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.
Unnamed road from Ufton Lane to Camp Road, Ufton Nervet
Unnamed road from Ufton Lane to Camp Road in the Parish of Ufton Nervet will be closed from the hours of 08:00 to 16:00 for one day only on 8th December 2020 between its junctions with Church Lane and Green Lane.
This closure is to enable Volker Highways to carry out permanent carriageway works on behalf of West Berkshire Council.
Blue light access will be maintained.
Please follow the diversion which is signed on site.
A plan of the closure and diversion route can be found at: https: https://one.network/?tm=
All enquiries please contact West Berkshire Council on 01635 519080
West Berkshire in 'High Alert' tier level from 2 December
West Berkshire, along with our neighbouring Local Authorities will be placed into the Tier 2 “High Alert” restrictions category on Wednesday, 2 December. Until this date, the National Restrictions remain in force.
The "High Alert" tier prohibits the mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles, but does allow up to 6 people from different households to meet outdoors.
In addition, under the High Alert tier:
- Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressers) will all reopen.
- Pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Last orders will be taken at 10pm, and venues must close by 11pm.
- People should minimise travel and work from home where possible. Please note that you should not travel into a Tier 3 “Very high” area unless where necessary such as for work or education.
- Schools, colleges, university and early years settings will be open.
You can read our full announcement here.
We know this government update comes as a frustration for a lot of us but it is more important than ever that we play our individual parts to keep cases down locally and stop the spread of the virus by following the rules. Nationally the tiers will be first reviewed on 16 December.
Travel advice for University students heading back home for Christmas
From next Thursday, 3 December, the “Student Travel Window” opens and continues until 9 December. During this time students will be able to travel home from universities if they wish to, regardless of regional tier restrictions.
Each university and higher education setting has been asked to produce plans in order to support the Student Travel Window, such as moving to online learning by 9 December and staggering departure times.
On Tuesday the government announced that Admin fees for students rearranging train tickets have been waived during the Student Travel Window.
We want to wish all students returning to West Berkshire at this time a safe and smooth journey.
Covid-19 cases are updated daily on the Covid-19 Dashboard with Public Health Berkshire to provide residents with local coronavirus data, Covid-19 guidance and information on the current national restrictions. Information on the number of Covid-19 cases in your local area can be found by inputting your postcode on the interactive map.
Separately, you can also view the local Covid-19 middle super outbreak area data from within West Berkshire.
Making a Christmas Bubble with friends and family
Although the country is going back to a regional tiered system from 2 December, an agreement has been reached across the UK for an easing of restrictions over the Christmas period.
In England from 23 – 27 December you can form an exclusive “Christmas Bubble” composed of people from no more than three households.
You will be able to travel between tiers at this time and those in a Christmas Bubble will be able to meet in private homes together.
A “Christmas Bubble” however is exclusive, which means that you cannot be in more than one Christmas Bubble and you cannot change your bubble during this time period. It is also recommended that you take care to limit your contact with others before forming your bubble and after this time period ends.
If you are thinking of forming a Christmas Bubble and meeting indoors, please take steps to keep yourselves as safe as possible by ensuring indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible, washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds, and ensuring regular cleaning of surfaces.
COVID Winter Grant Scheme
We our launching a new COVID Winter Grant Scheme to help pay for food, utility bills, and essential supplies between December and March next year for those in need due to the pandemic. We have made £532k funds available from government aid to support people in COVID related hardship in West Berkshire over the winter period.
As part of the Scheme we will also be making Free School Meal vouchers available for eligible 5 to 16 year olds during the Christmas and February school holidays (17 days in total).
Those who currently have support from professionals such as social and care workers will be encouraged to work with their provider to make an application. In addition, individuals can make an online application independently on the coronavirus financial support page from 1 December, when the scheme formally launches.
From that time, any individuals who may need assistance on how to fill out the online application, or those without internet access, are welcome to contact the Community Support Hub on tel: 01635 503579 or by email: email@example.com. The Community Support Hub is open during office hours between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, or between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Friday.
Coronavirus Weeknotes #38
In this week’s update from the Leader and Chief Executive they reflect on the new restrictions coming next week, and plans for Christmas.
You can read their blog here, or adjust your subscription preferences to receive it direct to your inbox each week.
Christmas cards for Care Homes
This year has been challenging for us all, but none more so than the residents and staff of our West Berkshire Council Care Homes. We have worked hard during the pandemic to ensure our care home residents have remained connected with relatives and friends.
During the first lockdown, residents were delighted to receive cards, letters and drawings from local school children, which brought smiles to the faces of both the residents receiving them and to staff working so hard to look after them.
