Remenham Parish
Remenham Parish

Meet your local council members

John Halsall (Chairman)

My family and I have lived in the village for more than thirty years, prior to that in Henley, where I was a retained fireman. My three children went to local schools. I have been a Parish councillor for over twenty years and Chairman for most of that time. I have been one of the two Borough Councillors for Remenham Wargrave and Ruscombe since 2011, where I have undertaken a number of different roles including Chairman of the ruling Group, Chairman of the locally owned trading companies, Chairman of Renascence, the business reengineering project and the deputy to the executive member for Planning and Highways focussing on Highways. I am very active locally sitting on numerous bodies on both sides of the river including the Townlands Steering Group, School Governor at Piggotts Infants and Juniors and a Parish Councillor in Wargrave. I row at Upper Thames regularly. My career has been mainly but not exclusively reviving engineering enterprises on my own account or as part of public companies. I am a Chartered accountant and went to Oxford University.

Richard Fletcher (Vice Chairman)

I have lived in Remenham since my family came here in 1976 and, while my career took me daily to the City, since my retirement I have been glad to have space to consider how I might contribute to Remenham.   My particular “patch” is Wargrave Road where I would like to feel I am a friendly point of contact for residents with issues where the Parish Council should be informed and might assist.   I know many of you, and hope to serve a further term on the Council, to participate in achieving its local objectives set out in the Newsletter.


Paul Sermon (Clerk)

We have lived in the Parish since 2000, but my Remenham roots go back to Henry Surman. He was a Berkshire agricultural worker, who married Emma Eagleton of Assendon/Remenham in 1842. For a period the family lived in a cottage linked to Remenham Farm. I remain research active in a London University, but I also scull along the perimeter of the parish at least 3 times a week.

Alison Barraclough (Rights of Way)

We moved to Aston over thirty years ago, attracted by the unspoilt beauty of the Remenham area. I have been a Parish Councillor for several years and am particularly interested in maintaining and enhancing the Parish foot path network and ensuring that any ‘urbanisation’ of the countryside is as limited as possible.

As part of my role I regularly contact White Waltham airfield to try to reduce the noise and number of aircraft over the Parish during the summer, and regularly walk the foot paths and lanes, collecting litter as I do so.

My other contributions to Remenham include supporting village events such as the fete and organised walks and serving on the Village Hall committee.

John Merkel (Neighbourhood Plan)

Cynthia and I are delighted to have moved to such a vibrant village community and have been pleased to be a part of the Parish Council. We seem to have been constantly engaged with refurbishment and building since we moved to Green cottage in 2010. I was born in the United States but have been in London since 1988. I am a Lecturer in Conservation and Materials Science at University College London specialising in Conservation of metal artefacts, Archaeometallurgy, early metallurgical processes and sites in the Near East and South America. On the Parish Council I have been the main driver in the Neighbourhood Plan and have been the man on the ground in Marsh Mills.


Peter Grace (Highways)

I live at the far end of Remenham Hill with my family. We moved here in 2000, many people know me as I am a gardener. I help run the village fete. I am very much a village person but believe we need to work with all of the village community whether home owners, rented or just land owners to keep the village as it is but saying that I’m not blind we do need to change a bit. I also feel we need to keep the local council houses that we have and I would argue a strong fight to keep.

Darrel Poulos (Planning)

We moved to Remenham Hill in 1986.  Like other parishioners, we were attracted by the lovely rural location.  I have served as a parish councillor for over three years.  I also serve on the Regatta Safety Committee in both Wokingham and Henley doing my best to protect our community and to create arrangements which allow us to live normal lives during major events.  I also chair the Thames Valley Police Strategic Advisory Group which liaises and advises the TVP on a wide range o issues including policy, community relations, communication and policing in general.  In addition, I have been a governor at Gillotts School for five years.  My involvement with the village includes active involvement in the Remenham Thespians over the years and attendance at as many of the wonderful events we put on as possible.  Through the Remenham Hill Residents Association, I have been part of the team that finally convinced Wokingham to lower our speed limit and to improve safety measures and transportation facilities on the hill.  When I have time,  I occasionally take on minor maintenance projects on behalf of the village.

Franky Cookson (Website)

For many years I ran an ad agency, based in the former Five Horseshoes pub on Remenham Hill.  I now live in a farm cottage on Remenham Hill, from where I run a marketing consultancy, specialising in environmental initiatives. 

I love the views from my cottage.  In fact the only drawback to this magical location is the traffic, with its noise, speed and pollution, as well as litter thrown from car windows.  I’m actively involved in our collective efforts to address these problems.  I can often be seen nervously trying to cross the road, armed with my litter-picker and rubbish bag, as I head for my daily (well almost) walk around the field on the opposite side. 

My main Council task is to keep our website up to date and interesting, with news and events, plus the regular police notices and road traffic updates.  I’m keen to keep the site full of colourful images of local events, so please send me your photos, as well as anything else that might add interest to our web pages (parties, dances, sports events, meetings, local history….). 

I look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings.

River levels webcam

Church Services

Sunday 27 May –

Trinity Sunday

11.15am sung Holy Communion (BCP)


Sunday 3 June

11.15am sung Matins (BCP)


Sunday 10 June

11.15am sung Holy Communion (BCP)


Sunday 17 June

11.15am sung Matins (BCP)


Sunday 24 June

11.15am sung Holy Communion (BCP)

Website Statistics

Apr 2018

1,120 unique visitors

4,085 pages viewed


Total for 2017

11,363 unique visitors 

35,942 pages viewed


Total for 2016 

10,546 unique visitors

30,430 pages viewed

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