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Quarterly Newsletter

Bridge is our quarterly newsletter reporting on recent events,
articles on local history, with news from our Planning, Traffic and Education panels


Issue 51: Summer 2017

5 years in the making

2017 Sonning Conservation Area Appraisal has been adopted by WBC

Memories of: A Primary School Headteacher

Lesley Green, at Sonning School 1999-2015, shares her thoughts on local schools and community

Floods: Threats & Prevention

David Woodward looks back to the great floods of 1937 and reviews where we stand now

Exploring our past: MERL & Berkshire Medical Museum

Pauline Simmonds reports on the Society's recent visit to these establishments

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CAGE Celebrates Gladman Defeat, Sonning Quarry, HGVs & Sonning Bridge, Street Lights

Issue 50: Spring 2017

Green energy in Eye

Installation of a Archimedes Screw which should be able to generate 2,000kWh of energy per day

Not one but two Red House Cottages

Brian O'Callaghan traces the history and architecture of his cottage

Protecting wildlife sites

Alastair Driver discusses the different forms of designated wildlife site

Panel news

Local plan update, cycle racks, Model Farm Cottages, 245 houses in Eye & Dunsden

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Berkshire Gardens Trust lecture

Issue 49: Winter 2016

SCAA - nearly there!

Description of the Conservation Area appraisal and the stages it has gone through

Eye on Sonning

How your copy of Bridge is put together

Amblings & ramblings: Eye - Sonning

Reflections on a stroll around Sonning & Sonning Eye by Joyce Reed

Owl box project take-off

Alastair Driver describes the steps he's taken to encourage barn owl breeding

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Barn owl resident, Sonning Parish Magazine, Reading in 50 buildings, Dunsden Hall appeal

Issue 48: Autumn 2016

Ali's Pond LNR award

Sonning's own nature reserve, managed by Alastair Driver, wins a top environmental prize

Up hill and down dale in two counties

Brian & Diana O'Callaghan share out the highlights of a walk from Henley back to Sonning

Salisbury link explored

The connections between Sonning and Salisbury

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Pearson Hall cycle racks, Berkshire gardens Trust, Heritage Open Day walks

Issue 47: Summer 2016

Recalling Denys Amos

Peter van Went paints a portrait of this tragic figure

Secret Life of Bees

Two Sonning beekeepers give an insight into this important insect

Barn Owl Box Project

Alistair Driver continues his nature notes

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Professor Ali Driver, visits to Dropmore and Cliveden

Issue 46: Spring 2016

Taming the flood

Alastair Driver presents some Nature Notes on flood risk management

Becontree evacuee revisits Sonning

Ron Darvell recounts his memories to Diana Coulter and Annabella Marks

Owen: The Life Cycle

Joyce Reed takes us through the evening's celebration

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Lancelot Brown in Berkshire and Caversham Park

Issue 45: Winter 2015

Hocus-pocus in the pulpit

Diana Coulter discovers "the most reviled Archbishop of Canterbury"

Holme Park in historical perspective

Peter van Went looks at the Bishop's Palace and the people who shaped it

Distinguished prisoner

Admiral Pierre de Villeneuve resided in Sonning, as detailed by John Edmonds

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Berkshire family History Society

Issue 44: Autumn 2015

Tribute to John Edmonds

Mike Hart recounts the life of the President of the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society

Eye on Sonning

2015 is the tenth year the Society has run its popular heritage walks

TVP: wetland jewel on our doorstop

Alastair Driver describes the area and the wildlife that thrives there

Delights of Toad Hall

Annabella Marks was in the group that visited Hardwick House, an Elizabethan manor

Issue 43: Summer 2015

Cutting edge stuff

Alastair Driver investigated the devastating tree clearance in Sonning Cutting

Orchard news

Nick Marks helps look after the Eye and Dunsden Community Orchard

Was Thomas Rich's home like these?

Diana Coulter looks at 16th and 17th century listed buildings nearby

Owen in Dunsden app arrives

Alice McGuigan describes the project and celebrations

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Brian Eighteen, Berkshire Gardens Trust

Issue 42: Spring 2015

Sponsor heritage skills

The Society's quest to encourage traditional crafts, as described by Annabella Marks

What Sidney Paddick did for Sonning

Diana Coulter traces the life of this important Sonning resident

A new app for Wilfred

David Woodward describes the high tech tour guide

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History retreat, Berkshire Gardens trust