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Monday, 23 July 2018
ABOUT 120 people attended a discussion about Sonning Common and its residents.
The event, called What Makes a Village, was held at the village hall and was organised by Colleen Paviour on behalf of Sonning Common Magazine.
Author Tom Fort talked about villages and English village life, a topic covered in his recently published book The Village News.
Mr Fort, a parish councillor, who lives in Wood Lane, then questioned a panel of villagers on social aspects of their lives.
The panel included Leah Tilley, a student at Chiltern Edge School, Jeremy Laming, who organises the Henley Swim and has lived in the village for 10 years, Caroline Jones, who has lived in the village for 12 years, and Pauline Twyman, an artist and teacher who has lived there since 1959.
Others involved were David Jerram, who has lived in the village for 18 years, and Carole Burchett, a Soha Housing tenant who has lived in the village for 42 years. The event closed with a look at the future of the village led by Diana Pearman, editor of the magazine.
She talked about the potential creation of a recreation ground off Reades Lane, which would include sports pitches and a community centre.
Mr Fort said: “I was amazed by how many people turned out. It was very positive and I told people I did not want to hear about potholes, speeding or anything like that. The people on the panel talked quite openly without getting into rows or arguments.”
Mrs Paviour said: “Tom Fort was an excellent host and a big draw for the event. He kept the talk lively and engaging.
“The evening’s success means the magazine will be hosting more events in the future, mostly likely to do with literature and the arts.”
The event was sponsored by estate agents Davis Tate,
Loddon Brewery and Sonning Common Co-op. It was streamed live on Facebook for those who could not attend.
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