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CoVID-19. sHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK?
From Friday 10 December 2021, face coverings will be required by law
in most indoor public places and on public transport, including
taxis. For a complete list, please click here.
There are some exemptions. You do not have to wear a face covering
in hospitality settings such as cafés, restaurants and pubs. This is
because it is not practical to keep removing face coverings to eat
Settings which are exempt from wearing a face covering include:
Restaurants, cafés and canteens
Bars and shisha bars
Gyms & exercise facilities
Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
In indoor settings where a face covering is not legally required,
you should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and
enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people
you do not normally meet.
If you are exempt from wearing a mask due to a medical condition,
please carry on as you have been.
Design plans for DIY face masks
can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgHrnS6n4iA
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The latest government guidance is given here.
The World Health
(WHO) has published a range of additional
information covering all aspects of Covid-19 including what to
do if you or a member of your family becomes infected
link is here
Covid-19 Symptoms ?
All people with flu-like symptoms
- a fever above 37.8C or a
persistent cough - should self-isolate (stay at home, away from
other people) for seven days and call 111.
Don't spread it
Mental Health Support for those of 11-18 years
West Berkshire Council has set up a dedicated telephone helpline for
young people experiencing issues and concerns relating to the
pandemic - 01635 503587.
The helpline, which is linked to its Emotional Health Academy (EHA),
will offer the district’s young people self-help support, advice and
guidance from trained EHA workers. It came into operation on 6
April, and will be open between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday,
providing an opportunity for children and young people (aged 11 to
18) to express their concerns and talk about issues directly
affecting them during the current Coronavirus crisis. EHA workers
will use active listening skills to support young people in dealing
with difficult feelings around Covid-19 and provide signposting and
self-help support for their general wellbeing.
This local helpline is a short-term service and will be available
only during the pandemic, to provide ‘in the moment’ support to
children and young people. It will provide access to trained EHA
workers who can offer advice and self-help tools and provide support
to manage ‘low level’ problems. It is not a crisis line and does not
replace other services such as the Child and Adolescent Mental
Health Service (CAMHS).
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West Berkshire Council
have set up a support link
reflecting the information available.
The latest West Berkshire Council
covid guidance is
Recovery in Mind is a community organisation, where
adults living in West Berkshire get the opportunity to learn life
long skills and tools to improve and manage their mental health and
wellbeing. Details can be found here
West Berkshire Council
are asking residents across the
district/borough to think of others and not light bonfires
during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic lockdown because many people at
home are vulnerable and may have respiratory issues, or even be
fighting the Covid-19 itself. During this difficult time we are
asking that their needs are put first. Bonfires can also get out of
control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already
busy emergency services. Anyone having a domestic bonfire that
causes a nuisance may be prosecuted under the
Environmental Protection Act 1990
. To report an incident
of a bonfire
please use our on-line reporting form here
is the illegal dumping of any waste or rubbish on
public land or sites which are unauthorised to accept waste. If the
rubbish is dumped on private land, the landowner is responsible for
removing it. If you find or receive notification of fly tipped
material on private land you will need to inform the landowner.
Landowners unfortunately will have to pay for the cost of disposal
of fly-tipped materials. To report an incident of fly tipping
please see links on PPP website here
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A message from the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
New scams are coming to light all the time and
particularly in the build-up to Christmas. Police guidance is given
Local Police News
With forecasters reporting an improvement in the weather we could
see an increase in theft from vehicles parked at beauty spots such
as Combe Gibbet, Hungerford Common and other areas used by dog
walkers and those out for a stroll in the sunshine. This crime is
carried out by opportunists and you can reduce the risk of having
your vehicle broken into by considering the following :
• Don’t leave anything in your car. Do not leave items of value in
• Open the parcel shelf and leave the glove box open to show would
be thieves there is nothing of value left in the vehicle.
• Use well lit, secure car parks.
• Don’t return to your car to leave purchases in the boot before
continuing with your shopping as thieves may watch car parks.
