Woodford Park play area closed 5-11 June

From Monday 5th June, sections of the play area in Woodford Park will be closed and fenced off. This is due to health & safety reasons during Woodley Carnival on Saturday 10th June. All areas will reopen on Monday 12th June. Thank you for your understanding.

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Woodley Town Council

Annual Town Meeting – Thursday 25 May 2023

Please click here to view a full agenda for this meeting.

This meeting can be watched live, or after the event via a recording, on the Council’s YouTube channel.

View video Ad HERE.

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Community grant awards April 2023

Community Grants awarded in April 2023

Woodley Town Council awards community grants to support local community organisations

Woodley Town Council’s Strategy & Resources Committee has awarded the following community organisations a Community Grant to help support their continued work for the residents of Woodley.

We are pleased to be supporting the following local community organisations through our Community Grant funding:

  • 1st Woodley Boys’ Brigade – £250 – to update and replace aging sports and camping equipment.
  • Woodley Bowling Club – £250 – to pay towards new frames to display competition winners, the replacement of old light fittings to LED, and new metal shutters on the entrance. 
  • Community Hopeline CIC – £250 – to purchase promotional material to be used across Woodley to highlight the organisation’s services and projects. 
  • Woodley Festival of Music and Arts – £250 – to pay towards the cost of venue and piano hire, and adjudicator and other professional fees. 
  • Woodley Volunteers for our Community – £250 – to cover the costs of hiring the Oakwood Centre for an event.

Members of the groups were invited to speak at the Council’s Annual Meeting on 16 May.

Dylan Harman, Captain of 1st Woodley’s Boys Brigade said: “Thank you from all of us at the Brigade for the grant. This will go towards new camping and sports equipment. It is important to be able to take the boys camping and give them the opportunity to try new sports, which helps them to build friendships, improve their wellbeing and develop lifelong life skills.”

Stephen Treeves, Treasurer of Woodley Bowling Club said: “Thank you for this generous grant. As a self-funded club, this will help us to continue to run, providing local residents with the opportunity to play in a social environment.” Next year is the club’s 60th anniversary.

Karen Smith, founder and managing director of Community Hopeline CIC, said: “This grant is very important and will help our volunteers to bring the Youthscope project to Woodley and help resource our parent support group to help them cope with children with mental health issues. Thank you very much for your generosity.”

Fiona Fisher and Angela Roberts from Woodley Festival of Music & Arts, said: “This generous grant is important to help us financially to put on the festival, which we are delighted is held at the Oakwood Centre each year, but also is a nod that we are doing something good for the local community. We hope to reach more children across Woodley.”

Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Sartorel, thanked all of the speakers, congratulated them for their awards and wished them all the best. 

Separate to the Annual Meeting, Ronnie Goodberry, one of the founders of Woodley Volunteers for our Community, said: “I’d like to thank the Council for its generous grant, which helped us to celebrate our 1 millionth item collected. Thank you to the Council and all those in Woodley who volunteer and donate so that we can continue to support Woodley residents.”

Back, L-R: Stephen Treeves, Community Hopeline staff x 3, Karen Smith, Dylan Harman
Front, L-R: Angela Roberts, Cllr Janet Sartorel, Fiona Fisher

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Woodley Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor

Woodley Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected at Annual Meeting

Woodley Town Mayor

Voted at the Annual Meeting on 16 May, Cllr Janet Sartorel was re-elected to Woodley Town Mayor for an unprecedented third year running.

“Thank you for the nomination and I am delighted to continue to promote this wonderful town of Woodley and serve as Mayor,” she said. 

Mayor’s Charity

The Town Mayor has chosen Woodley Lunch Bunch as her charity for the municipal year 2023-2024.

“I have chosen Woodley Lunch Bunch for its generous and continued support for local families, especially in these financially challenging times.”

Deputy Town Mayor

Meanwhile, Cllr Juliet Anderson was elected as Woodley Town Deputy Mayor. 

To invite the Mayor or Deputy Mayor to an event, please email: Matthew.Filmore

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Woodley's Coronation Picnic in the Park

Woodley’s Coronation Picnic in the Park

Thank you to everyone who came to our community celebration for the coronation of King Charles III.

Here are a selection of photos from the day. Video footage can be found on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Huge thanks to our suppliers:

LAX – for excellent sound and staging

Leader – for entertaining the crowd with fabulous music

Circus Scene – for entertaining the crowds and bringing the tallest Beefeater

Magic Moments – for magical entertainment and balloon modelling

Your Face or Mine – for amazing face painting

Roros Coffee – for supplying hot drinks and cakes

Homeshake Bar – for supplying cocktails and other drinks

Sir Whippy – for supplying ice creams

St John’s Ambulance – for first aid provision

Mammoth – for supplying the toilets

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Election results for Woodley

Local Election results for Woodley May 2023

Wokingham Borough Councillors 

Bulmershe & Whitegates

Anthony Skuse, Labour

Coronation Ward

Alison Swaddle, Conservative


Abdul Loyes, Conservative


Michael Firmager, Conservative


Laura Blumenthal, Conservative

Download the Declaration of Result of Poll for the Borough Councillors HERE.

