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!           

Theale Village Fete - details

Baking competition                  Produce competition                  Art competition

Electoral Review of West Berkshire

The Local Government Boundary Commission is conducting a second consultation on its recommendation that the number of West Berkshire District Councillors be reduced to 42. This review could impact Theale in terms of altering the area covered by its 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.

 Free Arts Sessions for Over 55's at Theale Library

The Corn Exchange, Newbury is running a new arts project for the over 55's at Theale Library. Six sessions will be held, led by six different professionsl artists. The sessions are free but numbers are limited to 20 per sessions so booking is essential.

Check out the poster for more details:       Creative%20space%20poster.pdf


Fundraising Event

Burghfield Sailing Club have recently held a successful fundraising event in support of the Motor Neurone Disease awareness campaign:

MND Awareness Event

 Annual Return 2016-17

The parish council's Annual Return 2016-17 has been completed and submitted to the external auditor. The documents can be viewed here:

TPC Annual Return 2016-17

Exercise of electors' rights


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.


 Annual Assembly of Theale Parish

The Annual Assembly of Theale Parish will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd May 2017 in the Peter Gooch room, the Pavilion, Englefield Road.

All residents of Theale are welcome to attend.

 For details of the agenda please click here.        

 Theale Fire Station - NEW!

 Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) plans to build a new fire station in Theale. It will be situated in Wigmore Lane, just off the A340/A4 roundabout.

RBFRS is holding a Public Consultation Event at the Gateway Centre, Theale Library on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm.

Further details of the event can be found at:

 Public Consultation Poster
Facebook event page:


 Thames Valley Police and Crime Plan 2017-21

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfield, has published a new five year Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for policing across the Thames Valley:

TVP Crime Plan 2017-21 Summary


 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.  


  Five a Day Market Garden

The Five a Day Market Garden in Englefield is holding new weekly drop in sessions for older people, offering gardening and craft activities, and it's free!

For more information check out their poster at Five a Day - Thyme Together or

call Pam on 07939 676 050.

  Theale Green W.I. - come and join us!

Theale Green W.I. is encouraging new members to join their monthly meetings which are held at 7pm on the second Monday of the month at Theale Library.

It's not all homemade cakes! Theale Green W.I. enjoy a range of activities including interesting guest speakers, crafts, outings and social events.

For more details call 0118 9302087




The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is conducting a review of the warding arrangements for West Berkshire with the intention of drawing up new council ward boundaries and reducing the number of West Berkshire District Councillors from 52 to 42.

At present, some district councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in West Berkshire. This review aims to correct those imbalances.

It is highly likely that Theale will be affected by this review. The Boundary Commission is keen to hear the views of local residents so, for more information and to have your say, go to:

 To view Theale Parish Council's response to the consultation please follow the link:

LGBC Electoral Review - TPC comments

   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!