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.

Severe Winter Weather - Level 2 - Alert and Readiness - 70% Risk - For Action

We are at ‘level 2 #weatheraware:  Severe winter weather is forecast – Alert and Readiness’ which triggers action by the Local Authority and stakeholders.  There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 0900 on Monday 27 Nov and 0900 on Saturday 02 Dec in South East England.


It will be colder, mainly from Wednesday onward with widespread frost and occasional wintry showers affecting the far east. Some snowfall and ice is possible in places and significant wind-chill at times in strong winds. Mean temperatures of 2°C and/or widespread ice and heavy snow increase the risk of ill health for vulnerable people, particularly the elderly and those with long term health conditions.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback regarding this alert, please contact either emergency.planning@westberks.gov.uk and or publichealthandwellbeing@westberks.gov.uk

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Burghfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday Parade, Sunday 12th November 2017

Photographs by kind permission of K.M Butler

Over 750 people attended the Burghfield & District Royal British Legion Parade on a sunny but chilly Remembrance Sunday this year at Burghfield St Mary’s Church.

The Royal British Legion, regular Army and Royal Air Force were represented, along with the Rt Hon John Redwood, MP, the Army and RAF Cadets, Explorers, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Beavers and a Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham flew low over the churchyard as the wreaths were laid.  

Rt Hon John Redwood said “In Burghfield many people came to the outdoor ceremony of wreath laying at the War Memorial in the churchyard before attending the service in a crowded church.  The march to the Church was well attended, as was the Parade review on the way back after the service.”

During the special Commemoration Service the 37 names of Burghfield villagers, who sacrificed their lives in World War I, were read out by members of Willink School, the Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Corp, the Scouts, Girl Guides and members of the Royal British Legion.

The Reverend Dr Anthony Peabody, who is the Chaplain to the Burghfield and District Branch of the Royal British Legion, commented  “The parade at Burghfield seemed to have grown yet again, and one of the serving officers remarked that he had never seen so many uniformed young people in one place before.”

The service was taken by the Reverend Glynn Lautenbach, Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s, the Reverend John Foley from St Oswald’s  and the Reverend Dr Anthony Peabody, and the parade was organised by Lt. Col. Bruce Neeves, Parade Commander, of the Burghfield & District Branch of the Royal British Legion.

ITV - New Documentary is looking for Grandparents to take part 

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Thinking Together event - Action for Mental Health

Did you know that in the UK approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year, and in England 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week (1)?


The effect of mental health issues resonates throughout the lives of those who suffer from illnesses as diverse as bipolar, anxiety, panic, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic episodes, suicidal thoughts and self-harm – as well as their families and friends around them.  Therefore, in an effort to improve the lives of those facing mental health issues the Thinking Together events were created.


What is the aim of Thinking Together

Healthwatch West Berkshire began the Thinking Together Initiative bringing together health and social care professionals, service providers, commissioners, carers and those who use the services, with the aim of providing a forum where everyone involved can be heard.  Having helped launch projects such as Brighter Berkshire 2017 Year of Mental Health, which is raising awareness and helping to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in our area, Healthwatch West Berks hopes Thinking Together will bring more of our West Berkshire community together to shape and influence the way these issues are dealt with in the area.


So, why should you register and come along to the meeting

The role of Healthwatch West Berkshire is to act as the independent champion and patient voice for health and social care.  Additionally, it is an integral member of the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the remit of which is “to improve the health and wellbeing of the population, through the development of improved and integrated health and social care services” (2).  The two organisations are working closely in order to develop sustainable, worthwhile and accessible plans for mental health services in the area.  However, it is important the voices of everyone involved in these challenges are heard. 


Therefore, if you or someone you care for lives with a mental health condition and you would like to be involved in the process that helps shape mental health services in West Berkshire, then please register to attend at:  http://www.healthwatchwestberks.org.uk/ . You can watch a short video of the previous event also.

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Project notification PRJ17/069 Bottom Lane, Sulhamstead

Please find below the Project Notification for the drainage improvement and carriageway resurfacing in Bottom Lane (from Unnamed Road from A4 to South Drive access to the Police Training Centre entrance), Sulhamstead. 

Advanced information signs have been erected on site and the attached information letter will be hand delivered to residents and the Police Training Centre.


In order to complete the work safely the carriageway will be closed to all traffic and traffic will be diverted via signed alternative.

The works have been split into two phases; drainage element and carriageway resurfacing element. The drainage element is programmed to start on Monday 6 November 2017 be completed by 25 November and the resurfacing element is programmed to start on Monday 4th December 2017 and take 2 days. The working hours for the drainage element are 7:30am to 19:00pm Monday to Friday and 07.30am to 13.00 Saturdays. For the resurfacing element the working hours are 07:00am to 19:00pm


Please note that if the weather is particularly wet the works may be postponed.

There will be no parking allowed in the road during working hours (week days 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays 07.30 to 13.00) 
Volker Highways Ltd will be the main works contractor. 

If you need further information regarding this project then please do not hesitate to contact Anop Gehlot on 01635 519173 or Trevor Gibbs on 01635 519765.

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West Berkshire Council - culture and heritage services survey

Summary leaflet - Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021

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M4 Junctions 12 to 13 (West Berkshire): Bridge Refurbishment – Weekend Closures

Please see below information from Highways England in relation to M4 closures. Any queries should be directed to Highways England – details below.


FROM Highways England:


Maintenance work to replace the beams and waterproofing material to the bridges which carry the M4 over the B4009 Hampstead Norreys Road near Hermitage, Brocks Lane near Frilsham and Burnt Hill Road has now started.


As previously advised, during work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include larger cranes that will sit across all lanes of the motorway.


To allow this work to take place we will be fully closing the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 over the following entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday):


·         Friday 24 to Monday 27 November 2017

·         Friday 8 to Monday 11 December 2017

·         Friday 15 to Monday 18 December 2017

·         Friday 12 to Monday 15 January 2018

·         Friday 19 to Monday 22 January 2018 (contingency)


During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy alternatives routes will be suggested further afield.


Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.


We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused by these closures; if you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk. Or you can visit our website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads

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Berkshire Badger Poster

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Ridgeway Autumn Newsletter

In this issue:

  • ·         Bill Bailey takes to The Ridgeway again, and gives tips on walking the Trail.
  • ·         Invitation to our annual forum with the North Wessex Downs AONB on 18th October. Bill Bailey is our keynote speaker, joined by Cycling UK, MIND mental health charity, Nordic Walking and more. The theme is 'The Great Outdoors!'. Book your place: info@northwessexdowns.org.uk
  • ·         Explore food along The Trail.
  • ·         Visit one of the oldest schools in the country – in Uffington.
  • ·         Interesting things to do on the Trail over the next few months - events listing and volunteer task diary.
  • ·         And more…..


An advert to attract a new Chairperson is on page 3. Please spread the word to friends, work colleagues and family who may be interested in leading our Partnership and shaping the future of The Ridgeway, starting April 2018.


Enjoy the read!

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Home-Start Volunteering Opportunities

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.

Tadley and District Citizens Advice

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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