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Windsor Coach Park footbridge works will now avoid Christmas to help businesses

 

Essential refurbishment of a footbridge, which will enhance the sense of welcome into Windsor town centre, will now completely avoid the Christmas trading period to help the local business community.

 

After listening to concerns, we've split these important works into two phases – with no scaffolding or bridge closure happening during phase one, due to start on Monday 2 October and last around eight weeks.

 

Phase one will focus solely on refurbishing the bridge lifts and will start with a site compound being set up in a small area of the Coach Park. The bridge will remain open to the public via its steps, however the lifts will be unavailable. Signposted alternative routes and lift access will be in place from the Coach Park to the town centre and castle for those who would usually use the lifts.

 

After a break for Christmas trading, the ambition is to start phase two in the New Year and works will continue for around 17 weeks in order to maintain the bridge and enhance the sense of arrival into Windsor.

 

During phase two, the bridge will need to be fully closed to the public and encapsulated in scaffolding due to its proximity to a working railway platform. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout, and signs will be in place showing alternative walking routes.


Read more in our press release.

Plans for new secure public cycle parking at Windsor Leisure Centre 


A new secure cycle parking facility could be created at Windsor Leisure Centre, benefiting residents and centre staff who choose to pedal to the venue.


We've successfully bid for funding from Active Travel England to build the new facility, which would provide storage for around 40 bicycles.


The proposal is subject to planning permission. If approved, it is hoped the covered facility will open in spring next year and would include dedicated spaces for adapted and cargo bikes, as well as bike repair tools and helmet lockers.


It will also feature a secure entrance door unlocked by an app, CCTV, lighting, and a see-through design to maximise security.


Read more in our press release

Mayor to host charity dinner at Windsor Guildhall in aid of former Army regiment

 

Our Mayor is hosting a charity dinner in aid of the Household Cavalry Foundation, his former Army regiment, on Friday 20 October – and tickets are now available for this special fundraiser at the historic Windsor Guildhall.

 

Councillor Neil Knowles, who has also been appointed our Armed Forces Champion, comes from a forces family and served himself in both the regular and reserved Army, including in The Life Guards, part of the regiment.

 

The Household Cavalry Foundation provides charitable and pastoral support to members of the Household Cavalry family – serving soldiers, operational casualties, veterans and their families. The Foundation also supports the heritage of the regiment and welfare of its retired horses. 

 

Tickets to his special Armed Forces Dinner are available on a first-come-first-served basis for £65 each, including a drinks reception, meal and live music from the Band of the Household Cavalry – all in the magnificent surroundings of Windsor Guildhall.

 

To book tickets, visit our website or contact the Mayor’s secretary on 07866 127222. Doors open at 7pm, with carriages at 10.30pm. The dress code is black tie (or lounge suit), or uniform with decorations.


Read more in our press release.

Park Smart Maidenhead – make the most of your parking choices 


Whether you’re a savvy shopper, busy commuter, or enjoying an evening out, we all want to find that perfect parking spot that meets our needs. Whoever you are and whatever your reason for visiting, do you know all your parking options in Maidenhead?

 

Where possible, of course, we encourage people to walk and cycle for many shorter journeys into town, or use public transport. But we know that’s not always possible – so when you have to go by car, we want to ensure you know your full options and can make the most of your choices.

 

This week, we’re focusing on options for commuters, as part of our "Park Smart Maidenhead" campaign. Check out our website to see the choices for other user groups, including shoppers, electric vehicle owners and those visiting Maidenhead’s restaurants. #ParkSmartMaidenhead

If you drive into Maidenhead, park up and walk to your workplace, you can get affordable long-stay day parking or season tickets at Hines Meadow, Vicus Way or Stafferton Way car parks. Hines Meadow is the most central location.


If you’d like to save money and don’t mind a 10-minute walk into the town centre, Vicus Way is the cheapest option for commuter parking, offering all-day long-stay parking for £6, or the equivalent of £3 per day with a season ticket. Annual season tickets there are also £100 cheaper than Stafferton Way next door or Hines Meadow.


You can get season tickets for three months, six months or 12 months, with Vicus Way also having the option of one-month season tickets. 

If you take the train to London or towards Reading for work, our brand new Vicus Way car park in Maidenhead is a convenient five-minute walk to the Elizabeth Line GWR station and it’s the cheapest rail commuter parking in Maidenhead.

