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.
M4 Junctions 12 to 13: Redhill and Dark Lane (Bradfield) – Bridge Refurbishment
Long-term monitoring has found that the two bridges which carry the M4 over Ashampstead Road and Dark Lane, near Bradfield in West Berkshire, require extensive repair due to chloride-induced corrosion.
To address these defects and ensure the structures remain in a safe and serviceable condition Kier Highways Ltd, on behalf of Highways England, will be undertaking the following works:
The scheme is scheduled to start in mid-February 2017 and is expected to take seven months to complete. Work will primarily be undertaken during day time hours, however some activities will
■ Overnight closures of the M4 between junctions 12 and 13 (Monday to Friday, 9pm to 6am)
■ Daytime lane closures over weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Sunday)
■ Closure of Dark Lane beneath the bridge – Monday 6 March to Thursday 4 May
■ Closure of Ashampstead Road beneath the bridge – Monday 13 March to Friday 26 May
During work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include large cranes that’ll sit across all lanes of the motorway. Due to this there will be a requirement to close the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 for entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday).
The weekend closures are currently scheduled for:
■ Friday 31 March to Monday 3 April
■ Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April
■ Friday 5 May to Monday 8 May
The planning of all roadworks is led by safety – for both road users and workers alike. These full weekend closures are required due to nature of the activities to be undertaken which cannot be done using other methods of traffic management.
During these closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton).
Confirmed dates for all closures will be displayed on signs along the M4.
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
Revised 44 Locl Bus Service for Aldermaston and Aldermaston Wharf
Thames Valley Police rural crime campaign starts today
Volunteering West Berks Library
Marie Curie Free Will Writing Promotion
We are currently running a Free Will Writing Scheme in your area with local solicitors and I am contacting you on behalf of Marie Curie to ask if you would kindly include the attached Ad in your parish newsletter or on your Website.
Marie Curie is dedicated to the care of people with terminal illnesses. Our Nurses work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support. The equivalent of almost a quarter of all people cared for by Marie Curie last year was thanks to gifts left in supporters Wills..
Given the choice, most of us would want to die at home, surrounded by the people and things we cherish. Marie Curie makes this possible. Our nurses give free hands-on care to people with a terminal illness in their own homes, and vital emotional support to their loved ones. We allow families to make the most of the precious time they have left together. But the sad fact is, every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life. That’s why we urgently need to reach more people – and why we’re counting on your support.
Thank you for taking the time to read this request and in anticipation of your support. if you are able to support this initiative and would like Posters or leaflets or further information about our Free Wills scheme or our work, I can be contacted on 01883 832 639 / 07798 638087 or firstname.lastname@example.org ,.
UNPC Planning Agenda
New BBC2 Show Looking for Sentimental Items
My name is Ryan and I’m on the casting team at Ricochet TV part of warner bros TV production UK www.ricochet.co.uk
We are making a new television show for BBC2 called “The repair shop”; the show looks into repairing beloved and interesting possessions for people who would like to see them restored or repaired back to their original working order. The kind of items we have come across so far have ranged from inherited pocket watches to grandfather clocks, from rocking horses to drawn carriages, even from toy cars to VW campers. We have a team of experts who cover all trades such as blacksmithing, ceramics, clockmakers, upholsterers and carpenters
I am wondering if you might to be able to help spread the word amongst your parishes, networks and communities to see if anyone has an items that might be suitable they’d like to put forwards?
Additionally, as well as sentimental/interesting items belonging to individuals….we’d really love to feature and repair a few items in the show that have a community value, something treasured or something essential to communities that has fallen into disrepair, perhaps has an interesting story and purpose to the village/town that can be restored.
For example some towns, villages and communities have certain items that are important to them; they could be memorial plaques, eroded statues, snapped weather vanes, broken sun dials, cracked gargoyles, fading carvings, or maybe the paint is peeling on your local pubs swing sign and can let them know we could them
Please note that although a lot of things can be moved, items would need to not be permanently stuck in situ, for example some larger statues or water fountains are grand logistically feats to move. The item would be repaired at our repair shop (a barn outfitted for our experts) and given back to the community at no expense to the owner - additionally there would be broadcasted tv coverage from start to finish of the item, in the work shop and also when the item is revealed to the owner or community.
Please also note that we are receiving a lot of items and interest across the country, and sometimes they can be too big and take too long to fix, so please don’t be disheartened if we can’t repair it this time
If you’re happy to please share this information amongst your community that would be appreciated greatly.
If perhaps you might have something you’d love to be repaired, then please get back in touch with us at email@example.com or call us on 01273 224800 , I’ve attached a flyer with information
Footpath SULH/2/1 will be closed for 3 weeks from Monday 6th February 2017 while maintenance works are carried out to the bridge over the weir (purple dot on map below). All those affected by the closure should divert via Wigmore Lane, A4, Unnamed Road and vice versa (red line on plan).
Newsletter of the West Berkshire Countryside Society
Berkshire Youth - Whats on - February
West Berkshire Heritage News - February
West Berkshire Heritage News - March
Please click on the graphic to go directly to the West Berkshire Heritage Whats on page - thank you.
Sue Ryder News
Please click on the graphic above to take you to the Sue Ryder News page - thank you.
TVERC Winter Newsletter 2017
Ridgeway Winter Newsletter
Burghfield’s Remembrance Parade 2016
Photographs by kind permission of K.M Butler
Volunteers Needed - Libraries 'At Home' Service
Description of Role:
The West Berkshire At Home Service is a free service for West Berkshire residents. We deliver books and other library materials to people who find it hard to get out of their homes without help due to disability, illness, mobility or frailty. At Home Service customers have access to the same range of materials and services as library users, and the service is delivered every three weeks, by specially trained volunteers.
We are looking for individuals or pairs to volunteer for the At Home Service. As a volunteer you would come to Newbury Library on a Wednesday to select books and other items requested by customers.
Visits would take place at a time suitable for the volunteer and customer on a 3 weekly commitment.
As part of the role, volunteers are free to socialise and befriend customers if they like, or to simply drop-off the items from the library. It's up to each volunteer how they want to approach the role
Our volunteers need to be aged a minimum of 18. They need to have good "people skills", and be able to empathise with the needs of people who can't get out and about. It's helpful to
have a good interest in books, but we'll offer guidance and support to help you.
Volunteers need their own car with business use insurance (you can normally add this to an existing policy without an increase to your premium). We'll pay you a mileage allowance, training will be given. Two references are required and a *DBS check will be carried out before you can start volunteering.
*The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Household Waste and Recycling
Click here for latest info on the permit scheme for Padworth and Greenham sites.
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.
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: