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Parish Council Election
was held on 17th August 2023 for the
remaining unfilled post for the Parish Council. James Fisher,
resident of Lower Green, Inkpen, was elected as a Councillor with
149 votes. The Parish Council now has 7 councillors to represent the
interests of residents. Councillors are in post for a period of 4
years- a list of those in post is on the village notice boards for
reference and on this website here
Councillors are all custodian and corporate Trustees of the Inkpen
Memorial Playing Field.
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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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The latest West Berkshire Council
weeknote is available here
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
West Berkshire Council
are asking residents across the
district/borough to think of others and not light bonfires.
having a domestic bonfire that causes a nuisance may be prosecuted
under the Environmental Protection Act 1990
. To report an
incident of a bonfire
please use our on-line reporting form here
is the illegal dumping of any waste or rubbish on
public land or sites which are unauthorised to accept waste. If the
rubbish is dumped on private land, the landowner is responsible for
removing it. If you find or receive notification of fly tipped
material on private land you will need to inform the landowner.
Landowners unfortunately will have to pay for the cost of disposal
of fly-tipped materials. To report an incident of fly tipping
please see links on PPP website here
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A message from the Police and Crime Commissioner
New scams are coming to light all the time.
Police guidance is given here
Local Police News
As we approach the end of Harvest, we find this is the time of year
when we see an increase in rural crime offences. Particularly
hare-coursing and poaching. We are already receiving reports of this
nature in other areas not far from here. Please be mindful of this
when driving through open countryside and report suspicious
behaviour to Police. Ideally a vehicle make, model and index.
Recently in the local area there have been reports of cooking oil
being stolen from rural businesses as well as small amounts of
metal, mainly lead. Please keep an eye out for vehicles / persons
acting suspiciously and report to the Police.
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 @TVP_westberks.
If you would like any further information or advice please contact
me on 07814852137 or email Joanna.email@example.com
Be aware of scams.
Download "The Little Book of
". For home security, download "Secure your home
Message shared on behalf of Thames Valley Police
have been informed by Thames Water that a number of “Contractor”
Identification Cards have been lost in transit. The cards have been
deactivated so they cannot be used to gain access to any Thames
Water sites but there are concerns that they could be used for
criminal activity known as “Distraction Burglaries.” Please be very
cautious and verify with Thames Water any Thames Water person’s
details before letting anyone into their property?
The real NHS will not ask you to: 1)
provide bank details or payments, 2)
give details of any
other accounts, such as social media, 3)
set up a password
or PIN number over the phone, or 4) call a premium rate number, such
as those starting 09 or 087
People who shop at Tesco
have been warned not to fall for a
scam email claiming to give them free shopping and vouchers. In
emails addressed to customers of the supermarket, scammers have
attempted to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis by offering
them the chance to shop for free online or in store and to click on
a link to register their details.
Similar scams too purporting to be from Morrison
free vouchers and other scams such as free Dettol or Gillette
samples or competitions. They are all trying to get you to like or
share which gives them details on your contacts etc. Never click on
any links from uninvited emails. If in doubt on any scams, please
contact your Bank or other organisations to check whether they have
been sent by them.
Other recent scams are a text from O2
saying that a payment
and to avoid fees, visit the website using the link
in the text and to then sign on using another screen asking for all
the security details that the person used followed by credit card
and bank account details. The fake website looked exactly like the
O2 official site so some people could easily fall for this scam.
Royal Mail scams
via email advising that your parcel has
arrived but the Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you. The
email then asks you to pay £3.95 for this to be re-delivered and to
click on a link to give your bank and other details.
Also Emails saying that the recent payment for your vehicle tax
because there is not enough money on your debit card
and that your vehicle is no longer taxed. They suggest you use a
credit card instead to avoid any other consequences and again this
is a way of trying to obtain your Bank details.
There are various ways of reporting scams.
A new initiative called Cyberawaregov has launched SERS – the
suspicious email reporting service. They say that if you have
received an email which you are not sure about, to forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
(Tel. 01635 519192) or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tel. 01635 519111).