 

A great commuter parking base for London, you can park there all-day for £6 without a season ticket, or the equivalent of £3 with a season ticket. Annual season tickets are also £100 cheaper than Stafferton Way next door or Hines Meadow.

 

Vicus Way always has free space for commuters, plus plenty of fast chargers so if you have an electric vehicle then you can charge up while at work. Vehicle entry is from 5am, allowing plenty of time to catch first trains, and you can leave 24/7.

Reminder: Everyone welcome to attend Battle of Britain Civic Service

 

You are invited to attend our annual Battle of Britain Civic Service in Windsor on Sunday 17 September.


This is a joint service for the borough to remember those who contributed to Britain’s aerial defence in the Second World War. The service will involve the civic party, Royal Air Forces Association, Air Training Corps units and Parish Church.


If you wish to attend, please be in the vicinity of the war memorial, in the High Street, by about 10.50am, to watch the procession and short wreath-laying ceremony at 11am. The memorial is set into the wall in front of the Parish Church.


After the wreath-laying, you are then welcome to join the service itself at the Parish Church. Roads will be closed temporarily for the duration of the procession and wreath-laying, and for a few minutes after the church service.

Supporting Youth Mental Health Day 2023

 

Ahead of Youth Mental Health Day next Tuesday (19 September) we’re highlighting this week just some of the mental health support and services available to children and young people in the Royal Borough.

 

This year’s theme is #BeBrave and focuses on helping to give young people the courage and confidence they need to achieve their goals and ambitions, and be the best version of themselves they can be.


Our Wellbeing Team and Emotional Literacy Support Assistants work with schools in the Royal Borough, alongside parents, carers, guardians, and partner services, to support children with a range of issues including feelings of anxiety. You can learn more about them in our short video.


There’s a wealth of professional guidance from Kooth (for children aged 10+) and the NHS on coping techniques available to parents and young people to help with anxiety.


Frimley Health and Care also has a helpful guide for children to help them manage their mental health. Their Little Blue Book of Sunshine is a great source of reliable, professional guidance.


Mental health support and information for young people is also available on our website. Learn more about Youth Mental Health Day and find further support on the Stem4 website.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight


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


  • Open day at Dedworth Green Baptist Church (Saturday 16 September, 2pm to 5pm) - Smiths Lane, Windsor. You are invited to come along and learn more the church and the many varied activities that take place in the building. Family friendly, refreshments provided. Visit Dedworth Green Baptist Church for more information.

 

  • Brass Quintet (Saturday 16 September, 7.30pm) – St John the Baptist Church, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD. Quintessential Brass will play music spanning the last 400 years, including original works for brass and arrangements of familiar light repertoire. Tickets cost £15 each and include a drink and canapés in the interval. Tickets or further information are available from Ros Hazeldine on 01628 476963 or email [email protected].

 

  • Harvest Bazaar (Saturday 16 September, 10am to 11.30am) – St Marks Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Road, SL6 5BQ. Stalls selling various items including home-baked cakes, stationery, books, CDs, DVDs and a bric-a-brac stall with many items for gifts and home. A raffle will be organised with various prizes. Coffee is served all morning in the hub. Come and view the harvest decorations in the church. Free entry - all welcome. All funds raised to St Marks Crescent Methodist Church Fund. Contact email: [email protected].

 

  • Shakespeare’s First Folio on display (Saturday 16 September, 11am to 4pm, Sunday 17 September, 2.30pm to 5pm and Sunday 24 September, 2.30pm to 5pm) – Eton College. A copy of this iconic book will be on public display as part of national celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio of William Shakespeare in 1623. This pop-up display can be viewed with the temporary exhibition currently running. Admission included with entry to Eton Action Fair on 16 September. Free entry on 17 and 24 September. Visit the Eton College website.

 

  • The 50th Eton Action Fair (Saturday 16 September, 11am to 4pm) – Eton College. Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children. All funds raised by ticket sales, pitch fees and the students' stalls go to the five Eton Action charities; ABC to read, Action Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer's Research UK, Siobhans Trust Ukraine and Windsor Foodshare. There will be food, an NSPCC jumble sale, as well as a range of stalls. For children, there will be a bouncy castle and a mini train, as well as the Ocean Express Play Bus, face painting and an inflatable assault course. Read more on the Eton Action Fair.

