Local Plumber Expands to Harlow

By   February 25, 2016

Local Hurst plumber, Brad Jones, has been running his plumbing business for almost 10 years and has recently decided to expanded his family business to Harlow in Essex. Although the move sounds strange, Brad says that he will be moving there in the near future so makes sense to have the business running. For the mean time, he is having to make the drive across the country to make sure things are running smoothly.

He still plans on keeping his Hurst plumbing company running, although he admits his time will still be required to make sure the original business maintains it’s high standards.


“Setting up Harlow Plumbers (the new company) was not easy at all. My wife wasn’t happy that I was spending so much time away from! However, she does understand that it is all necessary to make our move to Essex a smooth one. Our new plumbing and heating company will ensure that we bring expert plumbers in Harlow and to the surrounding areas. I will make sure the high standards of my original business follow through and i’m sure people will recognise that when they use us.”

He is even stepping up his game with Harlow Plumbers by introducing more services. “Harlow Plumbers will offer more than just traditional plumbing services. We will also offer a range of heating services such as boiler repairs, boiler installations, boiler servicing, central heating repairs, new bathroom installations as well as kitchen installations.”

“I know there is going to be a lot of pressure on me to maintain the original company, however I want to keep it there as it still ties me to my home town. I don’t want to lose that and it gives me a reason to keep coming back to the area I love.”

Hurst-pc.org.uk would like to thank Brad for all of the great work he has done locally and wish him great success in his new plumbing venture!

Harlow Plumbers – 34 Turnors, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1EF – 01279 942045


Wokingham Job Support Centre

By   October 7, 2014

The Wokingham Job Support Centre, offers FREE help if you are newly unemployed.

Advisors to provide Help and Guidance

  • A Listening Ear
  • Job Application
  • CV Preparation
  • Letter Writing
  • Interview Techniques


  • Newspapers
  • Trade Journals
  • Where to go for Specialist Help and Training

Use of Facilities

  • Job Vacancy Database
  • Internet
  • Computers
  • Word Processing and Printing
  • Photocopier
  • Telehone and Fax
  • Stationery and Postage

The Job Support Centre is open Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm.

The Job Support Centre
The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham, RG40 1UE
Telephone: 0118 977 0517
email Wjscen@yahoo.co.uk.
Website http://www.wjsc.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 1039801


Wish comes true for James Cork

By   August 7, 2014






Hurst was very honoured at this year’s Horse Show and Country Fair, as it was chosen for the unveiling of the world premier painting by James Cork, aged 8 from Finchampstead.

Councillor Danny Miller, Mayor of Wokingham Town, unveiled the painting at 12 noon on Saturday 18th June. The Mayor read out letters of congratulations from a number of well wishers including:

Lady Elizabeth Godsal, High Steward of Wokingham,
Philip Wroughton, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire,
The Hon Mary Bayliss, High Sheriff of Berkshire,
Rolf Harris OBE,
John Redwood MP,
Prime Minister Tony,
Her Majesty The Queen.

St. Nicholas Hurst Parish Council would like to add their congratulations to James, and thank him for giving permission to display his painting at the Village Hall and on our web site.


Councillor Danny Miller ( Wokingham Town Council) is helping James to become an international artist, through his chosen charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation ® UK.

Make-A-Wish Foundation ® UK has one simple aim – to grant the wishes of children aged 3 to 18 living with life-threatening illnesses. If you would like to find out more about the charity and it’s work, click on the link below:



Transport for the Elderly and Disabled

By   June 7, 2014

Keep Mobile & ReadiBus



The Parish Council are committed to help all parts of our community, be it youth facilities for the young, grants to the village halls for the not so young, or grants to providers of transport for the elderly and disabled.

Annually the Parish Council receive requests for grants from Keep Mobile and Readibus to help them provide transport for those who are unable to use public transport through age or disability. The sort of services these charities provide are:

Dial a Ride – Members can book a journey anywhere they require at a time to suite them.
Shopping trips to a specified town with sufficient time to shop or meet friends.
Day excursions to places of interest.
Contract work for other voluntary organisations: Stroke Clubs, Arthritis Care, Polio Fellowship and many more.

Approximately 50% of the funding for Keep Mobile and Readibus comes from grants and donations, which obviously make it difficult to know what their income will be or whether they will receive sufficient to cover their costs. What these charities need is a regular income, part of which could be provided by shops an businesses providing an annual grant. Last year the Parish Council provided a grant of £20,000 for Keep Mobile and £40,000 for Readibus.


Drug Advice Meeting

By   April 7, 2014

Parents worried about the danger of drugs to thier children can attend a special awareness work-shop in Twyford.

