Website updated 28-October-20

Covid-19 update

Covid-19 Kills. cases are rising fast in west berkshire.

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.

Help protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask in public places. Here's how - just click the arrow below.

Everyone should carry a face covering when they leave home
in order to tackle covid-19, the head of the UK's national academy of science has said. He said face coverings should be worn "whenever you are in crowded public spaces", and added that evidence shows that face masks protected both the wearer and those around them. Nearly 80% of those testing positive for Covid-19 show no symptoms so it will be hard for you to recognise someone able to infect you. It is for you to take the initiative.

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.


This week's 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 144 for the week 18th to 24th October, an increase of 57 over the previous week. That's 91 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.


To download your copy of the latest Bulletin click here.

Help for families during half-term
Help is available for families struggling to access food this half-term.

There is no reason for any children in West Berkshire to be going hungry this half-term. West Berkshire Council is here to help families who are struggling and need assistance with food or other forms of support. Anyone who needs help should contact the Community Support Hub on 01635 503579 or by email at

The Community Support Hub is open during office hours; call between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, or between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Friday. As well as providing support directly, the team can also provide advice about other local groups and organisations that might be able to help. For more information and to contact the team via the website visit

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.

Little Steps
Some of our local shops are now open for business. These small businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic, so your support is essential in order for them to get back on their feet. For example, the bakery in Kintbury is now open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am till 1pm. In addition to bread, their Chelsea buns are excellent, as are the quiches and pies. Support your local shops. For more on this, go to the News page.

The History Group page can be found here. We have had a bit of fun during lockdown and they hope you will find it both fun and interesting too. To see what they've been up to, click here.

St. Michael's Church and the Coronavirus
We are very pleased, that while still observing all the current requirements relating to Covid-19, we are now able to open St. Michael's Church this month for worship. There are two services: Holy Communion on Sunday 9th at 10.30am and Compline, which is a peaceful evening service on Sunday 16th at 6.30pm. We hope you will join us for either or both of these.

The Church is also open for private prayer and reflection each Wednesday in August and on Sundays 23rd and 30th from 9am to 4pm. To ensure a 'safe environment' it will be closed at noon after the service on Sunday 9th and until 6pm before the service on Sunday 16th as well as on all other days except Wednesday.

On the 8th of May, we marked VE’75, the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war in Europe. It was an opportunity for us all to spare just a few moments to think of those people, those individuals, caught up in the tragedy of the second world war and of their many heartbreaks and sadnesses. Fuller details are given here. Some images of Britain's VE celebration can be found here.

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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