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Observing Remembrance in the Royal Borough  


Everyone is invited to attend the Remembrance Sunday services taking place in the Royal Borough this Sunday, 13 November.


We'll be holding two services from 10.50am in Maidenhead and Windsor with a two-minute-silence at 11am.


The Maidenhead service will be held at the War Memorial outside Maidenhead Town Hall and will be attended by the Mayor, Councillor Christine Bateson. The Windsor service will be held at the war memorial on Windsor High Street outside the Parish Church of St John the Baptist and will be attended by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gary Muir.


A service will also be held at St Michael’s Church, Sunninghill and this will be followed by the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at the War Memorial in the church grounds.

Thank you to everyone who joined today's Act of Remembrance at the war memorial outside Maidenhead Town Hall. Watch our short video of this event. Read more in our press release.

Celebrate the start of the festive season with our magical lights switch-on events

Magical lights switch-on events in Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead this month will kick-off the start of the festive season in the Royal Borough.


You can see the spectacle of Eton’s lights switch-on in the High Street on Thursday 17 November, with food stalls, funfair rides, music and dancing, in and around Jubilee Square from 5pm. The chapel service will be at 6pm, followed by a procession with Father Christmas and the switch-on itself in Jubilee Square at 7pm. 

With the majestic Windsor Castle as the backdrop, Windsor’s switch-on will take place in Castle Hill on Saturday 19 November, with a full programme of live festive performances from local groups, plus community stands and food stalls. The switch-on ceremony will be at 5.30pm by the Mayor, Councillor Christine Bateson, and the cast from the Theatre Royal Windsor’s Sleeping Beauty.


Maidenhead’s lights switch-on follows on Saturday 26 November, where the exciting countdown will begin outside the Town Hall just before 6pm, followed by a fireworks display, subject to weather conditions.

Take the opportunity to enjoy the festive cheer of these magical lights switch-on events and support businesses by shopping local for unique gifts for family and friends.


Read more in our press release.

Take advantage of free bus services in the run up to Christmas

There will be free travel on supported bus services on selected Saturdays leading up to Christmas to encourage use of public transport in the borough.

You can travel for free when you board within the borough on Saturday 19 November, Saturday 26 November, Saturday 3 December and Saturday 10 December on the following services:

  • Thames Valley Buses routes 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 53, 127, 234/235 and 238/239
  • White Bus route 01

For timetables, visit the Thames Valley Buses and White Bus websites.

Applications now open for September 2023 reception and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, you can now apply for a school reception place for September 2023.

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and is currently attending an infant school, you can also apply for a junior school place.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 January 2023.

More information about how to apply and key dates to remember can be found on our website.

Reminder: Children invited to join 21-gun salute for HM The King’s birthday

Children of the Royal Borough are invited to help wish His Majesty The King a happy birthday, by taking part in the traditional 21-gun salute outside Windsor Castle, on Monday (14 November) at noon. 

As usual, a number of lucky children attending the ceremony will be chosen at random to fire the guns, under the safe supervision of an ordnance expert.

This annual gun salute on the reigning monarch’s birthday is a long-standing, popular Windsor tradition, and this year will be extra special as it’s the first time we’re firing the cannon for the birthday His Majesty King Charles III. If your children would like to be involved, simply turn up by 11.50am and they might be fortunate to be picked.

Photo: Gill Heppell.

Helping those in need with the housing challenge


Over the next fortnight, we’re highlighting some of our work with partners to address the housing challenge locally, which includes preventing homelessness and helping those in housing need. Our Housing Operations Manager, Jordan Hatswell, explains more.


What is the Housing Options Team?


Our Housing Services is made up of various teams, each specialising in an area of service, and this includes Housing Options, Housing Allocations, Temporary Accommodation and the Rough Sleeper Team. The Housing Options Team is there to help any households who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. The team works to prevent homelessness, with help from colleagues in the Temporary Accommodation and Rough Sleeper Teams.


