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.
UNPC Public Agenda
Government Counter Fraud Announcement
COVID: National Lockdown again as cases continue to rise
England has been placed into another National Lockdown as the Prime Minister addressed the nation on Monday 4 January 2021.
This means residents and businesses in West Berkshire face another change in restrictions immediately that are similar to the first lockdown we had back in March 2020.
The national lockdown has been implemented due to continued rising levels of COVID infections over the Christmas and New Year period which will see our NHS become overwhelmed in the next 21 days.
With around 1 in 3 people having no symptoms, more people are spreading the virus without realising. Now, more than ever, we need to stay home and save lives.
This is what you can and cannot do under the national restrictions, which will become law on Wednesday 6 January 2021:
- You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
- You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
- Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
- Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
- Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
- Attend education or childcare - for those eligible.
- Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
- Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.
- If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
- If you are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) you are being asked to shield again and should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
- You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
- You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
- You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
The full guidance is available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/
As well as the specific restrictions outlined above, residents should continue to follow the “hands, face, space” advice to help reduce the transmission of COVID.
West Berkshire Council will continue to provide support to residents and businesses who are affected by the new national lockdown restrictions that have been put in place:
- People in financial hardship due to the pandemic may be eligible for financial support through the COVID Winter Grant Scheme.
- People on a low income, unable to work from home and losing income because they are required to self-isolate, may be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
- Grant funding is available to businesses that have been directly affected or forced to close by COVID restrictions, and some funding is available for businesses who are experiencing particular hardship due to restrictions.
The Public Protection Partnership provides advice for businesses in relation to COVID guidelines and regulations. For more information visit: https://
Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council, said: “The announcement last night was a difficult but necessary decision and I know how upsetting this news will be to residents and businesses across West Berkshire.
“The stakes have never been higher in our bid to keep people safe and ensure our health services stay up and running effectively. The hospital admission rates have been rising across the district and across the region, with the past week seeing higher numbers than experienced at any other point during the pandemic in a very short space of time.
“On the plus side we know that there is now a vaccine that will mean this situation will change over the coming months, but in the meantime this is about individual and collective responsibility and I urge our residents to take a moment to stop and think about their behaviour as it is vital that everyone continues to follow the guidance. Once again our incredible communities need to pull together to ensure we play our part in adhering to the rules to get us through this and slow down the rate of transmission.
“We know many residents have been affected by COVID and will need extra support during this period. I would encourage residents to contact our Community Support Hub using their online form in the first instance and for businesses to visit our website for applications to the business grants available.
“As always, we continue to deliver the vital Council services to our community during these challenging times as best as we can.”
Residents can find out more information about the latest advice in West Berkshire, and information about local COVID cases, on the Public Health for Berkshire website.
- The Community Support Hub is open during office hours between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, or between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Friday.
Garden and Food Waste Temporary Suspension
Press Release Covid Scams
Online Training Opportunities in 2021
Waste Services Update
Unfortunately we are having some issues with rubbish and recycling collections, due to volume of waste after Christmas and a number of collection staff isolating.
To help let residents know, please can you share the message that if your rubbish or recycling has not been collected as expected this week, please leave your bin or containers out and we will collect as soon as possible.
We will keep our website and social media accounts updated.
Kingston Lane/Whites Hill Closure
Kingston Lane/Whites Hill the Parish of Sulhamstead will be closed on the 12th January 2021 from the hours of 08:00 to 16:00 from its junctions with Sulhampstead Road to Shortheath Lane. This closure is to enable Volker Highways to carryout essential permanent carriageway repair works on behalf of West Berkshire Council.
Diversion will be signed on-site.
All enquiries please call West Berkshire Council on 01635 519080
A plan of the closure can be found at: https://one.network/?tm=
Severe Cold Winter Weather - Level 3 - Alert and Readiness
A level 3 cold weather alert has been issued from 0900 on Friday 08 Jan and 0900 on Monday 11 Jan. This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable people, including those with long term conditions and those living in cold homes.
- Heating homes to at least 18°C (65F) in winter poses minimal risk to the health of a sedentary person, wearing suitable clothing.
- The 18°C (65F) threshold is particularly important for people 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; having temperatures slightly above this threshold may be beneficial for health
- Maintaining the 18°C (65F) threshold overnight may be beneficial to protect the health of those 65 years and over or with pre-existing medical conditions; they should continue to use sufficient bedding, clothing and thermal blankets, or heating aids as appropriate
Age UK has produced the attached guidance which I would be grateful if you could share with your staff and clients and community members: Winter Wrapped Up – Age UK
“Make sure that you stay warm. If going outside, make sure you dress appropriately. If indoors, make sure that you keep your heating to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing. If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111
More information is available on the winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)”
Attached to this email are some resources that were previously sent in your level 1 winter preparedness email:
- Keep Warm Keep Well leaflet
- A slide deck with all the key messages and actions for cold weather preparedness during Covid-19
- A word document detailing support that is available this winter i.e. grants/schemes.
We are still in seasonal Flu season so please help us to highlight the importance of flu vaccination to help people stay well during the winter period.
Steps Against Fraud
Separately, but staying on the subject of fraud, in the immediate run up to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas 2020, the National Cyber Security Centre, Action Fraud and the Thames Valley Police have launched their own mini campaigns to help provide guidance for shopping securely online. We would be grateful if you could please alert your communities to the potential risks, steps for action, and further information contained in the attached document.
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:
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?
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-
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.
If you have any questions or need some assistance with your preparations please contact our Public Protection team as follows:
Enquiry Form Link - https://
SPC Notice of Public Rights
UNPC Notice of Public Rights
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
We are hoping that the newsletter will reassure customers who have not been able to return their library loans that there is no need to worry about this – no fines will be charged during this closure period.
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
From 1st June 2020 all glass banks will be removed from:
· Hillers Garden Centre, Hermitage
· WBC Station Car Park, Hungerford
· Waitrose, Newbury
· Station Car Park, Theale
· Willink School, Burghfield
· Waitrose, Thatcham
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/
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/
Information from West Berks Council
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
Current Whats On
Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets
Sue Ryder News
Please click on the graphic above to take you to the Sue Ryder News page - thank you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org