Village Society

Binfield Heath Village Society came into being in 2000. The focus of the Society is purely social: everyone who lives in the parish is automatically a member. It encourages people who live here to come together, meet one another and just have fun. We raise money from larger events such as Village Day to spend within the village and to subsidise smaller ones like the carols singing evening and the Monday Club. We are sometimes able to make charitable donations to local causes such as the Sue Ryder Home at Nettlebed or contribute towards village projects.

Our events are advertised by house-to-house fliers and on big boards outside the shop. Usually, when tickets are required for events they are held in the shop. The Society events are advertised and reported in the village newsletter, run by Beth Timms. 

We run an annual Village Day on the recreation ground at the end of May or early June. Always a popular event, it brings together young and old, with teas, a bar, BBQ and stalls. 

Every Christmas the village gathers round the tree outside the shop for Carol Singing with a brass band. 

The annual Safari Supper, which is extremely popular and takes place early in the year is a great way for newcomers to meet other people in the village.

The Society supports the Monday Club, which is run for the older members and is organised by George Englefield. The club meets monthly for tea and a talk during the winter months.

The Village Society joins forces with the Flower Show committee to help out at the biggest annual village event - the Flower Show on August bank holiday Saturday. We run the tea tent and help clear up the field the following day. This event needs plenty of muscle for the best part of a week - everyone is invited to join in and help out.

A number of smaller groups, originally connected to but not run by the Society also exist in the village – including a Book Club and Bridge Club. 

Some members of the committee are also on the Flower Show committee, the Playground Committee or the Parish Council, bringing the whole community together.

Our committee is elected at a public meeting, advertised on the village board and this website. We welcome new committee members but most importantly offers of help at the busiest times.  And most of all, of course, we need people to come to the events, or suggest new ones, and support them.

Gladman application refused

The application by Gladman to build 245 houses in Eye & Dunsden parish has been turned down by SODC on grounds of lack of available local education facilities. 

The application was opposed by seven local parishes in South Oxon and by residents' associations in Emmer Green - and by Reading Borough Council. 

District councillor Paul Harrison, who represents Sonning Commmon Ward, sent out the following email on May 23, which he had received from SODC Planning :

Dear All

Just to update you on the above application for 245 dwellings at Emmer Green.  

Both the County and Reading Borough council are objecting to the application on the lack of primary school capacity. 

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have advised that the local schools in the immediate vicinity are at capacity therefore there would be an objection in principle to development that would increase demand on school places that cannot be mitigated.  RBC has also advised that it does not have a duty to build new places for children located outside of the Borough therefore children from within the proposed development would not get a school place before the children of Reading residents living within the catchment.

OCC has advised that the nearest Oxfordshire primary schools to the development (within approximately 3 miles) include Sonning Common, Kidmore End, Shiplake and Peppard.  The above schools are on constrained sites and are unable to expand to meet the needs of this proposed development. OCC therefore objects to this proposed development on the grounds there is insufficient primary school capacity.

The application was discussed at a recent Cabinet Member Briefing and the Leader has agreed with the recommendation to refuse the application on the lack of primary school capacity.  It is therefore intended to refuse the application on that ground under delegated authority. 

Regards

Joan Desmond

Major Applications Officer

Planning

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

Customer services: 01235 422600

Email: joan.desmond@southandvale.gov.uk

Visit us at: www.southoxon.gov.uk and www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk



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