Image of Temple Island and the rowing course
Image of Temple Island and the rowing course
Remenham Parish
Remenham Parish

Meet your local council members

Bill Ronald -  Chairman - Aston roads

Jacky and I moved to Aston 10 years ago where we discovered and refurbished our current home in the village.

Like many in the area we frequently count our blessings on the basis of our delightful rural environment.

My early career was in Chocolate at Mars Slough. More recently I have been a portfolio Non Executive Director for a variety of businesses and am a mentor with the FTSE Mentoring Foundation.

As a keen walker I roam our Parish marvelling at the scenery and cursing the litter louts.

As a frequent user of the lanes I am keen to see them appropriately maintained for cyclists and car drivers alike. As a councillor I will push to deliver this.

John Halsall - Vice Chairman, Traffic, Events

My family and I have lived in the village for forty years. Prior to that I lived 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 several different roles. I am currently the Executive Member for the Environment, Leisure and Libraries. I am very active locally sitting on numerous bodies on both sides of the river including the Townlands Steering Group, School Governor at Robert Piggott Wargrave and a Wargrave Parish Councillor. I was a founder member of CPRW, the campaign to defend the green belt in Wokingham and have recently been appointed as a Board Member of CPRE Berkshire.  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.

Darrel Poulos - Henley matters, Traffic, Footpaths

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, Transparency Code and GDPR

Since 2000, I have lived in a farm cottage in Middle Culham, at the ‘East End’ of Remenham. My background is branding and marketing - and I run a marketing consultancy, specialising in environmental initiatives.   I love the views from my cottage, but worry about the A4130, with its traffic noise, speed and pollution, as well as litter thrown from vehicle windows.  I’m actively involved in our collective efforts to address these problems.  My main council task is to keep our website up to date, interesting – and compliant.  We aim to keep you informed on news and events, including 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 (parties, sports events, meetings, local history….).  Any information you send will be treated with the discretion demanded by the GDPR guidelines.  

John Merkel - Planning

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.

Nigel Williams

I have lived in Horseshoe Cottages, Remenham Hill for around 15 years now. Before that I was living and working in Dubai for many years, but always owned a house in Wargrave. I grew up in Maidenhead and my late wife in Wargrave and Shiplake, so I know the area well.

Until recently I was a freelance broadcast engineer, working on TV projects in UK and abroad.

In the last few years I have witnessed the long overdue restoration of Park Place Estate and more recently the fields behind my house being transformed into a private polo facility for the Park Place Polo team.

Polly Hogan

I have lived in Aston since 2010, I love our village and the surrounding area, I feel very lucky and privileged to live here and would like to play my part in keeping and improving the unique beauty of our parish.  I have a particular interest in the upkeep of the footpaths and the lanes. I walk locally every day and regularly drive and cycle throughout the area. Our community matters to me a great deal and I look forward to bringing a common sense approach to help address any concerns from within our neighbourhood.

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.

River Webcam

Church Services


Sunday 29 May

 11.15am sung Matins (BCP) with hymns



Sunday 5 June – Pentecost

Platinum Jubilee

of H M the Queen

11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns

Sunday 12 June

11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns

Sunday 19 June

11.15am sung Matins (BCP) with hymns

Sunday 26 June

11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) with hymns

Rectory Office – 01491 577340


We continue to hold a service every Sunday at 11.15am (details above).  The church is open daily from 9.30am to 4.00pm for private prayer.  

Cleaning protocols etc are in place in church.   

Rubbish & Recycling

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Website Statistics

April 2022

1,528 unique visitors

3,103 pages viewed


Total for  2021

17,193 unique visitors

40,926 pages viewed


Total for 2020

22,524 unique visitors

71,707 pages viewed


Total for 2019

23,107 unique visitors

67,374 pages viewed


Total for 2018

12,954 unique visitors 

48,218 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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