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.
New Customer Number for West Berkshire Council
West Berkshire Council has changed its customer switchboard number from 01635 42400 to 01635 551111. In order to ensure customers are able to continue accessing services with minimum disruption the old number will run alongside the new number until the end of March 2018.
Each week West Berkshire Council receives more than 2,330 phone calls to its switchboard, around half of all the calls dealt with by its Contact Centre. The customer switchboard number was introduced in April 1989 and has remained unchanged since then, however, advances in technology now require that we move to a new 6 digit number.
Local residents are increasingly choosing to access council services online. The latest data shows that this year fewer calls have been received by the council while at the same time visits to the website have increased. The council has an ongoing programme to provide more services online - allowing customers to do more at a time and place convenient to them and at the same time reducing costs for the council.
As well as providing a wide range of information and advice online it's also possible to request a host of services ranging from requesting a new bin, to cutting of overgrown hedges, grass and weeds, to telling us you've changed your name or address. These can all be accessed atwww.westberks.gov.uk.
West Berkshire Council's out-of-hours emergency number remains 01635 42161.
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.
Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network
2017 Calendar of Events on The Ridgeway
Superfast Berkshire Update
As you may be aware, Superfast Berkshire has been working with Gigaclear to expand faster broadband provision across large areas of West Berkshire but primarily for the remaining ‘rural and suburban properties’ that are still without access to a superfast solution. This will enable individuals to receive broadband at speeds from 50 Mbps to 1000 Mbps (both upload and download) and help to drive superfast coverage for West Berkshire to in excess of 99% by the end of 2017.
To ensure you are in the communication loop, we wanted to let you know that Gigaclear will shortly be starting to build their new ultrafast fibre network at the end of April 2017 in your Ward / Parish. If you have communications channels that will help inform the residents/businesses in the ‘Ufton Nervet Community’ area (such as social media, parish magazine, parish website, community groups/meetings, etc.) then this will help to raise awareness. Gigaclear will also be independently advising the community on the build start date.
Individuals can check whether they will be included in the improvements by using the postcode checker on the Gigaclear website www.gigaclear.com/postcode-che
More details on the Superfast Berkshire project can be found on the websitewww.superfastberkshire.org.uk.
Many thanks for your support.
The Project Team
West Berks Big Lunches
Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead Closures
The works on unnamed road from A4 Bath Road to Sulhamstead Hill will be completed earlier than was planned, the completion date anticipated is 10th May. Therefore the closure of sulhamstead Hill will be brought forward to 10th May and not 22nd May. I will keep you informed of any other changes.
The following roads stretching from A4 Bath Road to Ufton Nervet will be CLOSED in turns to enable maintenance works on the water main
1 Unnamed road from A4 Bath Road to Sulhamstead Hill (Closure dates 24/04/2017 to 22/05/2017)
2 Sulhamstead Hill (Closure dates 22/05/2017 to 29/07/2017)
3 Sulhamstead Road(Closure dates 29/07-2017 to 19/08/2017)
The alternative route for all vehicles affected by the Order is via Island Farm Road, Padworth Road, Reading Road; the local traffic would then use Deans Copse Road while other traffic continues on Burghfield Road to the A4 Bath Road
All enquiries should be forwarded to Dianna Clingan of Skanska on Tel: 07387024982
For more info follow the link Sulhamstead Hill
M4 Junctions 12 to 13: Bridge Refurbishment – Update
Planned works over the first weekend closure were completed successfully and we’d like to thank you for your patience during this period.
Overnight on Friday 31 March, the team removed the safety barrier and maneuvered the cranes into position, allowing work to the beams to be undertaken on Saturday. The barriers were reinstated and the closure lifted by midday on Sunday 2 April.
Highways England’s M3 junctions 2 to 4a smart motorway project will be installing the new Woodlands Lane Bridge, which crosses over the M3 near Windlesham. After further liaison between Highways England, its contractors and local stakeholders, it has been agreed that we will cancel the planned M4 weekend closures of 5 to 8 May and 19 to 22 May to allow the M3 team to install the bridge.
