The Parish Magazine June 2023

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

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22 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

feature — 3<br />


On the morning of Sunday 7 May, having sat<br />

for many hours in front of the TV on Saturday,<br />

watching the Coronation, Graham and I decided<br />

to have a brisk walk around Charvil to get in our<br />

10,000+ daily steps before we needed to begin<br />

setting up for the Pipistrelle Way Street Party.<br />

As it had been so wet the previous day we decided<br />

to avoid the lakes, water meadows and nature<br />

reserve and just pound the streets.<br />

Our route took us down Park Lane which had<br />

been closed to traffic for their street party and they<br />

were all busy erecting gazeboes. <strong>The</strong>re was a lovely<br />

friendly atmosphere and a fair bit of bunting. We<br />

were even invited to join them later!<br />

We thought we’d do a loop round the new<br />

Hicks estate at Canberra Lake Way and on the<br />

newly turfed green were more people setting up<br />

for their street party. It was really great to see all<br />

ages working together and helping each other.<br />

From there we walked round <strong>The</strong> Hawthorns and<br />

again, in one of the cul de sacs we saw groups of<br />

neighbours preparing for their street parties.<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Sue Peters<br />

Coronation memories in Charvil<br />

By Sarah Swatridge, Pipsitrelle Way, Charvil<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Following the special Choral Matins Celebration service in<br />

St Andrew's Church (see page 7) it was off to <strong>The</strong> Ark, which<br />

coincidentally had been officially opened 6 years ago to<br />

the day by <strong>The</strong> Rt Hon Rev Lord Carey of Clifton, the 103rd<br />

Archbishop of Canterbury, and <strong>The</strong> Rt Hon <strong>The</strong>resa May, MP<br />

who at the time was Prime Minister.<br />

Once again, <strong>The</strong> Ark proved to be the perfect setting for<br />

celebration drinks and cakes, including a Coronation cake<br />

made by Sue Peters, deputy churchwarden.<br />

Our picture (left) shows the cutting of the cake by Lord and<br />

Lady Carey who were assisted by two willing children who<br />

were looking forward to a slice!<br />

Sue Peters<br />

At Charvil Village Hall the lights were on as<br />

volunteers got ready to entertain village children<br />

for a couple of hours.<br />

Generally, throughout Charvil and the<br />

surrounding area, we haven’t noticed nearly as<br />

much red, white and blue bunting nor flags flying<br />

but there were definite pockets of colour.<br />

In Pipistrelle Way we had, probably, our<br />

best turn out so far, a good spread of delicious<br />

food, plenty of drink and such a wonderful<br />

atmosphere.<br />

Certainly the brilliantly warm and sunny day<br />

helped to make it one to remember. All ages made<br />

use of the outdoor table tennis table, swing ball<br />

and giant Connect 4.<br />

I’m sure we won’t be the only road deciding to<br />

make this an annual event!<br />


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