Sunday 24th April 2016.

Work has started on the Bovis/Persimmons development off 433 new dwellings and the Winnersh Relief road on Hatch Farm Dairies Land, behind Jersey Drive Winnersh. Today was an ‘open day’ for residents to see the excavations of Iron Age and Roman Archaeology. Over 100 people came to have a look. No bones of any sort were found so far on the site.

There were some 45 acres of land owned by Hatch Farm. The first development was 209 dwellings which formed Jersey Drive was completed 10 years ago. It is a sad day to see all these green fields go under the diggers but the demand for housing is at its highest. Fortunately the Bluebell woods, which is home to many deer, have been corded off and will form part of the open green space along with further ‘wet lands’ which will be developed when building works are complete.







The Governors of Winnersh Primary School are very pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Powell as the permanent headteacher for the school.  Mrs Powell has been the interim headteacher since January 2014.


Karen Rex, Chair of Governors said:

“Mrs Powell has worked with staff and pupils to improve results across the school and to introduce a number of new initiatives for example; the use of Numicon in Maths and Talk for Writing in English, increasing Special Educational Needs provision and the “Going for Gold” reward system for positive behaviour.  We are very pleased that she is happy to stay with us permanently and continue this excellent work.”


Helen Powell added:

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to remain at Winnersh Primary School and to carry on working with staff, children, parents and governors to achieve the very best standards of learning across the school.” 


Contact for further information: 

Telephone: 0118 978 2590


16th June 2015 




14th January 2015


Salisbury's Contractors Longcross, ask the Winnersh NAG if they could help with any community projects.  A good will gesture for the residents of Winnersh. Pat Rowell - Chairman of the NAG,  suggested fixing the flooded footpaths in Winnersh Meadows.  On inspection it was agreed that this work could be carried out by them.  Wokingham Borough Council's Parks and Open Spaces gave permission for this work to be carried out as they own the land.  Work was carried out in one day with very little noise or mess for the residents that back onto the Meadows.

Pat thanked Longcross and Sainsbury's for the generous gift - this will make a big difference for the joggers especially.






For following information has been received by the NAG from the Highways Dept. of Wokingham Borough Council.


UPDATE – 26 JUNE 2014 



Wokingham Borough Council have been updating the “traffic” control system that operates the traffic signals at Winnersh Crossroads on the A329.  The control system is known as MOVA (Microprocessor Optimised Vehicular Actuation) and is an advance method of monitoring traffic flows and operating the signal timings in response to those flows at a junction.


The system was initially brought online and tested during the week of the 9th June 2014.


As part of the commissioning process the control system needs to be validated to obtain the maximum benefit.  On Initial “switch-on” the control system appeared to be operating correctly however, during this “settling-in” period some problems with the control system became apparent as queuing increased along Robin Hood Lane and on the A329 approaching from Wokingham.  Our engineers continued to monitor the site and various changes to the control system have been made to alleviate the problem, but unfortunately the issues remained.


The junction was switched back to its previous operational control approach on the 20th June 2014.


The Council engineers are currently investigating the issues found during the recent switch over. The junction will continue to operate in its older configuration and will only run on the new system while  an engineer is present onsite testing it.  The new control system will not be left unattended until such time as the Council are happy that all issues have been addressed and that MOVA is operating correctly.


We apologise for the inconvenience to all users while we undertake this work and thank you all for your patience.








Saturday 14th December 2013 saw the Winnersh NAG hosting a Free Microchipping exercise for dogs, with the Dog Trust at Dinton from 9am - 12pm and then onto Bearwood Rec. from 1pm - 4pm.  We had a total of 6 owners coming forward and a number of owners just confirming that their dog had been chipped.  Wokingham Borough Council's Community Warden was also available for free bike marking.  Thames Valley Police and PCSO also joined us on Bearwood Rec to see any one who might have any community concerns.  The day was very cold and once we arrived at Bearwood rec. (1pm) the only way to keep warm was to have a go on the out door gym. 


“Dogs Trust is delighted to be working with Wokingham Council on a microchipping campaign and is urging dog owners to take advantage of the offer as the law is changing from April 2016, every dog has to be chipped! The issue of stray dogs continues to be a problem across the country and in many cases dogs can be easily reunited with their owners if they were microchipped. While at Dogs Trust we never put a healthy dog to sleep, our rehoming centres are very stretched so we constantly need to reach out to dog owners to help them get their dogs microchipped and neutered to help prevent the scores of stray and unwanted dogs we take in every year. In order to try and reduce any problems and any preventable separations Dogs Trust stresses the importance of also keeping the microchipping details up to date.”


