Welcome to Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Community Website!

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 We have set ourselves the target of keeping up to date with new information and removing items that are no longer current, so we will review items on a fortnightly basis.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

Swing Bridge Closure

Tyle Mill Swing Bridge will be closed between 10am and 2pm on Wed 2nd September 2015 for bridge cleaning works.

Emergency access will be maintained.

Any queries please contact Simon Kirby on 07711 403 470

Community Champion Voluteers Wanted!

Champions Volunteers 080715.doc
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AWE Operational Efficiences

LLC letter 300715.pdf
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Tackling Rural Crime

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Pump Hunt for Sewage Station Owners

  • Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
  • Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
  • Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.

The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.

The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.

Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.

“We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”

Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at the site listed below.

A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it:

  • was in use before July 2011 (and)
  • serves a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or)
  • serves two or more properties

More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt

Thames Valley Police Open Day - just three weeks away

The Thames Valley Police Open Day takes place at the Force’s training centre in Sulhamstead annually, and last year over 5,000 people came along to find out what really goes on behind the scenes in policing.

This year’s event carries a theme of 100 years of Women in Policing, and will include talks from a female senior officer from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit and from two retired female police officers about their experiences of serving with TVP.

This year’s event is between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 8 August and will be bigger and better than ever, with more exhibits to see and activities to take part in as well as displays from departments including the Dog Section, the Mounted Section, and Berkshire Search and Rescue dogs. There will also be a chance to visit the retired police dogs.

As well as seeing what our animal police friends are cap able of, visitors will be able to look around the high speed vehicles used by the Hampshire and TVP Joint Roads Policing Unit, tour the police helicopter with the pilots who fly it from the National Police Air Service, and hear a talk from the Firearms Team about the dangers of replica weapons. Throughout the day there will also be talks on

wildlife crime and on a historical case, otherwise known as a ‘cold case’. There will also be an opportunity to take part in Crime Scene Investigation activities with the Forensic Investigation team.

If you’ve still got any energy left after all that, there are over 40 police departments and external agencies taking part in the day, including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, various search and rescue charities, the Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, and Recruitment.

The Force Museum will feature vintage and modern police motorbikes. There is also the shop, with all profits going to the museum, and a raffle with excellent prizes, such as a Vodafone Prime 6 tablet, Whirlpool microwave, £100 Hotelopia voucher, Bobby Police Bear, Sytner Affinity track day and much more.

This year, Thames Valley Police will be supporting two charities: Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and Domestic Abuse Stops Here (DASH), who will both have stands at the event.

Doors open for the event at 9.45am (last entry is at 3.30pm). Parking at the site is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

No dogs are allowed on-site except for guide dogs. Entry is free for adults and children. Food will be available to purchase all day – cash only.

For more information, visit http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/openday or follow us on Twitter

@ThamesVP #TVPOpenDay

To see photos of last year’s event, please see our Facebook account.



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Sue Ryder

Summer is here and we have some fantastic events lined up that we want to tell you about. This quarter is all about cake, fun with friends and a cycling challenge at the end for anyone looking to get fit after a summer of indulgence. We hope you can find something that interests you!
We are always looking for volunteers to help support and run our events. Please get in touch with Marion Haynes if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, she can be reached by phone at 01491 641384 ext. 273 or by email at marion.haynes@sueryder.org

Duchess of Kent Cake Off

Everybody loves cake, so why not have a right royal teas up by throwing a cake party for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. Show off your baking skills and raise money to help support our incredible care.

What is it?
Make time for tea and hold your own Duchess of Kent Cake Off event! Get your friends together, be creative and crown the overall Cake Off winner - following extensive tasting, of course. We have kits to help you hold your party, including tasty cake recipes. Please get in touch with Fern Haynes at 0118 939 4889 or email fern.haynes@sueryder.org  for more information.
When is it?
Hold your party any time in the month of September. Please let us know the date of your event so we can promote it on our social media channels, and don't forget to send pictures of your fabulous cakes!
How do I sign up?
Visit the event page to register online and receive your free fundraising pack.

Picnic at the Proms

Join us for an evening of Pomp and Circumstance in the grounds of Nettlebed Hospice as we celebrate the Last Night of the Proms!
What is it?
Pack a picnic and bring out the bunting for this patriotic evening of music, family and fun as we celebrate the best of British. Take a stroll through our beautiful grounds, relax with friends and enjoy the last of the summer. There will be live musical performances, food and flag-waving aplenty. One free cocktail is included with every adult ticket. Well-behaved dogs are welcome
When is it?
Saturday 12th September 2015 starting at 7pm
How do I sign up?
Visit the event page for more information or to buy tickets.

Ride for Ryder

Our 9th annual Ride for Ryder cycle challenge starts and finishes in the grounds of our beautiful Nettlebed Hospice. With routes winding through the Chiltern Hills, including part of the Tour of Britain 2014 route, it offers something for riders of all abilities. For novice cyclists or a fun day out with the family, we suggest you choose the 10-mile route, but if you're looking for a real challenge then the 60-mile option is the route for you. Whichever distance you choose, its guaranteed to be a fun and memorable day.
When is it?
Ride for Ryder is taking place on Sunday 20th September 
How do I get involved?
Visit the event page to sign up for Ride for Ryder 2015. We are asking all participants to raise a minimum of £100.

Update from Nettlebed Hospice

Eastern Area Planning Committee - 5 August 2015

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Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Fete Sunday 30th August

The Bishop of Reading Blesses the new Roof at St Mary’s Sulhamstead

Please Note Change of Date for SPC Meeting

Please be aware that the SPC Council meeting will be on Monday 20th of July and not the 16th as originally advertised.

Ufton Court Fishponds

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National Rural Crime Survey

National Rural Crime Survey Click the image to go to the survey - thank you

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.

Wine Glorious Wine - SUN Church Fete

Are You Breaking the Law?

Are You Breaking the Law.pdf
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TVERC - Training programme and booking form

TVERC Training Programme_2015.pdf
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TVERC Training Programme_Booking Form.do[...]
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Insulation Funding - please see attached poster below

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Village Agent Project Team

M4 Junctions 13 to 14: Bridge Maintenance Work

M4 Chieveley Structure Maintenance Lette[...]
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St Mary's new church website

Historic Paths

Historic paths.doc
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Community Trigger

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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 Free Evening Service

Citizens Advice Bureau - New Free Evening Advice Service
CAB poster for Evening advice.pdf
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View of a lake adjoining Sulhamstead 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: