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Thursday, 10 November, 2022
Community winter hubs launched in Bracknell Forest
A number of accessible sites will be used as welcoming community winter hubs across the borough this winter, to provide a warm, safe and sociable space to those who need it.

Bracknell Forest Council has identified several libraries, as well as the community hub in Time Square, to welcome visitors to enjoy a range of activities and resources, including computers, books and games. Visitors are welcome to bring along their own books, games or activities, but we kindly request visitors to be mindful of others in the same space and respect the usual day-to-day use of each location.

Households in Bracknell Forest and across the UK are seeing increasing financial pressures with the general cost-of-living increasing. Many households may be making difficult decisions to cut back on their spending this winter. With energy prices rising, residents may be concerned about the costs of heating their home.

Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health, and housing, said: “The community winter hubs offer welcoming and safe spaces in our borough. We want to support our residents to stay healthy, active and connected with others over the winter months. These friendly community spaces are open and accessible for all, and offer those who may feel isolated at home, a safe space to visit.”

The council is also working closely with partners in the voluntary, community and faith sector to connect more spaces and activities with residents. These include community cafés, church coffee mornings and other regular events.

Residents are asked to keep an eye out for news about the Five Ways of Winter Wellness campaign launching soon. This new offer for residents includes advice on how to stay well during winter, as well as hosting a variety of activities at other spaces across the borough to keep people healthy and moving. News will be shared on the council website and social media channels.

The details of all community winter hubs, including opening times, can be found on the link below.

Bracknell Forest Winter Hubs           
           
Monday, 31 October, 2022
Free fix if TV interference occurs in Crowthorne
Mobile networks are being improved in Crowthorne boosting speed, performance and coverage. There is a small chance these upgrades may cause interference to TV received through an aerial such as Freeview, BT, TalkTalk and YouView.

Symptoms could include intermittent sound, blocky images (pixelation) or loss of TV signal.

Free support is available from Restore TV. Restore TV's role is to ensure people can continue to enjoy free to view TV when mobile is upgraded in their area. It provides help to anyone experiencing interference to TV services caused by mobile signals. Restore TV offers additional support for people who are 75 years of age or older, are registered blind or partially sighted or receive any of the following benefits: personal independence payments (PIPs); attendance allowance; constant attendance allowance or War Pensioner's Mobility Support.

Ben Roome, CEO of Restore TV, said: "We know just how important TV is to inform, entertain and provide welcome company. Restore TV exists to ensure we all can continue to access free to view TV as mobile services are improved across the country."

"If you see new TV interference, we're on hand to help you resolve the issue. We can send a Restore TV filter, free of charge, for you to fit between your aerial lead and TV or set-top box to remove mobile signals and allow you to watch free to view TV as normal. Full instructions are included, and we can provide further advice online and by phone if needed.

"In most instances, fitting the filter will resolve any issues, but if this isn't the case, we may also be able to arrange a follow-up visit from a Restore TV engineer at no cost, depending on eligibility." Cable and satellite TV, such as Sky or Virgin, are not affected. However, viewers with these services, who also watch free to view TV through an aerial, can receive a free Restore TV filter. Residents are more likely to be affected if they live in an area with weak digital television reception, have a TV signal booster and whose TV aerial is close to a mobile mast. For residents in flats or communal buildings, Restore TV provides landlords or property managers with support to resolve the problem.

Any viewers who experience new interference to free to view TV should contact Restore TV on:

0808 13 13 800 (free from landlines and mobiles) restoretv.uk

For more information, please visit restoretv.uk on the link below.

Visit Restore TV website           
           
Monday, 15 August, 2022
Morgan Recreation Ground Reburbishment (Tennis Courts)
We are refurbishing the old tennis courts at the far end of the Morgan Recreation Ground. We hope to gather valuable information about what people will use, and what we can keep clean and safe, to ensure the Rec continues to be a popular local facility to be proud of.

Please help us by completing the short survey (Link below) to tell us what you would use.

We will collate the data to help with decision making, and hope new facilities will be in place for the summer holidays in 2023.

Complete the short survey here           
           
Wednesday, 23 March, 2022
Thames Valley Police Alert: Thefts of Keyless Vehicles
Thames Valley Police have seen an increase in reports of thefts and attempted thefts of keyless vehicles across the Bracknell and Wokingham areas.

Offenders often use a device and a laptop to intercept the signal from the remote sensor on keyless fobs and gain entry to the vehicle. They can then start the vehicle without the key and drive away.

To help prevent thefts and ensure your car is not an appealing target for a thief, we are asking you to be extra vigilant and consider your vehicle security.

  • Keep key fobs away from windows and doors when at home.
  • Turn off the key fob's wireless signal (check your vehicle manual to see if this is possible or contact your vehicle manufacturer.)
  • Place key fobs in a metal tin or signal blocking RFID (radio-frequency identification) pouch and away from the front door. Be aware of where your spare key is located as well and where possible, keep this in a tin or signal blocking RFID pouch.
  • Always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away. Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your vehicle. Scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who's watching feels they've been spotted, they'll probably move off.
  • Consider the use of an on-board diagnostic port protective cover or lock.
  • Consider fitting a steering wheel lock as a physical deterrent.
  • If you have a garage, secure your vehicle inside.
  • If you have a driveway, park the car as close to the house as possible.
  • Look out for your neighbours when they are not home. If you see anything of concern, report it to the police and inform your neighbour.


If you see or hear anything suspicious around houses with keyless cars in your area then please let us know on www.thamesvalley.police.uk (Link below) or by calling 101 or 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.

For further information and crime prevention advice please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk (Link below)
Thames Valley Police Website >>           
           
Friday, 4 March, 2022
Humbled by community's response to Ukraine invasion
Bracknell Forest Council is once again humbled and touched by the compassion of the local community in trying to help people affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

Over the past week we have seen so many of our residents, community groups and organisations rally to help people affected by the invasion. The response has been nothing short of inspiring...
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