenda is available here
28.3.13 - RESCHEDULED WORKS FOR EVERSLEY ROAD -info available here
28.3.13 - All minutes from previously held Community Forum meetings regarding the Arborfield SDL can be found at this link http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/communities/communityforums/arborfield/
27.2.13 - Arborfield Garrison SDL - Community Forum - The next meeting on Monday 11th March as stated below will now be held at Henry Street Garden Centre in Swallowfield Road - not the Coombes School as previously advertised.
21.2.13 - Arborfield Garrison SDL - Community Forum - The next meeting is on Monday 11th March at Coombes School starting at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. This is the general forum not the highway specific forum like last nights forum.
20.2.13 - The Parish Councils of Arborfield & Newland and Barkham invite you to a meeting on 26th February at 8.00 p.m. at Barkham Village Hall. At this meeting we will be able to give you more detail on progress so far and to consider how we can further engage with residents to ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan produces the best solutions for the villages of Arborfield and Barkham and the SDL at Arborfield Garrison. The development should respond to the needs of the existing community and the Plan to have as much weight as possible it is vital that it is seen as reflecting the aspirations of local people. Please come and give us your support.
TONIGHT - ARBORFIELD GARRISON SDL - HIGHWAY FORUM OPEN TO ALL - 7.30pm at THE GARRISON COMMUNITY CENTRE
11.2.13 - Blue Refuse Bags -
The delivery of the 2013/14 blue bags starts today and see below the web search for how to see when the bags are to be delivered by. As previously reported we are operating a voucher system this year for those residents stating that did not receive their bags. However, this will not start until Monday 18th March when the delivery schedule is complete. All issues or complaints appertaining to this part of the service must go through Wokingham Direct from where the Vouchers will be issued. http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/rubbish/bluebagdelivery/
11.2.13 - Arborfield Garrison SDL - Community Forum on highway issues -
Wokingham Borough Council has arranged a special Arborfield Community Forum meeting to focus solely on highways issues. This meeting has been arranged in response to the discussions that took place at the developers’ Community Planning Weekend in January.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th February at 7.30pm in the Arborfield Garrison Community Centre, Princess Marina Drive.
Please note that this highways meeting is in addition to the scheduled Community Forum meeting that will take place on Monday 11th March at 7pm in the Coombes Primary School.
Should you require further details please email
6.2.13 - Road Closure on the A327 information is available here
5.2.13 - The Parish Council Planning and F&GP Committee meetings due to be held tonight have been cancelled.
31.1.13 - 5 cars in the Arborfield area have had items stolen from them. They were left unlocked. Please remember to lock your car when you leave it. Please see https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/ for information supplied by Thames Valley Police. You can receive alerts by email or follow on Facebook or Twitter.
28.1.13 - Arborfield Garrison Community Planning Weekend Feedback session - Wednesday 30th January, 7.30pm at the Garrison Community Centre - all welcome.
Information is available at http://www.jtp.co.uk/community-planning-projects/arborfield/
3.1.13 Arborfield Garrison Community Planning Weekend - This is your chance to take part in shaping the development at the Garrison. Details here - page 1 and page 2. Please attend if possible - all residents are welcome.
20.12.12 - Parish Council Office over the Christmas break details here
6.12.12 - Arborfield Garrison SDL Community Forum - find out how you can have your say - information is available here
4.12.12 - Carol Singing around the village Christmas Tree. Details here.
Thanks again go to Henry Street Garden Centre for supplying and erecting the tree and to Yardley Builders for supplying and erecting the fencing.
4.12.12 - Why not sign up to receive information from Thames Valley Police via their Alert communication scheme? Sign up today at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
1.12.12 DO YOU SUFFER FROM SLOW BROADBAND - Please see information here to register your address
30.10.12 - Local Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates for Arborfield are now available on line at www.choosemypcc.org.uk You should have received your voting card in the post. Voting takes place on Thursday 15th November 2012.
29.10.12 - Please take a look in 'What's On' for information about the Rural Conference, Village Hall Tea Dance and the Christmas Concert at Arborfield Garrison
Coombes School - recycle scheme - information is available here
4.9.12 - The Parish Council Committee meetings scheduled for tonight have all been cancelled.
4.9.12 - New events in What's on. Take a look....
4.9.12 - Drop in Flood Surgery - Thursday 20th September 2012 at Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End - 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Questions answered and forum. Jointly organised by WBC, Thames Water, National Flood Forum, Environment Agency and Loddon Valley Residents Association.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE - You should have received a copy of this questionnaire inside the latest issue of the Arborfield News. If you would prefer to complete the questionnaire on line please click here. Your feed back is invaluable so please take a few minutes of your time to complete it.
STOP PRESS.... THE PARISH COUNCIL PARKS MEETING TONIGHT - TUESDAY 3RD JULY - STARTS AT 8.30PM NOT THE PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED TIME OF 9.30PM.
Arborfield Village Fete - did you go? If so please supply some feedback by logging on to this address http://www.arborfieldvillagefete.org.uk/feedback
Road Closure for Essential Maintenance Work to Barkham Bridge - details here
WOKINGHAM WATER MAINS UPGRADE - for information please click here
A327 Closure - details here
Arborfield Village Design Statement - Draft Document.
