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.
Tips for a Halloween 'COVID safe' Pumpkin Trail and 'Don't knock on my door Halloween reminder'.
Halloween 'COVID Safe' Pumpkin Trail - With COVID making everyone rethink many aspects of our lives then Halloween this year is no different. The current advice is to forego the tradition of ‘trick or treating’ and instead go on a local ‘pumpkin trail’. See attached for tips on how to make your pumpkin trail safe.
Sulhamstead Parish Council have a vacancy for a Councillor.
If you are interested in this vacancy, please apply by Friday 6th November.
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
Latest Update on Covid-19 from West Berks Council
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
As you are aware all the West Berkshire libraries have been closed for the past few weeks in line with Government guidelines. We are making plans to restore the library service to the public in phases, but in the meantime we would like to share with you our Libraries customer newsletter which was sent out last week – see link below.
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.
Burghfield Bridge Parapet Repairs
The works to be carried out under the road closure are the removal of the unsafe damaged section of brick parapet, removal of sections of the brick parapet from the canal and the relocation of the temporary concrete block edge protection to provide a safe working area. The above works will be carried out under a full road closure with a signed diversion route. The works have been programmed to be carried out over the following three evenings:
19:00hrs to 05:00hrs Monday 12 October 2020.
19:00hrs to 05:00hrs Tuesday 13 October 2020.
19:00hrs to 05:00hrs Wednesday 14 October 2020.
Once this has been carried out the parapet will be then be rebuilt using a pontoon on the canal with the bridge open to traffic as normal under the permanent two way traffic lights.
If you have any queries regarding this project then please contact Michael De-Honri on 01635 519839.
M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley) to 12 (Theale) – Weekend Closure Rescheduled
Further to my letter dated 22 September, I am writing to advise that due to Storm Alex and the heavy rainfall, the resurfacing work which was due to take place over the weekend of 2-5 October had to be cancelled.
We have now rescheduled this closure to take place from 9pm on Friday 16 October through to 6am on Monday 19 October.
The M4 eastbound carriageway will be closed between junction 13 (Chieveley) and junction 12 (Theale/Reading), with traffic diverted from junction 13, south down the A34 and A339 into Newbury, then east all the way along the A4 to re-join the M4 at junction 12.
Significant delays and congestion are expected during these weekend closures due to the increase in traffic on the diversion route. We advise you to plan your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.
Please note that this closure is subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. We’ll advertise the closures on yellow signs placed in advance at the junction/alongside the road.
We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during the closure. If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at email@example.com or call us on 0300 123 5000.
UPDATE Recycling Centres Open
Now that both Recycling Centres have been open for 5 days, a review of the traffic management has taken place.
A339 Newtown Road, Newbury
A northbound lane closure was installed last week on this section of road near the Recycling Centre to slow and control traffic entering the site. It is felt that traffic is coping better with this new addition and both the 30mph speed limit and lane closure will remain in place until further notice.
Padworth Lane, Padworth
Traffic is coping very well at this site and traffic volumes are less than expected, mainly due to the effective implementation of a booking system for Recycling Centre customers. As a result, the road closure on Padworth Lane and the 30mph speed limit on the A4 will be removed as of Wed 20th May (tomorrow). All traffic for the Recycling Centre should still approach from the A4 wherever possible and bookings will now be checked at the access into the Recycling Centre. Please note that there is also a planned closure of Rag Hill/Sopers Lane on Wed 20th May which may affect access to or from the Recycling Centre.
Both locations will continue to be monitored and any further changes may be implemented with very little or no notice if and when necessary. Bookings are still necessary to visit both sites and trailers are not permitted at either site.
We would like to thank motorists and residents for cooperating with us to make the changes work successfully.
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
Thames Water Priority Services
Longer opening hours for Padworth Recycling Centre
West Berkshire residents will soon have more time to recycle and dispose of their rubbish at Padworth Recycling Centre.
The Recycling Centre will be open every day from 8am to 6pm as part of a pilot scheme beginning next month. The additional hours will give residents more flexibility to access waste services at the site, including taking their general rubbish and bulky waste.
The pilot scheme will run from 1 April 2019 until 30 September 2019.
Councillor Hilary Cole, Executive Member for Waste Services said:
"Last year Padworth Recycling Centre began accepting general waste and now the site will be opening earlier too. With longer opening hours and the site able to handle more rubbish it's now even easier to dispose of excess rubbish and recycling.
"These improvements are part of our commitment to residents in the east of the district to improve our facility at Padworth. Comparatively the site is not used as fully as Newtown Road and we hope that the new opening hours will increase use of the site. This pilot will help assess demand for the site and we will be reviewing use throughout the summer before deciding whether to make the change permanently."
Residents are reminded to display their permit in the windscreen of the car to help minimise queuing. A list of materials accepted and a user guide for the site can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/
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/
Activity for Older People at Theale Library
Recruiting Bank Garden Centre Assistants
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