It has again been highlighted to me that drivers are speeding
through the village, particularly during the hours of morning and
evening rush hour. The roads in Inkpen, in places, are very narrow
and windy with blind bends. Please keep you speed down and be
considerate to other road users, and pedestrians who might be in the
If you would like any further advice, or have any information
relating to any of the above please contact me on 07814852137 or
Be aware of scams.
Download "The Little Book of
". For home security, download "Secure your home
Message shared on behalf of Thames Valley Police
have been informed by Thames Water that a number of “Contractor”
Identification Cards have been lost in transit. The cards have been
deactivated so they cannot be used to gain access to any Thames
Water sites but there are concerns that they could be used for
criminal activity known as “Distraction Burglaries.” Please be very
cautious and verify with Thames Water any Thames Water person’s
details before letting anyone into their property?
Message sent on behalf of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS
We are aware of a voice message being shared currently on social
media regarding the ambulance response to coronavirus. The alarmist
information being shared in the message is not correct. We would
urge people to disregard the message and not share it further.
In line with our ongoing plans during this challenging time, we are
continuing to follow national guidelines regarding the ambulance
response and thank the public for their ongoing support in following
the government’s advice.
NHS test and trace system
The Government announced the launch of the NHS test and trace system
in England and Scotland on 27 May. Earlier in the month
Trading Standards warned about a phishing scam around use of the
trial contact tracing app being piloted in the Isle of Wight.
It has not been rolled out across the rest of the country but that
hasn’t stopped the scammers trying to take advantage. The
public should look out for texts
with links in them.
The link goes to a bogus website which asks for personal details.
Scammers may use the information to gain access to bank accounts and
commit other forms of identity fraud.
Also, 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 real NHS will not ask you to: 1)
provide bank details or payments, 2)
give details of any
other accounts, such as social media, 3)
set up a password
or PIN number over the phone, or 4) call a premium rate number, such
as those starting 09 or 087
People who shop at Tesco
have been warned not to fall for a
scam email claiming to give them free shopping and vouchers. In
emails addressed to customers of the supermarket, scammers have
attempted to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis by offering
them the chance to shop for free online or in store and to click on
a link to register their details.
Similar scams too purporting to be from Morrison
free vouchers and other scams such as free Dettol or Gillette
samples or competitions. They are all trying to get you to like or
share which gives them details on your contacts etc. Never click on
any links from uninvited emails. If in doubt on any scams, please
contact your Bank or other organisations to check whether they have
been sent by them.
Other recent scams are a text from O2
saying that a payment
and to avoid fees, visit the website using the link
in the text and to then sign on using another screen asking for all
the security details that the person used followed by credit card
and bank account details. The fake website looked exactly like the
O2 official site so some people could easily fall for this scam.
Royal Mail scams
via email advising that your parcel has
arrived but the Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you. The
email then asks you to pay £3.95 for this to be re-delivered and to
click on a link to give your bank and other details.
Also Emails saying that the recent payment for your vehicle tax
because there is not enough money on your debit card
and that your vehicle is no longer taxed. They suggest you use a
credit card instead to avoid any other consequences and again this
is a way of trying to obtain your Bank details.
There are various ways of reporting scams.
A new initiative called Cyberawaregov has launched SERS – the
suspicious email reporting service. They say that if you have
received an email which you are not sure about, to forward it to email@example.com
There is further information on the website: www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails
Scams can also be notified to Action Fraud
on 03001232040 or
via their website or to the National Trading Standards Scams
on 03454 040506.
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Out of hours Building works
The law - and frequently planning permission as well - regulates
the hours during which construction can be carried out, typically
between 8am and 6pm weekdays, 8am and 3pm on Saturdays, and not at
all on Sundays. Outside those hours you have the right to complain
to the council, who will come and investigate and may take action
against persistent offenders. Contact WBC at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tel. 01635 519192) or email@example.com
(Tel. 01635 519111).
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Library - Pass It on
The mobile library will call at Craven Rd at 2.30pm until 2.50pm
and at the Inkpen Primary School at 3.05 to 4pm on Tuesday Dec
21st - Covid-19 arrangements will apply.
