Binfield Heath Village Society came into being in 2000. Its focus is purely social: everyone who lives in the parish is automatically a member and a committee of half a dozen people organise the events.
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.
Events are advertised on this website, 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.
Most years the Society runs a summer Village Day on the recreation ground. Always a popular event, it brings together young and old, with teas, a bar, BBQ and stalls. Sometimes this has been combined with a big national event, such as the Queen's 90th birthday, when there's a big village lunch in a marquee.
A week or so before Christmas the village gathers round the tree outside the shop for an hour for Carol Singing with a brass band.
The Society supports the Monday Club, which is run for the older villagers 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. From time to time the committee has also run safari suppers and pub quizzes.
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.
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