Berkshire Oxfordshire boundary on Sonning Bridge

Future Events:

September 10-13th:
Heritage Open Days Weekend

September 19th:
Sonning Village Show

October 2nd:
Ancestors & Archives, talk in Pearson Hall, 7.30pm
Click here for details

October 8th:
Berks Gardens Trust AGM

November 21st:
AGM & Supper


Annual Report 2013/2014


Third Bridge Petition
The recent floods have underlined the desperate need to build the bridge connecting the A329M to Caversham. An online petition supporting the Review called for by Rob Wilson, MP, can be found: HERE


Executive Meetings 2015:

In the St.Sarik Room at 7:30 pm on these Wednesday Evenings:

April 29th - in Pearson Hall

June 10th

August 19th

October 7th

December 9th

Members are welcome to attend.


Sad News

We are sad to report that our President, John Edmonds, died on Monday 17th August 2015.

For those of us who only knew John in his later years, you may like to read the transcript of a very interesting interview about his life that he gave to Malcolm Bain a few years ago.

He will be greatly missed by the Sociaty and all who knew him.


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

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