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The Dunsden News · June 2018

For Eye & Dunsden including Sonning Eye, Playhatch, Dunsden, plus Binfield Heath & surrounding areas

Events

Don’t miss 1 July: visit the beautiful gardens of Coppid Hall, Binfield Heath

Thanks to the generosity of Jemma and Tristan Phillimore, the lovely gardens at Coppid Hall, Binfield Heath RG9 4JR will be open to the public on Sunday 1 July, from 1.30 to 5.30pm.

A rare chance to visit a private garden which is not usually open to the public. Don’t miss highlights including fine views from the terrace to the valley below, some spectacular spherical water features, a lake and arboretum, a potager and a full size yew tree maze. Entrance costs £4, and a lavish afternoon tea (said to rival Mary Berry!) will also be provided for just £4. Children under five go free, and a family ticket will be available for £12. Children’s teas £2. All proceeds to the Dunsden Village Hall. Sorry no dogs. To help with numbers on the day, please pre-book via Buytickets.at/dunsden

More classes added at Dunsden hall

After a smashing success at the hall’s re-opening celebration, the number of classes and other bookings at the hall has rocketed. The following range of classes is now available, with full details at www.dunsdenvillagehall.co.uk/regularactivities

  • Mindfulness: Mondays, 10 to 11am & 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Stretch & Smile with Pauline: Mondays, 10 to 11.15am
  • Go Active Gold Keep Fit/Senior Circuits: Mondays, 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Mondays, 7.30 to 8.45pm
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Tuesdays, 7.45 to 9pm
  • Step Dance: Wednesdays, 3.50 to 4.50pm
  • Slow Flow Yoga & Meditation: Wednesdays, 6.30 to 8pm
  • Pilates (Improvers): Wednesdays, 7 to 8pm and 8 to 9pm
  • WAT Country Dance: Every other Wednesday, 8 to 10pm
  • Tai Chi: Thursdays, 9.30 to 10.45am
  • Pilates: Thursdays, 7 to 8pm
  • Hatha Yoga: Thursdays, 7.30 to 9pm
  • Yoga 4 Health: Fridays, 10 to 11.30am
  • Pilates (Beginners, bad backs, over 65s): Fridays,
    4.30 to 5.45pm

Local news

Midsummer Music at Holmwood

Sunday June 17, 5.30–9pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of classical and modern music in the beautiful surroundings of Holmwood, Binfield Heath. Tickets £25 from www.binfieldheath.org.uk or in Binfield Heath Stores.

An invitation to a series of Dunsden Owen Association talks to celebrate the centenary of the end of WW1

All are welcome at a fascinating series of illustrated talks to be followed by questions and refreshments. £4 on the door. More details shortly available at www.owenindunsden.org

Prof. Suzanna Rose – Tuesday 10 July
From Shellshock to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – a look at responses to traumatic events over the centuries, including WWI shellshock, WWII battle fatigue and leading on to the formulation of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in the 1980s.

Inderpal Dhanjal – Tuesday 11 September
Indian Soldiers in the Great War – Inderpal leads the Legacy of Valour Society (legacyofvalour.org) which is a national community-based initiative which tells the story of the Indian contribution to the first world war. Over 1.5 million Indian service personnel served during 1914–18, being awarded 11 military crosses.

Robin Sanderson and Richard Crompton – Tuesday 9 October
Tunnelling for victory in WW1 Descendants of WW1 tunnellers tell the remarkable story of their relatives’ remarkable contribution to the British war effort.

TBA – Tuesday 13 November
The Society of Friends and pacifism in WW1 – War…involves the surrender of the Christian ideal and the denial of human brotherhood.’ Quakers in the First World War, and their response to conflict today.

70th Binfield Heath Flower Show

The Binfield Heath Flower and Dog Show is 70 this year. The show, the biggest annual event in the village, takes place on Bank Holiday Saturday, August 25th. www.binfieldheathflowershow.com

Dunsden Community Orchard

The orchard by Dunsden Green is planted with a carefully selected range of historic fruit trees, some available for sponsorship: orchard.blogspirit.com. Look out for details of an upcoming apple day.

