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.

Deadline for returning Electoral Registration Forms approaching

West Berkshire Council want to thank the 44,222 households in West Berkshire that have already responded to the Electoral Registration Forms which were sent to properties several weeks ago.

This, however, means we are still waiting for replies from more than 23,000 properties. That’s more than 34% of households yet to complete their forms.

Completing the form is really important, and a legal requirement. The purpose of the form is to keep the electoral register up-to-date. This is used for ensuring your entitlement to vote and credit checking.

As a council, we really need to reduce the number of paper forms that are sent back for processing, especially those that require no changes to be made.

To help us save money on unnecessary reminders, please use one of the automated response methods before 27th September. Choose which method suits your circumstances from the options on the form.

It is really easy to reply online, by telephone or via text and takes just a few moments of your time.

If we don’t receive your reply, we are legally bound to send you at least one reminder.

Please help us keep costs down and respond as soon as possible.

If you have any queries, please call the helpline number on: 01635 519464 or email: electoralservices@westberks.gov.uk 

Activity for Older People at Theale Library

Quiz and reminiscence.pdf
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Who will be your Community Champion 2018?

West Berkshire Council launched its annual Community Champion Awards today (Monday 10 September).

The awards started with the Junior Citizen Award in 2001 and have now grown to consist of four awards to recognise the valuable contribution many local residents make to West Berkshire.

The four categories are:

  • The Pat Eastop MBE Junior Citizen of the Year Award;
  • Volunteer of the Year;
  • Community Group of the Year;
  • Lifetime Achievement Award.

We now want to hear about residents of West Berkshire that make a valuable contribution to their community. This contribution can be made in many ways; organising environmental work, running social groups, organising community sports activities and events, co-ordinating resident groups or any other activities that improve the lives of the people of West Berkshire.

Chairman Carol Jackson-Doerge, said: "In my role as Chairman of West Berkshire Council, I am looking forward to being part of the 2018 awards. The standard of nominations in previous years have been very impressive and it is a pleasure to be presenting the awards to the winners this year."

The awards will be presented by Chairman Jackson-Doerge, during the Full Council meeting, on Thursday 6 December 2018 and details of the winners will be recorded in the 'Roll of Civic Award' which will be available for future generations to review. The book will be available to view at the Council Offices in Market Street, Newbury.  

For more information about the categories and to download the nomination form please visit www.westberks.gov.uk/communitychampion.  

The closing date for your nominations is Friday 26 October 2018.

Photo depicts last year's Junior Citizen of the Year Award winner, Riley Collier, with former Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Councillor Quentin Webb.

Issued by: 

Joanne Bassett, Public Relations 
Tel: 01635 503041 
Email: jbassett@westberks.gov.uk 

Ridgeway National Trail summer newsletter


Diary Dates

9 Nov – Barn Dance

15 Nov – Sulhamstead Parish Council Meeting

29 Jan 2019 – Curry and quiz night

Electrification of railway line between Newbury and Reading – work to continue throughout 2018

As part of Network Rail’s national Railway Upgrade Plan, we will be carrying out work to electrify the line between Reading and Newbury throughout 2018. We have already completed one phase of the work, carried out between 12 and 16 March, which saw platform extensions completed, piles installed and steelwork constructed.

Our next period of upgrade work runs from 23-27 April, where amongst other things, wiring and further steelwork will be installed in the Theale area and between Newbury and Newbury Racecourse. This will allow further work to be carried out during 2018 up until the end of October on the following dates:


  • Monday 16 July to Sunday 5 August
  • Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 August
  • Monday 8 to Thursday 11 October

This work will be completed in time for the new timetables and the introduction of the brand new trains in January 2019.

We understand that there is never a good time to close the railway for any length of time but we have looked at all options and worked with our passenger and freight operating partners to complete this work at a time which will cause least disruption to passengers.

Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering significant investment into the railway network which will provide a better, more reliable railway for passengers and local residents alike.

If you would like to know more about the work that we are carrying out in your area:

Call: our dedicated 24-hour National Helpline on: 03457 11 41 41

Visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus or https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/west-berkshire/

Recruiting Bank Garden Centre Assistants

Englefield Garden Centre Advert 2.docx
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WBCS Upstream - Autumn

Upstream - Autumn Issue 85 Web.pdf
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Ufton Cycle Sportive

Hoards of Treasure

It’s a rare chance to see an extraordinary range of treasure - from prehistory to the 17th century -  from 13 parishes in West Berkshire, exhibited together for the first time.

The exhibition presents hoards discovered in Aldworth, Ashampstead, Chaddleworth, Compton Down, Crow Down, Curridge, Hamstead Marshall, Lambourn, Snelsmore, Streatley, Yattendon, Sulhampstead and Basildon which are now in the museum collections.  

Hoards press release.docx
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SUN-E Press Release


Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet events.

SUN-E is an exciting new charity….established Jan 2018. Read on!

The trust will run varied events over the year within the parishes of Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet for the benefit of their parishioners. The net proceeds from these events will be accumulated in SUN-E for distribution annually in October to various village groups and charities according to a pre-set framework. 

All events are intended to be community events – run by the various groups within the community and for their benefit. Everyone working together, sharing skills and experiences and so forging a closer village spirit. SUN-E will coordinate this effort. Each event will have its’ own organising committee.

The total proceeds from these events, less an amount to be held in reserve, will be distributed. 85% to Sulhamstead church, Ufton Scouts, SUN school and SUN WI in set percentages. The remaining 15% will be allocated to ad hoc projects and/or other community groups on receipt of application.


The initial program of village events is:


November 9 Barn dance in Ufton Court’s tithe barn

December Carol singing around a village Christmas tree/wreath making workshop

26 January 2019 Curry & quiz night at Ufton Court


We also hope to produce postcards and notelets depicting scenes from our villages to be sold at these events and at various local outlets.


We welcome all ideas and offers of help! Please feel free to contact either of us with any thoughts.


Franny Hornblow & Cathryn Knight (Founding Trustees)

franny@prmotors.biz                     rikki2010@live.co.uk

0788 182 1513                                 0779 319 6863

Summary leaflet - Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021

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Berkshire Badger Poster

Berkshire Badger Poster.doc
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Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets

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Police and Crime Commissioner Launches Victims First Website

Last week, Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld launched a new website to support victims of crime.  Victims First www.victims-first.org.uk is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help.  It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.


The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

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