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Respite services provide much-needed breaks for families 

It’s the summer holidays and many people will be enjoying a break over the coming weeks. For the families of children and adults with disabilities and complex needs, our respite support services enable that opportunity for a much-needed break, while ensuring their loved one continues to receive the support they need.  

Our Allenby Road respite facility, in Maidenhead, provides personalised support and care for adults with learning disabilities, who may also have additional complex physical disabilities or sensory needs. 

Run by our social care partner, Optalis, the four-bedroom, 24-hour respite service offers overnight short breaks within a homely environment. There’s plenty of activities to choose from, including arts and crafts, music and singing, dance, keep fit, cookery, computers, movies and TV. 

For children and young people with disabilities, the Children and Young People Disability Service, part of our children’s services partner, Achieving for Children, provides a range of short break services. Short breaks provide disabled children and young people with fun, enjoyment and a chance to be with friends while their parents and carers get a break from caring.  

During the school holidays, the Flying High specialist playscheme offers a wide range of activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, including arts and crafts, street dance sessions, cooking, swimming and a sensory room and off-site trips to local centres including Camp Mohawk, Legoland and Thames Valley Adventure Playground. 
Val and Moya’s story 

My name is Val, and my daughter is called Moya. She is nearly 17 years old. Moya has Tuberous Sclerosis, which causes tumours to grow in her brain, kidney, lungs and on her skin and epilepsy. She has autism, learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. 

We were referred to Flying High by our social worker about eight years ago. The benefits to me of Flying High are the ability to spend quality time with my other children knowing Moya is being well looked after and happy. 

Moya enjoys the many activities at Flying High. She gets to be very messy, have fun cooking, playing in the ball pit and sensory rooms, Hartbeeps and water fun! Moya has one-to-one care where at home she has to share time with her brothers! 

Flying High helps Moya to participate in social interactions with her peers, helping to reinforce sharing, turn-taking and accepted behaviours. This has been important after the Covid restrictions and shielding over the last few years.
Last chance to share your views on options to improve the A308

You have until this Sunday (31 July) to share your views on options to improve key sections of the A308.

We are initially considering how 21 sections of this key transport link, from the Bisham roundabout junction in the west, to the M25 in the east, could be improved over the coming years, and want to hear your views to help decide on the best options to create safer, more user-friendly routes for all.

To learn more, read our press release.
Take part in our South West Maidenhead consultation

We are holding a consultation on a key planning document for South West Maidenhead, a major development area bringing forward much-needed new homes, community facilities, employment space and improved public access to green space.

Thank you to everyone who attended our online event earlier this week. If you couldn’t make it, a recording will be made available on our website soon.

You can also visit our website to view the SPD document and supporting documents, complete the feedback form and discover more about South West Maidenhead.

The six-week consultation ends on Wednesday 17 August.

Learn more in our press release.
Windsor Castle to host Platinum Jubilee open air painting competition and outdoor street gallery

The En Plein Air (Open Air) Windsor and Eton painting competition takes place tomorrow (Saturday 30 July) inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Seventy-four artists are due to be coming to Windsor to create their masterpieces within six hours, at one of 11 locations around Windsor Castle. 

From 5pm, a pop-up street gallery featuring their paintings will be set up in Windsor Royal Station where everyone will have the chance to see and purchase the works.

The paintings will also be judged at the street gallery, with prizes awarded from 6pm. The first prize is £1,000 and £500 of art materials. The winning piece will also be presented to Her Majesty The Queen to become part of her private collection.

More information is available on the Visit Windsor website.
Would you like to learn more about Prosecco?

The Windsor Guildhall is hosting a series of wine tasting workshops with local wine experts BerksFizz.

They are fun and informal sessions held in the regal splendour of the Council Chamber at the Guildhall. No previous wine tasting experience is needed. 

On Thursday 25 August, from 7pm to 9pm you can attend The Story of Prosecco. This event will look at the favourite fizz of millions and you may never look at Prosecco in the same way again.

If you can’t make this session, you might want to attend one of the events in September or October featuring ‘Big Reds’ and ‘Cheap vs Steep’.

