Website updated - 1 JUNE '24


Inkpen Parish Council is the corporate trustee for the Inkpen Memorial Playing Field Trust. The IMPFT has its own website and this can be found at http://impft.co.uk. All bookings, events schedule etc. is available on the impft website.

Notice of Election - election for a parish councillor, click here.



The Bulletin
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The Hungerford and Kintbury Ward news can be found here.

DOWSING DAY AT INKPEN (Weather permitting)

We all start off thinking that dowsing is silly, fixed, unscientific etc. but if you try it, you might change your mind. Some local residents have already tried it and been amazed, finding the experience quite unbelievable. Well, now you can come and have a go too. Remember, Thames Water and most other water companies still use this technique. And it isn’t used just to find water!

The Inkpen History Group is holding a ‘Dowsing Day’. It’s on June 22nd 13:00 to 16:00 at ‘The Folly’ paddock RG17 9DJ, (Map Ref: 51.38158, -1.474056.  what3words: turns.drilled.waggled). Entrance is £1 per person or £2 per family. Just turn up and have a go.

If possible, please bring a mobile phone with you with a GPS app installed such as My GPS Location for android phones or My GPS Coordinates for Apple iPhones. Also bring a notepad/paper and a pencil or other writing aid. And we suggest you wear wellies as the grass is quite long.

If you are coming from Kintbury, please park on the downward slope by Inkpen School, but not past the school where there are houses. Then walk on downhill past the little grass triangle on the left, until you see a track on your right. Follow the track and you will find us.

If you live in Inkpen, then hopefully there will be enough parking space at the site.

We do not accept any liability for you or your car, that’s down to you! Please keep an eye on the inkpenhistory.uk website, just in case it rains and we have to change to another day. See you there.

Midsummer Madness

We’re nearly halfway through the year and it’s time for us to sit outside, relax and sup a morning cuppa with a goodly slice of naughty cake to hand. Well, that’s exactly what you can do at the June Pop-In Café. As always, we’re open on the first and third Thursdays, that’s the 6th and 20th of June and the 4th and 18th of July, from 10am till 12:30pm at the Inkpen pavilion.

Do check my dates – I got it wrong once before. Stay for as long as you like and have a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There’s always a selection of biscuits and much sought after cake(s). This really is a time for people to come and meet other residents, friends, even other stargazers. Come and treat yourself.

Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT) 26th June.
HEAT is running this event in order to help people who may be considering moving to an all-electric vehicle but find the surrounding jargon daunting and may be concerned by some of the media coverage they hear.

This public event takes place in Church Street, Hungerford, from 7pm on the 26th June. At 7:30 till 8:30pm there will be presentations and a question-and-answer panel inside the Hungerford Hub and Library as an introductory guide to all-electric vehicles for those keen to find out more.

In the adjacent public carpark there will be a range of electric vehicles for you to look at, with their drivers on hand to answer any questions. Hear what actual users of EVs think and see what the vehicles look like.

The Inkpen Moth survey
A survey of the moths found in Inkpen was started back in January. What a surprise it has been. The quantity and colour of the moths is frankly amazing. But there is a problem. Outdoor lights attract the moths and provide good haunts for bats on the lookout for an easy meal. Please turn off lights that you don’t need.

Other things which may be causing problems for moths include changes in the way we manage our gardens, pesticides, herbicides as well as changes to our climate. Moth numbers have decreased rapidly in recent years. Whatever the causes, the decrease in moth numbers is a warning to us that all is not well with our environment. Just think about it and do what you can to help restore moth numbers.

If you see a moth that looks interesting, please try and take a picture of it without harming it and send the picture to inkpen-climate@outlook.com. We’ll do our best to work out what type it is for you.
Going for a walk
If you want a breath of fresh air and some exercise, check out the Inkpen walks, but keep your distance from others, that's at least 6 feet apart in old money. If you feel that you should wear a face mask when outdoors, then checkout the design given on the News page.

On the news page this month there are a number of updates including from the Inkpen Primary School and pre-school, from the Playing field trust and Village Hall, and there's this months Police Report .

Climate change issues.
The IMPFT, the playing field trust, is in the process of installing solar panels and a key entry system. The trust, chaired by Brian Cox, is aware of the need to reduce its carbon footprint and is making what progress it can. The solar panels are clearly there to reduce the trust's reliance on fossil fuel energy, and to feed whatever extra is generated back into the grid. The key entry system is there to make sure energy is only consumed when the facilities are in use. Many of you are choosing to adopt private energy saving measures - the trust is focused on trying and do the same.

On a more global scale, England's hedgerows would stretch almost ten times around the Earth if lined up end to end. That's according to a new map - the most comprehensive to date - of these historic features of the landscape. We need to protect our hedgerows and the wildlife that relies on them. 

Ecologists hope that new data will lead to better protections for the much-loved lines of trees and shrubs that provide food and shelter for wildlife, and store large amounts of carbon. Laser scanning from the air reveals a total of 390,000 km of hedges. The South West boasts the most hedgerows, led by Cornwall. Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire are the counties with the least - excluding big urban areas.

We are depending on renewables to help us get to net-zero carbon emissions. If you'd like to see what contribution renewables are making on a daily basis, have a look here.

Please give us a hand – Oak Trees in Inkpen
We need your help to measure oak trees. Measuring tree girths helps us to evaluate changes that have taken place in Inkpen and enable future researchers to evaluate the effect of climate change on tree growth and distribution. This is work of real value, be part of it. Go to inkpenhistory.uk to find out more.

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