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Co-option of Parish Councillor

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Vacancy for position of

Parish Councillor

Following the statutory period of notice when no requests for an election have been received by the Returning Officer of West Berkshire Council, applications are now invited for co option to the vacant position of Parish Councillor in the Parish of Purley on Thames.

For further information about the role and an application form, contact Councillor Pam Beddoes.


Applications to be received at the Parish Office, Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames RG8 8DR

by Monday 31st August 2020

Covid-19 – Parish Council Offices and Amenities Update

Updated 4th July 2020

The Playground at Goosecroft and Bucknell’s Meadow are now open.

The Barn, and public WC at Goosecroft remain closed.

The tennis courts at Goosecroft will be available for use from Friday 15th May, following government guidance regarding social distancing – access and specific guidance via Purley Tennis Club or Amenities Officer below.

Our allotments are open to allotment holders only. 

The Burial ground at Goosecroft is open.

Anyone visiting amenities must heed government guidelines on social distancing and handwashing.  

We regret that, due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Parish Council Office continues to be closed.

We continue to deal with parish business so, if you need to make contact, please click on the appropriate link below.

Parish Clerk
Assistant Clerk
Amenities Officer

Alternatively, you can leave a message on our answering machine – 0118 984 4507 – or put a letter in the box outside the office at Goosecroft.

Covid-19 – latest West Berkshire Council Information

We’re working hard to continue delivering services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and to support our residents – and in particular those who most need our help.

On our website you will find information about where to find support as well as details of any changes we’ve had to make to services.

You can also keep in touch with us online, and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 4

Local Outbreak Control Plan published

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This week we published our Local Outbreak Control Plan setting out how we aim to prevent and control any local outbreaks of COVID-19.
This is a very important part of the next stage of the response to COVID-19 recognising that the virus will be with us until a vaccine and or better treatment is available
The Plan details the roles and responsibilities of prevention and management of COVID-19.
As part of the Plan, we’re urging residents to keep up to date with local news by following our social media channels and signing up to this newsletter. If you’re able to share this newsletter and encourage your friends and family to sign up to it, this will help to keep people safe in the event of a local outbreak.
Residents can also play a key part by self-isolating and booking a COVID-19 test if they are suffering symptoms.
Watch a video of what happens at a regional drive in test site such as the one at Newbury Showground.
See a summary of the plans, further information and FAQ’s.

Further Covid-19 data published by Government

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The number of Covid-19 cases in West Berkshire stands at 471, according to new data.
Read more information and an update on the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases in West Berkshire which now contains data from Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 testing. 

West Berkshire Libraries Phased Reopening to the Public

Libraries SignWe’ve announced plans for restoring the library service to the public and staff are working hard on a phased reopening to keep everyone safe. 
Our services and spaces are important to our entire community and we can’t wait to reopen our doors. The first stage, from 13 July will be to re-open Newbury, Hungerford and Thatcham Libraries for book collections during limited opening hours. We hope to open our other libraries on the same basis the following week.
Read more on libraries reopening.

Shielding Updated Guidance for 6 July

This week, the Government has introduced a lot of changes and easing of social distancing restrictions which will come into effect next month. This is as a result of the fact that COVID infection rates have decreased nationally. This will have come as good news for all of us, however it’s extremely important that we all continue to observe good hygiene, social distancing and to self-isolate and request a test if you’re  suffering any coronavirus symptoms. Shielding UpdatesFrom 6 July the government is advising a series of measures to relax shielding guidance which can be read hereIn West Berkshire, we have over 4400 residents identified by the NHS as clinically extremely vulnerable. As these residents may now start to feel more confident and spend more time outdoors, we encourage all residents to be considerate to others, keeping a 2 metre distance from others where possible.Meeting people from outside your householdFrom 4 July, you can meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location- public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time. When you do meet indoors, people from different households should socially distance, where possible. You can only gather in slightly larger groups of up to 30 for major life events, such as weddings. Read the Guidance.Until 4 July, the current guidance should continue to be followed.

Purley Parish News

The most recent printed issue of the magazine was the March Issue. Due to printing and distribution issues it is now only available as a digital version. We have been requested to make the digital versions available via this website until it is possible to provide the printed version. Please follow the links below.

