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Increased demand in Emergency Departments

The Emergency Departments (A&Es) at both Wexham Park and Frimley Park hospitals are currently experiencing an increasing level of demand and this is likely to continue throughout this weekend.

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is asking people to only attend if they are experiencing severe symptoms or are suffering from a life-threatening condition. If you or a family member suffers an injury or becomes unwell, please dial 111 in the first instance.

Following a call to 111, they may advise you to contact your GP or its out-of-hours service or attend the Bracknell Minor Injuries Unit at Brants Bridge which is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

It is important to note that the minor injury service is only for conditions such as the following:
  • Sprains and strains
  • Suspected broken limbs
  • Minor head injuries
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Bites and stings
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Skin infections

Anyone with a life-threatening condition should call 999.

For more information on where to go when feeling unwell, visit the Frimley Health and Care website.
Reminder: Parents please respond to secondary, middle, or upper school places offers

If your child is moving up to secondary, middle or upper school in September 2022, please respond by Tuesday 15 March 2022 to let us know if you wish to accept or decline the offer of the school place made to your child.

If you applied online using the Citizen's portal, you will be able to log into your account to view the outcome and accept or decline your offer and you will also receive an email confirming the outcome of your application.

If you applied using a paper common application form or our Google online form, you will not be able to access the admissions portal and your outcome letter will be dispatched via first class post providing information about the outcome and how to respond.

More information is available on our website.
New school building opened by Earl of Wessex thanks to investment by the Royal Borough

St Peter’s CE Middle School in Old Windsor welcomed the Earl of Wessex to officially open a new building for the school last week.

The school launched the new Peacock building – named after a peacock, ‘Henry’, who lived in the school grounds - last April, thanks to a £1.3 million investment by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

Investment in new, high-quality classrooms, specialist teaching and ancillary spaces is part of the council's ongoing work to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet demand for pupil places in communities where it is needed.

The building houses six classrooms as well as a new library, locker rooms and a meeting room. It is designed to accommodate the school’s expanded Key Stage 2 (year 5 and 6) intake, which has increased from two to three classes per year in response to rising demand from local families.

Read more in the press release. Photo by Stewart Turkington.
Campaign highlights work of our Registration team

Did you know we deliver around 400 different public services and activities as a council? Everyone knows about roads and bins, but we do so much more to support our residents, businesses, and communities.

This week, as part of our Spotlight on Services campaign, we’re highlighting the important work of our Registration Services Team through a special animation on social media.

The team usually conduct about 730 civil weddings and civil partnership ceremonies a year, but that's just one part of their job. They also register births, deaths, civil weddings and partnerships that take place in the borough.

Find out more by watching our video on Facebook and Twitter.
Share your plans for the Platinum Jubilee

Discover Platinum Jubilee events happening near you with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's interactive map.

Hosting your own public event? Share your plans by visiting its website to have your event added to the map.

Remember, if you're planning a street party or any other event on the public highway you'll need to apply for a temporary road closure. The closing date for all applications is Friday 25 March.

You’ll be glad to know that the council will pay the legal fees and meet the cost of the statutory advertising involved for the closures.

For more information and to apply, visit our website.
Senior travel buyers invited to Discover Windsor

More than 20 of the UK’s most influential travel buyers are coming to Discover Windsor, a two-day event on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 March.

A showcase for Royal Borough activities, the event will provide first-hand experiences and forge business relationships and sales for local suppliers. The initiative spearheads an ambitious business support and Covid recovery campaign meticulously planned and delivered by VisitWindsor, part of our Economic Growth Team and Place Directorate. 

The travel buyers will explore The Savill Garden and Windsor & Eton Brewery, and make chocolates at Dr Choc’s Windsor Chocolate Factory. They will also take a river cruise with French Brothers, a guided walk with Windsor Tourist Guides Ltd. and enjoy an exclusive evening tour of Windsor Castle’s State Apartments.

Learn more in our press release.
How do you use your home internet and mobile data?

The Digital Infrastructure Group has launched a survey to help it understand how you use your home internet and mobile data.

The group is working with local authorities across the county to improve our digital infrastructure and create a joined-up approach to make sure that post-pandemic businesses and residents can continue to connect with people across all platforms.

Take part online before the deadline at midnight on Friday 8 April.

To learn more, visit the West Berks council website.
Royal Borough community spotlight

Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough:

  • Inaugural Piano Recital - (3pm Sunday 13 March) - St Michael's Church, Bray. Music at Bray present internationally-renowned pianist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year Lara Melda, who will be playing their new instrument in a programme of romantic pieces by Chopin and Rachmaninov. Admission is free with a retiring collection. For further details visit the St Michael's Church website

  • Wihan Quartet concert (7.30pm Thursday 24 March) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure. Maidenhead Music Society presents the international string quartet who will perform the Dvorak "American" which they have recorded and won "Recording of the Year" from Music Web international. The tickets are available from the Maidenhead Music Society website or by ringing 01628 621162

  • Climate Change Conference (1-5pm Saturday 26 March) – Norden Farm Arts Centre. For their Diamond Anniversary celebrations, Soroptimist International of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead are hosting a climate change conference with the theme “Towards tomorrow’s world - the realities?”. Speakers will include Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate action and sustainability, Professor Amir Sharif, dean of the faculty of management, law and social sciences at Bradford University, and Linda Shall, Soroptimist International of St Albans. Tickets are £15 for adults and £5 for students. For further details email or ring 01784 482001

  • Music, merriment, and a meal – (Saturday 26 March) - St. Andrew’s Church, Wraysbury. A concert for the benefit of St Andrew’s Church featuring entertainer Terry Gleed. There will also be a raffle, meal, dessert, and tea. Tickets are £12 each, please book by emailing

  • Rachmaninov’s Vespers - (8pm Saturday 26 March) – Eton College Chapel. The Cantorum Choir will perform Rachmaninov’s Vespers. In addition to the atmospheric Vespers or 'All Night Vigil', the choir are also delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen to play excerpts from Bach's Partita in D Minor. Tickets are available on the Cantorum Choir website

  • Can Art Change the World? – (10am–3pm Wednesday 6 April) – Braywick Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. Join The Arts Society Maidenhead for a fascinating Special Interest Day looking at Goya, Picasso, Grayson Perry, and Ai Wiewei, (and many others) and how they used moving artworks to communicate ideas and opinions. Tickets are £40 (includes a buffet lunch). Email to book your tickets.

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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 westbound only between junctions 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 4am on Saturday 12 March until 6am on Monday 14 March.

It is also due to be closed eastbound only between junctions 6 and 8/9 from 4am on Saturday 26 March until 6am on Monday 28 March.

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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