29 July, 2014
Crowthorne is a lovely village in Berkshire, located between Farnborough and Wokingham which, due to its close proximity to London, is a popular place for commuters.
Crowthorne's residents are proud of the place in which they live - as evidenced in Bracknell Forest Council's 2012 Resident Survey - and with good reason. Here are just a few of the features that make Crowthorne a great place to live:
One of the main reasons that families move to the area is for the vast array of superior educational establishments, including the highly-rated Crowthorne Church of England Primary School, serving children aged 4-11 and Oaklands Junior School, which teaches kids from ages 7-11. The village also boasts the well-regarded and highly-rated Wellington College Independent School which is about to see it's last year with headmaster, Dr Anthony Seldon at the helm.
For a place with only some 6,000 people, there are a surprisingly large number of sports clubs and activities on offer. No matter your sporting preference, there's a team for you. There's the Crowthorne and Crown Wood Cricket Club, Crowthorne Rugby Club and AFC Crowthorne football club. Golf, angling, hockey, boxing, bowls and martial arts are also in the vicinity. Essentially, for those that like to keep fit, healthy and beat the stresses of the working day, this village provides many sporting outlets. The Commonwealth Games is currently playing host to local Bracknell resident sprinter Sophie Papps.
At the very heart of Crowthorne is its people; a close knit community who takes action to enhance and protect their home. The Crowthorne Village Action Group meets regularly to discuss local environmental issues, while the Crowthorne Amateur Theatrical Society allows budding actors to tread the boards. There's even a local symphony orchestra, which performs concerts and workshops throughout the year. For a small village, there is an awful lot of community clubs, societies and events to join or enjoy - enough to rival some of their bigger neighbouring towns.
It's safe to say that Crowthorne's population is a generally contented lot. Bracknell Forest Council's afore-mentioned Resident Survey found that within the Borough, Crowthorne residents were among the most satisfied with their local area 'as a place to live'. Ninety-five per cent were happy and 86 per cent claimed that local people showed each other respect and consideration. Respondents were particularly pleased with the provision of libraries and parks / open spaces.
Crowthorne remains a popular area, continuing to attract new people - and it is little surprise.