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.

Happy Browsing.

Message from the Chief Constable Ahead of the Easter Weekend

The Chief Constable said: “With Easter coming this weekend and the weather forecast to be fine, it is vitally important that the public continue to adhere to the Government restrictions. I appreciate that this is a time of year when we would usually be enjoying time with our families and friends, however these are unprecedented times and we must all do our part to protect each other and the vital services of the NHS.

“Thank you to the residents of the Thames Valley for complying with the Government’s measures. They are in place to protect us all, and I appreciate the effort that all of you are making to stay indoors and social distance when you have to leave the house for an essential reason.

“I know these restrictions will now be well-known by now, but let me remind you all that you can only leave your home to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise per day, for a medical or care need, and to travel to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home. If you are outside for these essential activities please ensure you are at least two meters from anyone who you do not live with.

“Please do not be tempted to go out for any other reason.

“As usual, our officers will be patrolling our communities during Easter. We will be engaging with the public to ensure they are complying with the Government directives. Where there is any misunderstanding about the measures, we will explain and encourage the public to follow the guidelines. However, when necessary we will enforce the new powers given to us by Parliament.

“Our frontline officers and staff have been given personal protection equipment (PPE) to use. You may therefore see our officers wearing gloves and masks when they are out this weekend, if they are not able to keep the required distance with the public. This is for your safety and theirs.

“This is an unprecedented public health emergency and an extraordinary national effort is required to fight this virus. I am proud that the public and my staff have been working together to help save lives. I thank you all and I wish you all a very happy Easter."

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.

Information from West Berks Council

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Covid-19

The next stages in a major Covid-19 action plan aimed at ensuring local patients, staff and communities are guaranteed first class health care and support have been outlined by hospital leaders today.

The far reaching plan builds on work already in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and is aimed at reassuring people that everything possible is being done to make sure they are kept safe and well during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

There are four main strands to the plan:

·         To reduce the number of people – patients, visitors and staff – on hospital sites

·         To increase and enhance the RBH’s capacity to treat patients

·         To reduce demand so the focus is on the patients most in need of help

·         To look after hard working staff and make sure they have the equipment and facilities they need

Measures have already been put in place to tackle these critically important areas.

  • Many more people are being offered virtual outpatient clinic appointments to receive healthcare over the phone or via a laptop.
  • Visitors have been restricted to one per patient per day.  
  • The hospital layout has been revised to establish separate zones to deal with the differing needs of patients and keep everyone safe
  • Intensive care capacity has increased from 14 to 34 beds
  • Elective surgery has been suspended to free up time for key staff to be retrained in other more urgent areas of work

Now the next phase of the action plan is being implemented and this will mean more changes to the way the hospital works and the way patients and visitors will be asked to operate.

In a bid to further reduce the number of people coming on to the hospital site, some services may be deferred, and other services may be moved to alternative private hospital settings. Children under the age of 12 will no longer be able to go to the RBH as visitors.

To increase capacity to deal with Covid 19 patients, there are plans to increase intensive care beds to 56 and health managers are in talks with the independent sector to move urgent surgery to private hospitals.

Demand in A&E has seen a fall recently but more needs to be done to ease the pressure on staff and an ‘Ask A&E’ online helpline service is being explored.

The welfare of staff is paramount in the action plan and senior management teams are looking at what more can be offered to ease the unprecedented demands facing all those working in the hospital – the clinicians and vital back up and support teams like cleaners, porters and admin employees.

Trust Chief Executive Steve McManus, said: “Whilst we’re all in very new territory with this virus we have a huge amount of tried and tested experience of planning for and dealing with major outbreaks like this. There are national and regional systems in place to support us and this, coupled with the work we’re doing at the Trust, is all aimed at keeping everyone safe and making sure we can sustain this level of care for the period of this outbreak.

“We all know now that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s crucial we plan and operate in a careful, measured way over the next few weeks and months so our resources, both staff, equipment and facilities, are able to continue providing exceptional standards of care.

“We have amazing staff with many, many years of expertise, experience and knowledge behind them and I want people to know they are in safe hands.

“This incredible wealth of healthcare expertise is being enhanced by the really outstanding support from our local communities and partners and we can’t thank them enough for all their on-going support,” he said.

“We recognise we’re asking a lot of people, often at very difficult times in their lives when they are unwell or wanting to be with people who are ill. Our staff too are facing all sorts of difficult day-to-day issues and this is why the support and understanding we offer to each other is so important.

“With this in mind, I really do hope people will appreciate why we’ve had to take some of the decisions we have taken, for example around visiting family and loved ones in hospital. I know this will be extremely hard for some people but we can’t say it enough -  If we are to successfully deal with this virus, stop its spread, treat those affected and free up the hospital’s resources to do so, then we have to take these sort of serious steps now. 

