Welcome to Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Community Website!
WELCOME to the Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet (SUN) community website.
You will find lots of interesting information about our 2 villages, including our history. the work of our Parish Councils, community activities, groups, clubs, schools and businesses.
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 added a community events calendar and hot topics section which will be regularly updated. Everyone is invited to contribute to the website. so please send us anything of interest if you are involved in a local group.
Essentially this is a live site that we hope you will find useful. If there are things you want to include yourself, or items you would like to see on the site that are not featured at present, please use the contact form.
Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead CLOSED from 15th Feb 2016
Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead will be closed at the rail bridge while Network Rail carry out works to raise the height of the bridge parapets. All works will take place overnight between 15th Feb 2016 and 12th Apr 2016. All closures will be between 22:00hrs and 06:00hrs (09:00hrs on Sundays).
Traffic will be diverted via via Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead Road, Camp Road, Baughurst Road, Reading Road, A340, A4 and vice versa.
All enquiries to Network Rail on 07740223295.
Clean for the Queen
West Berkshire Community Broadband
West Berkshire Community Broadband was born out of a desperate need for better connectivity across the communities of Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet including the School, Greens, Hamlets and isolated homes within the parish.
We are a business run on a not for profit basis by a team of volunteers which means all the money goes into providing a great service.
While we know that there is a high speed fibre solution coming to the main areas of the parish in a couple of years, we have no committed dates and it is likely that only the higher population areas will be provided with service.
We are starting off with providing a 100Mb/s service shared across the community. This is a dedicated service that will provide a service that is comparable or better for each user than a 100Mb/s residential service provided by BT.
Berkshire Youth - What's On January 2016
TVERC Programme 2016
SUN Community Broadband
Save Burghfield Common Library
Over 700 people attended the Burghfield & District British Legion Parade on a windy, overcast Remembrance Sunday this year to Burghfield St Mary’s Church.
The Royal British Legion, regular Army and Royal Air Force were represented, along with the Rt Hon John Redwood, MP, the Army and RAF Cadets, Explorers, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Beavers and a Chinook helicopter for RAF Odiham flew low over the churchyard as the wreaths were laid.
Rt Hon John Redwood said “We mourn the loss of so many lives. War is what happens when politics fail and diplomacy breaks down. In the future we must learn from the tragic ways so many conflicts between nations, peoples and religions have become bitter wars.”
Major John Steeds, President of the Burghfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion said “This is the largest Parade that I can remember, with so many children attending. It seems to get larger and gain importance each year. It was a wonderful service and it so important that the young people understand and take pride in Remembrance Sunday.”
Local hero, BA Captain Chris Henkey, who recently saved his passengers from a burning plane, commented “ It was a packed service in a beautiful church and we should all remember there are still many service personnel fighting for us in far away countries.”
During the special Commemoration Service the 37 names of Burghfield villagers, who sacrificed their lives in World War I, were read out by members of Willink School, the Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Corp, the Scouts, Girl Guides and members of the Royal British Legion. The Reverend Dr Anthony Peabody, who is the Chaplain to the Burghfield and District British Legion, commented “It
is always a moving occassion, to remember those who gave their lives in service of their country so that we might have the lives we have now ”
The service was taken by the Reverend Gill Lovell and the Reverend Dr Anthony Peabody, and the parade was organised by Lt. Col. Bruce Neeves , Parade Commander, of the Burghfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion, who observed that he hoped the parade would be a successful and memorable one, in memory of all those men and boys who gave their lives one hundred years
ago, as 1915 was the year of the greatest loss of service men from this area.
Contact: Tony Holden firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures by kind permission of K.M Butler
Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (HSA DPD)
The Council has approved the plan which it proposes to submit for examination and is holding a statutory period of consultation starting on Monday 9 November and closing at 5pm on Monday 21 December 2015.
What is the HSA DPD?
