For your latest local and regional news, as provided by the BBC,
. Hungerford and area
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CoVID-19. sHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK?
People should wear cloth face coverings in public places
especially where social distancing measures are “difficult to
maintain,” such as shops supermarkets and pharmacies
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. 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 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
The Helpers List
A very big THANK YOU
to all of our helpers for the
they are providing and coordinating. This has
made bearable the self-isolation that many are experiencing and has
very much brought people in our village together. A really good news
For those still self-isolating
and in need of help,
here is a list of neighbours kindly waiting to help you. Take
your pick and give them a call.
Lucy Hutchinson – 07766 065447
Nikki Pelissier – 07813 334907
Bridle Path and Heads Lane
Clare Macinnes – 07973 878613
Anna Bidwell – 07801 027262
Claire Jones – 07808 773346
Emma Wordsworth – 07785 292078 – 01488 668600
Jane Atkey – 07796 716843
Helen Hanna – 07766 915865
Brian and Nikki Cox – 07423 225426
Clare Evans – 01488 668534 or 07786 691292
Karl Prismall – 07879 883148
Katie Rimmer – 07831 680058
Pippa and Russ Jeffries – 07887 574112
Jane van Ammel - 07740 868536
Nick Day - 01488 684105 or 07786 075502
Sarah Marston - 07976 221847
Post Office Road
Alex Popplewell – 07834 570962
Brian Gerhardt – 07787 500217
Claire Loveridge – 07867 528926
Ed Loveridge – 07879 472929
Maxine and Phil Frazer-Reid – 07920 827888
Phil Day – 07837 537542
Sonya Donohoe – 07970 197843
Jane Zollo – 07795 320900
Sarah Burton – 07949 238458
Taj Woodgate – 07971 191263
Dave Lester – 07816 177524
Maridi Baker – 07976 575858
Lawrence Mead, Kintbury
Jelena Golinska – 07930 424547
For those with just a telephone or those needing a different type of
help than that provided by the helpers, you can call Inkpen 75 74
. This is just a recording service so please be
prepared to give your name, phone number and location, with a
brief message and this will be forwarded to the most appropriate
person or organisation. This is for Inkpen residents only
This list will be updated as further information becomes available.
If you are under 70, in robust health and wish to be added to the
list of helpers, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you volunteer and you start to feel unwell, you MUST stay at
home and look after yourself first
- this will also protect
the most vulnerable that we are trying to help. If you are unable to
continue as a helper for whatever reason, please contact email@example.com
so that you can be removed from the active helpers list. Official
advice to helpers
is provided here
. Thank you. All help,
particularly at this time, is very much appreciated
Prescriptions and GP surgeries
If you are in a recognised medically vulnerable group or
are over 70 and are self-isolating, and you require help with a
please email Jo Kempster at firstname.lastname@example.org
or, if you
can't email, contact either Jane Zollo (07795 320900) or Sarah
Marston (07976 221847).
There is a prescription collection rota
system in place for
collection from either Boots (Hungerford)
. All you need to do is provide your name,
address, post code and a brief description of where your house is
within Inkpen. Your prescription will be delivered by one of the
Inkpen Helpers. (If the prescription is for Woolton Hill surgery you
also need to include your date of birth). Scheduled visits to
Boots in Hungerford are on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Prescription collections from Woolton Hill/Kintbury Surgery, via Dr
Kate, are on Wednesdays and Fridays. Do let us know if you are
personally self isolating and are in the elderly and vulnerable
category, or if you know someone who is in these categories that
needs our help. We are aiming to keep footfall to a minimum in both
Boots and Woolton Hill surgeries.
Boots pharmacy, Hungerford
- Hours have been returned to 9 to
1 and 2 till 5:30. Saturday 9 to 1 and 2 till 5. Closed Sundays.
. The Woolton Hill GP Practice is operating on a
triage protocol, with Hungerford offering telephone consultations.
Kintbury surgery is closed. More information regarding access to GP
and broader medical advice is displayed on the respective surgery
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 given on this page. They have published a
to communities on changes to help
for communities, individuals and businesses
. The Community
update is here
will now be updated fortnightly. If you are a resident seeking
, 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
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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Pets and covid-19
The British Veterinary Association stresses "owners should not
worry" about the risk of infection from pets. But, veterinary
scientists have recommended cat owners keep their pets indoors to
help prevent the spread of the coronavirus among animals
An animal's fur could carry the virus for a time if a pet were to
have come into contact with someone who was sick with Covid-19.
Practise good hand hygiene, try and keep cats indoors.
