Local information

The Henley Standard is the local newspaper, with news and information about the area.

Whitchurch is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The long-distance Thames Path  passes through Whitchurch.

The Environment Agency has a map showing the areas at risk of flooding in Pangbourne and Whitchurch in a major Thames flood event. It also provides local flood information on these pages:

  •         Flood alerts and warnings  here
  •         Current river level  here
  •         For information on all aspects of flood risk and prevention see also the Flood Toolkit   

The water supply and the wastewater system for Whitchurch are the responsibility of Thames Water.

South Oxfordshire District Council

South Oxfordshire District Council deals with planning applications. You can search on their website for a planning application of interest. There is much planning data on their searchable GIS (Geographic Information System). They also maintain a treeworks register.

South Oxfordshire District Council deals with the collection of all waste and has a list of what can and cannot be put in the recycling bin on their What  can I recycle page. It is possible to arrange a collection of large or bulky household items. You can find information about which bins to put out for the next bin collection on the What's On page of this website.

If you are a witness to fly-tipping, please report it - details of how to do so are here.

It also publishes a residents' newsletter called Outlook which is delivered to all households in the district.

SODC Financial reports can be read on this page.

Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for education, social services, highways, planning and economic development, and waste recycling and disposal. The nearest recycling centre to Whitchurch is at Oakley Wood, Old Icknield Way, Crowmarsh near Wallingford, OX10 6PW.

From October 1st 2017, there will be charges for DIY household waste. See details here.

You can report a breach of the 7.5 tonne weight limit in Whitchurch by using the link on this page.

You can report a pothole and other road and pavement problems to OCC on their Fix my street page.

You can report that a street light is not working here.

Some of our roads are gritted in cold weather. Here is a map showing which Oxfordshire roads are salted. 

Local Advice Centres

Citizens Advice information can be found here. They have circulated the council with advice on parking tickets.

Our nearest Job Centre is here.

Volunteer Groups

Volunteer Car Scheme – provides transport for the elderly and less mobile to hospitals and surgeries. Tel 984 4586 or drop in to the Pangbourne & District Volunteer Centre, Pangbourne Village Hall, Mon-Fri, 9.30 to 11.30 am.

Specialist Groups

Reading Geological Society - holds monthly lectures and field trips for those with an interest in Geology and Earth Sciences.

South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG) - activities include excavating a 3rd century Roman villa site near Goring - newcomers welcomed.

Ramblers Association - walks with the local Pang Valley Ramblers group can be found on this link.

Reading and District Natural History Society - regular walks in and around Reading throughout the year and, during the winter, fortnightly indoor meetings with guest speakers and illustrated talks.

The Arts Society Goring (formerly the Goring branch of NADFAS) – arranges monthly lectures, study days, visits and tours.

Lift sharing -  find someone travelling your way so you can share your journey, saving money, cutting your carbon footprint and having fun!

U3A - our local branch of the University of the Third Age is Goring on Thames.

Pangbourne Choral Society - is a thriving, non-audition choral society. They rehearse and hold concerts in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College.

Links to other communities


Pangbourne Parish Council

Goring Heath and Whitchurch Hill



Goring and Streatley

Tidmarsh & Sulham


Links to local businesses and groups can be found on the businesses and groups pages.

If there are any other links that you think should be included in this section please contact the Page Editor.