Important News and Updates for the Residents of Aldworth Parish

House for Rent in The Glebe

The Glebe, Aldworth

20

July 2021

Please be aware a property in Aldworth will be advertised through the West Berkshire Choice Based Lettings Scheme, Homechoice, at midday, Thursday 22nd July 2021. This is a social rent property being advertised in accordance with a section 106 agreement.

The details are as follows: The Glebe, Aldworth, the property has 1 bedroom and is suitable for households of 1 – 2 people.

Only households who are registered on the Common Housing Register will be eligible to bid on this property.

If you are not already on the Common Housing Register and you are interested in the above property, you will need to register with us by close of bidding on midday, Wednesday 28th July. To register before this date, please call the Housing Department on 01635 519530 and quote Aldworth. We will then assess your eligibility and application, and allocate a band according to your housing circumstances.

In allocating this particular property, West Berkshire Council have to adhere to a strict criteria. This criteria gives households currently resident in Aldworth, highest priority.

Please feel free to contact the Housing Department on 01635 519530, if you require further information on any of the above.

Further information on Home Choice West Berks can be found at www.homechoicewestberks.org.uk.

Road Closure at Streatley Hill - 2nd to 13th August 2021

Streatley Hill

20

July 2021

Streatley Hill in Streatley, will be closed on the 2nd to 13th August 2021, the closure will be between its junction with A349 and its junction with The Coombe, though, in reality this will most likely be only 40 metres back from A329 junction..

An alternative route is via A329, Pangbourne Hill, Pangbourne Road, Aldworth Road, Road known as Reading Road, and vice versa.

The purpose of this closure is for building repairs to be carried out on The Bull PH, scaffolding will need to be erected, therefore the closure will remain in place 24 hours each day.

Residential access will be maintained throughout (from Aldworth direction) and the diversion will be signed on site.

Please Note: Blue light access through these works will not be possible

All enquiries should be directed to: Sunbelt Rentals on 0370 050 0792

A plan of the closure can be found at: (click on link) https://one.network/?tm=GB122887755

Upstream - Issue 96 - Summer 2021

West Berkshire

19

July 2021

The West Berkshire Countryside Society’s purpose is to promote the understanding, appreciation and conservation of the West Berkshire countryside… furthering these objectives through practical conservation work and guided walks and talks from local experts.

Upstream is our quarterly publication designed to highlight conservation matters in West Berkshire and to publicise the activities of the Society. It is produced at our own expense and distributed free of charge.

Upstream contains articles from knowledgeable members & regularly from non-member experts from organisations such as BBOWT & the Environment Agency.

You can download the Summer Issue by clicking below.

Summer Fun Brochure from WBC

West Berkshire

05

July 2021

West Berkshire Council been working hard to bring as much summer fun to West Berkshire as they can while keeping socially distanced and safe. There are so many activities and great ways to keep children, young people and families happy and active through the summer holidays and you can view them all in the Summer Fun brochure  which you can download below.

Gaming 4 Good

West Berkshire

16

June 2021

Online gaming has seen a massive increase in popularity with children over the COVID-19 pandemic, as result of more time spent at home and restrictions on physical social contact.

As grandparents, parents or guardians of children under the age of 18, the parenting community is very welcome to join one of our free Gaming4Good webinars where they can hear from a panel of experts in family gaming who will discuss psychology, gaming risk and finance, how to approach your child's gaming to help them get the most out of it... and avoid the pitfalls.

There are three one-hour webinars, each tailored for parents of children of different age groups.

Thursday June 17, 10am – 11am: parents and guardians with children 2–12 yrs
Thursday June 24, 10am – 11am: parents and guardians with children aged 12–15yrs
Wednesday June 30, 10am-11am: parents and guardians with children aged 15–18yrs

Our expert panellists include:
Liz Stanton MBE, Get Safe Online (moderator)
Annette Whalley, HSBC
Cath Knibbs, cyber trauma & psychology specialist
Adrian Sladdin, gaming & gambling expert
Andy Robertson, author and gaming for kids expert
Mat Hasker, Get Safe Online, gaming specialist & Dad

Please find attached a PDF flyer providing all the details. Also attached is our latest leaflet providing helpful tips on the subject.