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Library - Pass It on
Mobile Library Dates are 6th & 27th February 2024 and 19th
March 2024. The mobile van stops at: Craven Rd. Inkpen 2.20-2.50pm
and at Inkpen School at 3.05 – 4pm. Please visit the library as we
are lucky the service has continued to be supported by West
Berkshire Council in view of the budget considerations for 2024.
If you need large print books, please contact library services
on 01635 519900
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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Did you know?
It will cost around £160 to capture 1 metric tonne of carbon
from the atmosphere. Forty mature oak trees (or Beech, Ash, Willow
etc.) do that if you just leave them alone. Each tree is doing a
payback of £4 a year. They pay for their keep.
Silent forests devoid of life are a possibility within a
generation in our already deforested nation, according to a
panel of British experts.
"Ecosystem collapse", where trees suddenly fade and die,
could happen within 50 years, they warn. But the 42 experts said
if we act now we can avert the catastrophe. The large-scale loss
of forests hit by "wind, fire, pests and disease" has already
happened in continental Europe and North America. "A collapsed
forest would be heart-breaking, devoid of its essential life and
all the joy and benefits it gives to humanity," said Dr Eleanor
Tew of Forestry England and Cambridge University.
But she said we have time to make a difference and we know
what to do to make our forests more resilient "so they can
continue to thrive for future generations".
39 Ways to Save the Planet
Radio 4 BBC Radio Four, in partnership with the Royal Geographical
Society, presents 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate
change is exerting on the planet. To tune in, click here.
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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I always find myself wanting to start these messages with “What a
busy term it has been ...” and this month is no exception. It has
been an incredibly busy month and everyone is looking forward to a
lovely half term next week.
Last week, the Year 6 children went away for their residential at
Grittleton house and took part in a range of exciting activities
such as crate stacking, buggy building and escape the room. We
were really impressed with their enthusiasm and resilience
throughout the week, especially as for many children, this was
their first big trip away from home.
We were also really impressed with the Year 3 and 4 children who
represented our school brilliantly at a Tag Rugby tournament at
Hungerford Rugby Club. The theme for this tournament was “World
Cup” and each school was asked to represent a country; we were
proud to represent Portugal. The children worked incredibly hard
as a team and demonstrated an excellent understanding of the
rules. For many of these children, this was their first ever
tournament and they certainly did us proud. We were particularly
delighted to be awarded one of four trophies as a result of our
enthusiasm and determination.
I wish everyone a happy half term and am looking forward to one of
the busiest periods in the school calendar: Christmas! Miss Buck
The children have been thinking about their coordination, of how
they bounce the balls of the tub.
‘Force and Motion’ is a wonderful thing to learn - developing
anticipation and reaction when working with balls.
Ball play builds hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills,
spatial awareness, grasping skills, problem-solving.
The children have also really enjoyed story mapping Stick Man this
Storytelling will help develop listening and communication skills,
improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, create a
sense of wonder and help sequence events.
Story mapping allows a child to visualise story characters, events
and settings. It is a way to increase a child's ability to
comprehend and to organise their thoughts and sequencing of main
events. Great job
Contact Jenny on 07775883318 or Anna on 07785 184808.
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playing field trust (impft) news
‘POP-IN’ CAFÉ - 15th Feb, 7th and 21st March
The next Pop In Café mornings are February 1st and 15th, followed by
March 7th and 21st at the Inkpen playing field pavilion. All are
welcome at whatever age. Visitors from outside Inkpen are requested
to donate towards the cost of refreshments but all are very welcome.
The café is a good place to meet with friends or make new friends,
discuss problems or just pass the time of day. The heating is on,
plenty of parking, a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with
cake and biscuits. What’s not to like? Make a date in your diary. If
you’re on your own, please do give it a try.
INKPEN PLAYING FIELD & PAVILION - Members of ‘Sport
URGENT: Calling All SPORTSMEN and SPORTSWOMEN
- can you lead
on Football, Netball, Tennis, Running, Basketball? We are starting
to bring about change at Inkpen Playing Field as access to sport and
physical activity is still not a level playing field. A person’s
gender, whether they have a disability or not and most importantly
of all, where you live, all play a significant impact on how you are
likely to be active. Furthermore, less than half of all children and
young people are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of
being active at least 60 minutes a day.
