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Covid-19 update

west berkshire - Tier 2 - High Alert - from Dec. 2nd.

National Restrictions 5th November to 2nd December 2020 are here. West Berkshire will be placed in Tier 2 when national lockdown restrictions end next week. A summary is provided here.

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.

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. Official tracers will never ask for payment of any kind or for bank details.

Getting a  test for Covid-19.
Tests are available for all adults and most children in the UK with a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss of smell or taste. You can apply for a swab test for yourself, or for anyone in your household, if you or they have symptoms. To apply, click here.

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. Those who don't comply may be stopped from travelling, and passengers can be fined. Government guidance on when to wear a face mask is given here.

Printable How-to make, wear and wash face coverings.


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

Catching Covid-19 is not just about travel, it's about speaking and spending time together - which is what humans do. Don't put others at risk, adhere to the government guidance on exercise socialising and shopping . And if you go out, wear a face mask (See item on the News page), be on your guard and maintain social distancing.

According to researchers in Australia, the virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days. When you clean these it is important to wash your hands afterwards.

Latest guidance and information
West Berkshire continues to be in the Local COVID Alert Level “Medium” in the new three tier system for local restrictions in England. "Medium" means that we must adhere to the rule of 6, work from home where we can, and continue to follow the national COVID-19 guidance.

In West Berkshire, Covid-19 cases are at 81 for the week 21st to 27th November, an decrease of 71 on the previous week. That's 51 cases per 100,000. Please be careful. 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. 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.

Just to reiterate, 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.


To download your copy of the latest Bulletin click here.

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

The Defibrillator has been moved temporarily to the fencing of the tennis courts so that it is accessible whilst the building works is going on. Due to it not being connected to an electrical supply it won’t be lit up at night so please do make a note of where it is should it be needed.

Seeds from Unknown Sources
Mysterious Chinese seed packets, often labelled as jewellery, are showing up on people's doorsteps. Gardeners are warned that seeds sent from China are a ‘biosecurity risk’. If you get seeds from an unknown source, do not plant them or put them in the bin. Contact West Berkshire Council so that they can be safely destroyed.

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.

St. Michael's Church and the Coronavirus
There will be a Remembrance Day service at St. Michaels Church on the 8th Nov. starting at 10:45. This will be an outdoor service so dress to keep warm.

The Church will be dressed in poppies as usual as an act of remembrance. In all other respects, the guidance on covid lockdown is that the church be closed until 2nd December, except for private prayer and reflection. For these purposes, the church will be open Wednesdays and Sundays between 9:30 and 4 pm.

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.

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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