 

  • Maidenhead Music presents “Facade” (Wednesday 20 September, 7.45pm) – Norden Farm. William Walton’s musical entertainment – a quirky jazz-inspired music is set to the words of the eccentric Edith Sitwell, and was first performed 100 years ago. It is played by the Berkeley Ensemble, on flute, piccolo, clarinet, cello, saxophone, trumpet and percussion. Tickets are £20 (£15 for members) from Norden Farm box office or on the door. Under 18s are free with a ticketed adult. Details on the website or email [email protected].

 

  • Desborough Bowling Club open day (Saturday 23 September, 10am to 4pm) - 10 Green Lane, SL6 1XZ. All residents and friends, young and old, are invited to come along and see the club’s multi-million pound facilities and experience bowls at its best. Tea and coffee will also be available.

 

  • Quire Voices concert (Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm) - Eton College Chapel. The choir will perform d'Astorga's Stabat Mater and Handel's Dixit Dominus alongside world-acclaimed soloists and Orpheus Sinfonia. Visit the Windsor Festival website for tickets.

 

  • Holyport Community Trust autumn events The trust has two tables left for its quiz night on Friday 29 September, 7pm for 7.30pm. £15 a head, including supper, plus a cash bar). Email [email protected] if you'd like a table. Maximum team size of six. The trust is also hosting a table-top sale at the village hall on Sunday 22 October, 10am to 1pm. £10 a table for sellers. Contact Gill for more information. Holyport Cinema Club starts its autumn season tonight (Friday 15 September). The first film is The Fabelmans. Tickets £5, plus 42p booking fee (£6 on the door) on the website.

 

  • Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning (Friday 29 September) – Lodge Brothers, High Street, Datchet. Enjoy coffee and cake - all welcome. More information here.

 

  • Windsor Parish Church of St John the Baptist organ recital (Sunday 1 October, 7pm) - High Street, Windsor SL4 1LT. After many years of fundraising and three years of works by Bishop & Son, the rebuild of the Hunter organ in Windsor Parish is nearing completion. As part of the Windsor Festival there will be a re-opening recital by international concert organist and Windsorian Thomas Trotter. Further details and tickets are available here.

 

  • ECO Action for Windsor and Maidenhead Plant-Based Eating Inspiration (Saturday 7 October, 11am to 2pm) - The Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Unit 5/7 Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1LB. Learn more about plant-based eating, growing your own, saving money and being more self-sufficient.


  • WEA Maidenhead Branch with Oxford University Study Day (Monday 9 October) – Norden Farm, Maidenhead. History and Myth in Painting, Sculpture and Photography (face to face and live streaming). See the website, contact Steph Diggon at [email protected] or call 01628 563676 for more information.

 

  • Autism in Girls Talk (Tuesday 10 October, 7pm) - Furze Platt Senior School Theatre. Cathy Wassell, who runs the charity, Autism in Girls Network, will talk about how girls are often diagnosed much later than boys due to misconceptions about how it presents itself. She can talk both personally and professionally about the challenges of getting a diagnosis and gives practical tips and techniques for those who care for children and teenagers. Tickets cost £5. Book here.


  • Get Berkshire Active Sport for Development Forum (Thursday 12 October, 9.30am to 1pm) - Rams Rugby Club, Old Bath Road, Sonning, RG4 6TQ. If you're a Berkshire sporting organisation or club wanting to work, or already working to support individuals and society to tackle a wide range of social and health issues, please come along to this free forum. To book, visit the Get Berkshire Active website.

 

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Local Travel Updates


Rail - engineering work


Planned engineering works are taking place on the South Western Railway network this weekend, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside. Buses will replace trains between Staines and Windsor. More information on the SWR website.


Council highways works


Essential maintenance work to repair the A355 and A332 Royal Windsor Way is almost complete. This work will ensure this key transport link is ready for winter and for years to come.


This has involved a number of overnight closures on the section of road between the B3024 Dedworth Road roundabout in the south and the roundabout at the junction with the M4 in the north. The southbound carriageway will reopen tomorrow morning, Saturday 16 September and two more overnight closures will be required on Monday 25 September and Tuesday 26 September. Read more on our website.


For details of further 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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