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Platinum Jubilee celebrations brought to local care homes

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is giving collectable Platinum Jubilee mugs to care home residents to ensure the whole community is involved in the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s anniversary year. 

Councillor John Story and his Civic Team are delivering around 1,250 commemorative mugs, each bearing the Platinum Jubilee crest and accompanied by a postcard with a photo of Her Majesty and a greeting from the Mayor.

In addition, staff at all 39 care homes across the borough are being given a special card from Cllr Story, thanking them on behalf of the Royal Borough for all their hard work and committed care during the pandemic. He is also sending a thank you message to domiciliary care providers who help people to live independently in their own homes.

Learn more in our press release.
How has the Covid pandemic affected your health and wellbeing?

Please take part in our quick survey, Kickstart Your Health, to help us better understand how the pandemic has affected your health and wellbeing.

The survey, which should take no more than ten minutes to complete, looks at health topics including losing weight, getting active, quitting smoking, and drinking less alcohol.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday 31 May.
Have you responded to your child’s reception or junior school offer?

Calling all parents! If your child is starting reception or junior school in September 2022, please respond by Tuesday 3 May 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 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 email or first class post providing information about the outcome and how to respond.

Further information is available on our school admissions page.
Celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday with a bang

Yesterday at noon, around 2,000 people joined the Royal Borough in celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 96th birthday with a traditional 21-gun salute outside Windsor Castle.
The event was led by Councillor John Story, the Mayor. As usual, several lucky local children were chosen to fire the mini cannons under the safe supervision of an ordnance expert. Check out our video of the celebration on our Twitter account.

More than 100 people also attend a special Platinum Jubilee reception at the Windsor Guildhall to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday.

All those who attended the reception were invited to sign a special birthday card to Her Majesty which was presented at the event by the Mayor to Graham Barker, Vice Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire (pictured with the Mayor), who kindly agreed to personally deliver the card to The Queen's Private Secretary in the Castle.

The reception, which was hosted by the Mayor, also raised more than £1,500 for the Mayor’s Benevolent Fund.
Earth Day: Working together to achieve a sustainable future

Today is Earth Day, a worldwide initiative which aims to raise awareness about the role we can play in the fight against climate change.

This year’s theme is Invest In Our Planet, and as a council, we’re progressing our Environment and Climate Strategy, and highlighting important actions as part of our #HealthyEnvironmentHealthyYou communications campaign this month. Our vision is to be a borough where the community works together to achieve a sustainable future, protecting and enhancing our natural environment and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Watch our Environment and Climate Strategy overview video to learn more.

We’ve produced a Biodiversity Action Plan in collaboration with local wildlife conservation groups, which will provide objectives and actions for woodland, grassland, farmland, waterways, standing water and urban habitats in the borough to increase biodiversity. This will be considered by Cabinet next week.

We've also been sharing information about local investments in sustainability such as the new electric vehicle charging points we’re installing across six sites in Maidenhead and Windsor. The points will increase charging capability and help reduce the need for carbon intensive travel. A list of public charging points in the Royal Borough can be found on the Zap Map website.

This week, we’ve also promoted ways you can get out in nature across the Royal Borough including educational sessions for young people at Braywick Nature Centre and volunteering opportunities with local conservation groups.
 Have you visited our Citizens' Portal?

We recently launched our new Citizens’ Portal, an online dashboard which shows data and milestones to improve transparency about our performance and progress in delivering the Corporate Plan.

The Corporate Plan, which was adopted in November 2021, sets out our overarching vision of ‘Creating a sustainable borough of innovation and opportunity’ and is framed around three key objectives, into which all our goals feed:

  • Thriving Communities: Where families and individuals are empowered to achieve their ambitions and fulfil their potential
  • Inspiring Places: Supporting the borough’s future prosperity and sustainability
  • A Council trusted to deliver its promises
We’ll add more information to the Citizens’ Portal over time, and keep it updated as new information is available.

The Citizens’ Portal is part of a new approach to performance management, which was agreed at Cabinet in December last year.
Last chance to share how you use your home internet and mobile data

You have until this Sunday (24 April) to take part in a survey by the Berkshire Digital Infrastructure Group 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 this Sunday 24 April.

To learn more, visit the West Berks council website.
There is still time to nominate your community heroes for the Make A Difference awards

If there is an unsung hero in your community, you have until next week (Friday 29 April) to enter them into the BBC’s ‘Make A Difference’ awards.

There are eight award categories covering the unsung heroes of every community including great neighbours, inspirational teachers, dedicated volunteers, and outstanding key workers.

Take part on the BBC website before 11pm on Friday 29 April.

The winners will be announced at BBC Radio Berkshire’s Make a Difference awards ceremony in September.
Happy St George's Day

The Royal Borough would like to wish everyone a Happy St George's Day tomorrow (Saturday 23 April).

The Flag of St George will be flying tomorrow at the Town Hall in Maidenhead and the Windsor Guildhall in celebration.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Furze Platt War Memorial Hall Centenary Open Day (10am to 2pm Saturday 23 April) - Furze Platt War Memorial Hall is celebrating its Centenary by holding an open day. It is an opportunity to see the Hall and meet some of the organizations that use the Hall each week. There will be displays or information from the local groups including 1st Furze Platt Brownies and Rainbow, Elite Academy of Dance, and Kazuko Ju Jitsu. More information is available on the Royal Borough website

  • Does standing up to speak in front of an audience fill you with dread? Join your nearest speakers club in Maidenhead, Windsor, or Ascot and build your skills as a confident communicator and leader. Come along to a club as a guest to see how they do things

  • From the Golden Age to Nordic Modern: The Story of Danish Art and Design (11.30am Monday 25 April) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. The Arts Society Maidenhead will provide an overview of the work and international impact of renowned Danish artists, designers and architects including Jørn Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House. Tickets are £10 for non-members. Please email to book your place and for more information

  • Fundraising Concert for Ukraine – (6.45pm Thursday 28 April) – Windsor Parish Church. St George’s School Windsor Castle is holding a fundraising concert to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The event will begin with a champagne and canapé reception followed by a performance of Fauré Requiem by the Chamber Choir, accompanied by a professional music ensemble. Tickets are priced at £35 (Under 16s go free) and can be booked on the Eventbrite page

  • Maidenhead Music concert (7.30pm Thursday 28 April) - Norden Farm. Elizaveta Tyun and Anastasia Matskovskaia, two young classical musical virtuosi playing violin and piano. A concert reflecting their Russian/Ukrainian backgrounds - showing the harmony possible. Tickets and information is available on the Maidenhead Music Society website

  • Maidenhead Choral Society concert (7.30pm Saturday 7 May) – St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead. Maidenhead Choral Society will perform Haydn's Nelson Mass and Mozart Requiem with professional soloists. Tickets are available at £10 at the door or on their website

  • 13th Maidenhead Scouts and 4th Maidenhead Brownies and Guides ‘Gang Show’ (2pm and 6pm Saturday 21 May) – High Street Methodist Church, Maidenhead. Prepare to be transported to “Bookshop on Reader Street” featuring hilarious sketches performed by 4th Maidenhead Brownies and Guides and 13th Maidenhead Scouts. Tickets to the show are £10 each. There will also be a raffle to raise money in aid of Ukraine. Please visit the Maidenhead Methodist Church website to book your tickets

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-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 10pm today until 6am on Monday 25 April.

The M4 is also due to be closed between Junctions 6 and 8/9 from 10pm on Friday 6 May until 6am on Monday 9 May.

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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