In Inkpen we have never been in a stronger position, as we have the
tools available to us - a new sports pavilion and a great recreation
field so you should be able to take advantage and play sport and be
active. Please get in touch and let us know what you sport you have
experience of and could lead a session at Inkpen Playing Field.
The pavilion is available to book on 7 days of the week:
there is a regular Pop-in-Café
on first and third Thursday
mornings of each month, and the History Group
Meeting Room at the pavilion:
for up to 60 people with access
to a TV screen.
have been popular this summer – football
parties, tennis parties and playground parties- there is still time
to book a place if you are having a family event. A fully stocked
kitchen with double oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.
All the benefits of a home kitchen.
For more details:
and booking information please contact the
Parish Clerk: email@example.com
THE INKPEN HISTORY GROUP
A big thank you to all those that braved the freezing conditions to
come to our meeting on the evening of the 19th January at the Inkpen
pavilion. We had more than a dozen apologies for absence but even
so, we ran out of chairs with standing room only. A good turnout.
And thank you to our two excellent main speakers, David Russell and
Stephen Smallbone. And thank you to those who have offered to help
with projects. Our next meeting is likely to be in May, when we have
significantly more to report. If you would like to join us, just
email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what kind of project you
would like to work on.
Currently, we have projects relating to climate change over the last
few decades, to deciphering old documents, helping us with our oak
tree survey, finds analysis, and much more. Our next meeting
will be end of April/beginning of May.
If you have, or come across photos of bygone Inkpen, please let us
know. Old photos easily get destroyed, lost for ever and left
unrecorded. We would like to get as full a record of old photos as
possible. Many thanks.
YOGA IN INKPEN
Inkpen Village Hall - Tuesday mornings 9:30-10:30am
Inkpen Pavilion - Thursday evenings 7.00-8.00pm
Yoga which is suitable for beginners and experienced. Classes are
£10 pay as you go. Contact email@example.com 07554446502 for
additional info and requests to book on to a class.
Yoga classes not only bring strength, and a sense of freedom and
mobility to our physical bodies, they also leave us feeling calm,
aligned, with a settled mind. Through movement, postures, breathwork
and meditation you will leave the mat with a new sense of energy and
a permeating feeling of deep rest physically and mentally.
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evENTS AT INKPEN village hall
INKPEN STITCH AND KNIT
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We started 2024 by sharing our makes from last year - some
finished and some yet to be started. From rope bowls to faux
chenille to tapestry - the talents in our friendly group were
lovely to see.
In February we meet on Wednesday 7th when Beverley will be showing
us how to stitch fabric designs which can be applied to hand made
greeting cards. All materials will be supplied so please come
along and give it a go.
Our March meeting will be on Wednesday 6th when the focus is on
knitting and various ways to ensure a neat cast on edge.
Our meetings are always the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
in Inkpen Village Hall and the cost is £3 including tea/coffee and
biscuits (sometimes wine!). Further details from
firstname.lastname@example.org 07584 122 388
INKPEN Quiz Night - Saturday 24th February, 7:30
Quiz night at the village hall. £2.50 per person, licensed bar and
snacks. To book phone Inkpen 757918, email email@example.com
Other inkpen news
It’s been a busy summer on the Common with lots of projects to
improve access as well as the wildlife habitats. The Cattle pen and
‘crush’ were moved to the Rooksnest Lane side to make it easier to
catch and load the cows and to reduce the winter mud at the previous
location across the public footpath.
Volunteers have started to lay sleepers along the paths that get
muddiest and will continue this once the ground is a bit softer.
BBOWT has replaced the boardwalk and refenced the ‘Mire’ using
natural and recycled materials where possible. This was funded by
contributions from several agencies and individuals and huge thanks
go to the people of Inkpen that contributed to this project. Most
recently our intrepid Friends of Inkpen Common have been installing
‘shuttering’ in 2 parts of the ‘Mire’ (the fenced off boggy area) to
hold back some of the water from the seasonal stream and keep the
area wetter for longer. Not only will this benefit the rare species
that are part of our SSSI status, but this wet area acts as a giant
sponge and should reduce downstream flooding in times of heavy
Friends of Inkpen Common meet on the first Saturday of each month
and new volunteers are extremely welcome. Please drop me a note if
you would like to be added to our mailing list
(firstname.lastname@example.org). No previous experience required and all
tools are provided.