“So my message to them is please think again just how much they really do need to make that visit. Can they keep in touch with their loved one over the phone for now? By choosing not to come into the building they are doing a huge amount to help our staff,” he added.

Roadworks, closures and traffic interruptions alert

There will be a road closure at Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead, the closure is expected to be in place from 25th until 31st March 2020 between its junction with Harts Lane and its junction with Kingston Lane. 

The alternative route for all vehicles affected, is via Kingston Lane, Whites Hill, Shortheath Lane, and vice versa.

The reason for this closure: Thames Water can install a new connection.

Residential access will be maintained throughout and the diversion will be signed on site.

Please Note: Blue light access will be maintained.

All enquiries should be directed to: KCD on 0788 447 4125

A plan of the closure can be found at: (click on link) https://one.network/?tm=116731887. Andrew Gatland

 

Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead, West Berkshire

25 March - 31 March

Delays possible - Diversion route

Name: Diversion

Location: Sulhamstead Hill

Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks

Responsibility for event: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned

 

 

Ash Lane, Burghfield Common, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: From jct with Clayhill Road to jct with Sulhamstead Road

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011356

 

 

Berrys Lane, Burghfield, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: From Junction with Burghfield Road to 80.0 m south east

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011357

 

 

Goring Lane, Mortimer, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: 50m West of Lockram Lane to Surface Change approx. 260m East of Goodboys Lane.

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011407

 

 

Goring Lane, Mortimer, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: from jct with Hollybush Lane to 70m east of Hollybush Lane.

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011382

 

 

Goring Lane, Mortimer, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: 50m West of Lockram Lane to Surface Change Aprox. 260m East of Goodboys Lane

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011410

 

 

James Lane, Burghfield, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: From Hermits Hill to Goring Lane

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011392

 

01 April — 31 October

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: Reading Rd/Hawksworth Rd Rdbt

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011412

 

 

Clayhill Road, Burghfield, West Berkshire

01 April — 31 October

Delays possible - Contra-flow

Works location: From Sulhamstead Road to Hawksworth Road

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Forward planning

Works reference: JV00500011391

 

M4 Junctions 13 to 14 Welford Viaduct (West Berkshire) – Emergency weekend closure

Following rapid deterioration of the surface of the bridge which carries the M4 over the River Lambourn, we will be implementing an emergency full weekend closure of the M4 westbound carriageway between junctions 13 and 14 to carry out significant repairs.

This closure will take place from 10pm on Friday 27 March through to 6am on Monday 30 March 2020.

A full weekend period is required to allow the materials sufficient time to set. Repairs undertaken in the past using overnight lane closures only have proven unsuccessful as curing time has been too short.

During the closure a signed diversion route will be in place from M4 junction 13, south on the A34 to the A4 Speen junction, west along the A4 to Hungerford, then north on the A338 to join the M4 at junction 14.

Permanent structural repairs to the bridge are currently scheduled for later in 2020/21, but are still in the development stage.

Please be aware that this closure is subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances – please check the yellow signs placed in advance alongside the road for confirmation of the closures dates/timings.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during our work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at info@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on 0300 123 5000.

 

Footpath Closure

Closure of Footpath SULH 14/1 in the parish of Sulhamstead, this footpath has been closed due to a collapsed culvert / footbridge along its route, and is therefore a danger to public safety.

 

The closure will remain in place for the next 21 days (24th March), this may be increased once further assessments have been made, current conditions underfoot may delay repairs.

For further enquiries please contact WBC’s Countryside Team on 01635 519080.

Due to the water sodden ground, work along footpath SULH 14/1, work has yet to commence, hence this closure is to be extended to the 15th April.

The following events have been cancelled, mostly due to Covid-19 virus

29/3/20 Artisan Market, Newbury 

4/4/20 Future Cargo (Corn Exchange), Newbury  

10/4/20 Lambourn Open Day

26/4/20 Hungerford Constables Parade 

8&9/5/20 Burghfield/Mortimer VE Day Celebrations

10/5/20 Burghfield May Fayre 

24/5/20 Newbury 10K Race 

7/6/20 Kintbury 5 (running race)

8/8/20 TVP Open Day, Sulhampstead  

 

This list is by no means complete.

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

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Thames Water Priority Services

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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/recyclingcentres

Smart Water and Immobilise

Smart Water

 

  • 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

 

Immobilise

 

  • 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

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Recruiting Bank Garden Centre Assistants

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Current Whats On

Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets

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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.

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