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Congratulations to our local GCSE students

Well done to all our local GCSE students getting your results this week.


We’re so proud to have high quality comprehensive schools in the Royal Borough which provide a fantastic education to help local young people to have the best start in life and achieve their ambitions.


Whether you’re staying in full-time education, or starting an apprenticeship or traineeship, we’re sure that many of you are marking the end of school with much-deserved smiles and celebrations this week, reflecting all your hard work during exams and coursework.


If you didn’t get the grades you were after, please do speak with your school initially for support and guidance on alternative options. You can find independent wellbeing support via Kooth and on our website.

Reminder: Work to begin on new toucan crossing linking Maidenhead town centre with homes north of the town


We're set to begin work on a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across the A4 St Cloud Way linking Maidenhead town centre with homes in the north of the town.


The toucan crossing will connect the new St Cloud Way development on the former Magnet Leisure Centre and Ten Pin Bowling sites, as well as other properties north of St Cloud Way, with the town centre by providing a link between Holmanleaze and the Hines Meadow car park.


Work will begin on Wednesday 30 August and last approximately six weeks. It will be carried out in phases and will require the closure of single lanes on each side of the dual carriageway, eastbound and westbound. This will allow traffic to continue to use the road, but traffic management measures will be in place. 

The project forms another part of our investment into active travel and healthy travel choices in Maidenhead, encouraging walking and cycling to and from the town centre.

Read more in our press release.

Boat hire now available from Ray Mill Island

We've been working with The Little Green Boat Company to offer you the exciting opportunity to enjoy a beautiful part of the River Thames around Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead this summer.

The company's small fleet of self-drive rowing and motor boats are available to hire by the hour from the island with advanced booking and walk-up hire available.

Why not enjoy some of the attractions on the island while you're there? There's a guinea pig enclosure, a cafe, as well as picnic tables and benches.

For more information and to book, visit the company's website.

Windsor Leisure Centre shortlisted for exciting award


Congratulations to Windsor Leisure Centre, which has been shortlisted in the South Regional Club/Centre of the Year category at this year's ukactive Awards.

They are one of six finalists in the category, and the ceremony will take place at the New Dock Royal Armouries, Leeds on Thursday 26 October.


The Royal Borough’s leisure centres are operated by Leisure Focus, a not-for-profit charitable organisation established to work with local communities, supporting clubs and individuals to achieve their sporting and lifestyle goals.


Discover more about our leisure centres on the Leisure Focus website.

Bin collections are not affected this Bank Holiday Monday


Household waste and recycling collections will take place as normal on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August).

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.

Summer Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours


Please remember that many pharmacies will be closed on Monday (28 August) for the Bank Holiday.

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

If you do need a pharmacy on Monday, please visit the NHS website to see which are open and times.

Reading Festival and station closure - roads expected to be busy

With Reading Festival taking place this weekend and Reading station due to close from 7pm tomorrow, until 7am on Sunday, some main roads in Berkshire area are likely to be busy.

The closure is a result of planned industrial action and roads are expected to be particularly busy on Saturday night as day ticket holders return home including, potentially, the M4.

Roads will be extremely busy again on Bank Holiday Monday when most weekend ticket holders leave the site.

Reading Borough Council has worked with the festival organisers, Festival Republic to produce travel information, which is available here.

All welcome at our Merchant Navy Day flag raising ceremony


We will be marking Merchant Navy Day in the Royal Borough with the raising of the Red Ensign at 10am on Monday 4 September

This short ceremony will take place at the war memorial, outside Maidenhead Town Hall, and you're welcome to attend.

Back to school: Get the term dates for 2023/24 into your diary

With the summer holidays coming to an end soon, and children going back to school, make sure you’ve got the term dates for the new academic year in your diary, mums and dads.

The first official day of term, Monday 4 September, is a Teacher Training Day set by the council.

For more information on term dates, visit our website.

Reminder: Free swimming sessions for local teenagers this summer to aid water safety


Young people aged 13 to 17 years old can enjoy free swim sessions at two popular leisure centres during the school summer holidays, thanks to a water safety initiative.


Leisure Focus, our leisure operator, in collaboration with local partners including the council itself, is running its “Safe Summer Swim” initiative, with a mission to reduce the risk of young people getting into trouble in lakes and rivers.


The programme offers free one-hour fun swim sessions for 13- to 17-year-olds at Windsor Leisure Centre and Braywick Leisure Centre (weekdays only), until Friday 1 September, making swimming accessible and promoting water safety.


With up to 40 spaces available per session, this initiative seeks to provide local teenagers with an opportunity to learn essential water safety skills, improve their swimming abilities, and foster a greater appreciation for water-related activities.


