Welcome to Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Community Website!

WELCOME to our new website, completely re-designed for 2014 and for the years ahead.
Hopefully you will find this website much more user friendly, a key source of information about our locality and what goes on, in and around our two villages.
We want to keep you informed about current activities and emerging news items of interest that are likely to affect the residents who live and work here. We have set ourselves the target of keeping up to date with new information and removing items that are no longer current, so we will review items on a fortnightly basis.
Essentially this is a live site that you will find useful, and we welcome your input on what you want to include yourself and what items you would like to see on the site that are not featured at present. A contact form can be found at the bottom of this page.
Happy Browsing,
Bill Jones
Chairman of Sulhamstead Parish Council

Insulation Funding - please see attached poster below

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Action Fraud

We are the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime and are run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Our specialist team uses information from all of the fraud and cyber crime cases reported to us to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity.
Further to the message you received on the 19th December from the Neighbourhood Alerts team, we are delighted to now be working together with this network because it means that we can share our prevention alerts with you from now on. Don’t worry – we will send only a reasonable amount of these alerts to you, and only when we think that they may be relevant, in the hope that you will be able to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this type of crime.  
Issues that we commonly see, and that we will be informing you about specifically over the coming weeks and months include the following:
• People who call to tell you that there is a problem with your bank card and that they need to collect it from you to fix the problem;
• Fraud committed by people selling event / entertainment tickets, weight-loss / teeth whitening drugs, or vehicles online;
• Fraud committed by people who cold-call thousands of people in the UK in order to sell them an investment in shares or precious metals, or who want them to invest their pension;
• People pretending to be someone they are not in order to persuade your business to send money to a new bank account to pay for an invoice;
• The activities of cyber-criminals who want to infect your computer or smartphone in order to steal your banking details or “lock” important files to prevent you from using or viewing them;
• Fraudsters who persuade people to pay a fee in advance of receiving a loan, which never appears. 
All of these can be avoided by following the simple prevention advice we will include in every alert we send you, which you will also be able to find on the Action Fraud website
We hope that you find our alerts interesting and that they can help you to keep the criminals at arm’s length.
You will also continue to receive messages as normal from the agencies who already communicate with you.
Thanks for your attention,
The Action Fraud team
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Crime Prevention Advice on the theft of heating oil

Thames Valley Police is advising residents in West Berkshire to remain vigilant as this is traditionally the time of the year when there may be a rise in theft of heating oil from tanks
You may wish to follow the advice below in order to help protect your property:-
Where to locate your tank
The position can have a significant effect on its vulnerability. If it is close to the house and overlooked then the thief may consider the chances of being seen, too high. If it is close to the road or other access points, then it will be an easier target. Hiding it behind the garage or other structure is commonplace but can be an advantage to the thief.
If tanks are to be stored in an outbuilding, then there are strict regulations which must be followed and advice should be sought from the Fire Service and OFTEC.
Security measures
Padlocks: Closed shackle padlocks offer the most resistance to the bolt cropper.
Control switches: Use control switches to control the flow of oil and isolate the electricity supply when the tank is not in use.
Oil level gauges: Consider using oil level gauges alarms: these remote control alarms activate if the tank level suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. Police-approved tank alarms are available - for more details please visit http://www.securedbydesign.com/
Proximity GSM alarms: Battery operated motion sensor alarms can alert designated mobile phones that motion activity detected around the tank
CCTV: This can be set up to watch over an isolated tank and may act as a deterrent to thieves.
Defensive planting: Nature’s way of helping reduce crime. Thieves will not want to fight their way through or over a thorny hedge. Ripped clothing or blood may help the Police identify an offender.
Walls, Fences and Trellis: Constructed in close proximity to the tank may restrict access.
Cages, Grills and Guards: Metal cages, grills and guards are available with lockable access points. Ensure someone is available when the tank needed to be filled.
Security Lighting: If your tank is visible from your home, this can deter thieves. Low level "dusk til dawn" or PIR motion detection lighting can be an effective crime deterrent.
Remember to check the oil level in your tank regularly, look for any spilt fuel, marks on the locks or anything else suspicious.
Report any suspicious persons or activity to  the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

Village Agent Project Team

M4 Junctions 13 to 14: Bridge Maintenance Work

M4 Chieveley Structure Maintenance Lette[...]
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Burns' Supper and Ceilidh Dancing - Sulhamstead Village Hall

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St Peter's Ufton Charitable Trust Update Jan 2015

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St Mary's new church website

Historic Paths

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Community Trigger

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Padworth Lane Bridge Closure

Padworth Lane Bridge letter drop 20 Augu[...]
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FAQs Padworth Lane Closure.pdf
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West Berkshire Alzheimer's Society

Please take a minute to look at the information on this society on our Local Groups and Clubs page - please click the link below - thank you

Citizens Advice Bureau - New Free Evening Advice Service
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Events

Check out the Local Events page to find out what is going on in our lovely village.

 

Latest council meeting notes available on the site now.

 

A view of the lake adjoining Sulhamstead.

Weather Update

Community Updates or Contributions

Do you have something you would like put  on the new community website? Or maybe something you feel is missing from the information provided?

Why not let us know?

Send your comments via our contact page or just send a note to the Parish Clerk at sulhamsteadparishcouncil@gmail.com

Savings proposals for 2014-16: Planning enforcement

For full details of the proposals and relevant downloads and articles please go the following link: 

http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=28547.