Website updated 28-july-21

Covid-19 update

changes to lockdown

The number of new cases in West Berkshire has risen rapidly, particularly in the Kintbury/Boxford region that includes Inkpen. Please be careful. 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 298 cases per 100,000 in the week 17 to the 23 July for West Berkshire. The average for the UK is 376.

To see the detailed local cases map for Inkpen and Kintbury, click here.

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.

Meeting friends and family
No legal limits on social contact, indoors or outdoors.
All social distancing rules have been lifted, but you should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated.
Face coverings are no longer mandatory, but some businesses and transport operators still request that they are worn.
No restrictions on travel within the UK.
You are advised to minimise travel to and from some local authority areas where the Delta variant has been spreading fast - Bedford, Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Brighton and Hove, Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Oxford and Warrington.
Ban on foreign travel has been lifted - you do not have to quarantine after travelling to green-list countries or amber-list countries (except France), if you have been fully vaccinated in the UK or are under 18.

Going to work
You are no longer required to work from home where possible - employers can begin planning a return to the workplace.
If your job involves working in other people's homes - for instance, as a cleaner, a tradesman or a childminder - you can continue to do so.

Schools and nurseries
Face coverings for pupils are no longer necessary in classrooms or in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges.
All remaining university students are eligible to return to in-person teaching and learning, and should get tested twice a week upon return.

Leisure time
Nightclubs are able to reopen.
Large events, such as music concerts and sporting events can resume without any limits on attendance or social distancing requirements.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants can open indoors, and serve food and/or alcohol - customers no longer need to be seated.
Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas, can open.
Accommodation such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs, can open.
Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms, are open.
Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can open.
Outdoor playgrounds are open.
Libraries and community centres can open.

All shops and retail outlets are now open.
Personal care premises, such as hairdressers, salons and close-contact services, can open.
People who offer these services in the home, such as mobile hairdressers or massage therapists, can also operate.

Restrictions lifted on the number of visitors to care homes.
All restrictions on events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees. There is no requirement for table service, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
Places of worship open for communal services.


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.

The latest West Berkshire Council update is here. This covers information on the Delta variant, the status of surge testing, vaccinations and other pandemic news. 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.


To download your copy of the latest Bulletin click here.

IMPORTANT - NHS Digital - by Ameen Kamlana.
GP practices in England have been instructed to hand over their patients’ entire medical histories with just six weeks’ notice. Like many GPs, I’m very concerned about the implications this has for my patients. A growing number of us in London have taken the decision to pull the plug on the new data-sharing programme with NHS Digital and refuse to hand over patient records.

This data grab is unwarranted, unparalleled in its scale and implications and quite possibly unlawful. Yet NHS Digital, acting at the government’s request, has downplayed the significance of the move. There has been no public awareness campaign, so you’d be forgiven for not knowing that your consent is assumed, or that you have only until 23 June to opt out from having your GP data extracted.

What this means in practice is that all your GP interactions, starting from the time you were born (and including many of the most intimate details of your life) are at risk of being indirectly sold to corporations. To be specific, your GP data includes details of physical, mental and sexual health, drug and alcohol history, and any family and work-related problems that you thought you’d disclosed in confidence. What’s worse, your personal information will not be fully anonymous, meaning it is relatively easily identifiable as yours (you can opt out after 23 June, but NHS Digital holds on to whatever data it has obtained, and still makes it available to third parties).

To read more on this from the Guardian, click here and for BBC coverage, click here. To opt-out, have your NHS number handy and click here.

In response, the NHS says: the data will be used for planning and research purposes only. Each application to use it will need approval from advisory groups. It may not be used "solely" for commercial purposes. But some private-sector organisations will be able to see it, with permission. And critics point to the controversial involvement of US data company Palantir in the analysis of other NHS data. The firm - sometimes described as the "scariest" of America's tech giants - is known for supplying data-sifting software to government agencies.

LATEST UPDATE: The UK government has conducted an embarrassing climbdown by agreeing to delay the implementation of NHS Digital's controversial grab of GP patient data by two months. Jo Churchill, under-secretary for health and social care, told MPs in Parliament that the date for the extraction of data from GP systems under General Practice Data for Planning and Research programme would be pushed back from 1 July to 1 September this year.

"We have decided we will proceed with the important programme, but we will take some extra time, as we have conversed with stakeholders over the past couple of days," Churchill said.

In order to opt out now, you must complete the "Type 1 opt-out" form and send it to your GP surgery before 1 September.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after 1st September, no more of your data will be shared with the new NHS Digital database, but you can't withdraw any data that it already has. That will remain and be available to third parties.

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.

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.  A video from down-under. Is this what we have become?

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. The parish council is engaged in re-wilding and tree planting, but that isn't enough. All residents need to play their part. We urge you to get involved with this now.

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.

Road Closures
Craven Close in the Parish of Kintbury will be closed for one day only on 22nd June 2021, between the hours of 08:00 to 17:00. A plan of the closure can be found at:
Weavers Lane in the Parish of Inkpen will be closed for one day only on 22nd June 2021, between the hours of 09:30 to 15:30, from its’ junctions with Unnamed Road from Wergs Barn to Folly Road and Unnamed Road from Bell Lane to Lower Green. A plan of the closure and diversion route can be found at:
Weavers Lane & Folly Road in the Parish of Inkpen will be closed for one day only on 23rd June 2021, between the hours of 09:30 to 15:30, from its’ junctions with Road known as Kintbury Road and Unnamed road from Wergs Barn To Folly Road. A plan of the closure and diversion route can be found at:

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