Berkshire Oxfordshire boundary on Sonning Bridge

Future Events:

November 19th:
AGM & Supper
with Election of Officers


Annual Report 2014/2015

Previous Annual reports



Executive Meetings 2016:

In the St.Sarik Room at 7:00 pm on these Wednesday Evenings:

February 17th

April 27th

June 15th

August 10th

October 19th

December 7th

Members are welcome to attend.


Welcome to the website of the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society!

Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal Consultation

On Monday 3 October WBC will begin their consultation on the Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal. This takes place over a six week period and everyone is being urged to take a look at the WBC Consultations web page and make any comments online. (The PDF Consultation Document may also be found at the foot of their web page.)

There will also be an exhibition in the Pearson Hall on Wednesday 26 October 2.00 pm 8.00 pm and on Thursday 27 October 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Again there will be an opportunity to make comments.

The Parish Council and the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society have been working together over a number of years to produce the Conservation Area Appraisal which, once adopted, will form an important evidence base together with other adopted planning documents. National planning guidance identifies the importance of evidence based documents as informing planning policies and decisions. It is a very valuable document and will help to inform the assessment of future planning proposals being considered by WBC.

We therefore urge you to view the draft document online or visit the exhibition in Pearson Hall and to complete the questionnaire form. WBC will take all comments into account prior to formal adoption.

We are a civic society committed to:

  • Promoting high standards of planning and architecture in Sonning and Sonning Eye;
  • Educating the public in their geography, history, natural history and architecture; and
  • Securing the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic, natural or public interest in the two villages.

The Planning & Traffic Panel contributes effectively to planning, environmental and highways consultations, offering considered views on issues affecting both sides of the river. We are fortunate to have found so many people who have been willing to give freely of their time on behalf of our Society.  The Panels also welcome new members to share in the work.

The Society, through the Education Panel and the Social Committee, provides a varied programme of events, which members and non-members alike support very well. Our talks and walks have ranged from Thames Watermills through biodiversity to brick making.  Full details of future events are advertised in "Bridge", the quarterly newsletter of the Society.

Currently the Society is actively engaged in:

  • Village Voices, a project designed to capture our oral history; and
  • Assisting Sonning Parish Council in preparing a new Conservation Area Assessment
  • Preparing a short illustrated architectural and historical guide for publication

New members are always welcome.  Membership is open to everyone who cares about the villages and their surroundings.  We think you might want to join if you are interested in:

  • Our many excellent buildings;
  • High standards of planning and architecture;
  • The natural environment and the effects of traffic; and
  • Geography, history and architecture.

The Society’s website is brought to you by the Education Panel and contains news about our activities, details of forthcoming events and useful links. Comments and suggestions about items for inclusion should be addressed to the Panel via

Recent Updates:

The Austen Connection
March 2014

Swan Upping 2013

Jubilee Photo Competition

Planning & Traffic Panel
Panel Update and Meeting Schedule


Current Activities:

Sonning Conservation Area



Our book is still selling well

Results of the
Jubilee Photographic Competition