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CoVID-19. sHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK?
Government guidance says
it "expects and recommends" the
continued wearing of masks in crowded areas such as public
transport. People in England who can avoid mandatory self-isolation
are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces as a
Businesses and travel operators can set their own rules for
customers and passengers. For example, Transport for London requires
face covering for travel on its services, like the Underground and
In some areas there could be different rules depending on which
transport you are using. For example, in Greater Manchester, mayor
Andy Burnham requires face coverings on trams. He also wants them to
be worn on other city transport like buses, but these are privately
Other operators have announced plans: Train operator Greater Anglia
says passengers should wear face coverings during busy times.
Brittany Ferries continue to require face coverings. British
Airways, EasyJet, Virgin and Ryanair say masks are required. Some
shops have announced they still want shoppers to wear masks,
including Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waterstones. .
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.
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
of measures to help the public safely make
walking or cycling trips part of their daily travel choices, can be
West Berkshire Council
together with Greenham Trust have set
up a new “Surviving to Thriving”
fund to help charities and
volunteer organisations carry out small, meaningful projects that
can help to mitigate the impacts that COVID-19 has had on mental
health and wellbeing in the district.
For this partnership fund, West Berkshire Council and Greenham Trust
have each pledged £100,000 to make £200,000 available for local
organisations to carry out projects. While the deadline for
applications is 30 September 2021, organisations are encouraged to
apply as soon as possible. For more information on the fund, and to
begin the application process, applicants are invited to visit: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/survivingtothriving
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 Friday July 9th
and Tuesday 27th July 2021 - 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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What a lovely day Y5 and Y6 had last week when we visited the
Countryside Day at Englefield. This was the school’s first trip
outside since the middle of March last year and we could not have
asked for better weather.
Englefield Estate had gone to great lengths to ensure that safety
measures were all in place for the schools’ visits which meant
that were able to have a super day out, learning all about, among
other things, bees, telling the age of trees, the kitchen garden
and the history of the house. The year 6 residential trip is now
only 2 weeks away, and we hope that this will be just as
Our Chick eggs arrived yesterday, and this is always a special
time for our youngest children as they get to see the eggs hatch,
the chicks emerge and then grow so quickly in the space of only 2
weeks. A wonderful experience.
We are now entering what is usually our busiest time of the year
and although we are still not allowed any visitor onsite, the
junior children are practising hard for the end of year
performance. For the first time, the play will take place outside
and filmed so that all our parents still get to see how hard the
children have been working on learning all their lines and the
songs. Fingers crossed for good weather on the filming day.
Please come and join us for a Quiz night on Friday 23rd July in
aid of Inkpen Primary School. The Quiz is taking place at Inkpen
pavilion and is open to all. Tickets are £15 each which includes
the quiz and paella, either vegetable or chicken and chorizo,
served with salad. You can choose on the evening which you would
like. Alcoholic drinks are available, and doors will open at
7.00pm with the Quiz to start at 7.30pm. 6 people per table/team.
We only have a limited number of tables so please get in contact
with us soon to confirm your tickets. Georgie - 07917541269 Anna –
07818565405 Cash only and the is a prize for the winning team! We
all deserve a much-needed night out and it’s even better when it’s
for a good cause. We look forward to seeing you there. .
As the end of this extraordinary school year ends, it is
difficult not to feel very proud of the journey Inkspots
Pre-school has been on. From imminent closure back in December, to
a graduation ceremony for seven gorgeous little people in July,
and a healthy group of new recruits waiting to join us in the
Autumn. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and believed in
us. We could not have done it without you. As you will see, we
have a colourful new logo, and this marks the next exciting phase
of the Inkspots journey.
We are delighted that the Inkspots class of 2021 have now
graduated. They really are a fantastic group of little people, who
will be missed. We wish you all the best of luck as you embark on
the next exciting stage of your educational journey. Thank you for
all the laughs and giggles.
In preparation for the next generation of Inkspotters, we had an
open morning at the end of term. Thank you so much to those who
came to have a look around. We are looking forward to welcoming
you all soon. If anyone missed the chance to come and visit, then
do get in touch. We are always happy to arrange for you or your
child to come and get a taste of what we have to offer.
Another enormous thank you to our volunteers who generously gave
up their free time and expertise, on the hottest day of the year,
to give the Millennium Garden a well-needed spruce up. It is so
heartening to see the community coming together to support the
pre-school. We really appreciate your time and energy.
