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 on: Today at 05:37:02 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Across the Royal Borough, Frimley NHS Health & Care has so far administered vaccines to:
94% - ages 80+
94% - 75 to 79
93% - 70 to 74
90% - 65 to 69
87% - 60 to 64
86% - 55 to 59
84% - 50 to 54
31% - 16 to 49

But remember, even vaccinated, you can still catch COVID-19 although it's highly unlikely you will end up in intensive care. But you could still infect others not yet vaccinated.

Central government has already announced that the number of vaccine doses available this month across England is much lower than in March. The availability of first dose appointments on the national booking system are temporarily fewer meaning the current age group (45 to 49) may take longer. But this does not affect the roll-out of second doses.

The British Islamic Medical Association has issued specific advice urging you not to delay taking the vaccine during Ramadan. The vaccines do not break your fast, nor do they contain material of foetal or animal origin. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has published the full ingredients of both Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech.

The vaccination programme is being run by the NHS, not the council. For Frimley NHS Health and Care's statistics see regional and national data on the NHS England website.

 on: Today at 04:49:14 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
We will soon be changing some of the ways in which you can access our front counter services across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police is adapting to the different ways people now wish to make contact with us to ensure we continue to meet the changing needs of the diverse communities we serve.

These changes do not affect police officer numbers nor the number of operational police bases so you will not experience any difference in the ongoing commitment we have to visible policing in our Thames Valley communities.

There will continue to be good geographic coverage of front counters across the Thames Valley if you need to access one.

As part of these changes, the force will retain its front counters at Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Abingdon, Banbury, Newbury, Loddon Valley and Maidenhead, however some will experience changes to their opening hours.

Front counters at Amersham, Bicester, Bracknell, HQ South in Kidlington, and Witney will close. These counters have already been closed since March 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, with the exception of HQ South in Kidlington, which reopened following an initial closure.

These changes, which were subject to a public consultation, will be implemented from 30 August 2021.

Further details are available on our information page.

There are a number of really convenient alternative ways to contact Thames Valley Police.

More and more, people contact us online and by phone. You can also access a number of our core services on our website. This includes reporting non-emergency crimes or incidents, anti-social behaviour, applying for firearms licensing, telling us about something of concern or updating us on a crime report, among many other functions.

Further information about when and how to make a report to police is available on our website.

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 on: Today at 03:02:01 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Our Van has been stolen from Taplow village early hours of this morning. The police is aware but please keep an eye open and share in your circles!
Thank you so much!


 on: Today at 01:28:14 PM 
Started by Cookham v Coronavirus - Last post by Cookham v Coronavirus
There have been 44 further cases of coronavirus recorded in Berkshire in the latest daily figures on Wednesday (April 21) - up from 30 yesterday.

Slough saw the biggest increase again, with 12 positive tests, and Reading recorded 11, while all other areas recorded a single figure rise.

No new Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded at hospitals serving Berkshire, with the total since the start of the pandemic remaining at 1,780.

The Government said a further 22 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 127,327.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 151,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 2,396 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,395,703.

This is the latest rolling seven-day coronavirus infection rates per 100,000 people for the week ending April 16:

Bracknell Forest: 23.7 (down from 32.6 for week ending April 14 )
Reading: 22.9 (down from 24.7 )
Slough: 64.9 (no change)
West Berkshire: 9.5 (down from 14.5 )
Windsor and Maidenhead: 19.8 (down from 21.1)
Wokingham: 16.9 (down from 17.5)

This is the latest breakdown of confirmed cases for each area of Berkshire since the start of the pandemic:

Bracknell Forest: 7,064 cases (three new cases)
Reading: 10,879 cases (11 new cases)
Slough: 15,432 cases (12 new cases)
West Berkshire: 6,344 cases (six new cases)
Windsor and Maidenhead: 8,446 cases (seven new cases)
Wokingham: 8,190 (five new cases)
This is the latest data on the total number of deaths at NHS trusts in and around Berkshire:

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust: 1,247 (no change)
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust: 501 (no change)
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: 32 (no change)
How many people have had a Covid vaccine?

Government data up to April 20 shows that of the 43,915,559 jabs given in the UK so far, 33,139,742 were first doses – a rise of 107,622 on the previous day.

Some 10,775,817 were second doses, an increase of 350,027.

 on: April 21, 2021, 05:16:59 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
A grant of £280,000 secured by the Royal Borough has been used to help reopen its leisure facilities.

The funding came from the Government’s and Sport England’s National Leisure Recovery Fund as leisure centres opened from Monday 29 March for outdoor activities and for some pre-booked indoor activities from Monday 12 April.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the borough’s six centres, which are run by Leisure Focus, had been closed for a number of months and the money is an essential contribution towards their reopening and re-establishing programmes for users.

The funding has gone towards essential maintenance and investment in new equipment - including gym equipment, a new marquee to support COVID-19 secure activity and additional cleaning equipment. The money has also been used to fund the set up and delivery of a blended programme of leisure activities both in centres and online.

Councillor Samantha Rayner, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for resident and leisure services, said: “It has been a difficult year for our leisure centres, which have spent a large amount of time closed because of the pandemic, but this funding has helped significantly as they have reopened their doors.

“Leisure services play a vital role in helping our communities stay healthy and active and this has taken on added importance as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

“During the closure period staff have worked incredibly hard in making improvements to the centres to welcome residents back, and the funding has been vital for this.

“Please come and enjoy the wide range of activities on offer at our centres.”

The council would like to thank Leisure Focus for its support with the COVID-19 response in the borough. Lateral flow testing has been taking place at both Braywick Leisure Centre and Windsor Leisure Centre. Leisure Focus has also supported our local contact tracing service and the Community Collect home testing scheme.

The all-weather pitches and hard courts at Braywick, Charters, Cox Green and Furze Platt Leisure Centres reopened on Monday 29 March.

Leisure centre staff are on hand to make sure everyone follows COVID-19 safety guidelines, and are also sanitising any high touch point areas.

The centres reopened for indoor activities from Monday 12 April with their normal opening hours.

To make a booking email or book via the Leisure Focus app.

For more information please visit:

 on: April 21, 2021, 04:22:20 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been struck a massive blow by the government's new emission targets.

The government announced the new climate change target on Tuesday (April 20), with an aim to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 when compared to 1990 levels.

However, for the first time, this Carbon Budget includes the UK’s share of aviation emissions, including international travel and shipping.

With Heathrow already being the single biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK, emitting around 60 per cent of total UK aviation emissions, a third runway would mean to meet the new legally binding targets most other UK airports would be required to close.

When pressed on the subject at a press conference yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his views on the matter are "well known" and it was "a matter for the company concerned".

Paul McGuinness, chair of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, said: “Heathrow expansion is dead. It is simply not compatible with the UK government’s commitment to do our part in protecting the climate.

“With aviation now having to live within carbon emissions limits, and the government’s position being that there can be no net expansion of UK aviation, the expansion of activity at one airport will need to be offset by the restriction of activity at another.

“So, supporters of Heathrow expansion will need to identify which regional airports in other parts of the UK they would like to see restricted – or closed – to allow for a greater concentration of the UK’s aviation at Heathrow, in the already economically advantaged south-east.

 on: April 21, 2021, 04:19:18 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police

BUT – we have had cars broken into and wallets stolen, containing bank cards !  Please remember our Clear Car Campaign:

Leave nothing on display.  That does not mean, nothing valuable on display.  A supermarket bag - could contain something valuable.  A jacket left on a seat – could contain a wallet.  A strategically placed covering – could hide a laptop.
I shouldn’t have to say it – but can everyone please lock their cars – even if parked behind gates.

You will see below - opportunist thieves walk around trying car door handles - if they find a car locked - they walk on looking for an easiet target.

As I have mentioned – you could have a window smashed, for a few loose coins left visible in the centre console, a pair of sunglasses on the dashboard.  If not the cost of a replacement window – think about the time and disruption involved.


