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Reminder: How to claim your energy rebate if you don’t pay Council Tax by Direct Debit

If you are in a Band A to D household and do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, please remember to complete the online form on the Grant Approval website with your bank account and other details to claim your £150 energy rebate from Government to help with increased energy costs.

Please be vigilant for scams related to the energy rebate. Only use the above website to make claims and remember that the council will never cold call you to collect your bank account details in order to pay the energy rebate. More information on the energy rebate scheme, including the national eligibility criteria, can be found on our energy rebate webpage.
Our 'Here to Help' campaign continues to highlight support available with the cost of living

As part of our response to the rising cost of living, we, along with our community partners, are continuing to highlight the 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 ongoing 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.

Our campaign covers a wide range of the support that can help those struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, including with energy costs, Council Tax, childcare and housing, plus universal and partner support.
More information is available in our press release and on our dedicated webpage. #HereToHelpRBWM
Yesterday, the Government announced further cost of living support. Please read a summary in the national press release and visit for more about the new Cost of Living Payment for vulnerable households.
Photo exhibition of Jubilee celebrations opens at Royal Borough’s libraries

Visitors to the Royal Borough’s libraries can now view a fascinating Jubilee photo exhibition looking back at how local communities celebrated Her Majesty The Queen’s previous milestone jubilees.

The display – entitled 70 Years 70 Photos – is a series of 70 selected photos of street parties, other events and memorabilia dating from Her Majesty’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012, as well as a few from this year’s Platinum celebrations so far.

Many of the images were kindly submitted by residents following an appeal for copies of people’s photos (thank you), while others are from the Local Studies Collection. Curated by the council’s Library Service, the full exhibition can be seen at Maidenhead Library and Windsor Library, with some of the photos also on display at three other libraries.

More information is available in our press release. The exhibition runs until the end of June.

Our libraries are also hosting a series of Platinum Jubilee royal storytime and craft events over the coming days. More information is available on our library events webpage.
Councillor Christine Bateson elected as new Mayor of the Royal Borough

Councillor Christine Bateson has been elected as Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead for the 2022/23 civic year, with Councillor Gary Muir continuing as Deputy Mayor. 

She took on the ceremonial, non-political role earlier this week following a vote at the annual council meeting, held in the Desborough Suite, Town Hall, receiving the robes and chain from Councillor John Story, who has served as mayor since December 2020.

As first citizen of the borough, she will chair full council meetings and represent the Royal Borough and its people at functions both inside and outside of the area, accompanied by her son Richard Bateson as Mayor’s Consort. 

Learn more in our press release.
Jubilee waste collection changes

Waste and recycling collection days will change temporarily from Friday 3 to Friday 10 June due to the Platinum Jubilee holiday.

Collections will be carried out as usual on Thursday 2 June, with normal collection days resuming from Monday 13 June.

Visit our waste webpage for more information.
Explore the Windsor Guildhall

Next week, the Windsor Guildhall will welcome visitors for two open days as part of celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee on:

  • Thursday 2 June from 3pm to 7pm
  • Friday 3 June from 12pm to 4pm

You will be able to see the stunning royal portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and beautiful stained-glass windows which were created to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.

Visitors will be encouraged to leave a handwritten message for The Queen, and anyone looking to support local sellers can browse a range of products from small independent Windsor businesses.

Alongside the open day, a VIP drinks experience on the exclusive, covered outside terrace area is also taking place where visitors can buy Guildhall prosecco, locally sourced beer, and delicious handmade patisserie style treats.

Learn more on the event webpage.
Children enjoy Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee party

Earlier this week, primary school children from across the Royal Borough attended a children’s Platinum Jubilee party in the Windsor Guildhall hosted by outgoing Mayor, Councillor John Story.

After a welcome by the Town Crier, the children were shown the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum on the ground floor of the Guildhall and then taken upstairs to the main chamber where they made Platinum Jubilee crowns.

Wearing these, the children were then served specially baked Platinum Jubilee cake and a drink. 

Two children, aged five to 11, from all primary schools in the Royal Borough were invited to attend the party alongside their headteacher.

