Garden waste collections will restart in Wokingham borough on Monday (1 November) following a suspension due to national HGV driver shortages impacting Wokingham Borough Council’s waste collection contractor Veolia.
Residents due for collection from Monday (1 November) should put their garden waste out for collection as normal. If you are unsure about your collection days, you can check your day on WBC’s waste collection webpage.
WBC appreciates residents have paid for this additional service, therefore subscriptions will be automatically extended by four weeks, from 1 May to 29 May 2022 to make up for the two missed collections.
Woodley Town Council will be carrying out essential tree works in Woodford Park from Thursday 4th November. The works are to remove several rotten poplar trees along the boundary between the Park and St Dominic’s School.
We apologise for any temporary disruption to the footpath in this area while these essential works are being carried out. The works should be completed within one week.
Woodley Town Mayor enjoys Woodley Concert Band’s first performance since the pandemic
Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Sartorel, had the pleasure to attend Woodley Concert Band’s recent performance at Woodley Baptist Church on Saturday 9th October.
Janet really enjoyed the event and commented: “Together with the Mayor and Mayoress of Wokingham, my husband and I were treated to a fabulous evening of music from Woodley Concert Band. It was clear to see that they were excited and enthusiastic to be playing after such a long absence. The music ranged from Queen and ABBA to Sinatra and Beauty and the Beast. The audience could be heard joining in with a bit of impromptu singing! The musical director Claire Lawrence kept us informed and entertained throughout the concert.”
The Band were thrilled to be able to perform again, as the Chair, Phil Graham, commented. “After over 18 months, it was fantastic to finally return to the concert stage and we were thrilled by the enthusiastic reception we received from our sold-out audience. We’ve had some wonderful feedback from those that came along and we really enjoyed showcasing our programme of musical favourites including the likes of ABBA, Frank Sinatra and Queen. We were particularly pleased to welcome Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Sartorel, to the performance to help mark this celebration of the return of arts events in Woodley. We’re now looking forward to the switching on Woodley town centre’s Christmas lights on 27th November and our Christmas Concerts on 12th December. There’s always something special about creating a bit of festive sparkle to kick-start the Christmas season!”
To find out more about the Band’s Christmas Concerts (including a special family-friendly performance) on Sunday 12th December, at Woodley Baptist Church, please visit: www.woodleyconcertband.org.uk/.
Re3 plans to start a reuse revolution with its first recycling pop-up shop this weekend
Smallmead Recycling Centre, Island Road Reading RG2 0RP Saturday 23rd October – 9.30am – 5.00pm Sunday 24th October – 10.00am – 4.00pm
Re3 is offering local residents a novel way to pick up a pre-loved bargain with its first ever pop-up reuse shop.
Visitors can expect to find a range of kids toys and games including electronic games, board games and books just in time for half term. The recycling centre expects to be selling sporting goods from bicycles and golf clubs to exercise equipment, racquets and bats. For the gardeners out there, there will be garden tools, pots and planters; and for the budding interior designer, there will be a selection of furniture perfect for upcycling.
The pop-up shop will give residents an opportunity to buy good quality pre-loved items that have been previously donated by residents for reuse at the both sites. Doing so, they can support a good cause, as profits raised by the re3 Councils (Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs) will be donated to Sue Ryder charity, which already operates as a reuse function at the site.
All items will be available for sale at bargain prices and there is no need to book a slot at the Recycling Centre if residents just want to visit the shop.
If you wish to drop off items for donation, please ensure to book a slot and then drive around, park up and pop into the shop to see what bargains are on offer.
Please note that the sale is at the Reading branch of Re3.
This full resurfacing work will be between Beechwood Avenue and Woodlands Avenue, with a road closure in place, from 8am to 6pm.
The micro-asphalt programme continues next week with work scheduled on residential roads in Woodley and Winnersh. Residents on impacted roads have been sent letters with further information.
Both these programmes are subject to weather. If work is postponed or disrupted, signs displayed in the area will be updated. You can see the programmes and get more information on Wokingham Borough Council’s road repairs webpages.
Two-way lights – Bath Road
Two-way lights will be in place between Holmemoor Drive and Warren Road from 18 October to 22 October. This is to allow SSE to excavate a trench within the footway. https://one.network/?GB123446461
Woodley Town Mayor Cllr Janet Sartorel attended the Judicial Service at invitation from the High Sheriff of Berkshire
The Judicial Service was held on Friday 8th October at St James’ Church in Reading.
This year marks the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Reading Abbey by Henry I in 1121 and the High Sheriff, as a Catholic, decided to hold his service at St James’ Church which is situated in the former grounds of Reading Abbey.
Judicial services are held every year by High Sheriffs in the principal Minsters and Cathedrals of every county in England and Wales. They have a single purpose: to honour before God that diverse group of people who keep our society just and merciful.
Cllr Sartorel was delighted to be part of the event, which started with a reception in the the Waterhouse Chamber of Reading Town Hall. She then joined a Civic Procession walking past the Crown Court to James’s Church.
“The Church service was quite a grand affair with readings and rousing hymns, accompanied by a magnificent choir and musicians situated high up in the gallery. I am very proud to have taken part and it was a highlight of my Mayoral year so far,” comments Cll Sartorel.
Woodford Park flies the flag as one of the country’s best parks
As the Green Flag Award scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, Woodford Park in Woodley celebrates for the third year running
Woodley Town Council is delighted to announce that Woodford Park has again been awarded Green Flag status, retaining its title for the third year running. It also remains the only park in the Wokingham Borough area to receive Green Flag status.
After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Woodford Park has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the grounds team and volunteers that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.
Commenting on the news that Woodford Park has achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Woodford Park worthy of a Green Flag Award.”
Woodley Town Council leader, Cllr Keith Baker concurs: “To meet the requirements demanded by the Green Flag scheme is testament to the hard work of the Council’s staff and the volunteers of the Friends of Woodford Park who do so much to ensure that Woodford Park has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”
The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the UK and around the world.
Due to the national shortage of HGV drivers, Wokingham Borough Council has suspended its garden waste service until Friday 29 October. The Borough Council is working closely with Veolia to minimise disruption as much as possible and is prioritising the collection of food waste, rubbish and recycling for the next month.
The service will be automatically extended by four weeks at the end of the current contract from 1 May to 29 May 2022, to make up for the next two collections.
For more information about how your service will be affected, please visit www.wokingham.gov.uk or contact its Customer Service Centre 0118 9746000.
*** This is a Wokingham Borough Council service and not a Woodley Town Council service ***
We will be holding our annual Remembrance Day event on 11th November at 11am at the War Memorial in Woodford Park. If you would like to lay a wreath, please email Matthew.firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st November. Thank you.
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