Dr Langdon, Chairman of IESE, attended the meeting to congratulate the Council on its success in achieving the Gold Award in two categories: Council of the Year and Community Improvement Regeneration. He presented the glass awards to the Mayor and praised the Council for its recent achievements.
College Town Junior School Recycling Initiatives
Caroline Pragnell, Outdoor Learning Coordinator from College Town Junior School, attended the meeting to update members about the work the school had been doing to improve recycling activity in the school. The school had incorporated outdoor based learning which meant that the pupils were using all their senses to become enthused about the environment around them. There were a range of activities at the school including as Eco Rangers which focused on three key areas: environment, horticulture and Time Out. Community Days had supported the school through work with National Trust, Wildlife Trust and Waitrose. Responding to questions she explained that food waste was a particular issue and the solutions being used on the site; the school has a green house to propagate seedlings and the pupils are also able to cook the food that they have grown.
CouncillorMrs Hayes, Executive Member for Environment, encouraged other schools to visit College town Junior School to see what could be achieved and thanked the staff team for all they had done.
The Mayor thanked Ms Pragnell for her presentation and for answering Members’ questions.
Mayor’s Charity Events
The Mayor was proud to announce that her Quiz night had raised £665 and the Sky Dive had raised £9,000K for the Fire Fighters Charity. She thanked the 19 people who had taken part. She was pleased to announce that the Golf Day was sold out and she thanked residents for their support including, John from Birch Hill, who had raised £495 in sponsorship to cut his hair.
The Mayor advised members that tickets were available for her end of year celebration being held at the Coppid Beech hotel on 11 May. The event would have a different format and she hope everyone would be able to join her to be entertained.
The Mayor concluded that she was looking forward to the Pride of Bracknell Awards which were taking place on Friday 27 April.
Executive Member for Culture, Communities and Public Protection
Councillor McCracken advised the meeting that the counter at the Look Out Café had been refurbished to create a more efficient experience for customers and he encouraged members to visit.
Councillor McCracken had attended with the Mayor the Library volunteer celebration which recognised the 100 volunteers who had joined the service and thanked them for their hard work.
He was pleased to announce that the 2018 Lexicon Half Marathon had sold out. He encouraged members to attend to support the runners who were starting and finishing in the Town Centre on 13 May.
He concluded by reporting that Coral Reef had seen 154k visitors between October 2017 and January 2018. A significant increase from the 112k that had visited in the same period in 2015/16.
Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning
CouncillorDr Barnard was happy to state that the Governors Conference was a success with over 100 governors attending. The conference covered a range of topics - including a good presentation by Vic Goddard, headteacher of Passmores academy who urged attendees to remember they were educating the students they have, not had or would like to have.
Councillor Harrison was pleased to announce that part of his annual report was now out of date. South Western Railway planned to half the number of stops from four to two at Martins Heron but ward councilors had encouraged residents to get involve din the consultation and the service was now going to be restored.