 

SODC looks again at the possibility of mass housing development in Eye & Dunsden

Following doubts raised about the viability of housing at Chalgrove airfield, SODC is to re-examine the possibility of mass housing developments in a number of sites throughout the district, including several close to Reading in both Eye & Dunsden and Kidmore End parishes. A consultation timetable for this important reversal of the local plan process has also been announced. Local residents are recommended to follow this process as it could have major implications for the area.

The SODC news release includes the following statement:

"The council intends to reassess each of the main housing sites currently proposed in the Plan, along with previously-considered locations and some additional sites that have more recently been put forward by developers:

Additional sites submitted by developers: land at Emmer Green, Reading, Reading Golf Club, Playhatch at Reading, land off Thame Road, North Weston."

Buses to Gladman inquiry and hall events update

Hall tea party reminder

A reminder Dunsden Village Hall has its grand re-opening on May 5. There is an exhibition of wildlife photography by Bill Pound, poetry readings and music. All are welcome after the official opening ceremony for teas and tours from 4 to 6pm. RSVP to Susan Summerland.

Gladman buses

The Campaign Against Gladman in Eye & Dunsden (CAGE) is providing free buses for those who wish to go to the first day of the public inquiry on Tuesday 1 May. Pick-up from Sonning Common Village Hall at 9am and from Emmer Green, opposite Budgens, at 9.15. The bus returns after lunch, as the inquiry schedule permits. Further information from Mandy Sermon, Parish Clerk

Late news: concert in hall tonight

Kate Howden sings for us tonight. Here she is on YouTube. Don’t miss!

Spring news from E&D

The Dunsden News · April 2018

For Eye & Dunsden including Sonning Eye, Playhatch, Dunsden, plus Binfield Heath & surrounding areas

Events

Book now for Kate Howden ‘rooted in people, place & nature’: 28 April

Kate Howden is a singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. She plays Guitar, Mandolin, Bodhran and Cajon. Her experience of writing, performing and recording spans over 16 years as part of acoustic duo howdenjones.co.uk. She returns to Dunsden on April 28 with her captivating blend of songs, tunes and stories in an evening to remember. Buytickets.at/dunsden

Re-opening of Dunsden Hall, 5 May

The new Dunsden hall will be officially re-opened by the Chairman of SODC on 5 May. A bust of Wilfred Owen will be unveiled. From 4 to 6pm you will be welcome to tour the building. Teas will be available.

Stunning wildlife photography by Bill Pound will be on show until Sunday at 5pm. From exercise classes to family celebrations and arts events, come along and find out how much our new hall offers!

All Ages Community Tea, 13 May

Join 1st Shiplake Scout Group for their event at Dunsden Village Hall from 3–5pm. More information from Ernie on 0118 940 3919.

Annual parish meeting & parish council AGM

Tuesday May 15 at 7.30pm · www.eyedunsden.org

Village hall AGM

Tuesday June 5 at 7.30pm · all welcome

Local news

Buy raffle tickets for hall, win prizes!

Don’t forget your raffle tickets from Binfield Heath Stores or committee members. Win champagne, a day at Nirvana Spa or dinner and a night at the French Horn amongst many others. Call 969 3633 for tickets.

Gladman inquiry at Henley Rugby Club from 1 to 4 May

A crowd-funding appeal (tinyurl.com/helpdunsden) has raised enough to pay for a barrister to represent local opponents to the building of 245 houses close to Dunsden. Please support the campaign and the inquiry. More at www.cagedunsden.org.

