The Royal Household has announced that the funeral of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh is to take place in Windsor on Saturday 17 April. The Ceremonial Royal Funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
In line with the Royal Household’s wishes and Government advice, Thames Valley Police is asking the public not to gather at any Royal residences, such as Windsor Castle, at this time and to continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and minimising travel.
The Police also supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes are not laid at Windsor Castle or any Royal residence and to encourage people to consider making a donation to a charity; perhaps one for whom the Duke of Edinburgh was a patron.
During this time of national mourning, there is an increased police presence and a broad range of security measures in place in and around Windsor and other Royal residences. Some of these measures are visible, such as the extensive network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers, as well as our Mounted Section, whilst some measures are unseen.
Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Ben Snuggs, strategic commander for the funeral, said: “We understand that people will want to pay their respects to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and to the Royal Family during this time of national mourning. “However, we would ask that the public respect the Royal Household’s wishes and the Government advice by minimising travel and not gathering in groups. Instead, we would ask people to use the online book of condolence which has been set up by the Royal Household.“There will continue to be a police presence in Windsor in the lead up to and on the day of the funeral as part of our measures to ensure public health and safety and protective security.
“Our thoughts remain with the Royal Family and all those affected at this very difficult time.”
Sports and Recreation Needs Survey
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Welcome to the new website of the
Sonning Common Parish Council
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Sonning Common is a very busy village and you would be amazed at the diverse range of activities undertaken by your Parish Council through a number of committees and working parties. There are too many to do justice in this short introduction but I will try to give you a flavour of what we do on your behalf.
Key to our operation is our Finance Committee and I am sure you will be well aware of the work carried out by our Planning Committee in response to an ever changing housing landscape.
I would like to highlight some of our current working parties.
The diligent work carried out by the Neighbourhood Plan working party has thus far been successful in preventing runaway housing development in the village. Clearly this is on-going and the hard working team of volunteers will continue to address new challenges as they arrive.
The Memorial Hall Field behind Kidmore End War Memorial Hall was donated to the Parish Council and the working party is well advanced with their plans to provide additional recreational facilities for the village.
I think that we would all agree that the Village Centre would benefit from a makeover and, of course, it won’t be cheap. The working party is developing a detailed plan. Watch this space!
The aim of the Environment Working party is to maintain and enhance Sonning Common’s ecosystem. Examples include maintenance of the village pond and the acquisition of an area of woodland in Old Copse at the end of Woodlands Road.
Not to be forgotten are our Sonning Common and Kidmore End Village Halls which are now being successfully managed by the Parish Council and will be the subject of continued investment and improvement.
All of this latterly has had to be continued and developed whilst adhering to COVID regulations. Like everyone else, these have been challenging times for the Parish Council. Please ensure you adhere to government rules and keep safe.
Chairman of the Parish Council
Notice Of Casual Vacancy
Due to the resignation of Councillor Kedge a vacancy exists on the Parish Council