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Special events revealed for the local community to celebrate the Coronation

This week we're announcing special events which will be held in Windsor for the local community to celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

The Coronation itself will be on Saturday 6 May, and events marking this historic occasion will be held across the country, including the Coronation Big Lunch on the Sunday, the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, and the Big Help Out on the Bank Holiday Monday. There are no ceremonial events in Windsor for the Coronation.

The Coronation service at Westminster Abbey will be televised live from 11am on the Saturday. We have arranged big screens for the local community on part of the Long Walk from 10am for a limited number of residents to watch this big national moment together. Access to this event area is not ticketed but is subject to capacity.

​On the Sunday, you are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy within this community event area on the Long Walk, as part of the Coronation Big Lunch, from midday until 6pm. During this time, a small stage will also share community performances as part of the Windsor Community Coronation Showcase, an exciting and varied programme of entertainment organised by the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Event Team.

The BBC Coronation Concert, starting at 8pm on the Sunday, is a ticket-only event inside Windsor Castle’s grounds and hundreds of lucky residents of the borough will be attending following a special local ballot. You won’t be able to access anything without a ticket. However, the concert will be televised and also shown at the screen site on the Long Walk – this site has limited capacity and is primarily for local residents.

If you plan to attend the community events

Windsor is expected to be busy over the Coronation weekend. If you’re planning on travelling into Windsor, please use public transport if possible, ideally the train, and check timetables before you travel.

Town centre parking is limited. A number of car parks in Windsor will be temporarily unavailable for general public use, or have reduced spaces, in order to support the BBC Coronation Concert and Royal Windsor Horse Show.

However, extra free dedicated parking has been set aside at the Review Ground on Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May, specifically for local residents attending the community events on the Long Walk, on a first-come-first-served basis, with availability subject to weather conditions and capacity.


For further advice and information on attending the community events, including what you can and can’t bring, full event programme, on-site facilities, and temporary car park and road closures, please visit our Coronation celebrations press release or our dedicated Coronation webpages for Royal Borough residents. 

Remember to bring your photo ID to the polling station

Our borough and parish elections take place next Thursday (4 May).

A total of 126 candidates are putting themselves forward across all 41 borough seats and 19 wards. Candidate details and election information is available on our website.

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.

If you’re voting in person, remember to bring your photo ID to the polling station so you can be given ballot papers. You can check your polling station location on your polling card (if you have one) or on our dedicated webpage. You can also check which borough ward you live within using our Neighbourhood Map.

The deadlines for registering to vote and applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or to vote by proxy or post have now passed.

Bring an accepted form of photo ID

Due to a national legal change, for the first time you will need to show photo ID on election day 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. 

You will also be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo.

Visit the Electoral Commission website for more information about Voter ID and to check the full list of accepted forms of ID.

Watch the Coronation Lion being created

Check out our short video showing how Mfalme, the Coronation Lion, was created by residents who are supported by our adult social care partner Optalis.

Watch the video to experience an amazing sung and signed rendition of the national anthem using Makaton, a communications system for people with learning difficulties and additional needs.

You can find Mfalme in the Windsor Yards shopping centre. He is stored safely each night and returned to his spot every morning to be enjoyed by visitors to Windsor.

Learn more in our Boyn Lion press release.

Discover the royal links to Windsor Guildhall

You can follow in the steps of royal history during the Coronation weekend by visiting Windsor Guildhall where Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla were married.

The building has been at the heart of life in Windsor since the 17th century and has had a long-standing connection with the royal family who have lived and worked from Windsor Castle just a few steps away.

The Council Chamber, which has served as coroner’s and magistrates’ court, has original portraits of most of our monarchs from Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) to Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022). 

The new King has personal links to the Guildhall marrying Queen Camilla in the Ascot Room in April 2005 in front of 15 guests, including William, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

On 21 December of the same year, Sir Elton John and David Furnish had their Civil Partnership on the first day same-sex ceremonies were allowed to take place in England and Wales.

Join one of Windsor & Royal Borough Museum’s guided tours on Sunday 7 May and find out more about the history of this Grade I listed building.

