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Bracknell was made a civil parish in its own right in 1955. Under the Local Government Act 1972, the entire Easthampstead Rural District became the Bracknell District on 1 April 1974. In 1988, it was granted borough status, and it changed its name to Bracknell Forest. When Berkshire County Council was abolished on 1 April 1998 (and the non-metropolitan county was reclassified as a ceremonial county), Bracknell Forest became one of the six unitary authorities which together make up Berkshire.

61% of residents identify themselves as Christian. The second most common belief is 'none', with 35% of residents choosing this in the census, in third place is Hinduism at 1.61%, followed by Islam at 1.13% and Buddhism at 0.73%.[citation needed][20]

Bracknell is featured in the PlayStation 3 title Resistance: Fall of Man set in 1951, as the location at which power conduits travel deep underground South East England to power the Chimeran fortresses. It also featured in the sequel Resistance:2 with a similar role.

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A slightly confusing feature of some of the estates is that streets only have names, not titles – in Birch Hill, Crown Wood, Great Hollands and others there is no 'Road', 'Avenue', 'Street', just 'Frobisher', 'Jameston', 'Juniper', 'Jevington'. The residential streets are, however, named in alphabetical order in Great Hollands and Wildridings, with As, through Ds, such as Donnybrook, in Hanworth, Js, such as 'Jameston', 'Juniper' and 'Jevington' in Birch Hill.

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Bracknell is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, England. It lies 11 miles (18 km) to the east of Reading, 9 miles (14 km)south of Maidenhead,10 miles (16 km) southwest of Windsor, 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Guildford and 34 miles (55 km) west of central London. The town has a population of 77,256 and is twinned with the German city of Leverkusen.

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The Southern Industrial Area houses the head office of Waitrose.[22] The 70-acre (280,000 m2) site which houses the Waitrose head office also houses the central distribution centre. Waitrose has operated from the town since the 1970s.

The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, a 50:50 joint venture partnership between Legal & General Capital and Schroder UK Real Estate Fund, together with Bracknell Forest Council, is investing over £240million to transform Bracknell Town Centre into an exciting 1 million square foot shopping and leisure destination.

The centre is open throughout the year and offers skiers and snowboarders of all levels the facilities to practice and learn new skills. There is an active ski club and snowboard club at the centre where you can meet and learn skills from others with similar interests.

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Bus services go from Bracknell as far afield as Crowthorne, Camberley, Wokingham, Reading, Windsor and Slough. Local bus services are provided by Courtney Buses, Reading Buses and Stagecoach. There are coach services provided by Green Line (towards London Victoria) and National Express. Bus services to London are operated by Green Line.

Bracknell has been used in the filming of many TV shows and films, such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Martins Heron) and Time Bandits (Birch Hill).[26] Bracknell is given the name 'Laxton' in the TV detective series Pie in the Sky and Waterside Park was used for the exterior of the police HQ in the same series. Bracknell has also featured in the 1991 Roger Daltrey film Buddy's Song.

Bracknell Town F.C. are members of the Hellenic Football League Premier Division, and play their home matches at Larges Lane. The Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey Club are former national champions, who currently play in the English Premier League. The Bracknell Blazers are the 2009 BBF National League champions. The town is also represented by teams playing rugby, Bracknell RFC[29] hockey[30] and cricket.[31]

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Bracknell Ski Centre is located just 45 minutes from London and has the longest artificial slope in the South East and is the premier wintersports facility in the region. It is also part of the Company which teaches more people to ski and snowboard than anyone else in the U.K.

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The town is surrounded, on the east and south, by Swinley Woods and Crowthorne Woods. The urban area has absorbed parts of many local outlying areas including Warfield, Winkfield and Binfield, and is itself, along with Binfield, a component of the Greater London Urban Area as defined by the ONS.

At the heart of most Bracknell neighbourhoods is a church, a small parade of shops, a primary school, a community centre and a pub. The neighbourhoods varied in population from 3,000 to 9,000. The plans included pedestrianisation, the construction of a ring road, and segregation of industrial areas from residential areas.[12][13]

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The first stage of the redevelopment began with the opening of a new Waitrose store in December 2011. By June 2013 shops in the northern part of the town in Broadway and Crossway had been vacated. Demolition of this area then began in September 2013, and was completed in December 2013. Construction of new shops, restaurants, and a Cineworld cinema began in April 2015, with a completion date of Spring 2017.[16]

There is a Bronze Age round barrow at Bill Hill. Easthampstead Park was a favoured royal hunting lodge in Windsor Forest and Catherine of Aragon was banished there until her divorce was finalised.[2] It was later the home of the Trumbulls who were patrons of Alexander Pope from Binfield.[2]

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The wages snatch scene in Villain (1971), a gangster film with Richard Burton, was filmed in Ellesfield Avenue on the Southern Industrial Estate outside the former Clark Eaton glass factory,[27] with the ICL tower block (under construction at the time) visible in the background; after the robbery the gang make their getaway along Peacock Lane nearby and hijack a car at the junction with the footpath from Tarmans Copse (now Osprey Avenue on the Jennett's Park estate).

Lucy is well-known to many in the Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell community having held several key roles in the Reading newsroom prior to the re-launch of Get Reading in January 2015. She was deputy publisher at Get Reading prior to being promoted to publisher last July.

The BBC show The Wrong Mans is set almost entirely in Bracknell.

Improvements by the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership on the town centre car parks and entrance routes have been completed

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BRP has announced that The Lexicon will open on September 7 2017 and confirmed that Fat Face and Carphone Warehouse will join the retailer line-up.

The Lexicon is the next generation shopping and leisure destination in the heart of Bracknell. A vibrant mix of brands and experiences, whether you’re meeting for a relaxed dinner with family or work colleagues, or shopping with friends, this will be a place that invites conversation.