Charities supported in the Benefice V2
The Link Visiting Scheme (Wokingham)
The Link is a registered charity based on Christian principles whose aim is to combat social isolation among older people. This is achieved through regular home visits and a variety of additional events and activities which enable ‘Link Friends’ to engage with a wider circle of support and to gain new skills.
Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. Thrive helps people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may to access our Thrive's structured horticultural therapy programmes, currently available at Beech Hill (Reading), Battersea (London), Kings Heath (Birmingham) and Saltwell Park (Gateshead).
The Children's Society
The Children's Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.
Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and bad sanitation is the second biggest child killer worldwide. A lack of clean water and toilets keeps girls out of school, stops women from working, and traps people in poverty. WaterAid tackles the crisis from all angles, working with local partners to deliver clean water and toilets and promote good hygiene, and campaign to make change happen for everyone everywhere.
The Village Shop at Beech Hill
The Village Shop at Beech Hill is a unique shopping experience set in church in a quiet village just off junction 11 of the M4 providing fresh local produce including milk, eggs, fruit & vegetables, meat and fish, as well as soft drinks, tea, coffee, beer, wine and magazines.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Beech Hill Road, Beech Hill, RG7 2BB
Tel: 0118 327 2645
Business Pluspoint website design
This website has been designed by and is maintained and hosted by Business Pluspoint. Its owner, Gillian Steedman, is a former resident of Shinfield and was editor and designer of Loddon Reach magazine from 2008 to 2014.
Tel: 01305 457084
The Church and the Bible
The Church of England
All you need to know about the Church of England (C of E) and about being an Anglican.
The Diocese of Oxford
Loddon Reach Benefice and its churches are all part of the Diocese of Oxford. Click here for their website which includes helpful information on where to find churches, daily prayers, news, events and vacancies. Follow this link for daily prayer for the people, churches and parishes in the diocese.
This website page lists the Common Worship lectionary readings for principal services and festivals (including all services for Holy Week). A calendar with the movable days of the church's year is included up to 2030. A coloured band shows the Litugical colour for the day. Select your preferred Bible version, but note that Psalms in all cases are from the Common Worship Psalter and (numbered) Canticles are from Celebrating Common Prayer (CCP), both as published at the OREMUS website.
Explore the Bible
With the Bible Society
The Bible Society's vision is a world where everyone has access to the Bible and can recognise its value for them, their families and communities. Wherever you are on your journey with the Bible, their range of resources and study tools will help bring it to life in your home, church or community.
Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. They are working with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning.
There are several other non-Anglican churches within or near the Benefice with which we have varying links:
Beech Hill Baptist Church
Chapel Lane, Wood Lane, Beech Hill, RG7 2BH www.beechhillbaptistchurch.org.uk
Christ the King RC Church
408 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading, RG2 8NR
Tel: 0118 931 4469
Shinfield Baptist Church
Hollow Lane/Fairmead Road, Shinfield, RG2 9BT
Three Mile Cross Church Centre
Basingstoke Road, Reading, RG7 1AT
Tel: 0118 988 4508
incorporating The Vine Christian School
Tel: 0118 988 6464
There are a number of schools in the Benefice, all within the Wokingham LEA, two of which – Grazeley Parochial C of E (Aided) Primary School and Shinfield St Mary’s C of E Junior School – are church schools.
The Loddon Reach team has links with all the schools in the Benefice whether or not they are church schools.
Farley Hill Primary School
Church Road, Farley Hill, Reading, RG7 1UB
Grazeley Parochial C of E (Aided) Primary School
Mereoak Lane, Grazeley, Reading, RG7 1JY
Lambs Lane Primary School
Back Lane, Spencers Wood, Reading, RG7 1JB
Oakbank Free School
Hyde End Lane, Ryeish Green, Reading, RG7 1ER
Tel: 0118 902 1602
Shinfield Infant and Nursery School
School Green, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EH
Shinfield St Mary’s C of E Junior School
Chestnut Crescent, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EJ