April 2020:

May 2020:

June 2020:

July 2020:

It is understood that this will be the last online edition and from the next edition dated September 2020, the magazine will revert to a printed version.

Vacancy for a School Governor


Purley CofE Primary School is a village school despite its proximity to Reading. In 2013, the school expanded from an infant school to a primary school. Currently there are four classes with 108 pupils on roll. The school has an excellent local reputation and was very well-regarded in our Ofsted and SIAS Inspections.

We currently have a vacancy for a Co-Opted Governor. This is a valuable, voluntary positon on our school governing body. We are a strong team of governors, where everyone supports each other embracing our school ethos “ learn to love and love to learn”.

Co-opted governors contribute to fulfilling the normal functions of the governing board but need not be experts in the field of education themselves. We are prioritising a search for people who can use their experience to strengthen our work, for the benefit of all the pupils in our school. The role of a governor is an excellent way of contributing directly to the development of the next generation of our community and we are dedicated to developing and nurturing each and every child, within the Christian ethos of our school.

You will need time to offer to attend 11 meetings a year which last around 2.5 hours and to occasionally visit the school during the school day. A wide range of training is available through West Berkshire Council and on line as well as support from existing governors.

Please contact Selina Hall, Clerk to the Governors, via e-mail:

Learn to love, love to learn “Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Recycling Centres to Reopen

Recycling Centres to open

West Berkshire Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are set to reopen to allow residents the opportunity to dispose of waste and recycling that cannot be safely stored at home. This follows publication by the government of updated guidance indicating that visits to recycling centres can be considered essential under certain conditions.

From Thursday 14 May both of our recycling centres, which are located at Newtown Road in Newbury and Padworth Lane, near Aldermaston, will be reopened. The sites were closed temporarily on 24 March following announcements by the government of lockdown restrictions. In order to manage demand, a booking system is in place and you will not be able to simply turn up at the recycling centres.

The booking system will be live on the morning of Wednesday 13 May and residents need to book their appointment here:

When the recycling centres reopen, and to stay within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines on essential travel, please remember that journeys to these sites during lockdown should only be made if waste cannot be stored any longer at home without causing a risk to your health and safety. The sites will be open seven days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm, with the last booking appointment available at 4:30pm.

Working with Veolia, who are our waste contractors, precautionary measures will be introduced to help maintain social distancing on our sites for our residents and staff protection. We will also implement a robust traffic management plan which will help us minimise impacts of traffic congestion on the local road network and to control the number of visitors to the site at any one time.

Residents need to book an appointment and be prepared for the possibility of long queues. We are advising delaying a visit until things are a bit quieter in a few weeks’ time or to only visit if you cannot safely store waste at home for the next couple of weeks. Our kerbside waste collections for recycling, rubbish, the garden and food waste subscription scheme and chargeable kerbside bulky waste collection service is still operating normally and residents are advised to make use of them, wherever practicable, in the meantime.

Making your visit run smoothly

The experience of visiting our household recycling centres will be different and you should only visit the recycling centres if you cannot safely store your waste at home.

Please ensure you:

  • Have booked an available appointment online: – this will available from Wednesday 13 May in the morning.
  • Check online to see if all waste materials can still be taken to the site.
  • Check the site layout when loading waste into your car. Use these site maps to help you when packing your vehicle:
  • Check travel times and any restrictions in place. Please arrive at your allocated time that you have booked online and not any earlier. There may be delays accessing the site and possibly queues of waiting vehicles. Please bear with us as we work safely on the site to limit contact between people.
  • Have your permit, or ID and proof of West Berkshire address with you.
  • Have a copy of your booking confirmation with you – either a print out or on your phone.
  • Only bring what you can physically carry as we are operating a one person per car restriction – our staff cannot help with your waste when you are unloading your vehicle. Under exceptional circumstances only, and at the sole discretion of site staff, two people may be allowed to leave the vehicle to dispose of the waste e.g. if they are removing a heavy or bulky waste item.
  • Please follow the instructions that site staff will give you and also be polite to members of staff.
  • All residents visiting the site will need to observe the social distancing measures in place by keeping at least 2 metres apart at all times.
  • In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres.

For more in-depth information, please read our FAQs

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