New Pioneer Appointed

We are delighted to welcome a new member on the team, Lynn Davidson, who joined us on 1st April 2019 as a town centre pioneer.

 
Hi, I am Lynn Davidson. I’ve been living in Bracknell for 16 years. 
I studied to be an accountant, and have always been working in the corporate sector, in a variety of industries, most recently Financial controller of a lighting company. 
 
I became a Christian in 2012, have been part of Kerith Community Church. I studied theology and leadership at their Academy in 2015/16. 
I have been described as out-going and friendly, and can be determined when I need to get things done.  Honesty and integrity are values that are important to me. 
 
I am passionate about our new town and want our community to feel loved and included as I have done, since I’ve been part of the church. 
 
I am excited to be the ‘Pioneer’ in Bracknell team Ministry, to see how I work best with God’s help to bring him into our town.
 
Lynn can be contacted c/o

Good Friday: 

Celebrating Easter Together.  We have been given the opportunity again this year to Prayer Walk around the Town Centre on Good Friday and to be able to hold a variety of activities later from 11.15 in Union Square.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us as the Churchestogether in Bracknell to demonstrate both our unity with one another and our love for Jesus. We are called to be an expression of His love in the place where we are planted and want to encourage you to share the date with your congregations as we need volunteers to participate in all aspects of the day, children’s activities, setting up, clearing up, etc.   Our aim is to become a warm, amiable and visible presence in Town.
 
Timetable:
10.15am: Assemble at Holy Trinity for prayer walk (if any youngsters want to dress up, come to Langley Hall at 10.00am).
10.30am: Prayer walk moves off.
11.15am: Prayer walk reaches Square in front of the Bull Pub; giveaway teams start handing out.
11.20am: Choristers and singers from St. Josephs, Holy Trinity, Warfield will begin proceedings (all welcome)
Followed by live worship bands, puppet show and craft activities plus the ongoing giveaway activity.
Suggested finish time is 1.30pm.
 
If you would like to help organise aspects of the prayer walk (readers, people to carry icons, cross etc) or to sing when we reach the area in front of the Bull Pub, let Jim know by email: btm-missionpriestjim@bracknell-parish.org or text: 07775356652.
 
If you would like to help in the square with giveaway, crafts, puppets, please sign up via this link, courtesy of Kerith.
 

Vision 2032

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

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

Lexicon Proms

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

Mission Eat

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

Regular gatherings for prayer at the Bull

We meet in the upstairs room at the Bull pub for prayer for the town centre, on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am and on the 4th Wednesday at 12.30pm