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Free celebrations for all ages to mark Maidenhead Library’s 50th anniversary


Maidenhead Library turns 50 next month – and tickets are now available for a week of free events celebrating the town centre landmark, including exhibitions, author talks, live music, the Wombles and even a 1970s silent disco.


Our Library Service is inviting the whole community to join in marking this golden anniversary in style during the week of 17 July, culminating in a day of celebrations on Friday 21 July, starting from 6pm. There will be a bar and food followed at 6.30pm by the chance to experience the Vinyl Frontier, a fun and informative exploration of the story of 1973 through its top musical hits.

At 8pm the library will be transformed into a silent disco for adults, offering the unique opportunity to bust your moves on the library dancefloor to tracks from the 1970s, 1980s.


Officially opened in July 1973 by Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, Maidenhead Library is today Grade II listed for its architectural design and remains a hub for the Maidenhead community and our library service.


During the week, there will be a range of activities for different ages, with full details available online or from the library. All events are free but most need to be booked on our website or by calling the library on 01628 796969 as spaces are limited.

For more details on all the events, read our press release.

Two council officers to receive honours for services to the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Two council officers are to receive honours in recognition of their roles supporting the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


More than 100,000 people visited Windsor last September as the borough hosted Her Majesty’s Procession and Committal Service, following the state funeral service in Westminster Abbey.


Duncan Sharkey, our Chief Executive at the time, and Paul Roach, our Windsor, Eton and Ascot Town Manager, are both recognised for their services in the King’s Birthday Honours List. Duncan will receive an OBE and Paul an MBE.

Read more in our press release.

Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony


To show our support for the men and women in our armed forces community, a flag raising ceremony was held outside Maidenhead Town Hall on Monday ahead of Armed Forces Day tomorrow.

The Mayor, Councillor Neil Knowles, gave a speech, after which the Armed Forces Day flag was raised. The flag will continue to fly over the weekend.

Those in attendance included councillors, Maidenhead MP Theresa May, along with a representative from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

Yellow Heat Health Alert this weekend


A yellow Heat Health Alert for the South East, issued by the Met Office earlier this week, started at 9am this morning (Friday 23 June) and is due to last all weekend until 9am on Monday 26 June.


The Met Office and UKHSA have now changed their adverse weather alerts. The new system focuses more specifically on the health impacts high temperatures could have on the wellbeing of the population as a whole, and in turn its effects on health and social care.


The new alerts are yellow, amber and red.


Yellow alerts are issued when the level of heat is likely to impact those particularly vulnerable, such as over-65s with multiple health conditions and on multiple medications. This is because they’re more likely to struggle to cope.


If you can, therefore, check in on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours.


For advice on how to keep cool in hot weather, visit the government’s Beat The Heat website.

World Cafe is coming to Pinkneys Green


Our next World Cafe will be in Pinkneys Green ward on Monday 3 July from 5pm to 7pm.


You don’t need to book. Simply pop along to St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, St Mark's Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ. Free refreshments and goodies are also available.


World Cafés are informal events where you chat over a cuppa with community representatives and organisations, about what matters most to you in your neighbourhood. The aim is to find solutions to your local issues together, as well as discover support and meet fellow residents.


Since starting the World Cafes last summer, we’ve visited most of the wards across the borough, meeting more than 500 people.


For more details about our World Cafes, please visit the RBWM Together website.

Library exhibition celebrates achievements of people with learning disabilities in Royal Borough


An exhibition showcasing the achievements of people with learning disabilities in our borough has gone on display at Maidenhead Library for Learning Disability Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday 25 June.


Coordinated by our Library Service in partnership with charity The Advocacy People, the exhibition also promotes the range of services and resources available to empower and support people with learning disabilities, including what’s provided by our social care partners Optalis and Achieving for Children.


The Learning Disability Achievements Exhibition was officially launched last Friday with an event attended by partner representatives, alongside Councillor Joshua Reynolds, the Cabinet member for Communities and Leisure, and Maidenhead’s MP Theresa May.


The former Prime Minister also presented the annual awards to those Speaking Out group members who have contributed to the Learning Disability Partnership Board by advocating for people with a learning disability in the borough.

Read more in our press release.

Royal Borough to participate in disability inclusion and wellbeing event


Our teams will be helping and advising participants and visitors at Parallel Windsor, the UK's national celebration of disability inclusion and wellbeing.


The event is being held on the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, on Sunday 2 July and features a range of challenging events for everybody of all ages, health conditions and abilities.


Our skills and careers service, HR and communities team will be representing us during the day and giving good advice as well as joining in the celebrations.


Along with the multiple length courses for people of all abilities to take part in, there will be a festival vibe to the event with a charity village, picnic area, and the Clusivity Inn provided by The Windsor & Eton Brewery.


There is also a range of activities and entertainment including live music, arts and crafts, storytelling, sport, active lifestyle, sport, technology, and mobility. 


Find out more about Parallel Windsor here.

Mayor unveils Maidenhead community craft project

A community craft project celebrating Maidenhead's history and heritage has been unveiled by the Mayor, Councillor Neil Knowles.

'Our Maidenhead' is a mural consisting of 56 squares featuring, among others, the Royal Borough, Brunel’s Sounding Arch, Nicholas Winton, The Wind in the Willows, Lantern Parade, Boulters Lock, the Magpies and the Maidenhead Advertiser. The squares have been made from knitting, crocheting, sewing, patchwork, collage, felting, beadwork, stencilling, die cutting, stamping and even a variety of mixed media

The project was led by Craft Coop Maidenhead with input from local community groups and residents. The mural was unveiled by the Mayor at a private ceremony last week with all of the contributors invited to celebrate the reveal at Craft Coop.

