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Lockdown November 2020

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Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are being strongly advised not to go to work outside their homes during lockdown from Thursday.

Under updated government guidance, they should only go out for exercise and to attend health appointments.

People with stage-five chronic kidney disease, those undergoing dialysis and adults with Down’s syndrome are now also advised to follow the advice.

This group is at higher risk from Covid-19 than the general population.

The government will give local councils in England more than £32m to fund support and access to local services for more than 2.24 million clinically extremely vulnerable people.

They include people undergoing treatment for serious medical conditions, such as certain cancers, or those with rare diseases.

This number could rise by 80,000 over the next few weeks, as NHS England sends letters to those affected.

  • Stay at home as much as possible, although people can exercise outside in their support bubble
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, except to GP and hospital appointments unless told otherwise
  • Don’t go to any shops or pharmacies
  • Don’t go to work if you cannot work from home – you may be eligible for statutory sick pay or other allowances – but people in the same household can still attend work
  • Most children who were shielding no longer need to be and can go to school – but parents should check with their GP if they are unsure
  • Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should still go to school
  • An online support service has been set up to help people in this group access supermarket deliveries and other local support.
Support for West Berkshire residents during the new national restrictions scheduled for 5 November to 2 December

The Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice while the new restrictions are in place.

Please check with the venues regarding any events. 

The Corn Exchange will be closing from Nov 5th- 2nd December

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New National Restrictions from 5 November

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

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Please download the NHS App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday 5 November.

There is separate additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection

1. Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

This list is not exhaustive and there are other limited circumstances where you may be permitted to leave or be outside of your home. These will be set out in law and further detailed guidance will be provided.

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’:

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).
  • 3. Meeting with family and friends

    You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.

    A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together.

    You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household.

    Outdoor public places include:

    • parks, beaches, countryside,
    • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
    • playgrounds
    • You cannot meet in a private garden.
    • 4. Businesses and venues

      To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

      • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
      • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
      • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
      • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

      Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

    • Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

      Playgrounds can remain open.

      Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

      Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.

      A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.

      Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.

    • A number of public services will also stay open and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

      • the NHS and medical services like GPs. We are supporting the NHS to safely carry out urgent and non-urgent services and it is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help.
      • Jobcentre Plus sites
      • Courts
      • Civil Registrations Offices
      • 5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

        Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

        Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

        Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

        • Funerals
        • To broadcast acts of worship
        • Individual prayer
        • Formal childcare or where part of a school
        • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
        • Other exempted activities such as some support groups
        • 6. Going to work

          To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.

          Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work . The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.

        • 7. Going to school, college and university

          The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe.

          The Prime Minister and Education Secretary have been clear that exams will go ahead next summer, as they are the fairest and most accurate way to measure a pupil’s attainment. We therefore need to keep schools and colleges open so that children are able to keep progressing towards exams and the next stage of education or employment. Students now have more time to prepare for their exams next year, as most AS, A levels and GCSEs will be held 3 weeks later to help address the disruption caused by the pandemic.

          Universities have welcomed students back and we have published guidance advising universities on reopening to ensure they have safety measures in place to minimise the spread of the virus. Universities and adult education settings should consider moving to increased levels of online learning where possible.

          There are further restrictions in place:

        • If you live at university, you must not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time. You should only return home at the end of term for Christmas. We will publish further guidance on the end of term.

          8. Childcare and children’s activities

          Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.

          Early years settings can remain open. Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under. As above, some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble, which allows single adult households to join another household.

          Some youth services may be able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.

        • 9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

          If you have any of the following health conditions, you may be clinically vulnerable, meaning you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. If you are clinically vulnerable you:

          • Should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others

          • should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace

          Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

          • aged 60 or over (regardless of medical conditions)
          • under 60 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):

            • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
            • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
            • chronic kidney disease
            • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
            • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
              • diabetes
              • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
              • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
            • pregnant
            • There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. Over this period, we are advising the CEV to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). You are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise. The full new guidance will be published on Monday 2 November and the Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice while the new restrictions are in place. Current advice is in place at each local COVID alert level.

              10. Visiting relatives in care homes

              Guidance on care home visits will be published ahead of Thursday. For now, you should follow existing guidance

              11. Travel

              You should avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport.

              Essential travel includes, but is not limited to

              • essential shopping
              • travelling to work where your workplace is open or you cannot work from home
              • travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
              • hospital GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health.

              If you need to travel we encourage you to reduce the number of journeys you make, walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.

              Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes.

              You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

              If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.

              Developments in the coronavirus pandemic remain uncertain around the world. No travel is risk-free. If you do need to travel abroad before 2 December (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and the current travel corridor list.

              12. Financial support

              Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.

              The flexibility of the current CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can.

              Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November – making this more generous than support currently on offer.

              The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help through the:




Free Meals in Half – Term Across West Berkshire.

The Bunk Inn, Curridge -“no child should go hungry”

They are offering a free lunch of  a sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a bag of crisps for children in need. Contact them on 01635 200400

The Pheasant Highclere

The pub will be providing 30 food boxes for families in need this half term. each box will contain carrots, potatoes, bread, pasta, peas, minced beef, chicken breasts and sausages. Please e-mail The Landlord

The Crown & Horns, East Ilsley

Lunch packs will be available from 1pm -3pm. Each pack will contain a sandwich, packet of crisps, fruit and a drink.

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop.