Choral singing is enjoying a boom in popularity thanks to Gareth
Malone and others. Here is an opportunity to participate with local
chamber choir, OPUS2, directed by Kintbury church organist, Chris
Lambert. Together with the Friends of St Mary’s Church, OPUS2 is
putting on a Come & Sing Day in Kintbury church on Saturday 23
March. This is to raise funds for the church at the same time as
bringing music to the community.
We are looking for anyone interested (some experience of singing is
expected) to join us and Come and Sing. For those participating, the
day will comprise rehearsals culminating in what we are sure will be
a stunning performance in the evening of Rossini’s fabulous Petite
Messe Solonnelle (it is neither particularly petite nor solonnelle).
We hope this will appeal to many who wish to enjoy the experience of
choral singing and find their voices again. If you are interested,
please go to the QR code on the ad in this magazine or email
The resulting performance will take place in St Mary’s Church and
tickets for this event will be available for purchase from The
Corner Shop, Kintbury or on-line at
www.ticketsource.co.uk/opus2/t-avolvyq from 1 February.
Crown and Garter
As usual, our popular quiz nights run on the last Wednesday of every
month. It is important to note that you need to book ahead as they
are filling up early in the month. Also this month, we have a
special Valentine's Day menu and wine pairing, please do call up to
book for the evening.
National children’s literacy charity, Schoolreaders, is looking for
volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools in the West
Berkshire area. 1 in 4 children are leaving primary school unable to
read well so our service is in great demand. No qualifications are
required to join Schoolreaders, just a love of reading, a few hours
each week in term time and a willingness to go where children need
you most. Apply now and you could be ready to start in September. To
find out more go to www.Schoolreaders.org
RAMBLERS’ WELLBEING WALKS
The Kintbury group of Wellbeing Walks meets every Tuesday morning at
10am. On the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of a month the walk starts
from the Kintbury Coronation Hall and ends with coffee at the
Bowling Club. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, the walk starts at 10am
from the Crown & Garter Pub at Inkpen and ends with coffee at
the Honesty Bakery.
If you would like to start walking, explore the local footpaths and
meet new people just come along or to find out more contact John
Noble on 07895 034552 or Janet Taylor on 01488 658225.
Kennet Valley Wetland Reserve
The Town and Manor of Hungerford charity would like your thoughts on
its proposal to create a wetland reserve on a site known as Undy's
Meadow, between Charnham Park road and the river Kennet. The
proposed wetland will be within walking distance of Hungerford town
centre, will be open to the public and will include an Education
& Information Centre. As a village close to Hungerford, we would
like your thoughts on this proposal.
Your feedback is important to ensure we make this project as
relevant and appealing as we can. Your responses to our survey
(https://tinyurl.com/hungerfordwetland-Survey) will remain anonymous
– only the statistics from the surveys will be used. It will only
take 5 minutes or less to complete. Thank you.
If you would like to find out more about out proposal do visit our
website page on: https://townandmanor.co.uk/wetland-reserve
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Many thanks to Tim and Ali des Forges, editors of the Inkpen and
Combe bulletin, for providing bulletin copy for this
website. You can contact Tim and Ali by phone or email thus
or ring them on 01488 668496. You can also download a copy
of the Inkpen and Combe bulletin here
To report potholes, go to www.westberks.gov.uk/pothole.
For other road or pavement issues including overgrown verges, go
To join Laine's heating oil delivery club, email Lanie.
To report a water leak, go to www.thameswater.co.uk
and for loss of electricity, go to www.ssen.co.uk. Both Thames
Water and SSE provide priority services for those needing help to
cope should there be a loss of service. This includes the elderly
and those with special health needs. Thames Water
priority service can be accessed on-line, here and for
SSEN, the details are provided here.
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