The shops in Duke's Ride near Crowthorne Station
Crowthorne shown within Berkshire
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Crowthorne is an affluent village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest district of south-eastern Berkshire. It has a population of 6,711. Crowthorne is best known for Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England, which lies in the village.
The village was only a small hamlet until Wellington College was opened to educate sons of British Army officers in 1859, followed by Broadmoor in 1863. Crowthorne railway station, originally known as Wellington College for Crowthorne station, was opened in 1860, and the village grew quickly. In the 1960s, the Transport Research Laboratory opened in Crowthorne, and this is now the main employer for those who do not commute.
The Crowthorne urban area spills over into the neighbouring parish of Wokingham Without. (The parish of Wokingham Without consists of an area surrounding the town of Wokingham on its south-eastern side, but its name does not mean outside Wokingham. Historically when the parishes were church parishes, there was a local area which belonged to Wiltshire which was therefore known as Wokingham Without (i.e. outside) Berkshire, whereas the Town was 'within' Berkshire.) But the majority of Crowthorne is in the Bracknell Forest district. Edgbarrow Woods are between Sandhurst and Crowthorne.
There is one secondary school which covers the whole of Crowthorne and Little Sandhurst, Edgbarrow School. There are also 5 feeder schools; Hatch Ride primary, Wildmoor Heath (originally called Broadmoor Primary), Oaklands junior, New Scotland Hill and Crowthorne CofE primary. There is a nursery, pre-prep and prep school at Our Lady's on The Avenue taking children from 6 months to 11 years. There is also a pre-school and St Sebastians CofE Aided Primary School on nine mile ride. However, strongly CofE children are often sent to Ranelagh School in Bracknell and some of the academically successful children are sent to Kendrick or Reading Grammar Schools.
Local societies and community groups
The Crowthorne Natural History Society was founded in 1968.
Crowthorne holds a biennial carnival, usually taking place in early July. The 2008 theme was Fun & Fantasy; the 2010 theme was Rhythm of Life, And the 2012 theme was Best of British. The winners of the best junior school float prize were Oaklands Junior school in 2010, and 2012. The Carnival as a whole is organised by the Crowthorne Carnival Association, but individual events can be organised by local schools, groups and businesses. Due to all of these events Crowthorne was awarded with the 2nd best town in Europe in 2008.
The Crowthorne Amateur Theatrical Society was founded in 1978.
The Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Roscoe, is based in the village. The orchestra gives three concerts a year, usually at Wellington College, and also holds an open workshop for full orchestra in September and a string workshop in May. The orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011.
Crowthorne Cricket Club plays its home games in the grounds of Wellington College. Playing Saturday League Cricket in the Berkshire League and Sunday Friendlies. The Club finished 5th in the Berkshire League Div 2 in 2011 with Richard Barron the leading Batsman and Ross Chalmers the leading bowler. Dan Partridge was Player of the year and Richard Hester was Fielder of the year. In 2012 the Club finished 3rd in the Berkshire League Division 2, narrowly missing promotion. Ant Cluett won Player of the Year as well as finishing top of the batting and bowling averages. Joe Davies was Fielder of the Year. In 2013, Crowthorne CC fielded 2 Saturday teams for the first time as well as a Sunday Team and a Midweek T20 team. The 1st XI gained promotion from Division 2 in 2013 after winning the league in great style.
Crowthorne Golf Society has been going from 2010. It has around 60 members and growing. It meets 6 times a year. Downshire Golf Club, Bluemountain Golf Club, Pineridge Golf Club and Bird Hills Golf Clubs are the preferred venues due to their location. Once a year a weekend away is organised. Celtic Manor was visited in 2013 by 36 players. Meon Valley will be the 2014 venue with 28 players confirmed. The Society day consists of breakfast, 18 holes, dinner followed by prizes and trophies. On the day you compete for The Nearest the Pin, The Longest Drive, The Putting Champion and The Society Champion. There is also a 'Cash Draw' to be won of around £50-£60. On the weekend away event an additional 'Teams on Sunday' tournament is competed for. Previous winners include Mark Lancaster (twice), Rob Frame (three times), Macky Coff, Vince Cimmino, Willie Slattery, Jonh Rowbotham, Neil Butcher (twice), Kevin Smith and Nick Terantini. Crowthorne Golf Society has its own web site, located at crowthornegolfsociety.co.uk.
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- Royal Academy Dictionary of Exhibitors: Summer Exhibition catalogue archives