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      The Wokingham Society

     Working to protect Wokingham town's past, present and future

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Welcome to the Wokingham Society

The Wokingham Society is a Civic Society established in the 1960s to combat the threat to the town's buildings and facilities from widespread and often thoughtless redevelopment. Although it has not always been possible to prevent the loss of individual landmarks, the Society's voice has been significant in helping to preserve many local historical features and to ensure that development has been sensitive to the town's heritage.

As an independent and non-political organisation the Society can and does represent the whole town at local, regional and national levels Not only are members' views solicited, but links have been established with other organisations and individuals concerned with conservation and preservation. Purposeful and constructive dialogue is held with both the Town and Borough Councils, and members of the Society's Executive Committee serve on a number of official Forums and regularly attend meetings organised by local residents to discuss matters of local import and significance.

The Society's aims are clearly set out in the constitution which is available on the website here, but its main purposes may be summarised as:

• Encouraging the conservation of the character and traditions of Wokingham as an
   historic market town
• Promoting study of the history of Wokingham and interest in our heritage
• Welcoming new development and business which enhance and invigorate the town
   while constructively opposing measures that do not
• Proposing improvements to the town's environment and amenities

In order to achieve its aims the Society has worked consistently to save several fine buildings from demolition or unsightly modifications and proposed sympathetic restoration of external features. The Society's Committee, under the guidance of the Society's Planning Officer, reviews planning applications and development schemes, makes recommendations to the local authorities and is consulted by the Borough Council's Planning Officers. It also initiates and contributes to proposals to improve the town's environment and cultural activities and Public Meetings are held to raise awareness and to stimulate debate. In achieving its aims the Society is assisted by its membership of Civic Voice and the Open Spaces Society.

To contact The Wokingham Society please email the Chairman: Peter Must or the Secretary: John Griffin.

News of Local Development Issues

Elms Field: Society’s Response to Elms Field Planning Application

Elms Field: Planning Committee approves Application Wokingham Society NEW

Car Parking charges: Society’s Response to Proposal to charge £1 for overnight and Sunday parking

Car Parking charges: Wokingham Borough Council Executive approves £1 charge for overnight and Sunday parking Wokingham Society NEW

Matthews Green Farm Development

South Wokingham Distributor Road

North Wokingham Distributor Road

North and South Wokingham Development Locations

Wokingham Borough and Town Councils’ consultations on developments of Market Place and Peach Place.

Peach Place

Keephatch Beech

Carnival Pool plans with the Society's response

Other News

The Wokingham Town Team are supporting the launch of 'Wokinghamtowncentre.co.uk'.

Open Meetings

The meetings are normally held at 7.45 for 8.00 in Wokingham Town Hall. For a list of previous Open Meeting topics and reports please click here.

On Wednesday March 18th Paul King and his fellow researchers gave an illustrated presentation about their recent publication Late Victorian Wokingham. For a Report click here.

There will be an Open Meeting at 7.45 pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016 in the Town Hall, when the Wokingham Borough Council Town Centre Regeneration team will talk about the plans in place for developing the Peach Place, Elms Field, Carnival Pool and the Market Place. Information is available here.

Promoting the Study of Wokingham, its History and Heritage

The Society has always celebrated the Town's history and heritage in a number of ways, notably by the award of Grants, and the creation of the Blue Plaque Trail.
Wokingham Society NEW Late Victorian Wokingham: Published on behalf of a group of local researchers
Wokingham in the News: A major eBook publication by Jim Bell