All the information can also be found on our website:
https://www.getsafeonline.org/gaming4good-webinars/

We hope they are helpful and look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,
the Get Safe Online team

Carers Week - 7th to 13th June 2021

West Berkshire

07

June 2021

It is Carers Week, all this week running from 7th June to 13th June.

To celebrate there are a number of events happening hat you can be a part of.  Check out the calendar of events here.

Level 1 - Heatwave and Summer Preparedness

West Berkshire

01

June 2021

The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme, overseen by Public Health England (PHE), is now operational until 15th September.

We continue to have the added challenge COVID-19. Many of us are spending more time at home and potentially be exposed to high indoor temperatures. We know that people who are vulnerable to dying from high indoor temperatures overlap with those who are vulnerable to illness from COVID-19.

We know that death rates rise soon after temperature increases, with many deaths occurring in the first one to two days, so swift action is needed when a Level 2 alert comes to you (Level 2 alert = 60% risk of heatwave in the next 2–3 days). The triggering threshold temperatures for South East England are 310C by day and 160C by night.

In total, an estimated 2,556 heat-related deaths occurred in summer 2020 across all ages in England. This is the highest estimate of heat-related deaths since the introduction of the Heatwave Plan for England in 2004. This equates to an estimated 72 heat-related deaths in 2020 that could have been prevented in Berkshire. We also know the impact of heat on mortality is not reflected in admissions, supporting the idea that many heat-related deaths occur before people come to medical attention.

We will keep you informed of when the levels are increased, but for now, please have a look at the Beat the Heat Poster which is attached below.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Funeral To Take Place In Windsor

Windsor

12

April 2021

The Royal Household has announced that the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh is to take place in Windsor on Saturday 17 April.

The Ceremonial Royal Funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

In line with the Royal Household’s wishes and Government advice, Thames Valley Police is asking the public not to gather at Royal residences, such as Windsor Castle, at this time and to continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and minimising travel.

The force is also supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes are not laid at Windsor Castle and to encourage people to consider making a donation to a charity.
An online book of condolence has been set up for anyone wishing to pay their respects to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  You can access the online book here.

During this time of national mourning, there is an increased police presence and a broad range of security measures in place in and around Windsor. Some of these measures are visible, such as the extensive network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers, as well as our Mounted Section, whilst some measures are unseen.

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Ben Snuggs, strategic commander for the funeral, said: “We understand that people will want to pay their respects to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and to the Royal Family during this time of national mourning.

“However, we would ask that the public respect the Royal Household’s wishes and the Government advice by minimising travel and not gathering in groups. Instead, we would ask people to use the online book of condolence which has been set up by the Royal Household.

“There will continue to be a police presence in Windsor in the lead up to and on the day of the funeral as part of our measures to ensure public health and safety and protective security.

“Our thoughts remain with the Royal Family and all those affected at this very difficult time.”Email tracking gif

Upstream - Spring 2021 Edition

West Berkshire

24

March 2021

The latest issue (Spring 2021) from Upstream is available to download and read here or click on the document below.

The West Berkshire Countryside Society’s purpose is to promote the understanding, appreciation and conservation of the West Berkshire countryside… furthering these objectives through practical conservation work and guided walks and talks from local experts.

Upstream is a quarterly publication designed to highlight conservation matters in West Berkshire and to publicise the activities of the Society. It is produced at our own expense and distributed free of charge.

Upstream contains articles from knowledgeable members & regularly from non-member experts from organisations such as BBOWT & the Environment Agency.  Enjoy!

West Berkshire Libraries Update

West Berkshire

09

March 2021

To All West Berkshire Libraries Customers

We are pleased to bring you the latest news from West Berkshire Libraries, including details about the services we are currently able to provide in line with government rules on managing the risk of COVID-19.

We are delighted that the government’s roadmap for lifting the current restrictions offers public libraries the opportunity to re-open on 12 April. (This date is subject to the Government's satisfaction that transmission rates continue to fall nationwide this month.)

We hope it will once again be possible for visitors to come into library buildings from 12 April to choose their own books and to use our PCs, printing and copying facilities. We are now working hard to finalise arrangements for this and will have more information for you in our April newsletter. As always, please continue to check our social media for the most up to date news.

