Chapel Row Surgery Patient Participation Group

The Chapel Row Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) met on 27 January 2021.

Chaired by Erica Tipton and attended by several parishioners on the Group it was also supported by Dr Jimmy Lennox, now Senior Partner, and Paul Gomm the Practice Manager. Normally, reports on the PPG’s proceedings are made at BPC meetings but in the light of the present pandemic situation it was thought a more immediate report would be appreciated.

The PPG delegates were unanimous in their praise of the Surgery’s speed in setting up its Covid-19 vaccination programme and the efficiency and courteous manner of all those manning the Pangbourne vaccination centre. Dr Lennox reported recently there had been a temporary lull in activity owing to lack of vaccine deliveries. However a decent supply of vaccine was now assured and the plan was for vaccinations of the over 70s and the clinically vulnerable to resume next week.

Shortly the Surgery will be introducing a system of texting patients with a link to a vaccination appointment booking system.

The vaccination centre has been able to extract 1200 doses from a standard 975 dose delivery of the Pfizer vaccine by minimising waste.Should any unused vaccine be left at the end of the day ,which might have to be thrown away because of storage limitations, there was a reserve list to call people forward at short notice.

The access arrangements for appointments at the Surgery is working well as is the outdoor system for collections from the dispensary. The Surgery has decided to split its dispensary and receptions teams into two, working an am and pm shift. This will ensure that if team members have to self-isolate there will still be 50% of the staff available to work.

There have been no Covid-19 outbreaks amongst the staff at the Surgery.

Coronavirus Support

Bucklebury Parish Council want you to know that you are not on your own. If you are self-isolating and need help, here are the contact details of your parish councillors who will be
able to put you in touch with someone who can help with shopping, collection of medicines
etc, or simply to have a chat if you are lonely.

Vehicles on Bucklebury Common

Vehicles may NOT be driven by the public:

  • On the common.
  • On public Footpaths, Bridleways or Restricted Byways.
  • On Byways which have a TRO notice banning vehicles over the winter.
  • Where causing alarm, distress, or annoyance/where driven without due care & attention on a road or public place.


If you see any of this happening, report the incident to the Police:

Tel. 999 - life is in danger or the crime is happening now.

Tel. 101 – non-emergency crime/incident.

Online (or the Bucklebury/Downlands neighbourhood team).

Use the What3Words app to identify the location. 



West Berkshire Libraries now offer library members free access to national newspapers and magazines via the PressReader app.

For more details on how to sign up for access please see their website.

Blacklands Copse woodland management 2018 programme

Work has begun on the 2018 Blacklands Copse harvesting programme and is due to be complete by late September 2018.

The harvester will be thinning Cpt. 8c, 8e, 9b, 10a (see map).

Please do not walk in these areas and in in the loading bay during the work period. Please take notice of (conform with) all warning & instructional signs, as Health and Safety is of paramount importance.

If you have any questions please contact

Ralph Gascoigne BSc (Hons)

Wessex Woodland Management Ltd

01488 685 007 or 07818 417 824