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More than 50 Platinum Jubilee street parties to take place in the borough

More than 50 street parties celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are set to take place in the borough over the extended Bank Holiday weekend.
Residents will be holding parties in their communities, including Ascot, Cookham, Fifield, Holyport, Maidenhead, Sunningdale and Windsor from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June marking her 70 years of service as monarch to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. 

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, the council encouraged anyone wishing to hold a party on the public highway to ensure they applied early for a temporary road closure, allowing almost two months for applications to be made. The council has paid the legal fees for the road closures to enable the parties to take place.

Read more in our press release about what residents have planned, including those in Bourne Avenue, Windsor (pictured). To see the street parties and road closures in the borough, please visit One Network.
Our 'Here to Help' campaign continues to highlight the support available with rising cost of living

As part of our response to the rising cost of living, we, along with our community partners, are highlighting local and national support which can help those in need to build their personal financial resilience and hopefully avoid the need for crisis support.

As part of our campaign, ‘Here to Help’, we have brought together support from us and our partners onto one dedicated webpage and are encouraging those struggling financially to visit it.

Last week we highlighted the support available if your struggling with energy costs, and help paying your Council Tax.

This week, we've signposted to the support available with childcare and schools meals as well as the help available to pay your rent. Next week, we'll focus on the support available from our partners if you are struggling financially and having to make difficult decisions around food, rent, heating, and other essentials, and what benefits might be available to you.

‘Here to Help’ is run with the support of key partners including social landlords Abri and Housing Solutions, and Voluntary and Community Sector partners, Foodshare Maidenhead, Windsor Foodshare, Driven Forward, The Baby Bank, The Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation, and Citizens’ Advice. 

More information is available in our press release and on our dedicated webpage. #HereToHelpRBWM
Local pharmacy services consultation

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) show the pharmacies needed for an area. They help the NHS decide on applications for new pharmacies and when considering changes at existing ones.

PNAs must be updated every three years. The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s PNA for 2022 to 2025 is now being consulted on before being finalised.

Berkshire Public Health held a public survey at the beginning of the year into how you use your pharmacies across the borough. Your feedback from that survey along with data and input from stakeholders was used by the NHS to help inform the draft PNA now being consulted on.

The consultation is available on RBWM Together and closes on Wednesday 29 June.
Mind Your Health campaign focuses on support available to improve your mental and physical wellbeing

This May, we are running a month-long communications campaign, Mind Your Health, inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week.
The theme for this year’s awareness week is loneliness, which can affect us all at different times and saw a rise during the pandemic. Did you know that loneliness raises a person’s risk of high blood pressure, dementia and depression? It is important to understand the risk that loneliness can pose and come together as a community to help ensure no one is isolated.

This week we've been looking at the link between physical and mental health including NHS advice on steps to improve your mental wellbeing, keeping active at our leisure centres and exercise guidelines and workouts, seated exercises you can try at home, our public rights of way which you can explore on foot or by bike and volunteering opportunities.

Next week will focus on mental health and the local support available. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with our campaign. #MindYourHealth
How has the Covid pandemic affected your health and wellbeing?

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 10 minutes to complete, looks at health topics including losing weight, getting active, quitting smoking, and drinking less alcohol.

The survey closes at midnight on Tuesday 31 May.
Reminder: Low-income households can apply for energy efficiency upgrades

We've secured £1.3m to help support low-income families in the borough improve the energy efficiency of their homes while reducing their carbon footprint and applications are open.

The funding, which has been secured from the Government’s Sustainable Warmth scheme, will be used to improve the energy performance of homes in the borough, including off-gas grid homes.

Eligible homeowners or private tenants can apply to receive the free energy-saving upgrades designed to lower carbon emissions and manage energy bills. This will help families phase out high carbon, fossil fuel heating and reduce fuel poverty.

To apply, visit the Energy Saving Trust website or call 0808 196 8255.

Applications will be assessed, with the installations coming to an end on Friday 31 March 2023, or when the funding has been exhausted.