The Libraries Service are also offering a new online service to
residents so that they can continue to enjoy new books and to
share their love of reading without leaving the house. They have
set up a new Facebook group called West Berks Reads, which is a
useful, alternative way for people to share their thoughts and
pick up ideas for what to read next.
Meanwhile, the digital resources and e-library services are
continuing 24/7 and understandably being very well used at this
time. Why not go to the Libraries page on our website and discover a new
book or magazine?
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Official reports suggest that our climate decline is rapidly
accelerating. Although we are a small community and many feel that
we are too insignificant in the grand scheme, there are things
that we can do to make a positive impact.
Obviously we can plant more trees and hedging and the IMPFT
is this month planting more than 300 hedging plants along Post
Office Road. But individually we can make a difference by leaving
some of our gardens to become wild spaces. We can be more careful
in our use of pesticides and herbicides and hopefully use insect
friendly alternatives. Remember, Your Climate Needs You.
Following on from the work of Bob May and Bernard Harris, to
encourage wild flowers on the Lower Green Triangle, we are hoping
to transform other areas of public land in Inkpen in the coming
years, with an emphasis on natural flora and their insect
inhabitants. Why not set aside a small patch in your garden for
beautiful, natural, wild flowers. Have a look at this to get a
bit of encouragement.
These links might also be of some interest. Trees and Insects. Remember,
insects are at the bottom of the food chain - if we lose them we
lose all that depends on them!
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I knew I should have kept quiet about a return to normality as
the end of half term brought new guidance from West Berkshire
requiring us to return to bubbles due to high infection rates in
the area. Despite this, we are still trying to ensure that the
children experience school in as “normal” conditions as possible.
Our youngest children are now beginning to practise their nativity
and the hope is still to be able to have an audience. It is always
a favourite time for me when we can hear the children practising
I am sure our visit to the “Jungle Book” at the Watermill on
Friday will kickstart all our Christmas preparations in school and
inspire their performances.
As a finale to their work on WW1, Years 5 and 6 presented our
Remembrance Assembly out in the playground for the whole school.
They explained to the younger children why we wear poppies and how
this came about, as well as telling the history of the poem, “In
Flanders Field”. This was finished with a prayer, written by one
of the children, and our 2-minute silence.
Having assemblies and performances outside has been something we
have really enjoyed over the past 18 months – a positive from all
the gloom. So I have decided that our Carol service, led once
again by Years 5 and 6 and accompanied by Mrs Obin on piano, will
also be outside. We would like to invite anyone in the village who
may be free to come along and join us on Monday 13th December from
5.00pm until 6.00pm. There will be refreshments provided by our
PSA and the playground is large enough for us all to sing as
socially distanced as we are comfortable with. We look forward to
It has been an exciting term and the new Inkspotters have settled
in very well. The children have enjoyed a wide range of
activities. Topics have included the popular “All About Me”,
“Exploring Celebrations” and “Remembrance Sunday”. As always, the
Inkspotters have had lots of fantastic playtime in the fresh air,
enjoying the Outdoor Classroom and Millennium Garden and having
adventures at Forest School.
We are delighted to officially welcome Sarah Botting, our new team
leader. Sarah, who is an experienced Early Years Practitioner,
joined the Inkspots team at the beginning of September.
Inkspots is a lovely little pre-school, where we get to know
the children all as individuals.
We’re set in outstanding beauty, with lots of woodlands right on
our doorstep, in the heart of Inkpen Village.
I love working with my wonderful team, and the children are an
It’s a pleasure to be part of an Early Years Setting that offers
so much support to our local community & its families.
It has been a whole year since the village rallied together in
support of Inkspots as the pre-school faced imminent closure. The
formation of a dynamic and dedicated new committee and the
appointment of a permanent team leader have been important steps
on the road to recovery, but the pre-school will only thrive in
the long term with a steady stream of new recruits and the ongoing
support of the “Friends of Inkspots”.