Woodley Town Councillors

Bulmershe Ward

Kester Charles Bey, Labour

Yvonne Edwards, Labour

Mike Kennedy, Conservative

June Taylor, Labour

Coronation Central Ward

Juliet Anderson, Conservative

David Bragg, Conservative

Coronation East Ward

Keith Baker, Conservative

Robert Horskins, Conservative

Darren Smith, Conservative

Loddon Airfield Ward

Anne Chadwick, Conservative

Majid Nagra, Labour

Alison Swaddle, Conservative

Loddon South Ward

Greg Bello, Labour

Janet Sartorel, Conservative

Bill Soane, Conservative

Loddon West Ward

Linda Gutteridge, Conservative

Parvinder Singh, Labour (stood as an Independent Councillor at the election)

South Lake North Ward

Jenny Cheng, Conservative

Danny Errawalla, Conservative

Mary Holmes, Conservative

South Lake South Ward

Kay Gilder, Conservative

Beth Rowland, Liberal Democrat

Carol Jewell, Liberal Democrat

Warren Ward

Michael Firmager, Conservative

Vin Lewis, Conservative

Download the Declaration of Result of Poll for Woodley Town Councillors HERE.

Retiring Town Councillors:

Nada Al-Sanjari (2019-23)

Shadi Brindley (2015-23)

Martin Doyle (2019-23)

Michael Forrer (2015-23)

Mark Green (2015-23)

Alex Heap (2019-23)

Richard Skegg (2019-23)

Philip Wicks (2015-23)

Thank you for all the work you have done.

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Elections 4 May 2023

Click HERE for election results – will be updated by Wokingham Borough Council throughout Friday 5th May

Election of Town Councillors

Download Notice HERE

Election of Borough Councillors

Download Notice HERE

Statement of persons nominated

Please download the following:

Notice of Uncontested Election Woodley Town Council Warren Ward

Statements of Persons Nominated Town Councillors

Statements of Persons Nominated Borough Councillors

Information about voting

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm and it is important you are ready to take part and have your say in who represents you.

Your poll card tells you when and where to vote and you must go to your allocated polling station. You do not need to take your polling card with you to vote, but you must take suitable photo ID.

This is the first time you will have to show photo ID to be able to vote as part of new legislation introduced by the Government last year. If you fail to turn up with suitable ID, you will not be issued with a ballot paper.

Acceptable ID

There are many forms of ID that are accepted, including:

  • Passport
  • Full or provisional driving licence
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card
  • Identity card with Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) mark
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

Expired ID will also be accepted, as long as you still look like the photograph on the document. Bringing your poll card by itself will not entitle you to vote.

A full list of accepted forms of ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement.

As part of the changes, those who do not have a suitable form of ID have had the opportunity to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to show on polling day. However, the deadline to apply for one of these has now expired.

Polling card and where to vote

If you lose your poll card, you can still vote, but you need to give your name and address to the staff on duty.

If you have lost your polling card and do not know where your polling station is, you can check your polling station out on Wokingham Borough Council’s website.

Plan what time you will cast your vote at the polling station, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline. If you are in a queue at 10pm, you will still be able to vote.

If you arrive at the polling station after 10pm, then the poll will be closed and you will have missed your chance to take part.

At the polling station

Once you have shown your photo ID, the staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for and they are on hand to provide advice on the voting process.

Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that nobody can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, as it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper, or your vote may not be counted.

Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions – a pencil will be provided for you to do this. Finally, fold your completed ballot paper in half and pop it in the ballot box.


The count starts at 9am on Friday (5 May) and Wokingham Borough Council will be sharing updates on the results as they are announced. Follow Wokingham Borough Council on Twitter for the latest information.

We will announce the elected councillors for Woodley Town Council on Tuesday 9th May, following the Coronation Bank Holiday Monday (on which we will be closed).

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Coronation celebration for King Charles III

Join us for a FREE afternoon of music and entertainment to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III! 🥳

Everyone is welcome!

📅 Sunday 7th May, 2-5pm
🌳 Woodford Park Memorial Ground, Woodley 

🍦 FREE Ice Cream
🎤 Live band
🤹‍♀️ Entertainment – circus skills, giant bubbles, stilt walkers
🥳 Face painters
✨ Magician
🎈 Balloon modelling
☕  Coffee bar
🍹 Cocktail bar

Bring a picnic, your friends and family for FREE afternoon of fun! 🤩

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