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 We have set ourselves the target of keeping up to date with new information and removing items that are no longer current, so we will review items on a fortnightly basis.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

Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network

Dear Health Network member,
  You are cordially invited to attend the above meeting being held in Newbury on 1 May from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. See poster below about the event.
 
GOVERNING BODY MEETING IN PUBLIC

Thursday 1 May, 2:00- 4:30pm

Donnington Valley Hotel, Old Oxford Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3AG

We warmly invite you to come to the Newbury CCG Governing Body meeting in public, to listen to their discussions and ask questions.

The agenda and papers will be available on the Newbury CCG website from 24 April at:

Governing Body Meetings

 If you would like to attend, please let us know by 12 noon on 29th April. This is also the deadline for submitting questions relating to the agenda in advance for the Governing Body to consider.

 

Email – ppiteam.berkshire@nhs.net Phone - 0118 982 2709

 

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Thames Valley Police is encouraging residents and workers in rural areas to report incidents of rural crime and any information/intelligence they may have. There are a number of ways that this can be done:

Reporting Anonymously via Crimestoppers:-
Crimestoppers, the national crime-fighting charity has teamed up with local volunteer committees, law enforcement agencies and rural partners to launch an innovative, social media campaign to help fight crimes that affect the livelihood and stability of our rural communities.

The 'Scene it. Herd it. Speak up about it. Anonymously' Campaign urges the public to help protect rural communities
Webpage www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ruralcrime gives information about aspects of rural crime such as poaching, hare-coursing, theft of oil, metal and machinery and highlights what to look out for; whilst the charity is also hosting a blog at: www.blog.crimestoppers-uk.org that will see contributions from those affected by and tackling rural crime.

Anyone with information or suspicions concerning criminal activity in the rural community can contact Crimestoppers' anonymously on their 24/7 telephone number on 0800 555 111 or contact the charity using the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Reporting directly to the Police:-
Suspicious incidents can be reported to the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or in an emergency dial 999

Members of the public can also report information and intelligence directly to the Community and Rural Crime Information Manager in the Force Intelligence Bureau by e-mailing FIBruralcrime@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Post Flood Recovery

Recovery is starting to gather speed.  In addition the lessons identified and understanding why properties flooded is also moving forward now. The following gives some more by way of updates:

 

RECOVERY:

Sandbags – the recovery plan for sandbags in the communities is underway as you know. Some communities are reusing sandbags which are fine but for those wishing recovery then I am waiting for a few more communities to feedback as to where the sandbag collection points will be for their community with a view that this process will commence next week and hopefully be completed by close of play on 17th April. Please provide your feedback for your community if not already done. (see attached)

Grants – This process is well underway at the moment. This is available for businesses and residential properties which have been affected by flooding. There are a number of schemes available – more info on the website. http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=27200. Please encourage those who have been affected to apply asap.

Roads repairs, Road Cleaning, Gulleys – a programme of clean up is underway and will continue across the district – it will take a bit of time to cover the whole area.  We also have a plan of action being developed in relation to road repairs following the floods due to an additional £1.5 million from the Dept of Transport for this work.

Signage – A lot of road signs – flood/closed etc were deployed during the floods. We have been trying to recover them as soon as possible when the roads are clear to do so. However we know there are some out there..! We would like them back so if there are any such signs in your community please report them into customer services either by email customerservices@westberks.gov.uk or by phone 01635 519080 – giving as much detail as possible as to where the signs are so we can collect.

Portaloos – last ones in West Ilsley and Purley – due to be gone today/tomorrow. That leaves Hampstead Norreys - if they are no longer required do let me know.

Site visits: I have been out in Lambourn Valley last week, and this week so far have been out to Padworth, Aldermaston, Burghfield, Holybrook, Pingewood, Theale, Shaw area of Newbury. I have been assessing sandbags and talking to those who were in that we have records of flooded or nearly flooded. It is hoped to visit the Pang Valley and Thames areas later this week or next – either myself or my colleague Charlene Myers.

Thames Water liaison. We have been working with TW informing them of ongoing issues across the district that have been reported to us or highlighted during visits to areas. Whilst we will continue to work with TW to progress outstanding issues we would encourage that anyone with sewage related issues continue to report the issue to TW directly.

 

LESSONS IDENTIFIED

As indicated previously a process of learning the lessons about response – what went well and what can be improved is about to start. We aim to start this consultation at the start of next week with approx 2 month period for feedback to allow communities and individuals to consider the response.  This process will all feed into a report detailing information about the flooding and the action plan to take forward for improvement for the future. It is hoped this will be concluded by late summer.

 

S19 INVESTIGATIONS.

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, West Berkshire Council, as the Lead Local Flood Authority, has a duty to undertake investigations into the recent flooding and to publish the results of these investigations. In order to gather as much factual information as possible, and to verify the information we already have, the consultant we are employing to produce the reports, WSP, will be contacting Flood Wardens and some local residents. The reports will contain a description of what happened at each location and recommendations to mitigate the effects of a similar flood in the future. The information contained in each report will enable WBC to develop viable solutions and to manage flood risk in the future. The reports will specify properties know to have flooded but will not contain any personal information (names) or personal opinions. The reports will be produced in good faith but WBC cannot accept any liability in any inaccuracies in the information in the final documents. Any queries please contact Stuart Clark sclark@westberks.gov.uk

 

I hope the above is useful – if you have any other queries or emerging issues relating to the flooding do let me know directly via emergencyplanning@westberks.gov.uk

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St Peter’s Ufton Charitable Trust.

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Weather Update

Burghfield and Sulhamstead Scouts win places on Japanese trip of a lifetime!

Every 4 years Scouts from around the world gather for an enormous camp called a World Jamboree. In 2015, 30,000 Scouts from nearly every Country in the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Japan, the venue for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. The UK Contingent will be made up of 3,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the UK. 45 Scouts from Berkshire have beaten off stiff competition to win places to travel to Japan to be a part of this amazing adventure, 3 of these are Oliver Matthews, Charlotte Masters and Hannah Pickett from the 1st Burghfield & Sulhamstead Scout Group.

For a full copy of this article please see the download below.

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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.

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