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.

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Volunteering Opportunities with Home-Start West Berkshire

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Bus Satisfaction Survey

Thames Valley Police Museum - Open Mornings

The Thames Valley Police Museum is open on Wednesday mornings between 10.00am – 12.00pm you can pop along without making an appointment or paying a visitors fee.
The museum is based in the White House, at The Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Nr Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4DX.
The Museum’s collections include displays on the Great Train Robbery and the history of Thames Valley Police.

Police Museum open to the public

The Thames Valley Police Museum is open on Wednesday mornings between 10.00am – 12.00pm and you can pop along without making an appointment or paying a visitors fee.
The museum is based in the White House at The Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Nr Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4DX.
The Museum’s collections include displays on the Great Train Robbery and the history of Thames Valley Police.
We look forward to your visit.
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Living with Covid in West Berkshire

We appreciate everything you, your family and your friends have done over the past two years to protect each other and the West Berkshire community. 

With the support you've shown for the vaccination scheme, and following guidance on protecting the whole community, we have all helped to get to the next step of living with Covid-19.

Following the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Monday, we wanted to confirm the key points from the Living with Covid Plan that is now available to view on the gov.uk website.

All domestic legal restrictions relating to Covid will end on 24 February as the country moves to treat Covid as other infectious diseases such as flu.

This means:

  • The legal requirement to self-isolate ends. Until 1 April, adults and children who test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days. Then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
  • From April, the Government will update guidance setting out the ongoing steps that people with Covid-19 should take to be careful and considerate of others, similar to advice on other infectious diseases. This will align with testing changes.
  • Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
  • Routine contact tracing ends, including venue check-ins on the NHS Covid-19 app.
  • Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days. The legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate will be removed.

With the end of the restrictions this week, ensuring that you are fully vaccinated is more important than ever. However, if you haven't started your vaccination journey, it is never too late to start.

You can book in using the NHS website, call 119 or speak to your GP. They are also there to discuss any concerns you might have or if you want to know about your whole family vaccinations from 5 years and up.

You might be planning for your summer holidays, it is now much easier to travel again, and for your friends and family to visit you here in the UK.

If you'd like to find out what rules apply either visiting other countries, or people coming to visit you, you can find all the information here.

West Berks Covid Vaccination information

Please click on the image above to go direct to the West Berks full list of information for opening times and availability of centres. Thank you.

West Berkshire Council: waste service changes to improve resilience

Date: 17 December 2021

Like most councils in the UK, we have been managing a number of significant challenges to our waste services during the last two years, including the impacts of both the nationwide HGV driver shortage and Covid-19. It is likely that these pressures will continue due to the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, a sustained rise in working from home, home delivery purchases and the increase in waste generated over the Christmas holiday period.

Our waste services have coped well in comparison with many other parts of the country; during October 2021, 40% of councils in England and Wales were experiencing disruptions to their waste collection services [1][2].

We are now looking to make two changes to ensure that we can maintain a good quality of service for all residents. Firstly, we will temporarily suspend the garden and food waste service for one collection starting at the end of December 2021, and secondly we will re-organise most collection routes in February 2022.

West Berkshire Council has taken the difficult but necessary decision to temporarily suspend the green bin garden and food waste collection service for one collection from Tuesday 28 December 2021 until Saturday 8 January 2022 (inclusive). All services will resume as normal from Monday 10 January 2022.

This temporary suspension will free up more drivers and operatives to ensure your rubbish (black bin) and recycling (green boxes and bag) service continues as scheduled throughout the busy Christmas period and into the New Year.

We will collect up to 3 open topped bags of excess garden waste in addition to the green bin on your first collection following the resumption of the service. Please note that this is effectively a delayed collection and garden waste customers will not miss out on the usual amount of collections.  We are not able to offer refunds, as stated in the terms and conditions for the chargeable garden waste service.    

Some options for what residents can do with food and garden waste during the temporary suspension period, if they cannot wait until when the service restarts, are given below.

Garden Waste and Christmas Trees:

  • Garden waste, including real Christmas trees, can be disposed of at Household Waste recycling Centres (HWRCs) free of charge. Please ensure you book an appointment via www.westberks.gov.uk/clickandtip before you visit.
  • Residents can also home compost where possible.
  • Real Christmas trees will be collected on your first scheduled garden/food waste collection in January 2022 once the service has resumed. Please keep them close to your property until the collection service restarts and avoid blocking pavements and footpaths with them.

Food waste:

  • We are asking residents to try and reduce food waste generation over the holiday season and beyond.
  • Residents can also home compost where possible.
  • We will collect any food waste in your green bin when the service resumes.
  • If you would rather dispose of your food waste sooner it can temporarily be taken to our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for disposal. We have liaised with our contractor for special containers to be placed at the Newtown Road, Newbury and Padworth HWRCs from Monday 20 December 2021 until the suspension period is over. Please ensure you book an appointment via www.westberks.gov.uk/clickandtip before you visit.

As part of our longer term plan to build more resilience into our waste collection operations, we are working with our waste contractor, Veolia, to change collection rounds. This will achieve a more efficient routing pattern, so that vehicles and collection personnel can be used better. This is not a cost saving measure, Veolia will be investing in a new recycling truck with a full crew to add to the service. For most residents, this will result in collection day changes being made in February 2022. It will not affect the frequency of collections or how we collect waste from households. Details will be confirmed in January 2022.

Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for the Environment at West Berkshire Council, said: “We have not taken the decision to put garden and food waste collections on hold lightly, and I understand that some residents may be frustrated by this service disruption.

“We have listened to feedback from our residents received earlier this year and believe it is more prudent to have a planned and proactive service suspension so that inconvenience is reduced and other key waste collections can be protected.

“In the longer term, our planned reorganisation of routes will strengthen our kerbside collection service and improve the efficient use of available staff and vehicles. We are grateful for our residents continued support and understanding.”

For more information about this temporary service suspension, please read our Frequently Asked Questions document.

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.

Government Counter Fraud Announcement

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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

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/recyclingcentres)

 

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/requestabin

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

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Current Whats On

Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets

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Sue Ryder News

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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.

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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