Attending pre-school is an excellent way of preparing children who
will soon be making the transition to big school. At Inkspots we
give children the best start in life by:
- Supporting their Emotional and Social Development.
- Teaching them Confidence and Independence.
- Developing their Listening and Speaking Skills.
Best of all, the children in our care feel safe, valued and have
lots of fun. If you know of any lovely little three or
four-year-olds who would enjoy exploring the natural world with
us, then please get in touch with Sarah by phone (01488668219) or
email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a registration
After the success of last year, we will be having another Inkspots
Christmas Treasure Trail this year. More details below. Please do
get involved. We will also be organising a Superhero Sponsored
Walk in the New Year. Make sure you save the date, and we look
forward to seeing you there.
Join us for some festive fun for the whole family as you tour
around beautiful Inkpen village, searching for signs and following
clues. Suggested donation for treasure maps is £3.00 (two for
Maps will be available soon from Inkpen Primary School, the Crown
and Garter, Honesty Cafe or by emailing us at
email@example.com. All proceeds will go to supporting
Finally, we are looking for more volunteers to join our official
“Friends of Inkspots” team. The “Friends of Inkspots” are
instrumental in organising fundraising events and spreading the
word about our unique little pre-school. Whether you have personal
experience of Inkspots, or you simply treasure and value special
rural pre-schools like ours, we need you! Email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. The more the
Contact Jenny on 07775883318 or Anna on 07785 184808.
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playing field trust (impft) news
Book the Pavilion
If you would like to hire the pavilion or any of the facilities
email email@example.com Hiring the pavilion and facilities
enable us to maintain them as a ‘not for profit’ charity.
Hire Charges are on the IMPFT website (www.impft.co.uk) and on the
notice board at the pavilion or email Gloria for details.
THANK YOU FROM THE TRUSTEES OF IMPFT FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR.
WE WISH YOU A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR WE
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE PAVILION IN 2022.
We are still fund raising for the resurfacing of the courts and the
artificial cricket pitch so if you can donate no matter how little
please do, it would be much appreciated.
Google: The Good Exchange
Inkpen Court Resurfacing; Ref: 18890
Alternatively you can donate to IMPFT by cheque or bank transfer
just contact Claire (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
To donate via The Good Exchange please use the links:
Inkpen Court Resurfacing – Ref: 18890
SAVE THE DATE
Lighting a Beacon for the Jubilee
On the evening of Thursday 2nd June Inkpen will be lighting a beacon
on Walbury Hill to join with beacons being lit throughout the
country. All will be welcome to come along to Walbury Hill to take
part in the ceremony.
Inkpen Big Jubilee Saturday incorporating Party in the Park
Please put Saturday 4th June 2022 in your diary for a village event
at the playing fields to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
There will be activities and games for all ages including a village
tug of war competition, a dog show, food, drinks and stalls. Party
in the Park will be held in the evening. Anyone who would like to
reserve a stall at the event please email email@example.com.
The event is for everyone and will be free to attend during the day
although there will be a charge for Party in the Park in the
Playing field update
The new piece of playground equipment was put in place recently.
PLEASE NOTE it cannot be used until the safety mats are in place and
the fencing is removed which should be before the Christmas
holidays. Please do not allow your children on the equipment until
the fencing has been removed.
A huge thank you to all those who helped remove the old equipment
and a particular thank you to Andrew & Paula Foxley who, with a
digger, removed the huge amount of concrete below the ground and the
old matting. It was quite a job.
Thank you also to ARK Homes who helped with the ground works
required for the installation.
We hope you like the new equipment supplied by Play Quest. It is
100% recycled plastic.
INKPEN 92 GROUP Meeting - Tuesday 9th November at 2.30pm
The Inkpen 92 Group is meeting on Tuesday 14th December 2021 and the
speaker will be Phil Wood, a retired engineer, with a passionate
interest in local history and is on the West Berkshire Heritage
Forum. He will speak of 'Memories of the Great War', which includes
stories of some of the men named. The meeting will start at 2.30pm
at Inkpen Pavilion. Please come and join us for a cup of tea and a
well-documented talk. Guests and members are welcome for a donation
of £2. Masks optional.
