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INKPEN History Group

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Local news updates

For your latest local and regional news, as provided by the BBC, click here. Hungerford and area news can be found here.

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People should wear cloth face coverings in public places especially where social distancing measures are “difficult to maintain,” such as shops supermarkets and pharmacies, the CDC and WHO advises. Masks can be “fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost.” Surgical masks and N-95 respirators should not be used by the public, as these were “critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.”

Wearing face coverings on public transport is to be compulsory in England from 15 June 2020. There will be exemptions for young children. Those who don't comply may be stopped from travelling and passengers can be fined.

If it is appropriate to wear a mask you should still maintain a separation of 6 feet from others. Don’t remove the mask until you’re at home or in a place where you can wash your hands after safely removing the mask. When you do remove the mask, avoid touching the front outer part of it in case it is contaminated with Covid -19.

On removal, wash the mask thoroughly, then wash your hands, and disinfect with bleach or alcohol anything you touched after taking off the mask. Never re-use a mask without washing it first. If you can't wash the mask, discard it safely. More complete guidance from the CDC is given here.

Design plans for DIY face masks  can be found at

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COVID-19 information

The latest government guidance is given here.

The World Health Organisation (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. The link is here.

Prescriptions and GP surgeries
If you are in a recognised medically vulnerable group or you are over 70 and are self-isolating, and you require help with a prescription please email Jo Kempster at or, if you can't email, contact either Jane Zollo (07795 320900) or Sarah Marston (07976 221847).

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 around !

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 given on this page. They have published a letter to communities on changes to help for communities, individuals and businesses.  The Community Support Hub update is here and will now be updated fortnightly. If you are a resident seeking additional support, click here. And if you want WBC updates sent directly to you, click here. The Public Protection Partnership - PPP - briefing is available here. The West Berkshire News Update is here.

RiM, 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.

Draft proposals of measures to help the public safely make walking or cycling trips part of their daily travel choices, can be found here.

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:

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.

Fly tipping
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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Things to do

Something for Youngsters
Brain Pop offers resources on maths, English, science and more, and starting on 20 April, videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will appear on BBC Bitesize Daily via the BBC iPlayer, red button, BBC Four and BBC Sounds. If your children are into Minecraft try Tynker. And, for craft resources, from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami, try  Creativebug. BBC Bitesize also has tons of content for ages 3 to 16+, and for Youtubers there's Freeschool with plenty of fun videos to watch - something that even the older audience might like.

If you are an Amazon customer then there is free childrens content here.

FREE Audio books for All Ages
If you have children at home from school why not try free Audible audiobooks for children . No sign-up required.

The BBC's Sound website and app offers a really extensive range of audio books. Something for everyone from here.

Puzzles and Games
If crossword puzzles are your thing, then there are masses on-line - printable and otherwise, they'll even provide the answers. For sudoku try Windows 10 users will find a range of free games in the Microsoft Store (an icon in the task bar), including mahjong and solitaire. There's even a jigsaw game. Paid for games are also freely available.

Many of you might be missing Yoga so try here for a few free exercises. If you've tried Pilates before have a look here, but if you are a beginner try the NHS Pilates for Beginners site. The NHS also provides a range of general fitness exercises - why not give it a go, but don't overdo it.

Night time Activity
At present, the night sky is quite clear. Weather permitting you might like to get out and do a bit of stargazing. A starters guide can be found here.

If you've any suggestions as to other stay-at-home activities, email them to

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The Inkpen Monthly Market
Inkpen Food and Craft Market is planning to start up again on 20th June - under new management. Mark it in your diary and be sure to come along - it's continuation will depend on how well it is supported.

For the first month some stalls may have to be outside to comply with Covid rules but thereafter hopefully in the Village Hall as before. If anyone is interested in having a stall please contact

Should anyone wish to give me a helping hand in running the market on the day, please let me know.

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Police report

A message from the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner is available here.

Online Fraud. New scams are coming to light all the time and particularly in the build-up to Christmas. Police guidance is given here.

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 your boot.
• 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 road.  

If you would like any further advice, or have any information relating to any of the above please contact me on 07814852137 or email


Be aware of scams. Download "The Little Book of Big Scams".  For home security, download "Secure your home".

Message shared on behalf of Thames Valley Police -  We 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 Foundation Trust (SECAMB)
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 offering 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 had failed 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 failed 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 There is further information on the website:

Scams can also be notified to Action Fraud on 03001232040 or via their website or to the National Trading Standards Scams Team 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 (Tel. 01635 519192) or (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 15th May 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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Climate change

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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school news

This half term has been wonderful, with all the children back in school and restrictions beyond the school gates beginning to ease. Our guidance has changed minimally within school and so we continue in our bubbles, supporting the children in any way we can. The children are the real stars; they are enthusiastic to be here, eager to learn and observing all our new "rules" with no fuss at all.

