Obituary – Cllr Roy Pike

It is with great sadness we report that Councillor Roy Pike has passed away at the age of 89.  Roy joined the Parish Council in May 2003, serving the parish and local residents for around 15 years.

Roy served on the Planning and Highways Committee, the Finance Committee, the Staffing Committee and the Grants Working Party during his time with the council. He also represented the parish council on the Shinfield and Swallowfield Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) for many years. Prior to retiring, Roy worked for Sigmund Pulsometer Pumps, known as ‘SPP’ an engineering firm based in Reading, who are a leading manufacturer of centrifugal pumps and associated systems. Roy was married with 2 daughters.

In later years, he enjoyed taking coach trips away in the UK, and was a keen gardener, often giving out valuable gardening tips and advice and also a keen cake baker. Roy gave the staff a Christmas gift every year in the form of a bowl of indoor hyacinths, and would seek regular updates on how successfully they bloomed, enjoying seeing photographs of them.

Roy was a stickler for doing things properly, and would ask questions and challenge ideas that he felt were not correct. He sought to serve his residents by ensuring efficient use of the parish council’s finances, and would seek to obtain the best value for money at all times.   We will remember Roy for his sense of humour, and his determination to ensure that things were right.

Calling all local artists! Shinfield Art Festival – Saturday 21st October

Shinfield Parish Council is holding an art and crafts festival on Saturday 21st October at Shinfield Parish Hall, Spencers Wood Village Hall and Caf’ Active.

The show will feature art from local artists.

Entry is free, both to participants and visitors.

If you would like to enter art work (a maximum of 5 items per artist), please read the attached information and complete the application form.

Completed application forms should be returned to Shinfield Parish Council by Friday 13th October 2017



Notice of Annual Audit

Each year, the council’s Annual Return is audited by an auditor appointment by Public Sector Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them, commencing on Monday 19th June 2017 and ending on Monday 31st July 2017

To review the details of the audit notice, click here



Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Report

A big thank you to all the residents who attended our Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday 27 April.

We received a presentation from Oakbank School on their successes and role within the community, and a presentation on footpaths from the Shinfield Volunteer Group.

The Chairman of the council, Peter Hughes, gave a report on the activities of the council over the past year, and this was followed by an opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with the councillors. You can read a copy of the annual report below.

The meeting was concluded with light refreshments.

Annual report 2017 final