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Edition 2 - Wednesday 15th April 2020

Welcome to the second edition of the
Rainbow Times 

We hope you found the content of the first edition useful. We have added further practical information and a link to previous editions below. Where information previously provided has changed, we will provide a clear update. 

We are also featuring a community noticeboard giving details of local businesses providing services. Please note that these have not been vetted by the parish council. 

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If you need help:

Wokingham Borough Council is working with local charities to provide a community response for those who don't have support and need advice or practical help. 

Contact Wokingham Citizen's Advice on 0300 330 1189
(Entering 0118 978 7258 if you are prompted)

Phone lines are being staffed Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm


Practical Information:

Gardens - please try and be mindful of noise levels (including use of power tools and playing music) when you are using your gardens. 

Garden Waste collections Don't forget to renew your subscription for your brown bin here

Library services - To join Wokingham Borough Libraries click here. Once you have a library card number you can log into the RB digital service website to access over 1,000 e-books and audio books. Click here for further details.

Link Visiting Scheme - Offering a telephone buddy service for anyone who would benefit from a friendly chat. Contact them on 0118 979 8019 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.


SAFETY AT HOME - Please remember to protect your eyes when doing DIY tasks and wear safety glasses and equipment to reduce your risk of injury. The Oxford Eye Hospital has recently reported an increase in admissions for eye injuries due to more people doing DIY work during the lockdown.  

Previous editions of this news bulletin can be found below:
Edition 1 (8th April 2020) 

Easter Sunday
It may have been the first time in 800 years that churches in England were closed on Easter Sunday, but technology has allowed many Easter services to be broadcast online. Please see the below links to the Easter Sunday services for local churches:
Don't become a victim of coronavirus related scams!

While many of us are at home looking for things to keep us occupied during this lockdown, there's one group of people who have been very busy lately, taking advantage of the fear and uncertainty that this situation has created; the scammers. 

There's evidence of a significant jump in activity by those trying to part people with their money fraudulently. 

Please do keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours who may be targeted. 

This is a list of local services and activities available for residents in Crowthorne and Wokingham Without. Please note that the Parish Council isn't endorsing these businesses, only sharing information on services currently available for residents. 

Gardening and DIY
  • Squires Garden Centre, Heathlands Road - currently taking telephone orders for local delivery - £50 or over. Call on 0118 977 3055 between 9am - 1pm
  • Longacres Garden Centre, Bagshot - currently taking online orders for local delivery - further details available online. 
  • Oaktrees Garden Centre, Warfield - currently taking orders via telephone on 01344 890 667 for local delivery of 'isolation packages' of gardening items. £10 local delivery or free on orders over £100. 
  • Rogers Hardware store on Greenwood Road is also still open and can supply green food waste bags (limited stocks) and garden waste bags for Wokingham residents.  

Food and Takeaways
  • Indo (Delivery and Collection) - Greenwood Road, Crowthorne 
  • Altamira (Collection only) - Dukes Ride, Crowthorne 
  • Villa Roma (Collection and Delivery) - Crowthorne High Street
  • Dopson's Butchers is accepting telephone orders on 01344 750 074 for collection and local delivery
Activities for Children
  • Free First Aid for KidsIf you are looking for ideas for new things for your children to try, local First Aid training company Green Box First Aid Training are running a free first aid course for kids on U-Tube at 10:30am on Fridays! Details available here where you can also watch previous sessions. This weeks' session is all about the respiratory system and involves some hands on work - please watch this short clip so you can have all the materials required ready!
  • Baby ballet Bracknell and Wokingham - for children's ballet sessions online
Courses and IT support
  • SIBIT for IT support and computer hardware
  • Sweet Training Ltd for many online e-learning training courses
  • The Seasons Art Class are running a 12 week online art class starting 28th April - contact or 01344 206365 for further details.
  • Learn the art of calligraphy with an online workshop - a great skill to learn for mindfulness! 
Fitness Classes
The following local businesses are providing services for local residents, delivered to your doorstep:
Personal Care
  • Playhouse cleaners for laundry and dry cleaning services - offering a local collection and delivery service
  • Rapid Response Couriers - for courier services
  • Gabriele Swift Photography for support with personal brand photography
  • Judi Hattaway counselling for individuals and couples
  • Facetime counselling sessions for adults and young people - contact
  • Carolyn Potter can provide online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help with anxiety and confidence issues as well as hypnotherapy for birth preparation. 
  • The Annex Project is offering free therapy sessions to help front line staff deal with the stress caused by the current situation. Please contact for more details. 
  • Outdoor and Indoor Living is delivering salt blocks and tablets and calor gas - 
  • Bring Hollywood to your back garden with My Garden Cinema 
  • Carniraw delivers raw petfood and pet treats though no contact deliveries
  • The Antique Barn is offering contactless deliveries of Frenchic furniture paint for your upcycling projects
  • Victoria's Sponges is providing cake baking kits for cooking at home
Vehicles / Garages
 Now's a time for everyone to make some yummy things in the kitchen! One of our councillors, who originates from Cardiff, recommends these as a must - and a way of using up overripe bananas that nobody wants! (but hide the tins, or they'll all disappear!)

Welsh cakes
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