A poem to the Inkspots team:
The little hands you gently hold,
Exciting stories you have told.
All the playtimes we have shared,
And all the ways you’ve shown you cared.
The silly songs, the nursery rhymes,
And forest school with trees to climb.
The duplo trains and marble runs,
Everyday has been such fun!
So, although it is a little sad,
Above all else we are so glad.
As we leave to join big school,
A great big thank you from us all!
Finally, following the success of the Christmas Treasure Trail, we
are excited to announce the Inkspots Summer Holiday Woodland
Challenge. This is an exciting programme of thirty themed
activities put together by our committee, especially for primary
school aged children. It is a perfect source of inspiration for
how to keep your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews busy
all summer long and banish any cries of “I’m bored!”.
It is also a fantastic way of supporting Inkspots and having lots
of fun at the same time. The beauty of the challenge is that it
can be done from anywhere at any time, so makes the ideal present
for any little ones who you are not able to be close to this
Email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to get
Support Inkspots pre-school by taking part in the SUMMER
HOLIDAY Woodland Challenge, a six week programme of themed
activities, inspired by our beautiful woodland setting, to keep
your little ones busy until September.
For a donation of £5.00, made to our Go Fund Me page
(https://gofund.me/00e65ff3), we will email a PDF copy of our
colourful 16 page booklet for you to print out and use. We also
have a print and post option (please add £3.00). Upload posts and
photos of your progress to the “Save Inkspots” Facebook page for a
chance to win one of our exciting prizes.
Email email@example.com for more details.
“Daisy chains are meeting up at Inkpen park every Friday from
10:30 until Noon. We are providing tea, coffee and cake but do ask
that you bring your own mug. There will be a £1 donation for a cup
of tea or coffee and a bit of cake.
As we will not have the facilities to do lunch, we thought it
would be nice if everyone bought a packed lunch and we can then
have lunch on the playing fields.
We are preparing for the return of the group to the village hall
but for now we will carry on meeting outside. We have a WhatsApp
group and Facebook page that we communicate through to give
everyone updates on plans each week. So, please contact Jenny on
07775883318 or Anna on 07785 184808 and we can add you to the
Come along for some fun and to meet some lovely new friends. We
look forward to seeing you all soon”.
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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
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. We also
now have a Facebook page and Instagram account so please do follow
us - Inkpen Pavilion & Playing Fields
Playground & Woodland Playground
We have been successful in getting the funds we need to replace the
playground equipment which failed the latest ROSPA report. This
funding came from WBC and the Lottery.
We are looking at using recycled plastic as the structure for the
playground equipment. This not only uses recycled plastic but is
guaranteed for 30yrs so all good for the environment.
To donate via The Good Exchange please use the links:
Inkpen Court Resurfacing
– Ref: 18890
Inkpen Cricket Astro Strip
– Ref: 19064
Alternatively you can donate to IMPFT by cheque or bank transfer
just contact Claire (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
INKPEN CAR BOOT SALE: 25th September 10am – 2pm
WALBURY HILL CLIMB: 26th September
QUEEN’S JUBILEE 2022: 2nd – 5th June 2022. Let us know your thoughts
of activities across the four days. Email: email@example.com
CAR BOOT SALE
Saturday 25th September 10am – 1pm at the Playing Field
Please support our Car Boot Sale. All proceeds going to the projects
at the playing field. If you can bake a cake for the cake stall that
would be much appreciated.
If you won’t be there selling and have an hour to help on the
morning, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Community support for this event would be much appreciated and
please pass the word via social media or just tell everyone you
know! Thank you £10 per Car
Any activity ideas that can use the pavilion or playing field and
get our community active please do get in touch with
We now have Yoga on a Thursday evening and many of our youngsters
have been enjoying a Junior Football coaching session run by Darryl
who has very kindly come from Reading and donated his time for a few
weeks in August. We continue to look for a coach for some weekend
coaching so if you know of anyone please do let us know.
INKPEN 92 GROUP Meeting - 14th September at 2.30pm
The Inkpen 92 Group is back in action for our first meeting for over
a year. It will be lovely to see everyone again - past members and
guests are all welcome to attend the meeting for a small donation of
We have a new programme of speakers and are starting again in
September with Beth Asbury, the Assistant Archaeologist at West
Berkshire Council, who will reveal all the archaeological and
heritage work that has taken place in W Berkshire.
