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The Society is based in the rural village of Hurst in the Royal County of Berkshire, England. The primary concern of the Society is to protect the physical environment and maintain the rural aspect of the area. It aims also to promote greater use of the village amenities and services and to encourage their expansion.

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Willowmead Field - Planning Application

Planning Application 230074 - Land adjacent to School Road & Orchard Road (Willowmead Field)

At the meeting of Wokingham Borough Council's (WBC) Planning Committee held on the 14th February 2024, Councillors voted by 5 votes to 4 to refuse the outline planning application for the proposed erection of 23 dwellings with associated access and 15 car parking spaces for the local Primary School. The officer report being considered by the Committee recommended approval but a counter recommendation recommending refusal was put forward and voted on by Members. The main grounds for refusal was that the site was not a sustainable location.

Planning Decision Notice - 21 February 2024 - view here

Full details also on HVS Willowmead planning page.

St Nicholas Church - Propsed new Benefice of Ruscombe & Twyford

St Nicholas Hurst Church has received notification (on 31st January 2024)from The Church of England, Church Commissioners that a draft scheme is proposed to create a new benefice of Hurst and a new benefice of Ruscombe and Twyford. 

If there are no objections by midnight on 27th February, the scheme is likely to go ahead and will be in place before Easter. In practical terms that means that St Nicholas Church, Hurst will exist as a stand alone parish not as part of the joint benefice of Ruscombe and Twyford with Hurst.

View more details.

If you have any questions please contact one of the churchwardens,
Sue on 07850 072096; or Jenny on 07909 915516.

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HVS thanks Wayne Smith

HVS thanks Wayne Smith for his tireless support for the Village and Village causes over so many years.

Wayne Smith has announced his intention to stand down from his roles as a Borough Councillor and  as Chairman of the Hurst Parish Council at the next local elections in May.

View full statement.

View HVS letter to Wayne Smith.

Planning Update

The National Planning Policy Framework was revised on 19th December 2023.

For more details visit the HVS Local Plan page


Amen Corner 

An outline application (232026) for up to 45 residential dwellings has been submitted to WBC.  Public consultation lasts until 21st September.

View HVS letter of objection to application.

View more details.

History of Hurst Book

The History of Hurst book has just been updated and reprinted.

For more details and to buy a copy click here.

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HVS Membership Scheme

Enjoy discounts on local businesses with the HVS membership card.

To get your new HVS Members Benefit Card please email  If you are not already a member, click here to join.

View details of participating businesses.

Magazine & Newsletter

We send out newsletters (generally monthly) to everyone who has signed up to our email list.  If you are interested in receiving the newsletter please let us know or enter your email address by clicking here

You can also view historic to emails sent.

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HVS Traffic Calming Strategy

One of the main concerns that HVS members raise is speeding in Hurst.  A lot of work has been done by the Parish Council to reduce speeding, but the problem persists.

HVS have therefore devised a Traffic Calming Strategy which was presented to HPC at the December Council Meeting.  You can view the presentation by clicking here.

In the meantime, if you have any comments or feedback please email us.

From piano teacher to plasterer, there's probably someone in Hurst with the skill you need.  Follow the link below to see the full Skills Register.  If you live in the village and  want to be included, we charge an annual fee per entry: £20 if you are a member of the Hurst Village Society, £25 if you are a non-member .

More on skills register

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HVS monitors all planning applications submitted to WBC and comments as appropriate.  

In addition, an increasing number of local residents are contacting HVS to ask our opinion.  If you have any planning queries please email

View recent letters to Planning Applications written by HVS

Society Aims - The Society endeavours to review all Planning Applications submitted for Hurst and those in neighbouring Parishes which are likely to have an impact on Hurst. The Society makes its views known to the Planning Authority if it is of the view that an Application may have a detrimental effect upon the village.

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