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QR codes on life buoy cases to pinpoint location in a water emergency

Our Community Wardens are launching a new water safety initiative that could save precious minutes for emergency responders if someone gets into trouble in open water.


The wardens have created unique QR codes which are being placed in the life buoy casings alongside the River Thames and around some lakes (with landowner permission).


The codes contain pinpoint information to make it easier for services to find the location in an emergency. They also make it easier to report any missing or vandalised equipment. 


Read more in our press release.

Our wardens have also been out checking lifebuoys along the Thames and at private lakes to ensure they're ready to save a life if needed. Watch the video here.

Water safety at the beach


We live in a landlocked local authority but be water aware when you go away on holiday in the UK or abroad during your summer holidays. 

Flags are placed on beaches where the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, or RNLI, lifeguards patrol the beach. 

The flags indicate whether it is safe to go into the water and where the lifeguards are monitoring people in the water. 

The advice is to swim at a beach with a lifeguard and between the red and yellow flags as it is an area which is being constantly monitored. 

Other tips include not swimming alone, telling someone else where you are going and when you’ll be back, and checking the weather and tides. 

Inflatables can also be dangerous, particularly for children, who can be taken out to sea by currents. 

Rip tides  

Rips are strong currents running out to sea, which can quickly drag people away from the shallows of the shoreline and out to deeper water. 

Rips are especially powerful in larger surf, but they are also found around river mouths, estuaries, and near man-made structures like piers and groynes. 

The RNLI advises:

  • Don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted 
  • If you can stand, wade don’t swim 
  • If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore 
  • Always raise your hand and shout for help. 

More information about rip tides is available on the RNLI website.

First water bottles replenished as Windsor Platinum Jubilee Fountain is switched on

The Windsor Platinum Jubilee Fountain has been switched on, providing free drinking water for visitors and residents, helping to reduce single-use plastic bottles and as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 


The monument, close to Windsor Castle, was among the projects of the Windsor Platinum Jubilee Committee to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic 70-year reign, and also serves a valuable everyday purpose as a water bottle re-filling station.


Funded by several sources, the council postponed its installation due to Her Majesty’s sad passing.


It is hoped the fountain will provide more than 25,000 litres of free, fresh drinking water per year, encouraging healthy lifestyles. This will also support the borough's sustainability ambitions by reducing the use of single plastics by up to 50,000 bottles a year.


Read more in our press release.

Celebrating the Royal Borough’s parks


Whether you’re walking the dog, taking days out with family, enjoying a picnic, or simply chilling out, parks are vibrant living spaces; a backdrop to our daily lives and a place to reconnect with nature.


And multiple scientific research clearly shows that time spent in green spaces – even just ten minutes – reduces anxiety, improves our immune systems, and promotes wellbeing.


To celebrate national Love Parks Week, starting today until 6 August, we’re running a mini online campaign on our Facebook, Twitter and Next Door platforms showcasing the varied facilities in our borough’s larger parks and green spaces as well as revealing some historical tit bits about them. Most of the parks being featured also show how many steps towards the daily recommended total of 10,000 you could do, if you walked their perimeters.


Plus you can meet your Community Wardens at Old Windsor Park (Monday 31 July, 10am to 2pm), and Broomhall Park in Sunningdale (Friday 4 August, again 10am to 2pm). Pop down and see them for a friendly chat, to get some tips, or share your ideas. 

Community celebrations to mark Maidenhead Library's 50th anniversary

Maidenhead Library celebrated its 50th anniversary last week with a series of free, fun celebrations.


Our Library Service organised a full week of community celebrations to mark the golden anniversary of this Grade II-listed landmark and community hub.

There were guest appearances by The Wombles, who are celebrating 50 years since their first TV appearance, as well as exhibitions, author talks, a murder mystery evening, and fun for children and also the older generation.


On Friday evening, the library was transformed into a silent disco, offering the unique opportunity for those lucky people who'd bagged tickets to bust their moves on the library dancefloor.


The fun continued over the weekend, with live musical performances on the library balcony, plus an Immersive Experiences dome in Library Square on both days, offering fun for children and adults alike.

First draw this weekend for the Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery


There’s still time to buy your tickets for the borough’s first draw, tomorrow Saturday 29 July, in the new Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery.


Tickets cost £1 and you choose which of the 68 local good causes across the borough will benefit - up to 60% of your ticket cost.


Since the Lottery was launched in the borough three weeks ago, you’ve purchased some 900 tickets. Thank you.


Cash prizes for players are also up for grabs along with the chance, as it’s the borough’s first weekly draw, to win an afternoon tea and a spa session at a five star Windsor hotel.


To buy your tickets or find out more about how the lottery will benefit local good causes, visit the Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery website.


And if you’re a local good cause keen to boost your fundraising, signing up is free and simple on the above website. 

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Flower arranging demonstration (Tuesday 1 August, 2.30pm) in Gardeners Hall, St Leonard’s Road Windsor. This event for all is held by Royal Windsor Rose Show Floral Club. £7.50 entry (cash only) and the opportunity to win the arrangements in the raffle. Any queries contact 07786 703238.

  • Braywick Nature Festival (Saturday 5 August, 12pm to 5pm) at Braywick Nature Reserve, Hibbert Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UU. Experience your local nature reserve with pond dipping, live music, nature trails, workshops and more. Family friendly and free.

  • Fifield Fun Day (Sunday 6 August, 1pm to 5pm) - at Deep Meadows Fifield SL6 2NX. This year the event is raising funds for Rosie’s Rainbow and ADS (Alzheimers Dementia Support). Rides on a full-size steam train, dog show, fairground, craft stalls, magic show, Punch & Judy, refreshments. A great day out for all the family. Further details on the Oakley Green, Fifield & District Community Association website or on Facebook.

  • Volunteer treasurer for the Pinder Hall, Cookham. The Pinder Hall Trust Committee are looking for someone to take over as treasurer and join this friendly, supportive charity. If you could help, please contact

  • Volunteers needed for Ascot Volunteer Bureau. The local charity provides transport for the older residents of Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, and Cheapside, who have difficulty getting to their medical appointments. It urgently needs volunteer drivers who live in or near the SL5 postcode district and have their own cars. For more information, visit the bureau's website and if you're interested then please ring 01344 625520 (answerphone service) or email Please provide your name, address and details of how you would like to be contacted.

  • River Thames Cruise (Tuesday 5 September, 10am) - Organised by Maidenhead Heritage Centre. For more information on how to book, and the other activities available, including its Spitfire Simulator Experience, visit the heritage centre website.

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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 Saturday 29 July.

In addition, there could be further disruption from Monday 31 July to Saturday 5 August and from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 August due to industrial action short of a strike by the ASLEF union. For updates, visit the GWR website and SWR website.

Planned engineering works are taking place on the South Western Railway network this weekend, Sunday 30 July. London Waterloo to Windsor services will be diverted after Twickenham and will terminate at Hounslow. For more information, visit 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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