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around the villages — 3 A Crest fit for a New King? By Magnus Smyly A great example of our new King’s Coronation focus on volunteering has been the coming together of local groups to enable our 1st Sonning-on-Thames Cub Scouts to go pond dipping in mid-April. <strong>The</strong> equipment they used was purchased for Sonning Church of England Primary School by a donation from Sonning Scarecrows a few years ago (see <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> July 2019). <strong>The</strong> school uses this equipment in many classes during the year and kindly lends it out to local groups. With a big thank you to Nikki in the school office and Miss Reid as science lead for making the arrangements, the cub scouts enlisted our local environmental expert Professor Ali Driver to assist them explore both ponds west of King George’s Field. Among the myriad of wildlife were two species of newt, including the protected great crested newts, which Ali is accredited to handle. Thank you to everyone involved for making this activity possible and allowing the cubs to have such a great time with nature. RENDEZVOUS IN THE ARK Open to everyone of all ages for lunch and conversation Tuesday 13 <strong>June</strong> Tuesday 27 <strong>June</strong> at 12 noon Reserve your seat in advance: 0118 969 3298 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 29 Could you be a visiting link? <strong>The</strong> Link Visiting Scheme, a local charity based in Wokingham Borough, aims to help people struggling with the serious impact of loneliness and enables them to make friends and engage again with their community. Feeling lonely and isolated can have a negative impact on our health and can lead to low mood, stress, anxiety and a lack of confidence. To resolve this, <strong>The</strong> Link Visiting Scheme works with volunteers who give time to visit an older person for a couple of hours once a week or fortnight. <strong>The</strong>ir aim is to improve wellbeing and have as much fun and enjoyment as possible. QUALITY TIME ‘This is a fantastic scheme offering support to the local community. It offers Margaret more social activity and has enriched my life listening to her stories and being in her company. Thank you! I’m so pleased I signed up!', said one previously lonely person. Spending quality time with someone can be transforming and the scheme's organisers say they have had the pleasure of seeing many lives improved by friendly volunteers regularly visiting someone who sees very few people from week to week. <strong>The</strong>re are over 400 volunteers throughout the Wokingham Borough engaging with people and often taking them out to coffee shops or garden centres where possible. SOCIAL A growing programme of social activities is aimed at encouraging older people to venture out and meet others in a safe, friendly environment. <strong>The</strong>se include regular pub lunches, friendship groups, singing, yoga, bowling, friendship tables in local cafes and lots more. INTERESTED? If you are interested in finding out more about being a volunteer, either visit the scheme's website at: https://www.linkvisiting.org/volunteer or email: email@example.com, or call 0118 979 8019.