The Parish Magazine December 2021


Serving the communities of Charvil, Sonning, & Sonning Eye since 1869

around the villages — 2



memories . . .

'Remembering summer holidays'

was the theme for Sonning Art

Group's recent gathering in Pearson

Hall and they produced some

outstanding pictures, some of which

are shown on the left.

Sue Eley produced a delightful

embroidered piece showing Barricane

beach at Woolacoombe, North Devon.

She incorporated small stones and

shells with small holes in them that

she found while beachcombing there.

George Gallocker painted another

accomplished watercolour of the Cod

and Lobster in Staithes, Yorkshire,

while Sue Sheppard reproduced

a still life of a vase of flowers by

Jan Davidsz de Heen seen in the

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Some Sonning Art Group members

have joined Urban Sketchers, a group

who go out and about to venues in and

around Reading and draw whatever

they see. Sue Eley recently went to the

Rabble Theatre with this group and

produced a series of sketches of the

actors in rehearsal of the play Who

killed Alfred Oliver.

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Rotary and Inner

Wheel clubs support

local charities

Months of planning by the Rotary and

Inner Wheel Clubs of Reading Maiden

Erlegh paid off when the biannual

Reading Art Fair took place at

Leighton Park School. The fair raised

funds for the Reading Berkshire

Hospital Staff Wellbeing Centre.

In November the clubs cleared autumn

leaves at Camp Mohawk and held its

annual Inner Wheel Bridge Charity

Tea for Alexander Devine on Friday 26

November at Charvil Village Hall.

The clubs are keen to hold a similar

bridge event in Sonning and would like

to hear from anyone interested in the


In December members will help

with this year's Rotary Covid-safe

grotto at Hare Hatch Sheeplands.

The Cowshed and local charities will

benefit from every visit to see Santa

and his elf. You can book a visit on



If you would like to join in the fun,

take part in the clubs activities, and

help them raise funds for charity and

support the local community go to: or email

them on:

. . . and can you remember this?

Chris Ansell has a copy of the above photograph and tells us that the Sonning

Cricket Club wants to hang it in its pavilion, but before doing so they would

like to identify as many of the people depicted in the picture as possible.

Chris identified his grandfather, Edgar Hedley Ansell, who is in the second

row second from left in the dark jacket and light coloured homburg. Do you

know any more? Maybe the ladies peering through windows? If so contact the

editor who will pass on the information.

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