Opening of the NEW Spencers Wood Pavilion

On the 17th October 2020 the Shinfiled Parish Council officially opened the new Pavilion at Spencers Wood Recreation Ground in a small ceremony observing the strictest of COVID guidelines.
The Chappel Lane Pre-School is located in the right hand side of the pavillion in a separate unit accessed through their own dedicated door.  The new pre school is larger and the children have access into a larger secure play area. The Shinfield Parish Council wish the pre-school continued success in their new larger seperated space.
Once all COVID required policies are in place the left hand side of the Pavilion will open to the public where they will find a larger than previous multifuctional space that can operate as two separate rooms or as one large function room.  In addition there is one smaller  meeting room for cosier meetings. All three can be hired by local groups and organisations and we will respect the historical hirers first such as the Shinfield Voluntary Car Service and History Societies. The offices are serviced by one disabled WC and two other WCs  and a fully equipped kitchen.  The Spencers Wood Pavilion Youth Club is looking to start up its Wednesday evening sessions too.
The Shinfiled Parish Council is delighted to provide this asset to the people of Spencers Wood and the Parish and hope it is well used for years to come.
(Picture below: Cllr Ian Clarke cut the ribbon as he was the driving force behind this project). Click here for more photo’s
(Virtual tour and photography by Miriam Sheridan Photography)

WBC – Council encourages drivers to switch off their engines on Clean Air Day

Council encourages drivers to switch off their engines on Clean Air Day

To coincide with national Clean Air Day (8 October 2020), Wokingham Borough Council has today launched a children’s design competition to encourage drivers across the borough to switch off their engines when stationary.


The council, who declared a Climate Emergency last year and is working toward becoming carbon neutral by 2030, is inviting budding young artists, with a passion to protect our environment, to help redesign signage around Wokingham Station and Twyford crossroads.


The council was recently praised by the Public Protection Partnership for its proactive and dedicated approach to improving air quality across the area, and is hoping that young residents’ eye catching designs will help drivers to remember to stop their engines idling and help reduce air pollution across the borough.


The competition is being run by My Journey, a team within the council’s Highways Department dedicated to promoting borough-wide active and sustainable travel. Their aim is to help and inspire Wokingham residents, employees and visitors of all ages to walk, scoot, cycle or use buses or trains where possible and in turn improve air quality across the borough and bring us one step closer to carbon neutrality.


The team successfully signed up 24 Wokingham borough schools to take part in walk to school week this week where children have been taking up the challenge to walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride to school. Schools who signed up received a pack for each class and the school was provided with a QR code for the children to log their walks.


The My Journey team are also working with schools to encourage them to take up longer term challenges including The Living Streets’ Walk Once a Week (WOW) challenge.  Eight schools are currently taking part in WOW for the whole of the autumn term and schools interested in taking part in this initiative should contact the team at


The team will be welcoming an eco-travel officer to join the team this week to work with schools in the Wokingham and Twyford areas, which is paid for through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) funding from the government.



Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for climate emergency said, “We are working hard to improve air quality across the borough to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and the environment, but we cannot do this without the support of our residents, businesses and visitors.


“Making small changes can have a big impact if we all take up the challenge, like turning off our engines when our cars are stationary or walking or cycling instead of using the car where possible.


“I look forward to seeing all the entries from our young people – I’m sure they will be an eye catching reminder for us all to help improve our environment for their futures.”


For information on how you can play your part in improving air quality visit and search air quality.  To find out about My Journey’s competition visit



For further information please contact Cllr Gregor Murray at





Job Vacancy – Deputy Clerk (F/T, 37hrs pw)

Position of Deputy Clerk

Shinfield Parish Council

Full time 37hrs PW (some evening meetings required)

Salary £28000 to £32,000

Shinfield Parish Council is looking for a resourceful and person orientated Deputy Clerk to join our parish team and assist in the day to day running of the Parish Council.

We are a progressive, ambitious, council engaging with our community of 12,000 and rising, to maintain and expand our services provided to the community. The Parish includes the villages and hamlets of Shinfield, Shinfield North, Grazeley, Ryeish Green, Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross in Berkshire.

