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Thank you for enjoying the Coronation weekend with us

Thousands of you joined us in Windsor to celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.


A few hundred braved the inclement weather on Saturday to watch the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey on our big screens on the Long Walk. Then when the sun shone on Sunday, more than 10,000 of you joined the Coronation Big Lunch on the Long Walk and watched the Windsor Community Coronation Showcase with performances from local groups.

Later the BBC Coronation Concert, attended by and audience of 20,000 people rom across the UK, was beamed live from inside Windsor Castle to be enjoyed on the big screens.

We hope you enjoyed your own celebrations in your gardens and communities, with family, friends and neighbours, or took the time to volunteer during the Big Help Out on Bank Holiday Monday. 

A huge thank you to all staff from the council and partner organisations, along with the volunteers who helped with the events in Windsor for this historic occasion, including our Royal Borough Ambassadors, Stewards and Ceremonial Wardens.

Here are just a few images from the weekend, including the surprise visit from Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales to the Long Walk on Sunday. You can watch a video of their visit on Twitter here.

BBC Coronation Concert stage- Copyright Nicola Bell

Above images courtesy of Jodie Humphries and Ollie Cassells

Lots of fun at Optalis Community Lives Coronation Celebration

More than 150 people congregated in the warm spring sunshine at Boyn Grove Park, Maidenhead, for a Coronation celebration.

The party was hosted by Optalis Community Lives, part of our adult social care partner Optalis, and welcomed people with learning disabilities and their supporters from our Royal Borough. 

The day was filled with Scottish and maypole dancing, music, traditional sing-alongs, and those attending listened to a performance by an Indian drummer.

Everyone shared a picnic lunch and were treated to delicious specially made Coronation cakes. It was a fantastic opportunity to create lasting memories together, for such a momentous occasion. 

Children and Young People’s Plan launches in the Royal Borough

Local health and education organisations, the Royal Borough, and the voluntary sector, have launched their first system wide Children and Young People’s Plan.


The organisations involved in this new plan include NHS Frimley, Achieving for Children, the Royal Borough, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, voluntary and community organisations, and the borough’s Youth Council.


By working together, the aim of the plan is to better address inequalities so that all children and young people in the borough can reach their full potential.


You can read the plan in full and see a short video about it on the Achieving for Children website.

World Café is coming to Riverside ward


Our next World Cafe will be in Riverside ward on Friday 19 May, from 10am to midday.

There’s no need to book. Simply pop along to Riverside Children’s Centre, on West Dean off Ray Mill Road West, in Maidenhead (SL6 7JB).

Refreshments are free and complimentary goodies will also be available.

Our informal Royal Borough World Cafés allow you to chat with our representatives, as well as those from community organisations, about what matters most in your neighbourhood.

The aim is to find solutions to local issues, as well as discover relevant support and meet fellow residents.


The theme for the Riverside event is emotional wellbeing, though you can of course still talk about other subjects.


For more details visit the RBWM Together website.

Young Windsor netballer shooting for success

An up and coming Windsor netball star now has a fixed netball hoop to practise her game, thanks to our World Café programme and our parks and countryside team.

At the World Café in Clewer and Dedworth West last summer, borough staff saw 14-year-old player Jasmine Akrasi on the courts near the Hanover Way venue, where the café was held.

Mum Kamila explained that as the court didn’t have a fixed hoop, they both had to carry their own heavy hoop up and down several flights of stairs from their nearby flat on a daily basis.

Following a call to our parks and countryside team, a fixed netball hoop was installed on the court which is available for use by the community.

Jasmine is a member of Eagles Netball Club in Maidenhead, which recently won the U14’s South Region League, and is currently training to qualify for the U14 National Netball Club finals in Sheffield at the end of this month.

Kamila said: “It’s a small thing but it’s made the impossible possible. Not only can Jasmine practice daily, but also any other local girls can practice their shooting and stand a better chance in competitive netball.”

Castle Hill improvement works: Phase two getting underway


The second phase of work designed to improve the overall experience and safety of residents and visitors in Windsor town centre will start on Monday.

The improvements in Castle Hill and St Alban’s Street will see Castle Hill partially pedestrianised with a wider pavement on the southern (shops) side of the road, as well as a significant reduction in vehicle movements limited to castle access only during its visiting hours.

The project is designed to help drive economic growth, and provide additional safety benefits.

As part of the works for the second phase, Castle Hill is being closed temporarily to traffic, with pedestrian and guard change access only.

Phase two will see the construction of kerbing on the shop side of Castle Hill, which will ensure that the road will be ready for re-opening in early July.

Traffic will be directed to use St Alban’s Street, which will be converted to two-way traffic.

During the works, a system of traffic lights will be installed either end of St Alban’s Street temporarily, to control the flow of traffic and allow access to the top of Castle Hill and the castle itself.

Residential properties, and private car parks off St Alban’s Street can still be accessed, and shoppers will still be able to access businesses in Castle Hill and the surrounding area.

There will be a summer pause in the programme, with no work taking place during most of July and August, before the next phase is scheduled to start in September. 