Rubbish tours at Bicester

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your non-recyleable waste, the answer is that it is taken to Bicester for conversion to electricity. The state-of-the-art facility even offers a visitor centre for the curious. Find out more at www.viridor.co.uk

Live Well Social Services Directory

Live Well Oxfordshire brings together over 2,000 care services and activities in an online directory – from residential care homes and care services that help people stay living at home, to transport services to get them out and about and new hobbies to enjoy. Details: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/livewell

Local artists exhibit

Work by Dunsden’s Nacera Guerin and three other local artists is to be shown at Henley Old Fire Station. ‘La liberté d'Expression’ runs from April 19 to 24 and again at the Henley Arts Trail from 5 to 7 May. More including details of poetry & story-telling evenings at tinyurl.com/naceragu

River Litter Pick: Sunday May 6

Plastic waste of all kinds bobs and swirls in the Thames and where the water is quiet, accumulates in quantity. It is ultimately slowly broken down into tiny particles which are ingested by marine life and perhaps then eaten by us. By 2050 there will be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish. So why not clean-up the river? A gallant band from Shiplake have pledged to do just that. Shiplake Outloars (shiplake.outloars.club/river-thames-clean-2018 will be taking to the water at 11am on 6 May to clean-up the river between Shiplake and Sonning. A group from Sonning is planning to set off from the bridge at the same time, with the aim of meeting them halfway. If you have a boat, why not join them?

Join the CAGE crowd-funders

CAGE has launched a fighting fund to pay for its battle against Gladman Developments at the planning inquiry in May. Eye & Dunsden Parish Council is in full support of this campaign. Will you join the crowd-funders to help pay for expert evidence to prove just why Gladman’s appeal should be rejected?

Nearly 500 people registered their objections to Gladman’s plan for 245 unsustainable houses in tiny Eye & Dunsden Parish, next to Emmer Green. If each contributes just £25, CAGE would meet their £10,000 target. Please help.

Gladman boasts that it is Britain’s biggest user of the planning system in the UK. They look to exploit weaknesses in the system in order to maximise profit for profit-hungry landowners. Eye & Dunsden is a parish of just 140 homes.

Their proposed development would burst the natural boundary of Reading and cause a valued landscape right next to the Chilterns AONB to be lost for ever. The proposal has many weaknesses, but Reading Borough Council has refused to participate fully in the inquiry. South Oxfordshire District Councilwill be fully represented, but its remit will be limited to the reasons given when they refused the application last year.

As an umbrella group representing seven local parish councils and 4 residents’ groups in Reading, CAGE believe it is absolutely essential they are able to bring all the facts to the inquiry. CAGE has the full support of Reading and South Oxfordshire Councillors Clare Grashoff and Paul Harrison and of local MPs, Matt Rodda and John Howell.

Please go to the CAGE crowd-funding site now to contribute to this appeal. The funds will be managed by Eye & Dunsden Parish Council as part of the CAGE campaign.

Get Active 60+ at Dunsden!

GoActive GOLD at Dunsden

Free fitness taster event for over 60’s

Eye & Dunsden Village Hall

Monday 26 March 2018, from 10 am – 12 noon

(Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes to take part in activities)

  • Try out out a taster activity
  • Functional Fitness MOTs
  • Meet new people in a fun & friendly environment
  • Tea and coffee provided

Booking essential: Simone Passeri 07717 326661 · simone.passeri@southandvale.gov.uk

News from the village hall

Dame Judi a sellout, so buy raffle tickets now – and win great prizes!

‘An audience with Dame Judi Dench’ at the Mill at Sonning for Dunsden Village Hall sold out within 24 hours of going public, but you can still buy raffle tickets to support Dunsden Village Hall. Work continues to transform the Victorian building into a community centre for the 21st century and funding is badly needed as are volunteers to join the team. There are some fabulous prizes in the raffle, including a magnum of champagne, dinner and a night’s stay for two at the French Horn, a night’s stay at the Coppa Club for two, swim and dinner for two at the new Thames Lido, and a ride on a combine harvester – all thanks to generous  local donors. Tickets will soon at Binfield Heath Stores, the Shoulder of Mutton in Playhatch and the Flowing Spring. Dunsden Village hall is a registered charity.

Forthcoming attractions

March 17: our ever-popular quiz night returns!

