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Cameras will provide permanent park watch - Feb 12 2004
HI-TECH CCTV cameras are to be installed in Jock's Lane Park in a bid to clamp down on vandalism and antisocial behaviour. More details>>

Safety fears over plans for housing - Feb 12 2004
Priestwood residents are calling for their neighbours to fight plans for a new development close to their homes because of fears that it would make the area unsafe. More details>>

'Monstrous' plans for industrial site ridiculed by MP - Nov 18 2003.
Bracknell's MP Andrew MacKay has condemned a plan for 690 flats on an old industrial site as monstrous and the silliest he has seen for a long time. More details>>

Chief Constable Peter Neyroud (Thames Valley’s most senior police officer) walks the beat with Priestwood's PC Tracey Croucher -- 23.09.03. More details>>

Police urge residents to take action over teen yobs - Priestwood - 28.08.03. More details>>

Neighbours demand action to curb troublesome youths - Priestwood - 21.08.03 More details>>

Anti-social council tenants could be evicted - 28.08.03 More details>>

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Has anyone seen Sooty? - 22.10.03.

Missing since Sun 19th October from his home at No1 Trindledown on Kennel Lane (Next to the School) in Priestwood,. It backs onto one of the new estate off Harvest Ride.

Sooty is a male (neutered) all black cat. He was wearing a fluorescent yellow collar with tag (although it has come off before) Distinguishing features – He has “big feet” (he has an extra pad on each foot) Sooty never goes far and ALWAYS comes when we call him, he has never stayed out like this before, so although we fear the worst, we hope for the best.

On the Sunday he disappeared there were fireworks, he is quite a skittish cat, may have got frightened and hidden somewhere, or have run and got lost.

We miss him terribly, 01344 453773 / 07712 776900

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About Priestwood & Garth

Priestwood lies to the northwest of Bracknell town centre. On its southern side is the Western Industrial Estate, centred around Western Road. The local shopping facilities for Priestwood are in Priestwood Square, this area hasn't changed much since it was built in the early 1960s.



Priestwood Common was originally an area of common grazing land adjoining Ascot Heath. In times past, it was frequented by many a highwayman. The area appears to have been named after the monks of Hurley Priory who, as Lords of the Manor of Warfield, made the parish church their home in the 1320s when floods drove them from Hurley. Since the housing estate was built, there have been various reports of ghostly monks in the area.

The Admiral Cunningham Pub, off Stoney Road, is one of Priestwood's only historic houses. It was built at the turn of the century as Priestwood Court, still remembered in Priestwood Court Road, and became the home of the Gilder family. It was opened as a hotel by the Admiral himself in 1954.

The Garths were another well-known local family who have left their mark on the area, this time in the form of Garth Hill School. Mr.T.C.Garth was the master of Bracknell's local fox hunt from 1855 to 1902. The hunt, which dates from the late 18th century, eventually became named after the man. Today the Garth Hunt has merged with the South Berkshire at Mortimer.


Community News
Walking the Beat - 23.09.03  


At 2.45pm on Tuesday 23 September, PC Tracey Croucher arrived at Priestwood Square accompanied by Chief Constable Peter Neyroud (Thames Valley’s most senior police officer) and after a chat to the press, walked along some of the beat together.

Peter Neyroud discussed some of the problems that residents had been experiencing in the area regarding the yough disorder and how the situation seemed to have died down over the last few weeks.

The issues of police funding were didscussed and Peter Neyroud explained a little about where money was being allocated to help community policing.


A Community Event

Priestwood and Garth held a Community day on Saturday 8th March 2003 between 11am and 3pm at The Youth and Community Centre in Windlesham Road, Priestwood.

The deputy mayor attended along with Inspector Virtue, PC Tracey Croucher - Beat Officer for Priestwood and Garth and PC John Oblein - Crime Reduction representing Thames Valley Police and departments within Bracknell Forest Borough Council.

The event was quite well attended and extremely informative. A large number of the organisations and departments were interactive which made it interesting and gave residents the chance to get involved, providing everyone with a better understanding of what was available in the Borough and how people benefit from their work.

Thames Valley Police provided information on a number of topics, from recruitment to victim Support and Crime Preventions. Residents had the opportunity to have their mobile phones security marked by PC John Oblein, even the Borough's Deputy Mayor took advantage of this service. (Pictured left)

The Deputy Mayor gave her thanks to Priestwood and Garth residents for supporting this special day. She went on to praise the organisations and Borough Council departments for their continued work within the community and expressed her delight in having been invited to the event. The Deputy Mayor then went on to chat to residents and organisations there, showing a genuine interest in was on display.

There was a raffle, tickets for which were given at on entry, free of charge and resulting in some very happy winners and some very good prizes. Refreshments were also freely available.

