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.
We do not now expect the Gladman application to discussed at committee until mid-June at the earliest. It is still opposed by seven local parishes in South Oxon and by residents' associations in Emmer Green - and by Reading Borough Council. You can still have your say on the SODC Planning website. Just follow the link:SODC link
As SODC can no longer put up notices on site for every planning application we have decided to publish them on this website instead. You can use the link to look up the application on-line and make your own comments direct to SODCLook at applications