The Inkpen 92 Group will meet again on Tuesday 11th January 2022 at
2.30pm in the Inkpen Pavilion and the speaker will be Dr Ann Benson
FSA FRHistS who moved to Inkpen in June of 2021. She is a garden and
architectural historian and Beaufort Visiting Fellow of St John’s
College, University of Cambridge. She has kindly volunteered to give
this talk on 'Opulent Royal and courtier Tudor gardens’.
Tudor gardens were amongst the glories of the age. They enabled the
richness of Renaissance culture to extend beyond the house and in so
doing, became living art forms to delight the senses and facilitate
outdoor entertainments. They also served as symbols of power and
courtly magnificence. This richly illustrated lecture focusses on
the gardens of Henry VII and VIII, and those of Elizabeth I’s
leading courtiers who were vying for royal favour.
Please come along and join us - guests and members are welcome for a
donation of £2. Masks and non-masks optional .
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evENTS AT INKPEN village hall
INKPEN STITCH AND KNIT
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By the time you read this our S&K Christmas festivities will
probably have already taken place as our December meeting falls on
1st of the month. For those that attended hope you enjoyed the
activities. Why not start 2022 by joining us on Wednesday 5th
January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall where we will be relaxing
with a cup of tea and working on our own projects. However, if you
receive any sewing or knitting goodies from Santa please bring
them along for a show and tell. Look forward to seeing you in
January and have a sewtastic Christmas.
If you have any questions, please give me a call - Jan Honey on
01488668222 or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from Inkpen Food and Craft
Market. Thanks to all that came and supported the Market in
November. December's market will be held on Sunday 19th December
from 10:00-12:30 where we will be holding the draw for the
Christmas Raffle. It will be drawn at 11:30am. Numbers will be on
sale on the day for just £2 so it’s not too late, we have some
great prizes up for grabs:
1st - £100 Gift Card
2nd - Bronze Oven Ready Turkey from Debbie
3rd - Meal voucher for £65 from the Crown & Garter
Plus, prizes from Tailwaggerz, Yew Tree Garden Centre and our
stall holders - Waney Edge Woodcraft, Sadlers Woodhouse, Tropic
with Tracey, The Bunting Basket, The Rats Whiskers, Ethel's Pies
and Chalk & Cheese Candles and Wax Melts!
We are three Explorer Scouts who live in Inkpen. We’ve been given
an amazing opportunity to join an expedition to the Alps in 2022
and are fundraising to help pay for the trip.
We’ll be at the Christmas market selling homemade decorations (log
reindeer, crackers for humans and pets, origami stars) and more.
Please come and say hello. Thank you
Henry, Lewis and Tess There will be NO market held in
January, but we will be back on Sunday 20th February 2022.
Thanks Debbie & Georgina - email@example.com
Other inkpen news
Inkpen History Group
We are keen to receive copies of old photos, documents etc. that you
may have and would be happy to share. Old maps, items of Inkpen
pottery and any items relating to the old sawmills. Whatever you
judge might be of interest, please drop us an email at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our aim is to bring together as much historic content as we can to
avoid it getting lost for ever. Your help is important. Thank you.
SMALL CHANGES, BIG DIFFERENCE
Give yourself a Christmas present and give an enduring present to
those that you care about. Little changes that you can make to save
yourself money and help the next generation.
1. Wash clothes at a lower temperature. Cut your dishwasher use by
just one cycle per week and save £8 a year on energy. The same goes
for washing machine use - one less cycle per week and save £8 a year
on energy. Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you
need and save around £6 a year.
2. 21% of all food waste occurs in the home. Buying less saves you
money and can reduce waste.
3. Thinking about those car journeys – are they all necessary? Can
you do several things in one journey or can you walk some of the
4. Heating your house – The UK government used to recommend a
temperature of 21 degrees for living rooms and 18 degrees for
bedrooms, but now they just recommend 18 degrees for the whole home.
