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Focus on Twyford

Focus on Twyford

29 December 2016
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Nestling in the north of the borough Twyford village is home to some 7,000 people and dates back to Anglo Saxon times. But what makes it special?

We asked locals just that.

"It has a great sense of community and feels like a traditional village."

"Nowhere else will you annually witness multitudes of grown men running around a field with their arms outstretched, hoping to catch a packet of crisps falling from the sky. You've got to love the Twyford Donkey Derby crisp drop."

"Twyford is a happening place," said Gordon Storey, a committee member of Twyford Together (formerly The Twyford Village Partnership); which brings together local businesses, groups, residents, charities, churches, councils and schools.

"You're in the countryside with lovely lakes, but 25 minutes later by train you can be in the centre of London. The M4 is five minutes away, and Wokingham, Henley and Maidenhead are just down the road. What's not to like?"

'Villagers' are a blend of young families taking advantage of the rural setting and commuter links, and people who’ve lived there decades.

It has good schools and community amenities, and its mix of independent stores and two supermarket chains has seen the village buck the national retail trend in falling trade. And whatever your interest or hobby or sport, there’s a wide choice of local groups to join with like-minded people.

The village benefits from The King George V Recreation Ground with play areas, aerial runway, skate park, tennis courts and football pitches, as well as Stanlake Meadow with its community orchard, wildflower area, fitness trail and football and cricket facilities. And one mustn’t forget nearby Loddon Nature Reserve with its water meadows.

Online it's also thriving. Twyford Berkshire's Facebook page has more than 3,000 members, and Twyford Together's website is also popular.


Popular community events are regularly organised by the parish council, Twyford Together and local groups and organisations supporting each other. These include the Twyford Wildlife Safari, Family Fun Run, Twyfest, and Family Picnic.

"I've lived in Twyford all of my life and I love it here,” said Lucy Moffatt, clerk at Twyford Parish Council. “It’s such a close community."


Twyford is very special indeed.

Photo courtesy of Emma Donald from Twyford Together