THE leader of Kingwood and Peppard Commons Volunteers has stepped down.
Ann Pearce, of Stevens Lane, Peppard, has been involved with the group since it was set up in October 2011 following an appeal for help from the parish council.
The volunteers, who include residents and members of the Friends of the Commons group, help preserve and maintain common land and meet on the first Saturday of the month.
Mrs Pearce has given up organising the sessions in order to look after her elderly parents in Dorset but she will still volunteer.
She said: “The group got off to a very successful start but for the volunteers to thrive there is still a lot to be done and I felt I could not give the time needed.
“Whether I was successful as leader is better left to someone else to judge.
“When I left we had two brushcutters and four trained volunteers in brush cutting. We also had three volunteers trained in first aid, including myself.
“The support I had from the local community and the parish council was amazing and without them we would not have achieved what we have.”
The group was the first joint initiative between the parish council and the Nettlebed and District Commons Conservators after the groups agreed to try work together on issues that affect them both.
They had previously been at loggerheads over claims by councillors that the conservation group was not open to public scrutiny.
Kingwood Common and Peppard Common are managed by the conservators.
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A GIRL from Peppard Common performed A Christmas Carol at the Kenton Theatre in Henley.
Helena Porter was one of three ballet students from the J G Dance School to take part.
She was accompanied by Olivia Alborough, from Lower Earley, and Tia Mehtola, from Tilehurt.
Soloist and former J G Dance pupil Jessica Hill said: “The girls danced beautifully and I am very proud of them all.”
J G Dance teaches children from age two to 18 and hold classes in dance, drama and singing at Gillotts School in Henley and the Milestone Centre in Caversham.