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Community Magazine

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What’s On At The Wilde Theatre


Performance Guide

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Book Review

Articles & Features Including DogsTrust Article

Puzzle Page

September Horoscope

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When Pets Aren’t for Life


September Horoscope

Welcome to


Book Reviews


Coffee Break Puzzle Page


Tackling Childhood Obesity


Competition: Win a Night Out in London


Local Societies and Groups


What’s on at The Theatre


Useful Information and Much More










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robably the main thing that most of will remember about August will be the horrific pictures we saw on the News of the terrible riots and mindless looting in our major cities.

I hope that September will bring better news and that everyone will be refreshed from their holidays. I also hope that this latest Edition of The Bracknell Forester will bring you some enjoyable reading and be as informative and entertaining as I try to make it.


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Louise Close, a member of staff at Dogs Trust, with two of the rescued dogs.

When pets aren’t for life According to research, many victims of domestic violence would rather stay in an abusive relationship than put their pet in danger. We talk to one new trust that aims to change all this. Bess, her voice trembling at the memory. "We lost everything - all our possessions, our contacts, our home, our family.

When Bess Parker*, 33, was forced to flee her home because of domestic violence, she left behind her eldest daughter, family and friends, as well as her two closest companions: Twilight and Bright Eyes, mother and daughter Staffordshire Bull Terriers whom she'd raised from pup to bitch.

"The worst part of all of it was being without the dogs. Twilight was my best friend and Lisa was used to sleeping with Bright Eyes every night, so I'd have to hold her in the refuge as she cried to sleep."

Bess had been involved in abusive relationships in the past, and been forced to leave - but never had it been this difficult. With bruises lining her arms, death notes in her pockets, and her 9-year-old daughter Lisa, in tow, Bess made her way by bus from Surrey up to London's West End, where they would spend the next six months in a refuge for battered women. They had no clothes, no money and no hope. But Bess knew there was no turning back. Samuel, her partner of only three months, had threatened to kill her and her family, and, high on drugs, was going round Bess' friends searching for her. "It was horrible," says

According to research, as many as one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, with data showing a strong link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Sadly, as refuges and temporary accommodation centres cannot accept pets, some women choose to stay rather than risk their pets' lives by fleeing without them.


Editorial Bess, however, was lucky. Through social services, she was referred to The Dogs Trust charity, whose Freedom Project provides a free foster care service for dogs belonging to families fleeing from domestic violence in London, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire. Twilight and Bright Eyes would be rehomed and taken care of for as long as Bess and Lisa were in refuge - and all Bess had to do was make sure that she rebuilt her own - and her daughter's - life. "Thinking I had to leave our dogs behind was really the last straw, as they are family," says Bess. "So to know I had them coming back eventually was the light at the end of the tunnel."

Since its inception in 2004, the Freedom Project has helped re-home some 700 pets, most of them dogs. (In London, cats are also re-homed by the UK's leading cat welfare charity, Cats Protection).

In several recent studies of women seeking refuge from domestic violence, nearly half reported that their pets had been threatened, injured or killed by their partners - making the Freedom Project a very necessary programme indeed, says its manager Clare Kivlehan. "It's not practical for refuges to take pets and often friends and family are unable to look after some pets, such as dogs and cats, for long periods of time.

watching them grow in confidence and discovering each dog's individual personality is so rewarding. I get a great sense of fulfilment when it's time for them to go home, knowing that they are going back to a family that loves them." Although it was difficult, Bess and Lisa survived their six pet-less months in refuge, in part, Bess says, because they received regular photos and letters from the families caring for the dogs - a "godsend" for getting them through the pain of separation. "But the greatest point of my life is knowing now that I've got my little family back. I miss my friends and my family, but I owe the Dogs Trust my life."

Foster carers volunteer to house, feed and provide any veterinary care to the pets for an average of nine months, when they are then given back to their owners - and volunteers are always needed. EastEnders actress Jo Joyner has recently come on board to raise awareness and garner support for the Freedom Project, because the more foster carers there are, the more victims of domestic violence can be helped, she says.

