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local news updates

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police update and scams

Building restrictions

library

climate change

school news

playing field news

INKPEN village hall

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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.

Police & Crime Commissioner Election – 2nd May 2024
Please remember to take a photo ID when you go to vote – if you do not have one you cam apply for Voter Authority Certificate online: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID. If you are not registered to vote at your current address, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . There will be a UK Parliamentary General Election before January 2025.

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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.

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.

West Berkshire Council are asking residents across the district/borough to think of others and not light bonfires. 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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Police report



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

Online Fraud. 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.king@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

SCAMS

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?

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 report@phishing.gov.uk 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 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 ehadvice@westberks.gov.uk (Tel. 01635 519192) or planningenforcement@westberks.gov.uk (Tel. 01635 519111).

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Library - Pass It on

Mobile Library Dates are 11th June 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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Climate change

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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school news

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

INKSPOTS

At Inkspots we have been so busy thinking about our Mathematic skills - Using gravel, which makes a great sound. The children have been thinking about What can they find? What can they pour? What noise does it make? What does it feel like? How high can you fill the jug? Is it heavy or light? Learning new language, volume, capacity. The children have become experts at this. The children have all been working so hard thinking about our new topic, spring and making such wonderful craft.

Come and see some of the children’s amazing sun catchers at our Preschool ‘spring themed’ window.

What amazing little artists. So much fun & lots of learning.

Volunteers
We are currently looking for volunteers happy to join our friendly Inkspots committee. We are responsible for supporting the growth and development of our precious pre-school as a collaborative little team. It is a lovely opportunity to offer input specific to your natural skill set, and rest assured nothing will be asked of you that you don’t enjoy or feel happy to offer or commit to. Should you like to know more, please do connect with us, it would be lovely to have a chat. Please email inkspots@inkpen.w-berks.sch.uk

Daisy Chains
Contact Jenny on 07775883318 or Anna on 07785 184808.

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playing field trust (impft) news

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.

STARGAZERS

The first stargazers meeting was held on the 24th May. Around 20 residents have so far shown an interest. If you are interested contact us via inkpen.climate@outlook.com. Events are being managed through a group app so that we can make best use of those increasingly rare clear night skies.

If anyone has any photos of the recent aurora that they would like to share, please send them to the same email address, we’d love to see them. Combe Hill was choked with cars on the weekend of May 11th, and many cars simply turned away because there was no space to view from.

Don’t forget, it’s daylight that obscures the stars, well, and the clouds, but the night time is when we really see our place in the universe. Go have a good look for yourself.

THE INKPEN MEMORIAL PLAYING FIELD


There is more happening at the Playing Field to catch your eye.
See above the new style Pony parties that are taking place. I expect some of you have seen Honey and Blossom, the Shetland ponies, who are centre stage at parties held at the pavilion. Shetland ponies (Honey and Blossom) There is much more happening: • The installation of 'roof top solar panels' to save on the electricity costs BUT not taking away valuable green field space. • The introduction of a new key card control system to avoid cumbersome keys jangling in your pocket. • New groups are meeting at the pavilion - the Pop-in-Cafe; Stargazers, Inkpen History Society to name a few. • Negotiations with a Sunday morning junior football league - to play on the football pitch. We need someone to run the Daisy Chains playgroup - all equipment available.

INKPEN PLAYING FIELD - BREAKING NEWS - HAVE YOUR SAY

There is lots more happening at the Inkpen Playing Field and Pavilion. In addition to the update given at the recent Annual Parish Meeting, the Trustees would like to hear from you.

Please access the short questionnaire below, asking for your feedback on Activities /Clubs that you want at the pavilion.

This Questionnaire is also hosted at www.impft.co.uk and detailed below. Just click this link:
https://forms.office.com/r/U2zGepzWiM?origin=lprLink


Let us know your views. This is your pavilion and playing field. Please provide your contact details so that we can follow up for further details. We look forward to hearing from you.

The pavilion is available to book on 7 days of the week:
Meeting Room at the pavilion: for up to 60 people with access to a TV screen.
Party bookings: 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: parishclerk@inkpenvillage.co.uk

In readiness for the summer sporting activity there are some improvements happening at the Inkpen pavilion.
• Improved energy management with the installation of Rooftop Solar Panels - as the pavilion is dependent on electricity. This will allow for cost savings to be obtained from a more structured approach to shutting down heating, lighting and electric showers.
• Door Access Control and a light timer for the overhead lights at the hard court for tennis, football and netball.
• Improved sporting activity from a grant to enable a range of sports to be undertaken for our young (and older) residents with professional coaching on hand.
• A questionnaire for residents to determine future activities and interests to be provided in the village.
• Volunteers are needed - if you can spare a little time to help out, please speak to Brian Cox, Chair of the Memorial Playing Field, and help to make the village one of sporting excellence and recreational activity.