Tours start at £5 per person and last approximately 40 minutes. They are available both morning or afternoon on Sunday 7 May and bookings can be made on the Visit Windsor website.

Volunteers needed for our Museum

Come and talk to some of our wonderful Windsor & Royal Borough Museum volunteers on Monday 8 May to see if it's something you might like to be involved in.

The museum, at Windsor Guildhall, is open on the Bank Holiday Monday because of the support of our current volunteers, but we are looking to recruit more volunteers to support our weekend calendar.

The museum is open from 10am until 4pm so come and take a look at our wonderful history and artefacts. You can also chat with our volunteers to find out what’s involved and hear why they dedicate their time to support us. You can even sign up to volunteer with us while you are visiting.

More information about volunteering in the Museum and Information Centre is available on our website.

Feeling crafty for the Coronation?

Join other Royal Borough families celebrating the Coronation at Windsor Guildhall on Sunday 7 May with a craft session.

Children can come, make and colour then take their creations home. There are Coronation crowns, badges, and bookmarks to be made all fit for a king.

Sessions last approximately 40 minutes and will run every hour from 10.30am and the last session begins at 2.30pm costing £2.50 per child.

Booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. You can turn up on the day to purchase a ticket at the Information Desk, if there are spaces left.

You can learn more and book your tickets on the Visit Windsor website.

Bin collections not affected on the Bank Holidays

Bin collections will take place as normal on Bank Holidays, Monday 1 May and 8 May. If your bin is due to be collected, please remember to put your recycling and general rubbish out by 7am on the day and no earlier than the night before.

Visit our recycling and rubbish webpage for more information about what can go in each bin.

Pharmacy opening hours during the May Bank Holidays

With two Bank Holidays coming up – next Monday 1 May and the following Monday 8 May – please remember that many pharmacies will have reduced opening hours.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to order and collect your prescriptions.

If you do need a Berkshire pharmacy during either May Bank Holiday, you can find their opening hours on the NHS South East website.

For other medical advice, as well as finding the right service for your condition, visit NHS Frimley’s Health and Care’s website.

Last chance to respond to your child’s reception or junior school offer

Calling all parents! If your child is starting reception or junior school in September 2023, you have until next week (Wednesday 3 May) 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 and you will also receive an email confirming the outcome of your application. You can also email your acceptance or decline of the offer to Please remember to include your child's full name and date of birth.

If you applied using a paper common 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.

Calling all jobseekers! Attend our jobs fair

A jobs fair will take place at Maidenhead Library on Tuesday 16 May 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.

Domestic abuse awareness training available for hairdressers

For many victims of domestic abuse, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons are safe spaces where they are at ease with people they can trust and confide in.

We are offering free one-hour online training sessions for professionals working in the hair and beauty industry in the Royal Borough.

The training will include information on recognising the signs of domestic abuse in clients, what to do if a client says they’re being abused, and what services to signpost clients towards.

The sessions take place on MS Teams from 6pm to 7pm on:

  • Thursday 18 May 2023
  • Tuesday 4 July 2023
  • Tuesday 3 October 2023
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024

To learn more and book, please see the Cut It Out flyer or email

‘Be Water Aware’ as temperatures begin to rise

As the weather begins to improve, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is joining other fire services across the UK and asking everyone to stay safe when spending time in and around water.

The call comes as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign which runs until Sunday 30 April. The campaign is warning people of the risk of accidentally drowning.

Last year, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to 36 water rescue incidents involving people getting into difficulty in Berkshire’s waterways – an increase of 50 per cent since 2020.

Many people underestimate the risk of jumping into water where unseen hazards and cold water can endanger even the strongest swimmers. Even on a warm day the temperature in open water can remain very cold, causing cold water shock, a physical reaction which can make it difficult to control breathing, cause panic and make it difficult to swim.

If you find yourself in trouble, try not to panic and remember ‘Float To Live’. Lean back in the water and spread your arms and legs to stay afloat and control your breathing. It can take up to 90 seconds for the effects of cold-water shock to pass.

If you do see someone in difficulty, remember ‘Call, Tell and Throw' – call 999, tell the person to float on their back and throw something to them to help them float.