Therefore the next weekend closure of the M4 is planned from 9pm on Friday 12 May through to 6am on Monday 15 May 2017* (57 continuous hours), with a contingency weekend proposed for Friday 2 to Monday 5 June 2017.
Confirmed dates for this closure will be displayed in advance on signs along the M4.
Delays will be expected during this weekend closure and it is advisable that you plan ahead of your journey or avoid this route where possible – depending on your final destination, we would advise you to allow an addition 30 to 40 minutes for your journey.
Due to the rescheduled weekend closures, the local roads beneath the bridges are expected to remain closed until Tuesday 6 June*.
If you have any questions or if you’d like you know about the work please contact Highways England’s customer control centre:
Phone: 0300 123 5000
West Berks Countryside Society
West Berks Heritage
Agenda for the APA and Ufton Council Meeting
Action for Children - Recruiting Volunteers
Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Village Clean Up
West Berkshire Libraries News
As you may know, a new service model for West Berkshire Libraries was approved at the West Berkshire Council meeting on 7 February. Here is some further information about this.
Wash Common Library
There will be no mobile library services running from 31 March until Tuesday 18 April. During this period Mobile 1 (our larger vehicle) will be withdrawn from service and Mobile 2 will be re-fitted, after which it will run to a new timetable. Full details of all the new stops, dates and times are available on our website.
With immediate effect, we regret that we are no longer able to borrow books from the British Library or from library authorities outside of the south east libraries’ consortium (SELMS) to which we belong. This includes performance sets (orchestral sets, plays and vocal scores), although we are pleased to confirm that we will still be able to obtain sets from Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Kent libraries, all of who have extensive performance collections.
Some changes to library fees and charges will come into effect on Monday 3 April, including a fee for reserving items in stock in West Berkshire libraries. Find details on our website now or pick up a leaflet in your local library in April.
There will be some changes to current opening hours in several libraries, with the biggest change likely to affect Newbury Library. These will come into effect in July and we will let you have full details nearer the time.
We are continuing to recruit volunteers to work in all West Berkshire libraries. If you are interested or would like further information about this, please contact Gemma Taylor, our Volunteers Co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01635 519533.
Stocktake at Newbury Library
Please note that Newbury Library will be closed all day on Thursday 30 March for stocktaking.
Thames Water Works
Planned works to replace our mains along Sulhamstead Hill/Road between Bath Road and Island Farm Road.
The works will involve a road closure. We are planning to start work on 27th March with a finish date of late July. We will be closing the road in approximately 250metre sections, starting at the Island Farm Road end so hopefully the disruption will be kept to a minimum. The reason for the replacement works is due to the number of bursts you have experienced. The new large plastic pipes are much stronger and will ensure that we continue to provide a top quality service.
Advanced warning signs will also be in place prior to the works.
Death of Cllr Roger Croft
West Berkshire Council is deeply saddened to announce the death of Councillor Roger Croft, Leader of the Council.
Roger was involved in an accident while travelling to visit family in France five weeks ago. His wife, Zelda, died in the accident and Roger had been in hospital in France being treated for serious injuries. Unfortunately he was unable to recover and he died on Friday evening.
The thoughts of everyone at West Berkshire Council are with the Croft family and friends at this very difficult time.
Roger had been elected as a Councillor for the Thatcham South & Crookham ward in 2011 following a career in the IT industry. He was appointed to the Executive in 2012 and during that time was responsible for a variety of key issues including housing and strategy, performance, finance and broadband. Roger was appointed as Deputy Leader in 2014 and elected Leader of West Berkshire Council in November 2015.
Paying tribute to Roger, Councillor Graham Jones, Acting Leader of West Berkshire Council said: “When Roger got elected in 2011 we quickly realised he had a huge amount to offer and he rapidly progressed to be an Executive Member then to deputy leader and leader.
“Whilst Roger got elected to West Berks Council after ‘retirement’ he brought with him the zeal and energy of a much younger man but this was always tempered by lots of life experience on how to get things done. Whilst driving through his own ideas he was always willing to learn very quickly built up an extensive networks of contacts both in politics and across West Berkshire.
