What a year it’s been, so much has happened in 2012. The year has been characterised by both celebration and controversy but will definitely be a year that will be remembered.
The first six months were, of course, dominated by the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Other highlights and lowlights, depending on your point of view, included the parish AGM, proposals to change the ward boundary, and the launch of the CCA’s youth initiative.
SIFE reared its head again, while the clearance of the Johal scrapyard site caused consternation.
In the community a local resident gained recognition, rising to the top of her profession. Another was recognised by the police for bravery.
Here’s our selection of what’s made the news in the first six months of 2012:
January: £10,000 reward offered following arson attack in Poylehttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/colndale-arson.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
January starts with a bang ... literally. Police launch an appeal for witnesses following a fire at Wilson & Scott in Colndale Road on New Year's Day. A £10,000 reward is offerered for information leading to the conviction of the arsonists who destroyed 5 vehicles.
January: Colnbrook gets a(nother) community associationhttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/community_lg.jpg&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Also in January, after years of no village-wide residents' group Colnbrook suddenly finds itself with two! The dormant Colnbrook Residents' Association is restarted by the Parish Council after a generation of inactivity, starting with a series of community lunches.
January: Local Government Boundary Commission want to merge Colnbrook with Langleyhttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/boundary_commission_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
The Boundary Commission recommends major changes to the borough's electoral wards, with big implications for Colnbrook. Colnbrook would merge with part of Langley St. Mary's ward to become Colnbrook and Langley East, and Foxborough would vanish.
February: Children's Centre re-openshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/VicarageWayChildrensCentre_lg.jpg&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Good news comes as the Vicarage Way Children's Centre re-opens for business; it shut down in December following a heating system malfunction. The Centre had a bad start after opening in October but quickly establishes itself, providing much needed facilities. One year on the Centre is rated “good” by OFSTED in its first inspection, who praise the centre’s “bright, welcoming setting” and “efficient organisation”.
March: Lesley Page is president of the Royal College of Midwiveshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/lesley_page_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
In March a midwife who grew up in Colnbrook rises to the top of her profession. Professor Lesley Page is elected as the new president of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
March: CCA secures donations for new Youth Centrehttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/thehut_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
The Colnbrook Community Association responds to cutbacks in youth services with exciting plans for a new Youth Centre in the village. The CCA secures the services of a professional youth worker and a dedicated building which is renovated by local residents and groups with donations from local businesses. "The Hut" is officially opened by Slough Town footballer Alan Paris.
March: Slough unveils Olympic Flame routehttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/olympiclogo_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Slough Borough Council announces the street level route in Slough through which the Olympic Flame will be carried during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. None of the community torchbearers confirmed to carry the flame in Slough are from Colnbrook.
April: Sun comes out for St Georges Day Parade!http://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/StGeorgesParade.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
In April the sun makes a welcome and timely reappearance for the annual parade by local Scouts from the Star & Garter public house to the Village Hall. The parade this year is incorporated into a weekend of activities weekend of activities organised by the Colnbrook Community Association.
April: Clearance of Johal's illegal scrapyard raises hopes and concernshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/johal_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Clearance of the Johal scrapyard site finally shut down by the Environment Agency raises residents' hopes but also sparks concerns over what will replace the illegal operation. A new Mr Johal has taken over the site and so far made a promising commitment to be a good neighbour.
May: Colnbrook man commended in Police ceremonyhttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/police_lg.jpg&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
In May 'outstanding contributions' by members of the public and police officers are recognised by Superintendent Richard Humphrey at the second Slough Local Police Area (LPA) Commander’s commendation ceremony, including 21 year old Sean Eckett from Colnbrook.
May: Slough named baby capital of UK!http://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/babyies_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Slough is officially baby capital of the UK according the Office for National Statistics and genesreunited.co.uk! The figures, taken from the Office for National Statistics 2011 census, show Slough has 20.1 births per 1000 people. Full census figures are released in December revealing the extent of change in the makeup of Slough.
May: Village Hall debacle escalateshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/colnbrook-village-hall_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Colnbrook Village Hall Trust's plea that its breach of Charities Commission rules is due to "the difficulty in attracting new trustees" is dismissed as "disingenuous" by the residents behind the recent mismanagement complaint who say offers of assistance have been rejected for years.
May: SIFE is back!http://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/IMG_0230.JPG&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Slough Borough Council confirm that last September's unanimous decision by SBC's Planning Committee to reject the huge Slough International Freight Exchange on Colnbrook's Green Belt is being appealed, as expected, by developer Goodman, the company behind the 182 acre development on land north of the Colnbrook By-Pass.
May: Nye wins argument for Colnbrook to stay unchangedhttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/mike_nye_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Cllr Mike Nye successfully forces the Boundary Commission into a rethink on its earlier recommendations to merge the village into a combined Colnbrook & Langley East ward. Cllr Nye argues that Colnbrook's strong community identity, and "passion for protecting our open spaces" is at odds with the densely populated urbanisation of Foxborough.
May: Hood wins leadership challenge despite angry residents and Councillorshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/stumpyhood_lg.jpg&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
At the parish Annual General Meeting in May Cllr Hood brushes aside angry questioning on a range of subjects from dog mess and 'plastic policemen' to funding of the Jubilee Clock by Colnbrook's worst environmental abusers and holds onto the leadership of the Council following a leadership challenge.
May: Walsh back in for Labour in local election disaster for Conservativeshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/james-walsh_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Incumbent ward councillor James Walsh is re-elected for Colnbrook with Poyle in the Local Government election in what was, overall, a disastrous night for the Conservatives. In October, Cllr Walsh is shortlisted as a potential parliamentary candidate to stand in Reading.
June: First glimpse of the Jubilee Clock ...http://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/clock.JPG&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
Immediately back under wraps awaiting the official unveiling, Colnbrook gets a brief glimpse of the Diamond Jubilee Clock during its installation outside Ye Olde George pub.
June: Crowds throng to see Camilla unveil Colnbrook’s Jubilee Clockhttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/camilla.jpg&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
HRH the Duchess of Cornwall’s historic visit to Colnbrook goes (nearly) perfectly as the crowds throng to the High Street for the grand unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Clock. Cllr Leslie Jarrett saves the day as a helping hand proves a little too exhuberant.
June: Amnesty Day & Jubilee Party at Ye Olde Georgehttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/jubilee_lg.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
June sees no less than THREE street parties in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Local businesses and groups get together to give Colnbrook the party of the century, in conjunction with the CCA. The month finished with an Amnesty Day & Jubilee Party at the George on the 30th.
June: Rain doesn't dampen spirit of Colnbrook's Jubilee street partieshttp://www.colnbrook.info/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/vendors/timthumb.php?src=wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/rainsoakedbunting.png&w=475&h=450&q=100&a=t
A weekend of street parties for the Diamond Jubilee goes ahead despite the inclement weather! The drenching the entire country receives overnight does nothing to dampen the party atmosphere ... and the celebrations at the Star & Garter and Ostrich move indoors instead.
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