Tuesday 5th February 2013




Rainbow Centre Activities       


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Valentine Disco

Friday 15th Feb. 7pm - 9pm for ages 7 - 11  Tickets £1 Available now.


Need a Cake - Cake decorating workshop We're planning on arranging a cake decorating workshop at 'Need a Cake' in Woodley. They've been baking cakes for over 25 years and have teachers to enable others to learn simple cake decorating techniques. No costs or dates arranged yet but if you're interested in joining us please get in touch.

Trip to see the snowdrops We're putting a plan together to see if we can arrange transport to Welford Park near Newbury where we can see a stunning display of snowdrops. There's a café and some beautiful grounds to explore. If you'd like to join in do get in touch.

Community Skills We had some wonderful events in 2012 with residents sharing their skills in art, crafts and cooking through our informal community skills sessions and we'd love to continue learning together this year. So if you have a skill in anything you'd like to share do get in touch. No need to be an expert just keen to demonstrate and willing to help us have a go.

Know anyone who's struggling to cope? Nearly everyone goes through really tough times at some point in their life and often there's just not enough support. Maybe you know someone who's lonely and isolated or depressed and withdrawn, feeling like they can't cope anymore. Maybe you do what you can to help but know it's not enough. If you're struggling with issues you can't shake off or feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility of looking after people you care about get in touch.


There is help for those who want to see change. We're looking to start up community support teams and would love to hear from you.


Presentation on South Africa Chalfont Club in Earley are hosting a presentation with a speaker about South Africa.


Winnersh Children’s Centre (Tel: 0118 908 8192)

Michaela’s last day Many will know already but Michaela’s last day before maternity leave is 15th Feb. Do pop in to say goodbye for now.

Community Items

New Primary School - Winnersh Farm Local community consultation for the new primary school at Winnersh Farm will take place at the Forest School on Monday Feb 11th from 7pm to 9pm. It’s a chance to view the plans and ask questions to key members of the project team. The meeting is open to all but please inform or call

0118 974 6105.

Free Pamper Session Wycliffe Baptist Church near Cemetery Junction are hosting free pampering sessions to celebrate International Women’s Day on 11th Feb between 10am and 2pm. Contact if you’re interested and we might be able to arrange transport. 

Youth Club at Sindlesham Baptist Church There is a youth club starting from Friday 1st February for 10-14 year olds at Sindlesham Baptist Church. For more info call 01189783022

Stop Hate Crime Stop Hate Crime is a registered charity available for anyone suffering from crimes such as discrimination, racism, physical attacks, offensive writing and damage to property and they have a 24 hour help line 0800 138 1625. You can report by text on 07717989025 or online


We hope to take all those interested and are looking to provide transport so please contact if you’re interested. The presentation is from 2pm to 3:30 and costs £1.50.

Free Gym Passes Wokingham Borough Council are offering free gym passes for 16 to 25 year olds but there are not

many left so if you would like more information please contact James at the centre 07826530866 on Mon 4th Feb.

Life Long Learning The Children's Centre are looking to run some sessions on the following subjects: family finance,

English as a second language, volunteering and ‘look good feel good’ but need to get enough interest before they can be arranged. All are welcome so please contact if you would like to get involved.




Community Drop In For Adults - Tue 3-5pm

Bowling - Tue & Thurs. 3-5pm & Wed & Frid. 7-9pm

Computer Drop In - Tue 3-5pm

Darts Club - Mon 7-9pm 

Get Fit Club Mon 11-12pm

Bingo - Every 2nd Wed of the month 7-9pm

Play and Learn for 0-5 Mon/Tue/Wed/Frid.



Please be respectful when using the Rainbow Centre: Abuse of staff and centre users will not be tolerated


Next Centre Forward meeting 4th Feb 5:30pm at the Rainbow Centre

Produced by the Centre Forward Community Action Group




Tuesday 13th November 2012 


WINNERSH TO RECEIVE 3 JUBILEE OAK TREES.  They will be planted in Winnersh Meadows to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee.

