Theale Parish Council's popular Christmas event returns to the village this Saturday.

Highlights include the Christmas Market which will line the High Street, and Father Christmas in his Grotto at the John Cumber Hall.

The traditional Nativity play takes place at 5pm in the rear garden of The Falcon pub, featuring children from Theale C of E Primary School and, of course, the donkeys.

We are pleased to be welcoming back Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, our seasoned 'Best Christmas Window' judge who will present the winner's shield to the best 'Pantomime' themed window.

Come and join us!

Saturday 2nd December 2017

3pm - 7pm

High Street, Theale

** Santa's Grotto (£2 per child) open 3.15pm - 6.45pm.  Book a time slot at the Booking Station at the front of the John Cumber Hall **

Theale Christmas 2017

Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday 12th November the annual Remembrance Parade will process from Hoad Way, down the High Street and along Church Street until it reaches Holy Trinity Church where a Service of Remembrance will be held. The church service starts at 10.10am and will be followed by the laying of poppy wreaths around the War Memorial.

Please note: High Street & Church Street will be closed to all traffic from 9.20am until 10.15am whilst the parade takes place.

Theale Christmas Event!

Theale Parish Council is pleased to announce that the annual Christmas event will be held on Saturday 2nd December, from 3pm until 7pm.

Attractions include a Christmas Market which will line the High Street, and the ever popular Santa's Grotto. Children can visit Father Christmas and his helpers in their grotto at the John Cumber Hall.

Holy Trinity Church will be organising a Nativity play which children will perform at 5pm in the rear garden of The Falcon public house.

Christmas Window Competition - all shops, businesses and homes along the High Street are welcome to take part in the Christmas Window competition - this years' theme is 'Pantomime'.

The 'Window Judge', Alok Sharma MP, will be presenting the coveted 'Best Christmas Window' shield to the winnner!

Theale Christmas Poster


West Berkshire Council Proposing Cuts to Street Cleansing & Litter Picking

WBC is proposing to reduce the street cleansing and litter picking service it provides in all areas apart from town centres (Newbury, Thatcham & Hungerford). For villages such as Theale, the emptying of WBC litter bins, litter picking of the roads and street cleaning would move to a 'reactive' service. Rather than a regular service being provided, these activities would only be carried out when they are judged to be required.

Find out more about these latest proposals and submit your comments at:

Consultation closes on 31st October 2017. 

Volunteer Befrienders - Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer's Society are looking for caring individuals to join their Befriending Scheme. Are you friendly and sociable and have a couple of hours free each week/fortnight?

If you are interested, find out more by contacting Bernadette on 0118 959 6482

United against dementia


Binfield Badger Group

Binfield Badger Group are a friendly local group who arrange walks, talks and sett surveys and they are looking for more members.

To find out more visit their website or call 0709 2234377.

Binfield Badger Group


Carers Rights Day - 24th November 2017

West Berkshire Council are holding a free information and advice event at the Burdwood Community Centre in Thatcham, 10am to 2pm on Friday 24th November.

Information will be available from a range of organisations and an expert will give presentations on Powers of Attorney, Deputyships and Wills.

WBC Carers Rights Day


Befriending Project

The Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is looking for more volunteers in the Theale area to join its Befriending project.

This successful scheme carefully matches a volunteer to a person over the age of 55, and has been shown to be an effective way of tackling social isolation and improving well-being.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find out more at or call 01635 49004.


Family Support Group - Volunteer Needed

Home-Start West Berkshire are seeking a volunteer to help at their weekly Family Group sessions at Beansheaf Community Centre, Calcot. Sessions are held on Mondays, term time only, 10am - 1pm. Full training and support will be provided.

Family Support Group


New Theale Fire Station

The planning application for a new fire station in Theale has been submitted.

It can be viewed on West Berkshire Council's website under planning application

number 17/02128/COMIND.

Theale Parish Council will be discussing the plans at their next parish council meeting:

7.30pm on Monday 7th August 2017 at the Peter Gooch room

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 Thames Valley Police Open Day 2017

Thames Valley Police are holding their annual Open Day at the Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead on Saturday 5th August. The police helicopter will be there as will the mounted and dog sections.        More details : TVP Open Day 2017 

Theale Village Fete

 12 noon - 4pm on Saturday 15th July 

A fun afternoon for all the family. Games, rides and displays plus competitions and a fun dog show - it's all here!           

 Electoral Review of West Berkshire

The Local Government Boundary Commission has published its draft recommendations for reducing the number of West Berkshire District Councillors from 52 to 43. The proposed changes will not affect Theale which would retain it one district councillor. The Commission welcomes residents' views on the issue.

To take part in the consultation go to the LGBC website and use its consultation portal to make your views known. The closing date for comments is 13th November 2017.


With immediate effect the new contact number for West Berkshire Council is

01635 55 11 11

The out of hours emergency number remains 01635 42161.


Correction -

Theale C of E Primary School Sports Day

It has come to the parish council's attention that a letter has been sent by the primary school to all parents stating "Following concerns from the Parish Council regarding children playing dangerously both on the recreation ground and play area, please can we ask that when children have finished eating with their adult they are returned to the playground where they can play in a safe environment supervised by school staff."

The parish council wish to make it clear that at no time has it expressed such concerns to the school nor has it requested that children refrain from playing in the recreation ground or on any play equipment in the park during Sports Day.