The Housing Allocations team manages the Royal Borough’s Housing Register, and nominations to our social housing partners’ properties across the borough.


What housing support is available within the brough?


The Housing Options Team aims to prevent households from becoming homeless in the first instance, by a range of means including negotiation with landlords, letting agents and relatives. If prevention is not possible, we will assist households to find alternative accommodation (homelessness relief) in the private rented sector where properties are more often available. Each applicant will have a personal Housing Plan created for them, with goals and actions set out to help them in their aim of finding suitable accommodation.


How do I get a social housing property?


Social housing properties are allocated via the Housing Register to applicants based on their level of housing need, and who have a local connection to Maidenhead and Windsor. There is a high demand for social housing within the borough, and all nominations for properties are completed in line with the Housing Allocations Policy which can be found here.


How do I access housing support?


Housing support can be accessed via our website, for Homelessness here, or for applying for social housing by visiting this webpage.


Alternatively, for urgent housing/homelessness issues, you can call the Housing Options Duty number 01628 683803.

New waymarked trails officially opened at Braywick Nature Reserve

We have officially opened three new trails showcasing Braywick Nature Reserve’s woodland, grassland and waterway habitats.


The waymarked Kingfisher, Butterfly and Woodpecker routes have interpretive signs around them explaining more to visitors about the habitats and the wildlife that call them home.


They were opened yesterday by Councillor Gurpreet Bhangra, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Parks & Countryside, who cut an ivy vine to mark the opening, and artist and illustrator Stu McLellan, who created the signs (pictured above).


For more information, please read our press release. For more information about Braywick Nature Centre and the reserve, visit the RBWM Together website.

Knife amnesty bins launched in Maidenhead and Windsor

Thames Valley Police have launched knife amnesty bins in Maidenhead and Windsor, ahead of Operation Sceptre, the national week of action to tackle knife crime.

Working closely with the council, four community amnesty bins have been placed across neighbourhood areas, providing the opportunity to dispose of knives and bladed articles in a safe and legal way.

Those using the scheme are asked that all knives are safely wrapped in tape and newspaper before placing in the bins which are being closely monitored and regularly emptied with the contents carefully disposed of.

They are located at:

  • The Boy in the Boat statue, Maidenhead
  • Desborough Park, Maidenhead
  • Tesco, Dedworth Road, Windsor
  • Vansittart Skate Park, Windsor.

The initiative builds upon the success of other knife amnesty initiatives already operating effectively in other areas of the Thames Valley. Read more in Thames Valley Police's press release.

Last chance to help reshape constituencies

Earlier this week, the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) opened a final consultation, ending on Monday 5 December, which will give you the chance to share your views on revised proposals for constituencies across the country.

The Commission has taken into consideration more than 45,000 comments sent in by the public during the previous two stages of public consultation and has changed nearly half of its initial proposals based on this feedback.

The public are invited to view and comment on the new map on the BCE website.

After this final consultation has closed, the Commission will analyse the responses and form its final recommendations. These will be submitted to Parliament by Saturday 1 July 2023.

Free holiday activities and food programme returns for children eligible for free school meals


A successful free holiday activities and food programme helping children eligible for free school meals is returning to the Royal Borough this Christmas.

Our programme is called Feed Ur Everyday Lives (FUEL) and aims to provide additional support to vulnerable children.


It is delivered by Achieving for Children (AFC), our children’s services partner, with funding from the Department for Education. It is for children aged five to 16 years old who are eligible for free school meals.

FUEL will offer dance, arts and crafts, and sports activities. For full details and to register, visit the AFC website.

Artisan Christmas Fair at The Windsor Guildhall


Start your Christmas shopping in style at The Windsor Guildhall Artisan Christmas Fair next week.


Browse a selection of Windsor’s finest local businesses in the elegance of the Council Chamber and enjoy festive activities including wreath-making and creative Christmas craft activities for children.


