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Free school holiday activity and food programme for children

A free holiday activities and food programme for children eligible for free school meals will begin in the borough this Easter.

The programme is called Feed Ur Everyday Lives (FUEL) and aims to provide additional support to vulnerable children in our borough.

The programme offers online and face-to-face activities for children aged five to 16-years-old who are eligible for free school meals, for four hours a day, four days a week during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays.

To view the two-week Easter virtual programme and book a place, visit our website.

To learn more, read our press release.
Inspector's post-hearing letter published on emerging Borough Local plan

We have taken a step closer to adopting our emerging Borough Local Plan
after publishing the planning inspector's stage two post-hearing letter.

The inspector's letter follows a second round of public hearings to examine the plan which took place in October, November and December last year.

The plan aims to support the regeneration of our towns and meet the growing housing needs of our residents.

The next stage of adopting the plan will see a schedule of main modifications drafted which will be published for public consultation later this year.

To learn more, read our press release.
2021 UK Census

This week, census field staff will be following up on questionnaires that have not been returned despite reminders being sent.

Census field staff will also carry out follow-up activity targeting areas where high numbers of households have not returned their questionnaires.

Census support centres are available to answer any questions you might have about the census. They can help you fill it in online or on paper and will be able to discuss other ways to support you too. The free-to-call support centre for England is 0800 141 2021.

For more information visit the official census website.
Food waste - Keep it cool

When it comes to food, we are encouraging everyone to Waste Less and Recycle More.

Last week we gave you some tips on how to reduce food waste with Love Food Hate Waste’s handy tips.

This week it’s all about your fridge!

The average UK fridge temperature is set too warm, which means food kept in the fridge can perish more quickly than if they were stored at the right temperature.

Did you know the equivalent of 3.1 million glasses of milk are poured down our kitchen sinks every day in the UK?

Chill the Fridge Out gives you handy tips for keeping your fridge at the right temperature to help ensure that your food doesn’t go to waste. Always keep it low - below 5°C (this means not leaving the door open while you pour milk in your tea).

There will always be some food waste (peelings, meat bones, eggshells) and it’s important to the environment that these are recycled.

If you don’t already use one, a food waste caddy is a good way to ensure that your food waste is put to good use. You can order a food waste caddy on our website.
COVID-19 Royal Borough Memory Box

To reflect and record the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum has launched The Royal Borough Memory Box.

After a year like no other, they want to build a collection to show our collective experiences of the pandemic so far, good and bad. Together we can tell our shared story and help future generations to understand what we have experienced.

This historic project needs you to contribute your photographs, videos, artwork, stories and any items that represent your personal experiences of life during the pandemic and in lockdown.

To get involved with this unique opportunity, visit the Royal Borough Memory Box website to donate your memories via the online form.

To learn more about what you can put into the Memory Box, take a look at the flyer.

If you have any questions, please email
Grants available for non-profit voluntary groups

If you, or someone you know, are involved with a non-profit community or voluntary group in the Royal Borough, you have until next week (Thursday 1 April) to apply for our 2021/22 community grants scheme.

A total of £100,000 in grant funding is available for non-profit groups in the borough, with funding available for long-term projects such as improving existing facilities and buying new equipment, or short-term support for funding upcoming events.

Last year’s recipients of the grant include Age Concern in Windsor who were awarded £1,861 to repair damaged sewer pipes, and Elizabeth House in Cookham who were awarded £4,000 to assist with day-to-day operations.

The deadline to apply is Thursday 1 April 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit our website or read our press release.
Windsor Town Council public consultation

We want to hear your views on proposals to create a new Windsor Town Council.

Under the plans, the town council would be made up of 21 elected members, representing 10 wards, with its first elections on 4 May 2023.

The town council would be responsible for allotments and other services that are still to be determined. Over time, once individuals have been elected and the town council has established itself, it could take on additional duties if the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead agrees.

Residents and other interested parties have until Wednesday 2 June to give their views.

To respond please visit our website.

To learn more, read our press release.
Town forum meetings

If you’d like to have your say in future town forum meetings, where issues affecting Maidenhead and Windsor town centres are discussed, we want to hear from you.

You can suggest discussion topics for the Maidenhead Town Forum or Windsor Town Forum as well as attend the virtual meeting and contribute to discussions.

Agendas are published a week in advance so you can see what councillors will be discussing and get involved if there is something you are interested in.

Suggestions for discussion will be added to a future agenda if appropriate.

The next meeting of the Maidenhead Town Forum is on Wednesday 31 March and Windsor Town Forum is on Wednesday 26 May.

To find out more about how to get involved, email (for Maidenhead Town Forum) or (for Windsor Town Forum). You can watch the meetings live on our YouTube channel.

We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.
Our current consultations are:

More information can be found on the consultations pages of our website.
Number 10 bus route cancelled

From Sunday 4 April 2021, the number 10 bus route provided by Courtney Buses, which runs from Heathrow Airport to Dedworth, via Poyle, Wraysbury, Sunnymeads and Datchet, will stop running.

Parents or guardians whose children are entitled to council support for home to school transport which relies on the number 10 route have been contacted by Achieving for Children's school transport team.

Parents or guardians will be informed of alternate school transport arrangements by Friday 2 April 2021.

If you have any questions, please email

The M4 will be closed in both directions between junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough) from 8pm on Friday 26 March to 6am on Monday 29 March 2021.

Visit the Highways England website for more details on the M4 smart motorway works.
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