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Share your views on our proposed council budget
community groups and businesses are invited to take part in the Royal
Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s consultation on our proposed
budget, which runs until Monday 31 January.
proposed budget for 2022/23 is an investment budget that seeks to
deliver significant infrastructure upgrades, support our most vulnerable
residents, and ensure the council continues to provide high quality
services for all residents.
Following robust budgets in February 2020 and February this year, the proposals aim to significantly
increase levels of investment and growth into key areas, and to support
delivery of the priorities of the Corporate Plan.
from the public consultation will help inform discussions when the
draft budget is debated at Full Council on Tuesday 22 February
Supporting safety in our night time economy
We’re joining with the Dash Charity and other partners to support the national White Ribbon initiative, calling on everyone to take a stand against male violence, abuse, and harassment towards women.
part of the 16 days of national activism following White Ribbon Day,
we’re raising awareness of the valuable work in the Royal Borough to
help keep everyone safe, the support available to victims, and the ways
people can report and get help if they’re scared, threatened, or abused.
week, we’re focussing our communications on the partnership work to
support community safety of those enjoying a night out.
Supporting Ask for Angela
Our Community Wardens are inviting all local bars, pubs and
clubs to get involved in the Ask for Angela scheme, which is designed
to help keep people safe while enjoying a night out at venues.
Could you become an Angel?
huge thank you from the whole community to the Windsor Street Angels
who work closely with emergency services and venues to help keep people
safe on a night out. The Angels have helped more than 50,000 people
dedicated volunteers keep watch in streets on Friday and Saturday
nights into the early hours, helping anyone who may be vulnerable – and
they’re looking for more Angels to join the fold!
Personal safety apps
Berkshire Women's Aid has collated a handy list of free digital services anyone can use to support your personal safety while out and about, including location-sharing with trusted contacts.
Make sure you stay Covid-safe
we continue to learn more about the Omicron variant, it’s important we
all take personal actions as we did with the Delta variant, including:
- Getting vaccinated - it's never too late to get your first or second jab
- Wearing a mask (unless you're exempt) where it's mandatory
- Testing regularly - before visiting busy places/events and vulnerable friends or family
- Having healthy hand hygiene
good ventilation when meeting indoors with people from other
households. Opening a window for just ten minutes makes a difference
masks are again required in shops and on public transport. This also
includes transport hubs, shopping centres, banks, estate agents, vets,
hair and nail salons, and in taxis. It doesn't apply to cinemas,
theatres, music venues, gyms, places of worship or hospitality, although
you can still use a mask if you feel safer.
Creating a more flexible and person-centred service for day opportunities
to give residents and carers more choice and flexibility over the kind
of day services and opportunities available across the Royal Borough
were agreed by Cabinet on 25 November.
services – also known as day opportunities – include activities,
services and day centres for adults with dementia, learning disabilities
and additional complex needs who need care and support, as well as
their carers who may need respite services.
a needs analysis and extensive public consultation during the summer,
including with residents who use the services and their families,
Cabinet has approved a more flexible and person-centred service,
tailored to individual needs and aspirations, that supports independence
and choices in the community.
Walk the 'Hello Lamp Post' Windsor Christmas Trail
Have you heard about all the chatty objects around Windsor yet? Hello Lamp Post enables anyone with a mobile phone to anonymously talk to our local landmarks via a scanned QR code.
The new Christmas Trail is lighting up the streets of Windsor, with five festive installations on the picturesque route including:
- Windsor Guildhall’s Corn Market where you can find a nativity scene
- The Queen Victoria statue which will be keen to hear how you’re
feeling about Christmas this year and what puts you in the festive
- Windsor Royal Station where a sparkly object will be curious to know about your favourite Windsor displays.
Make sure to tag your photos on social media with #MyFestiveRoyalBorough.
Don't miss the Great Reindeer Chase!
The #MakeMaidenhead Reindeer have escaped and are hiding around Maidenhead!
The herd of 24 adorable reindeer will be keeping cosy in shop windows around the town and in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre
throughout December - can you find them all?
Remember to shop local this Christmas, and if you find a Reindeer make sure you pop in see what is on offer!
You can also share photos of your Reindeer Rescue Mission using #MyFestiveRoyalBorough.
Health and wellbeing advent calendar
across Frimley Health and Care have launched a festive advent calendar
aimed at highlighting ways you can stay safe and well in the lead up to
Every day during December they are sharing new advice, tips, or messages including:
knowing the opening times of health and care services over the bank
holidays, ordering your regular prescriptions in advance and stocking up
on remedies to treat common ailments
Checking in on others:
the cold weather can stop some people from getting out and about. Check
in with the vulnerable to see if they need a helping hand
Winter vaccinations: take up your Covid-19 and flu vaccinations if you are eligible
it’s important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors.
Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and
more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia
Royal Borough community spotlight
Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough:
Prince’s Ball Pantomime -
(Friday 3 to Saturday 11 December) - Old Windsor Memorial Hall. The
Riverside Players are delighted to present their Covid-safe, one-act
pantomime, with afternoon and evening performances packed with lovable
characters and the usual hijinks and shenanigans. Visit the Riverside Players website to learn more and book your tickets
Christmas tree festival -
(Friday 3 to Sunday 5 December) - St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead. Visit
this beautiful church full of Christmas trees decorated by the community
and help support their fundraiser for Thames Hospice. For more
information, visit the St Luke’s website
Christmas on The Green - (4-7pm
Saturday 4 December) - Datchet Green. See the Christmas tree lights
switch-on and enjoy the perfect Christmas atmosphere complete with
Santa’s Grotto, festive music, and plenty of refreshment and cakes
Treasure Island pantomime - (Thursday
9 to Sunday 12 December) – Holyport War Memorial Hall. Have a
swashbuckling adventure this Christmas cheering the goodies and shouting
down the baddies as we cross the sea to find the treasure. Learn more
on the Little Box Office website
Carols on the Hill – (6.15pm
Friday 10 December) - Castle Hill, Windsor. Featuring the Band of the
Household Cavalry, one of Windsor's oldest Christmas traditions returns
to Castle Hill. Assembling around the Castle Hill Christmas tree. A
traditional community carol service will be held on the doorstep of
Windsor’s most iconic landmark. Learn more on the Visit Windsor website
Charity Christmas concert - (4pm
and 8pm Saturday 11 December) - Holy Trinity Church, Cookham. Join the
Cantorum Choir for a matinee (4pm) or evening (8pm) performance of
Christmas songs and audience carols in support of the Help Musicians
charity. Tickets are available from the Cantorum Choir website
St Mary’s Church Christmas services –
(Sunday 12 – Saturday 25 December) - St Mary’s Church, Maidenhead. St
Mary’s are hosting several services over the Christmas period including a
carol service suitable for all ages and two Christingle services. For
information, visit the St Mary’s website
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The M4 is due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 6
(Slough) and 8/9 (Maidenhead). The closure will start after 8pm today
and the motorway will reopen by 6am on Monday 6 December.
The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between
Junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 10 to
6am on Monday 13 December.
For details of council works on highways, visit our website. For full local roadwork details, including work by utility firms, please visit the One Network website.