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What's your Vision for Windsor? Survey deadline extended


In light of the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we've extended by two weeks, until Sunday 16 October, the period to tell us your ideas and thoughts to help shape a compelling vision for the future of Windsor town centre.


We're working with The Prince's Foundation charity to involve residents, community groups, businesses, and others in creating a shared view for how Windsor should evolve over the next 20-plus years as a high-quality, distinctive and sustainable place to live, work, spend leisure time and do business.


Please complete the survey and other activities on the RBWM Together website to tell us what you think is good in the town centre, what you’d like to change and what you’d like to keep and take forward into the future. Thank you to everyone who has already shared their thoughts.


Two public drop-in workshop events, originally planned for earlier this month at Windsor Library, were postponed following Her Majesty’s passing, however, revised drop-in dates will be announced in the coming weeks.


Together with suggestions from a range of local partner organisations, your thoughts and ideas will help shape a visioning document that will complement existing strategic plans and guide future decisions and collective energies of the Council and potentially a range of partners. 

Windsor Castle reopens to the public


Yesterday, Windsor Castle reopened to the public, which includes St George’s Chapel where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been laid to rest.


The castle is now open five days a week, from Thursdays to Mondays, although St George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays as it is used by private worshippers attending that day’s service.


Visitors wishing to visit the castle are recommended to pre-book their tickets online on the Royal Collection Trust website.


If you wish to lay flowers, in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, please place these at Cambridge Gate at the top end of The Long Walk. This is a five-minute walk from the castle’s visitor entrance. You will not be able to take flowers into the castle itself.


For more details about the reopening of Windsor Castle and other Royal palaces, residences and art galleries, please visit the Royal Collection Trust website

You still have time to share your views on our draft tall buildings planning document

 

Thank you to everyone who has so far commented on the draft of a planning document which will help to ensure the suitable location, height, and design of future tall buildings within the Royal Borough.


You have until Tuesday 11 October to take part in our public consultation on the draft Building Height and Tall Buildings Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which will guide developers in choosing the best locations for tall buildings and achieving architectural excellence, and help the council decide planning applications. 


Earlier this week an online consultation event was held via Microsoft Teams. Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in the Q&A session. If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can watch a recording on our YouTube channel.


You can read the draft SPD and submit your comments on our website.


Read our press release to learn more.

Last chance to have your say on future locations for polling stations


You have until Monday 3 October to have your say on proposals for the future locations of polling stations in seven electoral wards.


This six-week public consultation, which opened on Monday 22 August, is part of an interim review of specific polling places in Bray, Furze Platt, Pinkneys Green, Riverside, Ascot and Sunninghill, Clewer and Dedworth West, and Clewer East.


This is to consider the suitability of polling stations in meeting the needs of electors where, due to Covid, a temporary station was used for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2022, and to consider whether any of these should become the usual/permanent polling station location for all future elections.


To see the recommended changes, please visit our website or inspect hard copies at one of the local libraries serving those wards.


Read our press release to learn more.

World Café coming to St Mary’s ward in Maidenhead

 

Our World Café is due to visit St Mary’s ward in Maidenhead on Thursday 6 October, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. This will be at Maidenhead Community Centre on Marlow Road, SL6 7HY.

 

Hundreds of residents across the borough have so far come along to the World Cafes, organised in partnership with Frimley NHS, which are run as informal speed networking to brainstorm ideas to help with the cost of living.

 

The St Mary’s event will also focus on wellbeing. As with previous World Cafes, there will be information stands signposting to an array of support as well as refreshments plus a £5 local store voucher for all attendees.

 

World Cafes are run on a ‘you said we did’ approach which means that following each event we write an evaluation report which then informs an outcomes action plan. For more details visit the RBWM Together website.


Attendance is free and you don’t need to book in advance.

Calling all over 50's - It's your chance to try sports and fitness activities for free!

 

Leisure Focus Trust and Maidenhead United FC Community Trust are running 7 Days of Focus Over-50s Activity Week, from tomorrow (Saturday 1 October), in partnership with local sports clubs and activity providers.

 

During the week, they are opening their doors to give over-50s an opportunity to see what’s on offer and try out various sporting activities free of charge. Activities include walking football, ballroom and Latin dancing, tennis, meditation, indoor bowls, seated exercise, and yoga.