The Youth bus was in the car parked in the carpark outside, providing the chance to have a tour and learn a little about what it provides for the young, ie. computers, cafe area, music and more often than not, manned by volunteers. The bus tours round Berkshire providing a very worthwhile facility for the young.

There were loads of freebies for the taking, plus literature on all organisations and department appearing there..

There will also be a large map of Priestwood where people were invited to put their opinions on. Hot spots for crime or dark alleys, not enough street lighting, dog mess hot spots. This particular area attracted many residents and has provided information for the Borough Council and Local Police which can in turn be addressed.

The general concensus was that the Community Day was a great success, very informative and enjoyable.



Service Finder

Bate's Ltd
3 Priestwood Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1UD
Tel. 01344 483 858


Possums Nursery School
Jocks Lane Park Pavilion, Binfield Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2BH
Tel. 01344 484 522

Sandy Lane Infant & Nursery School
Sandy Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2JG
Tel. 01344 423 897

Sandy Lane County Junior School Sandy Lane,
Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2JG
Tel. 01344 423 896

Meadow Vale Primary School
Moordale Avenue, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1SY
Tel. 01344 421 046

Garth Hill School Sandy Lane,
Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2JH
Tel. 01344 421 122 website


Bracknell Methodist Church
Shepherds Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 2BT
Tel. 01344 483 428 website

St Andrew's Church
Priestwood Court Road, Priestwood, Bracknell, RG42 1TU
Tel. 01344 425 229 website

Restaurant / Takeaways

Koh I Noor (Indian cuisine)
Priestwood Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1UD
Tel. 01344 303 904

Public Houses

Prince Of Wales
Shepherds Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 2BT
Tel. 01344 484 711

The Admiral Cunningham Hotel
Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1TU
Tel. 01344 483 052

The Bridge
Wokingham Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1PP
Tel. 01344 425 396

Rooms/Halls for Hire

Jocks Lane Park Community Hall (1 Room holds 60 people)
Town Clerk Jocks Lane Park, Binfield Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 2BH
Tel. 01344 420 079

Priestwood Community Centre (Hall - holds 120 people, Room 1 - holds 20 people, Room 2 - holds 15 people)
P King Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1TU
Tel. 01344 428 163

The Guide Centre (60 - 80 in halls, 12 in the meeting room)
Pat Webb Rear of Priestwood Square, Windlesham Road, Priestwood, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1GG
Tel. 01344 428 815

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Associations & Clubs

Community Centres

Priestwood Youth & Community Centre
Court Road, off Windmill Road, Bracknell
RG42 1TU
Tel No. 01344 425531

Contact: Jill Mitchell, Position: Area Youth Work Development Manager
Other Information Disabled Access: No
Meeting Place: Priestwood Youth and Community Centre

The Sandy Lane Play Station After School Club

Sandy Lane,
Bracknell, RG12 2JG
Tel: 07940-717051

Term Time
Contact Details Name: Jackie Woolley
Address: Sandy Lane Infant School,
Sandy Lane,
Priestwood, RG12 2JG
Daytime Tel: 07940 717051

Other Information Disabled Access:
Additional Info: Climbing frame; Open space; Quiet Room; Visit & Outings; Kitchen; Outdoor Play; TV/Video
Price per session £4.50 Meeting
Place: Sandy Lane Infant School
Hours from 15:15 - 17:45 Monday to Friday Term time only

Berkshire Family History Society

Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1TU
Tel. 0118 977 5251

Flower Arranging Society [2nd Wednesday in month (except January and August) 7.30 pm]

Sandy Lane Junior School, Sandy Lane, Priestwood, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2JG
Tel. 01344 451 759

Senior Citizens

Firstcomers Luncheon Club
We welcome people over 70 who live in Priestwood or Garth & seldom get much. A hot meal is supplied with tea or coffee. Cost is £2.50 Fortnightly on Tuesdays 10.45am - 1.45pm, transport if needed free
Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 1TU
Tel. 01344 422 360

Womens Institute Wick Hill 2nd Thursday of the month, 10.00am - 12.00 Noon. No meeting in August.

Edmonds Court, Sandy Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2HP
Tel. 01344 455 115

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Councillors Representing the Priestwood and Garth Ward

Alvin Finch (Conservative)
51 Lakeside,
RG42 2LE.
(Tel: 01344 429660)



Tony Packham (Conservative)
29 Fernhill Close,
RG42 1SX.
(Tel: 01344 868151)



Jacqui Ryder (Conservative)
8 Sherring Close,
RG42 2LD.
(Tel: 01344 423380)





Local Police

PC Tracey Croucher -Beat Officer for
Priestwood and Garth
Tel: 01344 823460



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