We are meeting, as before, in the newly renovated pavilion at Inkpen
Playing Field with a large TV screen to project the images presented
during the talk. Masks and social distancing are at your discretion,
so please come and join us at 2.30pm on Tuesday 14th September.
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INKPEN village hall
INKPEN STITCH AND KNIT
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It was lovely to meet up in August and see both familiar and new
faces. With the windows and doors open for most of the evening I
think we all felt safe. Our next meeting in on Wednesday 1st
September at 7.30pm in the village hall and will be a general
stitch, knit and natter evening. Tea, coffee, biscuits and hall
hire charges all included in the £2 fee for the evening.
For our October evening on Wednesday 6th October, Alex King will
be giving us a demonstration on braid making as well as the
opportunity to have a go ourselves. Alex is very talented in many
crafts as well as in weaving. I'm sure this will be a very
enjoyable evening and worth putting in diaries. If you need any
information, please contact me, Jan Honey on 07584122388 or email
Wow, amazing! Thank you to everyone that came and supported the
re-opening of the Inkpen Food & Craft Market. September's
market will be held on Sunday 19th September from 10:00-12:30. We
will be welcoming back Tropic with Tracey, The Bunting Basket,
Sadlers Woodhouse and many more. So please come along have a
coffee and catch-up. We look forward to seeing you again.
If anyone would like to donate any items or gifts to the Tombola
or the Christmas Raffle, please let us know. Thanks, Debbie &
KINTBURY BALLET SCHOOL
Ballet classes at the Coronation Hall, Kintbury, have taken place
since 2011. Ballet classes for all ages taught by Alex Foley, who
trained at the Royal Ballet School, and was a professional dancer
with English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of
Canada and the Deutsche Opera, Berlin.
Having retrained to become a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance
she has taught all over the world and when she moved back to the
UK, she taught for five years at White Lodge, Royal Ballet School.
Kintbury Ballet enters children for Royal Academy of Dance exams
and have performed at the Arlington Arts.
Children’s classes on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Adult
Ballet on a Friday. For more information contact
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 - email@example.com
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.
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY COLLECTION
The house-to-house poppy collection will return this year. The
withdrawal from Afghanistan has had a huge impact on the mental
health of many of those in the services and their families.
Those who suffered injury or lost fellow servicemen or family are
reliving the trauma and needing help from the likes of the Royal
British Legion. So, if you can please put aside any coins you have
for the collection and donate in October/November. We will have some
contactless machines but not enough to cover the whole village.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you can help with the
collections on your road, please do get in touch with
As far as I know there are few internationally recognized names
associated with Inkpen. But one of them is John Schlesinger who as a
Film Director won two Oscars and many other awards during the 1960s
to 80s. When he was at Oxford University in 1948 his parents lived
in Inkpen and he at age 24 made his first feature length film about
the events that led up to the one and only execution using the
Gibbet above Gallows Down. It was a silent black and white
production using handheld cameras with the cast made up by Oxford
Undergraduates and more importantly people of Inkpen and Combe. It
is for this reason that Schlesinger dedicated and gave the first
copy to, as he puts it, "the villages of Inkpen and Combe and to all
those for miles around whose unbounded goodwill was sufficient to
bring the story of the gibbet to the screen."
Though amateur it was, through various contacts, seen by
professional film critics who were unanimous in their view that
Schlesinger's talent would blossom as it truly did in such films as
'Far from the Madding Crowd' and 'Midnight Cowboy'. He entrusted
this copy to Inkpen Parochial Church Council for its care and
The film we will show is the same: but it is also very different.
With the full agreement of the John Schlesinger Estate in the U.S.
it has been rescued by digital re-mastering and enhanced by a
soundtrack with commentary by Robert Hardy and a sequence of
appropriate music. So, although some three copies are held by the
British Film Institute, the one you will see is unique. Then to
complete the evening we are showing the live conversation between
Jon Snow and Robert Hardy that we organized when our film was shown
at The Watermill in 2011. As you will agree when you see it, they
are both at the height of their not inconsiderable powers.
The Film and Conversation will be shown at 8.30pm in St. Michael's
Church on Friday 17th September. But as mentioned in the News from
St. Michael's the showing is primarily for Newcomers - most others
in Inkpen who want to see it already have. But non-Newcomers are
very welcome, providing you book to ensure that we have enough room.
Please do this by emailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org before 13th
September. As always, there is a charge of £5 per person.
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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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