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Ukraine support webpage and phoneline launched
A dedicated webpage is now available on our website
. It has information
on how people can help those affected by the war in Ukraine, such as
links to the latest advice and support for residents applying to offer
suitable accommodation for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.
those who don’t have online access, a local Ukraine support line to
give guidance and signposting over the phone for residents offering
accommodation and the Ukrainians coming to the Royal Borough is also
available. Please call 0203 514 8117.
- Residents can call for advice from 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am to 5pm Wednesday.
- Ukrainians can call for advice 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday.
Andrew Johnson, the council leader, said: “In the Royal Borough, we
stand together with the people of Ukraine, whose lives have been
tragically disrupted and uprooted by war. I’m proud to see our community
has rallied quickly, generously and compassionately to play a part in
helping those in need, whether that be fundraising and making donations
to the humanitarian appeals, or applying under the Government’s new
‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme to sponsor and offer safe accommodation to
Ukrainian individuals and families seeking safe refuge in the UK.
a council, we’ve received initial national guidance, with Government
funding and further guidance soon to follow, and we’re working closely
with local and national partners to ensure comprehensive support is in
place for residents offering housing and those they’ll be welcoming to
the Royal Borough.”
you know a refugee individual or family you wish to sponsor, and are
able to provide suitable accommodation for at least six months, whether
that be a spare room in your own home or an unoccupied self-contained
residential unit, then please visit the Homes for Ukraine website for more information and to apply.
The Earl of Wessex officially reopens museum and relocated visitor information centre at Windsor Guildhall
Windsor and Royal Borough Museum and relocated Royal Windsor Visitor
Information Centre have been officially reopened by His Royal Highness
The Earl of Wessex.
Earl cut a ribbon to officially declare the facilities at Windsor
Guildhall open. His Royal Highness was then given a guided tour of the
building and introduced to staff and had the opportunity to view some of
the artefacts on display.
Earl also unveiled a plaque at the Corn Exchange commemorating Her
Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year and the centenary of King
George V confirming Windsor as a Royal Borough.
There’s still time to join our Resident Parking Discount Scheme
Our new resident parking discount scheme starts in just over a week (Monday 4 April), but there’s still time for you to apply.
offers one hour’s free parking in six popular car parks. Residents of
the Royal Borough can apply for the virtual permits required,
free-of-charge, ready to start using their discounted sessions from
Monday 4 April.
Applications only need to be
submitted once and will last for up to two years. Applicants do not need
to have a smart phone to apply for permits or use the discounts.
Reminder: you are invited to help inform next stage of planning for South West Maidenhead
inviting the community to help inform plans for a major development
area, South West Maidenhead, which will bring forward new homes,
community facilities, infrastructure, employment space and improved
public access to green space.
get involved and find out more, you are invited to attend one or more
of three themed online events, where you will also be able to submit
- Community Needs – Wednesday 30 March 2022, 6.30pm
- Connectivity – Wednesday 6 April 2022, 6.30pm
- Sustainability and the Environment – Wednesday 13 April 2022, 7.15pm
Statement on Home Office accommodation site for asylum seekers
The council has recently been informed by the Home Office that it
will shortly be using the Holiday Inn at Maidenhead for the foreseeable
future to accommodate asylum seekers while their claims for sanctuary
and protection in the UK are assessed.
This is a private arrangement between the Home Office and the
hotel, which is closing to the public. The council was not involved in
this arrangement and will not be involved in the running of this
accommodation site or provision of day-to-day support, which is all
being handled centrally via the Home Office. We will continue to liaise
with the Home Office, NHS services and other partners with respect to
our statutory duties.
This is a national situation and there are more than 100 hotels
nationally operating as accommodation sites for asylum seekers,
including in other parts of Berkshire. In recent weeks, we have seen the
heart-warming way our community has rallied quickly, generously and
compassionately to support Ukrainian refugees coming to the Royal
Borough, and we hope the asylum seekers will receive an equally warm
welcome from the vast majority of residents.
Nominate your community heroes for the Make A Difference awards
If there is an unsung hero in your community, you can enter them into the BBC’s ‘Make A Difference’ awards.
awards were first set up at the start of the first pandemic lockdown to
recognise community heroes who make a difference to their local
are eight award categories covering the unsung heroes of every
community from great neighbours, inspirational teachers, dedicated
volunteers, and outstanding key workers.
The winners will be announced at BBC Radio Berkshire’s Make a Difference awards ceremony in September.
Have your say on NHS waiting times
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that a record number of people are waiting for NHS hospital treatment in England.
If you are one of them, it is vital you get the advice, information, and support you need while you wait.
Healthwatch WAM is asking the public to share their experience of waiting for hospital care.
Everything you say is confidential and will help the NHS understand how it can better support people waiting for treatment.
So, whether your experience is good or bad – it is important your voice is heard. Take part on the Healthwatch website.
Communities can air Queen’s Platinum Jubilee BBC
coverage without TV Licence
communities come together to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s historic
Platinum Jubilee over the four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday
2 June, the BBC is offering local communities a special one-off TV
events will take place throughout the weekend and the Platinum Party at
the Palace, a special live event that will bring together some of the
world’s biggest entertainers on Saturday 4 June, will be broadcast live
on the BBC.
dispensation will allow those celebrating by arranging events in town
halls, community centres and streets across Britain, where TV is not
usually watched, to screen the live programmes throughout the weekend
without needing to purchase a licence.
Royal Borough community spotlight
Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough:
Do you love to sing? - The
Signature A Cappela singers are excited to announce a free
five-week course for any ladies that love to sing. The course takes
place at St Edwards Parish Centre, SL4 3BA, starting Thursday
12 May at 7.15pm. For more details and to register visit the Signature Signers website or the Eventbrite page
Clewer and Dedworth Community Easter Fair
– (Saturday 9 April 11am-2pm) - Woody's Cafe and Hall, Clewer Memorial
Recreation Ground. Enjoy artisan market stalls, family fun and games,
and buy your Easter Bunny Trail Maps at the Clewer and Dedworth
Community Easter Fair. Entry is free
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 Denise@DeniseSteele.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tickets
Royal Free Singers with Marches Baroque Orchestra
– (Saturday 9 April at 7.30pm) – Windsor Parish Church. The Royal Free
Signers are delighted to be joined professional soloists to perform the
classic oratorio St John Passion by J.S. Bach. Tickets are available on
the Royal Free Singers website, from the Windsor Tourist Information Office, or on the door
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The M4 is due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 4b
(M25 interchange) and 5 (Langley) from 11pm today until 6am on Monday 28
The M4 is also due to be closed eastbound only between Junctions
8/9 (Maidenhead) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 1 April until
6am on Monday 4 April.
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.