Government eases restrictions on village halls

Our fine refurbished village hall, with offers users two separate halls, a garden and terrace, may be able to partly re-open sometime in the next few weeks or months.

The Government has published new guidance on halls on which the Trustees are currently taking advice. Gatherings of up to 30 people are to be allowed, including meetings, but anti-Covid measures including cleaning will need to be in place. So far exercise classes are not allowed.

It may also be possible to re-open the hall for viewings shortly. Before lockdown the hall was very well-booked most weekends in spring and summer and is particularly popular for weddings and other family functions.

Two events in the autumn and winter currently remain in the diary. A comedy night in October and the return of popular music duo Ninebarrow in December.

For more details please contact the hall’s acting bookings manager, Gilly Lea.

 

Gladman return at SODC local plan inquiry

Gladman tell Government Inspector that 550 houses could be built in Playhatch and a further 240 next to Emmer Green

Detailed submissions have been made to the Examination in Public of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan and will be heard in public via YouTube when the Inquiry opens online from July 15th. These submission have been made in spite of the fact that the Local Plan makes no mention of these sites. Gladman seek to justify their inclusion by challenging the methodology used by SODC in completing their plan.
Reading Borough Council have also submitted evidence to the Inspector in favour of the construction of a new Thames bridge in Eye & Dunsden with a request that a site for a park and ride scheme should be protected in Eye & Dunsden south of the A4155 Henley Road and close to Reading. They reject the need for major housing developments in Eye & Dunsden and challenge the density of 70 houses per hectare which is proposed by SODC.
Full information about the Local Plan can be seen on the SODC website

Complete the NDP questionnaire

Please have your say by returning our NDP questionnaire

Every house in the parish should now have received a copy of our Neighbourhood Development Plan questionnaire. It will help the volunteers behind the plan shape the future of our parish. Please either post back your return or complete the simple questionnaire online at this address.

Corona Virus eases but village hall remains closed

The village hall remains closed but a number of exciting events are proposed in the autumn including a comedy night and the return of award-winning duo Ninebarrow.

Parish council meetings

The annual parish meeting is postponed because of the pandemic.  Current parish council meetings are being held by Skype. Contact the parish clerk Mandy Sermon, clerk@eyedunsden.org for full details and to attend.

Latest news from Eye & Dunsden: Gladman result on 26 October

September 30: be a scythe master

Become an Austrian scythe expert with Clive Leeke

Dunsden Community Orchard is proud to host a special workshop by Clive Leeke of www.austrianscythes.co.uk.
He will demonstrate how easy it is to use this alternative scythe design. Starts at 2pm. Take part and help to cut the orchard grass at the same time. Free workshop, donations welcome. Facilities available thanks to the village hall.

11 October: time for a Fitness MOT?

A free session for over-60s at Dunsden village hall

Are you a racing machine or a puffing billy? Take part in this fun, free fitness test with the enthusiastic GOActive team from SODC. Begins at 9.30am. Book your place with Simone.Passeri@southandvale.gov.uk or call 07717 326661.

October 20: quiz night is back!

Popular quiz night returns, thanks to Beth & John

Bring a team or join one on the night and take part in a fun and brain-teasing evening. Tickets just £12 including fish & chip supper from buytickets.at/dunsden or in Binfield Heath Stores. Doors open at 7pm.

Murder Mystery Evening, January 2019: tbc

Ninebarrow to return

Brilliant musical duo last played to capacity crowd

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 7.15pm. Sure-fire crowd pleasers, Ninebarrow have a keen national following following their frequent radio appearances. Tickets £13 from buytickets.at/dunsden or in Binfield Heath Stores.

Planning matters

Gladman inquiry closes

The public inquiry into 245 houses proposed by speculators Gladman has now closed with a result expected at the end of October. There was much closely argued debate about the significance of the Oxfordshire Growth Deal for 100,000 new houses in the county before 2031. It was also claimed that the recently selected corridor for the new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway was of significance. The parish council fully supports CAGE’s opposition to the scheme which it considers to be wholly inappropriate for a parish of 150 houses. If you are concerned about this proposal you are urged to attend the inquiry at Henley Rugby Club from 10am.

SODC consider land between Playhatch and Caversham Park Village as a potential new site for massive housing development

SODC has added land at Playhatch, Palmer’s Riding Stables and Reading Golf Club into a study of possible sites for future housing. CAGE has strongly objected. A further announcement is expected in December. See www.cagedunsden.org for more.

Successful kick-off for Dunsden Owen Association talks series

The first in a series of four illustrated talks and discussions to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 was a great success. All are welcome at the next talk about the Indian contribution to WW1. It promises to be fascinating. Entrance on the door is just £4 including refreshments. For more see www.owenindunsden.org

Indian Soldiers in the Great War – Inderpal Dhanjal – Tuesday 11 September

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, with 11 being awarded military crosses.

Tunnelling for victory in WW1 – Robin Sanderson and Richard Crompton – Tuesday 9 October

Descendants of WW1 tunnellers tell the remarkable story of their relatives’ remarkable contribution to the British war effort.

The Society of Friends and pacifism in WW1 – Ruth Tod, Henley Quakers – Tuesday 13 November

‘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.

Classes at Dunsden hall

The following classes are currently available, more details from Bookings Manager, Jo Summerland dunsdenvillagehallbooking@gmail.com

  • Mindfulness: Mondays, 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Mindfulness: Fridays, 9.45 to 11.15am
  • Pilates: Wednesdays, 7 to 9pm
  • Pilates: Thursdays, 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • WAT Dance: Every other Wednesday, 8 to 9pm
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Mondays, 7.30 to 8.45pm
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Tuesdays, 7.45 to 9pm
  • Yoga & Meditation: Wednesdays, 6.30 to 8pm
  • Hatha Yoga: Thursdays, 7.30 to 9.30pm
  • Yoga for Health: Fridays, 9.45 to 11.45am

 

Summer news from E&D

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.

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