Something we are now able to do is to take the children out of school on trips and years 5&6 are looking forward to the Englefield Countryside Day after half term. We have also been lucky enough to rearrange the year 6 residential trip to Osmington Bay in Weymouth for the beginning of July. We will still be subject to a few extra restrictions, but it is a wonderful way for these children to celebrate their final few weeks in primary school after such an interrupted year.

Our fundraising site for repair work to the old schoolhouse has been a great success and we have raised almost half the money already. Many thanks to all our donors in the village - we are very grateful and plan to open the garden once all the work has been completed and we can invite visitors back onsite again. Donations can still be made via school or the Good Exchange site.


A: Clothing Collection with Rags 2 Riches 4 Schools.
Do you have clothes in your wardrobe that you no longer wear, maybe last year’s fashions, or that buy that was too good to leave but it’s not really you after all?

Please help us fundraise by donating your good quality unwanted, re-useable (clean, dry and wearable) clothes and accessories (please pair and tie shoes together)

Your donations become affordable clothing in other countries STOP and THINK - is it something you’d wear out and about yourself or pass to a friend? If not, no-one else will want to buy and wear it either, so unfortunately, it’s not reusable and can’t go in the bag.

If you can involve family, friends and neighbours please do. We truly appreciate your support in helping raise additional funds for our school for the benefit of our children. There’s no better feeling than knowing you raised funds, helped the economy, the environment, and somebody on the other side of the world – all by donating some clothes. Please use any bin bag, or non-charity bag. If we can fill 100 bags, we’ll have half a tonne!

Please bring your donations to school by 9am on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 Please bring bags on the morning of the collection only. If you are unable to bring donations to school, please contact us at as we may be able to arrange collection.


The Inkspots have had another busy and exciting month. Although this May has officially been one of the wettest on record, the gloomy weather has not held the children back as they wholeheartedly threw themselves into all our outdoor activities. These have included going on adventures in forest school, bark rubbing, seed planting, making dens and bird spotting in the Millennium Garden. The children continue to enjoy using the revamped outdoor classroom, especially playing in the mud kitchen, and making yummy mud pies.

The children have learned all about “Vehicles” and “Road Safety” this month. They made vehicle pictures using watercolour paints, did lots of learning about road safety and road signs and even went for walks around the village to practise their safe walking skills. The children were also treated to a very special visitor who parked his tractor right next to the Inkspots gate so everyone could have a good look at it. It was bright red and the children could look at and even sit inside the driver’s cab!

Finally, it was Hedgehog Awareness Week earlier this month, so the children had lots of fun learning all about hedgehogs and how to protect them as they start to wake up after hibernation. They baked delicious hedgehog shaped bread rolls and spiky hedgehog chocolate cupcakes. They also did a lot of hedgehog crafting, making masks, cardboard hogs and clay hogs.

What a jam-packed month it has been. We are always on the lookout for the next generation of Inkspots. If you know of any three or four-year-olds who would enjoy taking part in activities like these, then please do get in touch with Mrs Edwards by phone (01488668219) or email ( to request a registration form.

Daisy Chains
“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 chat.

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

IMPFT Pavilion.
You can now use the pavilion for any activity with 6 people inside and gatherings outside for 30. From 21st June hopefully all restrictions will be lifted, and we can finally make the most of this wonderful new facility.

The pavilion kitchen is now fully kitted out. We do ask that when you are outside you use the plastic plates and glasses to avoid any glass on the playing field. There is an outside power supply should you need electricity for any equipment outside the pavilion.

If you would like to hire the pavilion or any of the facilities email

Hire Charges are on the IMPFT website ( 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.

The Courts.
We are applying for grants to have the two courts which are used for tennis, netball and 5 a side football to be resurfaced. The courts were last resurfaced over 20 years ago and are in desperate need of resurfacing and annual maintenance. The Trustees have now turned their attention to trying to raise the funds to make this happen. We have a fund raising page on The Good Exchange ( ref: 18890 or search ‘Resurface Games Courts) and Greenham Trust have kindly offered to match up to £5,000 but we need to raise this by November this year. So, if you can donate please do via The Good Exchange. Thank you.

In addition, we will be renovating/painting the goal posts on the playing fields.

As a ‘not for profit’ charity all these works need your support either by hiring the facility, holding fund raising events or making donations. Any support you give is used directly for the maintenance and renovation of the facilities.

Playground and  Woodland Playground
Thanks to the rain and some sunshine the grass is taking at the woodland playground. We hope to open the playground this month and hope that the children all enjoy it. The existing playground does require some maintenance work as outlined by the recent ROSPA survey and we will be looking at what work is essential for the children’s enjoyment and safety of this much loved and used village facility.

