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.

SPC - Public Agenda

2018.06.21 Public Agenda.docx
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Free events for all carers in West Berkshire

11th to 17th June is National Carers Week which aims to raise awareness of caring and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities and to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for.  As part of their support for the Carers Week campaign, West Berkshire Council is inviting all local carers to a number of free events taking place locally. 

 

 

Crossroads Care will host a Picnic Tea Party for carers and cared for on Wednesday 13th June 2018 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in Frank Hutchings hall, Thatcham RG18 4QH.   The focus this year is healthy living so people are invited to come along and find out about how to improve their lifestyle and find out what is available in their community. 

If you would like to attend call Crossroads Care 01635 30008 or email care@oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk

 

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub will host the following events for carers only on

Thursday 14th June 2018 Pottery Painting at The Ugly Duckling, 2-3 Bartholomew St, Newbury from 10.00am – 12noon,  Friday 15th June 2018  an afternoon tea 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start in The Bear Hotel, Hungerford and on Thursday 21st June 2018 a Canal Boat Trip will set sail from Newbury at 12.45pm.  Places must be booked for these 3 events by calling Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub  0118 3247333 or email: ask@berkshirecarershub.org

 

Information will be available on West Berkshire Council’s website at westberks.gov.uk/carersinfo

Carers Week 2018 Poster (FINAL) (1).pdf
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Prj18-023 Carriageway resurfacing - A340 Pangbourne Road, Englefield & Theale

Please find attached the Project Notification & a copy of the resident’s information letter that will be posted out to the residents adjacent the A340 in Englefield & Tidmarsh later today for the carriageway resurfacing.

The resurfacing work from the M4 overbridge to the A4 roundabout is planned to start on Monday 11 June 2018 and take twenty (20) nights to complete.

This work will be programmed to finish on the night of Thursday 05 July 2018 to avoid any clashes with the concerts being held at Englefield.

Due to the road being narrow and the large volume of traffic that use the A340, the works will be done overnight from 08:00 pm to 05:00 am Mondays to Fridays with a full road closure as 1 of the diversion routes is quite long. The road will then reopen each morning for all traffic to use.

In the event of an emergency, the road surfacing will stop and the equipment moved aside to let emergency vehicles on blue light responses through.

Any queries regarding this notification please contact our Project Engineer,  Andrew England on 01635 519096

Prj18-023 A340 Resurfacing.xls
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Prj18-023 A340 resi Resurf letter.pdf
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Closure of pedestrian level crossing across the railway line at Wigmore Lane, Theale.

This crossing is Sulhamstead footpath 2/1.  The crossing is currently closed due to

A problem with the deck of the crossing at the railway.

The closure is likely to be in place until 8th May.

Diversion will be via the A4, Sulhamstead hill and the canal towpath.

Enquires should be addressed to the national rail enquiry line on

03457 11 41 41

Diary Dates

15 May – Sulhamstead Parish Council AGM followed by Parish Council Meeting

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/

2018 Dorothy Morley Awards

The Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust has launched the 2018 Dorothy Morley Awards, this is a bi-annual award aimed at highlighting local projects which benefit local communities and local wildlife. There is a cash prize of £1000 for one winner and £500 for one runner up. I have attached a leaflet and a press release with more information which includes the award rules and how to apply. There is also more information on our website linked below;

http://www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/local-communities/dorothy-morley-conservation-awards

There is a separate award scheme just for schools, CPRE Berkshire administer the award, details in the link below;

http://www.cpreberkshire.org.uk/awards

DorothyMorley leaflet 2018.pdf
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Dorothy Morley Awards 2018 press.doc
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Recruiting Bank Garden Centre Assistants

Englefield Garden Centre Advert 2.docx
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WBCS Upstream - Summer

Upstream - Summer Issue 84 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

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

PCC_Plan_SUMMARY_2017_final.pdf
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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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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

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