There’s still time to book for our free talk on Wednesday 10 March, when West Berkshire Council’s Assistant Archaeologist Beth Asbury and Berkshire Finds Liaison Officer Philip Smither will be talking on Zoom about the archaeology of our district and the heritage resources available to anyone interested in local research.

We have another Zoom talk coming up on Thursday 24 March, 7pm. Local historian David Peacock presents an illustrated introduction to the Anglo-Saxon period in West Berkshire. Tickets are £5 per household, available from the West Berkshire Heritage website. Bookings close on 23 March.

British Science Week runs from 5-14 March this year and we’ll be celebrating on Instagram, highlighting some of the best books about science, technology, maths and engineering which we are sure you will enjoy.

You might also like to borrow a book – or a play - for Shakespeare Week, which follows on 15-21 March. Find plenty of online activities for all the family for both of these special weeks on their event websites.

If you missed our recent Rhymetime, you’ll find it available to view now on YouTube. We’re pleased to say that Berkshire Maestros are preparing another Rhymetime session for us, which will be available from Wednesday 31 March. Check our social media on the day for the link.

Don’t forget that you can find out about all our online Storytimes, children’s crafts and other activities and news by following @WBerksLibraries on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

Libby is one of our suppliers for e-books and e-audiobooks, which are FREE to borrow for all members of West Berkshire Libraries.

The easiest way to access these resources is to download the Libby app from your app store (Google Play for Android users or the Apple app store for iOS users). You can then search for West Berkshire Libraries and log in with your library card number and PIN. We’ve put together a short online guide on using Libby to help you get started.

From 10 March we will be moving our digital magazines from RBdigital to the Libby app, too. In connection with this, anyone who has borrowed an e-magazine from us over the past six months will shortly be contacted by RBdigital. After this move you will still be able to browse, borrow and enjoy all the same great magazines that you loved in the RBdigital app, but with even more choice – another good reason to download the Libby app now!

Don’t forget that we have e-books and e-audiobooks for you from our supplier BorrowBox as well, plus a fantastic range of e-newspapers available for free through PressReader.

Everything in our e-library is available 24/7, with no overdue charges for late returns. Find more information about this, along with details of our e-resources for study and leisure interest, on our website

Do you know anyone who is unable to collect books from the library because of age, disability or other special circumstance? Please tell them about our At Home service, which is a vital link for customer who have difficulties getting to their local library.

Once someone is registered as an At Home library member, one of our friendly and professional team will contact them to discuss their requirements and find out what sort of books they enjoy, including whether they prefer hardbacks or paperbacks, large print books or perhaps audiobooks. We then deliver these to the door step at a safe distance. Deliveries are usually made every three weeks.

Please help to spread the word to anyone who may benefit from this service. Thank you.

Neighbourhood Watch release their latest 'Our News' Publication for February

West Berkshire

03

February 2021

Neighbourhood Watch announce their February OUR NEWS newsletter. This monthly newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales), is for all supporters of Neighbourhood Watch, from households to volunteers, such as scheme Coordinators or Association Leads.


This month we have a look at how to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam and how to spot a romance scam. We introduce to you our new rural crime section on our website and our new #DrugsKnowMore campaign - a campaign soon to be launched designed by young people for young people.

In partnership with Co-op Insurance we remind you of the fantastic opportunity available for children to engage with Neighbourhood Watch by designing a treehouse to be built for their community. We also invite Coordinators to attend upcoming workshops, and ask everyone to save the date of 5th – 11th June for Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021.

With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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House for Rent in The Glebe through West Berkshire HomeChoice

The Glebe, Aldworth

03

February 2021

A 2 bedroom property to rent in The Glebe in Aldworth has become available and will be advertised through the West Berkshire HomeChoice Lettings Scheme from Thursday 4th February 2021 at 12pm.  This is an S106 property so only people registered on the Commons Housing Register can apply and priority will be given to residents of Aldworth parish.

The full advert is attached below.  Please make sure you are registered by visiting www.homechoicewestberks.org.uk or call the Housing Allocation Team on 01635 519530.

Cold Weather Messages - Keep Warm, Keep Well

West Berkshire

27

January 2021

West Berkshire Council have produced a leaflet that guides you on ways to keep safe, keep warm and keep well this winter, particularly with more of us staying indoors during lockdown and the colder temperatures.  Open the document below to read more.

