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.

Thames Valley Police Open Day

This year’s Thames Valley Police Open Day will be taking place on Saturday 18 August, celebrating 50 years since the formation of the force.

The event will be taking place at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire (post code RG7 4DX).

From 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm), stalls will be promoting the very best of what TVP has to offer and showcasing the work that the force has carried out for the past 50 years.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Arena displays, including the public order team combined with the mounted section
  • Children’s fancy dress competition – come dressed in a police themed costume to be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize
  • Pat and chat with the mounted section – A chance to meet officers and their horses
  • See the force helicopter and meet the pilots
  • Learn about different departments
  • Visit the police museum

This year there will be two entrances for visitors at South Drive and White Lodge.

Due to this, it is important that you follow the signs to the event. The roads will be busy and narrow country lanes can make it difficult to turn around if you go the wrong way.

Car parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Assistance dogs are permitted, other visitors with dogs will be turned away and dogs must not be left in vehicles.

On entry to the event bag searches will be taking place.

This is a free event.

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Ridgeway National Trail summer newsletter

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Volunteering Opportunities for Home-Start West Berkshire

Home-Start West Berkshire, a local family support charity is currently recruiting in this area.  They need volunteers who can encourage, listen and offer practical support to parents with young children. Volunteers become a trusted friend and mentor to the family, to help them move forward. Their next training course will start on the 19th September 2018. It will run for 7 consecutive Wednesdays from 9.30-14.30pm, breaking for Half Term (Wednesday 24th October). If you are interested or would like to discuss this further please contact us now on 01635 760310 or email office@home-startwb.org.uk

More information can be found on our website www.home-startwestberks.org.uk

Diary Dates

15 July – Produce Show

19 July – Sulhamstead Parish Council Meeting

2 Sep – Village Fete

20 Sep – Sulhamstead Parish Council Meeting

26 Sep – Ufton Parish Council Meeting

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 14 to Thursday 17 May
  • Monday 4 to Thursday 7 June
  • Week 10 Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June
  • Week 11 Saturday 9 to Monday 11 June
  • Monday 9 to Thursday 12 July
  • 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

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WBCS Upstream - Summer

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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.  

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SUN-E Press Release

SUN-E

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:

 

15 July Produce show in the village hall

2 September Village fete, incorporating a bike ride, in St Peter’s Field (opposite the school)

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

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Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets

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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.

Sue Ryder News

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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.

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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