Thanks go to: First Finch Scout Group, Baden Powell Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Wokingham Guides, Hurst Cricket Club, Embrook PTA, Raynet, Reading Road Runners, Hurst Bowling Club and Emmbrook School without whom this race would not run so smoothly

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In the years 1643–44 Wokingham was regularly raided by both sides in the Civil War. These raids would involve the looting of livestock and trading goods, and over thirty buildings were burnt down, accounting for nearly 20% of buildings in the town at that time.[5] It was not until the early 18th century that Wokingham had fully recovered.

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The Wokingham constituency's MP is the Conservative John Redwood, who has represented it since 1987.

Soldier Soldier season 7 was filmed at Bearwood College, the college was the scene for the parade ground, officers mess, and a school.[10]

The formerly important industry of brick-making has given way to software development, light engineering and service industries,and the population has greatly increased.[citation needed]

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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. Late Victorian Wokingham: Published on behalf of a group of local researchers.

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Historically, the local accent could be described as a blend of traditional London Cockney, influenced by aspects of West Country pronunciation. However, the rapid expansion of the town, and subsequent influx of non-locals, has led to a decline of this speech pattern since the 1970s. In the 21st Century, traditional Wokingham accents are becoming rare, particularly amongst young people, who are increasingly influenced by the spread of Multicultural London English.

Wokingham is served by four state secondary schools. The Emmbrook School is a mixed-sex comprehensive school, a Maths and Computing College, St Crispin's School is a mixed-sex comprehensive schools, which is a Maths and Computing Colleges. The Holt School, founded in 1931 in the Dower House of Beche's Manor, is a girls' school and a Language College and Science College. The Forest School is a boys' school and a Business and Enterprise College.

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In the 18th century, the Ballad of Molly Mogg was written in Wokingham. Molly was the barmaid daughter of the publican of the old Rose Inn (not on the site of the present one).[citation needed] She was well-known to local Binfield man, Alexander Pope, who, during a storm, found himself stranded at the inn with his friends, Gay, Swift and Arbuthnot.[citation needed] They wrote the ballad extolling her virtues to pass the time.

The Wokingham Half Marathon is organised by volunteers with the intent of raising as much money for local charities.

Several major expansion projects around the town are planned over the next decade, including a major redevelopment of the town centre, new north and south relief roads and at the former military base at nearby Arborfield Garrison.[citation needed] As of 2015, the redevelopment of the railway station and surrounding area is complete, and large scale housing construction is underway to the north-east and south-east of the town.

All surplus funds from this year’s Wokingham Half Marathon were donated to local charities and organisations at a presentation evening held at Wokingham Borough Council Offices on the 11th April. More photographs can be seen here.

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During the Tudor period, Wokingham was well known as a producer of silk. Some of the houses involved in these cottage industries are still to be seen in Rose Street. The houses with the taller ground floors housed the looms. This can be seen from the position of the exterior beams of the houses. It is said that one of the original Mulberry bushes (favourite food of the silk worm), still remains in one of the gardens.

Wokingham is on the Emm Brook in the Loddon Valley in central Berkshire situated 33 miles (53.1 km) west of central London. It sits between the larger towns of Reading and Bracknell and was originally in a band of agricultural land on the western edge of Windsor Forest. The soil is a rich loam with a subsoil of sand and gravel.

The meetings are normally held at 7.45 for 8.00 in Wokingham Town Hall. For a list of previous Open Meeting topics and reports please click here. On Wednesday 15 June 2016 Wokingham Borough Council Town Centre Regeneration team gave a presentation on the plans in place for developing the Peach Place, Elms Field, Carnival Pool and the Market Place. For a report of the meeting click here.

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Wokingham railway station is at the junction of the Waterloo to Reading line with the North Downs Line. South West Trains manages the station and provides services along with First Great Western.[8]

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Wokingham has a town centre, with main residential areas radiating in all directions. These include Woosehill to the west, Emmbrook to the northwest, Dowlesgreen, Norreys, Keephatch and Bean Oak to the east, and to the south Wescott and Eastheath. Older names include Woodcray and Luckley Green.

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