To learn more, and for eligibility criteria, read our press release.
Activities at Braywick Nature Centre this half-term

Braywick Nature Centre will be hosting a variety of nature-themed activities for children this half-term.

This includes a family pond dip and minibeast safari, both on Tuesday 31 May, and an exploratory walk around the nature reserve on Wednesday 1 June.

Activities are £5 per child. Find out more and book by visiting the Eventbrite website. Any queries, email
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Spring Fair and Community Showcase (Saturday 21 May, 10am - 12.30pm) - St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead. Come along to find out about the large number of community groups and activities on site for all ages. On sale will be cakes, plants, jewellery, stationery, crafts, bric-a-brac, books and refreshments to enjoy with friends. There will also be a raffle and tombola. Entry is free but all donations will go towards the St Mark's 2020 Vision Building Fund. Learn more on the St Mark's website or email

  • 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, and there will also be a raffle to raise money in aid of Ukraine. Please visit the church website to book your tickets.  

  • Join GoodGym Windsor and Maidenhead. This sociable and welcoming group help other charities and community projects in the borough. They run, walk or cycle to where help is needed, combining volunteering with getting fit. Upcoming sessions include ragwort pulling to protect biodiversity near Bray from 9am on Tuesday 24 May, gardening at the Spencer Denney Centre, Windsor at 6.45pm the same day, hedge trimming at Holyport Football Club from 6.45pm on Wednesday 25 May, and fence painting near St Mark's Hospital from 7pm on Wednesday 1 June. Visit the group's website for more details and to sign up.

  • Music Night with Ayres & Grey-ces. (Friday 27 May, from 7.30pm) - St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead. The evening will be approximately an hour to an hour and half with entertainment, including music and songs from The Everly Brothers, The Shadows, Elvis and other classics. All proceeds go to Wexham Park Hospital Youth Mental Health Unit. Donation: £5 at the door.

  • Desborough Bowling Club Open Day. (Saturday 28 May, 10am to 4pm) - As part of the Bowls England Bowls’ Big Weekend an open day will be held at the club in Green Lane, Maidenhead. All are welcome and there will be the opportunity to experience bowling in an international bowling centre with six outdoor and eight indoor rinks and a full range of social, bar and catering facilities. For more details, please visit the club's website, call 01628 629403 or email

  • Through The Ages: English Music for Easter including music by Taverner, Byrd, & Purcell. (Saturday May 28, from 6pm) - St Andrew's Clewer, Mill Lane, Windsor. A concert of hymns and anthems with something for everyone. Featuring local musicians from Windsor and Slough, joined by London-based professional musicians and friends. Pay as much as you can afford but, as a guide, between £10-£15 would be appreciated to cover costs. All profits go to Victim Support. To register your interest, please email

  • Eton Wick's Platinum Jubilee "Picnic in the Park". (Thursday 2 June, 1pm to 4pm) - Haywards Mead Recreation Ground, Eton Wick. The day will feature static displays, children's activities, entertainment and refreshments with the day hosted by the Eton Wick Village Association. Eton Wick's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting will take place on the same day from 9.30pm, with the lighting at 9.45pm on the recreation ground. Visit the association's website or Facebook page for more details.

  • Maidenhead Open Gardens. (Saturday 25 June & Sunday 26 June) - Entry badges for Maidenhead Open Gardens, organised by Maidenhead Rotary Club, are now on sale at Braywick Heath Nurseries and online via the club's website. More than 20 gardens will be opening their gates throughout the weekend. Some will be selling plants, playing host to live music and showcasing the work of local artists. In addition, this year a new link up with the Wild About Gardens Awards Maidenhead will give the opportunity to learn how to garden in a way that puts wildlife at the heart of our communities. The cost is £10 with all profits donated to Dementia Research, Thames Hospice and other Rotary Charites.
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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:
M4 updates

The M4 is due to be closed in both directions this weekend between junctions 6 (Slough) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 10pm tonight until 6am on Monday 23 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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