Bess is still in contact with the foster carers who looked after Bright Eyes and Twilight, regularly sending them photographs of the dogs and even sometimes visiting her "second family" with the Staffies for a reunion. "The way they looked after my dogs, I can't say thank you enough," explains Bess. "We wouldn't be where we are now without them."

"I know people who have been affected by domestic violence and I also know how easy it is to get trapped in a bad situation. Dogs can be such a huge part of your family and can also be your greatest companion when under threat. I know there are thousands of women out there who need to know that they can leave their situation and their dogs will not only be safe, but be returned to them, too."

* Name has been changed to protect subject's identity

Become a foster dog owner The Freedom Project is currently looking to recruit more foster carers, especially men - so if you like dogs, can devote an average of nine months to looking after a pet and want to help a family in need, visit

Julie, a single mum of three, has been a volunteer foster carer for the Freedom Project Yorkshire since it was first established in 2005, and has since cared for a number of dogs, including Scarlett the Staffie and Winston the Bull Mastiff. "For me, the hardest part about fostering is knowing what the dogs have been through," she says, a former victim of domestic violence herself. "Seeing them cower when they hear a loud noise and looking bewildered when they first arrive is heartbreaking, but





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Libra (Sep 24th - Oct 23rd)

Aries (Mar 21st - Apr 20th) Relationships have been very important for a long time now, but over this month they become even more so. The Full Moon in Pisces suggests that certain connections may be winding down, especially those you no longer have the energy for. But the New Moon in Libra at the end of the month can bring a special relationship your way. Be ready.

As the month unfolds your energy levels increase and so can your willingness to get a move on with key projects and plans. Health issues need attention early in the month. If something is amiss get it checked out. Don't leave it. Towards the end of the month the New Moon in your sign is excellent for making changes at all levels. Exciting stuff!

Scorpio (Oct 24th - Nov 22nd)


(Apr 21st - May 21st) Love and creativity are important, especially if you want to date after a period of being on your own or if you are thinking of developing your own business. Don't be too much of a perfectionist or you'll reduce your chances. Later in the month conditions are perfect for starting that new health routine or making changes in work prospects.

You are keen to let everyone know about your plans. The more you talk to key people, the easier it is to get your career on track. If you want publicity this is the time to encourage it. Later the Sun moves into your spiritual zone, giving you a chance to recharge your batteries and get your priorities sorted out. Reflect on your heart's desire

Sagittarius (Nov 23rd - Dec 21st)

Gemini (May 22nd - Jun 21st)

The month begins with a focus on career issues. Make sure you have a plan and make steps that will help you reach your target. You will then see real progress. You may be motivated to share your knowledge or to learn something that will help you get a better job. The New Moon in Libra will be great for joining clubs and making new friends.

You need to refine and define your ideas. Whether you are planning a business, a website or organising an event, think it through properly. You will save a lot of time and money by doing so. While the Full Moon brings career issues to a head, the New Moon in Libra is perfect for taking your latest relationship to a new level of commitment.



(Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd) You have plenty of ideas about how to make more money but you need to be practical if you are going to make this happen. The more detailed your analysis of what you want to achieve, the more successful you will be. Gradually the focus shifts to your home zone as the New Moon at the end of the month paves the way for some exciting developments.

(Dec 22nd - Jan 20th) Mars starts the month in your relationship zone, stirring up old issues and helping you and your partner to clear the air or you to make yourself available for a new love. The Full Moon in Pisces coincides with increased powers of imagination. What you think about with conviction may come to pass. The New Moon encourages you to enjoy the spotlight.


Leo (Jul 24th - Aug 23rd)

(Jan 21st - Feb 19th) Health and work issues continue to be linked for much of the month. As usual, relaxation is the key to a healthy digestion and more energy. Mars moves into your partnership zone later on, which makes for lively exchanges with a lover or on meeting a new partner. Joint plans and projects will move along swiftly. Is a life change in the offing?

Joint financial affairs come to a head early on. Don't overreact if things don't work out as they should. It is time to make fresh plans and other arrangements that will serve you better in the long term. The New Moon in Libra is excellent for all new beginnings, including starting your own internet enterprise or writing your bestselling novel.



