Tongham Parish Council
The Parish Council is responsible for bus shelters, seating in the village, the annual flower baskets and Christmas lighting, the allotment gardens in Spoil Lane, and our main area of work is the recreation ground in Poyle Road, where we have the community centre (lots of activities, for example Zumba classes, pilates, slimming world, toddler groups, private parties, darts – and of course the cricket and football clubs. Check out the Tongham Community Association website!) There are several football pitches in ‘The Rec’, and of course – depending on the time of year – there is cricket. There is a new play area for older children and a little play area for smaller children. There is also an outdoor gym and a wild wooded area which is fabulous for dog walking (but please pick up any dog poo – there are plenty of bins). There is one tennis court; we used to have two, but the larger is currently undergoing a renovation as a multi-use games area with football, basketball, seating and a teen shelter – which has been held back due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Watch this space!
There is an allotment garden in Spoil Lane off Manor Road. There are around 82 plots, with 5 people currently on the waiting list. The gardens are a real haven of peace and tranquility, with some plots holding beehives, some with chickens and the majority growing fuit, flowers and vegetables. There is a ‘loo’ and a communal area for sitting down and enjoying tea and cake . . and, in normal times, the odd coffee morning or lunch is held there. Bonfires are allowed ONLY between 1st – 10th November every year.
If you would like to join the waiting list please email the clerk on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tongham Community Centre
The Tongham Community Centre is a modern building located within the Recreation Ground and provides a spacious and light facility with a large car park. The Centre has good disabled access and facilities throughout, and is accessed via a ramp leading to the main entrance and Veranda.
Event Hire – Our well furnished Lounge bar seats 50 persons. This Lounge is available for hire separately or in conjunction with our large Main Hall, the lounge can provide a quieter area or, if opened up by way of the adjoining sliding doors makes a perfect venue for Weddings, Christenings, Parties, Wakes and other social events. Both areas combined have a maximum capacity of 150 persons and are served by our fully licensed bar. In addition to celebratory events our Main Hall is also perfect for exercise & dance groups, quizzes and meetings. A large well equipped kitchen is available for the use of Hirers.
Sports Area – Large changing room facilities for Cricket and Football teams and associated Officials are available along with a kitchen accessed from the Balcony. For more information . . .
Tongham Village Hall
The village hall is found in The Street, about 50 yards after the Crossroads towards to A31. This is a small, but cosy, hall which hosts many things such as art classes, martial arts classes, dance groups and also the occasional evening event. Hirers should note that there is NO parking at the hall, and very little in The Street, so it is especially suited to local hirers.
The Village Hall was built in 1897 for the benefit of the residents of Tongham to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The building was put into a charitable trust to be used for the benefit of the inhabitants of Tongham, their visitors and friends.
There are two foundation stones: the first was laid by H M Chester on 25th December 1897 and the second by the vicar the Rev H M Harke. The Hall has been the home of various sports, cultural and social gatherings such as the Tongham Women’s Institute, and the Tongham Olde Time Dance Club now activities at the hall include Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance, Puppy Training, Table Tennis, Art Classes and children’s parties. For more information . . .