Wokingham Mayor to open Fete

We are delighted to announce that Wokingham's new Mayor, Parry Batth, will be opening the Arborfield Village Fete.

On 21st May 2015 Parvinder Singh Batth (also known as Parry) was chosen as Wokingham's Mayor for 2015/16, the first Sikh to hold the position. In his acceptance speech, Cllr Batth said:

"Being born in Punjab to a farming family, I come from a humble background. However I now feel even more humbled being chosen as the new Mayor."

Parry retired from National Grid in 2013, after 42 years of service in the electricity supply industry. Based at the Electricity National Control Centre in Sindlesham, he managed technical engineering teams that helped keep the lights on in the UK. Since his retirement, he has helped to develop the electricity supply industry infrastructure to provide more secure and efficient power systems in India.

Parry was elected as a Wokingham Borough councillor for Shinfield North in 2011 and has chaired and vice-chaired several committees on the council. He will be opening the Fete just after 12:00.

Last chance to see REME!

The REME Museum is opening for its last bash at the end of April and the Garrison closes for good later this year.

At the Fete on 6th June you will have the last chance to see REME's work at close quarters.

See inside a helicopter and a support vehicle and learn at first hand how our REME soldiers support troops on the battlefield.

Military Wives Choir will be at the Fete!

Great news - the Arborfield Military Wives Choir will be at the Fete!

Come and see the Choir perform. Members are all wives and partners of serving and former service personnel from the local area.

They have already performed at some major events even though the Choir has only been running for just over 18 months. But the demands of service life means that ladies join and leave quite regularly.

They are all amateur singers. They do not have to go through auditions or have to read music to join: their ethos is to support each other through singing.

Keeping the Choir in good order will be their Musical Director, Dan Tickner, a local music teacher. Members sing songs from across the decades as well as songs from the Military Wives Choir's repertoire.

Make sure you don’t miss them and the Dance Energy troupe that will be accompanying them.