Review of the Year: DecemberBy Ralph Webb
January 07, 2013
Amelia Lily almost shone brighter than Charles Square as she gave an energetic performance before switching on Bracknell’s Christmas lights.
The star of the show, who appeared in the X Factor in 2011, wowed crowds on December 2.
The 18-year-old treated the audience to a selection of songs from her new album before pressing the button to light up the town centre with the Christmas lights and a dazzling firework display.
The singer, whose debut single soared straight to number two in the charts, said she was ‘amazed’ by the number of people who turned up. She said: “It was really overwhelming.”
Council tax for Bracknell Forest will be frozen for the third consecutive year after borough council bosses promised to keep costs down.
Bracknell Forest Council announced it will accept a Government grant which will allow it to freeze the tax in February’s budget.
Councillor Alan Ward, executive vice-chairman, guaranteed that anybody living in areas run by Bracknell Forest Council would not receive a rise in council tax bills, but warned that those living in an area run by a parish or town council could still see an increase.
He added that for those not receiving a pay rise or more benefits in the next year the savings would make a real difference.
The rest of the budget can be viewed at www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/budgetconsultation and comments can be emailed to the treasurer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was a magical Christmas for seriously ill children and their families as they were thrown a party by Sebastian’s Action Trust.
More than 100 youngsters from across Bracknell Forest, and the rest of Berkshire, were invited to the Christmas winter wonderland themed bash.
Families competed in lots of games, had their faces painted, danced at a disco and watched magic shows, ensuring that, no matter how difficult their lives are, they had a fantastic Christmas.
Jane Gates, director of the Binfield charity, said: “The event is designed to give children who face incredible challenges throughout the year a well-deserved Christmas treat.”
SIck youngsters were full of beans after a pantomime was streamed live to hospices, hospitals and schools as part of a pioneering project.
More than 300 children, including pupils at Kennel Lane School in Priestwood and Wexham Park Hospital children’s ward patients, enjoyed Jack and the Beanstalk transmitted live from South Hill Park.
Martin Franklin, the Bracknell arts centre’s digital media manager, who masterminded the SHP Live! project, said: “It is aimed at people who would not be able to go to the theatre – in this case children who are not well enough.”
Jenny Baker, Kennel Lane deputy manager of key stage three said: “It was brilliant – the children absolutely loved it. They really got involved, especially with ‘it’s behind you!’”