For more information on water safety, visit the RBFRS website.

Come and listen to the spring dawn chorus 

Join bird call experts and come and listen and learn about the magnificent spring dawn chorus in the Dell at Braywick Nature Centre at 4.45am on Saturday 20 May.

Keeping quiet is the only condition for the early morning visit, so not to scare the birds away as you identify which native birds are being vocal and why.

The ticket-only event will include a walk in the forest which is also accessible for those with mobility issues. All ages are welcome and guide dogs only.

Tickets cost £3.50 with a £1 booking fee. Parking is free. After enjoying the chorus, the experts will take visitors to the centre to warm up with coffee and doughnuts.

Learn more and book on the Eventbrite website.

Photo credit: Mike Vogel

Discover our beautiful local bluebell forests

The bluebell carpet is out in full bloom at Ockwells Park, Cox Green, and Thrift Wood. They should be flowering for another few weeks so head down to experience it for yourself.

The area of bluebells has increased in recent years due to our work in the only ancient woodland we manage. With the help of our volunteers, we have discouraged the growth of invasive species allowing space for more wildflowers and bluebells to grow. This work forms part of our plans to manage woodland in the Biodiversity Action Plan.

We also have a fabulous living fence, created by the Windsor and Maidenhead Conservation Volunteers, outlining a wide path which has plenty of room for you to enjoy being surrounded by these beautiful flowers.

Just remember to stick to the path as bluebells are very easily damaged by trampling under foot or dog paw. It can take up to seven years for seeds to develop into flowering bulbs and they only have a small window each year to gain enough energy to flower the following year.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Filling Good’s eco quiz (Saturday 29 April at 2pm) – ECO Action Hub, Maidenhead. Come and test your knowledge on different sustainability subjects at this free quiz with prizes up for grabs. Suitable for children aged eight and up. Learn more on the Filling Good Facebook page

  • Windsor and Eton Bowling Club Open Day (Sunday 30 April from 10am to 4pm) – Goswell Meadow, Barry Avenue. An opportunity for all ages, abilities and backgrounds to come and try Bowls at the Windsor and Eton Bowling Club, nestling in the shadows of Windsor Castle. You will be made very welcome and will be provided with all you need to have a go. Please wear flat shoes. Refreshments and free parking on site will be available


  • Maidenhead Sailing Club open day (Monday 1 May, noon to 4pm) – Maidenhead Sailing Club, Lakeside, Summerleaze Road. Ever fancied sailing or paddleboarding? Come along and have a go. Bring your family and friends for a great day out. No experience required. Changing facilities, BBQ and bar available and bring a change of clothing just in case. To learn more, visit the Maidenhead Sailing Club website


  • Royal Windsor Rose Show flower arranging demonstration (Tuesday 2 May, 2.30pm) – Gardeners Hall, St Leonard’s Road. The Royal Windsor Rose Show Floral Club is hosting a flower arranging demonstration. All are welcome, £7.50 entry (cash only) with an opportunity to win the arrangements in the raffle. Any questions, please contact 07786 703238


  • Quiz Night (Saturday 13 May, 7pm) – Woodlands Park Village Centre, SL6 3GW. Tables of six or enquire about individual entries. Entry is £7.50 per person. A raffle will also be held with various prizes. All proceeds to go to St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church Fund. Bring your own food, drink and glasses. Book at or call 01628-623263


  • Royal Windsor Flower Show (Saturday 10 June, 10am 6pm) – Windsor Great Park. The Royal Windsor Flower Show returns with inspiring showcase gardens, fabulous nurseries, incredible speakers and honorary president Alan Titchmarsh. A wonderful day out for all the family with horticultural, craft and cooking competitions for all ages and abilities. Learn more and book tickets on the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society 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. Visit the Building Berkshire Together website to learn more.

Local Travel Updates

The Aslef union has announced industrial action which will affect local Great Western Railway (GWR) services on:

  • Friday 12 May
  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Saturday 3 June

There will also be further disruption to services from Monday 15 to Saturday 20 May and on Saturday 13 May and Thursday 1 June due to action short of a strike. For more information, please visit the GWR 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 website.

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