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Keeping your Car ready for use
Keeping your battery healthy, your tyres inflated and giving your
car a thorough clean could make all the difference when isolation
measures are finally lifted.
The best way to make sure your car makes it through long-term
storage or significantly reduced usage, is to keep its battery
healthy. Using a battery conditioner, or trickle charger, is the
most effective way to do this. It will keep immobilisers and other
energy-sapping components of your car from draining your battery
You’ll also need to inflate your tyres to the maximum recommended
pressure found on the tyre sidewall, as they will lose pressure over
time even if they’re not being used in motion. If left for a long
period of time this can lead to flat spots and your tyres losing
their round shape, especially on older tyres.
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Things to do
Something for Youngsters
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
And, for craft resources, from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing
and origami, try Creativebug
. BBC Bitesize
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
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
The BBC's Sound website and app offers a really extensive range of
audio books. Something for everyone from here
Opera and Theatre
There's a wide range of quality musicals, theatre plays, some opera
and even a bit of ballet here
, all for free.
For older listeners there's something too, not to everyone's taste
but available none the less, Nightly Met Opera
streams in HD
. Our National Theatre
providing content for free whilst the theatre is closed - click here
You might also like to have a look at archive.org
. This provides
audio, music, TV, images, films, even old time radio. I can't vouch
for this content but worth a look.
And don't forget Stitch and Knit
. If you are self-isolating,
Jan Honey will email you patterns and instructions on how to make a
range of things: small knitted Christmas decorations, beginners
crochet, and how to make small hand sewn items. Give her a call on
Inkpen 668222 or email email@example.com
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 sudoku.com
Windows 10 users will find a range of free games in the
(an icon in the task bar), including mahjong
and solitaire. There's even a jigsaw game. Paid for games are also
Whilst you can't visit the pub, you can still have a go at a Pub
. Get out the crisps and pour the lager, then go to https://readymadepubquiz.com/
There are bound to be other and better pub quiz sites - let me know
when you find them.
If all that fails try a bit of gardening, or have a go at nettle
soup. We all have to eat so ring the changes, look for recipes
such as those on the BBC
or those on your
favourite supermarket site such as Waitrose
. I like the
'spaghetti with greens, capers, anchovies & lemon dressing' -
can you make it without spaghetti ?
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
site. The NHS also provides a range of general fitness exercises
- why not give
it a go, but don't overdo it.
Holidays from your armchair
Go to google maps, pick a destination an then go to street view.
That's all you need for your own virtual holiday, except maybe for
an espresso or a glass of wine. You can take a tour of the Louvre
, visit the Taj Mahal
or even Machu Picchu.
To get away
from it all, why not join the International Space Station and see
what they are seeing now, live
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Food VENUES and HOME DELIVERIES
The Inkpen Monthly Market
A number of people have asked me when the market will re-start given
that, as of mid-June, indoor markets were permitted to
re-open. During lockdown I have given the market much
I believe that for the market to re-open safely, the virus needs to
further recede. The Village Hall is a small building and, in
my opinion, it would be difficult for visitors to both keep socially
distant and at the same time being able to comfortably browse the
Many of the people who come to the market, be they shoppers or
stallholders, are elderly, or at least in the over 70s
bracket. In my opinion, on both sides, there will be some
reluctance to come along for quite some time.
I have run the market since 2011 and have been involved with it for
longer than that. I have decided that now is the right
time for me to pass on the baton to the younger members of Inkpen
should there be any village interest in the market recommencing at
some point in the coming months.
If anyone, or a small group, thinks they might be interested and
wants any information, please contact me, Josephine, on Inkpen 668
Didcot Bakery - Kintbury
There's a slightly different format at the Kintbury baker's shop
now, and for the moment, a slimmed down list of what's available.
Still plenty of choice though. You have to pay by contactless card,
no cash. Ordering online is probably easiest. Their website is www.farmhousebakerycafe.co.uk
Everything is now wrapped as you would expect with hand sanitizer at
the door and only one person allowed in the shop at a time.
The bakery is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am till 1pm.
In addition to bread, give their Chelsea buns, quiches and pies a
Fisher of Newbury
If you are NOT in an at-risk group
and want to get some fresh
fruit and veg
that you can collect yourself, you might like to
try Fisher of Newbury
do fruit and veg boxes which you can select on-line and collect if
you get a delivery slot. They have quite a range of items and are
based at Hambridge Road in Newbury.
Got a self-isolating neighbour ? See if you can get a veg and fruit
box for them at the same time.