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams via Email (Phishing Scams)

West Berkshire

27

January 2021

Criminals Continue To Take Advantage of Coronavirus Vaccine Roll-Out As Phishing Email Reports Soar

Action Fraud is raising awareness of another coronavirus vaccine scam, after it received a high volume of reports relating to a phishing email on Monday 25 January.
The email, which attempts to trick people into handing over their bank details, was reported more than 1,000 times in 24 hours. It appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they click accept, they are asked to input personal information and their bank card details.
The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime has previously warned about coronavirus vaccine scams, with many people reporting receiving fake text messages purporting to be from the NHS.
Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, is warning the public to remain vigilant as fraudsters continue to act:
“It’s despicable that fraudsters will take advantage of such an important tool in the fight against this evil and deadly disease. Not only are the people being targeted with this email at risk of losing money, or having their identity stolen, but they are also at risk of not receiving the real vaccine.
“The public have been fantastic at reporting these scams to us and raising awareness in their local community as well. But unfortunately, as this latest phishing campaign shows, we still have to remain cautious and alert. Remember: anything purporting to be from the NHS asking you to pay for the vaccine, or provide your bank account or card details, is a scam.”
How to protect yourself
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
The NHS will never:

  • ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

Have your say on an increase to council tax across the Thames Valley

West Berkshire

19

January 2021

Sent on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, is seeking your views on a proposed increase to the policing element of council tax for 2021/22.

In response to the exceptional operational demands placed on the police, particularly in response to the global pandemic, the Government is increasing funding available to PCCs by up to £703 million. This is provided all PCCs increase their council tax for a Band D household by £1.25 a month*, or £15 a year in 2021/22 which, collectively, will raise £287 million, or 40% of the £703 million increase in funding.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “Despite the increase in funding from government, there continue to be cost pressures on the Force and the public rightly expect to see improving performance in order to keep us all safe and bring criminals to justice. Alongside the funding from the Home Office, the Government has also allowed Police and Crime Commissioners to increase council tax by up to £15 (for a Band D property) in order to make additional investments in policing. In Thames Valley that means that for less than 29p a week for the average household (Band D property) more than £13m could be invested in frontline policing.

“In previous years the support of local tax payers through their council tax has meant that we have managed to reduce the time it takes for the police to answer non-urgent 101 calls and to significantly increase detection rates, meaning that more victims of crime receive justice and more criminals are held to account.

“It is important that any increase in council tax now, at a time when many families are struggling, is focussed on frontline policing to tackle the concerns of the public. I am proud of the work done by Thames Valley Police Officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers every single day, but there is always more that can be done.

The survey can be completed at https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90305410/Council-Tax-Survey-2021-22 and is open until 5pm on Wednesday 20th January 2020.

*Proposed increases for other council tax bands can be found below:

Band

Current Police share of council tax in 2020/21

Proposed council tax 2021/22

Proposed monthly increase

A

£144.19

£154.19

£0.83

B

£168.22

£179.88

£0.97

C

£192.25

£205.58

£1.11

D

£216.28

£231.28

£1.25

Garden & Food Waste Collections Temporarily Suspended

West Berkshire

13

January 2021

Like many other Local Authorities across the country, we are facing a difficult January with significantly increased volumes of waste after Christmas and a number of collection crews self-isolating. This has unfortunately impacted parts of our waste collection services meaning we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend garden and food waste collections to prioritise rubbish and recycling.

The garden and food waste collection service will be suspended from Monday 18 January until Friday 29 January 2021.

We are asking residents whose garden waste is due for collection during this time to not put their green bin out until the service can be resumed again.

Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for the Environment at West Berkshire Council, said:

We have received tremendous support from West Berkshire residents over the past few weeks and I want to thank everyone for their understanding during this challenging time.

We have not taken this decision lightly to put garden and food waste collections on hold and understand that some residents may be disappointed by this service disruption.

Our aim is that all waste collection services will be able to continue as normal once the service is reinstated by the end of January. Our contractor’s collection crews have continued to work hard throughout, keeping our waste services running and we would like to thank them for doing a great job.”