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.

THE GIBBET CHALLENGE
The 2024 Gibbet Challenge 10K race will take place on Sunday 30th June, 10:30am start at the Inkpen Memorial Playing Field. As always, it would be great to see plenty of runners from Inkpen taking part. Full details, including the route map and how to enter, can be found at the race website - www.gibbetchallenge.net.

Also, we require volunteers to help marshal the route (point the way, smile and applaud). If you have an hour to spare and want to help, please get in touch - Simon Hanna, admin@gibbetchallenge.net, 01488 669028.

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 oliviaboydall@gmail.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
Our June meeting is on Wednesday 5th at 7.30 pm in Inkpen Village Hall. For the knitters amongst us Helen will be talking about the fascinating technique of Steeking. I had to 'google' this, and it sounds fascinating. Helen will also be helping us less experienced knitters with any queries we may have. If you are not a knitter you are very welcome to bring some stitching along.

In July we meet on Wednesday 3rd July and the topic of the General Election the following day will be banned! We will work on our own projects and discuss a programme for the coming months.

Please do come along and join us. For further information please email jan@honeydesign.co.uk or phone 01488668222

A new club is coming to the Village Hall in September - ‘Darts Social Club’.
This will most likely be Monday evenings. Look out for further details soon. Anyone wanting to start up their own club, do take advantage of our introductory offer of £2 per head per attendee for first few months to get your club off the ground. A great way to test an idea without financial burden. We have a lovely slot all day and evening on Friday available now so why not give it a whirl if you’d like to be part of bringing more activities for folk within Inkpen.

100 YEARS OF THE VILLAGE HALL.
It would be remiss not to mark this special anniversary with a celebration, so we are planning a Vintage Style Street Party for all inside the Hall in late Summer with a possible mini–Beer Festival outside. Date to be confirmed soon. We thought this could include a ‘Memories Display’ around the village hall of all your combined memories over the years especially from long-standing residents who will have much to share.

If you have a special photograph you’d like to include in a combined display and some words about that photograph, do get in touch. Equally if you are an author, historian or just a long-standing resident who has interesting photos or tales from the village and would like to make up your own display, that would be wonderful. This would like to be on a weekend afternoon so children can be included, and we’ll ensure there is some fun and games for them too around the hall and outside. Any further ideas you have are welcome. Do pop us a line via email: - inkpenvh@gmail.com or Tel: 0756 828 4750 .

TABLE TENNIS
Inkpen Table Tennis meets every Wednesday from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in the Village Hall. We have three tables and all the equipment necessary. The group is friendly, thriving and enjoys a good session of social (rather than highly competitive) table tennis whereby everyone plays everyone else in singles or doubles according to numbers. New members and guests are always welcome. There is also a U3A Table Tennis session on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month from 1:30pm - 4:00pm in the Village Hall. Hungerford U3A members are welcome. For more information, please contact Mike Gilbert - 07717 355030 or Linda 07774 775599.

CARPET BOWLS
Inkpen Carpet Bowls is a friendly group of members from Inkpen and surrounding communities.

Very few of our players have ever played any form of bowls prior to joining the club. As the bowls are much smaller and lighter than those used for "Green", "Indoor" or "Short" Bowls they are more manageable than their counterparts. No skills, level of fitness or equipment is necessary. You don't need to be sporty, all you need is a good sense of humour.

There are defined rules of etiquette set out by the English Carpet Bowls Association, however we tend to be more relaxed which makes for fun meetings. New members are always welcome. If you are unsure if this is for you why not come along one afternoon to give it a try. If you can't commit to every Thursday afternoon or for the full three hours don't worry as the arrangements are flexible. If transport is a problem, then get in contact as we may be able to help.

We meet most Thursday afternoons at 1.30pm until 4.30pm, in the Village Hall with a weekly charge of £2 to include tea/coffee and biscuits except for Polling Day, 4th July, when we will meet on Friday 5th. If you would like more information then contact: Sandy on 01488 668336, email - sandy.r.wilson@gmail.com or Jenny, email holsworthysumpters@hotmail.com

PILATES
The Pilates class is still on a Thursday at 11.30am. Cost of a 6-week course is £66 and the first taster class is free. For more information, please contact Caroline - caroline@backinbalancepilates.com

YOGA
For Yoga, please contact Keri Elkins springyoga.withkeri@outlook.com who is taking Olivia’s place for 3 months. Olivia will be back… Olivia Boydall oliviaboydall@gmail.com

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Other inkpen news

Hungerford Environmental Action Team (HEAT)
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. 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 CROWN AND GARTER
As the weather warms up, we are looking forward to welcoming you all to relax in the sunshine! This May bank Holiday we kickstarted the summer with a bang, opening our brand-new outside bar and BBQ. Thank you to everyone who came along, keep your eyes peeled for the next one! We are also pleased to announce that we will be streaming ALL England matches this month! The dates for these are Sunday 16th June, Thursday 20th June and Tuesday 25th June. Equally, we are continuing our Sunday Live Music, so look out via our social media platforms for updates on that - the next one is scheduled for the end of June (date TBC). As usual, our end of month quiz nights are in full swing. Book now to avoid missing out!