Take-away service with a difference
The John O Gaunt Pub is offering a take-away service with a
difference. You order and pay over the phone. The food is delivered
to the customer - FOC - and the customer receives a call to say
"it's on your doorstep". The service is free, the food is not!
The menu link is: https://www.facebook.com/John-OGaunt-Freehouse-Hungerford-152058648286949/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
and the contact number is 01488 683535
Hungerford traditional butcher.
The traditional butcher in Hungerford is taking orders over the
phone for delivery to Hungerford and the surrounding villages - that
. If you are interested, details of the items
for sale and the contact number are to be found here
Cobbs Farm Shop
At their Hungerford farm shop
, you will
find fresh fruit and veg, a delicatessen, butchery, fishmonger and
florist. They work closely with a large number of local producers to
offer customers a whole host of products including luxury dairy ice
cream, freshly baked bread, honey, preserves and chutneys, cheese,
dairy, flour, eggs, cereals, tea, smoked fish and meats, juices and
biscuits. And let's not forget their home-grown award-winning
English Sparkling Wine - Alder Ridge.
If you are in a vulnerable group or over 70 and you want to place an
order with Cobbs, and have it delivered to your door, please contact
Claire Jones for details - 07808 773346.
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A message from the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
Local Police News
There has been very little reported crime. Covid19 never left the
news but it is now back on the top of the agenda following a rise in
infection rates across the Country.
From the 14th September gatherings of more than 6 people became
unlawful. There are some exemptions to this, and these can be found
on the Government’s website.
The Government announced further restrictions on the 22nd September.
These include changes to wearing face coverings and working from
home. Furthermore, from the 24th September cafes, bars and
restaurants must close by 10pm.
Halloween is generally the second busiest night of the year for the
force; however, we are not sure what it will look like this year due
to the Covid restrictions. I urge everyone to use a degree of common
sense and abide by the Government’s restrictions. For some people
this time of year can be frightening / intimidating and make people
nervous due to knockings on the door. Please respect those who have
posters, signs and do not wish to be disturbed.
At any point if you feel unsafe:
• Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your
spy-hole, look out of a window and use your door chain if you do
decide to open your door.
• Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to
hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
• If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your
coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you
are a coordinator, please identify people in your scheme that may be
vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at
any time of the year.
Have you heard about ‘THAMES VALLEY TEXT ALERT’? Sign up today www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/
to receive free texts or emails about crime in your local area and
relevant safety advice. You can now follow us on twitter
If you would like any further advice, or have any information
relating to any of the above please contact me on 07814852137 or
Please be advised crime needs to be reported using the on-line form
or via 101.
Be aware of scams.
Download "The Little Book of
". For home security, download "Secure your home
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.
The real NHS test and trace system WILL NOT ask you to:
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 library will be back on Tues 6th and 27th Oct at the school
from 3.05 – 4.00pm. It will be collecting books at the steps , no
browsing! To order books, go on-line and choose from the
library catalogue so that they can be ready for collection on the
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.
They also hosted their first YouTube Storytime on 8th April, with
author Rachel Jane reading one of her ‘Campervan’ stories. You can
watch this again on their YouTube page and keep an eye out for
further dates, which we will promote through social media.
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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school PSA news
Inkpen Primary School PSA would like to invite you to join in
with our Inkpen Village Halloween Scarecrow Hunt. There are two
ways to join in - you can make and enter a scarecrow and join in
with the hunt, or just do the hunt.
Maps will be available at Honesty cafe at Crown & Garter for
just £2. Maps will also be available to parents of children at
Inkpen school from Anna or Georgie. Completed maps will need to be
handed in to 17 Robins Hill (in post box) in order to enter prize
If you would like to make a Scarecrow please contact either Anna
on 07818565405 or Georgie on 07917541269 by 10th October at the
A winner will be picked for the Best Scarecrow and another winner
will picked at random for joining in the hunt. You do not need to
live in Inkpen to join in - we can find lots of places to place
scarecrows for you.
Inkpen Primary School PSA - Charity No. 1039021
INKSPOTS EARLY YEARS PRE-SCHOOL
Inkspots are up and running this September and have spaces for
new children this term.
We are a cosy pre-school running within the grounds of Inkpen
Village Primary school. We work alongside the school to ensure the
children are ready for their transition to reception. We provide a
stimulating environment with different activities on offer daily,
you may even have seen us enjoying walks around the village.
