Sunday, June 25, 2017 
Family Cycle Ride 2017 
10-mile circular route through the flat country lanes of Winkfield and Warfield.

9.30am Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield Row RG42 7PA.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 
Bracknell Forest Council Members' allowances published 
Bracknell Forest Council has published full details of payments made to its members during 2016/17. The figures include allowances as well as payments made relating to mileage, travel, subsistence and childcare. The Council also offers Members a range of other support, including access to learning and development opportunities, personal computers, mobile phones and smart phone devices.

Alison Sanders, Director of Corporate Services, said 'It's important that the Council is transparent about allowances paid to members and that residents understand how this money is used. Our Councillors work very hard to help residents, and we want to support them to be able to do that.'

To see full details of allowances, use the link below...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017 
Belisha Beacons on the Borough's Zebra Crossings 
Bracknell Forest Council has been operating a rolling program to upgrade the Belisha beacons on the Borough's zebra crossings. The new Zebrite beacons have a LED halo that make them more visible to motorist.

The Belisha beacon located on the crossing on Dukes Ride near its junction with New Road was upgraded in 2016.

The next crossings to be upgraded are the four zebra crossings located on Crowthorne High Street. These works are scheduled to commence on Monday 12th June.

For more information on the replacement programme, please contact Bracknell Forest Council on 01344 352000
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 
Rights of Way Improvement Plan Survey 
BFC would like to understand your views about the borough’s public rights of way to help them assess how the network is presently meeting needs and how they might improve it over the next 10 years to make it accessible for all.

It will also help BFC with key goals in the council's Local Transport Plan 3, for example, promoting, supporting and improving facilities for cycling and walking.

A public right of way is a route that the public has a legal right to use. They can be broken down into 4 categories – Footpaths (can be used by foot), Bridleways (can be used by foot, horse, pedal cycle), Byways (can be used by all, including motorised vehicles) and Restricted Byways (can be used by all, except motorised vehicles).

How can you get involved?

You can help by completing the attached survey. The closing date for submissions is Sunday 25 June.

Further information is available at: http://consult.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/portal/leisure/rowip
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Sunday, May 07, 2017 
'Victims First' launches to support victims of crime. 
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched his ‘Victims First’ brand and website.

Victims First is the new overarching title for the PCCs work in providing support, increasing accessibility and improving services for victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017 
School Governors are people like you 
Interested in influencing the future of young people?
Want to use your skills and develop new ones?
Call us on 01344 354069

Click on the link below for more information.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 
Photographers' tree snaps on display 
Last Saturday marked the official launch of an exhibition at South Hill Park, which celebrates ‘Our Wonderful Trees’ in Bracknell Forest.

Amateur photographers and their families excitedly gathered in the Long Gallery at the Art’s Centre, to view their pictures, which comprised the winning and commended entries from last year’s Parks Photographic Competition.

Last year was the 9th year that Bracknell Forest Council has run the free to enter popular competition, with support from South Hill Park Art’s Centre.

Andrew Hunter chief officer for planning, transport and countryside said “Last year the ‘tree theme’ clearly captured people’s imagination, with record number of entries submitted to our competition. This made it tough for our judges to choose the best entries to go on display.”

“In this year’s competition, we’re looking for people to share with us images of their favourite greenspaces in the borough. This is a chance for all amateur photographers to show off their skill and to get out, explore and celebrate the wealth of green spaces and wildlife we have in the borough.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 11 June. Entries for the 2017 competition can be sent by to email park.photos@bracknell-forest.gov.uk or post to Parks and Countryside Service, Bracknell Forest Council, Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD. Please include a short caption that best describes the image and provide your contact details. Unfortunately Bracknell Forest Council will be unable to return any prints you send in.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Tuesday, 31 October, 2017. Full terms and conditions are available on the council’s website
http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/parksandcountrysidevents
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 
New Balance Beam and Sculpture Trail at South Hill Park 
Exciting new educational features unveiled at South Hill Park!

A new balance beam and nature trail were officially opened last Monday at South Hill Park.

The new permanent features which were funded using s106 developer money have been created for use and enjoyment by visitors to this Bracknell Forest heritage park, and will help promote education and learning about natural surroundings.

The balance beam is a 30 metre long wooden carving that contains round discs along its length which contains different facts about trees and nature. Carved and created by local chainsaw sculptor Nick Speakman of 3D Wood, the balance beam is the same length as the height of the tallest tree at South Hill Park, a Wellingtonia.

The nature trail includes a number of wooden and metal wildlife sculptures, which are created on a wildlife theme and are cleverly placed in branches of trees and strategic places throughout the woods. People are encouraged to try and spot bats hanging from branches and owls hiding in trees.

The new features are made from a variety of woods that are strong and durable and will last for many years to come. A leaflet will be made available to give further explanation of the nature trail, teaching people about the importance of the woodland ecosystem and providing the opportunity for educational games and learning along the way.

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide these new features, which are free to use and available at all times, and hope that they will increase people’s enjoyment and understanding of the park.”

“The learning and engagement opportunities they present should benefit all those who visit this popular heritage park, including local schools, families and communities.”

“Ensuring that local people can easily access good leisure and recreational facilities is important in promoting health and wellbeing and in maintaining the high quality standards to which we aspire to manage our parks and open spaces.”