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Co-option of Parish Councillor

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Vacancy for position of

Parish Councillor

Following the statutory period of notice when no requests for an election have been received by the Returning Officer of West Berkshire Council, applications are now invited for co option to the vacant position of Parish Councillor in the Parish of Purley on Thames.

For further information about the role and an application form, contact Councillor Pam Beddoes.


Applications to be received at the Parish Office, Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames RG8 8DR

by Monday 31st August 2020

Vacancy for a School Governor


Purley CofE Primary School is a village school despite its proximity to Reading. In 2013, the school expanded from an infant school to a primary school. Currently there are four classes with 108 pupils on roll. The school has an excellent local reputation and was very well-regarded in our Ofsted and SIAS Inspections.

We currently have a vacancy for a Co-Opted Governor. This is a valuable, voluntary positon on our school governing body. We are a strong team of governors, where everyone supports each other embracing our school ethos “ learn to love and love to learn”.

Co-opted governors contribute to fulfilling the normal functions of the governing board but need not be experts in the field of education themselves. We are prioritising a search for people who can use their experience to strengthen our work, for the benefit of all the pupils in our school. The role of a governor is an excellent way of contributing directly to the development of the next generation of our community and we are dedicated to developing and nurturing each and every child, within the Christian ethos of our school.

You will need time to offer to attend 11 meetings a year which last around 2.5 hours and to occasionally visit the school during the school day. A wide range of training is available through West Berkshire Council and on line as well as support from existing governors.

Please contact Selina Hall, Clerk to the Governors, via e-mail:

Learn to love, love to learn “Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Bill Ayling – a short tribute

Bill Ayling – a short tribute

Just last week we lost someone who had, over the years, become something of a village institution.

Bill Ayling was, in every sense, a gentleman. He was indeed a gentle, soft-spoken character, super polite and friendly to everyone, with a distinctive, well-modulated voice, well suited to his love of story-telling and narrating.

Bill served the village for many, many years – as a Parish Councillor, as a school governor, an active member of Purley Players and Silver Surfers, and in numerous other roles. He chaired a number of committees for the Council, and always gave considered, sage advice about village matters. Most recently, villagers would meet him representing the Council at the monthly Farmer’s Markets, giving out information to residents of Purley on Thames.

In his later years, he was a really keen player of bowls, and we understand, quite competitive but again, always sporting.

He will be missed by us all, and our sadness is expressed to his wife, Eileen, and his family. He will be long remembered.

New Parish Council Website

Welcome to the new Parish Council Website. One of the major improvements is our ability to highlight updated information in the Latest News on the opening page, which will prove useful in the current circumstances. Please bear with us as we review the site’s content and bring it back up to date.

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Community Support Groups

Community Support groups

The following groups are able to offer help for people who require assistance during the current crisis.

  • Purley Residents Support Committee
    call 07803 346552
    FaceBook – Purley Residents Support Committee
  • Reading Mutual Aid
    call 07380 248606 for help with prescriptions
    FaceBook – Reading Mutual Aid
  • The Purley Beeches Residents’ Association web site is temporarily being used to share useful information –
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