Follow the link to read more about the Wokingham District Vetern Tree Association.


 More details to follow when the ceremony event has been organised.





Our Ref: NAG start letter

Your Ref:

Direct Line: 01634 276348



Water mains renewal and reinforcement in WokinghamAs part of an ongoing programme to improve our water supply network, South East Water is to undertake a £2 million programme to upgrade 7.1km of water main in Wokingham. Why do we need to do this work? The existing sections of water main form a strategic part of our supply network in Wokingham. A number of the water mains in the town will be enlarged enabling us to continue supplying water to current and future customers in the town as the population increases. Following a number of bursts we will also be renewing some water mains to reduce the risk disruption.The programme is due to start the week commencing 23rd July 2012 and is expected to complete the following Spring. Please see below for the approximate start dates, scheme duration and traffic management: Be aware these dates and durations are subject to change and we are still liaising with the relevant stakeholders regarding a number of roads within the town. Once we have further information regarding these roads we will provide an update.


Road Name/         Proposed Start            Approx.Duration                 

Prop. Traffic          Date                                              



London Road     23 July 2012              16 weeks

Temporary Traffic lights/one way system              


Station Road     23 July 2012               6 weeks                            

Road closure

Woosehill Meadows

                         27 August 2012           2 weeks                              

None required

Ellison Way       28 August 2012           7 weeks                    

Temporary trafficlights

Station Approach

                         1 September 2012        6 weeks                          


London Road (CoppidBeech junction)

                         3 September 2012           10 weeks                      

Temporary trafficlights

Oxford Road      3 September 2012            8 weeks                      

 Road closure

Caroline Drive   29 October 2012               2 weeks                        

Road closure

Wiltshire Road  12 November 2012           4 weeks                        

Road closure

Rose Street       14 December 2012           10 weeks (3week break

Road closure                                                         over Christmas)  


Arthur Road      12 November 2012             1 week                          

Road closure

Brookside           3 December 2012             6 weeks                          

Road closure

Brookside to

Reading Road    28 January 2013                7 weeks                          


Broad Street      11 February 2013              5 weeks                          

Road closure/one way system


Shute End          18 March 2013                 6 weeks                            

Road closure

Norreys Avenue      TBC                           TBC                              

Temporary trafficlights

Touley Road        1 October 2012               31 January 2013                    


Plough Lane           TBC                           TBC                                      



Following discussions with Wokingham Borough Council it has been agreed that construction will be carried out during office hours Monday to Friday with weekend and out-of-hours working taking place where necessary. How can we ensure this work is done with minimum disruption? We have worked hard to carefully plan this work with minimal impact to residents, motoristsand businesses; however we are aware this will cause an amount of disruption within the town. Therefore, we have been working closely with Wokingham Borough to limit the inconvenience and impact this scheme will have. We have written to the local residents and businesses affected the work in London Road and Station Road.


As the scheme progresses we will continue to inform local residents and businesses about the specifics of the work being undertaken near them and how we are minimising disruption. Due to the high number of utilities expected within the roads construction will be carried outusing an open-cut trench, however, where possible we will use directional drill techniques which will speed up the installation. Road closures and one-way systems are being implemented to maintain the health and safety of motorists, pedestrians and our contractors. During road closures the roads will be closed to through traffic only for the duration of the work, access will be maintained at all times, and certainly up to the point of our excavations. Furthermore, as our pipe will be laid using a rolling work front method, at any one time only a small section of road will be completely inaccessible, and then only for short periods of time. Advanced notices will also be displayed ahead of the works to warn of the closures and diversion routes will be clearly signed. Further information Keep up-to-date with the scheme via our dedicated website which will be regularly updated with scheme news and information: Our partnering contractor, Clancy Docwra, is undertaking the work on our behalf. During the work if residents have any concerns the project team on site will be happy to help. They wilL keep in touch with residents during the work and will ensure access to properties ismaintained.Please be assured South East Water is committed to minimising the inevitable disruption that will occur. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work will causebut hope our residents and stakeholders understand how important it is that we act now, and that the short term pain is worth the long term benefits this programme of work will deliver. We will keep you updated as this scheme progresses but if you would like further informationthen please do not hesitate to contact me on the above contact details.


Yours sincerely

James Smith

Delivery Manager