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News

Wildfires
The risk of more frequent wildfires is very real. With predictions of increasing summer temperatures and more periods of dry weather, our local natural spaces are vulnerable. That’s why, as part of the Countryside Code, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales are working to ensure that guidance on BBQs and not lighting fires in the countryside continues to remain up to date. This includes:

Not lighting fires
Advice on only having BBQs where signs say you can
Always ensure that BBQs are put out correctly and disposed of responsibly
Be careful with naked flames and cigarettes
Take all of your litter home – glass is especially dangerous if left unattended in sunny locations
Call 999 if you see an unattended fire


You can find out more on the Countryside Code by visiting https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/countrysidecode/. It’s important we all work together to ensure that we look after our natural world. By following the Countryside Code, you can help respect, protect and enjoy the great outdoors and avoid wild fires.

Ukraine

Fraudsters are masquerading as victims of the war in Ukraine in an attempt to steal money from well-meaning UK residents.

Con-artists are also seizing on people's eagerness to help victims of the crisis by creating false charity websites to trick people into donating. One expert said the fraud was "evil", but unsurprising given the profile of the conflict. The prevalence of such scams is expected to build in the coming weeks.

WBC's response to the Ukraine crisis is available here.

Also, Greenham Trust has set up an appeal on The Good Exchange to provide local funding to support those families arriving. As part of this, both Greenham Trust and West Berkshire Council have committed to each contributing £25,000 in match funding, ensuring public, corporate and trust/foundation donations to this appeal are matched £1 for £1 for the first £50,000 raised. You can donate funds here: https://app.thegoodexchange.com/project/19509/greenham-trust/help-welcomeukrainians-to-west-berkshire

Covid-19
The NHS Covid-19 roadmap can be downloaded here. For a local and almost up-to-date view of what's happening in West Berkshire, click here.

The latest ONS estimates suggest around 990,000 people in the UK have Covid. That is about 1.5% of the population (roughly one in 65 people) - up from about one in 70 the week before. Their report suggests the small rise is likely to be driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Omicron. This latest data from the ONS covers the week ending 2 June.

The government website showed 72 cases per 100,000 in the week 16 to 22 May for West Berkshire. The average for the UK was 71. Covid cases are more often not reported now so the cases shown here are an underestimate. Be careful, if you wish to remain covid free - wear a mask and wash your hands as necessary.

To see the detailed local cases map for Inkpen and Kintbury, click here.

Government Covid-19 restrictions
Meeting friends and family
From 27 January face coverings will no longer be compulsory in many indoor public spaces - although they will be recommended in some places, and remain mandatory on London transport.
1m-plus social distancing remains in places such as hospitals and passport control.
Going to work
The government is no longer asking people to work from home.
Schools and nurseries
All school staff and pupils at secondary schools advised take two lateral flow tests (LFTs) a week.
Secondary school pupils no longer have to wear face coverings in classrooms.
Leisure time
People currently need to prove their Covid status - with an NHS Covid Pass or proof of a negative lateral flow test - to gain entry to nightclubs, indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, or any venue with more than 10,000 people.
This requirement will end on Thursday 27 January.
Shopping
All shops and retail outlets are open.
You must wear a face covering in any retail setting.
Other
Residents in care homes are currently allowed three named visitors. These restrictions are expected to be eased shortly.
All restrictions on events such as weddings, funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs and baptisms removed - no requirement for table service, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
Places of worship open for communal services.

Spring booster offered to over 75s
Many people will view these changes with concern, especially if you are clinically vulnerable or are elderly. With this in mind, the NHS will be offering a spring booster vaccination for these groups, and you can find out more here. We would also recommend that you speak to your GP for further advice on the next steps to ensure that you stay protected and how people can best help you.

Testing has changed, as has the use of the Covid Pass. From 1 April, the Government will:
• Remove the current guidance on voluntary COVID-status certification in domestic settings and no longer recommend that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass.
• No longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.
• Remove every employer's health and safety requirement to consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments explicitly.


With the end of the restrictions, ensuring that you are fully vaccinated is more important than ever. However, if you haven't started your vaccination journey, it is never too late to start.

You can book in using the NHS website, call 119 or speak to your GP. They are also there to discuss any concerns you might have or if you want to know about your whole family vaccinations from 5 years and up.

Before travelling abroad, you should check and follow entry requirements for your destination country. Find out more at gov.uk/travel-abroad
You might be planning for your summer holidays, it is now much easier to travel again, and for your friends and family to visit you here in the UK.

If you'd like to find out what rules apply either visiting other countries, or people coming to visit you, you can find all the information here.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still catch and pass on COVID, and though you may have a milder case, it could be devastating for a person you give it to. You can collect your kits from any Pharmacy, or order online. Check if you can have a booster jab, click here.

If you are in good health, please make sure that any of your neighbours that might be vulnerable to the covid-19 are able to manage and are well, and keep in touch with them regularly.  If you are aware of someone in Inkpen who is self-isolating but may not be getting help, please contact the clerk to the Parish Council.

Local councils in England and Wales have issued alerts following reports of bogus calls and messages asking for money to cover the cost of coronavirus testing kits or vaccinations. NHS officials will never ask for payment of any kind or for bank details.