Free packed lunches during half-term. Contact them on. 01635 202642

Aldermaston Tearooms

Packed lunches to those entitled to free school meals. or text 07535350550.

Hungerford Town FC.

Thursday 29th October – free take away jacket potato lunch for the children of Hungerford e mail

West Berks Foodbank

Food parcels delivered to you 7 days a week. Call 01635 760560


Free packed lunch message

Thai Golden Horse

Call 01635 522031

The Vilage Shop Woolhampton

Contact 0118 971 2205

The Chocolate Cafe, Goring 

Latest News from Newbury Weekly News

Lockdown March 2020

We can still have fun….

The Takeaway Menu is still being very well supported and we find ourselves constantly amazed by our new Pub Best Friends who order week after week and are very much keeping us going at the moment. THANK YOU 💕.
With that in mind, we have changed some of the dishes again to add a bit of variety- please find the updated menu below.

The Zoom Quiz is still a very popular 2-weekly Sunday night event and we will carry on with this as long as the demand is there.  This week however the curry has been replaced with a Chicken & Chorizo Paella to switch it up a bit!
Do join us for a really fun virtual night out and some delicious tuck!
Details below for the next one (coming up this weekend!)

Just to remind you, as always we are taking every precaution with regard to safety – all food is packed up wearing blue gloves (that we ensure do not touch ANYTHING else) and delivered to a table in the bay you are parked in before you leave your vehicle – thus minimising all unecessary contact.  We thank you for all your co-operation with this.

To order, please either email or 
call or text 07980 644265 and include:

1.The items you require 
2. Your car colour, make and last 3 digits of the reg (if collecting)
(or your Address if needing delivery – minimum order of £20 for this free service and only within a certain radius)  
3. Rough time required (give or take half an hour)
4. Your phone number so we can process payment. 
(We can also take cash in an envelope but are unable to provide change at the moment)

Photographs of VE Day in Lambourn
Find out about the world of costume design and hear from a selection of theatre directors during our next fortnight of online events At Home With The Watermill. Join us for Costume Designing Week, from Monday 11 May and Directing Week, from Monday 18 May.
An Update from the Corn Exchange

Plan for Recycling centre re-opening

An note from West Berks on Recycling centre is below, but my read is they’ve not opened this yet and there are no dates, so more a statement of intent/plan when at some point we’re allowed to travel (maybe Boris will announce something at the weekend?)

West Berkshire Council is working to reopen its recycling centres as soon as arrangements can be made to do so safely.

The Council is working hard behind the scenes to reopen the recycling centres as soon as it possibly can, once the Government has confirmed that driving to the recycling centres is seen as an essential journey.

The aim is to open both of our recycling centres, which are located in Newbury and Padworth. The Council will also look to collect as many of the typical household waste types as practicable at the sites when they reopen. Further details will be provided once confirmed ahead of reopening.

To minimise the spread of the virus and adhere to social distancing rules, only one person will be allowed out of the car while on site – only bring what you can carry without the help of a member of staff. Only be one car will be allowed in each area.

Residents should not come to the recycling centres if they are:

    symptomatic with coronavirus (COVID-19)
    in a 14-day household isolation
    extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for “shielding” purposes

A number of changes will be introduced to help maintain social distancing on the sites – in the interest of the safety of our residents and site staff. A robust traffic management plan will be in place to help minimise the impact of traffic congestion on local roads. The Council is also actively exploring the use of a booking system for residents wishing to visit the sites.

Residents need to be prepared for long queues and we are advising people to only visit if they cannot safely store their waste at home for the next couple of weeks. The Council and its waste contractor have been successful in maintaining kerbside waste collections including the garden waste subscription service without any disruptions, throughout this challenging period. Our chargeable kerbside bulky waste collection service has also been restarted after a temporary pause should residents need to use this in the meantime.

Watermill Theatre

The Watermill Theatre is running all sorts of events online including It’s costume design week next week with remote workshops via zoom and Tuesdays “Take-Part” where there are sessions for both the younger 7+ age group but also teens/adults.  As I’m sure you’re all aware the entertainment industry is, along with many others,  heavily impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.  This is your opportunity to provide a little bit of support to them, gain some value in return and for those getting a little bored, fill in some time with something completely different.  I’ve attached their latest newsletter but you can also find all the information on

Corn Exchange

In a similar vein, the Corn Exchange is also running a large amount of really interesting events, many free of charge.  At the time of writing they haven’t published the events for next week yet, I’ve attached the events for this week so you can get an idea and they’ll likely publish next weeks events in the next day or so which you’ll find at:

ESFA Community Training Grants

From: Elizabeth Mienert – Community Enabler – Groundwork South

The ESFA and ESF are co-financing Community Training Grants to offer skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals who are unemployed or out of education. This grant is intended for projects which help to support individuals who are either unemployed, out of education, or economically inactive. The aim is to benefit those who are furthest away from the labour market, and start participants’ progress back to employment. In addition to formal skills training this can also be activities which have softer benefits, such as work readiness, confidence or anger management.

The ESFA has highlighted four priority groups that it wishes to engage with*:

    Participants over 50 years of age;
    Participants with disabilities;
    Participants from Ethnic Minorities; and
    Participants who are women.

In addition to these programme wide priorities, the priorities for the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP area have been recognised as follows*:

    Residents in areas of multiple deprivation
    People in particular communities of interest (rather than geographically focused), who share common barriers to economic and social inclusion.

