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BEC Autumn 2018 Newsletter

The BEC Autumn Newsletter is now available for download, and details how the area has handled the long cold winter, followed by one of the hottest and driest summers on record. It also has information on the Bray Open Gardens events, and some important notes concerning Bray’s future involvement in the Britain in Bloom campaign.

There’s much more besides. Click here to download the newsletter in PDF format.

BEC Spring 2018 Newsletter

The BEC Spring Newsletter is now available for download, and details a quieter year in 2018 with no entry to the Britain in Bloom competition. Even so, plans to continue with the planting remain a focus, along with other work to maintain the look and feel of the village, keeping it at the high standard to which we have become accustomed.

Click here to download the Spring 2018 newsletter.

BEC Britain in Bloom Newsletter

The Bray Enhancement Committee have released a newsletter thanking residents for the effort put in to this year’s Britain in Bloom campaign, in which “Bray covered itself in glory with a RHS GOLD award and a Special Award for Pride of Place”. They also have some suggestions for 2018, which is fast approaching and a few other news items that may be of interest.

You can download the newsletter by clicking here.

Bray Scoops Britain in Bloom Silver Glit

Bray’s Britain in Bloom campaign was featured in the Maidenhead Advertiser recently, where they detailed how “the green-fingered community was praised at an awards ceremony on Friday, October 27th.”

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Bray Village Wins Again

The results of the RHS Regional (Thames and Chilterns) awards have been revealed, and we are pleased to announce that Bray Village (Conservation Area) has won the best small village category, a repeat of our success from last year.

The RHS also recognised Bray’s achievements by awarding the highest rating, a GOLD award, and Bray also received a special regional award for Price of Place. You can download the announcement document here.

Thanks go to all of our supporters and to all that participated.

Consultation on Ward Boundaries for Windsor and Maidenhead

A consultation on ward boundaries for Windsor and Maidenhead has begun

Have your say via our Consultation Portal by clicking the following link:

Today is the start of a ten-week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements. The consultation will close on 4 December 2017. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in February 2018. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in June 2018. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.

What is an electoral review?

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Windsor and Maidenhead. It will propose:

  • The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future
  • The number of wards
  • The number of councillors representing each ward
  • Ward boundaries
  • Names of wards

How to get involved

This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across Windsor and Maidenhead on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.

The Commission is minded to recommend that 43 councillors should be elected to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 43 councillors.

In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:

  • To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across Windsor and Maidenhead.
  • That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
  • That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for Windsor and Maidenhead which meet the requirements set out above.

The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. The website includes the technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. We have set up a page on our site which is dedicated to the review of Windsor and Maidenhead where you can find all the relevant information.

You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Windsor and Maidenhead on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site.

Get in touch

The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 4 December 2017. Representations should be made:

  • Through our interactive consultation portal where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and supply comments
  • By email to
  • Or in writing to Review Officer (Windsor and Maidenhead), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

The Bray Village Hall Poppy Bed

The poppy bed by Bray village hall was first sown with Flanders poppies in 2014, as a tribute to all the troops lost in World War One fighting for the country’s freedom. The poppies have self seeded every year since then and bloom every June and July. The flowering was finished in August when the 2 RHS National judges visited Bray.

A creative display was created in the poppy bed to enhance the bed, now deplete of real flowers, but filled with a stunning eye catcher.

The poppies in the photo were made up by Zoe Darling-Smith, a local resident, using a poppy wreath provided by Geoff Hayes, President of the Holyport Branch of The Royal British Legion, and ex Chairman of Bray Parish Council. Geoff also supplied the symbol which is a blow up of the pin badge issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele.

The Bray in Bloom Committee thanks Zoe and Geoff for their help.

July Bloom Photos

With judging rapidly approaching, we thought it would be nice to share some striking July photos of floral displays around the Conservation area of Bray which the two RHS National judges will see when they visit on 1st August. Everyone hopes the judges will enjoy the displays and the year round efforts of the community.

Fingers crossed for a high score!. The results of the National competition will be announced at the awards ceremony in Llandudno on October 27th.

1. Old garden footwear recycled to good use!

2. The front garden of Jesus Hospital looks as immaculate as ever.

3. The quadrangle at Jesus Hospital.

4. What a display along the Terrace! A remarkable example of what may be achieved in a small area.

5. The Bray Guides bed near the Village Hall. This was designed and planted by our local guides. Great community participation and a cheery welcome to all visiting or living in our village.

6. Colourful hanging baskets and pots, showcasing this year’s chosen colour theme, at the end of Bettoney Vere next to Ferry Road.

7. A lovely colourful entrance to St Michael’s Church along Church Lane through the Lich Gate.

8. Potted floral glory in Church Lane.

9. Planters at the entrance to the Causeway car park enhancing that corner with planting in this year’s colours: red, pink, white and green

10. Stylish elegance in a private drive along the High Street near the Causeway.

11. Chocolate box perfection” around the listed War Memorial. This vista really wows the overseas visitors to our village.

12. Bray’s main street was NOT designed for cars! The “throat” in the High Street is enhanced by stunning summer displays of petunias and antirrhinums.

13. More planters through “the throat.

National Judging Approaches

The Regional RHS Bloom judging has now passed, and by all accounts the judges appeared receptive and enthusiastic, without giving much away. Now it’s time for the National judges to visit, and national judging will be taking place on Tuesday 1st August from 9.30am.

We’d appreciate it if those involved would:

  • Check planting and renew where necessary
  • Train and tidy shrubs and hedges
  • Eliminate weeds and sweep paths

You can download the full announcement here. Good luck!

Parish Allotment Results Announced

Judging has been completed for both the Bray Allotments Competition and the Gays Land Allotments Competition and the results are as follows.

The judging of the Bray Allotments took place on Tuesday 4th July and was based on full use of the plot, well laid out with a good variety of plants and weed free.

Congratulations to the following winners

Mr & Mrs Chris Graham Plot 19a
Who wins a prize of £25.00 Gardening voucher

Runner Up
Miss Marion Brocklesby Plot 2a

Highly Commended
Mr Will Barnett Plot 16a
Mrs Bridget Tracy Plot 18b

Best New Entrant
Mrs Joanne Phillips Plot 13b

The judging of the Gays Lane Allotments took place on Tuesday 4th July and was based on full use of the plot, well laid out with a good variety of plants and weed free.

Congratulations to the following winners

Dr Andy Birrell Plot 9a
Who wins a prize of £25.00 Gardening voucher

Runner Up
Miss Sheila Bahra-Morgan Plot 3a

Mr Rod Marten Plot 4a
Mrs Trisha Emmonds Plot 8

Best New Entrant
Mrs Gaynor Stuart-Burnett Plot 16a