FOXGLOVE FARM

A break in the weather gets local families out with their wellies, to a fun filled farm weekend and a chance to experience farming life at the annual Foxglove Farm Lambing Event. Raising over £1,000 for local organisations.

Over the weekend over 1000 people joined the fun at Foxglove Farm. Many experienced seeing lambs being born, whilst others had the chance to bottle feed some of the older lambs. There were a wide variety of activities including Forever Loved ponies from Highclere, who were a great hit with the children as they could groom and walk the ponies around the field.

Foxglove Farm continues the annual Lambing weekend, and many people have returned every year. The aim is to give local people, the chance to experience farm life and get a peek at some of the farm animals. There were displays of rare breed chickens and the chance to hold baby chicks.

The local Fire Brigade brought along a big red fire engine for budding Firefighters to try out the cab. The Thames Valley Community Police were out to fascinate young people on the power of fingerprints, and arts and crafts activities were taking place in the polytunnel where they could plant a potato or pumpkin to take home.

The Tractor tours of the district were, as usual, a great success. The proceeds once again going to Local Organisations. This year Inkpen School and the Air Ambulance benefiting from a share of over £1000. Horse Drawn Occasions from Wantage brought along a carriage and horses to entertain the crowds, which went down a treat.

The farm is open to School visits over the next few weeks by appointment, to give others the chance to see new life starting and Daisy the goat is still to produce her kids. Contact Simon/Kathe 07738 464794 regarding the free school farm visits. Simon Bastable and Kathe Davies continue their quest to share with others the beauty of farming and the countryside.

INKPEN CRICKET CLUB
Whether you're new to the village or a seasoned local, Inkpen Cricket Club invites you to be a part village team. Find out more at www.impft.co.uk

Book now for North Wessex Downs Walking Festival 2024 31st May – 9th June
The fourth annual walking festival, organised by the team at the North Wessex Downs National Landscape, takes place from Friday 31st May to Sunday 9th June this year.

The festival provides the perfect way to get out into the countryside with a varied programmed of 29 events. These include opportunities to visit farms, seek out wildlife, discover history, picnic with the family, take part in a self-guided sponsored walk, or simply soak up the views from the top of the downs. Many of the walks are free. Full programme details and booking information are on the website at: northwessexdowns.org.uk/walkingfestival

THE HUNGERFORD AND LIGUEIL TWINNING ASSOCIATION
Hungerford and Ligueil (near Tours), have been twinned for over 40 years. We regularly organise exchange visits, so why not get involved? You don’t have to speak fluent French to take part; in fact you would be surprised how many twinners communicate without the benefit of a shared language, but of course a smattering of French helps.

We hope to host our French visitors at the beginning of September. If you have a spare bedroom, you can host a French family, a couple, or an individual to suit your circumstances. But if you don’t have room, you can still be involved with helping to entertain our guests. You can join as many of the organised events as you wish, including for example, half day tours of local breweries, vineyards or full day trips away in a coach.

Families and individuals from both countries enjoy a rich cultural experience as we alternate playing host at twinning exchanges and many close friendships have been established between Hungerford and Ligueil families.

We also hold a monthly conversation morning at Hungerford library to socialise and improve our spoken French (all abilities welcome) and to share our love of French culture. To find out more, please contact Penny Brookman on 01488 683314, pab3udc@gmail.com or Meg Atkins on 01488 668 253, megandtonyatkins@gmail.com

The Asian Hornet - Coming to a village like ours?
There is a serious threat that the Yellow Legged Asian Hornet will make its way to our village in the near future. It has already been sighted in Hampshire. Many of you may not know why this is of concern, despite it being highlighted on national TV, so please do your own research and respond as necessary. A good starting point is www.nationalbeeunit.com . Suffice to say that we should all be aware of this 3cm long creature. Below is an illustration to help identify it. The main feature to distinguish it is its Yellow Legs.


NATIONAL SCHOOLREADERS
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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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 - aliedesforges@yahoo.co.uk 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 www.westberks.gov.uk.

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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