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Bray community news (December 19): Murals brighten walls of Braywick Court School

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Murals make their mark around school

The walls of Braywick Court School were blank canvasses when the school opened last month but an injection of colour has changed all that. 

With the help of artist Rory McCann, the Hibbert Road school’s library and upstairs landing have been transformed with murals to stimulate children’s imaginations.

Rory, 35, has been expressing his love of the natural world as a muralist for about eight years.

Travelling around the country, and on occasion the world, from his home in Shrewsbury, Rory has adorned many a school wall and always tries ‘to weave nature into the project, what-ever it is and wherever it is’.

Although the murals are on a theme, they are always ‘unique and special for that school’ because the ideas for them have grown from the conversations he has with pupils.

Rory worked on the murals at Braywick Court from November 11-15 and 25-29, and tried to make them ‘as magical as possible’.

The one on the landing is a map of the world, and in the library three paintings depict the magic of reading when the mind goes ‘behind the confines of the walls’.

Children’s art work is also included in the murals. In the magical woodland mural in the library there is a dream tree with the ‘leaves’ stencils children have made of personal things.

And either side of the world map is the ‘sea of dreams’ and ‘ocean of opportunity’ featuring stencils of things pupils care about.

Rory said the children at Braywick Court were ‘wonderful’.

“Young people are caring about the environment and are very outward facing and think about their place in the world and see themselves as global citizens.”

Carol singers 'put smile on families' faces'

Carols were sung by the light of the Christmas tree on The Green on Friday.

The event was organised by volunteers from the Holyport community, including Maz Coppinger.

“Our evening went really well,” she said. “It was very cold and damp on the village green but that didn’t deter people.”

People brought donations of stockings and boxes of food for Maidenhead FoodShare.

Martin Cox, representing the foodbank, said: “The generous donations from the people of Holyport will put a smile on the faces of 50 families this Christmas.”

Organisers gave special thanks to Lawrence Sword, of Sword Services, for his donation of a PA system, Bray Parish Council for providing the tree and use of the village green, The Royal Borough for the lamppost connection and Maidenhead First Responders for attending the event.

Carol singing with storyteller at Fifiled Inn

The founder of Once Upon a Bus is cele-brating the joy of Christmas, and an award-winning year at the Fifield Inn on Sunday.

With the only storytelling bus in the UK, Arti Sharma-Grey won The Most Innovative Storytelling Experience in the Home Counties in June, and last week Most Unique Storytelling Experience.

In the pub on Sunday ‘Arti the Elf’ will be leading carols before conjuring up Father Christmas by telling the story Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The free event will also include gingerbread men decorating and a gift from Father Christmas for children.

Available to purchase will be mulled wine, mince pies, hot dogs, and a curry made by the Elf herself. Festivities start at 5pm.

Council publishes response to Borough Local Plan

Bray Parish Council published its response to the latest version of the Borough Local Plan (BLP) on Friday.

The plans lay out the sites the council has earmarked for homes in order to meet the Royal Borough’s housing demand to 2033.

The deadline for people to voice their opinion on the locations of the 14,000 homes, 6,500 of which have already been built, was Sunday.

Key points laid out in BPC’s submission ‘reflect the Parish Council’s planning priorities which support their desire to preserve and enhance their communities’ health, wellbeing and quality of life’.

These include preservation and enhancement of the greenbelt and the maintenance of green gaps between settlements, calming and reducing traffic and congestion on main and local roads, reducing noise pollution and improving air quality, and reducing the risk of flooding.

To read the submission in full go to www.brayparishcouncil.

Toy Story 4 and a mince pie

A family favourite will be screened at Holyport War Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Holyport Cinema Club will be showing Toy Story 4, which features favourites Woody and Buzz Lightyear, a new toy named Forky and a familiar face from the first two films.

The festive showing will include free mince pies and a Christmas raffle.

Tickets cost £5 plus a 42p booking fee or £6 on the door.

Doors open at 7.15pm for an 8pm showing.

Visit www.ticketsource. to buy tickets.

Tamils hold festive party for children

The true spirit of Christmas was alive and well at a children’s Christmas party organised by the Maidenhead Tamils on Sunday.

As well as presents for the children from Father Christmas, the children also bought gifts to the event at Holyport War Memorial Hall – about £60 in donations to Maidenhead FoodShare.

The group also raised about £170 by selling pickles. The money will go towards helping a disabled person in India set up a corner shop.


Today (Thursday): Boxing, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 4.30-6.30pm. Call Alexander Campbell-Borland on 07490 182185.

Tomorrow (Friday): Pilates classes, Holyport War Memorial Hall, 1.35-2.45pm. Contact Tina Berry on 07557 127141.


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