Bracknell Bygones – What was going on in 1998?
For this week’s Bygones, we’re going to go back 23 years ago to see what was going on in the summer of 1998.
The country was in the grip of World Cup fever, children were given computers and money was donated to charity.
So what was going on 23 years ago?
Well, over 400 kids from 14 local elementary schools gathered at the Easthampstead Park Conference Center for the Elementary School Science and Chemistry Fair.
It was organized by the South East Berkshire Education Business Partnership and Zeneca Agrochemicals.
At the fair, he gave children the opportunity to learn about science through 18 local employers.
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That same year, second, four and five year olds at Birch Hill Elementary School produced monoprints with the help of artist Christina Taylor Smith.
Away from education and music, that summer Bracknell’s band Sons of the Tribe gave an interview to BN as they prepared for their performance at that year’s Bracknell Festival.
The six formed in 1992 at Great Hollands.
It was also a good year for the Bracknell Army Cadet Force, which won 40 Arborfield Cup championship trophies.
Taking place at Arborfield Garrison, the team, who were aged 13-18 from the Coopers Hill-based detachment, Crowthorne Road, won trophies in both individual and team events including tug of war, shooting and soccer.
Coming back to the students, 1998 saw two teenagers from Bracknell and Wokingham have an opportunity that impacted the futures of many young people.
The two 18-year-olds of Karl Driscoll and Steven Michael Doyle have been nominated by pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingleheim to design a trophy that will be admired for years to come.
The Karl and Steven-designed trophy would be used each year at the Young Enterprise for South East Berkshire event as part of the Innovation Award.
Karl said at the time: “We wanted something very striking and simple with a very innovative look.
“We had to work closely with Boehringer Ingleheim to make sure we were on the right track every step of the way. ”
It was a party occasion for many students in the area, as in the summer of 1998, several school children at Uplands Primary School in Sandhurst enjoyed being on television for an advertisement.
The 16 children, who were in years 4 and 5, were chosen by advertising company, Blink, to star in the commercial to promote the all-new Fiat Seicento.
Each child received £ 20 for their time with the two-day shoot.
The ad was shot in Southall, West London.
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Around the same time, the Wokingham District Council’s Westmead Day Center for the Physically Handicapped purchased a new computer program to help rehabilitate people with brain injuries.
This was made available through a donation of £ 250 from the Berkshire Masonic Society, the program helping those who have suffered strokes or head injuries.
Let’s move on to the sport, and we all know he didn’t come home when England battled in their Euro 2020 campaign, but for every fan who watched the Three Lions play live during the tournament. of a month will undoubtedly keep those memories for already.
It was a similar situation in July 1998, when a Barkham football fan won the award of his life.
Christine Couper, who was 33 at the time, landed four free tickets to watch England take on Argentina in the round of 16 of the World Cup in France that year.
She had the chance to win the tickets thanks to a radio show, and got, with three other people, places at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in St Etienne.
We didn’t know what would happen in the match at the time, as the match was infamous for David Beckham’s red card, and Glenn Hoddle’s men were eliminated on penalties after a 2-2 draw. .
On a lighter note, that same month the Sandhurst Cricket Club opened its new clubhouse.