Website updated 11-june-21

Covid-19 update

changes to lockdown

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 26 cases per 100,000 in the week 1 to the 7 June for West Berkshire. The average for the UK is 33. 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
People can meet anywhere outdoors in groups of up to 30 people
People can meet indoors in groups of six, or with one other household.
Domestic overnight stays allowed in groups of up to six people or two households
Social distancing with family and friends is now a matter of personal judgement - although caution is advised.
The government hopes to remove all legal limits on social contact.
Going to work
You should continue working from home if possible.
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.
Twice weekly home testing will remain to control infection rates.
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
Pubs, cafes and restaurants can open indoors, and serve food and/or alcohol to seated customers Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas, can reopen.
Accommodation such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs, can reopen.
Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms, are open.
Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can reopen, in line with capacity limits
Indoor events with up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted.
Outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower, will be permitted.
Outdoor playgrounds are open. Libraries and community centres can open.
The government hopes to reopen nighclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances.
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.
Places of worship remain open for communal services.
Weddings, receptions, and other life events (such as bar mitzvahs or christenings) can take place with up to 30 guests.
No cap on the number of people at a funeral - numbers will be determined by the size of the venue.
Care home residents are allowed five regular visits, and more freedom to make low risk visits outside their home.
Travel allowed anywhere in England, Wales and Scotland - with the exception of Glasgow, where restrictions have been reintroduced.
Ban on foreign travel has been lifted - people can travel to green list countries without quarantining on return.
The government hopes to remove all limits on weddings and other life events.


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.

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.

NHS Digital has yet to clarify any amendment to the closing date, currently 23rd June 2021, for patients to opt out of the data haul.

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.

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