artists impression of new town quarter, looking from railway station towards Market Inn, from Bracknell Vision 2032 (BFC)

UPDATES

As 2019 gathers pace we’re all waiting to see who moves in to the new flats at Royal Winchester House, Eagle House and some of the smaller developments. It also looks like the Market Street development is starting to move forwards. If you are a new resident reading this, or if you’ve relocated within Bracknell, welcome to the town centre! It has made such a big difference to the feel of the place.

For those who were disappointed not to get a Chimichanga, there should be a Las Iguanas opening soon in Eagle Lane. We’re also waiting to see who moves into the Coffee Republic site.

Bracknell Forest council have published their Vision 2032 document. This details further stages of town centre development over the next 12 years. The Deck / Princess Square refurbishment (phase 3) is delayed, not surprising given the downturn in retail and hospitality, but the Council is hoping to release funds to kick start it, with a revised opening date of 2021.

The big picture includes two other major sites. First there is the area around Easthampstead House (the old council offices), although we’re delighted to hear that rather than sitting empty it is going to provide a hub for start up businesses run by The Bracknell Project Ltd, with the aim of helping more than 35 fledgling businesses grow.

As well as studio and work space, the building will include a small café for businesses and their customers and a communal space for artistic and cultural events. Further details at https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/news/2018/12/council-signs-lease-projekt-transform-easthampstead-house-new-business-hub.

The other site involves transforming the areas occupied by the current bus station, Jubilee Gardens and the pedestrian route that links to Church Street etc. to create a new town quarter. This will also involve filling in underpasses and creating a much more open feel to the centre, with a mix of smaller retail and housing etc.

To see the full vision document go to:

https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/bracknell-town-centre-2032-vision.pdf

Things to watch out for in town centre in 2019

Lexicon Proms will be running from April to September of the 1st Saturday of the month. At time of going to press we only know details of one event, which is July 6th because the churches are involved in it and it will feature youth musicians from Bracknell. Proms events run in the performance space next to Waitrose, from 4pm – 8pm. For other Lexicon events check their web-site or facebook page:

https://www.thelexiconbracknell.com/events

Look out for Bracknell churches in and around Union Square on Good Friday 19th April, where there should be music and children’s events.

We have a programme of meeting up for meals in the different restaurants in the town centre, on 2nd and 4th Friday evenings. If you’d like to join us and get to meet a few people

https://doodle.com/poll/628pxzw4vsn2bd77

or e-mail Jim btm-missionpriestjim@bracknell-parish.org

NEW PART-TIME ROLE IN TOWN CENTRE

PIONEER

Explore your calling to pioneer new forms of mission.

 Do you have a heart for one of the following (or more):

  • church planting
  • fresh expressions of church
  • youth outreach
  • community organising
  • virtual community and communications
  • new monastic communities
  • something no-one else has thought of yet.

An exciting opportunity for someone who feels called to innovation in mission and building community and spiritual life in a contemporary urban context.

Initially for one year this part-time role will involve hands on and face to face activity but also offers considerable flexibility to explore your own ideas and calling, whether for the first time or with experience of other roles already under your belt.   You may be recently out of school or university, or at a later stage in your life looking to explore a change of direction, or exploring a calling to full time ministry.

 

The context

Bracknell town centre has been revived with the opening of the Lexicon in 2017. Other phases of development are expected to follow. There are over 1000 new flats being built (or converted) within a half-mile radius of the centre, most of which will go into occupancy in 2019.

Bracknell Team Ministry, part of the Church of England, has been instrumental in establishing a cross-churches partnership to promote mission in the new town centre area. We have so far run an Alpha course in the town centre; music events; giveaways and parent and toddler activities plus regular gatherings for prayer. Most of this activity happens in town centre premises (cafes etc.).

We are looking for someone to join in this work and bring energy and creativity in the crucial phase of reaching out to new residents in the town centre and particularly the un-churched.

Renumeration: £12,000 per annum (one year contract)

We can offer £1000 per month to the right person. We are open to negotiation whether this is for two or three days per week, depending on your skills and experience. Make us a proposal as to what you feel is appropriate given what you might bring to the project.

The role must include learning and development in the area of contemporary mission and there is a small (3k) budget to support this. We would put together a personally tailored learning package to fit your interests, experience and prior learning, so it could range from introductory to masters.

The role is initially for one year. We want to secure further funding.

The role: Pioneer Explorer

Job Description:

  • Assist in identifying and developing creative opportunities for mission and evangelism in and around Bracknell town centre.
  • Take a lead in planning and implement activities
  • Liaison with church and civic partners; publicity and promotion; event management and evaluation.
  • Face to face outreach and relationship building with key population groups, whether new residents, shopper and workers, youth, millenials, older people in and around the town centre.
  • Leading / helping to lead sessions exploring faith, life and spirituality.
  • Helping to communicate what we are doing, especially on digital platforms.
  • Exploring personal vocation and learning about contemporary approaches to mission and discipleship.
  • Assisting in any other role appropriate duties as determined.

Person Specification

  • A keen desire to engage with others in practical learning and exploration so as to make the good news of Jesus known in a post-modern urban context.
  • Confidence to engage in conversation with people from all walks of life in public spaces (cafes, town squares etc.)
  • Willingness to learn from others and listen to their experiences.
  • Good creative and imaginative skills.
  • Competent user of digital platforms.
  • Self-starter with good work planning skills.
  • Comfortable working with all the different parts of Christ’s body, from Catholic to Pentecostal.

 

Interested?

To register an interest, please get in touch with Jim Barlow, the mission priest in BTM, or Debbie Copping from Mosaic Church, either by text or e-mail, leaving your number / e-mail so we can arrange a time for a conversation.

Jim: 07775356652 or e-mail: btm-missionpriestjim@bracknell-parish.org

Debbie: debbiecopping@maxathon.com

The application process will involve sending us your CV and a proposal (not more than 2 sides of A4 or a 4 minute video) stating what aspect of the project attracts you; what you think you can bring and what you would like to learn. Some indication of whether you’d be looking at two or three days would be helpful.

Closing Date:
Interviews will be in first week of March, Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th March

For some more detail on the background to the town centre mission and the pioneer ministry:

MOST RECENT TOWN CENTRE MISSION BULLETIN HERE: