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      The Wokingham Society

     Working to protect Wokingham town's past, present and future

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Welcome to the Wokingham Society

The Wokingham Society is a Civic Society established in the 1960s to combat the threat to the town's buildings and facilities from widespread and often thoughtless redevelopment. Although it has not always been possible to prevent the loss of individual landmarks, the Society's voice has been significant in helping to preserve many local historical features and to ensure that development has been sensitive to the town's heritage.

As an independent and non-political organisation the Society can and does represent the whole town at local, regional and national levels Not only are members' views solicited, but links have been established with other organisations and individuals concerned with conservation and preservation. Purposeful and constructive dialogue is held with both the Town and Borough Councils, and members of the Society's Executive Committee serve on a number of official Forums and regularly attend meetings organised by local residents to discuss matters of local import and significance.

The Society's aims are clearly set out in the constitution which is available on the website here, but its main purposes may be summarised as:

• Encouraging the conservation of the character and traditions of   Wokingham as an historic market town
• Promoting study of the history of Wokingham and interest in our heritage
• Welcoming new development and business which enhance and invigorate the town
   while constructively opposing measures that do not
• Proposing improvements to the town's environment and amenities

In order to achieve its aims the Society has worked consistently to save several fine buildings from demolition or unsightly modifications and proposed sympathetic restoration of external features. The Society's Committee, under the guidance of the Society's Planning Officer, reviews planning applications and development schemes, makes recommendations to the local authorities and is consulted by the Borough Council's Planning Officers. It also initiates and contributes to proposals to improve the town's environment and cultural activities and Public Meetings are held to raise awareness and to stimulate debate. In achieving its aims the Society is assisted by its membership of Civic Voice and the Open Spaces Society.

To contact The Wokingham Society please email the Chairman: Peter Must or the Secretary: John Griffin.

Promoting the Study of Wokingham, its History and Heritage

The Society has always celebrated the Town's history and heritage in a number of ways, notably by the award of Grants, and the creation of the Blue Plaque Trail.

News of Local Development Issues

Wokingham Town Centre Regeneration Master plan, with timescales

Elms Field Development

Carnival Pool Development

North Wokingham Development and Distributor Road

South Wokingham Development and Distributor Road

Local Plan Update (2026-2036)


We are pleased to announce the publication of Wokingham A Chronology of the 19th and 20th Centuries written by Jim Bell, local historian and author of many booklets on Wokingham's history. Please see the press release here.

Government proposals on Planning for the Future

Local Plan Update Notice and Extracts

Open Meetings

Embracing the Art of the Possible An illustrated talk by Robin Cops 7.45pm for 8pm on Tuesday 5th July 2022 in the Town Hall.
The meeting has had to be postponed as the speaker has tested Covid positive and will now be on TUESDAY 19th JULY at 7.45pm for 8pm in the Town Hall. For more details click here.

For a list of previous Open Meeting topics and reports please click here.

eBooks and eArticles

Wokingham in the News 1771-1999 : A major eBook publication by Jim Bell.

A History of Food and Drink in Wokingham : by Wokingham Society Committee member and Town Council volunteer Kevin Lenton.

Frank Day’s Memories and the Day Family:1930s memories of a Wokingham man and an account of his family.

Time Capsule:creation of the time capsule buried outside the Town Hall.

Four major Wokingham Charters

Wokingham Town Football Club in the 1st round of the FA Cup: Remembering the tie against Cardiff 35 years ago.