This Christmas, we would like to put a smile on their faces once more and we are encouraging residents to send cards, letters or drawings to our care homes once again.
To get involved, simply write a card (letters and drawings included if you wish) and post it to one of our four care homes.
Touch lives locally by Christmas giving
We have launched our Community Santa Christmas giving campaign where communities can identify people who are suffering increased hardship due to Covid and nominate them to receive a gift.
Due to pandemic restrictions, this is being done digitally this year and we’re asking people to choose a gift recipient via our Community Santa page.
Newbury Baptist Church has kindly donated to our campaign. Watch this video of Baptist Church Minister, Richard Littledale speaking about the joy of giving and focusing on what we can do to touch lives locally.
In order to arrange delivery by Christmas, please choose your gifts before the scheme closes on Monday, 7 December. Donate to Community Santa.
You should start receiving through your letterbox our latest COVID-19 leaflet, which contains details of our continued local response to the pandemic and support available to any residents experiencing challenges at this time.
It also discusses the national restrictions and links to government guidance as well as introducing our local contact tracing system for COVID-19.
If you have received this leaflet already, we are encouraging you to take the time to carefully read the information available.
Please note that information in the leaflet about the different tiers was correct at the time of posting. Since then these tiers have changed and residents are asked to follow the amended tiered restrictions as set out here.
New Grant Scheme and Steps Against Fraud
We will be making an announcement this week about the new West Berkshire COVID Winter Grant Scheme. In this scheme we will be using our recently allocated government funds to provide support for food, energy and other essential items to residents in need due to the pandemic. The actual delivery framework will be going live next week.
We will send further details to you once available so that you can share with your communities. As part of this we will be asking you to please remind those in who may be in need of support to never share their personal information on public forums, as this puts them at risk to scammers.
Separately, but staying on the subject of fraud, in the immediate run up to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas 2020, the National Cyber Security Centre, Action Fraud and the Thames Valley Police have launched their own mini campaigns to help provide guidance for shopping securely online. We would be grateful if you could please alert your communities to the potential risks, steps for action, and further information contained in the attached document.
Newsletter on Recycling and Waste News
You may be aware that WBC have recently started to publish an e-newsletter for news and information on waste and recycling services in West Berkshire.
The e-newsletter is sent out quarterly including news on changes or updates to waste collections, as well as useful advice and tips to reduce waste and recycle more.
Our most recent edition was a fun Halloween themed newsletter, filled with half term activities ranging from simple crafts using recycled materials to interesting recipes using up leftovers, avoiding food waste!
If you would like to receive our next e-newsletter (Christmas edition) you can sign up here
Keep Warm Keep Well
This year we have the added challenge of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is likely to amplify the risks of cold weather. We know that people who are vulnerable to dying from the impact of cold temperatures overlap with those who are susceptible to illness from COVID-19. These shared risk factors mean the cold weather period is of even greater importance this year if we are to protect the health of our communities.
We know that cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, flu, falls and injuries, particularly in older people and those with long-term health conditions. It is therefore important that swift action is taken when a cold weather Level 2 alert comes to you (Level 2 alert = 60% likelihood that the mean temperature is expected to be at or below 2°C for a period of 48 hours, and/or heavy snow/ widespread ice, in the coming days). Alerts are operational between now and 31st March 2021.
Below this email are two key resources:
- ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflet for the public and professionals, which has been updated in view of COVID-19, giving advice on staying well in cold weather, covering issues such as financial help, healthy lifestyles, the flu vaccine and heating advice
- A slide deck with all the key messages and actions for cold weather preparedness during COVID-19 – all in one place. This year Public Health England has recommended some additional considerations to mitigate and manage the concurrent COVID-19 risks, alongside the action tables in the Cold Weather Plan for England. These are all in the slide deck for ease.
This year with Covid-19 in circulation it’s extremely important that those who are eligible receive their free flu jab. We would like you to encourage your eligible residents to book their flu jab
via their GP Surgery/ local Pharmacy. More information on who is eligible for a free flu jab can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/
An additional resource is this short video from Public Health England which provides an overview of cold weather and COVID-19.
NHS Covid-19 app
As you will be aware, on 24th September the new NHS Covid-19 app launched across England and Wales. The app will help keep track of who has visited any of your settings, for example village halls or other places where community activities take place. This will enable their contacts to be contacted and asked to isolate in the event of someone testing positive for Coronavirus.
The app will be available in the following languages with more languages available in future releases:
Here is a link to a short video on how the new app will work. Please encourage anyone using your settings to download and use the app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
You should now display the NHS Test and Trace QR code posters in your village hall or other community setting – the posters can be created here www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-
To ‘help keep West Berkshire Open’, we are urging all parish and town councils in West Berkshire to
· Prepare their QR code posters now.