* NB: this does not mean that projects which do not have those participants are ineligible.

Who can apply

Third Sector Organisations and small organisations (equal or less than 49 people, equal or less than 10 million Euro turnover) can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000, for projects taking place in the LEP area of Thames Valley Berkshire. Participants must be 16 or over, have the right to work in the UK and be economically inactive or unemployed.



SUNDAY LUNCH TAKEAWAY 12 TO 2pm                                  




THE SOUL BURGER £4.95                                                                               Southern Fried Chicken with Sweet Chill Mayonnaise

THE DEEP SEA BURGER £5.95                                                                     Battered Cod Fillet, Lettuce and Tartare Sauce

THE COMPTON CLASSIC £3.95                                                                    Beef Patty and Our Secret Sauce

THE RODEO BURGER £5.95                                                                           Beef Patty, Bacon, Hash Brown, Melted Cheese and Bbq Sauce







FAMILY NIGHT IN PIZZA DEAL..                                                               2 Pizzas of your Choice, 2 Large Chips and a                               Bottle of Coke/Diet Coke 


FAMILY MEAL DEAL…                                                                                     2 Fish and Chips, 2 Kids Meals and a                                              Bottle of Coke/Diet Coke     

PIZZAS £10.00

MARGHERITA, Loaded with Mozzarella Cheese

SICILIAN, Topped with Pepperoni

SMOKER, Smoked Chicken and Red Onion       

AMERICAN, Pepperoni, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Ham and                                      Serrano Ham

ITALIAN JOB, Goats Cheese, Serrano Ham, Olives and Pesto

VEGGI, Goats Cheese, Red Onion, Peppers, Mushrooms,                                    Sweetcorn and Spinach

TROPICANA, Smoked Ham, Pineapple and Sweetcorn

CHILLIAN, Topped with Chilli Beef

UNDER THE SEA, Tuna, Olives and Sweetcorn

BBQ CHICKEN, Bbq Sauce, Chicken, Smoked Ham Peppers and                                      Red Onion    


Small Chips  £2.50

Large Chips £3.50

Garlic Cheese Chips £3.95

6 Onion Rings £1.95

Beef Nachos £4.95

Veggi Nachos £3.95

Mushy Peas £1.00

Bbq Sauce, Sweet Chilli Mayo, Garlic Mayo £1.00


BOTTLES; COKE/DIET COKE £2.50            


Cheese Burger and Chips

Cod Goujons and Chips

Chicken Goujons and Chips

Sausage and Chips




Curry & Quiz Night @ The White Hart

After a fabulous night a couple of weeks ago we are going again with the Virtual Pub Quiz.   It’s such a lovely way to connect with everyone in our current circumstances so do join us tomorrow evening (Sunday 3rd)!
To be added to the Zoom group, book in for your curry ASAP.
Collection slots available between 6 – 7.45pm
Vegetable Masala or Chicken Korma, Pilau Rice and a Poppadum – £10.
Quiz will begin just before 8pm.

Teams of up to 6 players, by all means hook up with others via another platform to boost numbers!

We are still taking every precaution with regard to safety – all food is packed up wearing blue gloves (that we ensure do not touch ANYTHING else) and delivered to a table in the bay you are parked in before you leave your vehicle – thus minimising all unnecessary contact.  We thank you for all your co-operation with this.

To order, please either email and include:
1.The items you require  
2. Your car colour, make and last 3 digits of the reg (if collecting) 
3. Rough time required 
4. Your phone number so we can process payment. 
(We can also take cash in an envelope but are unable to provide change at the moment)

To All West Berkshire Libraries Customers

West Berkshire Libraries logo

We hope that this email finds you safe and well?  

As you are aware all the West Berkshire libraries have been closed for the past few weeks in line with Government guidelines.  Social distancing will continue to at least 15th May, but there are likely to be continued restrictions on “non-essential” activity which may include libraries.   We are making plans to restore the library service to the public in phases, but in the meantime I wanted to contact you to let you know all our latest news.


Library books on loan

We are encouraging library customers to keep their current library loans until our buildings re-open and it would be great if you could help us spread the message about this and also reassure customers that there will be no library fines accrued during this period of closure. We have also been making some changes to our library management system to make things as easy as possible for everyone – please see below;

  • Maximum number of library stock renewals increased to 15
  • All current loans have been extended and will be monitored
  • Fines amnesty has been put in place and will be reviewed as and when necessary
  • If you have a reservation waiting for collection, we will keep it for you

Vast increase of online library users

West Berkshire Libraries have for many years been developing digital resources. During the current Covid-19 pandemic the service has seen large increases in online usage as people turn to reading, learning and researching to make good use of their time at home. Despite the libraries being closed since 21st March 2020, to minimise risks to customers, staff and volunteers, the overall level of items borrowed has gone up by 6.8% in the 12 month period from April 2019 to March 2020. This is largely due to loans of almost 90,000 e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-newspapers which has increased by a staggering 127.39%. The Library service offers its members access to these free resources, and customers who are not already members of the library can join online now and start using the e-library service straightaway. For details and to join please check our website.