Beth and John are re-staging another of their ever-popular quiz nights on Saturday March 17. A full fish and chip supper (with vegetarian alternative) is served as teams pit their wits against each other in a series of light-hearted and brain-teasing rounds. A bar featuring wine, soft drinks and Loddon Brewery ales is available to stimulate (or not) the little grey cells. Tickets in Binfield Heath Stores and at our online box office buytickets.at/dunsden Don’t miss it!

Kate Howden returns on April 28 with ‘heartfelt songs, rooted in people, place and nature’

Kate Howden is a singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. She plays Guitar, Mandolin, Bodhran and Cajon. Her experience of writing, performing and recording spans over 16 years as part of acoustic duo howdenjones.co.uk. She returns to Dunsden on April 28 with her captivating blend of songs, tunes and stories in an evening to remember. As usual with village hall events there will be a licensed bar and snacks available. More at www.katehowdenmusic.co.uk

 

Classes and more

There’s a great range of classes and activities on in the new hall just now. Here’s a selection:

Monday Club · Teas and Talks for the over 60s.

Call George Englefield on 01189 476830 for more.

Ashtanga Yoga · Mondays, 7.30pm Monday evenings
www.sianyoga.com

Slow Flow Yoga & Meditation with Wild Soul Yoga · Wednesdays, 6.30pm www.wildsoulyoga.co.uk

WAT Country Dance
Alternate Wednesdays, 8pm folkscape@yahoo.co.uk

You Shine Theatre · affordable musical theatre for 7–13 year olds on Tuesdays from 5pm www.youshinetheatre.co.uk

Stretch and smile yoga · Thursdays from 10am
saspauline.wixsite.com/saspauline

Pilates · Physiotherapist-led Pilates classes on Thursdays, 7.00pm panaceaphysiotherapy.co.uk/

Hatha Yoga · Thurs, 7.30pm uddhava@traditionalyoga.org

Mindfulness for Wellbeing Course · 8 week course on Fridays, 10am, www.absolutemindfulnessberkshire.com

Dunsden Church is hosting a pancake supper in the hall on Tuesday February 13 as well as their popular Snowdrop Sunday on February 18. Call 947 7015 for more.

Support our hall when you shop at Caversham Waitrose

You only have until the end of February to use your green tokens at Caversham Waitrose to donate to the hall under their Community Matters scheme. Please support us!

Ninebarrow wow at first ever concert in our sparkling new hall

Our concert by award-winning Ninebarrow was a huge success, with a near capacity crowd enjoying their excellent music. But what kind of music or theatre would you like to see in the hall? Let us know. For more please call hall manager Gilly on 07341 385111.

Dame Judi to perform for Dunsden and much more!


Looking good! Dunsden’s fabulous new village hall

The first users of our new hall were the Monday Club and they were hugely impressed with the new facilities. The new floor, lighting and bright new kitchen in the main hall look stunning, and the underfloor heating will be perfect for an ever-growing number of exercise classes. There’s a lot more work to do, and we urgently need a few more generous supporters to help us complete the work. All donations large or small will be very gratefully acknowledged. If you think you might be able to help, please call 0118 969 3633 or email chairman@eyedunsden.org

Gladman Homes appeal against defeat

The inspector’s inquiry into the building of 245 houses near Dunsden will take place in Henley Town Hall at the beginning of May. SODC will be putting up a top barrister to fight the proposal, together with help from CAGE Dunsden which successfully persuaded councillors to oppose the scheme. However, SODC will only be arguing on the narrow grounds of their decision at the Planning Committee.

We need as many people as possible to write by December 8 to the Inspector with their views. The parish council believes that the development would constitute an inappropriate and unsustainable bursting of the boundary of Reading into the South Oxfordshire Chiltern landscape. One immensely useful submission has been submitted by Caversham & District Residents Association and is available as a PDF here.

Coppa Club still operating illegal car park

The Coppa Club in Sonning was refused retrospective planning permission to operate a car park at Frizer’s Farm, Sonning Eye. The matter is in the hands of SODCs Enforcement team. The Coppa Club’s owner’s hope to buy Cedar Cottage, a property next to the Great House, in Sonning, in order to provide the 60+ parking spaces they need.