Available by emailing
or hard copy from the Parish Office or by viewing here
The consultation runs from 1st May to 20th June and will include a display at the Jubilee Fete on Saturday 2nd June at Arborfield Park. This document will help to shape the future of Arborfield so please take the time to read it and supply your comments to The Parish Office, Arborfield Village Hall, Eversley Road, Arborfield, Berkshire, RG2 9PQ or by email to
Thanks go to all who were involved with creating this document and we look forward to hearing your comments.
Come along to Arborfield Park, Swallowfield Road on Saturday 21st April from 11am onwards for the official opening of the Sport Activ Court and other new facilities.
Representatives from Wicksteed, the manufacturer of the SportActiv Court, will be coming along and have very kindly donated goodie bags and T shirts to those who play it on the day.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Is your Broadband slow?
Take a look at this link for more information http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2107842_how_bad_is_your_broadband
Why not attend the Annual Parish Meeting (details below) where Broadband in Arborfield is on the Agenda
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - MONDAY 26TH MARCH 2012 - ARBORFIELD VILLAGE HALL - 7.30PM
Draft minutes from APM 2011 here
How bad is your broadband?
Please visit http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2107842_how_bad_is_your_broadband
The article asks broadband users to contact www.noakconsulting.co.uk
to answer a questionaire about their broadband speed. John Noak is trying to build up a picture of where in W.B.C. the areas of poor broadband speed reception are.
The Arborfield Local History Society are hosting an open public meeting to be held on Monday 20th February at Arborfield Village Hall starting at 8pm regarding the Old Church and Churchyard at Hall Farm. All are welcome to attend. Please click here for further information.
The works at the Arborfield Park in Swallowfield Road are well underway and should be completed by Friday 17th February. It was hoped that the new equipment would be available for use during half term but unfortunately this won't now be the case. We hope you are all able to enjoy the new shelter which will have picnic benches installed in it, the new park benches in the playground and around the park and the SportActiv court at the bottom end of the park. This is the first SportActiv court to be installed in the Country so please let us know what you think once it's up and running.
Salt Bins - we hope you are able to make use of the salt in the bins stationed around the village during the current spell of cold and frosty weather.
The salt bins provided by the Parish Council are situated at the top of Melrose Gardens, half way down Melrose Gardens, at the bottom of Harts Close, next to the Church in Church Lane and on the sharp bend in Tyler Drive.
If you notice a problem with any of the parishes salt bins please contact the parish office.
Two salt bins have been provided by Wokingham Borough Council. These are sited in Link Way and Baird Road.
COME AND JOIN PUPILS FROM THE COOMBES SCHOOL FOR CAROLS AROUND THE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE AT 6PM ON WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER
REFRESHMENTS COURTESY OF THE BULL PUB AND THE SWAN INN
This month, WBC publishes the autumn edition of its residents’ newsletter – Wokingham Borough News. Included in this edition is a four-page feature on the changes to the waste collection service from April 2012, as well as the waste collection calendar for the Christmas and New Year period.
Distribution to every household runs from Monday November 21 to Wednesday November 30. If you haven't received your copy after the 30th November please contact us and we will contact WBC to find out why.
There is also an online version http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/wbc-news/
Very Important News regarding a New Non-Emergency Number for Thames Valley Police: 101
For more information please click here
Please click here for Wokingham Borough Councils press release announcing the award of their Waste & Recycling Contract plus below a link to Letsrecycle.com giving more detail on rewards scheme.
Monday 24th October
11am - 3pm
An opportunity for you to have your say on improvements to the park in Swallowfield Road.
Please come along and have a look at some of the options and let us know what you think.
All parishioners welcome
2nd ANNUAL ‘RURAL MATTERS’ CONFERENCE
Following the success of the first Rural Matters conference last year, this is advance notice that this year’s conference will be held on
FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2011
(6.30pm-10.00pm) AT SWALLOWFIELD VILLAGE HALL.
All farmers, equestrian centres and others who live and work in our rural areas are invited to attend this event. Once again there will be strong representation by the Police and Wokingham Borough Council, both of whom will provide up-to-date information on various rural crime issues including machinery and animal theft, flytipping, traveller incursion, crime prevention etc.
There will also be various trade and information stands to browse as well as some useful handouts to take home. As requested from the feedback forms last year, the speaker sessions will be shorter so there will be more time for questions and answers at the end.
This is a FREE event for all interested parties and we would encourage you to attend.
If you would like to register your interest to ensure you receive an invite, please either contact your local parish council or Swallowfield Parish Council (988 5929 /
CONSULTATION ON SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENTS FOR THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT LOCATIONS FOR ARBORFIELD GARRISON, SOUTH OF M4 MOTORWAY, NORTH & SOUTH WOKINGHAM, INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS (A COPY OF THE STATUTORY NOTICE IS HERE SETTING OUT THE FORMAL NAMES OF THESE DOCUMENTS)
More on the consultation and how you can comment is here
Two Village events happening soon....