(Feb 20th - Mar 20th) The Full Moon in your sign early on may cause you to overreact to certain situations when you really don't need to. Don't make decisions on the spur of the moment that you might regret later on. It may not be as bad as you think. The New Moon in Libra brings a chance to make a fresh start with loans, your mortgage or other borrowing or investments

(Aug 24th - Sep 23rd) You may find yourself overreacting to something your partner does as the Full Moon brings powerful emotions into the open early in the month. Don't make any snap decisions. Wait a few days until you feel calmer and more collected. The New Moon in Libra enables you to make a fresh financial start and create new streams of income.


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Bookcase FICTION The Stranger's Child

Agent 6

by Alan Hollinghurst

by Tom Rob Smith

Writer of the 2004 Man Booker prize-winning novel The Lines Of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst returns with his eagerly anticipated fifth book The Stranger's Child. Set amid the pomp and circumstance of England's high society, the novel begins with a visit by the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance to his friend - and secret lover George, at his home of 'Two Acres'. The weekend has profound effects on the inhabitants of the house, especially George's sister Daphne, and the story follows its repercussions throughout the 20th century. This is a rich portrayal of English family life throughout this tumultuous century, told by an acutely observant writer who remains fascinated by the fates of the upper classes.

If you loved Tom Rob Smith's debut novel Child 44 - an original, masterful thriller set in Stalinist Russia - don't read this. His third book may see him go mainstream, with billboard posters proclaiming him the new Nesbo and Larsson, but Agent 6 is a tired attempt to drag out the charms of his anti-hero Leo Demidov into a franchise. It's badly written and dumbed down to the point where readers are reminded of the action in the previous chapter (sometimes twice) just to make sure they are keeping up. The plot unravels at the end as do all the interesting facets of Leo's character. A crying shame.

Marrying Up

Against All Enemies

by Wendy Holden

by Tom Clancy

Alexa MacDonald has done everything in her power (including changing her name) to conceal her humble socio-economic background from high society. Her ambitious eyes have always been on one prize - marriage to a man with money and aristocracy. Polly Stevenson, is recovering from a broken heart. A student of archaeology at Oxford University, beautiful and goodnatured, Polly is a sharp contrast to her scheming, selfish schoolmate Alexa. A chance encounter leads Alexa to glamorous but naïve socialite Lady Florence, whose title and connections could open grand doors to the rich and the famous. The three young women see their paths cross which leads them to Maxim, the Crown Prince of Sedona. But the noble royal has his heart set for one girl.


US author Tom Clancy’s 15th book, Against All Enemies, follows CIA spook Maxwell Moore, who has spent two years investigating terrorist operations in a corrupt Pakistan. After Taliban moles sabotage his mission, the agency redeploys him undercover to Mexico to investigate links between its most powerful drug cartel and al-Qaeda. Former Navy SEAL Moore is an archetypal loner who has sacrificed everything for his job, yet remains dogged by his past. Despite the novel's well-researched depictions of underworld operations, it is overwritten and at times gratingly stereotypical. A surfeit of characters complicates the narrative yet erodes suspense with clichéd back stories. This is a shame, as the story has the potential to be an engaging thriller with plenty of fast-paced action.

Book Review NON-FICTION Project by Iain Sinclair.

A Year In The Village Of Eternity

Psychogeographer Iain Sinclair, London's grumpy conscience, casts a wearily furious eye across the city's desecration by 'Grand Projects'. His focus is on the Olympics, but any grandiose scheme which uproots the lives of ordinary people, unleashing poisons both social and chemical while costing an ever-spiralling amount of public money, is fair game; he has yet to forgive or forget that "shabby tent" the Dome. An excursion North takes in Hull, Liverpool and Manchester, already blighted by the legacy of "vanity interventions" that betrayed the communities they claimed would benefit while making millions for consultants and corporations. Visiting Berlin, though a city divided and devastated by the enactment of big ideas, feels less relevant; Sinclair is out of his element, as in Athens and America.

by Tracey Lawson After hearing that the 'Campomelani' (the inhabitants of Campodimele) live a longer life than many in Europe, teac her-t urned-journalis t Tracey Lawson decided to move to the village for one year. In that time, she wanted to see how the Campomelani make it to be 80 or 90 while maintaining a youthful, active lifestyle. Lawson discovers how residents of Campodimele live and work in tune with the four seasons, tend their land and animals with care, and prepare 'cibo genuino' (authentic food) - all helping them to live happy, healthy, longer lives. This book is recommended to anyone who dreams of escaping the rat race, loves getting under the skin of a place or simply adores cooking, as Lawson includes a host of authentic recipes straight from the kitchens of Campodimele.

