Bracknell Forest Mayor put in the spotlight
November 14, 2012
Young people from across the borough put Bracknell Forest Council under the spotlight when they visited the Mayor’s Parlour last month.
Students from Brakenhale School council, from Years Seven to 10, were the guests of Bracknell Forest Mayor Cllr Jennie McCracken in a visit to mark Democracy Week.
She said: “Usually the mayor goes out to schools, but because it was Democracy Week the pupils came to the Parlour and asked lots of questions which I endeavoured to answer.
“They then had their meeting in the chamber, which is very unusual, and they were well behaved and a credit to their school.”
A number of events took place from October 15 to 21 to help people understand local democracy and how to get more involved in decision-making.
Children aged between seven and 11 from College Town Junior School, in Sandhurst, discussed ‘how to make people feel included’ and asked the mayor several questions about her role in the borough.
Later in the week six Easthampstead Park School students attended a Citizenship ceremony in the Syrett Suite at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre.
Student Sam Holland spoke about ‘being part of Bracknell Forest’ and fellow pupil Tom Parker spoke about ‘what it means to be a British Citizen’.
Cllr Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said: “It is important we work with everyone in Bracknell Forest to encourage people to get involved in local government.
“But in particular we must work hard to engage our young people, to make sure they understand the important decisions being made about their day-to-day lives by councils and how they can influence these decisions.”