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Do you have voter ID for our Local Elections?

There are just a few days left to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, if you need one, to be able to vote in the upcoming Local Elections.

Due to a national legal change, you will need to show photo ID on election day Thursday 4 May 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 next Tuesday 25 April for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate via the Electoral Commission website.

You will be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo and your name is the same as when you registered to vote.

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 in using our Neighbourhood Map.

In addition, four parish councils will have contested elections of the 14 in the borough.

There will also be a local referendum in the Datchet parish on the proposed Datchet Neighbourhood Plan.

The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm next Tuesday 25 April.

Have you responded to your child’s reception or junior school offer?

If your child is starting reception or junior school in September 2023, please respond by Wednesday 3 May 2023 to let us know if you wish to accept or decline the offer of the school place made to your child.

If you applied online using the portal, you will be able to log into your account to view the outcome and accept or decline your offer. You will also receive an email confirming the outcome of your application.

You can also email your offer acceptance or rejection to Please remember to include your child's full name and date of birth.

If you applied using a paper application form or our Google online form, you will not be able to access the admissions portal and your outcome letter will be dispatched via email or first-class post providing information about the outcome and how to respond.

Further information is available on our school admissions page.

Reach out and make a royal difference

If you’re holding a street party or get together with your neighbours to celebrate His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation, this is the perfect opportunity to reach out to members in your community who may feel lonely or socially isolated.


According to our recent Residents' Survey, 12 percent of respondents said they are lonely always, often or some of the time.


With the King’s legacy focused on volunteering and community spirit, the Coronation celebrations are a wonderful way to welcome and bring everyone together in your neighbourhood, as well as foster new connections.

While the deadline has long passed for street parties and other events requiring road closures, there are still other ways to celebrate with neighbours if you’re only now starting your Coronation planning, such as an informal ‘Street Meet’ held on private driveways and front gardens, or a get-together in someone’s home or back garden.

Volunteering as part of the Big Help Out is another way to celebrate the Coronation. The national The Big Help Out portal lists organisations with volunteering opportunities in the Royal Borough.

We also partner with local volunteer organisations such as Good Gym, whose volunteers can walk, run, or cycle to where they do their good work. This includes helping community organisations with painting or gardening or visiting isolated residents.

You can also find other volunteering opportunities in the borough via our free volunteering matching service where organisations can post vacancies.

Another option is to join our dedicated groups of volunteers supporting our library services and the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, based at the Windsor Guildhall.

Coronation Lion moves to Windsor to showcase achievements of our supported adults

Mfalme the lion has been completed and is now on display at Windsor Yards shopping centre for you to go and admire.

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

The seated male lion and objects of state, have been made as part of an inclusive art project by residents who are supported by adult social care services through partners Optalis.

Our Mayor, Councillor Christine Bateson, was joined by Optalis Chief Executive Officer David Birch, (pictured right) to unveil the stunning statue at Windsor Yards shopping centre.

They were joined by the people who made him who also sang the national anthem and signed it using Makaton, a communication system for people with learning disabilities or additional needs.

He will be stored safely each night and returned to his spot each morning to be enjoyed by visitors to Windsor.

For more about Mfalme and how he has been made click here.

Celebrate the Coronation with our Library Service

Our libraries have lots of celebratory craft activities to join in with as His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation approaches on Saturday 6 May.

There will be the chance to make bookmarks, decorate and colour in a King, a Queen or a crown, and make a windmill which can be used in Bank Holiday weekend celebrations or at a street party.

There are also the royal themed storytelling times.

At Windsor library, in Bachelors Acre, there will be the chance to build a Lego castle and create a unique piece of bunting which will be placed all around the library in celebration.

Sunningdale Library, in partnership with Sunningdale Parish Council, will also be assembling objects to bury in a Coronation time capsule.

Check your library noticeboard for full details of Coronation related events from Monday 24 April.

For exact times and dates for each library, follow the teams on Twitter @RBWM_libraries or the take a look at the library events webpage.

Record your volunteer conservation hours

Volunteering is at the heart of His Majesty King Charles III’s legacy wish for his Coronation - and the environment and ecology are his passions.

You can play your part by working with our brilliant volunteer-run wildlife groups we have here in the Royal Borough. Working in your neighbourhood, the Wilds groups undertake practical, education and campaign-based work to ensure the protection of wildlife and habitats.

The work fits in with our Biodiversity Action Plan which is a key strategy seeking to protect and enhance the natural environment, green our towns and urban areas and increase awareness of biodiversity.

You can now record the number of volunteer hours you complete, either as an individual or part of group undertake, using the Biodiversity Action Reporting Form (

There is a target of 3,000 volunteer hours to work towards which is one the aims of the plan.

We want to record all the work you do to make sure it is recognised and included in any reporting of how the plan is progressing.

The purpose of the Biodiversity Action Plan is to create a robust set of steps which helps us reverse the decline in our natural environment and through better data, partnerships and direct action increase biodiversity across the borough.

Many environmental organisations are doing great work in our borough and all the work undertaken can be recorded. Take a look are the various organisations here.

Play your part for Earth Day 2023

There are lots of little things you can do to invest in our planet, which is the theme of this year’s Earth Day which takes place tomorrow Saturday 22 April.

Changes can start in the home by reducing food waste and by finding new recipes to use up leftovers.

Other suggestions include where possible, swapping a shorter car journey and walking or cycling instead to reduce vehicle emissions, creating a wildlife friendly garden, or recycling as much as possible with more information about recycling here.

There are lots of simple things you can do to invest in your little bit of the earth and there are lots more great ideas on the RBWM Together website.

Upcoming Emergency Alerts system test

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

A message will be received on all 4G and 5G mobile phones, along with 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. 

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • 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

  • An Artist’s Best Friend – The Dog in Art (Wednesday 26 April at 1.30pm) – Old Windsor Memorial Hall. A Windsor Arts Society lecture presented by Alexandra Epps. Guests are welcome, £7 entrance fee. To learn more, visit the Arts Society Windsor website 

  • Maidenhead music concert (Thursday 27 April at 8pm) – Norden Farm. After three years, the Linos Piano trio return for another concert for Maidenhead Music at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. This is a reimagining of orchestral masterpieces as if they were newly written for a piano trio.Tickets are available from Norden Farm for £20 and £15 for members. Under 18s free with a ticketed adult. Visit the Norden Farm website to learn more and book

  • Norden Farm Day Choir drop-in sessions (Friday 28 April from 2pm to 3.30pm) – A relatively new choir with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, is looking to increase 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

  • Sign up for walking cricket (Thursday 11am to 1pm, starting 4 May) – Holyport Cricket Club, Moneyrow Green (behind the Memorial Hall). Over 60’s are encouraged to sign up for free summer walking cricket sessions. New and experienced players are welcome. It’s a great way to stay active and meet new people. To learn more and sign up, email or call/text 07774 243850 

  • Coronation memorabilia exhibition (Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until Saturday 13 May) – Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Items on display include documents,photographs and souvenirs including two mugs for the1937 Coronation of King Edward VIII which never happened. To bring everything up to date a 'throne', royal robes and crowns are available for children to get in the spirit for the Coronation. Admission is free 

  • Volunteer at Filling Good – Maidenhead's not for profit zero waste shop Filling Good needs volunteers. It is a great opportunity to give some of your time for an environmental and local project. There are no strings attached and various roles to fill on the shop floor or in the background. Learn more on the Filling Good website or get in touch at 

  • 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

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 more than 21,000 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.

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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