 The Red Lion Planning Appeal

The Planning Inspectorate has granted the two appeals on the Red Lion PH:

15/01312/FULD Change of use to residential plus extension comprising of an additional 7 dwellings


16/00853/FULD Change of use to residential plus extension comprising of an additional 8 dwellings

The full report can be read on West Berkshire Council's planning portal.

 Lakeside Planning Appeal

The Planning Inspectorate has published the Appeal Decision for the two outstanding planning applications on the Lakeside site in Theale.

The Inspector has granted permission for the development of up to 325 dwellings on Lakeside and the development of 25 dwellings on North Lakeside. In addition, the Inspector ruled that the developer did not have to pay the £1.4m education contribution that West Berkshire Council was requiring in order to expand the new Theale primary school, deeming the contribution to be "unjustified, unnecessary and inappropriate".

The full report can be read on West Berkshire Council's planning portal under planning application reference 15/02842/OUTMAJ.  


      Theale Library - the future

Most residents will be aware of West Berkshire Council's proposed budget cuts to the library service and its plans to increase the involvement of local communities in the day to day running of the service.

West Berkshire Council will be holding meetings in local library branches to hear the views of potential volunteers. So, if you may be interested in helping out at your local library, do go along and find out what's on offer.

The 'Community Volunteer Meeting' at Theale library will be held at 10am on Friday 3rd February 2017.

Further information on this scheme can be found at:

                                                         Library Volunteering


 Former Theale Sewage Treatment Works - Planning Application

Theale Parish Council will be holding an Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting on 20th December 2016 to discuss the following planning application:

16/02850/OUTMAJ  -  Outline application for up to 88 residential units (Class C3), Public open space & associated highway works, with all matters reserved except access

Site: Former Theale Sewage Treatment Works, Blossom Lane, Theale


  Theale Christmas Lights Event 2016

Sadly, Theale Parish Council has had to make the decision that it will not be able to stage the Theale Christmas Lights Event this year.

Following the loss of the entire Neighbourhood Wardens team, the loss of other key volunteers involved in the organising and staging of the event, plus the demands, in terms of time and effort, made on parish councillors and staff by recent issues, the council just isn't able to deliver the event this year.

We know many will be disappointed by this decision, many stall holders had already expressed an interest in attending the Christmas Market and Father Christmas was busy preparing to meet the children of Theale. The parish council are intending to bring the event back next year, December 2017, and to make it even better.

Theale Parish Council will still be installing Christmas Lights along the High Street this year.

 Parish Council By-Election

The full results of the by-election held on 3rd November can be viewed here:


The parish council is liable for the costs of a by-election. Details of costs resulting from by-election on 3rd November 2016 can be viewed here:

                                                             By-Election Costs

  Theale Primary School Project

West Berkshire Council has today (21st) announced its decision to proceed with a compulsory purchase order on the land at North Street playing fields.

Theale Parish Council has issued the following press release in response to West Berkshire Council's statement on its website:

TPC press release 21-9-16



Mr Charles Bateman

Chairman, Theale Parish Council

Theale Parish Council is sad to announce that Charles Bateman passed away on 18th July 2016.

Charles served as a parish councillor for Theale since 2008 and held the position of Chairman since May 2014. Until recently he also sat on the Theale Village Hall Committee.

Charles gave a lot to his community. He attended many training events, conferences and meetings on behalf of the parish council and was a dedicated and strong campaigner for Theale and its residents. He was instrumental in developing the popular annual Christmas Lights Night and volunteered many hours of his time to the organising of the event. Charles also played a major role in delivering the Theale Skate Park project, listening to the youngsters involved and ensuring that they got the facility they wanted.

Charles was a generous and selfless man and he will be sorely missed by all his friends and colleagues in Theale.

   Theale Primary School Project -

Theale Parish Council letter to West Berkshire Council 24/6/16

TPC Letter

  Theale Primary School Project - Update


Theale Parish Council has informed West Berkshire Council of the decision taken at the parish council meeting on 26th April 2016.

For more details click on the link:        Parish Council Letter to WBC

                                         *** New Theale Primary School - UPDATE ***

For the full transcript of Theale Parish Council's press release, issued in response to West Berkshire Council's statement on negotiations with the parish council, please click on the link below:

/Theale-PC/UserFiles/Files/Press release - Primary School Project.docx


                      Theale Christmas Lights Event – Saturday 5th December 2015

 The parish council would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supported our Christmas event last Saturday. Despite the high winds hundreds of people turned out to support the market stalls, watch the Nativity play and visit Santa in his Grotto. The Christmas lights were switched on (eventually) and everyone enjoyed another successful community event.

The Christmas Window Competition was a very difficult one to judge as the standard of entries was so high and the imagination of shopkeepers so impressive. Frame Direct came out on top and were awarded the coveted Best Christmas Window shield by Alok Sharma MP. Close runners up were Croppers Florists and Mercy in Action, the charity shop.

Thanks go to:

· all the volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible

· the parish councillors and parish council staff who put so much time and effort into organising and running the event

· our judging panel, Alok Sharma MP, Jeannie Tynan and Chris and Julia (students at Theale Green school)

· the Neighbourhood Wardens

  • The Falcon pub, hosts of the Nativity play

· Sansome & George Estate Agents who generously handed over their office for the evening in order that Father Christmas would have somewhere warm and dry for his grotto! And to David Sansome and his staff who supplied endless sweets and coffee to all who visited the Grotto

· And thanks go to the main man himself, Father Christmas, who once again delighted over 120 children with gifts and did a grand job with the switching-on of the lights!