Saturday 25th June
11am - 2pm
Coombes School Fete
Further details here
Saturday 2nd July
11am - 2pm
Arborfield Garrison & Village Fun Day
Further details here
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Draft Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 28th April 2011 are here.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
MONDAY 28TH MARCH 2011
AT ARBORFIELD VILLAGE HALL
STARTING AT 7.30PM
Agenda available here Draft Minutes of 2010 available here Update notes from 2010 draft minutes available here
Please see below instructions we have received from Wokingham Borough Council regarding any street celebrations you may be considering.
The Royal Wedding is a very special national occasion and we want to help everyone celebrate. Safety is our prime concern and we will do our very best to advise you so that your party can go ahead.
If you are planning a street party or any other event on the public highway you must apply to the Council for a temporary road closure (under the Road Traffic Act 1984). This is absolutely essential, even if the road will be closed for just a few minutes.
A temporary closure means that all vehicles are kept out – but the road is open to pedestrians.
Please Contact Chris Baguley / Edward Day 01189 746300
20.1.11Legal challenge on plans for the four SDLs Arborfield & Newland Parish Council, in conjunction with the five other Southern Parishes (Barkham, Finchampstead, Shinfield, Swallowfield and Wokingham Without) has initiated a legal challenge against the adoption by Wokingham Borough Council on 21st October of the planning documents for the Infrastructure Delivery, North Wokingham and South Wokingham SDLs, and on the lawfulness of the proposed South of the M4 and Arborfield Garrison SDLs.Arborfield & Newland Parish Council held a public meeting on the Masterplans for the Arborfield Garrison SDL at the Arborfield Royal British Legion on 9th March 2010 which was attended by over 120 residents. As a result of this meeting parishioners independently formed the Arborfield Garrison Residents Action Group (AGRAG). A working party was also set up between Parish Councillors and residents to formulate a response to the consultation. The Southern Parishes named above then formed the Southern Parishes Planning Group (SPPG) to work together. The overwhelming response from parishioners following the public meeting has been instrumental to the time, effort and now finances that the Parish Council has afforded to this major issue.
Arborfield's Spring litter pick will be held on Saturday 2nd April. Please put the date in your diary. More information will appear here in due course.
The Arborfield Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 28th March 2011 at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. More details and agenda will be available here and in the next issue of the Parish Magazine.
Wednesday 8th December - Carol Singing, Lighting up & Panto info here
Public meeting to be held on Monday 15th November at the Village Hall regarding the proposed Wind Farm at Rushy Mead. Details here
Rural Matters Conference - Friday 3rd December at Bearwood College - details here
Barkham & Arborfield Neighbourhood Action Group (BaANAG) held their AGM on 30th September 2010. To read the Chairmans report please click here
Coombes School - Consultation on proposed Coombes development plans - Thursday 21st October, 7.30pm at the Coombes School18.10.10
Wind Farm at Rushy Mead - the application is now available at www.wokingham.gov.uk
Wind Farm at Rushy Mead - A planning application for 4 wind turbines will be submitted within the next couple of weeks. In order to ensure that the local community have access to all of the details of the application Partnerships for Renewables will put an electronic version of the application on their website www.pfr.co.uk next week and hold public exhibitions on the following dates.
Earley Community Resource Centre - Tuesday19th October – 15:30 – 19:30
Arborfield Village Hall - Wednesday 20th October – 15:30 – 19:30
Shinfield Parish Hall - Friday 22nd October - 15:00 – 19:00
Please view a poster advertising the public exhibitions here
For a report and photographs of the winners of the Gardening Competition please click here Congratulations to the winners.
Wokingham Borough Council is carrying out a consultation regarding Secondary School Admissions. This could affect the choice of school children from Arborfield are able to attend. Please follow this link to respond to the consultation: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/consultations/current-consultations/secondary-school-admissions-review-consultation/
BT are deciding which exchanges to upgrade to the latest high speed broadband based on local interest, so we need to get as many people as possible to vote at http://www.racetoinfinity.bt.com/ in order to indicate a strong local interest.
Public Meeting regarding the Rushy Mead Wind Farm. Details available here
The Next Arborfield Village Hall Quiz is on Saturday 18th September. Details available here.
Wokingham Borough Council are carrying out a survey on accessing their services. If you would like to complete the survey please go to http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/consultations/current-consultations/accessing-services-survey/?locale=en to access the survey. Or download it here. A Q&A sheet is here.
Public Meeting organised by Arborfield & Newland Parish Council regarding the School expansion and newly issued Travel Plan. Monday 23rd August, 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Further information here
A copy of the Travel Plan can be seen here
Rushey Mead Wind Turbine Public Exhibition dates - please click here for details
Please click here to see poster regarding the latest 'Have your Say' Police meeting to be held on Thursday 24th June
Arborfield Gardening Association Gardening Competition 2010. Please click here for an entry form.
As part of the Strategic Development Location Masterplanning consultancy, Community Group Consultation Workshops have been arranged by Wokingham Borough Council on Saturday 19th June 2010. Please click here if you would like more information