Society Events

We organise a varied calendar of meetings, talks, walks and get togethers

Events organised by the Society have a blue banner. We include local events, which have a green banner.

The Bull: Christmas Special December 12 from 8pm

Alan Beck with Christmas Special, Legends of Swing.

Table booking is required - please phone 969 3901

Birds of Berkshire January 19 7.30pm

A talk by Renton Righelato, one of the authors of 'The Birds of Berkshire' will be treating us to some ornithological tidbits. Details to be published in due course.

Enjoy a welcome drink before the talk starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: £4 for members and £5 for guests

Swan Upping February 23 7.30pm

A talk by David Barber, the Queen's Swan Marker. Details to be published in due course.

Enjoy a welcome drink before the talk starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: £4 for members and £5 for guests

Sonning & Sonning Eye Society AGM and SupperNovember 18 7.15pm

Our AGM and Supper will be held in the Pearson Hall on Saturday 18th November. Tickets cost £16. There will be a welcoming drink and the AGM starts at 7.15 pm sharp. The guest speaker will be Jesse Elzinga, the Headmaster at the Blue Coat School, and he'll be talking about 'Current Themes in Education at Reading Blue Coat School and Beyond'.

Enjoy a welcome drink before the AGM starts at 7.15pm

Tickets: £16

Explore the Colombian Amazon with Professor Alastair DriverOctober 13 7.30pm

In May, under the guidance of the veteran explorer Col John Blashford-Snell, Alastair joined an international multi-disciplinary team on a trip to the Colombian Amazon near the borders of Brazil and Peru. Alastair's brief was to explore this relatively unknown region and record the wildlife for educational and scientific purposes. The team also included doctors, dentists and engineers.

Photographing and filming the wildlife was an important part of Alastair’s role and he has kindly offered to give a talk, with images and film clips from the expedition, in the Pearson Hall on Friday 13th October.

The evening starts with a welcome drink at 7.30pm

Tickets: £4 for members and £5 for guests

Architectural and Historical Walk September 7-10 2017

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS were established in 1994 and for many years now our Society has organised a ‘Village Walk’ to support this important Heritage Festival. Events are held up and down the country giving everyone a chance to explore buildings normally closed to the public, join a guided tour, or just learn more about their local community.

If you are new to the area or interested in history do join our experienced guides on an “Architectural and Historical Walk” around Sonning in September. The walks start at 2 pm in the Churchyard near The Bull and last about 2 hours on the following dates:-

Thursday 7th September
Friday 8th September
Saturday 10th September

Walk On the Wild Side July 9 2017

Alastair Driver was appointed as the first conservationist for the River Thames in 1984 and led on the conservation of this world famous river and its tributaries for 18 years before becoming national Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency. He recommended the creation of the Thames Valley Park wetlands in the late 1980s and has advised on the management of the site ever since. He has also led many guided nature walks here for local organisations.

During this walk Alastair will point out wildlife as we go, catch insects to show in the hand, and explain the history of TVP.

An account of this walk was published in Issue 52 of Bridge

The meetings are held in the St. Sarik Room, located in the corner of St Andrew's Churchyard by the gate which leads down to the river.
All members are welcome.

S&SES Executive Committee Meeting October 18 7.45pm


  1. Chairman’s Welcome
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting held on 16 August 2017
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Planning & Traffic Panel – report
  6. Education & Social Panel – report
  7. Annual General Meeting & Supper - final arrangements
  8. Sonning CofE Primary School – history project
  9. Treasurer’s Report
  10. Website – report
  11. Society Membership – report
  12. Bridge – Issue Number 53
  13. Other Organisations and Societies
  14. Any Other Business
S&SES Executive Committee Meeting December 6 7.45pm