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Have you registered to vote for our Local Elections?

We are reminding everyone of key deadlines for voting at our upcoming Local Elections – and to ensure you have accepted photo ID if you wish to vote at a polling station. 

On Thursday 4 May, all-out elections will take place for the borough council, with 126 candidates putting themselves forward across all 41 seats and 19 wards. Candidate details and election information is available on our website.

You can find a list of local polling stations via our dedicated webpage and check which borough ward you live within using our Neighbourhood Map.

In addition, all 14 parish councils will have all-out elections, though there will only be contested parish elections within four parishes. There will also be a local referendum in the Datchet parish about the proposed Datchet Neighbourhood Plan.

Polling cards were dispatched last month to those on the electoral register. However, it is not too late to register – the last date is next week (Monday 17 April) at 11.59pm. Registering to vote is easiest on the Government website.

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, or amending any existing postal or proxy vote arrangements, is 5pm Tuesday 18 April. The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Check you have accepted voter ID

Due to a national legal change, for the first time you will need to show photo ID on election day in order to vote at a polling station.

A wide range of photo ID will be accepted including a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA driver’s licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. The Resident Advantage Card is not an accepted form of ID for voting. 

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate via the Electoral Commission website. You will also be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo.

Learn more in our elections press release.

Coronation Lion statue symbolises achievements of supported adults

Our residents with learning disabilities and additional needs are making a majestic life-sized lion statue from natural materials to celebrate His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation.

The seated male lion is complete with crown, shield, orb, sword, and sceptre and is part of an inclusive art project made by our residents who are supported by adult social care services through partners Optalis.

When complete, he will be proudly displayed at Windsor Yards shopping centre for visitors to the town to admire in the run-up to, and during, the Coronation weekend celebrations.

He is made of materials from nature which sits at the heart of His Majesty’s ecological ethos.

The statue is being created from moss, pinecones, grasses, bark and branches, and will eventually become a bug hotel at Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre, Maidenhead.

He has been named Mfalme, which means king in Swahili, linking the lion to its native African habitat and the Commonwealth country of Kenya, as well as echoing the regal symbols on the Royal Standard flag.

Our residents who Optalis support have also learned to sing and sign the national anthem in Makaton, a communication system for people with disabilities.

Celebrate His Majesty's Coronation with homemade crafts


You are invited to join people from all over Commonwealth by getting crafty to celebrate His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation.

Get creative and then share pictures or videos of your models, paintings, bakes, and homemade bunting which could then feature in a national online gallery.

Struggling for ideas?

Take a look here for activity and colouring-in sheets, bunting templates, and recipe cards for dishes designed for the Coronation, including a trifle. There is even a celebration playlist.

If you are organising a street or garden party, the website also has invitation templates you can use to invite people to your event. 

Share your creations on social media using the #CoronationCreativeChallenge and tag @DCMS and @RBWM on Twitter and @dcmsgovuk on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also email your entries to with the subject line ‘Coronation Creative Challenge’ along with your first name, age and town plus a photo or video of your entry.

Upcoming Emergency Alerts system test

The government’s Emergency Alerts system is now live and will be tested across the UK at 3pm on Sunday 23 April.

If you have a 4G or 5G mobile phone, you will receive a message accompanied by sound and vibration for up to ten seconds.

The Emergency Alert system, which brings the UK in line with other countries such as the US and Canada, enables urgent messages to be broadcast to a defined area when there is an imminent risk to life, such as severe flooding.

You can learn more about the upcoming test on the Government website. 

Enrol in our community learning programme

Our community learning service will be welcoming people aged 18 to 27 to enrolment sessions next week, ready for the summer term.

If you’d like to learn a new skill, improve on an old one, or work towards a qualification, there could be something for you in the new programme which includes courses in ESOL, Functional Skills English and Maths, Digital Skills, Employability, Community and Wellbeing courses.

You can register your course query on the online WebEnrol platform or attend an enrolment session from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 27 April.


If you would like more information and an assessment date, you can call the Community Learning team on 01753 476611 or email

Calling all jobseekers! Attend our jobs fair next week


A jobs fair will take place at Windsor Library next week (Thursday 20 April) from 10.30am to 1pm.


