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.

Plan B Ending But Keep Testing

Covid plan changes and testing information from West Berks Council. To go directly to the site and access all of the information contained in the newsletter please click on the image above - thank you.

Collection days are changing

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Cold Weather Alert Level 2

A Level 2 Cold Weather Alert has been issued between 1800 on Thursday 13 Jan and 0900 on Monday 17 Jan in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

 

“Severe cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from the winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk) or from your local chemist. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111.”

 

Attached to this email are some resources that were previously sent in your level 1 winter preparedness email (see below and attached)

 

-          Keep Warm Keep Well leaflet

-          A slide deck with all the key messages and actions for cold weather preparedness during Covid-19

-          Stay Well This Winter Leaflet – NHS

-          Top Tips To Stay Well This Winter – Age UK

-          Cold Weather Messages leaflet that details support that is available this winter i.e. grants/schemes.

Winter Vaccination Information

This year there are two essential vaccines (the flu jab and the COVID-19 booster) that eligible groups may need this winter in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous viruses.

ALL adults are now eligible for the COVID-19 booster, for more can be found here.

Eligible groups for the FREE flu jab can be found here.

If you have any questions/queries please feel free to contact: publichealthandwellbeing@Westberks.gov.uk

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West Berks Covid Vaccination information

Please click on the image above to go direct to the West Berks full list of information for opening times and availability of centres. Thank you.

West Berkshire Council: waste service changes to improve resilience

Date: 17 December 2021

Like most councils in the UK, we have been managing a number of significant challenges to our waste services during the last two years, including the impacts of both the nationwide HGV driver shortage and Covid-19. It is likely that these pressures will continue due to the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, a sustained rise in working from home, home delivery purchases and the increase in waste generated over the Christmas holiday period.

Our waste services have coped well in comparison with many other parts of the country; during October 2021, 40% of councils in England and Wales were experiencing disruptions to their waste collection services [1][2].

We are now looking to make two changes to ensure that we can maintain a good quality of service for all residents. Firstly, we will temporarily suspend the garden and food waste service for one collection starting at the end of December 2021, and secondly we will re-organise most collection routes in February 2022.

West Berkshire Council has taken the difficult but necessary decision to temporarily suspend the green bin garden and food waste collection service for one collection from Tuesday 28 December 2021 until Saturday 8 January 2022 (inclusive). All services will resume as normal from Monday 10 January 2022.

This temporary suspension will free up more drivers and operatives to ensure your rubbish (black bin) and recycling (green boxes and bag) service continues as scheduled throughout the busy Christmas period and into the New Year.

We will collect up to 3 open topped bags of excess garden waste in addition to the green bin on your first collection following the resumption of the service. Please note that this is effectively a delayed collection and garden waste customers will not miss out on the usual amount of collections.  We are not able to offer refunds, as stated in the terms and conditions for the chargeable garden waste service.    

Some options for what residents can do with food and garden waste during the temporary suspension period, if they cannot wait until when the service restarts, are given below.

Garden Waste and Christmas Trees:

  • Garden waste, including real Christmas trees, can be disposed of at Household Waste recycling Centres (HWRCs) free of charge. Please ensure you book an appointment via www.westberks.gov.uk/clickandtip before you visit.
  • Residents can also home compost where possible.
  • Real Christmas trees will be collected on your first scheduled garden/food waste collection in January 2022 once the service has resumed. Please keep them close to your property until the collection service restarts and avoid blocking pavements and footpaths with them.

Food waste:

  • We are asking residents to try and reduce food waste generation over the holiday season and beyond.
  • Residents can also home compost where possible.
  • We will collect any food waste in your green bin when the service resumes.
  • If you would rather dispose of your food waste sooner it can temporarily be taken to our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for disposal. We have liaised with our contractor for special containers to be placed at the Newtown Road, Newbury and Padworth HWRCs from Monday 20 December 2021 until the suspension period is over. Please ensure you book an appointment via www.westberks.gov.uk/clickandtip before you visit.

As part of our longer term plan to build more resilience into our waste collection operations, we are working with our waste contractor, Veolia, to change collection rounds. This will achieve a more efficient routing pattern, so that vehicles and collection personnel can be used better. This is not a cost saving measure, Veolia will be investing in a new recycling truck with a full crew to add to the service. For most residents, this will result in collection day changes being made in February 2022. It will not affect the frequency of collections or how we collect waste from households. Details will be confirmed in January 2022.

Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for the Environment at West Berkshire Council, said: “We have not taken the decision to put garden and food waste collections on hold lightly, and I understand that some residents may be frustrated by this service disruption.

“We have listened to feedback from our residents received earlier this year and believe it is more prudent to have a planned and proactive service suspension so that inconvenience is reduced and other key waste collections can be protected.

“In the longer term, our planned reorganisation of routes will strengthen our kerbside collection service and improve the efficient use of available staff and vehicles. We are grateful for our residents continued support and understanding.”

For more information about this temporary service suspension, please read our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Gov Guidelines from Nov 30 2021

With the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron, both across the globe and within the UK, the Government has taken steps to limit the spread and effect of this. 

As of 4am on Tuesday 30th November, the following changes are now in effect;

  • Face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport, unless exempt.
  • International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following your arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative; if your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days. 
  • If you have come into contact with someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you will need to self-isolate. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated or aged 18 or under. 

These rules are mandatory and are a legal requirement, they will be reviewed on 20th December.

With the changes the laws on mask-wearing, travel and self-isolation, the Red List of countries has also been updated, to find out more, please visit the Government website 

We are here to help and support you; please visit our Covid-19 web page if you need assistance.

SPC report to the 30th June 2021

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Welcome Back Business Grants

£1,000 - £10,000 grants to help businesses drive footfall this summer

As high streets and shopping areas across West Berkshire reopen this summer in line with the National Roadmap, West Berkshire Council has decided to make £140,000 available in grants to local businesses to help drive footfall, celebrate reopening and support our visitor economy.

Businesses can bid for grants of £1,000 - £10,000 in order to pay for temporary changes or host celebratory events that will allow them to welcome additional visitors and encourage new footfall.

For more information visit: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/welcome-back-business-grants

Citizens Advice West Berkshire

During the current Pandemic, residents of Sulhamstead can access Citizens Advice West Berkshire by calling on 01635 516605 and leaving a message. Citizens Advice will be in touch at the earliest convenience. When things return to normal, the nearest office to Sulhamstead is at Thatcham Outreach which operates from Thatcham Medical Practice and the Burdwood Practice by appointment only.

Government Counter Fraud Announcement

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Messages from West Berks Council on Covid

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Online Training Opportunities in 2021

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:

•               English

•               Punjabi

•               Urdu

•               Gujarati

•               Bengali

•               Welsh

 

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?v=MLAb4tv2lB8&feature=youtu.be   

 

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-qr-poster   

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.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs  

 

https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html    

 

https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Test-and-Trace/resources/customer-logging-toolkit/  

 

If you have any questions or need some assistance with your preparations please contact our Public Protection team as follows:

 

01635 503242

Enquiry Form Link - https://publicprotectionpartnership.org.uk/make-an-enquiry/

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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

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

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/recyclingcentres)

 

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/requestabin

Information from West Berks Council

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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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Current Whats On

Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets

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Sue Ryder News

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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.

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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