The HSA DPD will form the second part of our Local Plan, allocating additional housing sites to boost the supply of housing in the District.
As well as allocating housing sites the DPD contains proposals for sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople and policies to manage development in the countryside and provide an appropriate level of parking for new residential development.
The plan is accompanied by a number of documents, including a Sustainability Appraisal which explains how alternative proposals were assessed and a consultation statement, setting out the outcomes of the consultation so far.
Where can I view the documents?
All the documents will be available on the Council’s website www.westberks.gov.uk/hsaproposedsubmission and the draft DPD itself can be viewed easily on the Consultation Portal at http://consult.westberks.gov.uk/portal from Monday 9 November.
Hard copies of the Proposed Submission DPD will be available for public inspection at:
West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD (8:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am – 4:30pm on Fridays),
Customer Service Office, Sainsbury’s Calcot (9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm Saturdays),
West Berkshire Libraries (normal opening hours) and Tilehurst and Southcote Libraries.
How can I Comment on the HSA DPD?
All comments made at the preferred options stage have been taken into account in the production of the Proposed Submission DPD and will be submitted to the Inspector. Publication of the Proposed Submission document is a regulatory stage and any additional representations should relate specifically to the legal compliance and soundness of the document. Guidance notes for completing the form are available online.
We encourage you to submit any new comments you have online at http://consult.westberks.gov.uk/portal. Guidance notes on how to comment will be available. Alternatively a response form can be downloaded from the Council’s website at www.westberks.gov.uk/hsaproposedsubmission which you can submit via email to email@example.com or by post to the Planning Policy Team, Planning and Countryside, West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD.
All comments must be accompanied by your full name, address and contact details (preferably including an email address, as this is our preferred method of communication) and must be returned no later than 5pm on Monday 21 December 2015.
What Happens Next?
All comments will be made available to view on the Council’s Local Plan Consultation Portal and will be submitted in Spring 2016 to the Secretary of State, together with the submission DPD, supporting documentation and a summary of all the representations. A Planning Inspector will be appointed to carry out an independent examination of the DPD.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Planning Policy Team.
Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) consultation
Mortimer Parish Council has produced their pre-submission Neighbourhood Development Plan. The NDP allocates sites for housing, reviews the settlement boundary and sets out policies to guide development in Mortimer Parish. Consultation on the draft NDP will take place from 9 November until 21 December 2015. For more information on the NDP and how to comment please see http://www.mortimer-ndp.org.uk
Community Champion Volunteers Wanted!
Tackling Rural Crime
Ufton Court Fishponds
National Rural Crime Survey
In response to concerns from people living and working in rural areas, the National Rural Crime Network is launching the biggest ever survey of rural policing and crime.
In the face of shrinking budgets, it is important for the National Rural Crime Network to better understand your experiences of policing and crime in your area. Have you suffered financial loss, been concerned or worried about safety or feel the focus is generally on urban areas? You can complete this survey anonymously.
The aim is for the National Rural Crime Network to use the results of the survey to improve awareness of crime in rural areas and encourage crime prevention, inform government policy and help ensure funding is not disproportionately lost from rural areas. The results from the survey will inform the police and their partners in their work, helping to ensure the right services and resources are available to rural communities.
They can only do this with your help.
For the 10-15 minutes it will take, your response will make a difference to policing, crime and community safety in rural areas. I appreciate that you may not live in a rural area so apologies if you feel that this survey doesn't apply to you - but you may still have views about rural crime if for instance you work in a rural area, have family and friends who live there etc. and we would like you to get the chance to have your say.
Click on the image at the top of this article to go to the survey - thank you.
Are You Breaking the Law?
Insulation Funding - please see attached poster below
Village Agent Project Team
St Mary's new church website
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 Free Evening Service
CAB poster for Evening advice.pdf
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Savings proposals for 2014-16: Planning enforcement
For full details of the proposals and relevant downloads and articles please go the following link: