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 We have set ourselves the target of keeping up to date with new information and removing items that are no longer current, so we will review items on a fortnightly basis.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

Superfast Broadband Rollout

The event at Burghfield Common was held yesterday afternoon to mark the milestone of the first Superfast Berkshire cabinets and the fibre broadband upgrade for Burghfield and the surrounding area. A joint press release has been issued by West Berkshire Council, Superfast Berkshire and BT to their respective audiences.

The attached  version (with photos) that has been posted on the project website for information.

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South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS)

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is looking for governors and we are encouraging people to put their names forward as candidates at our autumn 2014 election.

  The trust is looking for people who want to channel their passion for healthcare to help shape the future of the ambulance services in the area.

  We are looking for six public governors in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. Must be 16 or over and reside (or have a connection) with the above counties.

  Our information pack for prospective Governors can be downloaded here.

  Please contact the Membership Officer at getinvolved@scas.nhs.uk or ring the helpline on 01869 365126 to register your interest.

Crossing Closure

The following closures of Ufton Nervet Level crossing will be carried out in the next few months.

 2200 Sat 5th to 0600 Mon 7th July

 2200 Sat 12th to 0600 Mon 14th July

 2200 Mon 18th August to 0600 the following morning.

 A diversion will be in place via the A4 and Sulhamstead Hill.

 The closures are so Network Rail can carry out maintenance on the crossing.

 Centurion Traffic Management are coordinating the works and enquires should be addressed to them on 01924 372957.

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

Sign up to Thames Valley Police Alerts

Thames Valley Police is encouraging local residents and people who work in the area to sign up to receive FREE alert messages and information about local crime and incidents.  These messages can be received either by e-mail, phone or text. To find out more about the Thames Valley Alert system and to register please visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk or if you haven’t got access to e-mail and would like to receive the messages by phone or text please contact Debbie Morton on 01635 264718

Thames Valley Police successfully carried out a Closure Order at a property in Green Lane, Newbury.
The Newbury Neighbourhood Policing Team was granted with a Closure Order for a period of three months by Slough Magistrates Court on Friday 18th July.
This closure was sought in conjunction with Sovereign Housing Association in putting a stop to drug activity in Newbury and this is the first time such an order has been granted in West Berkshire.
The premise has been targeted as it has been associated with reports of drug related crime and anti-social behaviour.
A drugs house closure order can be upheld when:
(a) the premises in respect of which the closure notice was issued have been used in connection with the unlawful use, production or supply of a Class A controlled drug;
(b) the use of the premises is associated with the occurrence of disorder or serious nuisance to members of the public;
(c) the making of the order is necessary to prevent the occurrence of such disorder or serious nuisance for the period specified in the order.

A/PS Matthew Allen, said: “This drugs house closure is the result of the hard work by the Newbury Neighbourhood Team, Sovereign Housing Association and the local residents. Working together, we have been successful in removing the occupants of the property, bringing with it a great sense of relief to the local community.

“Also, crucial to the Closure Order being granted was the anonymous information supplied by the local community which goes to show the importance of people contacting either the police or Crimestoppers and providing information on suspicious and/or illegal activity.

“The Closure Order granted last Friday represents the pro-active stance that Thames Valley Police and partner agencies will take in order to crack down on illegal drug activity in West Berkshire. We will not tolerate behaviour like this, and the neighbourhood team will continue to respond to the information provided by members of the public and act upon it swiftly.”

Nicole Sharp, Sovereign’s Regional Director, said: “After a litany of anti-social behaviour incidents, including persistent drug dealing, loud arguments and threatening behaviour towards neighbours and Sovereign staff, we are delighted that the police have executed this closure order, which we have fully supported.

“Working very closely with the police, we have sought possession of this property in order to prevent any further anti-social behaviour in this neighbourhood. The conduct of this resident has had a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of the neighbours, to the point where some felt too afraid to continue living in the area.

“Sovereign aims to build strong, vibrant communities and we are determined to tackle forcefully this kind of activity. We hope that this action will lead to a more peaceful environment for local residents.

“We would like to convey our gratitude to the anonymous witnesses who bravely came forward to take a stand against the anti-social behaviour where they live. Their statements were vital in allowing us and the police to take action against this resident. I am also very proud of our housing staff, who have shown great courage and who have been praised by the police for providing compelling evidence to the hearing.”

The property has been boarded up for the next three months and anyone entering the property will commit an offence and be arrested so if anyone sees any suspicious activity in the area please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Reconstruction of railway bridge at Padworth Lane

Network Rail is electrifying the Great Western Railway to deliver more reliable, greener and quieter journeys for thousands of passengers. Electrifying the Great Western Railway will improve one of Britain’s busiest and oldest railways, connecting major towns and cities across southern England and south Wales. It will make journeys smoother and more comfortable for passengers, as well as quieter

for people living near the railway.

In order to accommodate the new trains and electrification infrastructure Network Rail needs to reconstruct the bridge over the railway at Padworth Lane. In order to facilitate these works the bridge will be closed for approximately six months with a diversion route in place. A temporary footbridge will be installed to maintain pedestrian access throughout.

Works will be required on either side of the bridge to tie in the approach roads as there is an increase to the height of the new road alignment.

The current footbridge width will remain the same width after completion.

I am pleased to confirm that we will be holding a drop-in session for the bridge works at Padworth Lane at Padworth Village Hall on Tuesday 17th Network Rail and the contractor (Carillion) will be on hand to answer any queries and concerns.

The road will not close until the 20th  June between 4pm and 7pm. Representatives from  or 21st  of September (subject to approval form the local authority).

This years Englefield 10K - don't miss out!

Be there at the start of this years Englefield 10K for all details of the race and how to enter please go to Englefield 10K.

 The charity being supported this year is the Ufton Nervet Educational Trust which runs a residential centre at Ufton Court for all young people and in particular those facing economic and social disadvantage.  It is a very worthwhile charity and we hope to raise as much as we can to assist them in their fantastic work with children.

Please give us your support!

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Citizens Advice Bureau - New Free Evening Advice Service
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A view of the lake adjoining Sulhamstead.

Also its Anti Scam Month - Please see the attached information

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DPD Consultation notice from WBC

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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.