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.
SPC report to the 30th June 2021
West Berks Libraries
Welcome Back Business Grants
£1,000 - £10,000 grants to help businesses drive footfall this summer
As high streets and shopping areas across West Berkshire reopen this summer in line with the National Roadmap, West Berkshire Council has decided to make £140,000 available in grants to local businesses to help drive footfall, celebrate reopening and support our visitor economy.
Businesses can bid for grants of £1,000 - £10,000 in order to pay for temporary changes or host celebratory events that will allow them to welcome additional visitors and encourage new footfall.
For more information visit: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/
Citizens Advice West Berkshire
During the current Pandemic, residents of Sulhamstead can access Citizens Advice West Berkshire by calling on 01635 516605 and leaving a message. Citizens Advice will be in touch at the earliest convenience. When things return to normal, the nearest office to Sulhamstead is at Thatcham Outreach which operates from Thatcham Medical Practice and the Burdwood Practice by appointment only.
WBC parish council report to March 3rd
Government Counter Fraud Announcement
Messages from West Berks Council on Covid
Online Training Opportunities in 2021
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://
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
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 email@example.com