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Upcoming changes to help steer bus companies on a smoother post-Covid journey

Interim changes to subsidised bus services in the borough, designed to support operators on a smoother post-Covid journey, will come into effect from Sunday 30 October.

The changes to certain sections of some routes, to the timetables of some buses and to the frequency of some routes, will affect services provided by Thames Valley Buses, White Bus and Bear Buses so please check the new timings and routes carefully prior to travelling.

Services will be maintained at peak times with some routes and services expanded, providing more options for travellers. No dedicated school services will be impacted, however, some public buses which serve schools will see minor changes.

This is a temporary approach while we work with operators and communities to establish a longer-term solution for the bus network from April next year that reflects changing traveller habits, with the aim of keeping residents connected in a cost-effective manner.

For further details, please pick up a leaflet from the library, visit our website, or read our press release.

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 funding is still available.


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.


Please apply before 31 December. Visit CityEnergy's website or call 02921 680951

If you are struggling financial due to the rising cost of living, please visit our website to explore the local and national cost of living support.

Attention all birdkeepers! Take steps to protect your birds

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is now in effect across Great Britain.

If you are a bird keeper, whether at work or at home, there is now a legal requirement to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect your flock from bird flu.

Please visit the Government website for full details.

Connected Communities: apps and initiatives to help you

Our Connected Communities campaign enters its final week with a look at some of the wider work in our borough to connect communities, including technology, initiatives and apps to help you.

We'll be highlighting a number of handy resources designed to let you contribute to the future of your borough such as RBWM Togetherour online space for the community to come together, share ideas and provide feedback, and our Citizens' Portal which you can use to check how we're doing in our Corporate Plan.

One of our popular digital channels is this e-newsletter. Please encourage family, friends and neighbours to keep up to date with news and updates from the Royal Borough by sharing this newsletter with them and encouraging them to sign up using the link at the top, or via our webpage.

The campaign will also be highlighting digital resources designed to help improve health, wellbeing and accessibility.

Make sure to follow the campaign on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Will you carve a path to victory in our pumpkin competition?

Calling all creative carvers, we want to showcase the best pumpkin carvings the Royal Boo-rough of Windsor & Maidenhead has to offer!

Whether it’s the classic zig-zag smile or a truly artistic creation, make sure you share your carvings with us via Twitter or email.

We had some excellent entries last year so we’re looking forward to seeing what you make this year. We’ll share the best pumpkin carvings in the next edition of Residents’ Newsletter.

Below are a few of last year's great entries.

Spooky half-term events at your local library

It’s half-term next week, so if you’re looking for fun activities to do with your children, why not attend a spooky event at your local library?

  • Halloween Storytime and crafts (Monday 24 October and Thursday 27 October at 10.30am) – Windsor Library
  • Spooky Storytime and Creepy Crafts (Tuesday 25 October from 10.30am to 11.30am) – Maidenhead Library
  • Pumpkin Carving (Thursday 27 October from 11am to 12.30pm) – Dedworth Library, please phone 01753 868733 to book
  • Really Rotten Rhymetime with Riyaz (Saturday 28 October from 10.30am to 11am) – Maidenhead Library

Visit our library events webpage to learn more about what’s on at your local library.

Staying safe with fireworks

If you’re celebrating Diwali on Monday or Bonfire Night on 5 November at home, make sure you buy your fireworks from a licensed seller, handle them responsibly, and follow the Firework Code.

Remember, fireworks can be frightening for people and animals, so let your neighbours know in advance and look after your pets.

Our Trading Standards officers are visiting businesses licensed to store and sell fireworks in the run up to Diwali and Bonfire Night.

They are conducting safety inspections, checking storage arrangements, reminding businesses about responsible selling and checking fire safety measures.

Further safety advice can be found here.

Maidenhead and Windsor Town Forums - get involved

You are invited to suggest discussion topics for the next Maidenhead and Windsor Town Forum meetings.

To submit topics for discussion at Maidenhead Town Forum on Thursday 10 November, and find out how you can attend and speak at a meeting, email Mark Beeley.

Suggest discussion topics for the next Windsor Town Forum on Tuesday 15 November by emailing Oran Norris-Browne.

You are invited to the Mayor's Charity Afternoon tea

An afternoon tea in aid of the Ascot District Day Centre will be held by the Mayor, Councillor Christine Bateson, on Tuesday 8 November at 2.30pm at the Windsor Guildhall.

During the afternoon there will be a short talk about the paintings in the Chamber and they hope to have a raffle. Tickets are £20 each and can be booked on our websiteThe booking deadline is Wednesday 2 November.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Maidenhead Town Show (Saturday 22 October, 10am to 4pm) – Nicholsons Shopping Centre. Come along for a day of competitions, family-friendly activities, music, a craft market and fun dog show – along with a little seasonal fun (pumpkins – and the chance to wear Halloween costumes more than once!). The event will be opened by Commonwealth Gold-winning local Para-triathlete Katie Crowhurst along with the Town Crier at 10am. More information can be found on the Maidenhead Show website

  • When Horses Ran London (Wednesday 26 October, 1pm to 2.30pm) – Old Windsor Memorial Hall. The Arts Society Windsor presents a lecture on London transport before the Great War. Guests welcome, tickets £7 per person. More details are available on the Arts Society website

  • Maidenhead Music Society concert (Friday 28 October, 8pm) – Norden Farm. Maidenhead Music Society present the Echea String Quartet for a programme including three quartets, by Beethoven, Haydn, and Ades. Tickets are £20 (£15 for members) and under 18s go free with a ticketed adult. Details are on the Maidenhead Music Society website

  • Halloween Swap Shop (Friday 28 October, 2pm to 3pm) – Maidenhead Library. Donate clean, gently used children’s costumes and decorations to Maidenhead Library throughout October until October 28 when everyone is welcome to find their ‘new to you’ costume. All unclaimed costumes will be donated. To learn more, read the flyer

  • Sign up for Girls' Empowerment Day (Saturday 5 November from 10.30am to 1.30pm) - The Old Court, Windsor. Join the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Girls' Forum for a day of female empowerment with amazing guests and the opportunity to get your voice heard. The event is for 12 to 19-year-olds. Check out their Eventbrite page for more information

  • Volunteers needed at vaccination site – Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall. Volunteer marshals and administrators are needed at the vaccination clinic in Maidenhead from Thursdays to Sundays from 8am to 1pm or from 1pm to 6pm. Those interested are encouraged to email

  • Sign up to Goodgym Windsor and Maidenhead - This sociable and welcoming group help other charities and community projects in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. They run, walk or cycle to where help is needed, combining volunteering with getting fit. Upcoming evening sessions include path maintenance in West Windsor on Wednesday 26 October, allotment maintenance in Maidenhead on Thursday 27 October, and cleaning and sorting to support Eton Wick Youth Club on Wednesday 16 November. Learn more on their website.

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 20,000 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 and surveys to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Participating, sharing ideas and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

Local travel updates

The M4 is due to be closed between junctions 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 10pm today (Friday 21 October) until 6am on Monday 24 October. Traffic will be diverted onto the A308M, the A308, the A332 & the A355. For more information, please visit the National Highways website.

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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