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 We have set ourselves the target of keeping up to date with new information and removing items that are no longer current, so we will review items on a fortnightly basis.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

Council services disrupted this weekend (Oct 3-4)

West Berkshire Council services will be disrupted this weekend as essential maintenance takes place at the council's Market Street office.

The weekend will see power to the building shut down while mandatory electrical testing is completed and this will affect key IT systems.

Although plans are in place to minimise the disruption some inconvenience to local communities is inevitable.

The disruption will mean that it won't be possible to phone or email the council or access the website. In particular:

  • Libraries usually open on Saturdays will be closed
  • The Visitor Information Centre in Newbury will be closing early at 1pm and will only be able to take cash payments
  • Shaw House will be open for weddings and registrar services as usual but will only be able to accept cash at the gift shop
  • The West Berkshire Council website will be unavailable with only a page providing emergency out-of-hours contacts details and links to those council services hosted externally.

Services will start to become unavailable from 6.30pm on Friday October 2nd until 8.30am on Monday October 5th.

Speaking about the work, Maintenance and Property Delivery Manager Andy Green said: "We're required by law to test our electric wiring every five years. To do this safely we need to turn off power to the building and a consequence is that we'll be left without some of the systems we use to provide our services to local communities.

"Unfortunately there is no alternative so we're asking our residents to be patient and plan to contact us, if they need to, either side of the weekend. We're working to keep the disruption to a minimum and plan to resume normal service on Monday morning.

"We're also putting plans in place to make sure that those services that run over the weekend can continue to run as far as possible - and particularly where we have significant responsibilities such as our safeguarding and housing services."

If you need to pay a bill, request a service or information or get in touch with someone at the council please make arrangements to do so either side of the weekend.

There will be an Emergency Duty Team available to deal with out-of-hours social services and homelessness emergencies. The team can be reached by:

·         Phone: 01344 786543

·         Text: 07867 907877

·         Email: edt@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Starlight Hike

A challenge with a difference, this 10k fundraising walk kicks off with on-stage entertainment and a warm up for all participants before we set off into the night. As always the event features our Starlight Avenue, dedicated to Sue Ryder stars who have received our incredible care, and will raise money to support the work at our Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed Hospices, as well as the Charles Clore Unit Newbury and Wokingham Day Hospice.

We'd love you to join us, so sign up today to secure your place in our Starlight Hike!

Our 2016 Women of Achievement Awards celebrate incredible women from across Berks, Bucks and Oxon, and nominations across our seven categories are now open. If you know an incredible woman who deserves recognition we’d love to hear from you.

Categories: Woman of Achievement in Business, Woman of Achievement in the Community, Woman of Achievement in Sports, Woman of Achievement in the Arts, Woman of Achievement in Services, Young Woman of Achievement and Sue Ryder Woman of Courage 

The awards will be held on Friday 11 March 2016 at Trunkwell Mansion House in Reading, tickets are on sale now.

Watch us light up the sky at our annual firework display, taking place in our hospice grounds!
As well as a spectacular firework display and bonfire there will be food and drink stalls, a raffle and children’s Halloween fancy dress competition. Bring your little witches and warlocks and enjoy this great family night out, while helping support the incredible care we provide here at Nettlebed Hospice.

Berkshire Youth - Whats on in October

Whats On October 2015.pdf
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AWE Welcomes 42 Apprentices

PR47.15 AWE welcomes 42 apprentices.pdf
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M4 Junctions 13 to 14: Bridge Maintenance Work – Update

Work at the Welford Viaduct (east of Junction 14) is now complete and the traffic management in this location has been removed.  Work continues at the Chieveley Interchange and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.

To allow the traffic management to be removed and the communication sensors with the carriageway to be reinstated, we will be closing the M4 east and westbound carriageways overnight (10pm to 6am) on the following dates*:

·         Tuesday 1 September – M4 Junctions 12 to 14 Westbound Carriageway

·         Wednesday 2 September – M4 Junctions 14 to 12 Eastbound Carriageway

·         Monday 14 September for four nights – M4 Junctions 12 to 14 Westbound Carriageway

·         Tuesday 29 September for four nights – M4 Junctions 14 to 12 Eastbound Carriageway

During these hours a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4.

A34 Ashridge Farm – Bridge Joint Replacement/Underpass Strengthening Work

Starting in late-September, we will be undertaking essential repairs to the underpass which carries the A34 over an access road at Ashridge Farm, which is situated approximately 300 metres north of the Beedon (North) junction.

To allow us to resurface sections of the A34 and install aspects of the narrow lane traffic management, we will be closing the A34 north and southbound carriageways between the M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley) Interchange and the A4130 Milton Interchange overnight (10pm to 6am) on the following dates*:


·         Thursday 27 August – A34 Northbound Carriageway

·         Wednesday 23 September – A34 Southbound Carriageway

·         Thursday 24 September – A34 Southbound Carriageway

·         Friday 25 September – A34 Southbound Carriageway

·         Saturday 26 September – A34 Northbound Carriageway


During these hours a clearly signed diversion route will be in place via the M4 Junction 8/9, the A404 and M40.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the closures – the planning of all roadworks is led by safety for both road users and workers.

Should you require any further information, please contact Highways England customer control centre on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk.  Alternatively for up-to-date scheme information, traffic management arrangements and road closure dates, please visit the dedicated scheme webpage at www.highways.gov.uk/m4chieveley where you can subscribe to receive automated email alerts.

West Berkshire Council Community Champion Awards 2015

We will be launching the West Berkshire Council Community Champion Awards 2015 on Monday 7th September 2015.

Please see the poster below for further information and visit the web page from Monday if you wish to make a nomination.

Final poster 2015.pdf
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Community Champion Volunteers Wanted!

Champions Volunteers 080715.doc
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Tackling Rural Crime

Tackling rural crime together newsletter[...]
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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.

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

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: