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Bracknell Town Mayoral Recent Engagements

25th June 2018 Posted in Community News

Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham has attended a variety of engagements recently;

Great Hollands Pavilion Rebuild: The Bracknell Town Council Great Hollands Pavilion Working Group committee attended site with the contractor team Francis Construction and Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham on 6th June to view the progress and mark the start of the next phase of the pavilion rebuild.

The main aim of the new pavilion is to provide updated facilities for the users of the pavilion and outdoor space. The children’s play area will also be improved along with an accessible water feature.

Chairman of the Great Hollands Pavilion Working Group, Cllr Iain McCracken said “We are delighted the anticipated project at Great Hollands is now proceeding. We look forward to welcoming park users and residents to enjoy the modernised facilities at Great Hollands Recreation Ground once completed.”

Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham added “The new pavilion and improved facilities will be an asset to Bracknell and the community.”

South Berkshire District Scout Council: Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham and her Consort Jon Ingham attended South Berkshire District Scout Council AGM.

Bracknell Town Mayor thanked the District Commissioner and the Treasurer for their interesting presentations. 827 young people are currently involved with South Berkshire District Scouting and this figure includes 170 girls.

The waiting list of 238 young people shows how popular scouting is in our area.

Bracknell Town Mayor thanked the District Scout Council for revising and re-launching Active Support Units to continue to engage young adults with the scouting movement after they have graduated. She also thanked them for recognising and meeting the need to involve parents in the successful Parent and Child Camp. The Town Mayor also thanked the Scout Council for making such a positive impact on the lives of our young people and asked the Officers present to please pass the thanks to all volunteers involved with South Berkshire District Scouting.

After the AGM there was a presentation about the 24th Worldwide Scout Jamboree which this year is meeting in West Virginia, hosted by North America.

The Royal Visit to Bracknell’s Kerith Centre: “HRH The Duke of Gloucester was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley, on an escorted tour of the Kerith Centre. They were welcomed by Cllr Alvin Finch, Mayor of Bracknell Forest, and Cllr Sandra Ingham, Mayor of Bracknell Town. They were told about the work the Kerith Centre undertakes in our local community. ”

The Kerith Centre is not just a Sunday Church, which is a small part of what they do. The tour included meeting residents who freely give of their time to help others through Bracknell’s Food Bank, the Job Club, help and support with addiction, managing debt and teaching English as a foreign language.

Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham extended a huge thank you to all the helpers who make such a difference to people’s lives. It was a special privilege to meet people who are being supported or who have been supported by people at the Kerith Centre and are now thriving in ways they had not anticipated. The Town Mayor departed knowing there is always a warm welcome to all our residents at the Kerith Centre regardless of personal circumstances.

Fusion Coffee Morning: Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham was invited to a Fusion coffee morning on Thursday 14 June to learn about new targets for engaging our more vulnerable Year 6 and Year 7 pupils to help with transitioning to Secondary School. To meet the new targets Fusion needs every support from local councillors to help them into our local schools.

The Fusion programme content builds resilience and determination, confidence and leadership skills and involves activities and a social action project.

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Youthline 30th Anniversary: Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham wished Youthline a happy 30th anniversary and thanked them for making such a positive difference to the lives of Bracknell youth on 14th June.

Bracknell Town Council’s grant, supports Youthline helping them to deliver over 1,300 1:1 counselling sessions in our local schools. This early intervention figure rises to 3428 sessions when you include counselling at The Lodge on Coopers Hill.

Youthline schools work continues to grow and they are delighted to have commenced work at Kennel Lane School this academic year.

Youthline offers day and evening high quality, safe and confidential counselling services 5 days a week in Bracknell. There continues to be a huge demand for Youthline with a current waiting list of 37 days as at the end of March 2018.

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Eid Prayer: On the morning of Friday 15th June, Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham was honoured to be one of the guests of the Bracknell area Muslim community at the annual Eid Prayer to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

This year’s prayer was held outside in the sunshine on the 3G pitches by the Bracknell Leisure Centre due to the increase in the number of Muslims in Bracknell over the last few years.

Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham thanked the Muslim community for their kind invitation and said, “In the spirit of inter-faith understanding, may the blessing of peace be with you all, a deep peace that goes beyond human understanding.”


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