Following the official unveiling, the mural will be initially on display in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre. To find out more about the project, visit the Craft Coop website.

The Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery countdown


Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 4 July for the first draw of our new Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery.


The lottery is an exciting new fundraising initiative for good causes across the borough, plus the chance for residents to win cash prizes ranging from £25,000 to £25. From every £1 lottery ticket sold, 60p benefits good causes. Players choose which local good cause they want their ticket sale to benefit when they buy their tickets.


To celebrate the borough’s first draw on 29 July, and thanks to the generosity of local businesses in the borough, players can win additional prizes: afternoon tea and spa session at the five-star Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel, and one night’s stay at the MacDonald Windsor Hotel. Plus the purchaser of the first lottery ticket will automatically win afternoon tea for two at the De Vere Beaumont Estate.


To buy tickets, or to register as local good cause to receive direct funding from lottery ticket sales, visit our community lottery website.

Do you have a winning Garden in Bloom?


There are just a few weeks left to nominate your Garden in Bloom for 2023.


The Mayoral competition is seeking nominations for the best roses, borders and flowering baskets which can be seen when walking past a garden in the borough.


And your garden could be recognised as being the best in your ward.


You can nominate your own garden or a neighbour’s. Or if you see another beautiful garden which brings you joy, you could take a note of the address and nominate it. The competition is open to every garden visible to passers-by from a pavement or road. 


Nominations can be made here and must be made before Friday 14 July.


Winners and runners-up in each ward will be presented with a rosette and a Braywick Heath Nursery voucher. All nominees will receive a certificate.


Nominations can also be made by emailing or by post to “Garden in Bloom”, c/o Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF. 

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Woodlands Park Summer Fair (Saturday 24 June, 1pm to 4pm) – Phipps Close Green, SL6 3XD. Housing Solutions and a range of local partners are holding their annual summer fayre. Perfect for the whole family with tea and cakes, stalls and games.

  • Holyport CE Primary School Summer Fair (Saturday 24 June, 11am to 3pm) - Stroud Farm Road, Holyport, SL6 2LP. Rides, barbecue, beer tent, face painting, interactive kickboxing demo, family games, market stalls, tombola, ice cream. Free admission - all welcome.

  • The Royal Free Singers (Saturday 24 June, 7pm) present an evening of Summertime - Gershwin, Porter and more at Windsor Parish Church. More information and tickets on the Royal Free Singers website or from Royal Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Guildhall.

  • Maidenhead Open Gardens – (24 and 25 June) - More than 20 gardens will again be opening their gates throughout the weekend providing tea, cake and much more. Some gardens will be selling plants, playing host to live music and showcasing the work of local artists. The cost is just £10 to visit as many or few gardens over the weekend with all profits donated to Foodshare, Alzheimers Dementia Support, Thames Hospice, TVAP and other Maidenhead Rotary Club charities. Online sales of entry badges have now closed, but badges are still available to purchase over the weekend at Braywick Heath Nurseries. More details on the club's website.

  • Rotary Club of Windsor & Eton Annual Summer Fayre and Duck Race (Saturday, 24 June 2023, 11am) - Alexandra Gardens, Windsor. The day will feature a children’s fun fair, a market village with more than 30 artisan and local charity stalls, fresh cooked food stands, bar, and live music. Members of the Armed Forces will also have stands. The afternoon sees the duck race with up to 2,000 plastic ducks racing down the Thames. Race tickets will be on sale at the fayre.

  • Celebrating 150 years of serving the Workhouse, the Hospital and the local community (Saturday 24 June) - St Mark’s Church in the St Mark’s Hospital grounds. The church will be open from 11am to 3pm for visitors to find out more about its history. There will be refreshments and activities for children. Sunday 25 June, 11am - Thanksgiving service and dedication led by Bishop, Tim Wambunya, after which the church will again be open for visitors until 3pm. 

  • Girls' Rugby Taster Day (Sunday 25 June, 11am to 1pm) Maidenhead Rugby Club's Girls' Squad always welcomes new players of all abilities and invites girls in year 6 through to 13 to join its rugby taster day. For details please visit the website.

  • Cantorum Choir (Sunday 25 June 3pm) - Michael’s Church, Bray SL6 2AB. The choir will be singing Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, accompanied by the jazz pianist David Gordon and the soprano soloist Sara Davey. More information and tickets available from the choir's website.

  • Pinkneys Green Scouts Summer Fair (Sunday 25 June, midday to 4pm). The Green, opposite Boundary Arms, Pinkneys Road, Maidenhead SL6 5DN. Traditional side shows and games, beer & Pimm’s tent, tombola, barbecue, plant stall, teas and cake tent, bouncy castle, classic car show. Fun dog show at 3pm

  • Flowers in the Art of the Great Masters by Hilary Guise (Wednesday 28 June, 1.30pm). The next lecture being held by The Arts Society Windsor will take place in Old Windsor Memorial Hall, SL4 2RN. Visitors welcome, £7 entry. New members also welcome. Further details on the society's 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.


We are consulting on two proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to address:

  • Barbecues and fires in our parks and open spaces
  • Alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

Both consultations close on Wednesday 19 July.

Local Travel Updates

The RMT union has announced nationwide strike action involving 14 train operators, including South Western Railway (SWR) and Great Western Railway (GWR), on Thursday 20, Saturday 22, and Saturday 29 July.

For updates, visit the GWR website and 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.


  • Heathrow Airport Noise Action Plan - The closing date for responses is Monday 17 July. For full details and to take part, visit the airport's website.

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