Newbury library digital storytime

Digital Storytimes

While Newbury Library is closed to the public, Storytime has moved online. Children’s author Rachel Jane recorded a Storytime for the library from home, which was broadcast on YouTube. Rachel read from one of her own books, ‘Milo goes to the seaside’ – one of her popular series about a campervan called Milo, beautifully illustrated by Jamie Flack. We are now aiming to offer digital Storytimes every Friday morning. For more details about this and all other library activities, follow West Berkshire Libraries on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Online challenges for children

This half term we are offering a weekly reading challenge to children via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, encouraging youngsters to read widely and to talk about books with family and friends. We’ve also set up a ‘Builders’ Club’ for those who are missing our popular LEGO clubs in libraries, with different themes each week for things to make from LEGO bricks or other materials around the home, and we are promoting online craft activities with book-related ideas.

West Berks Reads

West Berkshire Libraries have recently set up a new Facebook group called West Berks Reads as a place for people to share their thoughts about books and find ideas for what to read next. This has proved very popular, with over 120 members already connecting with others to talk about books. Throughout April, the group is encouraging everyone to read the same book and then send in their comments about it to share with others in mid-May. This month’s book is ‘Sal’ by Mick Kitson, which is available as both an e-book and e-audiobook to download from the library, with no waiting lists. You can find out more on the West Berks Reads Facebook Group.

West Berks Reads

Forgotten your 4-digit library PIN or need a new one?

Reset your PIN here: – instructions will then be sent to the email address linked with your West Berkshire Libraries account.

Your library PIN allows you to access your online account and use our variety of digital resources and e-libraries 24/7. Details can be found on our website.

Keep In Touch

Keep in touch with the latest news and events from West Berkshire Libraries:

Local Businesses doing a Takeaway Service, Delivery or Contactless

The Plough @ Eastbury, Shop & Takeaway Service
Saddlebacks Farm Shop
Meals on Wheels
The Fox @ easmore
The Spotted Dog, Thatcham
The Five Bells, Wickham
Phoenix Woodfired Pizza
The George Hotel, Pangbourne
Crown & Garter, Inkpen
The Red Lion Chieveley, Takeaway Service
The Merry Kitchen, Chieveley
Cobbs @ Hungerford
Colline's Kitchen, Newbury
The Globe, Newbury, Takeaway Service
Takeaway Menu @ The Old Boot, Stanford Dingley
West Berkshire Brewery Shop

Gastro Pub Food @ Home Take Away Menu.

The Plough at Eastbury
Take away from cotes. please click on the picture for further information
We’re bringing todays Family Activity Day at Shaw House to you at home with a fun finger puppet dragonfly craft. Please click on the picture for more information.

Learning Challenge of the Week w/c 30 March


We are excited to launch our first learning challenge. As so many families are at home with children and young people being home schooled, we are challenging you to get creative and imaginative to design a home school logo.

Families across the country are doing a fabulous job at combining home life with learning during this time, and what better way is there to visually show your family’s strength and unity than in your own personalised logo.

Your logo could feature family members, pets, favourite subjects, patterns or anything that is meaningful at this time. So long as it reflects you and your family. Get drawing or making and take a picture to show us what it is like to part of your family home school!

SO, what could your family win?

The winning entry will be transformed into an official logo by a professional artist, which can then be kept and proudly displayed in your home.


To enter, please email your logo designs to

Alternatively, you can post your pictures on our social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Make sure you tag @cornexchangenewbury or @thebasegreenham and include the hashtag #ourhomeschool

The closing date is next week, Tuesday 7 April and the winning entry will be announced on social media.

Get creative and start designing!

What’s on at Home from the Watermill Theatre

Highways England is carrying out work on the motorway on Thursday night on the M4
Pop up shop- profits go the NHS. Please click on the picture for more information

RBH Children and Young People’s Diabetes Clinic

It’s the weekend. Which means your RBH diabetes team is available on call for * urgent queries that cannot wait until Monday *.
Ring the office 0118 3228922 to find out who you need to ring

Celebrating Gratitude. Please click on the picture for more information
What you Can and Can't Do in West Berkshire. Click on the picture or more information...
Please click on the picture for more information

West Berkshire Council Report for Lambourn Parish

Parish Council Report for March 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

After being sped through its Parliamentary stages, the Coronavirus Bill received Royal Assent on 25 March.

The Act has huge implications for such things as social care, and there are various sets of Regulations that have come forward affecting all various aspects of public health and local government.

Amongst the changes is s.78 of the Act and the snappily entitled Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panels) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (SI 392), which came into force on 4 April.  As anticipated, s.78 and the Regulations allow local authority meetings to be held virtually (and the frequency of meetings to be altered, or meetings moved or cancelled, etc) – local authorities include parish councils.

The Regulations are at:,
and NALC has published guidance:

Council Response

Everything at WBC has changed, from the closure of offices with all non-key staff working from home, to the introduction of Gold and Silver Command daily meetings, to the creation of the Community Support Hub (CSH) and liaison with a host of community volunteer groups.

Stay at Home Message

WBC is consistently promoting the Government’s #StayHomeSaveLives message and have observed the guidance by closing all council offices to the public, with only a very few key workers attending at any one time.  As you might expect there has been a huge increase on the demand of our IT as hundreds of staff are working remotely but all our teams have staff coverage.

Advice Leaflet

An advice leaflet from WBC should by now have been delivered to every household in the district, providing residents with useful information about the local support available from WBC.