Jobseekers will have the opportunity to meet local employers and find out about their current vacancies. There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day.


Employers who wish to attend the event should contact

For more information, please visit our employment support webpage.

Reminder: Take part in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry


You are invited to share your personal experience of the pandemic - how it affected you and your loved ones - as part of the official UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

This independent inquiry is examining the UK’s response to the pandemic to see if any lessons can be learnt for the future. It will also be hearing evidence from a wide selection of organisations and public bodies.


Public feedback, however, is key to getting a clear picture of how Covid affected people differently across the country. You can anonymously submit your evidence via the inquiry’s website. You must be aged 18+ to take part.

Put it out, right out

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is reminding smokers to ensure they always ‘Put it Out, Right Out’ whenever they finish a cigarette.

While some may have heard many reasons to quit smoking, what is often overlooked is the fire risk associated with smoking and how people can reduce it. Fires caused by smoking products kill more people than fires caused by any other source.

Quitting is the best way to remove the fire risk. If you are considering giving up smoking, the NHS has many stop smoking services available, which are free to use.

If you are a smoker, there are a few extra steps you can take to reduce the chances of your smoking materials leading to a fire:

  • Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished
  • Never smoke in bed. Take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight
  • Smoking when under the influence of drugs or alcohol carries extra risk. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it at least monthly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.

For more information, please visit the RBFRS website.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Volunteer at Nature’s Haven (Saturday 15 April from 10am to 12pm) - The Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead. Nature’s Haven is inviting volunteers to get hands-on, practical gardening experience creating a community healing garden as they nurture and promote a feeling of connectedness and wellbeing. If you’d like to be part of their project, please visit the Nature’s Haven website

  • Facts Figures and Forms: Exploring Sculptures in the UK's Public Art Collection (Monday 17 April, 11am) - Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. This month’s lecture from The Arts Society Maidenhead. £10 for non-members. Learn more on the Arts Society website

  • Join Windsor Soundswell Choir (Starts Tuesday 18 April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm) – Oakfield First School, Windsor. If you would like to become one of the many people who benefit physically, mentally, and socially from choral singing, why not come along and join Windsor Soundswell Choir? They meet every Tuesday evening during term time. There are no auditions, and no experience is necessary. For more information, go to the ‘joining’ section of the Windsor Soundswell website or phone Ros on 07814470814 or leave a message for Sue on 01753 868468

  • Volunteer for Maidenhead Outfall Safari (Thursday 20 April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm) - Braywick Nature Centre. Pollution can find its way into urban rivers via surface water outfalls (drains) as a result of misconnected plumbing. Volunteers are wanted to help survey the banks of stretches of the river to map and record the impact of outfalls. Learn more and sign up on the Eventbrite website

  • Norden Farm Day Choir drop-in sessions (Friday 21 and 28 April from 2pm to 3.30pm) – A relatively new choir with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, looking to increase its numbers. All abilities welcome, no auditions/performing/competitions, just a lot of fun and plenty of feel-good factor! £12 per session with discounts available for block booking. The new term starts on Friday 5 May. Further details are available on the Norden Farm website

  • Desborough Bowling Club open day (Saturday 22 April, from 10am to 4pm) – Desborough Bowling Club, Maidenhead. The club are inviting residents, young and old, to come along to their next open day to see their facilities and experience bowls at their best. Tea and coffee will also be available

  • Earth Day Celebration (Saturday 22 April from 10am to 2pm) - St Nicolas Church, Taplow. Displays, children’s activities, stalls including local crafts and plants, talks about trees and beekeeping, eco quiz and refreshments! Free admission. For further details, visit the St Nicolas Church website

  • Enter the Wildlife Gardens Awards – Anyone can enter for free, whether you have a balcony, courtyard, private garden, or allotment. Groups can also create space for wildlife in communal spaces at work, school, or home. To learn more and enter, visit the Wildlife Garden Awards website

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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.

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is asking for views on options for a redeveloped or relocated Royal Berkshire Hospital. Take part in their online survey or visit the Building Berkshire Together website to learn more.

Local 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 website.

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