The Parish Magazine June 2023

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

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


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around the villages — 3<br />

A Crest fit for a New King?<br />

By Magnus Smyly<br />

A great example of our new King’s<br />

Coronation focus on volunteering<br />

has been the coming together<br />

of local groups to enable our 1st<br />

Sonning-on-Thames Cub Scouts to<br />

go pond dipping in mid-April.<br />

<strong>The</strong> equipment they used was<br />

purchased for Sonning Church<br />

of England Primary School by a<br />

donation from Sonning Scarecrows a<br />

few years ago (see <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

July 2019).<br />

<strong>The</strong> school uses this equipment<br />

in many classes during the year and<br />

kindly lends it out to local groups.<br />

With a big thank you to Nikki<br />

in the school office and Miss Reid<br />

as science lead for making the<br />

arrangements, the cub scouts<br />

enlisted our local environmental<br />

expert Professor Ali Driver to assist<br />

them explore both ponds west of<br />

King George’s Field.<br />

Among the myriad of wildlife<br />

were two species of newt, including<br />

the protected great crested newts,<br />

which Ali is accredited to handle.<br />

Thank you to everyone involved<br />

for making this activity possible<br />

and allowing the cubs to have such a<br />

great time with nature.<br />


IN THE ARK<br />

Open to everyone of all ages<br />

for lunch and conversation<br />

Tuesday 13 <strong>June</strong><br />

Tuesday 27 <strong>June</strong><br />

at<br />

12 noon<br />

Reserve your seat in advance:<br />

0118 969 3298<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 29<br />

Could you be a<br />

visiting link?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Link Visiting Scheme, a local<br />

charity based in Wokingham<br />

Borough, aims to help people<br />

struggling with the serious impact<br />

of loneliness and enables them to<br />

make friends and engage again with<br />

their community.<br />

Feeling lonely and isolated can have<br />

a negative impact on our health and<br />

can lead to low mood, stress, anxiety<br />

and a lack of confidence. To resolve<br />

this, <strong>The</strong> Link Visiting Scheme works<br />

with volunteers who give time to<br />

visit an older person for a couple of<br />

hours once a week or fortnight. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

aim is to improve wellbeing and<br />

have as much fun and enjoyment as<br />

possible.<br />


‘This is a fantastic scheme offering<br />

support to the local community. It offers<br />

Margaret more social activity and has<br />

enriched my life listening to her stories<br />

and being in her company. Thank you!<br />

I’m so pleased I signed up!', said one<br />

previously lonely person.<br />

Spending quality time with<br />

someone can be transforming and<br />

the scheme's organisers say they<br />

have had the pleasure of seeing many<br />

lives improved by friendly volunteers<br />

regularly visiting someone who sees<br />

very few people from week to week.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are over 400 volunteers<br />

throughout the Wokingham Borough<br />

engaging with people and often<br />

taking them out to coffee shops or<br />

garden centres where possible.<br />

SOCIAL<br />

A growing programme of social<br />

activities is aimed at encouraging<br />

older people to venture out and<br />

meet others in a safe, friendly<br />

environment. <strong>The</strong>se include regular<br />

pub lunches, friendship groups,<br />

singing, yoga, bowling, friendship<br />

tables in local cafes and lots more.<br />


If you are interested in finding out<br />

more about being a volunteer, either<br />

visit the scheme's website at:<br />

https://www.linkvisiting.org/volunteer<br />

or email: arjie@linkvisiting.org, or call<br />

0118 979 8019.

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