“Across the council he had huge respect from colleagues for his leadership and dedication. He was above all else focused on the result and ‘would it help the council tax payer?’ There is much of what I know he wanted to achieve left undone which we will finish in his memory.
“Zelda's support was so important to him and they both became good friends. We will miss them both terribly.”
Nick Carter, Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council added: “I will remember Roger for his energy, drive and vision. He was the architect behind the current Council Strategy and at the time of his passing was playing a lead role in exploring a range of new income opportunities for the Council. He was also very proud of the Council’s contract with Gigaclear which is currently bringing superfast broadband to the District. He worked at a great pace and could be difficult to keep up with such was his desire to get things done. We will all miss his energy, his real passion for serving the communities here in West Berkshire and of course his friendship and humour.”
Councillor Jones will remain Acting Leader of West Berkshire Council for now and supported by Acting Deputy Leader Hilary Cole. It is expected that a new Leader will be elected in the next couple of months.
Tadley and District Citizens Advice
Revised 44 Locl Bus Service for Aldermaston and Aldermaston Wharf
Marie Curie Free Will Writing Promotion
We are currently running a Free Will Writing Scheme in your area with local solicitors and I am contacting you on behalf of Marie Curie to ask if you would kindly include the attached Ad in your parish newsletter or on your Website.
Marie Curie is dedicated to the care of people with terminal illnesses. Our Nurses work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support. The equivalent of almost a quarter of all people cared for by Marie Curie last year was thanks to gifts left in supporters Wills..
Given the choice, most of us would want to die at home, surrounded by the people and things we cherish. Marie Curie makes this possible. Our nurses give free hands-on care to people with a terminal illness in their own homes, and vital emotional support to their loved ones. We allow families to make the most of the precious time they have left together. But the sad fact is, every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life. That’s why we urgently need to reach more people – and why we’re counting on your support.
Thank you for taking the time to read this request and in anticipation of your support. if you are able to support this initiative and would like Posters or leaflets or further information about our Free Wills scheme or our work, I can be contacted on 01883 832 639 / 07798 638087 or email@example.com ,.
New BBC2 Show Looking for Sentimental Items
My name is Ryan and I’m on the casting team at Ricochet TV part of warner bros TV production UK www.ricochet.co.uk
We are making a new television show for BBC2 called “The repair shop”; the show looks into repairing beloved and interesting possessions for people who would like to see them restored or repaired back to their original working order. The kind of items we have come across so far have ranged from inherited pocket watches to grandfather clocks, from rocking horses to drawn carriages, even from toy cars to VW campers. We have a team of experts who cover all trades such as blacksmithing, ceramics, clockmakers, upholsterers and carpenters
I am wondering if you might to be able to help spread the word amongst your parishes, networks and communities to see if anyone has an items that might be suitable they’d like to put forwards?
Additionally, as well as sentimental/interesting items belonging to individuals….we’d really love to feature and repair a few items in the show that have a community value, something treasured or something essential to communities that has fallen into disrepair, perhaps has an interesting story and purpose to the village/town that can be restored.
For example some towns, villages and communities have certain items that are important to them; they could be memorial plaques, eroded statues, snapped weather vanes, broken sun dials, cracked gargoyles, fading carvings, or maybe the paint is peeling on your local pubs swing sign and can let them know we could them
Please note that although a lot of things can be moved, items would need to not be permanently stuck in situ, for example some larger statues or water fountains are grand logistically feats to move. The item would be repaired at our repair shop (a barn outfitted for our experts) and given back to the community at no expense to the owner - additionally there would be broadcasted tv coverage from start to finish of the item, in the work shop and also when the item is revealed to the owner or community.
Please also note that we are receiving a lot of items and interest across the country, and sometimes they can be too big and take too long to fix, so please don’t be disheartened if we can’t repair it this time
If you’re happy to please share this information amongst your community that would be appreciated greatly.
If perhaps you might have something you’d love to be repaired, then please get back in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01273 224800 , I’ve attached a flyer with information
Sue Ryder News
Please click on the graphic above to take you to the Sue Ryder News page - thank you.
Burghfield’s Remembrance Parade 2016
Photographs by kind permission of K.M Butler
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 email@example.com