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Share your views on our proposed council budget

Residents, 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.

The 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.

Feedback from the public consultation will help inform discussions when the draft budget is debated at Full Council on Tuesday 22 February 2022.  

Take part in the budget consultation on the RBWM Together website.

Learn more in our press release.
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.
As 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.
This 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.
To learn how it works, please watch and share our video on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a licensed venue that’s not already participating in the initiative, please email
Could you become an Angel?
A 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 since 2012.
These 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!
Please watch and share our video on Facebook and Twitter. Find out more and volunteer on the Windsor Street Angels website
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

As 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
  • Ensuring good ventilation when meeting indoors with people from other households. Opening a window for just ten minutes makes a difference

Face 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.

For more on the latest Covid news, read this week’s issue of our Covid Newsletter.
Creating a more flexible and person-centred service for day opportunities

Proposals 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.

Day 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.

Following 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.

Learn more in our press release. 
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 spirit
  • 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.

Learn more on the My Royal Borough website.
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

Partners 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 Christmas.

Every day during December they are sharing new advice, tips, or messages including:

  • Being prepared: 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
  • Staying warm: 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 and depression

Check out the Frimley Health and Care Twitter account to see their daily tips.

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 

If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in this newsletter simply send basic information about your event to and it could be shared with over 19,000 local residents.

You just need to include a brief description, when and where it takes place, and a link to a website/social media page/contact where people can find out more.
Have your say

We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

More information can be found on the consultations pages of our website. 
M4 closures

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.

Visit the Highways England website for more details on the M4 smart motorway scheme.

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.
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