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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
Sadly, due to the prime minister's extended Covid rules we thought June and July markets should be cancelled due to overall size of Village Hall and keeping everyone safe was our main priority. Fingers crossed 15th August for grand opening if Covid restrictions allow. We look forward to seeing everyone at Market.

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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 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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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

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 successful.

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.

Quiz Night

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. .


There’s something magical about a busy little group of people having fun together and just enjoying life. The Inkspots have certainly had fun this month and boy, have they been busy. It is amazing just how much the wonderful Inkspots staff manage to cram into their three days per week.

After lots of rainy days in May, the sun has shone brightly in June, and so the children have made the most of the warmer days by spending lots of time outside in the Millennium Garden, the Outdoor Classroom and in the woods enjoying Forest School. Water play was lots and lots of fun with the children enjoying bathing dolls, launching boats, washing toy cars and “fishing” for rubber duckies. There has been much nature exploring as well, with “Slug Watch” being a particular highlight. Apparently, they rather enjoy eating lettuce and strawberries! The children have also explored their creative side by painting beautiful flower pictures and designing bright and colourful Father’s Day cards.

The Inkspots 2021 graduates had their settling-in sessions at the primary school this month, and it suddenly feels very real that we will soon be saying a fond farewell to our little gang of explorers.

Thoughts inevitably now turn to the future, and we are so excited to soon be welcoming some new recruits to begin their woodland adventures in our vibrant and caring little pre-school.

If you would like your child to join the gang, then do get in touch with Mrs Edwards by phone (01488 668219) 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

Book the Pavilion
Hopefully by July 19th we will be free to socialise and fully use the pavilion so why not book it. Hiring the pavilion enables us to maintain it and the playing field plus it is a wonderful new facility. If you would like to hire the pavilion or any of the facilities email

Hire Charges are on the IMPFT website ( are 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 and Playing Fields

The Courts
The Trustees have now turned their attention to trying to raise the funds to resurface the courts. 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 or by a donation to Inkpen Playing Field Trust to Gloria or Claire.

Playground and Woodland Playground
The Woodland Playground is now open and hopefully being enjoyed by many of our younger residents. We are currently applying for grants to fund the replacement of the large piece of equipment in the old playground which failed in the recent ROSPA survey. It is safe to use but we must replace it asap.

Get Active
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 a football team back on the playing field and we hope to have many more activities utilising the pavilion and playing fields soon.

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

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.

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INKPEN village hall

Table Tennis
"The Table Tennis for Fun group is planning to resume playing in the Village Hall on Wednesdays starting on June 23rd. Timing is still to be finalised, but we expect to be playing late afternoon or early evening. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and our emphasis is on having fun rather than trying to be very competitive. Everyone plays everyone else in turn on two tables, and we try to avoid having anyone sitting out a game unless they want to. We may play singles or doubles depending on how many players turn up. We have plenty of bats and balls, so you only need to turn up to play. If you are interested in joining us, please call Mike Gilbert on 07717 355030 or Linda Pateman on 07774 775599”

Baby College
Baby College is coming to Inkpen soon! Fun Development Classes for you and your little one – ages 0-3-year olds. Monday mornings at the village hall. 45-minute classes for three different age groups to inspire parents and their little ones with a carefully crafted balance of learning, movement, and sensory play. Please contact Hayley to register your interest for the Inkpen sessions on 07979 340621 or email .

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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 -

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.

Hooray! At last, I can confirm that, subject to restrictions, Stitch and Knit will be back on Wednesday 4th August at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. I must stress that this is subject to any Government rules and guidelines that may be in place on that date. It will be lovely just to get together and catch up. If you would like any further information please contact me, Jan Honey, on 07584122388 or

We are pleased to see Carpet Bowls starting at the Village Hall on Thursday 1st July and each Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm - 4.30pm.

The recent Money Box collection for The Children's Society raised £202. Many thanks to the Boxholders who help the Society by having a money box in their home. I am stepping down as a House Box Co-Ordinator, but Meg Atkins has kindly volunteered to take over from me. She would be very pleased to hear from anyone who feels able to help the Society by having a money box. If you are interested, phone her on 01488 668253. Thank you to everyone who has helped over the 30 years while I have been the local Co-Ordinator. It has been much appreciated.

The Lower Green triangle is now into its sixth year of rewilding. For the enthusiast there are over 30 different varieties of flowers and grasses and it’s improving every year. This year picnicking logs have been added. As the season progresses the course grass will be mown.

Anna and Robin Dunn, formally residents of Sadlers Road, have a fundraising event for their excellent charity, Noreen's Kids. They have been helping to support a hospice in one of the poorest parts of Romania for many years and started their own charity in 2008. One of their trustees, Anita Campbell is opening her beautiful medieval garden on 3rd and 4th July as part of HADCAF (Hungerford Arts Festival). For further information on the charity please visit

Thank you to all who put flowers on the graves or commemorative stones of their loved ones. But inevitably when mowing, the vases/jars/other breakable containers are liable to be shattered with the obvious consequences. So, discretion here please. And if you could clear away flowers etc. when they are over, it would be appreciated by all. Thank you.

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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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