A PDF version of the leaflet has been made available on our Coronavirus Residents’ webpage (see below) and if anyone requires it in another format, language, etc please contact the Community Support Hub (also see below).

Communications with Towns and Parishes

So far as Parish Councils are concerned, WBC has focused on communicating via Chairmen and Clerks, using a single point of contact in the Building Communities Together team.  Communications have concentrated on ensuring that there is a two-way dialogue with the local volunteer groups so that we pick up any issues regarding support for the shielded vulnerable (building on the list supplied by the Government of those particularly at risk due to underlying health conditions) and those identifying themselves as vulnerable (more about this below).

Everyone reading this will be all too aware how quickly situations are changing, not just day to day, but almost hour by hour.  The Council’s aim is to keep you, and our communities generally, as informed as can be – so, in addition to traditional media, and emails etc, WBC is using social media increasingly for speed and coverage.

The response from Parish Councils and community groups who are stepping up to this unprecedented challenge has been phenomenal and we are all extremely grateful for their organising local volunteers so quickly.  West Berkshire Council is here to help support communities and individuals, particularly if groups become overwhelmed by demand or need guidance.

Other Communications Channels

There are also a number of Facebook pages which the Council uses, for example:

  • West Berkshire Council;
  • West Berkshire Community Support Hub Group;
  • West Berkshire Libraries.

The WBC website also contains more about the CSH and useful information for residents and businesses:



Community hub  

Linked to all of these initiatives is the WBC Customer Service telephone line: 01635 551111.

Business Support

The Government has announced a raft of support measures to assist businesses through this difficult time.  For some of our local businesses the pandemic has meant closure, we hope temporary, but for others this is showcasing the resilience of their business model.

The Council decided not collect the April business rates direct debit instalment to avoid unnecessary hardship and a reduction in cash flow for small businesses particularly.  It also provides time for business experiencing uncertainty opportunity to contact the Council and for the various business rate schemes to be applied to their accounts.

Information for businesses can be found on our website

Council Tax Holidays

For individuals in receipt of Council Tax Support, a grant of up to £150 has been applied to the resident’s account – they do not need to apply for this.

For those who have experienced a sudden drop in income as a result of the COVID-19 consequences on their employment income a Council Tax ‘holiday’ can be discussed by contacting our Local Taxation team.  More information can be found on our website:

Community Support Hub

As mentioned above, the Community Support Hub is up and running and is currently dealing with around 80 phone calls plus emails a day from community groups and individuals seeking support.

The CSH is there to get information quickly to the community groups and volunteers that are helping the most vulnerable members of our community, and to ensure that everyone who needs help gets it.

As also detailed above, one key element of CSH engaging with the community is the new Facebook page ‘West Berkshire Community Support Hub Group’, designed to get messages out to community groups and volunteers – please Like and Follow the page so that we get it as widely distributed as possible.

You can contact the Hub on 01635 503579 or email

Community Groups

The CSH has issued guidance (and will continue to do so) for community groups regarding communications, data management, GDPR, DBS checks, volunteers, etc.

Shielded residents

The NHS has written to individuals who are in this most vulnerable category of residents – shielding is a term used where one or more residents in a household are at very high risk should they contract COVID-19 such as those undergoing specific treatment for cancer, recovering from transplants, or having severe respiratory conditions etc – a consequence is that all members of the shielded resident’s household are in effect in social isolation (see /guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19).

Food distribution and shopping

The CSH is involved in ensuring that Government food parcels are delivered to shielded residents and that all vulnerable residents are being supported locally – community groups are doing a superb job at supporting these households with shopping, delivering prescriptions and emotional support.


We know some of our vulnerable residents are concerned about renewing and collecting prescriptions.  In your communities many of you have already found ways to address this.  The district’s pharmacies are also working collectively on this issue and are responding to the need to increase delivery of prescriptions.  Pharmacies are closing at lunch time to clean down premises and catch up on vital administration so please avoid making unnecessary trips over this period.

Community Cash Float

For groups who have registered with the Community Support Hub and who require a float to help manage cash flow while undertaking activities please contact the Hub on 01635 503579 to make an application.

Other issues arising from Covid-19

Rough Sleepers

All individuals known to the Council are being accommodated in hotels and being provided food and support from our housing team.  A number of residents in Two Saints have also been moved in to separate accommodation where they shared rooms with others to ensure social distancing can be observed.

Care Homes

We have closed all our care homes to visitors.  All our care homes currently have a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and more deliveries are due.  We are recruiting and this might be an employment option for members of your community who have lost their employment due to closure of businesses.

Waste Collection

Our colleagues at Veolia are continuing to collect household waste and recycling on the usual collection day.  To mitigate staff shortages, collection teams are starting at 06:00 so we are seeking to spread the message to residents to have their bins out earlier than normal.

We know that many people at home are using the opportunity to have a good spring clean, but our household waste recycling centres are closed and the waste teams do not have capacity to take away excess waste.  Whilst we are currently collecting garden waste, we may have to concentrate on black bin waste if we have staffing issues due to Coronavirus.

Car parks

All WBC open surface car parks have been made available free of charge.


In line with fully encouraging social distancing, a number of bus routes have been pared back or cancelled.  Any key workers who are affected are invited to contact the Community Support Hub where arrangements can be made to assist them getting to work.


Schools and Early Years providers closed on Friday 20 March, since when a great deal of work has taken place to ensure vulnerable children and those of key workers are cared for during this uncertain time.  Where possible, early years settings, including childminders, are open and caring for children.