The event, at Loddon Hall on Thursday, May 20 will be run by the Parent Support Network and is for parents who are unsure of how to talk about drugs to their children or who feel they need more information about these issues.

PC Les Eke of Thames Valley Police will speak at the meeting, which starts at 7:30 pm, refreshments will be available.

What is a drug?

It’s something that changes the way you think or feel. But not all drugs lead to problems. It depends on who is using it and how it’s used.
Many people drink alcohol without becoming dependent – others can’t control their drinking. It’s the same for heroin – some people use it for years without causing themselves harm. But for many, many others it often causes misery and sometimes death.

Many teenagers experiment with drugs for a short time and then stop. They haven’t become “addicted”. And for many young people, cannabis is just as acceptable as legal drugs, like alcohol and tobacco.

But drugs can be dangerous and can lead to physical and mental damage and even death.

Using any drug can lead to dependency. When this happens, young people stop concentrating on their studies or work, and they seem to stop caring about the people they love. They may also turn to crime.

About half of all 15 and 16-year-olds have tried an illegal drug. Top of the list is cannabis, then speed and ecstasy. It’s estimated that only one per cent had tried heroin.

Most young people get drugs from their friends and even members of their families. And most “pushers” are young people themselves.
But don’t forget some drugs can be bought over the counter – drugs like aerosols or glues and they can cause death with one use.


Careers in Childcare

By   March 7, 2014

Do you want an exciting career with opportunities for training and structured career path?

A career in childcare can be stimulating and rewarding, with flexible working, and opportunities for training and career progression. If you are looking for such a career but are not sure where to start, Wokingham District Council is offering a series of free seminars and one day workshops. The seminars and workshops are aimed at anyone considering employment in the childcare sector and would like to know more about the options available.

The seminars will include a brief overview of the childcare sector, including different types of jobs and qualifications. The seminars are being held at Highwood Annexe in Woodley on:

Thursday 25th March – 10am-12pm

A one-day workshop will offer a more in-depth look at the sector and will be held at ‘The Professional Development Center in Wokingham on:

Saturday 13th March – 9.30am-5.00pm

If you are interested in attending, or require more information about training or jobs in childcare, please contact Claire Robertson, Recruitment Co-ordinator on 0118 935 1711 or email claire.robertson@wokingham.gov.uk

Criminal record checks will be carried out on all persons involved in or wishing to be considered for a position on childcare.


Caring for Hurst

By   February 7, 2014


The Parish Council have been testing various graffiti cleaning products on the play equipment and signs in the School Road paying field. One produgraffitict was very effective on non porous surfaces such as the signs and painted metal surfaces of the pay equipment, but is only available in bulk purchases. We have invited other local Parish Councils to help share the cost of this product. We have also identified a number of other products suitable for porous surfaces, although in some cases, repainting small areas is cheaper and more effective. At the time of writing (04-June-2005), the School Road playing fields was free of all graffiti, and we intend to keep it that way.

Graffiti Hotline

If the property damaged is either privately owned or owned by Wokingham District Council – please contact 0118 974 6307 (Graffiti hotline) to arrange for the graffiti to be removed (free for WDC tenants and private owners).

Abandoned Vehicles

abandonedIf you suspect that a vehicle is abandoned, please call WDC Waste Services on 0118-974 6339 / 6307. Also report the vehicle to Wpc 3635 Sandy Craske on 0118 9536257 or e-mail Sandy.Craske@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk, as the car may be stolen. This was the case when a Rover 400 was reported abandoned in the lay-by in Forest Road.
If you have a car you wish to dispose of, then contact WDC Waste Services for advice.

Disposing of Bulky Items


WDC through its waste Contractor, SITA, operates a service for collecting household items. Please call freephone 0800 838878 for a free quotation. Charges do apply for these types of item.

If you take bulky items to the rubbish tip at Longshot Lane, Bracknell, you will not be charged for there disposal. WDC pays just under 45% of the costs Longshot Lane. It is open from 8.00am – 6.00pm October to March and 8.00am – 8.00pm April to September; Closed Christmas Day.

Fly Tipping

Fflytiply tipping is a continuous problem in the countryside. If rubbish has been dumped near you, then please contact the Waste Services at WDC at 0118 974 6339 or 0118 974 6307, Email: waste.services@wokingham.gov.uk Quick removal of rubbish will help prevent more being dumped at the same site.

Not sure who to contact?