5. Switch your lighting to LED lights, that’ll save you around £30 a
year on electricity. And don’t leave lights on when they’re not
6. Don’t leave electrical appliances plugged in and switched on. You
can save around £35 a year just by remembering to turn your
appliances off standby mode. Charging adapters for phones and other
rechargeable battery devices can continue to use electricity even
when the device is fully charged. These can also present a fire
hazard. When a device is charged, unplug the adapter. And turn off
the telly when you go to bed.
These are things that you can do to help play your part in COP 26!
Please give it a go.
ROWING THE ATLANTIC
Inkpen’s very own athlete, Ashley Jones, will be talking about his
heroic effort of rowing across the Atlantic earlier this year. The
talk with be accompanied by photographs of the team’s adventures, no
doubt providing us all with a feel of what an adventure it was. The
date is Tuesday 14th December, the time 7.00pm and the place to be
is Inkpen Pavilion.
Many people from Inkpen supported the chosen Charity – Human
Practice Foundation - so the talk with include an update on what
happened to all the money. If you’d like to attend, please email
Ashley on email@example.com
FOXGLOVE CARE FARMING PROJECT
A huge thank you to everyone who purchased our Halloween pumpkins.
We raised £90.00 towards the funding of care placements at Foxglove
Farm. Along with the money raised from the September Open Day we can
offer 50% subsidised funding placements for a Spring 2022 start
date. If you feel that you could benefit from the care farming
activities, or you know someone that might, please contact Kathe on
New Arrivals We are very excited to welcome some new rare breed
additions to the Care Farm this month. They are Kerry Hill ewes and
Hill Radnor ewe lambs from mid-Wales.
Laura Farris MP visits Foxglove Care Farm Our local Member of
Parliament, Laura Farris, visited Foxglove Care Farm just prior to
our September Open Day.
Farm Gate Sales & Christmas Market We are continuing to sell
free-range eggs, seasonal vegetables and our local lamb from the
Farm gate. We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Farmers’
market in December. We will be selling a variety of festive food and
Volunteers We are pleased to welcome two new volunteers, George and
Lorna, who have been very busy digging up potatoes, picking runner
beans for seeds for next year and picking the last of the tomatoes
to make winter chutney, which will be for sale at the Inkpen
Christmas market. We are very grateful to them for their support.
With the winter months fast approaching, we would welcome support
with several DIY/Woodworking projects. The projects are: Building a
goat house, garden tables, log stores and pizza oven. Repairing a
duck house, an old trailer and renovating a shepherd’s hut. Making a
wildlife pond, planting trees and planting a wildflower meadow.
If you feel able to offer us a few hours of your time to help
support any of these projects, we would be very grateful. Please
contact Kathe on 07738464794.
Stables to Rent Five/six stables available to rent at Foxglove Farm,
Great Common, Inkpen. RG17 9QR. Please contact Simon Bastable on
0774286088 for more information.
Spring Lambing Open Day – Spring 2022 We will be opening the farm in
the Spring for a fundraising Lambing Open Day event. It will be a
family event with opportunities to cuddle and feed a lamb. Lots of
children’s activities. Further information available in the New
Contact Kathe on 07738464794 for further information.
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Many thanks to Tim and Ali des Forges, editors of the Inkpen and
Combe bulletin, for providing bulletin copy for this
website. You can contact Tim and Ali by phone or email thus
or ring them on 01488 668496. You can also download a copy
of the Inkpen and Combe bulletin here
To report potholes, go to www.westberks.gov.uk/pothole.
For other road or pavement issues including overgrown verges, go
To join Laine's heating oil delivery club, email Lanie.
To report a water leak, go to www.thameswater.co.uk
and for loss of electricity, go to www.ssen.co.uk. Both Thames
Water and SSE provide priority services for those needing help to
cope should there be a loss of service. This includes the elderly
and those with special health needs. Thames Water
priority service can be accessed on-line, here and for
SSEN, the details are provided here.
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