Reminder: Energy bill support schemes

There are two national energy bill support schemes to help specific eligible households which have not received automatic payments:

The application deadline for both schemes is Wednesday 31 May.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding

This provides £400 to those who do not have a domestic electricity meter and do not contract directly with an electricity supplier.

For example, if you live in a park home, mobile home, houseboat, on a farm or a care home where you pay towards your care.

To qualify, the property must also be your sole or main residence, not a second home or holiday home.

You cannot receive this payment if you received the monthly £66/£67 directly off your electricity bill, unless you moved into the new property before the end of that scheme.

Alternative Fuels Payment (AFP)

Separately, the £200 Alternative Fuels Payment (AFP) is for households not connected to the mains gas grid which use alternative fuels as their main form of heating, such as tank or bottled gas, LPG, oil, wood and solid fuel.

This can be paid on top of the £400 off your electricity bill and most homes that are eligible for this payment will get it automatically as a credit on their electricity bills.

If you think you should have got a payment but have not, contact your electricity supplier.

If you do not have a contract with an electricity supplier then you need to make an application.

How to apply

To apply for these schemes and for more information, please visit the government website or contact the national call centre on 0808 175 3287, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

Applications cannot be made directly to councils so please do not contact us.

A safe space for everyone affected by dementia

Do you suffer from dementia, care for someone who does, or a family member or friend of somebody living with the condition?

Meet others in the same situation at an informal drop-in on Thursday 18 May at Boyn Grove Library in Maidenhead, between 10am and 2pm.

No need to book. Just pop along at any time between those hours and stay for as long as you like. Dementia-friendly activities are planned, and light refreshments will be available.

Optalis dementia care advisors will also be there with details about community resources, as well as practical information, advice, and guidance.

The event has been planned to coincide with national Dementia Action Week, 15 to 21 May.

If you need more details, call 01628 683715 or email

Habitat and wellbeing go together

Starting Monday, we are launching our Habitat and Wellbeing Go Together campaign which runs until the end of month.

It will highlight the strong link between our environment, and our mental and physical health, highlighting what we are doing in the borough to promote active travel and biodiversity as well how you can get involved.

Next week, we start off with national Walk to School Week for primary aged children and their families across the borough.

Each day has a different theme. Tuesday suggests skipping or using a scooter instead of walking, while Wednesday focuses on noting the wildlife and nature seen usually missed when in a car.

The second week we will be looking at our projects to improve biodiversity and how you can investigate your local area and enjoy the hidden gems in our wonderful borough.

The final week will look at how we are encouraging active travel among school children and adults.

Please follow our Twitter an Facebook feeds @RBWM, for inspiration on how to factor in alternative ways to make short journeys rather than hoping into a car, and what you can do to make it fun.

Such small changes can have a significant impact on our local environment and our own wellbeing.

Highways measures for Royal Windsor Horse Show

This year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show is continuing until Sunday 14 May.

To help ensure the smooth flow of traffic, and ensure the safety of all road users, please be aware that several temporary highways measures will be in place. These include:

  • No vehicles, except coaches, will be allowed to make a right turn onto the B470 King Edward VII Avenue from any gateway off the Home Park (public) between 3pm and 10.30pm each day

  • No vehicles will be allowed to make a left turn onto the B470 King Edward VII Avenue from the King Edward VII Avenue Car Park from 3pm until 10.30pm each day

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.

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

  • Community Wardens' Community Safety Stand (Thursday 18 May, 10am to 12noon) outside the Post Office, Peascod St, Windsor. Come and speak to our Community Wardens and get advice and information leaflets on scams, property security, and bike safety and security. There is also advice on our council services. Weather permitting

  • The Quince Players present ‘Murder Weapon’ (Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 May) – Cordes Hall, Sunninghill. The Quince Players, a not-for-profit amateur dramatics society, will be performing the gripping Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens. For the opening night, they will be selling tickets at half price (£7 only) with £5 of every ticket sold going to their nominated charity, Thames Hospice. Book and learn more on the Quince Players website 

  • St Marks Crescent Methodist Church Spring Fair (Saturday 20 May) - Allenby Road, Maidenhead. The Spring Fair will have lots of stalls to browse with plants, books, CD's, DVD's, bric-a-brac, and home-made cakes for sale, as well as a raffle and tombola. The fair is to raise money for the church fund. For more information email the church

  • Holyport Summer Fair (Saturday 3 June, noon to 5pm) – Village Hall, Moneyrow Green. Holyport Community Trust are holding their annual Summer Fair. Perfect for the whole family, with a BBQ, tea and cakes and a beer tent plus loads of stalls and games. There's also a fantastic raffle with a top prize of £200 and more than 20 other amazing prizes. Learn more on the Holyport Community Trust website 

  • Volunteers wanted at Thames Hospice – Local charity Thames Hospice are appealing for volunteers to join their eBay commerce team, including packers, listers and researchers. The roles are easy with full training given, and are a great way to add online sales to your CV. To learn more, please visit the Thames Hospice 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.

Local Travel Updates

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


  • the rest of today, Friday 12 May
  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Saturday 3 June


The RMT union is also on strike affecting services tomorrow Saturday 13 May which will impact local rail services with South Western Railway warning of significantly reduced services.

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 or the SWR 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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