The JPRA covers the area within the boundaries of Matthews Green Road, Holt Lane, Reading Road and Emmbrook Road. The the majority of households are members of the Association.

The JPRA has three main functions:

To represent members' interests regarding local amenities and issues. These include traffic, housing development, pavements and pathways, the River Emmbrook, Joel Park & Holt Copse (a Local Nature Reserve. The association has developed close links with Local Government Officers and elected members, but remains impartial and non-political. JPRA acts as a local pressure group and communicates with the Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers, other resident associations and other organisations, where necessary, to maximise its effectiveness. Past JPRA efforts helped prevent the closure of the Emmbrook School in Wokingham, which was a significant achievement for the local community.

To inform you of local issues and events through a newsletter and our website. Our Editors will be interested in any articles or private advertisements that you may wish to provide for the Newsletter. Please see the contact page details.

Provide a link to Neighbourhood Watch. We have a local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator who receives emails from the police neighbourhood watch section whenever a crime in our area is reported. This is relayed to residents ASAP. The police neighbourhood watch section also send us regular newsletters covering crime in the wider area and we relay this information to residents via our monthly newsletter, together with any other information we have gleaned from our contacts or from the local press. However, you will be glad to know that the estate has generally enjoyed a low crime rate.

Who are we?

The JPRA committee is a group of approximately a dozen volunteers who meet regularly to discuss current issues and strategies, to plan the content of the newsletter and, when necessary, discuss press releases to ensure our views are heard throughout Wokingham. In addition to the committee members, we have a number of people who have volunteered to act as road representatives; their main duties are to deliver the newsletter, to collect the yearly subscriptions and to introduce the association to new residents. The Association holds an AGM to which all residents are invited, to receive a summary of the association's activities and finances, and to make their views heard.

Membership of the Joel Park Residents Association is £2.00 annually per household.