Monday, April 30, 2018 
Apprenticeships and Full Time Courses at Bracknell & Wokingham College - Open Event 
Open Event Mon 30 April | 4 - 7pm
Church Road, Bracknell, RG12 1EH
Apprenticeships >>       Full Time Courses >>      
Thursday, April 19, 2018 
Warm Weather Advice 
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging residents to take extra care when out and about this week, with the hottest day in April for 10 years expected and temperatures predicted to reach 26 degrees.

Station Manager, Martin Simmonds, said: “While we want people to make the most of the good weather, we also want people to enjoy it safely. “We want to encourage our residents to follow our safety advice to help prevent an incident from occurring in the first place. Careful preparation of activities outside and away from the home will go a long way to prevent fires and other emergencies.”

Countryside safety:

• Always have open fires in safe, designated areas. If you see a fire in the countryside, report it immediately by calling 999 and asking for the fire service.

• Don’t leave bottles or glass in the woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start a fire. Take them home or put them in a waste or recycling bin.

• Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as soon as possible and call the fire service.

• Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – they could start a fire.
Barbecue safety:

• If you are planning to have a barbecue, make sure you place it well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste. Never use a barbecue indoors or in a tent as this can give off an invisible, odourless, potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas, which could kill you.

• Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues and never leave it unattended. Drinking alcohol while cooking is not recommended.

• After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it. Empty the ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot they could melt the plastic and cause a fire.
Camping and caravanning:

• Fit and test a smoke alarm in your caravan.

• Make sure the caravan is ventilated and never block air vents, to avoid a build-up of poisonous gases.

• Only use approved lighter fluids and only ever on cold coals.

• Ensure caravans and tents are at least six metres apart from parked cars, to reduce the risk of a fire spreading.

• Keep a torch handy for emergencies – never use lighted candles.

• Don’t cook near flammable materials or long grass, they can set alight easily.
There are also simple steps that you can follow if you encounter someone who has fallen into deep water:

• Call 999 straight away and ask to speak to the fire service and ambulance.

• The emergency services will need to know where you are. If you do not know the specific location look for landmarks or signs – for example bridges will often have numbers on them which can identify the location.

• Never enter the water to try and save someone, even if you are a strong swimmer.

• Shout to the person in the water ‘swim to me’. The water can be disorientating and this can give them a focus.

• Depending on where you are there might be lifebelts or throw bags – use them. If they are attached to rope, make sure you have secured or are holding the end of the rope so you can pull them in.
Next week, as a national water safety campaign (which runs from 23 to 29 April) will get underway, a number of events will take place in an effort to reduce the number of tragic incidents on Royal Berkshire’s waterways. More information about these events and the Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week will be available on the website and social media channels.

For more information about staying safe when out and about, please visit the link below or alternatively, you can visit your local fire station for more advice.
Out and About >>             
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 
Brown Garden Waste Sacks 
From the 1 April 2018 Bracknell Forest Council is to increase the cost of the brown garden sacks.

The current cost is 70p per sack and the new price will be £1.00.

From now until 1 April 2018 we can sell the sacks to you at their current price of 70p per sack, so if you need any for your garden spring cleans do not delay!
Sacks are available for purchase at the Parish Office, located in the Morgan Centre, Wellington Road, Crowthorne.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 
UK Government Smart Meters Rollout 2020 
The Government is rolling out smart meters into all homes and businesses before 2020. However, research shows that a huge percentage of the population are still not aware of the options available.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has produced guides on domestic and non-domestic smart meters, see links below for further information: -
Non-Domestic >>       Domestic >>      
Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Notice is hereby given that Bracknell Forest Borough Council intends to make an Order, in accordance with Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in any direction along the Church Street between its junctions with Waterloo Road and High Street (Crowthorne).

The alternative route for this closure is via High Street (Crowthorne), B3430 Dukes Ride, New Wokingham Road and Waterloo Road, or this route reversed.

The purpose of this Order is to ensure public and workforce safety whilst water utility works are undertaken in the highway.

The proposed Order will come into operation on the 29th January 2018 and its maximum duration will be 6 months or until the completion of the works whichever shall be the earlier. It is currently programmed that the works requiring the closure will take 4 weeks to complete.

This Order shall only apply when the appropriate signs and markings are displayed in the road.

Emergency access to adjacent properties will be maintained however there will be no ‘through access.

Should you have any queries on these closures then please contact Bracknell Forest Council's Highway Network Management Team on 01344 352000
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 
The Bracknell Forest Community Network 
The Bracknell Forest Community Network connects people aged 18+ experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood to develop confidence, interests and hobbies, life skills and resilience. This will help you to remain socially connected and better understand your health and wellbeing so you can live as independently as possible.
The Network provides support for the people within the criteria set out as follows:

* Recovering from an episode of mental ill-health
* Social Isolation or looking to get out in the community more
* Lacking confidence
* Needing practical support and information to get back to independence

If you would benefit from some additional support to improve your health and wellbeing simply get in touch with the Bracknell Forest Community Network by email: or by telephone: 01344 823300.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 
Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review 
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries as it opens its third and final consultation.

Following a decision by Parliament to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK to 600 from 650, and to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is equal, the BCE has been asked to make independent recommendations about where the boundaries of English constituencies should be.

Bracknell Forest residents can go to the BCE’s website, (Link below), to view the new plans. All public comments received during the first two consultations are also published on the website.

You have until 11 December 2017 to have your say.

All evidence submitted throughout the process will be considered and the BCE will then decide on the final recommendations before submitting them to Parliament in September 2018.

If agreed by Parliament, the new constituencies will be in use at the next scheduled General Election in 2022.
BCE's Website >>             
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 
Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021 
A summary version of the Police and Crime plan has now been published detailing the five strategic priorities for policing and crime for the next five years. The summary is available to view using the link below...
Police and Crime Plan >>