Review of the Year: AprilBy Becky Barnes
December 28, 2012
Fish were left high and dry when furious burglars smashed aquariums with a sledgehammer in a shop raid.
The burglars were unable to find any cash at Maidenhead Aquatics at the Wyevale Garden Centre in Forest Road, Binfield, so appeared to take their frustrations out on the fish.
Business partner Stuart Ashley said staff were able to race to the shop and save nearly all the fish in the second raid of the year.
Stuart said the thieves took two small electrical items in the raid, but it was the damage they caused that would cause the company the biggest problem as they faced a huge repair bill.
The ongoing saga between wildlife lovers and fishermen entered a war of words after a series of injuries to wildfowl at South Hill Park lake.
Raven Haven bird sanctuary was said to be inundated with birds injured by fishing equipment and staff had been there at least 12 times in two weeks.
However, Mike Codd of Bracknell Herons fishing club, which manages the lake, said the anglers did their best not to leave equipment lying
around and the lake should have not been used as a nesting site in the first place.
Pam Perry, a Swan Lifeline volunteer who keeps an eye on birds at the lake, said she was in despair and asked the fishermen to make donations to the sanctuary to help cover the costs of treating the birds.
A baby raven made a flap for freedom while being filmed for a starring role in heavy metal band Metallica’s latest music video in Crowthorne.
Dawn, from the Raven Haven sanctuary, had escaped during shooting for a video for the band at Broadmoor Farm.
The loss of Dawn signalled a double blow for the sanctuary, as it grieved the loss of its first rescue bird and Dawn’s father Tarquin, who died at the age of 88.
Raven Haven owner Steve Burns said at the time: “We are all heartbroken.
“The whole ordeal must have been too much for him.
“We are desperate to get Dawn back as we are unsure of her survival skills.”
Dawn was found later in the month following an appeal in the Bracknell Forest Standard.
Charities in Bracknell received thousands of pounds from the Royal Wedding gift fund, thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The royal pair set up a charitable fund instead of accepting wedding gifts and in April the cash was split between 26 UK organisations, which allocate funds to charity.
Berkshire Community Foundation used its £42,000 to support charities that help carers, awarding £4,000 to Bracknell Forest Community Action
and £2,000 to Wokingham, Bracknell and District Mencap.
In addition, £10,000 was given to Berkshire Autistic Society.
Chris Bounds, care services manager at Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded money
from the Royal Wedding Fund.
“Our £4,000 grant will supplement the services we provide to unpaid, informal adult carers."