 

Leisure Focus is also holding an Open Day at Braywick Leisure Centre next Tuesday (4 October) which will include Community SMILE sessions, a cooking show, an information stall, and membership offers. 

 

To find out what activities are taking place at Leisure Focus, as well as via local sports clubs and activity providers, check out the booklet. Alternatively, visit Leisure Focus’ website.

Chance to borrow wildlife monitoring equipment to learn more about nature


Did you know that you can borrow wildlife monitoring equipment for free from Braywick Nature Centre?


Monitoring local wildlife is an important step in helping to conserve it: we need to understand the wildlife around us and how it is changing.


Equipment available to borrow includes bat detectors, waders, camera traps, quadrats, a video endoscope, moth trap and thermal imaging scope.


Borrowers can be part of a community group or individuals. Equipment must be returned in good condition.



If you, or someone you know, would like to borrow some of this equipment, please email requests to Rosie Street and Braywick Nature Centre’s inbox.

Royal Borough community spotlight


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


  • All welcomed to free Sir Joseph Banks Exhibition Lecture (Monday 3 October, 6.30pm to 8pm) – Eton College. Members of the public are invited to book their free place for a lecture and exhibition to explore the work and life of Sir Joseph Banks. To mark the 200th anniversary of his death, Eton has mounted an exhibition, titled To Botany Bay and Back: The Worldwide Web of Sir Joseph Banks. Learn more and book on their Eventbrite page


  • Cantorum Choir performance (Saturday 15 October, 7.30pm) – St Michael’s Church, Bray. Cantorum Choir will be performing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, a piece which encompasses an array of human emotions in its music, much like Rossini’s operas. The choir are delighted to be joined by four professional opera singers, who have all been mentored through the very prestigious Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House. Tickets are available on the Little Box Office website or by calling 07939 157530


  • Halloween Swap Shop (Friday 28 October, 2pm to 3pm) – Maidenhead Library. Donate clean, gently used children’s costumes and decorations to Maidenhead Library throughout October until October 28 when everyone is welcome to find their ‘new to you’ costume. To learn more, read the flyer


  • Windsor Fringe 2022 (Until Sunday 30 October) – Various venues. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Windsor Fringe returns with a programme of 11 eclectic events in collaboration with local groups and venues. Run by volunteers, it offers an innovative and affordable programme of music, dance, drama and art with a passion for being a platform for promoting new talent. For event information and tickets, visit the Windsor Fringe website


  • Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra concert (Saturday 12 November, 7.30pm) – St Mary’s Church, Maidenhead. In the first concert of their 50th anniversary season, Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra (WMSO) will be performing three contrasting masterpieces from the 20th century including Weber’s Der Freischütz overture, Shostakovich’s Cello Concert No. 1, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are £18 (£5 for student/child) available on the WMSO website


  • Cox Green Luncheon Club (Every Tuesday) – Cox Green Community Centre. You are invited to join the Cox Green Luncheon Club, which mainly caters for retired people who are housebound or lonely through age, disability, ill health or bereavement and live within the parishes of St. Edmund Campion RC Church, All Saints Church, Maidenhead and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cox Green. Their team of volunteers provide and serve a freshly cooked two-course meal, followed by tea or coffee, at a reasonable cost. Please contact Ruby Doughty on 01628 630703.


If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in this newsletter, simply send basic information about your event to communications@rbwm.gov.uk and it could be shared with over 20,000 local residents.


You just need to include a brief description, when and where it takes place, and a link to a website/social media page/contact where people can find out more.

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.


Our current consultations are:

Local travel updates


Trade unions have announced industrial action at a number of train companies and Network Rail tomorrow (Saturday 1 October) and on Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October.


To stay up to date with the latest local rail strike updates, please check the Twitter accounts for Great Western Railway and South Western Railway.


The M4 is also due to be closed between Junctions 12 (Theale) and 11 (Reading) from 10pm today until 6am tomorrow (1 October) and then from 10pm tomorrow until 6am on Monday 3 October. A signed diversion route will be using the A4 and A33. For more information, visit the National Highways 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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