Everything Is Obvious: How Common Sense Fails by Duncan J Watts

Signs Of Life by Natalie Taylor It's hard to believe that Signs Of Life is Natalie Taylor's first book. She decides to pen the memoir, a 16-month compilation of journal entries, after suddenly losing her relatively new husband Josh in a carveboardi ng acc i dent. Pregnant with their first child Kai, Taylor - an English teacher from Michigan - has to readjust to an empty house, her impending mother-to-be status and life as a widow. But rather than just wallowing in her own self-pity, she gives quirky anecdotes about how she reckons JK Rowling understands her, wishes she had a fairy mother godmother and decides on a spur of a moment to train for an Olympic distance triathlon. With the unwavering support from her family, in-laws and friends, she soon gets her life back on track, while Josh is never far from her mind. Whether you've lost someone close to you or not, this heart-rending book will make you appreciate how important loved ones are and the healing power of time.

Duncan J Watts is a university professor of sociology and principal research scientist for one of the world's leading internet search engines, where he heads up the human social dynamics group. He has written several books. In Everything Is Obvious, Watts argues that any question (from what ice cream shall I buy, to why do we now have a black president?) can be answered by looking at what factors affect how we as individuals, and so society, behave and influence each other. Watts' blend of academic theory and everyday anecdotes, invoking everything from American Idol to the Mona Lisa as examples, makes for an enjoyable, thought -provoking read. Recommended to anyone who believes 'society' has no influence on them.

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Tackling childhood


A third of UK children are overweight or obese, and despite stark warnings about the effect on their health, the numbers continue to rise.


s some parents of fat children seem to be turning a deaf ear to messages about the importance of tackling childhood obesity, the latest drive to address children's weight problems is asking mums and dads to get involved too.

As well as promoting healthy eating, obesity experts are encouraging mums and dads to get active with their kids to burn off the calories and get fit - but in a fun way. The MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) organisation, which runs free healthy lifestyle programmes for children and families, launched a Move It Week. The idea is to encourage families to spend more time being active together, and numerous activities were organised across the UK by MEND's network of 350 healthy lifestyle programmes. They included a Family Wii Fit challenge, a Dance-athon, Olympic-themed family activity sessions, triathlons and decathlons.


MEND stresses that being overweight during childhood increases the chances of developing serious health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and certain types of cancer. But Paul Sacher, co-founder and chief research officer at MEND, points out that research shows many parents don't realise their child is overweight. "Parents often assume that they only need to worry when their child starts to look like the images of obesity portrayed in the media, which generally reflect very obese children. But with one in three children overweight or obese in the UK, it's vital that parents are informed about their child's weight status, so they can be referred to the right services." He says families on MEND's healthy lifestyle programmes are taught that small changes make a big difference - for example swapping white bread and pasta for wholemeal, and drinking six to eight glasses of water a day.

The Family way Other small changes might include: Make sure the family has a filling and healthy breakfast, and swap low fibre or sugary cereals for wholegrain options like porridge or sugar-free muesli. Try a new activity or exercise such as street dance or trampolining - and remember that short bursts of exercise throughout the day, like riding a bike or playing tag, all count towards the recommended hour's exercise a day. Go a little further and walk or cycle for an extra 20 minutes every day.

Get your 5-a-day by setting yourself the challenge of including at least one serving of fruit and vegetables every time you or the kids eat.

Sacher says: "In these financially hard times, families are often worried that being active and healthy is going to break the bank, but going for a walk as a family or playing in the park is free, and just as good for your child as more expensive options. These small changes can help families become fitter, healthier and happier for life without increasing the shopping bill." The National Obesity Forum supports any initiative to get families to be more active and eat healthily - but its spokesman Tam Fry points out that the best way of tackling childhood obesity is by preventing it happening at a very young age, rather than having to tackle it as children get older. He suggests the best way of doing this is by incorporating exercise into children's lives as soon as they can crawl or walk, as well as encouraging them to eat healthily.