Join us on Thursday 17 November between 11am and 5pm before heading over the bridge to Eton for the annual Christmas Light Switch on, or on Friday 18 November where we’ll be open from midday until 8pm and will be hosting a bar serving mulled wine and other drinks on the Corn Market in front of the Guildhall. There will also be live music supplied by the Windsor Boys' School.


There will be free entry on both days, charges apply for wreath-making and some children’s activities.

Tickets on sale for the Mayor's Charity Christmas Meal

Tickets are now on sale for the Mayor, Councillor Christine Bateson’s, Charity Christmas Meal.


The event, in aid of Thames Hospice, will take place on Saturday 3 December at 7.15pm in The Windsor Guildhall.


Tickets cost £49 and the evening includes a drinks reception, three-course meal and seasonal entertainment.


Dress code: Lounge suit/cocktail dress. Visit our website to purchase tickets.


For more information, contact the Mayor's Secretary on 07866 127222 or email

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Christmas Fair (Saturday 12 November, 1pm to 4pm) – Braywood Memorial Hall. Oakley Green, Fifield & District Community Association are holding a Christmas Fair featuring craft stalls, local honey, Christmas gifts, and tea and cakes. Admission is free

  • Charity Quiz Night (Saturday 12 November, 7pm to 7.30pm) – Woodlands Park Community Centre, SL6 3GW. A very good evening where all in the community can come and enjoy a relaxed time together and raise money for the St Marks Building Fund. Tables of six or individual entries are accepted, tickets are £7.50 and can be booked by contacting 01628-623263 or

  • Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra concert (Saturday 12 November, 7.30pm) – St Mary’s Church, Maidenhead. In the first concert of their 50th anniversary season, Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra (WMSO) will be performing three contrasting masterpieces from the 20th century including Weber’s Der Freischütz overture, Shostakovich’s Cello Concert No. 1 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are £18 (£5 for student/child) available on the WMSO website

  • Recital for Remembrance (Sunday 13 November, 3pm) – St Michael’s Church, Bray. A Recital for Remembrance, featuring works by Clara Schumann, Bloch and Brahms will be given by Amber Emson (violin) and Leah Nicholson (piano). Admission is free with a retiring collection. Further details on the St Michael’s website

  • Holyport variety show (Sunday 13 November, 2pm) – Holyport Memorial Hall. A small variety show and some stalls to browse with wonderful bargains for Christmas. Handmade items, gardening stall, jewellery for sale and refreshments of hot drinks and cake. All donations for Thames Hospice

  • Thames Hospice variety show (Sunday 13 November, from 2pm) – Holyport Memorial Hall. Thames Hospice is hosting a variety show, a raffle, and stalls including a handmade stall and a garden stall. Entry is by suggested donation of £5 or £8 for two tickets

  • Royal Free Singers’ Brahms Requiem (Saturday 26 November, 7.30pm) – Windsor Parish Church. If you missed the Windsor Festival, you're sure to enjoy the Royal Free Singers' performance of the wonderful Brahms Requiem with soloists Emma Louise Jones and Edward Birchinall, accompanied by organist Adrian Bawtree. Tickets are available on the door on the Royal Free Singers website

  • Maidenhead Scouts, Guides and Brownies Christmas Fair (Saturday 26 November, 10am to 2pm) – High Street Methodist Church, Maidenhead. Join 13th Maidenhead Scouts and 4th Maidenhead Brownies and Guides for a free Christmas fair featuring face painting, tombola, raffle, games, and refreshments. There will also be a bake-off competition with multiple age categories. Entries to be submitted to church between 6pm and 7.30 pm on Friday 25 November.

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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 in both directions between junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 10pm today Friday 11 November until 6am on Monday 14 November.

The M4 will reopen by 6am on Sunday 13 November to allow for Remembrance Sunday events. This section of motorway will then be closed again overnight on Sunday 13 November.

Traffic will be diverted onto A4 and 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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