 

Dame Judi Dench set to entertain for the hall

The hall committee is enormously excited to report that Dame Judi Dench has very generously agreed to appear at a special gala matinée at the Mill at Sonning on April 22, 2018, with all proceeds going to the village hall transformation appeal. She will be joined in conversation by actor Simon Williams and there will be a raffle with fabulous locally donated prizes. Tickets are £100 to include lunch. Earlybird ticket reservations for local people are now being accepted at the Mill box office: 0118 969 8000.

Award-winning music from Ninebarrow

Don’t miss this stunning duo who will be playing in our new hall on 26 January. Award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow, have been described as ‘stunning’, ‘damn fine’ and ‘perfection’ by critics including The Telegraph, Radio 3 and Mike Harding. Tickets are just £12 from our online box office, including snacks with a full bar featuring Loddon Brewery ales. You can listen to some of their tracks here:

Book now and don’t miss a real treat!

THERE’S a warmth on stage tonight that goes far beyond the heat of the stage lighting. Dorset folk duo Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardiere are the most genial of hosts, who whisked the Barrington Theatre audience away to a special place of folklore, fun and incredible music – Bournemouth Echo

Whizz, bang, ahhh!

Have you booked yet for the fireworks?

Our family bonfire night, with professional fireworks, is a week today, on Friday 27th. The display is thanks to the generosity of Sonning Fireworks, an award-winning local company with a reputation for spectacular displays. The weather is forecast to be fine.

It’s a small-scale, family-friendly event with hot-dogs and other snacks served in the small hall. The rest of the hall is fenced off during the current building works. There’s a licensed bar serving wine and Loddon Brewery ales. Parking is at Dunsden Farm.

You can now book tickets quickly and easily online. They are also on sale at Binfield Heath Stores and at the Shoulder of Mutton in Playhatch. The event begins at 6.30pm.

More village hall news

Don’t forget, there’s also a great programme of musical performances at the hall coming up in the next few months, starting with the fantastic Whalebone on Saturday 11 November. Theirs is a unique style of eclectic acoustic music, which you can sample here. Tickets are just £10 from our online box office, including snacks with a full bar featuring Loddon Brewery ales available. Don’t miss it!

On 26 January we will be hosting a show by award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow, who have been described as ‘stunning’, ‘damn fine’ and ‘perfection’ by critics including The Telegraph, Radio 3 and Mike Harding.

The hall’s exciting programme of re-building works is on track for completion before Christmas. The new extension to the main hall, with its attractive terrace and fully-equipped kitchen will be a great asset for social events of all kinds.

The hall’s management committee is looking for new people to help them run the building. Experience is not necessary, and the time commitment is not heavy, but the work is very rewarding. With the new hall heading for completion before Christmas, now is the perfect time to get involved! If you are interested, please contact Ginny.

 

Raising the Playhatch Road

Oxfordshire has not been successful in its bid for funding for the next stage of this project, which was to prepare a complete design scheme. Locals in Sonning Eye were concerned that the scheme (which is intended to keep the road open in times of heavy floding) could make their flooding worse, and cause considerable disruption during its construction. The Parish Council is to poll residents for their views on this issue and on the Third Thames Bridge.

Proposed Third Reading Bridge

A group led by Reading East MP Matt Rodda continues to press for a new bridge. The scheme has the active support of representatives of Reading and Wokingham, with South Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire representatives keeping a watching brief. The scheme’s objective is to get 55,000 vehicles out of Reading, with onward routes including Caversham Park Village and the B481 through Sonning Common. What are your views? Look out for our online poll.

Henley Road closure

The work is on schedule and on target, expected to be completed by the end of the first week in November. New views have opened up across the fields as a consequence of the installation of shuttering which should prevent the road breaking up in future.

Gladman Homes appeal against planning defeat

Gladman Homes have appealed against the refusal of planning consent for 245 houses in fields close to the AONB near Dunsden after a long campaign by the group CAGE Dunsden. The process will run to a strict timetable which has yet to be announced.