Excellent collaboration is taking place between these settings and vulnerable families to ensure children are sensibly placed so that parents who need to travel to their place of work can do so more easily.  The Early Years team and Family Information Service are helping parents and carers source alternative childcare if their current provision has to close.

In many cases schools are collaborating together to share resources and to enable staff rotas that ensure teachers spend meaningful time away from school.  Where needed, School Hubs have been created to ensure that as many children are cared for as possible.  Hub centres are currently located at Thatcham Park School, Westwood Farm Schools, Basildon Primary School and Robert Sandilands Primary School.  Some schools are accommodating children from independent schools and other neighbouring authorities.  Headteachers and leaders are to be commended for embracing this new, challenging role.    The existing School Hub arrangements will continue during the Easter holidays.

Home to school transport

WBC has taken the decision to refund all those who have bought a farepayer seat on home to school transport for the two weeks from 23 March to 3 April.  To qualify for this refund parents and carers will need to complete the dedicated refund form available online: /article /36932.  The information needs to be completed correctly as the payment will be made by bank transfer.

A decision will be made regarding the last two terms of school (20 April to 22 May and 1 June to 17 July) once the Government has issued further guidance on school attendance for these periods.

Mental Health support for children – Emotional Health Academy

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).


The Public Protection Partnership (PPP) has seen a surge in scams during the pandemic.

The public should be aware that scams are looking more sophisticated, such as door-to-door officials, calls, texts and emails which look like they are from a trusted source but are in fact fake.

The PPP team has received a huge variety of complaints from everyday goods being sold at extortionate prices and premises continuing to trade when they shouldn’t be, to shopping and medication collection services demanding money up front, with no service delivered.

The PPP wants to highlight some examples, amongst numerous others, that are in circulation at the moment:

  • miracle cures and vaccines – there are none;
  • fake and dangerous Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Coronavirus testing kits;
  • home cleaning and health and safety checks.

The PPP’s main objective is to protect and support residents and legitimate business through the successful use of information and intelligence, delivering safe and healthy neighbourhood.  They have the following advice for the public:

  • Never feel pressured into making any decision or contract.
  • Only buy goods from trusted retailers.
  • Do not pay any money up front and be very suspicious of anyone demanding money up front.
  • Never give out any financial information.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has also warned the public not to open their doors to bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for the Coronavirus.

The nature of scams change on a regular basis and PPP will continue to monitor them and warn the public – please report any issues relating to Coronavirus at:

Police and Crime Commissioner

As a consequence of the Coronavirus Act the PCC elections, which were due to take place in May, have been postponed.  Consequently the current Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, will continue in post assisted by his deputy Matthew Barber.

In order to further support the workforce during this unprecedented period, Thames Valley Police is keen to hear from officers and staff who have left / retired from the organisation in the past two years and would be willing to re-join on a temporary basis with an expedited return.  Specifically, any former officers, PCSOs, Contact Management Centre Officers/Control Room Operators, Detention Officers or Police Staff Investigators are encouraged to get in touch by emailing Covid19resiliencebank@

Other WBC Matters

Willows Edge Care Home rated Good by CQC

Prior to the present difficulties, WBC’s Willows Edge Care Home in Newbury (which provides personal care to up to 39 residents aged 65 and over) was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 27 February and in the report, published on 24 March, it was rated as Good in all five domains and judged to be – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

West Berkshire Youth Offending Team rated Outstanding by HMI Probation

The WBC Youth Offending Team (YOT) recently took part in a pilot inspection and have been rated ‘Outstanding’ (with only one other YOT in the country being scored higher).  The rating was given by HMI Probation who gave the West Berkshire YOT a score of 34 out of a possible 36.

A4 Improvements

WBC has been awarded £4.5m by HMG Central to improve worn out sections of road on the A4 between Newbury and Reading – the funding will allow improvements to be made to a road used by 33,000 vehicles every day as residents travel between the east and west of the District.  Over the next year almost 16km of road will be resurfaced at a cost of around £6.1m, with the Department for Transport paying for around three-quarters of the project and WBC paying the rest.

AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield Detailed Emergency Planning Zones

In line with changes to legislation, the areas around the AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield Nuclear Licensed Sites, each known a Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ), have been reviewed. As a result, the Aldermaston DEPZ is unchanged, but the Burghfield DEPZ has been expanded.

The increase in the DEPZ for the AWE B site is not the result of any change in activity at the site, and there is no greater risk to the public than before the new legislation was introduced – the Zones were updated because of changes introduced as a result of the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 (REPPIR 19).  The DEPZ creates a definitive area for the Council and other emergency responders to develop a detailed emergency plan, so that those living and working in the area can be protected and supported as quickly as possible in the unlikely event that a radiation emergency should ever occur.

Following an assessment by AWE detailing the minimum area that each DEPZ should be, WBC’s role has been to set out the precise boundaries.   This is determined by taking into account local knowledge about communities and geographical features.  This is the first time that the Council has had responsibility for determining the DEPZs, a role previously undertaken by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

This does not mean that people are any less safe than they were before –it certainly means that more housing needs to be covered by a detailed emergency plan, but not that any of the safety fundamentals have changed.