As Deputy Clerk you will assist the Clerk and RFO in the daily running of the activities of the Parish Council through making and implementing decision, working as part of a small team and engaging with residents. Ideally you will have experience of working in local government, or experience of similar administration and have or be looking to achieve the CiLCA qualification. This is a full-time position with evening work and occasional travel.

Closing date for applications: 09:00 Monday 26th October 2020. Interviews will be held on week commencing 09th November 2020 by Zoom if necessary.

Please apply by emailing your completed application form to 

Deputy Clerk Job description

SPC Application-Form



Wokingham Job Support Centre has relaunched following the temporary closure of its Cornerstone office due to the Covid-19 pandemic



The Wokingham Job Support Centre (WJSC), a key, free community service for local job seekers, has reopened its town-centre headquarters at The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham, following five months of remote working helping the area’s unemployed back into work.

WJSC Chairman Nigel Richards said: “We have been working hard to ensure we can safely re-open our Centre in Wokingham and I am delighted that we will be able to provide this important service to the community at a time when many people may have concerns about their employment.”

WJSC will now operate by appointment only, due to a need to restrict numbers in the Centre at any one time. To make an appointment or to speak to an advisor, telephone 0118 977 0517 or email

The organisation will operate in accordance with all current Covid-19 requirements and support from WJSC Advisors will continue to be offered over the phone or via internet platforms, such as Zoom, should job seekers still feel uncomfortable coming into the Centre.

WJSC offers a free blend of coaching, confidential advice, IT support, assistance with interviewing and CV writing techniques, and specific information on working for yourself, job searching online and utilising social media.



Steven Polak (Trustee)

Tel: 07710 124967      email:

Or Nigel Richards (Trustee)

Tel: 07714 323267      email:



The Wokingham Job Support Centre is a charitable organisation founded 28 years ago and, in that time, has helped nearly 11,000 local residents back into work, or into better jobs. The Centre, which offers free, confidential advice to job seekers, is open from 10.00am to 2pm Monday to Friday at The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham, RG40 1UE.

0118 977 0517,,


Site Preparation works Cutbush Lane South

Notification received today (28.09.20) from Development & Regeneration – Wokingham Borough Council
Site preparation works Cutbush Lane
Bellway are intending to start work today on the Cutbush South site in regards to ecology. The works are anticipated to last for 3 weeks and will involve the following:
–              Grass cutting across the site
–              The cutting of bramble areas and the removal of their
                roots to discourage hibernation
–              Final removal of trees highlighted in the tree removal
               plan and the root stumps removed of previously cut trees

Looking for something to do and would like to help clean up your Parish?

Looking for something to do and would like to help clean up your Parish?

You can help by;

‘Adopting a Street’ usually your street to keep tidy on a regular basis
or take part by doing a ‘one off’ litter pick with the kids

For more information or to sign up, please email

(Litter picks and high-vis jackets provided, along with waste bags and H&S instructions)

Shinfield Running Club

Calling all those who love to run and chat!  Do you have a passion for running? Would you like to meet other like-minded runners?…..Then look no further!

Shinfield Running Club is a free voluntary running club which was set up in November 2018 by James Suarez.  The aim of it was for people to meet other like-minded runners and to run socially together as a group once a week.

Since the club began, it has grown from 5 to 25 regular runners that run each week consisting of both males and females of all ages.   The club has already brought many people together from both the local community as well as other areas of Reading.  Furthermore our social media pages have attracted many followers.

We meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm on Shinfield Green by the war memorial.   Each week we run a different route anywhere from 5km – 10km and we also hold a time trial at the end of each month where runners can really push themselves.

If you enjoy running and would like to meet others who share the passion, come and join us – we are a friendly social bunch! Look out for us wearing our new club kit in May when we will be running the Shinfield 10k!

Find us on Facebook – Shinfield Running Club

Follow us on Instagram @Shinfieldrunningclub

Follow us on Twitter @ShinfieldRC


James Suarez

07590 564772