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.
Public Agenda UNPC - Please note time change!
SPC Planning Agenda
Summary leaflet - Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021
M4 Junctions 12 to 13 Hermitage (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment Works – Upcoming Closures
Closures this week remain unchanged (full closures of the M4 eastbound carriageway from junction 13 to junction 12), however the closures for next week will now be as follows:
· Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October – Full EASTBOUND closures from junction 13 to junction 12
· Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October – Full WESTBOUND closures from junction 12 to junction 13
The closures planned for week commencing 16 October have been cancelled as the narrow lane traffic management should be installed.
M4 Junctions 12 to 13 Hermitage (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment Works – Upcoming Closures
Preliminary works along the M4, between junctions 12 and 13, is progressing well and in October the narrow lane traffic management is scheduled to be installed. To assist with onsite activities and the installation of the traffic management, the following full overnight closures of the M4 have been programmed:
· Monday 2 October for 5 nights – full EASTBOUND closures from junction 13 to junction 12
· Monday 9 October for 5 nights – full WESTBOUND closures from junction 12 to junction 13
· Monday 16 October for 5 nights – full EASTBOUND closures from junction 13 to junction 12
M4 weekend closures
As with the previous scheme, 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. We will therefore need to fully close the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 for entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday).
The first of these closures is expected to be in late-November 2017 – confirmed dates will be advertised in advance on signs along the M4, on the Highways England website and via the media.
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advisable that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
During all closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton).
We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can visit our website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads
Berkshire Badger Poster
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: email@example.com
- · 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!
Home-Start Volunteer Opportunity
SUN Website 4th Anniversary
Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets
Summer Ridgeway Newsletter 2017 and 18th October The Great Outdoors forum
Hope you enjoy reading our newsletter!
· Oxford University will be on The Ridgeway with a drone this summer.
· Update on Strategic Links Project – we have a grant to do work on links to 4 settlements in the western half of the Trail.
· Events for you to enjoy during June to Sept, including festivals, Open Studios, Big Camp and more.
· Comedian Bill Bailey and fundraising.
· 2017 calendar of major organised charity and sporting events.
Please also note 18th October for the Ridgeway’s forum being held jointly with the North Wessex Downs AONB – the theme is The Great Outdoors and all our parish and town councils are welcome to attend. It is your chance to meet up, discuss, learn and shape the work on the Trail and the wider AONB….and eat a nice lunch!
Thanks for your continued support for The Ridgeway and please keep in touch about Trail issues relating to your area.
Update on Operation Temperer
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.
Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network
2017 Calendar of Events on The Ridgeway
Superfast Berkshire Update
As you may be aware, Superfast Berkshire has been working with Gigaclear to expand faster broadband provision across large areas of West Berkshire but primarily for the remaining ‘rural and suburban properties’ that are still without access to a superfast solution. This will enable individuals to receive broadband at speeds from 50 Mbps to 1000 Mbps (both upload and download) and help to drive superfast coverage for West Berkshire to in excess of 99% by the end of 2017.
To ensure you are in the communication loop, we wanted to let you know that Gigaclear will shortly be starting to build their new ultrafast fibre network at the end of April 2017 in your Ward / Parish. If you have communications channels that will help inform the residents/businesses in the ‘Ufton Nervet Community’ area (such as social media, parish magazine, parish website, community groups/meetings, etc.) then this will help to raise awareness. Gigaclear will also be independently advising the community on the build start date.
Individuals can check whether they will be included in the improvements by using the postcode checker on the Gigaclear website www.gigaclear.com/postcode-che
More details on the Superfast Berkshire project can be found on the websitewww.superfastberkshire.org.uk.
Many thanks for your support.
The Project Team
West Berkshire Libraries News
As you may know, a new service model for West Berkshire Libraries was approved at the West Berkshire Council meeting on 7 February. Here is some further information about this.
Wash Common Library
There will be no mobile library services running from 31 March until Tuesday 18 April. During this period Mobile 1 (our larger vehicle) will be withdrawn from service and Mobile 2 will be re-fitted, after which it will run to a new timetable. Full details of all the new stops, dates and times are available on our website.
With immediate effect, we regret that we are no longer able to borrow books from the British Library or from library authorities outside of the south east libraries’ consortium (SELMS) to which we belong. This includes performance sets (orchestral sets, plays and vocal scores), although we are pleased to confirm that we will still be able to obtain sets from Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Kent libraries, all of who have extensive performance collections.
Some changes to library fees and charges will come into effect on Monday 3 April, including a fee for reserving items in stock in West Berkshire libraries. Find details on our website now or pick up a leaflet in your local library in April.
There will be some changes to current opening hours in several libraries, with the biggest change likely to affect Newbury Library. These will come into effect in July and we will let you have full details nearer the time.
We are continuing to recruit volunteers to work in all West Berkshire libraries. If you are interested or would like further information about this, please contact Gemma Taylor, our Volunteers Co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01635 519533.
Stocktake at Newbury Library
Please note that Newbury Library will be closed all day on Thursday 30 March for stocktaking.
Tadley and District Citizens Advice
Revised 44 Locl Bus Service for Aldermaston and Aldermaston Wharf
Marie Curie Free Will Writing Promotion
We are currently running a Free Will Writing Scheme in your area with local solicitors and I am contacting you on behalf of Marie Curie to ask if you would kindly include the attached Ad in your parish newsletter or on your Website.
Marie Curie is dedicated to the care of people with terminal illnesses. Our Nurses work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support. The equivalent of almost a quarter of all people cared for by Marie Curie last year was thanks to gifts left in supporters Wills..
Given the choice, most of us would want to die at home, surrounded by the people and things we cherish. Marie Curie makes this possible. Our nurses give free hands-on care to people with a terminal illness in their own homes, and vital emotional support to their loved ones. We allow families to make the most of the precious time they have left together. But the sad fact is, every five minutes someone in the UK dies without the care they need at the end of their life. That’s why we urgently need to reach more people – and why we’re counting on your support.
Thank you for taking the time to read this request and in anticipation of your support. if you are able to support this initiative and would like Posters or leaflets or further information about our Free Wills scheme or our work, I can be contacted on 01883 832 639 / 07798 638087 or email@example.com ,.
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.
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