We welcome children from their 3rd birthday, we accept West
Berkshire grant funding which can be split between other
providers. We are open Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am –
If you are looking for a place for your child, please get in
contact via telephone or email. 01488 668219 or 07765535391 /
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playing field trust (impft) news
Phase 1: The changing room renovation is complete. We were able to
host the Walbury Hill Climb Event at the end of last month and hope
this will become an annual fixture at the Playing Field. One last
task is to ensure the soil in front becomes grass not mud…
Phase 2 Building works are on track. This month the new roof will be
completed along with the installation of the new windows and work
will start on the installation of the new kitchen.
Phase 3 Sport and playing field equipment storage building. We have
planning permission for this but still need to raise money to build
it so if you can help in any way, do get in touch. The current
storage of the containers is not fit for purpose, with not enough
space and damp. Any help you can provide with the fund raising would
be much appreciated.
Car Boot Sale :
Sadly, we have decided that due to the ever
changing Covid19 regulations we need to postpone the Car Boot Sale
until the spring. Do save up for this event it will happen in 2021!
Woodland Playground News:
The woodland playground is going to be delayed until February to
enable us to properly prepare the ground for the play equipment. The
Woodland Trust are giving us 200 tree saplings in October/November.
We won’t be able to plant all of them at the playing field and so if
you are interested in having some ‘medium wildlife saplings’ or some
‘medium year-round colour’ saplings for your garden please do get in
Due to a near accident with a cricket ball at the pavilion hit from
the practice nets the Trustees have decided that the practice nets
cannot be used until more safety are measures put in place. Safety
measures are currently being considered by the trustees in
conjunction with the cricket team.
Sports Activity :
Sadly, due to COVID19 there are restrictions as to what sporting
activities can take place now, but we hope that by 2021 we will be
able to hold lots more activities on the playing field and in the
pavilion. If you have an idea for an activity or sport for any age
group, please do get in touch. We are looking for a junior football
coach. The junior football was very popular earlier this year, but
we do need a new coach. If you know anyone who may be interested,
please do get in touch. The cricket season is finished but we still
have the tennis club, Sunday 5-a-side football in the evening and
netball. If you are interested in any of these, contact details can
be found on our webpage or from Gloria Keene or Claire Jones.
Claire Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org
David Thomas (email@example.com
or any of the other Trustees
If you would like to receive the IMPFT Newsletter which is sent out
monthly, please visit the IMPFT website (impft.co.uk) and subscribe.
For more details of IMPFT activities, please visit the IMPFT
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INKPEN FOOD BANK
Sophie and Claudia write… “Thank you to everyone who is kindly
donating to the Inkpen phone boxes. All the food and toiletries we
deliver are all massively appreciated. Our donations this week
(and last) made up 3 crates.
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Please do keep donating as help is needed more than ever and it is
a lifeline for many families and individuals locally. The Newbury
food bank website lists the items
urgently needed as well as those low in stock and those not needed
Please note, the phone box by the Crown and Garter is for Newbury
Food Bank donations only and not books.”
Other inkpen news
Inkpen Village Hall
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The village hall is now open for hire for any activities which are
permissible under the Government’s current restrictions. We would
require any hirers to thoroughly check this for themselves before
contacting the hall.
The village hall has done everything currently required from a
venue to re-open as safely as possible and will continue to adjust
as regulations change. Any potential hirers would be required to
complete our existing hiring agreement alongside a Covid 19
addendum which asks that extra necessary precautions and
procedures are taken.
For indoor sports, this would include all recommended steps that
their sporting governing body recommends. Pilates with Caroline
has re-commenced for its current customers who were keen to get
going again and a further class is planned to re-commence in
November which can include new customers – further details will
follow. Some of you may find a local and smaller venue preferable
to larger, busier gyms or clubs for these difficult times.
We also appreciate the need for villagers to still be able to
continue with exercise and social contact to some extent so we do
hope that the village hall can support this need in a very
measured and safe way over the winter months when mental and
physical health may start to suffer further. Any questions do get
in touch on 0756 828 4750.
British Legion Poppy Collection 2020.
Sadly, there will be NO house to house collections in aid of the
British Legion this year as they have asked us not to put anyone
at risk of COVID19.
The British Legion would obviously still greatly appreciate your
donations which are invaluable in helping so many who were or are
in the armed forces and their families. The British Legion offers
support to those in need whether it be financial and employment
support, physical and mental health rehabilitation, care and
independent living support or simply some guidance and advice.
Although we cannot do house to house collections, there will be
Poppy Boxes at the Crown and Garter both the bakery and the pub
and at the school from 24th October. If you would like some
poppies and to donate using the Gift Aid envelope, please do get
in touch with Claire Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On behalf of The British Legion, and all those who benefit from
your donations, thank you for your support in these strange times.
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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