We please ask that only children aged 12 and under use the playground as the equipment is not suitable for any children over this age.

The Storage Building.
The storage building works should be completed by the time you receive this bulletin and we will hopefully have enough funds to sort out the car park at the back of the building.

Get Active
Sporting activity can start again and in Inkpen we have a tennis club, 5 a side football, netball and cricket. If you want to know more about these, look at our website or contact Claire or Gloria for club contact details.

If you can help with coaching junior football please contact We are also keen for football and walking football to take place so if you can help with this or know a team that would like to play at the playing field and use our amazing new changing rooms and pavilion please do get in touch.

Any other activity ideas that can use the pavilion and get our community active please do get in touch.

Join me for Yoga in the Inkpen Pavilion on Thursday evenings between 7pm and 8pm. I teach Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, a Yoga flow suitable for all levels.

Here is an idea of what to expect in a class with me…

I start my classes with a focus on breathing techniques that help destress and soothe the nervous system, I will then guide you through some gentle movements to open the body, working on mobility and flexibility. We then move through different poses, strengthening ones, poses that aid in deep stretching and balances too. Ending the class with a mini guided relaxation on our backs, to really rejuvenate mind and body. Through my teaching I aim to have you leaving class feeling strong, stretched, restored and calmer in mind.

To book a space please contact me at or message 07554446502

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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 -

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.

The Covid-19 Scrapbook – 2020

To mark important times in the past, Inkpen resident groups have produced scrapbooks. These give a glimpse of the time in writings, pictures, bills and other impacting media.

For 2020, the history group want to do the same, to mark something that we have all been caught up in, namely, the covid-19 pandemic. No matter what your experience of the pandemic, or your age, we would like to hear from you, to share your pictures, your photos, formal and informal messages, and your anecdotes. We would prefer where possible to have handwritten textural content as this is more personal and reflects a personal experience.

Please support us in this. You can contact us in the first instance by email at or leave a brief phone message at 01488 757 471. Make history. Join in. Thank you.

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Other inkpen news

Inkpen Village Hall
Happily, the village hall has survived and is ready to re-open from early June. Despite running at a loss over the past two years due to some major maintenance works, a costly water leak and Covid-19, we are still able to continue to host many of our usual clubs, sports and wellbeing activities, and social fund-raisers such as the Great Inkpen Quiz that have benefitted the village for nearly 100 years.

Amongst other activities, the monthly Sunday market, yoga and Pilates, carpet bowls, line dancing, floral workshops, table tennis and playgroup will all be returning – see below Page 11 for more details and get in touch with organisers if you’d like to take part.

We also hope to run a Mosaic making workshop in the summer and possibly introduce a toddler’s exercise class. We will keep you posted via our lovely new look website where you can find details of all our activities including the floral workshop program.

We will also be hosting a sprinkling of wedding receptions for local couples which is always lovely to see.

Thank you to those who donated during the last year - these donations help greatly towards the survival of the hall for future. The village hall charity receives no outside funding from any other source and relies solely on the income from hirers and efforts of trustees in putting on extra fund-raisers. Therefore, we do encourage folk to use the facilities and activities on offer, but should you also wish to donate, that would be fabulous. Do get in touch. Every little helps.

The hall needs a little TLC after a year sitting unused which we will be addressing over next couple of weeks. However, it is still looking lovely, bright and airy, cosy and warm with a newly furnished wooden floor and some replacement windows/patio door. We will be installing a new boiler soon as well as erecting a smart new sign at the grounds entrance. Further sprucing up of interior will continue in due course including our plans for a kitchen refurbishment. Anyone who uses the hall and wishes to join a 'hands on' committee or be a 'friend of the village hall' and help with ad-hoc tasks are always most welcome too. It is a great way to get to know people locally especially if you are new to the village.

Do call or email us for an informal chat. Tel: 07568284750, email: Thank you to those who have already reached out to help. We look forward to welcoming all village halls users and supporters back soon.

Inkpen Market
Inkpen Food & Craft Market is back from Sunday 20th June from 10am - 12:30pm. Please come and support your local village market.

We will have a variety of stalls selling rare breed free range locally reared sausages and eggs, cakes and bakes, honey and artisan breads, award winning pies, skin care, ceramics, pastel paintings, and lots more. We are still looking for bric-a-brac and car boot sellers.

Please email me to book a table. Due to COVID restriction the Coffee Shop will not be open for June market but will hopefully be returning in July. A note for your diary the July Market will now be held on Sunday 11th July due to hall having prior arrangements. Hope to see you all there! Debbie & George. The email address is:

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Useful links

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 For other road or pavement issues including overgrown verges, go to

To join Laine's heating oil delivery club, email Lanie.

To report a water leak, go to and for loss of electricity, go to 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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