Safe Summer Swim is funded by Leisure Focus Trust, Louis Baylis Trust, Shanly Homes, Baylis Media CIC, and the Royal Borough. Read more about Safe Summer Swim on our website.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Bray Church Teas (Sunday 27 August, 2.30pm to 5pm) - St Michael’s Hall, behind St Michael’s Church, High Street, Bray SL6 2AB. Come and enjoy tea and homemade cakes. In aid of various charities. For more information visit the church's website.

  • Holyport Whist Club (Alternate Tuesdays, 2pm to 4pm) – Holyport Memorial Hall. New members and beginners are welcome. Call Jeanette Sperling on 01628 624442 or email to learn more.

  • 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 their special opening on Bank Holiday Monday, 1pm to 5pm, visit the heritage centre's website.

  • Royal Free Singers open evening (Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm to 9.30pm) - Trevelyan School, Wood Close, Windsor. Come and enjoy an evening with community choir, the Royal Free Singers. Vocal warm-ups, rounds and part-songs, suitable for all, and an introduction to Verdi's Requiem, the choir's next concert. No pressure, no charge, all welcome. Send an email to let the group know you're coming or ask any questions. Email or visit the Royal Free Singers website.

  • Cox Green Horticultural and Craft Show (Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm) - Cox Green Community Centre. Classes include vegetables, fruit, flowers, flower arranging, handicrafts, preserves, cooking, art and photography for adults and children. Anyone can enter. Free entry for children under 14 years. View the schedule with more details on the website or email Last date for entries is Monday 4 September. Show opens to the public from 2.30pm when the exhibits are on display, plus other attractions including a market produce stall, craft stalls, raffles and cream teas.

  • Younger People with Dementia (YPWD) volunteers needed. Do you have a caring nature, enjoy working with people, have an interest in dementia and like to be creative? Help our team support younger people with dementia at our activity-based workshops around Berkshire. For more information visit the website or email

  • Volunteer with People to Places. The Maidenhead-based charity is seeking volunteers to drive its accessible minibuses, which provide transport to residents of the borough with mobility challenges. The charity has experienced a significant increase in journey requests for its dial-a-ride service since the pandemic and desperately needs more volunteer drivers to meet this demand. By becoming a volunteer driver, you'll have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in your community who rely on their service. For more information on the driver roles, visit the website, call 01628 587922, or email

  • Volunteers needed. Ascot Volunteer Bureau is a charity providing 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 website and if you're interested please ring 01344 625520 (answerphone service) or email Please provide your name, address and details of how you would like to be contacted.


  • Volunteer needed: Editor of the Stanley Spencer Gallery newsletter. The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham is run entirely by volunteers. The editor of the gallery newsletter is stepping down after 11 years in the role, and the gallery is looking for a replacement. Published quarterly, the newsletter is sent to around 550 Friends on its mailing list, as well as appearing on the gallery’s website. It features short articles about forthcoming exhibitions, events and activities at the gallery, as well as highlighting the varied contributions of its team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved, or to chat about the position, please contact the Friends’ chair at

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Local Travel Updates

Buses - new and extended routes

  • The new Go2Gate bus route linking Dedworth with Heathrow Airport launched earlier this month. The first journey from Dedworth is at 3.17am, with the last return trip from Heathrow at 11.45pm. Visit the website for more information.

  • Changes to High Wycombe's bus network means that route 37 (linking Maidenhead, Cookham and High Wycombe) will be re-numbered to route 7, with a new timetable, from Sunday 3 September. Visit the Arriva website for more information. Maidenhead’s route 7 town bus service to Woodlands Park will remain as current.

  • Reading Buses' routes 702/703, linking Windsor with London, Heathrow, Ascot and Bracknell have new state-of-the-art buses and a new name, ‘Windsor Express’. More information here.

  • Carousel Buses' route 103 will be extended into Windsor from Sunday 27 August, providing a new link from Windsor to High Wycombe and Beaconsfield. See the website for more information.

  • There are additional new overnight connections to Heathrow Airport - Carlone Ltd's A60 service from Sunnymeads and Wraysbury, and RailAir's RA1 service from Maidenhead.

For more information on bus timetables and routes, visit our website.

Rail - industrial action

Strike action by the RMT union will take place on Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September, while Aslef has announced strike action for Friday 1 September. A significantly reduced service will run with trains starting later and finishing much earlier. Many parts of the SWR and GWR network will have no service at all. Journey planners will be updated in due course. Visit the GWR website and SWR website for updates.

Engineering work

Planned engineering work this week will mean the line between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will continue to be closed tomorrow, Saturday 26 August. From Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September inclusive the lines from Barnes to Virginia Water and Windsor & Eton Riverside and Hounslow will also be closed. Buses will replace trains. Check before you travel and for more information, visit the Network Rail website.

Council highways works

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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