· Ensure the poster is visible on entry so those who have downloaded the NHS Covid-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in
· If you are currently using your own QR code system to support contact tracing you should now switch to the official NHS QR system. It is highly secure and reduces the need for data management for your venues. You will only need to maintain an alternative means to log in for people who do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the app.
For visitors who do not have a smart phone or are not able to use the QR code you should keep a record of their details and an example of a sign in sheet is attached.
Below are some additional resources that you might find helpful.
If you have any questions or need some assistance with your preparations please contact our Public Protection team as follows:
Enquiry Form Link - https://
West Berkshire Council Community Champion Awards 2020
This year’s Community Champion Awards have been launched today. This year we have new categories to recognise the amazing community response to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are supported by the Greenham Trust and Volunteer Centre West Berkshire.
Please find attached a poster with further information and the link below will take you straight to the Community Champion page on our website where you can read all about the awards and nominate someone.
Parish Council Report for August 2020 - Councillor Ross Mackinnon
SPC Notice of Public Rights
UNPC Notice of Public Rights
Parish Active Support Group
There is an active support group in the parish which is at the following facebook site - you will have to join to access the page as it is a closed group.
If you are just in need of some assistance and wish to go directly to our form requesting some help then please click the link below - thank you.
West Berkshire Libraries News
We are hoping that the newsletter will reassure customers who have not been able to return their library loans that there is no need to worry about this – no fines will be charged during this closure period.
You can still join West Berkshire Libraries online to get free access to our e-library and range of digital resources such as Ancestry and Britannica. There are thousands of titles available including e-magazines and e-newspapers too. We’ve also got a range of digital activities for families and an online book group.
Glass Recycling Banks
From 1st June 2020 all glass banks will be removed from:
· Hillers Garden Centre, Hermitage
· WBC Station Car Park, Hungerford
· Waitrose, Newbury
· Station Car Park, Theale
· Willink School, Burghfield
· Waitrose, Thatcham
Residents will still be able to recycle their glass bottles and jars in their kerbside box or at one of our recycling centres (Newtown Road, Newbury or Padworth – www.westberks.gov.uk/
Additional green kerbside boxes for their glass (or any other recycling materials: plastic bottles, aerosols, cans/tins, paper and card), can be requested online – www.westberks.gov.uk/
Information from West Berks Council
Public Protection Partnership on the increase in reported cases of bonfires
COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCURE LEVY (CIL)
SULHAMSTEAD PARISH COUNCIL
What is CIL?
CIL is a general levy on all new development, designed to raise funds for infrastructure needed generally as a result of an increase in development in the area. The developer pays CIL to the District Council and a percentage is given to the Parish Council. CIL can then be used to provide or improve infra- structure and to then operate or maintain that infrastructure within a community.
West Berks Directory
Smart Water and Immobilise
- Property marking liquid
- Each bottle has a unique code that can be traced back to the owner
- No need to register every item individually
- Lasts for a minimum of 5 years including property outdoors
- Only a small amount required and very difficult to remove
- Only visible under UV light
- Can be used on anything including jewellery and machinery
See more at: https://smartwater.com
- UK national property register
- Free registration
- When an item registered on Immobilise has its status set to @lost@ or @stolen@ the details of the item are viewable by all UK policy forces via their own computer systems on the National Mobile Property Register
- Second-hand traders and members of the public will be alerted not to buy or sell lost/stolen items via CheckMEND, the national second hand stolen property database.
See more at: https://www.immobilise.com
Police Support Volunteers
Police Support Volunteers are key members of our policing family and provide support and assistance to officers and staff across the force. Individuals in the community are encouraged to become volunteers and use their skills, experience and knowledge to support us in our work.
As part of all of the initial training programmes, we utilise volunteers to act out pre-planned scenarios.
The PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) and IPLDP (Initial Police Development Programme) courses are largely classroom based, and the training scenarios give the students the opportunity to practically apply their theoretical knowledge.
The scenarios are generally all run from the force training centre at Sulhamstead, however there are other opportunities to take part in some large force run training operations. Please note:- all of the training at Sulhamstead is undertaken outside, in all weathers.
Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and are aged 16 and above. 16 to 18 year olds will need the permission of a parent or guardian. We will pay your out-of-pocket expenses and there are no minimum amount of hours you have to complete.
For More information and to apply. https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/join-us/volunteers/
Current Whats On
Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets
Sue Ryder News
Please click on the graphic above to take you to the Sue Ryder News page - thank you.
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