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Decluttering your home? Sebastian’s Action Trust is opening a second charity shop and is appealing for donations of good quality household items including furniture, working lamps, DVDs, books, all pre loved, as well as new children's toys.

Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust Needs Donations for New Charity Shop

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Brants Bridge update from East Berks CCG JULY 2020

East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has this week announced that the Brants Bridge minor illness and injury service in Bracknell will continue to be suspended for another three months.

In April, East Berkshire CCG made the decision to temporarily suspend the minor illness and injury services at the walk-in centre. This decision was made in response to COVID-19, the changes in service demand and the most effective use of available clinical resource across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) at that time. These challenges still very much exist.

During this time the focus has been to keep patients, families, carers and staff safe and supported. The continuation of the suspension of walk-in same day services in East Berkshire for another three months is in line with this. It maintains the maximum safety of patients and staff as we continue to manage the pandemic. It makes sure that anyone urgently requiring treatment gets the care they need in the best possible way.

You can read the full update on the CCG's website. 

Read more: Brants Bridge Urgent Care Centre Continues Covid Closure

CLICK HERE for Royal Ascot Website   Ascot Racecourse 


Pictured Above: #StyledWithThanks winners from left to right. Most Elegant: @satoko.bonton. Most Uplifting: @mrs_gaskett. Most Original: @helengoesofftherails. Children's Category: Esmae aged 7)

Royal Ascot 2020 proved the catalyst for £400,000 in fundraising activities with the racecourse's own #StyledWithThanks programme contributing £166,000.

The racecourse's direct fundraising benefitted: The National Emergencies Trust Relief Fund, NHS Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.

The #StyledWithThanks campaign saw thousands of fans around the world dress up and share their photo on social media with prizes being awarded to the Most Elegant, Most Uplifting and Most Original entries as judged by a panel of fashion industry experts. Photos posted during the week will be turned into a giant rainbow mosaic image tribute which will become a permanent installation at Ascot Racecourse.

In partnership with the British Hat Guild and the wider millinery and fashion worlds, an online auction of rainbow-themed hats generated £24,000 and the campaign was given a £30,000 boost when Royal Ascot Champion Jockey 2020, Frankie Dettori, signed and donated his commemorative '70th Royal Ascot win' saddlecloth to the auction.

Read more: Royal Ascot | #Styled With Thanks Raises Huge Sum for Charity

Following reports in the Bracknell News that two members of staff at the Martins Heron Tesco have tested positive for Covid 19, Timothy Wheadon of Brackenll Forest has issued a statement, saying that the Council is aware of the 'speculation'.

"Statement on speculation around coronavirus cases at Martins Heron Tesco

Timothy Wheadon, Chief Executive of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

"We aware of speculation online regarding two cases of coronavirus at Martins Heron Tesco.

“We have an outbreak control plan in place, which we have now activated, and would like to reassure residents that we are working with partners, including Tesco and Public Health England, to investigate the situation and will take appropriate action, once all the facts are established, in line with the plan.

“Meanwhile we would ask the public to remain vigilant and to please continue with good health and hygiene practices, including regular hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and on public transport and avoiding large crowds and gatherings.

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate and get tested via the NHS Test and Trace system.”

Information on symptoms and testing can be found via the NHS website 

Read more: Covid 19 Cases in Bracknell Supermarket | Council Statement

The Local Police Neighbourhood Team is offering free Home Security Surveys, to assess the current security measures in place in your home. We will work with you to identify opportunities, to make your home even safer. If you would like to arrange a survey, please email :

New leisure trust to run borough leisure centres

Leisure Focus has been created to run the borough’s leisure centres with the new charitable trust taking control of the borough’s sites from 1st August 2020.

The decision to create the trust has been made in partnership with Legacy Leisure, the current operator of the council’s leisure facilities.

Due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, both parties have agreed it was in the best interests of customers, staff and the wider community to transfer the operation, which will move across to Leisure Focus from 1 August 2020.

Russell O’Keefe, executive director, place, at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and trustee of Leisure Focus, says: “I am delighted that we have been able to set up a new leisure charitable trust, to continue the delivery of leisure services at our sites here in the Royal Borough.

 “They provide such an integral service for the health and wellbeing of residents. The trust is run by local people who are passionate about the local leisure facilities.

Read more: New Leisure Trust to Run RBWM Leisure Centres From August

Bracknell Open Learning Centre is currently closed, however, staff have been undertaking work to ensure the safety of colleagues and visitors when the centre re-opens.

Safety measures include a one-way system around the building with the use of hand sanitiser on entry and exit.  There will be no access to the first floor of the centre, but there will be ample signage to follow throughout the building to help with the one-way system on the ground floor. There will be a limited number of people permitted into the building and the appropriate social distancing measures will be in place. No refreshments will be available, although visitors will be welcome to bring their own. Regular cleaning will take place throughout the day.

The centre plans to open for limited bookings in August and a full Community Learning programme will be running from September. Keep an eye on  webpage and the Facebook page for more updates