Grazeley Garden Settlement

Further to the detail above about the revised AWE B DEPZ, the Government then announced that the £252m Housing Infrastructure Bid by Wokingham Borough Council has failed – see the Wokingham news item at

From the item: “It had been hoped that Grazeley would benefit from funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), but the Government announced in its Budget last week that the bulk of this funding would go to projects where demand for homes is lower and therefore more support is needed (such as in the north of the country).

“Instead, the government has announced, and has directed our attention to, a new Single Housing Infrastructure Fund (SHIF) that will provide long-term support to housing development in high demand areas – such as Wokingham borough. At the same time, Homes England and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have reiterated their commitment to work in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council on Grazeley (should it be allocated for housing in the Local Plan Update). A high-level meeting with these agencies will be held this week (w/c March 16).”

Parish Matters

My personal letter last week outlined the position about the flooding and sewerage problems that have occurred in Lambourn and Eastbury and the future steps to try and avoid this problem in the future.

The C-19 Mutual Aid group are hoping to set up the Lambourn Junction and use the Memorial Hall as a central point for the donation and collection of items such as books, DVDs, toys, nappies, cleaning items, dried and tinned food. They have sanitising and social distancing protocols. The scheme is aimed at those in need (e.g. former food bank users) but anyone could make use of (or donate) items, coming to the Hall when the Junction is open.

We are just checking out whether there are any issues but the view of the Council generally is very much “can do “ so I really can’t see a problem and I have said just get on and do it !

Keep well all and lt us try to support each other in this difficult time.

Best wishes


Howard Woollaston

West Berkshire Conservative Councillor for Lambourn Ward

Executive Portfolio Holder for Internal Governance

Lambourn Post Office – Temporary Closure Letter has been made aware of a formal letter from the Post Office relating to the temporary closure.

7th April 2020

Dear Customer

We are writing to inform you that, regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances the above branch closed temporarily on Friday, 20 March 2020. Please accept my apologies for the late notification on this occasion.
Currently it is unclear how long this branch will remain temporarily closed. The Coronavirus pandemic is clearly having a big impact on all businesses countrywide and things are changing daily, however we can assure you that we will continue to work to find a solution that will restore Post Office services to the local community.
If you have any questions you would like to raise about this matter, please write to me via the National Consultation Team at the address shown at the end of the letter. Please note that your comments will not be kept confidential unless you expressly ask us do so by clearly marking them “In Confidence”.
Any future changes to service provision would be handled in line with our Principles of Community Engagement. A copy is available at the end of this letter.
Posters will be displayed in the branch to inform customers.
It would be helpful if you could share this information with any local groups or organisations that you know within the community, for example on noticeboards, local charities and in GP surgeries, to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening to the Post Office in the local community. If you would like a supply of these posters please let us know.
We hope that our customers will continue to use Post Office services at any convenient branch. You can also use our Branch Finder tool, Post Office Branch Finder for the latest available branch information.

Editors Note: The nearest open Post Office is: Great Shefford, The Mead, Great Shefford, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7DB. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

We apologise for the inconvenience the temporary closure may cause.
Yours sincerely
Antoinette Chitty
Change Manager

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An update on West Berkshire Schools and arrangements for the Easter holidays

A few updates from West Berkshire council today

  • An update on school availability (seems primarily for keyworkers who are still using those facilities)
  • Announcement of a refund for those who would have been using school transport but aren’t (must be in by end of this month!)

During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, schools and early years providers closed their doors on Friday 20 March as educational establishments. Some tremendous work has taken place to ensure vulnerable children and those of key workers are cared for during this uncertain time.  Headteachers and leaders have recognised that they have a crucial role to play. As the local authority, West Berkshire Council is co-ordinating this work with schools and early years providers.

Where possible, early years settings, including childminders, are open and caring for children. Excellent collaboration is taking place between these settings and vulnerable families to ensure children are sensibly placed so that parents who need to travel to their place of work can do so more easily.  The Early Years team and Family Information Service (FIS) are helping parents and carers source alternative childcare if their current provision has to close.

Schools are open and caring for children, where possible. In many cases schools are collaborating together to share resources and to enable staff rotas that ensure teachers spend meaningful time away from school. Where needed, School Hubs have been created to ensure that as many children are cared for as possible. Hub centres are currently located at Thatcham Park School, Westwood Farm Schools, Basildon Primary School and Robert Sandilands Primary School. Some schools are accommodating children from independent schools and other neighbouring authorities. Headteachers and leaders have embraced this new, challenging role.

Schools will be open for the Easter holidays. The existing hub arrangements will continue during this period.

If parents need further assistance and more information about Easter holiday arrangements, please use the following contact details:


Early Years: or

West Berkshire Council announces refund for school transport

West Berkshire Council have taken the decision to assist parents and carers who are finding it financially difficult during this time by offering the option to apply for a refund on fares paid for school transport. This is in response to the current directive from the Government to close schools during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

A refund will be given to those who have bought a farepayer seat on home to school transport for the two weeks from 23 March 2020 to 3 April 2020. To qualify for this refund parents and carers will need to complete the dedicated refund form available online: The information needs to be completed correctly as the payment will be made by bank transfer.

A decision will be made regarding an automatic refund for the last two terms of school, from 20 April to 22 May 2020 and 1 June to 17 July 2020, once central Government have issued further guidance on school attendance for these periods.  

Completed forms must be returned to: by Thursday 30 April 2020.