If you are not sure who to contact about anything to do with the services provided by WDC, then contact the Democratic Services:

Civic Offices
Shute End
RG40 1BN

Tel: (0118) 974 6000
Fax: (0118) 978 9078
Minicom: (0118) 974 6991
E-mail: wokinghamdc@wokingham.gov.uk


Traffic Calming Measures

By   January 7, 2014

Village traffic calming schemes reduce child deaths. 56 village traffic calming schemes were the subject of a major study of effective reduction in accidents and casualties. Over 1400 accidents were analysed over a 12 year span. Results showed a greater reduction in the overall frequency of accidents involving vulnerable road users than for those involving vehicles only. Serious and fatal child pedestrian accidents were reduced by three-quarters, and the number of all child cyclist injury accidents was halved.

Vehicle speed is a critical factor affecting a pedestrians chances of survival, at 20mph, 9 out of 10 will survive, where as at 40mph, 9 out of 10 will die.

Traffic calming schemes may be funded by a variety of sources including Parish Councils, which are authorised to contribute to schemes through the Local Government & Rating Act 1997.

Positive judgements

  • Slow the traffic down
  • Reduce the through traffic (“rat running”)
  • Save lives

Negative judgements

  • Can increase traffic noise as drivers speed up in between them (humps/ cushions)
  • Dangerous for cyclists (chicanes/build outs)
  • Problematic for emergency vehicles
  • Problematic for buses (damage to drivers’ backs, make the journey times longer)
  • Unattractive


Traffic Calming Measures

Gateway featurescalming07 Gateway features
Designed to emphasise to drivers that they are entering an area where the needs of the local community are at least as important as the convenience of through traffic.
These generally work quite well at first (with a 4-5 mph reduction) but evidence suggests that speeds tend to creep up again after a period of time. Red surfacing can discolour and fade, particularly if there are lots of HGVs
calming01Build outs and chicanes Build outs and chicanes
Build outs narrow the road often down to one carriageway – and make drivers slow down to drive through them. In a chicane the road is narrowed on one side and then the other – drivers have to slow down to get round them.
Priority narrowings are very effective where they are installed (vehicles may be brought to a halt) but speeds beyond the feature will increase. They can be affective when used as part of a more extensive scheme. They may be difficult for large vehicles. They need a reasonable amount of traffic in both directions.
Mini-roundaboutsroundabout Mini-roundabouts
They are designed to make drivers slow down to go round them and to force them to look out for other vehicles entering the junction. However, the highway condition needs to be right.
Need a reasonable flow of traffic from the minor arm of the junction, to ensure that drivers do actually slow down. Statutory requirement to have street lighting. In restricted spaces HGVs may have to run over the central dome – can be noisy.
Traffic islandscalming06 Traffic islands
Stop drivers overtaking other vehicles. Can be useful in providing pedestrian crossing facilities if correctly positioned. Can also help to enforce lane discipline.
Not very effective as a speed reduction measure on its own (2-3 mph reduction) but better as part of a more comprehensive scheme. Mandatory signing and lighting are required. These can be visually intrusive. May restrict access to private drives.
Speed humpscalming02 Speed humps
These force vehicles to slow down, since driving over them fast is very uncomfortable.
Can be noisy especially where HGVs are involved. Require advanced slowing down features. Street lighting must be in place. Bus companies and emergency services generally object unless speed cushions can be provided. Humps can have a nasty impact on disabled, elderly or frail people, and those with serious back or neck problems.
Cost �00 (simple pre-made hump) – (custom constructed speed table)
Speed cushionscalming03 Speed cushions
These are like speed humps but do not extend all across the road. They are designed to be narrow enough to slow down cars but not to affect buses and emergency vehicles. They are usually installed in pairs, arranged across the carriageway, but single cushions are sometimes put centrally between build outs.
A speed cushion can actually reduce the general traffic noise and the maximum vehicle noise for light vehicles, as they slow down at the cushion. It is possible that some nuisance can be caused, because of vehicles speeding up between the cushions.
Speed or safety camerascalming05 Speed or safety cameras
Takes photographs of speeding vehicles. The drivers are then prosecuted by the police. They are usually found on main roads where there is a particular speeding problem. They are now much cheaper to run, due to the revenue generated by speeding fines.
Speed cameras can only be put in locations with a history of crashes. Can be visually intrusive. New rules now decree that speed cameras must be visible from a distance of 66 yards on roads with a speed limit of up to 40mph and 109 yards for speeds above that. Government has indicated that every camera in the country will eventually be repainted bright yellow!
sid_01Vehicle Activated Signs Vehicle Activated Signs
The basic principle of Vehicle Activated Signs is that drivers exceeding a predetermined threshold speed will trigger the sign, which will then display the particular hazard or speed limit.
According to a report conducted by TRL on behalf of the department of transport, these signs have been very effective in reducing speeds, particularly those fast drivers who currently contribute disproportionately to the accident risk. Signs can be operated at thresholds well below normal police enforcement levels. There is no evidence that in time, drivers become less responsive to the signs. There is a high level of driver acceptance.