Thank you to all of you who stayed open late or, in any way, participated in the Late Night Shopping Event in December. The feedback from everyone who attended was overwhelmingly supportive – as with all things we like to be reflective and are always happy to receive feedback (good or ‘developmental’) so we can ensure any further changes to the format of the late night shopping event are made in that context.
Council is very aware of the difficulties small business owners face at the moment, and that events and activities it organises can also have a positive impact on local traders. With this in mind, Council would like to inform you of the forthcoming events and activities it is working on delivering in order that you can put the dates in your diaries, and if you would like, book a trade stall or think of any promotions you might want to run at the time which link in.
Crowthorne Coronation – Party in the Park – Saturday 6 May
This event is on 6 May on the Morgan Rec. A poster is attached with most of the information. Timings are yet to be finalised as we are awaiting notification form Buckingham Palace of the timing of the coronation. Essentially this event will be ‘free admission’ for the pubic and include cinema style live streaming of the coronation, staging and local bands as well as competitions, food/drink/charity stall and a bar run by the Royal British Legion. If you would like a stall the pitch fees are £25 for businesses and £10 for charities – we have kept the fee structure the same as for the Late Night Shopping event. If you would like a stall please email us back to request a booking form. We expect this event to be extremely busy and well attended based on feedback on local Facebook forums.
We will be running a shop front decoration competition with a ‘Coronation’ theme which we hope you will take part in!
Crowthorne Parish Council – Summer of Fun event – Tuesday 15 August 11am-3pm – Morgan recreation Ground
Those of you who have lived in Crowthorne for the last 10-15 years will be very familiar with this event. The Parish Council books numerous free activities for the public to participate in, free of charge. Typical attractions include climbing wall, assault courses, bouncy castles, face painting, colouring competitions, children’s farm, reptile encounters, craft activities, ball games, giant games such as connect 4 and Jenga. We normally have between 1500-2500 visitors over the cour5se of the day. The event brings a huge amount of visitors in the village. We do offer a few food and drink ‘pop up’ stalls. If you would like to book one, please let us know. Charities who offer a free activity for children are able to book free stalls. Trade stalls will be £25 – if you would like to book a stall, please let us know. We won’t send out booking forms for this until closer to the time, but it is helpful to us to know which local businesses wish to have pop ups for event planning purposes.
Late night shopping – Friday 1 December
We know it seems like along way off but it takes a long time, and a great deal of ‘partnership’ working with other organisations to plan and deliver this event. We will be in touch with more details later in the year, but please pop the date in your diary.
Crowthorne Market – every Friday and Sunday –
The market continues to trade from the Morgan Centre car park on Fridays and Sundays from 9am -2pm. We are working with a local resident on having a specialist craft market with a group of 10 local drafts people selling their goods. This is planned for the on the first Sunday of every month – we hope this will also encourage footfall locally.
We are always been to ensure the market is as vibrant and busy as possible. All local shops and businesses are invited to have a free pitch as a trial. Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in.
Lamp post flag banners
Those of you who have lived and worked locally for many years will know that we used to have banner flags on lampposts throughout the parish retail areas (High Street and Dukes Ride/station parade) – these were Union Jack’s interspersed with Crowthorne Parish Council logos. These were removed as the brackets corroded and the flags became very worn and faded. There was also a significant cost (which just for the High Street flags at current prices would cost £1800) to slot flags on the brackets seasonally to allow for the Christmas light display. When we invited feedback and ideas from traders last year, several of you specifically asked for the banner flags to be reinstated with unions jacks interspersed with a ‘Shop Crowthorne’ type banner.
We are looking into relaunching this scheme with Bracknell forest Council at the moment and will keep you updated.
We are always keen to promote and support our local businesses; if you have any promotions on which you would like us to share, we will do what we can to help via our social media feeds.
Melanie Saville (Mrs) CiLCA
Clerk to the Council
Crowthorne Parish Council
The Morgan Centre
Tel: 01344 771251
Mobile: office hours only 07788 372444
The Parish Office is open from 9am -1pm Moday to Friday.
My working days and hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 6pm
I may email outside of core hours but do not expect any action or response outside of your work hours.
Crowthorne Parish Council website: https://www.crowthorne-pc.gov.uk/index.php