The Peasemore pub shop is open 4pm-6pm today (Friday):

Fresh takeaway meals on the menu today for you to heat at home (all freezable):

  • Beef Lasagne
  • Supreme of cod in prawn & wine sauce
  • Fish Pie
  • Cottage Pie
  • Chocolate Brownies

Update on waste services for West Berkshire during the Coronavirus pandemic

West Berkshire Council is working with its waste contractor, Veolia, to ensure that essential collections can be delivered for as long as is practical during this unprecedented time. Both Veolia and West Berkshire Council would like to thank the residents who have been showing their support with notes, pictures and posts on social media for the waste teams.

Collecting waste from residents across the district remains a high priority for the Council but it is a very challenging situation for everyone with a reduction in staff availability which could result in further service reductions going forward.

The Council is continually monitoring the situation and the following changes have been implemented:

Currently suspended services include:

  • HWRCs (this is due to government lockdown guidance)
  • Bulky waste collections

 Services that have been scaled back:

  • Street cleansing
  • Container deliveries (under review)

This is a changeable situation and further changes may be introduced in the coming days with or without advance notice. Please keep visiting the Council’s website for updates. We have created a dedicated page on our website that includes all the updates in one place to make it easier to keep up to date with information: All residents and businesses are encouraged to check this page regularly for updates across our service areas.

 Please avoid making calls/enquiries to the Council on routine matters or non-essential waste services. This will allow our colleagues to focus limited resources on providing essential services.  The crews have seen large volumes of excess refuse being presented for collection this week. It is also important that, wherever possible, residents reduce their waste generation at this time or use available storage e.g. sheds or garages to hold back some of the waste where they can and if safe to do so.

If that trend continues, it could overwhelm our already stretched collection systems and lead to significant services disruption going forward. We would also ask residents to be considerate towards the hard-working waste collection teams, who are doing their best for our communities.

The Council’s waste collections may start earlier than normal to give them a chance to finish rounds. Residents are advised to leave their bins out the night before (wherever practicable) or by 6:00am on the collection day.

Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Council Member for the Environment at West Berkshire Council, said: “I appreciate that waste collections are a much valued service so please be assured that we are engaging regularly with our contractor to keep collections going as best we can. I ask that residents continue to bear with us and, wherever they can, to adopt good waste reduction measures such as home composting or reusing items for example, leftover food and packaging. Our website offers a number of ideas on reducing food waste, recipes and recycling. I would encourage residents to use this valuable resource while the Council continues to do what we need to do to support residents.

Today @RobertJenrick unveiled plans for a new Local Support System in partnership with councils, businesses and voluntary groups to deliver vital groceries and medicines to the most vulnerable people at the highest risk from coronavirus / covid19

Visit Local Suport System Link below.

Daily Updates

There are currently daily televised updates on the current coronavirus situation or you can find it online from the BBC


 The Volunteer Centre West Berkshire are looking for volunteers that want to help and a link to their volunteering form can be found on their website to co-ordinate help, as well as local community groups.

Social Distancing

Currently Social Distancing is being advised, with advice not to go to cinemas, theatres, pubs etc. Many of these places have cancelled all events they have on until further notice. Local information can be found on the Newbury Local News Website

Stay at Home Advice

Some people are being advised to stay at home


Rumours are circulating about Ibuprofen and coronavirus.

The Department of Health and Safety states:-

“That, while there is “currently no evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse”, people should take the paracetamol instead.

The latest information adds that people who have been told by their doctor to take ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), should not stop taking their medication unless told by their doctor.

Shielding the Vulnerable and Elderly

Shielding the vulnerable and elderly will be an essential part of the government’s strategy when cases are rising rapidly – it was one of the decisions signed off at an emergency Cobra meeting on Thursday.

Half of the overall cases are expected within a period of a few weeks, with 95% in a period of around 10 weeks.

So officials will ask those at most risk of developing severe illness to stay at home.

They believe if they get the timing right and people adhere to it the move could reduce the number of deaths by up to a third.

But it of course carries its own risks – mentally and physically.

They believe the longest they could ask people to do this for is around 12 weeks.

Neighbourhood Watch

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:


This is a particularly informative group, with reliable information being regularly updated with the latest information on new services/advice appearing.

Local Community Groups, Local Volunteers and Services

 Many villages have set up local community groups to help with shopping and collecting prescriptions. There are people happy to chat and prevent lonliness, often including the local vicar. Some pubs are arranging takeaway services and other are arranging food banks. Doctors Surgeries are  changing the way they respond to patient’s needs and most of this information can be found on your local Facebook Group. If you do not use social media, then you should  have been made aware of someone you can call to make sure the information is relayed to you in your area.

 Churches are closed for their normal  services, with many left open so people can go for private prayer. There are also live streaming sessions.

Live Streaming Concerts

London-based Lambert Jackson productions has come up with a way to keep entertaining as coronavirus brings things to a halt. The company behind the U.K productions of “The Secret Garden” and “Love at the Musicals” has teamed up with London’s Theatre Cafe to keep the lights on as theaters around the country go dark.

The online location that will house these live stream performances has not yet been decided, but check back for more updates and links to watch.

Many supermarkets are operating a ‘over 70’s and the vulnerable’ hour in the morning.

Online shopping services are looking at priorities delivery slots for these two groups.

Some hospitals and care homes are restricting visiting.

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