SODC Councillor offers grants

Our District Councillor, Paul Harrison has around £500 to offer for a specific project in the parish. The council will discuss this at its next meeting, but possibilities include the conversion of the phonebox on Dunsden Green to an information point and book exchange, or the installation of a defibrillator in the village hall.

Tarmac gravel extraction

A liaison group was told this week that gravel extraction is expected to begin next week. Oxfordshire’s monitoring officer will be visiting the site on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the planning permission. Kevin Browne is the local plant manager who can be contacted concerning problems with the work.

Autumn news from Eye & Dunsden

Full steam ahead for a brighter hall

Dunsden Village Hall’s exciting transformation continues apace, with the old foundation stone now set into the wall of the new sun room extension. The work should all be done by the end of November.

Meanwhile, there are some excellent events coming up at the hall, including the ever-popular family bonfire night, with professional fireworks, which this year is on Friday 27 October. You can now book tickets quickly and easily online.

There’s also a great programme of musical performances at the hall coming up in the next few months, starting with the fantastic Whalebone on Saturday 11 November. There’s is a unique style of eclectic acoustic music, which you can sample here. Tickets are just £10 from our online box office, including snacks with a full bar featuring Loddon Brewery ales available. Don’t miss it!

The hall’s management committee is always looking for new people to help them run the building. Experience is not necessary, and the time commitment is not heavy. Now is a perfect time to get involved! If you are interested, please contact Ginny.

Gladman Homes defeated at SODC Planning

A scheme to build 245 houses in fields close to the AONB near Dunsden was thrown out by SODC’s planning committee on September 6th, after a long campaign by the group CAGE Dunsden. As reported in the Henley Standard, so strong were feelings that two coachloads of protestors attended the meeting, with the support of local MPs John Howell and Matt Rodda. An appeal in the next six months is now possible.

Dunsden fly tipper caught on camera

SODC have successfully prosecuted a repeat fly tipper who was dumping building waste in Church Road, Dunsden. Reading-based Sam Smith carried out four substantial fly-tips, and was ordered to pay more than £5,000 after being repeatedly caught on CCTV.

Parish update for late summer

Burglaries in the parish

Three commercial premises in Dunsden and Sonning Eye were hit over the Bank Holiday weekend. The break-ins seem to have been carefully planned and resulted in several thousands of pounds of losses. A reminder to be vigilant at all times, report all suspicious activity, and make sure that doors and windows are not left open when a house is empty.

 

 

 
Plan for 245 new houses near Dunsden to be decided this  Wednesday (6th)

The parish council is firmly opposed to Gladman’s outline planning application for a large new housing development near Dunsden. It would almost triple the number of houses in the parish and if agreed might set a precedent for further large scale house building next to Playhatch and elsewhere in the area. CAGE is an umbrella group of seven local parishes and four Reading residents groups that are fighting the scheme. Will you support the campaign? They are running buses to the planning committee on Wednesday in order to encourage as many members of the public to attend as possible. Find out more on the CAGE website.

 

 


Henley Road closure

The parish council is working with Oxfordshire County Council and the police to ensure they attempt to limit the impact of the extra traffic through Playhatch and Dunsden during the nine weeks the A4155 is to be closed. Extra warning signs are to be installed and additional action will be taken as needed.

 

 


Expanding fibre broadband in Eye & Dunsden

Fibre broadband is coming to the remotest corners of the parish, thanks to the Better Broadband programme. The majority of coverage in Eye and Dunsden has been delivered commercially. Three postcodes (RG4 9PU, RG4 9PX and RG4 9PY) with four premises, are not in the existing plans and we are not aware of any further commercial deployment plans. These residents may wish to consider a co-funding option detailed on the website.

 

 


Grow your own on our allotments

The council provides two allotments, one at Sonning Eye and another at Playhatch. Vacant plots sometimes become available. If you’re interested, please email Mandy, our Clerk.

 

 

 

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