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A wide range of events and activities take place in the parks and countryside sites of Bracknell Forest throughout the year including walks, talks, volunteering and educational activities for the public.

Walking Events for September 2011 Discover the Countryside A series of mid-week walks, all starting at 10:30am Moderate – up to 4 miles (1 ¾ hours) Rambler – up to 7 miles (2 ½ hours) Tuesday September 13 - Rambler Chapel Green Circuit Meet: Heath Lake car park, off Nine Mile Ride, RG40 3AT.

Walk with the Rangers Get active and keep fit. Take a steady walk for 3 miles at 3mph. On the second Wednesday of the month at 10am September 14 – Warfield lanes in Autumn Meet: Larks Hill car park, off Harvest Ride, Warfield, RG42 2QD.

the site Ranger in a clean up of these wildlife havens. Suitable for all ages. Refreshments, gloves and tools will be provided.

Litter Busting Events - Take Pride in Bracknell Forest Conservation: Litter pickers at the ready! Join

Other Events for September 2011

Wednesday 7 September 10am – 12pm Take Pride: Wildmoor and Wellington College bridleways Clean Up! Meet: Wildmoor car park, Off Crowthorne Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7PP.

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Thursday 1 September 7.30pm – 9.30pm Go Batty at Northerams Wood Conservation: Help us to make bat boxes for the Northerams Wood project jointly run with Bracknell Town Council and enjoy a woodland walk to encounter Britain’s only flying mammals. Suitable for all ages. Meet: Northerams Wood, next to Ringmead Playing Fields, car parking at Great Hollands Allotments, off Ringmead, opposite Wheatley, Bracknell, RG12 8UF. Grid ref. SU856 680. Booking required. Sunday 11 September 2pm – 4pm Lily Hill Park History Walk Walk: Take a guided walk through the Park’s past. Discover the Estate’s surrounding parkland, planted with exotic species according to the fashions of the time. Of particular interest to adults. Meet: Main car park, off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX.

Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs September Update The past two months have been extremely busy for the team with a record number of callouts. For a couple of weeks it felt like every day brought another callout.

take them to get to the search rendezvous point. Messages can come at any time of the day or night, so our members make sure they sleep with their phones close to their beds in case of a night time callout!

Callouts generally start with the police calling their local lowland foot search team to ask for extra resources to assist them in the search for a lost or missing vulnerable person. If the foot team feels that dogs would be a valuable asset to the search effort, they will call the special callout number for our team. One of our callout coordinators will then start the process of alerting the team members who are on call and organising the dog teams and support members who can attend. A web based SMS system is used to send a message to all on call members with brief details of the missing person and the location. Each member who receives the message will reply in a standard format to state whether they are available and roughly how long it will

Of course, it sometimes happens that you are woken up by a callout message in the middle of the night and just as you get in your car, or halfway to the rendezvous, you receive a message to say the person has been found and the search is stood down! But that's all part of being a volunteer member of a search and rescue team! Email:


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Thought for The Month

Kirsten Hartney-Rayment reflects on recent events in our cities

If you can help somebody . . . . . Like the majority of people in this country I was appalled and disgusted with the rioting and looting that took place in UK cities in August. I can understand how the 18 to 25 year olds would feel frustrated and disillusioned with the lack of opportunities and jobs, but I don't see this as an excuse for this animalistic behaviour. It really is a minority that feel they can behave this way. I have a friend that lives in Croydon and naturally I was worried about her welfare after the extensive damage to shops , homes and property in that area so, I decided to get in touch and check she was okay. Thankfully she was fine and didn't have time to talk as she was off into the town to help clear up the place with many other like minded people. I also noticed on the news that local people were going out in their area and doing the same thing, and it got me thinking about volunteering. From time to time I have helped out with local events in the community and have done the odd thing for charity, and it really is a good feeling to give a bit of time to help others. I am by no means Mother Theresa and that I’ve made a life long commitment to any cause, but just giving a hour of your time once month can make a huge difference to charities and vulnerable people and gives you an amazing sense of well being. Whether it’s a few hours in a charity shop, a fun run, or mowing an elderly person’s lawn, it’s a win-win situation. Not only do you and the recipient of your good deed feel happy, people around you notice and I think it restores good faith in the human race. The majority of people are decent and helpful and I think it’s important to remember this, and we should instil these beliefs in our children so that future generations won’t feel it’s their right to take what isn't theirs and destroy the property of others. So maybe if you give an hour of your time you will feel that important self worth too. There are many local organisations that are always looking for helpers. Perhaps you could just speak to your elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Just a quick chat with someone who feels isolated and lonely can be a massive boost to them and you never know you might just enjoy it. September 2011


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What’s On at South Hill Park The Wilde Theatre Twelfth Night 12 Sep 2011 - 16 Sep 2011 Shakespeare's comic masterpiece is a tale of love, identity and new beginnings set on the shores of a foreign land.

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17 September 2011 See the cast from Twelfth Night in an altogether different light as they perform one of the finest farces ever written.

Puccini's Madam Butterfly 18 September 2011 Get the tissues at the ready, as Mid Wales Opera present this fated love story.

Forces Sweethearts 2011 20 September 2011 The original singalong nostalgia show.

Oh What A Lovely War 21 Sep 2011 - 24 Sep 2011 This moving and critically acclaimed theatre production returns to SHP.

Medea My Dear 26 Sep 2011 - 28 Sep 2011 An old story retold for 2011.

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Ascot Heath Library Fernbank Road North Ascot Berkshire SL5 8LA Tel: 01344 884030 Fax: 01344 885472

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9.30 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 7.00 2.00 - 5.00 CLOSED 9.30 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 7.00 2.00 - 5.00 9.30 - 12.30

Binfield Library Benetfeld Road Binfield RG42 4JZ Tel: 01344 306663 Fax: 01344 486467

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

2.00 - 7.00 2.00 - 5.00 CLOSED 9.30 - 5.00 2.00 - 5.00 9.30 - 4.00

Birch Hill Library Leppington Birch Hill Bracknell RG12 7WW Tel: 01344 456526 Fax: 01344 484589

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

2.00 - 5.00 10.00 – 12.30 & 2.00 - 5.00 CLOSED 10.00 - 12.30 & 2.00 - 5.00 2.00 - 7.00 9.30-12.30

Crowthorne Library 162 High Street Crowthorne RG45 7AT Tel: 01344 776431 Fax: 01344 778552

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

9.30 – 5.00 9.30 – 5.00 9.30 – 5.00 9.30 – 7.00 9.30 – 5.00 9.30 – 4.00

Great Hollands Library The Square Great Hollands Bracknell RG12 8UX Tel: 01344 424095 Fax: 01344 409787

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CLOSED CLOSED 9.30 – 12.30 & 2.00 - 7.00 CLOSED 9.30 - 12.30 & 2.00 - 5.00 9.30 - 12.30

Harmans Water Library The Square Harmans Water Bracknell RG12 9LP Tel: 01344 423660 Fax: 01344 454058

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

9.30 – 12.30 & 2.00 - 7.00 10.00 – 12.30 CLOSED 2.00 - 5.00 CLOSED 9.30 - 12.30

Sandhurst Library The Broadway Sandhurst GU47 9BL Tel: 01252 870161 Fax: 01252 878285

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9.30 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 5.00 9.30 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 7.00 CLOSED 9.30 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 5.00 9.30 - 1.00 & 2.00 - 5.00 9.30 – 4.00

Whitegrove Library 5 County Lane Warfield Bracknell RG42 3JP Tel: 01344 42421125 Fax: 01344 861233

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Bracknell (Central) Library Mon 9.30 - 5.00 Town Square Tue 9.30 - 7.00 Wed CLOSED Bracknell Berkshire Thu 9.30 - 7.00 RG12 1BH Fri 9.30 - 7.00 Tel: 01344 423149 Sat 9.30 - 4.00 Fax: 01344 411392 Email:

Doctors Crownwood Medical Centre 4a Crown Row Crown Wood RG12 0TH Tel: 01344 310202 Forest End Medical Centre Ringmead Birch Hill RG12 7PG Tel: 01344 421364 Ringmead Medical Practice – Birch Hill Birch Hill Medical Centre Leppington Bracknell RG12 7WW Tel: 0844 477 3609


The Waterfield Practice Ralphs Ride Harmans Water RG12 9LH Tel: 01344 454626 Boundary House Surgery Mount Lane Bracknell RG12 9PG Tel: 01344 483900 Dr Arora & Partners Great Hollands Square Bracknell RG12 8WY Tel: 08444 773867 Ringmead Medical Practice Great Hollands Great Hollands Health Centre Great Hollands Square Bracknell RG12 8WY Tel: 0844 4773614


Dr Tay Skimped Hill Lane Bracknell RG12 1LH Tel: 01344 306936 Balfron Practice Skimped Hill Health Centre Skimped Hill Lane Bracknell RG12 1LH Tel: 01344 306613 The Waterfield Practice Warfield Green Medical Centre 1 County Lane Warfield RG42 3JP Tel: 01344 869771 The Gainsborough Practice Warfield Green Medical Centre 1 County Lane Warfield RG42 3JP Tel: 01344 428742

Dentists Crown Wood Dental Surgery 10 Crown Row Bracknell RG12 0TH Tel: 01344 482882 The Dental Centre Ltd (PDS) 50A Ripplesmere Harmanswater RG12 9QA Tel: 01344 425522 Dental Surgery 12 Bywood Bracknell RG12 7RF Tel: 01344 425477

The Dental Centre Ltd (Bracknell) Dental Surgery 28a Charles Square Bracknell RG12 1DF Tel: 01344 427321 Park House Dental Surgery 20 Park Road Bracknell RG12 2LU Tel: 01344 425522 Crossways Dental Surgery 11-13 High Street Bracknell RG12 1DL Tel: 01344 484466 The Dental Centre Ltd (Broadway) Broadway Dental Surgery 114a The Broadway Bracknell RG12 1AR Tel: 01344 423881 Community Dental Clinic Skimped Hill Health Centre Skimped Hill Bracknell RG12 1LH Tel: 01344 458125 Rounds Hill Dental Practice 8 Wokingham Road Bracknell RG42 1PB Tel: 01344 640022 Dental Surgery 129 Binfield Road Bracknell RG42 2BD Tel: 01344 426000 Warwick House Dental Surgery 104 Moordale Avenue Bracknell RG42 1SY Tel: 01344 423884

Chemists Birch Hill Pharmacy 97 Liscombe Birch Hill Bracknell RG12 7DE 01344 423828 Easthampstead Pharmacy 8 Rectory Row Easthampstead Bracknell RG12 7BN 01344 421755 Great Hollands Pharmacy 6 Great Hollands Square Great Hollands Bracknell RG12 8UX 01344 420293 Bullbrook Pharmacy 3 Bullbrook Row Bracknell RG12 2NL 01344 454012 Lloyds Pharmacy 3 Market Place Bracknell RG12 1DT 01344 489188 Lloyds Pharmacy Terrace Road North Binfield RG12 5JG 01344 868486 Moss Chemists 5 The Square Harmanswater Bracknell RG12 3LP 01344 425599



Deepfield Road Dental Practice 68 Deepfield Road Bracknell RG12 2NX Tel: 01344 454874


Churches Church Groups Living Word Community Fellowship 61 Brownrigg Crescent Bracknell RG12 2PY Tel: 01344 442659

St. Joseph R.C Church Stanley Walk Bracknell RG12 1HA Tel: 01344 425729

Church & Community

Great Hollands Free Church P.O Box 3975 Bracknell RG12 8ZE Tel: 01344 426861

Church of Jesus Christ of LatterLatter-day Saints Ringmead Hanworth Bracknell RG12 7AT Tel: 01344 455839

St. Michael & St. Mary Magdalene (Parish Office) Crowthorne Rd Easthampsted Bracknell RG12 7ER Tel: 01344 425205