Previous events have been popular, so make sure you book early to avoid missing out. You can see the event details and book via the BerksFizz website.
Reminder: Free summer swimming sessions for teenagers to support water safety

This summer, Leisure Focus will be offering free access to swimming sessions for 13 to 17-year-olds to support water safety.

The initiative aims to reduce the risk of young people choosing to swim in open water and sadly getting into trouble.

The sessions will be available Monday to Friday until Friday 2 September.

There is no need to book in advance, the sessions will take place at:

  • Braywick Leisure Centre: Monday to Friday, 11am to 12pm

  • Windsor Leisure Centre (fitness pool): Monday to Friday, 12.15pm to 1.15pm

  • Windsor Leisure Centre (leisure pool): Every Tuesday 7pm to 8pm
Suggest discussion topics for our scrutiny panels

Did you know you can suggest discussion topics to our scrutiny panels?
A good topic suggestion can be an issue of concern in your local community which could be reviewed to improve the services we provide.

By suggesting topics, you can help ensure our local public services are delivered effectively, efficiently, and meet the needs of our communities.

To learn more about what makes a good scrutiny topic, and how to suggest one, visit our website. 
Staff and students celebrate as Berkshire College of Agriculture joins The Windsor Forest Colleges Group

Students, staff and governors came together on the steps of Hall Place at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) this week to celebrate the merger between BCA and The Windsor Forest Colleges Group, which takes place on Monday 1 August.

Each college within the group will retain its specialisms and identity and continue to operate as they currently do with no change for current or prospective students.

Do you need a TV Licence?

To help you understand when you do and don’t need a TV Licence, TV Licensing has shared seven new videos covering when you need a licence, what it pays for and more. 

They are also available in different languages and with subtitles and signing.

They’re all on the TV Licensing website.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Soulful summer sing-songs on the Farm (Until Tuesday 16 August) – Norden Farm, Maidenhead. Inspired by the Pitch Perfect movies, you’ll experience how good it feels to use the voice you’ve got and create goose-bumpy harmonies with others. We’ll also explore rhythms and body beats to really feel the groove. Inclusive singing sessions open to all who want to give a bit of ‘Acappella’ singing a go. Learn one song per session so either come to one or come to all of them. Learn more and book on the Norden Farm website

  • River Thames Cruise (Tuesday 6 September, 10am to 3pm) – Departing from Riverside Gardens, Maidenhead. Enjoy a relaxing day as you enjoy the sights and beauty of the River Thames between Maidenhead and Temple in Henley. En route a live commentary will tell you all about the river, the boats, the locks and the buildings you will pass - not to mention the people, the gossip and the scandals. Only 70 tickets are available, so please book on the Maidenhead Heritage Centre website

  • Annual Old Windsor Handicraft, Produce and Horticulture Show (Saturday 3 September) – A local show of art, craft, flower arranging, produce, cookery and baking, and photography. Entries are welcome by all age groups and in all categories. For more information, visit the Facebook Event page. Stall holders are also welcome and are encouraged to contact

  • Cox Green Horticultural and Craft Show (Saturday 10 September, 2.30pm) – Cox Green Community Centre. Calling all children! You are invited to take part in this year’s horticultural and craft show. All children’s entries are free across categories including baking, sewing and photography. More information is available on the Cox Green website

  • Spitfire Simulator Experience (Summer 2022) – Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Throughout the school holidays, you can make a same day booking for the Spitfire Simulator Experience and get a third off the normal price. Just call 01628 780555 after 10am (Tuesday to Saturday) and book any available slot. Then turn up and take to the skies. It has been called "the best fun in town". More information is available on the Maidenhead Heritage Centre website

  • “The Road to the Crown”: Great Britain and the Hanoverian Dynasty (Thursday 6 October, 10am to 3pm) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. Join The Arts Society Maidenhead for a Special Interest Day and learn how the ruler of a minor German state inherited the British crown in 1714. Find out how, despite madness, personal excess, threat of revolution and invasion, this dynasty of five kings left a significant mark on Britain. Tickets are £40 and include a buffet lunch. To learn more, email

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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:
Local travel updates

There are planned rail strikes by the Aslef union tomorrow (Saturday 30 July). Please visit the Great Western Railway website and the South Western Railway website for the latest local rail travel updates.

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
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