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Covid-19 update

Keep to the rule of 6 this Bank holiday

12 April - Step 2 of Roadmap to Recovery begins. The Lockdown table is shown below. The NHS roadmap can be downloaded here. For a local and almost up-to-date view of what's happening in West Berkshire, click here. The government website shows 27 cases per 100,000 in the week 27 April to the 3 May for West Berkshire. Please remain alert. For the latest guidance and information on what to do as a precaution or in the event of getting possible symptoms, go to the News page. A summary of the current covid-19 restrictions is provided here. If you are in good health, please make sure that any of your neighbours that might be vulnerable to the covid-19 are able to manage and are well, and keep in touch with them regularly.  If you are aware of someone in Inkpen who is self-isolating but may not be getting help, please contact the clerk to the Parish Council.

Gradual easing of lockdown from March 8th.

Vaccinations in West Berkshire
To keep up to date with the progress of vaccine delivery in West Berkshire, please click here and here. The Berkshire West healthcare newsletter for January 2021 is here.

Click on the following links for NHS information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, How you will be contacted and What happens at your appointment.

Three reasons to book your vaccination ·
The vaccine is safe and it works ·
The vaccine is how we will get things back to normal ·
The vaccine will protect you, your friends and your family

Getting a  test for Covid-19. If you are aged 45 or over you can book your COVID-19 vaccination now. You can also book now if you are in one of the other categories listed below:
You can get the vaccine if: ·
You are aged 45 or over ·
You are at high risk from COVID-19 ·
You are an eligible frontline health or social care worker ·
You have a condition that puts you at higher risk ·
You have a learning disability ·
You are a main carer for someone at high right from COVID-19

If you are in one of these groups and have not had your first dose, you can book your vaccination now. Call 119 or book online at


A Covid-19 quick guide for parents and carers can be found here.

Wearing face coverings on public transport is compulsory in England. There are exemptions for young children.  Government guidance on when to wear a face mask is given here.

The West Berkshire bulletin is here. Use your freedoms wisely.

Local councils in England and Wales have issued alerts following reports of bogus calls and messages asking for money to cover the cost of coronavirus testing kits or vaccinations. NHS officials will never ask for payment of any kind or for bank details.

A local COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme that delivers funding worth £279k for food, energy and other essential items, to residents in need as a result of the pandemic, is detailed here.

The latest West Berkshire Council news update is here.
Community and West Berkshire Council information has been added here.

If you need help and are in self-isolation, the News page provides a list of those offering to help you - take your pick.

And don't forget that at this time of year, and especially this year, some can get trapped in a cold and even damp home. Please be on the lookout and do what you can to make sure that no one in Inkpen finds themselves in such difficult circumstances. Older people are particularly vulnerable. Guidance on what to look out for, and where to get help from, is provided here.


Remembering His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, click here.


To download your copy of the latest Bulletin click here.

West Berkshire Council.Like many other Local Authorities across the country, we are facing a difficult January with significantly increased volumes of waste after Christmas and a number of collection crews self-isolating. This has unfortunately impacted parts of our waste collection services meaning we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend garden and food waste collections to prioritise rubbish and recycling.

The garden and food waste collection service will be suspended from Monday 18 January until Friday 29 January 2021. We are asking residents whose garden waste is due for collection during this time to not put their green bin out until the service can be resumed again.

History Group
The Inkpen History Group has a new home at The site contains photos, maps and a wide variety of documents. If you have items, whatever the condition, that you think will be relevant to the group, please contact them at

Email and Phone Scams

There are always people out to exploit the vulnerable, especially at times where peoples attention is diverted to other matters of harm. A number of Covid19 related phishing emails have been reported to Action Fraud. These emails and texts attempt to trick you into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing your personal information, logins, passwords, or banking details. If you get emails that you aren't sure about, or unknown people phone you or knock on your door, ignore it and please seek advice - go to ActionFraud. If you are using electronic devices that don't have up-to-date virus protection, please get it fixed - if in doubt, talk to one of the helper listed on the News page. A range of current scams, including track and trace scams, is listed on the News page.

You might receive a call, text or email offering the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re asked to provide payment or bank details, please don’t respond – it’s a scam. The NHS will never ask you for payment, bank account details, passwords or passcodes.

St. Michael's Lockdown Arrangements. 
• there will be no services at St Michael's until further notice
• the church will only be open for private prayer and meditation on Sunday and Wednesday each week from 10am to 4pm. For the other five days it will be locked.
• there will be one Zoom service in the Benefice group each week. You can see how to join it by going to: and clicking on the Services tab on the main page of the site (third tab along near the top of the page), or by clicking on or typing it into your browser.
Gerald Atkinson. Churchwarden.

Going for a walk
If you want a breath of fresh air and some exercise, check out the Inkpen walks, but keep your distance from others, that's at least 6 feet apart in old money. If you feel that you should wear a face mask when outdoors, then checkout the design given on the News page.

Also on the news page this month there are a number of updates including from the Inkpen Primary School and pre-school, from the Playing field trust and Village Hall, and there's this months Police Report .

Climate change issues are taking hold and Inkpen's role in this will be discussed at the Parish Council and the IMPFT meetings. Climate issues haven't gone away and don't deserve a lesser priority even now. Climate change IS a pandemic just as much as COVID 19 is.

United Nations reports over the last decade have warned that the world must turn towards healthy plant based diets if climate change is to be stopped. Tree planting is a brilliant solution to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity, but the wrong tree in the wrong place can do more harm than good, say experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The rules include protecting existing woodland first and involving locals.

inkpen parish council

Parish Council public meetings are, for the time being, suspended. Councillors will conduct their business by email.  All council business is shown on the 'Council' page which is selectable via the menu at the top.

Parish Council Information includes planning updates, an archive of previous minutes and agendas, and dates for up-coming meetings are shown . In addition, there are updates on environmental issues, library services and other services, such as high speed broadband.

There's a register of Councillor's details and interests, Council financial reports, details of the Code of Conduct, and application forms for village groups to apply for the limited Parish Council grants.

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