Top photo courtesy of Richard Plumtree. Smaller photo courtesy of Highfield Prep.
Reminder: Enter this year's Garden in Bloom competition

If you have a garden you'd like to showcase, or know of one in your
neighbourhood that deserves recognition, you can enter it into this year's
Garden in Bloom competition.

Any garden visible from a footpath or road is eligible for entry. Nominations can also be made by residents, passers-by or by councillors in their own wards
until Thursday 30 June.

There is just a single category, and the competition will be judged by
councillors on a ward-by-ward basis. All entrants will receive a certificate and
the winner and runner-up in each ward will also receive a rosette. In addition,
the winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at Braywick Heath Nurseries.

For more information and how to enter, see our press release.
Mind Your Health

Our month-long Mind Your Health communications campaign is in its final week. This week it has looked at different types of mental illnesses and the resources and support that are available.
We’ve promoted the NHS Every Mind Matters website which includes simple steps to help you cope with stress, and the mental wellbeing pages on our Public Health website.
We’ve also encouraged anyone who is feeling depressed or low to use the NHS self-assessment tool which gives an idea of where someone falls on the depression scale and can suggest if you should call your GP or NHS 111.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with our next communications campaign.
World Cafés coming to your ward

A new style of community engagement starts in the Royal Borough with the first World Café event in the ward of Clewer East and Clewer & Dedworth East, on Wednesday 15 June.

The best ideas and solutions often develop through informal discussions rather than more formal processes. The World Café format enables inclusive, open, and intimate conversations to better understand communities’ views and knowledge on a set topic.

They are a great opportunity to share your opinions and concerns with local organisations and partners to find community-based solutions for that set topic. The Clewer East and Clewer & Dedworth East event will consider the rising cost of living.

There are plans to hold World Cafes in every ward across the borough during the coming year. Find out more about these, and how to book, on the RBWM Together website.
Advantage Card offer for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot returns in full glory next month (Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 June).

Advantage Card holders can join in with the celebrations by using the code RBWM2022 when booking Queen Anne Enclosure tickets to also include a drink on arrival and a racecard.

Book your tickets today on the Ascot website.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Jubilee party (12-5pm Saturday 4 June) – Holyport War Memorial Hall. Holyport Community Trust is holding a Jubilee party with lots to do, buy & eat inside and outside the hall including trade stalls, face painting, BBQ, prosecco & Pimms stalls, afternoon tea, beer tent, Little Muddy Me play area & more. Profits will go towards the children’s playground rebuild in the hall grounds. Entry is free

  • Cookham Jubilee Street Party (12-4pm Sunday 5 June) – Cookham High Street. Grab your friends, neighbours, and picnics, and come along to a street party to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Entry is free and no booking is required

  • Windsor Theatre Guild present “Emma” (Wednesday 6 to Saturday 16 July) – Windsor Football Club. Windsor Theatre Guild presents a highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen's greatest novels. Bring family and friends, food, and fizz to enjoy this timeless classic comedy at their new venue on the field behind Windsor Football Club. Tickets are available on the Ticket Source website

  • 115th Royal Windsor Flower Show (Saturday 11 June) – The York Club, Windsor Great Park. Join gardener and tv presenter Alan Titchmarsh, along with many other stars from the world of gardening for a day of inspiration, insights, and fun. Learn more on the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society website

  • Summer 2022 family concert (Sunday 19 June, 4pm) – Newbold Church, Binfield. Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra invite you to come on a summer’s journey featuring popular classical masterpieces that will be enjoyed by the whole family. Learn more on their website

  • 200th anniversary Windsor Parish Church concert (Saturday 25 June, 7pm) – Windsor Parish Church, St John The Baptist. The Royal Free Singers and the choirs of the New Windsor Team Ministry and St George’s School invite you to join them for an evening of anthems and folksongs to mark the 200th anniversary of Windsor Parish Church. Tickets are available on the Royal Free Singers website and at the Royal Windsor Information Centre in the Windsor Guildhall

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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:
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