St. Margaret Clitherow R.C Church 202 Ringmead Hanworth Bracknell RG12 7AT Tel: 01344 423093

Easthampstead Baptist Church South Hill Rd Bracknell RG12 7NS Tel: 01344 487744 Kerith Community Church The Kerith Centre Church Rd Bracknell RG12 1EH Tel: 01344 862699 St. Pauls United Reformed Church The Square Bracknell RG12 9LP Tel: 01344 304626 Emmanuel Chapel Netherton Bracknell RG12 7DX Tel: 01344 451693 Bracknell Methodist Church Shepherds Lane Bracknell RG42 2DD Tel: 01344 411417


New Covenant (Pentecostal) Church Crowthorne Rd North Bracknell RG12 7AU Tel: 01344 300018 Newbold Church (Seventh Day Adventist Church) Popeswood Road Binfield Bracknell RG42 4AN Tel: 01344 401792 The Redeemed Christian Church of God Bracknell Victorious Assembly Parish (BVA) Easthampstead & Wildridings Community Centre Rectory Lane Bracknell ,RG12 7BH. Tel: 07932609035 Email: The Church @ the Pines (Methodist/Anglican) The Lower School The Pines School Hanworth Road Bracknell RG12 7WX Tel: 01344 426741

Warfield Church Congregations

Parish Office Langley Hall The Ring Bracknell RG12 1HD Tel: 01344 867383

St Michael the Archangel Warfield RG42 6EG All Saints Warfield Church of England Primary School Warfield RG42 3SS

Holy Trinity Church The Ring Bracknell RG12 1HD

St Peter's Whitegrove Primary School Westmorland Drive RG42 3QS

St. Andrew's Church Priestwood Court Road Priestwood Bracknell RG42 1TU

Eternity Bullbrook Holly Spring School Bullbrook RG12 2SW

St. Paul's, Harmanswater Lowbury, Harman's water, Bracknell, RG12 9HY

Eternity Youth Church St Michael the Archangel

Contact Warfield Church Office for details: 01344 886900

Community Centres Great Holland Neighbourhood Organisation

2 Great Hollands Square Bracknell RG12 8UX Tel: 01344 422170 Martins Heron & The Warren Community Centre

Whitton Rd Bracknell RG12 9TZ Email: community.centre@

Birch Hill Community Centre

Leppington Bracknell RG12 7WW Tel: 01344 302660 Hanworth Community Association

The Pine Community Centre Hanworth Rd Hanworth Bracknell RG12 7WX Tel: 01344 423487


Crown Wood Community Association

Opladen Way Crown Wood Bracknell RG12 0PE Tel: 01344 451822 Forest Park Community Centre

Horndean Road Forest Park Bracknell RG12 0XQ Tel: 01344 302872 Email:


Bracknell Team Ministry

National Help Lines

Help Lines and Support Groups

Fire/Police/Ambulance NHS Direct Aids Helpline Alcoholics Anonymous Age Concern Childline Cruse Bereavement Counselling Disability Drugs Helpline Environment Agency Family Tracing Family Planning Assoc Gamblers Anonymous Lone Parent Missing Persons National Debt Line NSPCC Rape & Abuse Line RSPCA Samaritans Shelter Line Victim Support

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Support Groups Ostomate Support Group Martins Heron & The Warren Community Centre (Near Tesco) Whitton Road, Martins Heron Mondays 2.00-4.00pm Contact: Jackie Dudley 01344 426652 E-Mail: Bracknell Area Deaf & Hard of Hearing Club Meeting every first and third Monday 2-4pm Kerith Centre off Church Road, Bracknell

The Alzheimer's Society in Bracknell and Surrounding Areas The last meeting for this term will be August 1st Future Dates will be:5th Sept to 17th October 31st October to 19th December 16th January to 6th February 2012 Langley Hall, Holy Trinity Church The Ring, Bracknell Town Centre. Drop In Service Every Wednesday, 10am to 12 noon The Look In Cafe, 44 The Broadway Bracknell Town Centre. Our volunteers are happy to give help & advice to People with Dementia, their families & carers in a casual friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea or coffee.

For further details of either service phone 01344 421292


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