The latest West Berkshire Council update is here. This covers information on the Delta variant, the status of surge testing, vaccinations and other pandemic news. Community and West Berkshire Council information has been added here.

If you need help and are in self-isolation, the News page provides a list of those offering to help you - take your pick.


Flash NEWS

Bulletin
To download your copy of the latest Bulletin click here.

The Hungerford and Kintbury Ward News for January can be found here.

Speeding in Inkpen
Please follow the link to find out what you can do to help. Click here.

TAKE EXTRA CARE ON THE ROADS DURING HARVEST TIME
We are fast approaching the time of year to bring the crops in on farms in the area. This will mean more large machines on the roads.

Do take extra care when out on country roads, particularly if cycling. Large machinery can be difficult to manoeuvre so please be considerate.

History Group
The Inkpen History Group has a new home at inkpenhistory.uk. The site contains photos, maps and a wide variety of documents. If you have items, whatever the condition, that you think will be relevant to the group, please contact them at historygroup@inkpenvillage.co.uk

The lost history of Inkpen
Inkpen History Group is teaming up with Berkshire Archaeology Society to undertake geophysical surveys in Inkpen, to unveil some of the village history that has been left buried in the ground. We currently have several landowners that have given us permission to survey their land, with the understanding that our observations will be made accessible to all via the inkpenhistory.uk website.

It is hoped that the survey work will start later this year, probably between September and October and we will endeavour to keep residents informed of our progress, our results and where possible, involve residents of all ages in this project. What you can do to help.

We are still looking for land to survey before the final selection of sites is made. If you have paddock or grassland which has remained essentially untouched in living memory, and wish to be included, please email David Thomas at historygroup@inkpenvillage.co.uk. Other related activities will be unveiled in the next month or two.

LITTER PICKING
We received a request to put a note in about litter picking. This was sparked by the writer seeing two people picking up litter on the road up to the Gibbet from Kirby. There are several good souls who regularly walk the lanes of Inkpen picking up the waste thrown from the windows of visiting vehicles and to them we are grateful.

We are not here to preach but it’s a goodly reminder for those taking air to take a bag with you; the hedgerows do tend to look better without energy drinks cans (albeit colourful) propping themselves up against daffodils.

Email and Phone Scams

There are always people out to exploit the vulnerable, especially at times where peoples attention is diverted to other matters of harm. A number of Covid19 related phishing emails have been reported to Action Fraud. These emails and texts attempt to trick you into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing your personal information, logins, passwords, or banking details. If you get emails that you aren't sure about, or unknown people phone you or knock on your door, ignore it and please seek advice - go to ActionFraud. If you are using electronic devices that don't have up-to-date virus protection, please get it fixed - if in doubt, talk to one of the helper listed on the News page. A range of current scams, including track and trace scams, is listed on the News page.

You might receive a call, text or email offering the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re asked to provide payment or bank details, please don’t respond – it’s a scam. The NHS will never ask you for payment, bank account details, passwords or passcodes.

Going for a walk
If you want a breath of fresh air and some exercise, check out the Inkpen walks, but keep your distance from others, that's at least 6 feet apart in old money. If you feel that you should wear a face mask when outdoors, then checkout the design given on the News page.

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

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

Facebook pushes climate sceptics towards increasingly extreme disinformation and conspiracy groups, a human-rights body's research suggests. A report released Wednesday by Global Witness found Facebook's algorithm amplified doubts rather than nudging people towards reliable information. Facebook says its systems are "designed to reduce misinformation".

Another recent study, by the Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, said less than 10% of misleading posts on the platform were marked as misinformation.

Global Witness researcher Mai Rosner said: "Facebook has repeatedly said it wants to combat climate disinformation on its platform - but our investigation shows how worryingly easy it is for its users to be led down a dangerous path that flies in the face of both science and reality. Facebook is not just a neutral online space where climate disinformation exists - it is quite literally putting such views in front of users' eyes. "The climate crisis is increasingly becoming the new culture war, with many of the same individuals who for years have sought to stoke division and polarise opinion now viewing climate as the latest front in their efforts."

To read the full article, click here.


inkpen parish council

Message from WBC:
We are hosting a Women in Politics Webinar on 1st June 2022. We are trying to engage with women from all walks of life within West Berkshire with the aim to encourage more women to get involved in local decision making panels or becoming a councillor.

There are currently far more male councillors than female in West Berkshire and we wish to redress this imbalance (Inkpen Parish Council comprises 3 women and 4 men). We would like to invite any resident in your parish who is interested in what happens behind the scenes at the council or how decisions are made to please join us for this event. The links are: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/beingacouncillor and  https://www.westberks.gov.uk/womeninpolitics. You will find more information on the West Berkshire Council website.

Inkpen Parish Council public meetings are, for the time being, suspended. Councillors will conduct their business by email.  All council business is shown on the 'Council' page which is selectable via the menu at the top.

Parish Council Information includes planning updates, an archive of previous minutes and agendas, and dates for up-coming meetings are shown . In addition, there are updates on environmental issues, library services and other services, such as high speed broadband.

There's a register of Councillor's details and interests, Council financial reports, details of the Code of Conduct, and application forms for village groups to apply for the limited Parish Council grants.

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