If your rubbish (black bin) or recycling (boxes and bags) is not collected as expected, please continue to leave it out and we will collect it as soon as possible.

We are grateful to residents for their continued patience and we ask residents to kindly avoid calling our Customer Services colleagues, unless necessary, because they are very busy helping various residents with other urgent queries at this time.

You can find out more information on the temporary suspension of the garden and food waste service online and some helpful FAQs.

Our household waste recycling centres are still open for essential visits but you need to book an appointment.

Covid Scams

West Berkshire

11

January 2021

Lots of scams are doing the rounds, particularly around the Covid-19 vaccination and HMRC.  The Public Protection Partnership have put together a useful document explaining all the scams they are aware of.  You can download it below.

Waste Services Update

West Berkshire

06

January 2021

We have been advised by the Waste Management department at West Berkshire Council that there are currently some issues with rubbish and recycling collections, due to the volume of waste after Christmas and a number of collection staff isolating.

If your rubbish or recycling is not collected on the day you were expecting, please leave it out and they will collect as soon as possible.

For more information please visit their Facebook page which has regular updates here: www.facebook.com/recyclewestberkshire

Severe Cold Winter Weather Alert

West Berkshire

04

January 2021

The level 2 cold weather alert has now been extended until 09:00 on Friday 8th January. Please feel free to share the attached with your residents.

Outlook for the South East

There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather / icy conditions between 0900 on Monday 04 Jan and 0900 on Friday 08 Jan in South East. Cold, frosty nights expected along with showers, bringing a significant risk of icy conditions. Showers are likely to be wintry at times, though mainly over high ground. Becoming very cold later in the week.

Guidance is attached on how to Keep Warm and Keep Well this winter, why you should get a Flu jab and a document that gives information on where to find support over the winter months.

Patient Participation Newsletter 2020

West Berkshire

24

December 2020

The December Newsletter from the Berkshire West Patient Participant Group can be viewed here.

Recycling over Christmas in West Berkshire

West Berkshire

16

December 2020

Please see below links and information about the Waste Service over the Christmas period:

Rubbish and Recycling Christmas and New Year Collection Dates

Information on rubbish and recycling collection dates are available on our website.

Christmas Tree Recycling

We will be collecting real Christmas trees from Monday 4 January until Friday 29 January. Please remove all decorations, lights and any pots. Trees can be placed out with your recycling and you do not need to have a garden waste subscription to recycle your tree.

Reducing Waste This Christmas

Please follow us on our Facebook page for top tips and advice on reducing waste this Christmas. Our Facebook page also includes news or any changes to our waste service – a easy way to keep in touch with the waste team!

We also have a webpage with handy waste reduction tips this Christmas.

Wishing you all a green Christmas and waste free New Year!

Newbury Town Centre Master Plan Survey

Newbury

16

December 2020

West Berkshire Council has appointed Hemingway Design to lead a major new master planning study on the future uses of Newbury Town Centre. The design firm will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that also includes New Masterplanning, GL Hearn, and Urban Movement.

Please have your say and support this important project by filling out a 10 minute online survey (linked below). The goal of the survey is to begin to identify the town's needs. This exercise will form the first stage of a broad engagement strategy with the local community.

The study will be developed over the next 9 months to outline how the Town Centre can evolve into the future, resulting in a full masterplan. It will take into account the significant changes in the retail and hospitality industries and the impact of Covid-19 in accelerating the review of alternative uses for town centres and public spaces.

Take the 10 minute online survey

Rubbish & Recycling Information for Christmas and New Year 2020

West Berkshire

08

December 2020

Message from West Berkshire Council:

Rubbish and Recycling Christmas and New Year Collection Dates

Information on rubbish and recycling collection dates are available on our website.

Christmas Tree Recycling

We will be collecting real Christmas trees from Monday 4 January until Friday 29 January. Please remove all decorations, lights and any pots. Trees can be placed out with your recycling and you do not need to have a garden waste subscription to recycle your tree.

Reducing Waste This Christmas

Please follow us on our Facebook page for top tips and advice on reducing waste this Christmas. Our Facebook page also includes news or any changes to our waste service – a easy way to keep in touch with the waste team!

We also have a webpage with handy waste reduction tips this Christmas.