FIRST: We have received reports of ‘Rogue Trading’.

We have received information about a White Ford Transit driving around RBWM, covered with signage on both sides and the back and a set of ladders on the top.  We have multiple reports from Wraysbury in the last month, as well as previously in Maidenhead.  Our grateful thanks to all those that phoned it through – that is exactly what we need, to protect vulnerable residents from being scammed out of their savings.

The white Ford Transit van contains three men, who are offering services such as gutter cleaning, driveway / patio cleaning, roof cleaning etc. in exchange for cash.

The phone numbers displayed on the van, are fake.



Then politely, but firmly close and lock your front door.


I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.

I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -

20/4  Tuesday 8 a.m.  Simpson Close.  Van break – no further details at this time.  Ref. No:  43210166141
20/4  Tuesday 4.20 p.m.  Heathland Court, Grebe Way.  Car side window smashed – vandalism.  Ref. No:  43210167122
21/4  Wednesday midnight / 7.45 a.m.  Belmont Road.  Car window smashed – vandalism  Ref. No:  43210167934
19/4  Monday 10 p.m. /5 a.m.  Heathland Court, Blackamoor Lane.  Car driver’s side window smashed – wallet and contents stolen.  Ref. No:  43210166180
19/4 – 20/4  Monday 10.30 p.m. / Tuesday 6 a.m.  Simpson Close.  Truck broken into – wallet and contents, together with a new Makita radio stolen.  Ref. No:  43210166567
21/4  Wednesday 2.06 a.m.  Powney Road.  The owner has video doorbell footage of a man walking onto the drive and trying to open the boot of his car.  As it was locked, he looks inside the car and then tries the car door handles.  As it was completely locked he walked off.  The owner has heard that a car nearby had a window smashed.  Ref. No:  43210168056
20/4 – 21/4  Tuesday noon / Wednesday 9.30 a.m.  Belmont Park Avenue.  Car passenger window smashed – glovebox searched – unknown if anything stolen.  Ref. No:  43210168074

19/4 - 20/4  Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 9 a.m.  Ray Mill Road West.  Nail pushed into tyre.  Ref. No:  43210166794


18/9 – 19/4  Sunday 10 p.m. / Monday 11 a.m.  Oaken Grove.  Car passenger window smashed – glovebox searched loose change stolen.  Ref. No:  43210165472


19/4  Monday midnight / 7.30 a.m.  Hibbert Road.  Car passenger window smashed – floral Cath Kitson bag stolen.  Ref. No:  43210165088
19/4  Monday 6.20 a.m.  Windsor road.  Owner has video doorbell footage of a man walking onto their property and trying the car door handles.  As the car was locked, he walks off.  Ref. No:  432100166631  Do you live nearby ?  Were you also targeted by this opportunist thief.  If you have a video doorbell / CCTV can you check it please.


FIRST: Some useful advice from Mark

Hi Jeff,

This might be useful to highlight on your TV Alert newsletter.

'Which?' provide a free Scam Alert Service, where you register your email address and they email regular scam updates.  It's UK-specific so is totally relevant and appropriate to us.

You can register here:

All they ask for is your email address, first name and postcode.

And it is legit.

Here's the latest alert that they sent out today, just to give you an idea of what it looks like:

You don't need to be a member of ‘Which?’ to use this service and - it's free of charge.

If it helps one person, then it will have been worthwhile.

Note, I've absolutely no connections to ‘Which?’ in any way, shape or form, I'm not even a member; other than registered for these scam alerts.

My best regards to you,


Many thanks Mark – this is something we should all sign up to.

NEXT: HSBC Scam Texts:

Hi Jeff,

I received a text message supposedly from HSBC, informing me that a payment had been attempted from my account using a new unrecognised device and if this was not me, to click on the link.

I believed this was probably a scam, so telephoned HSBC to check my account and they confirmed my suspicions.

Today, I have received an email from HSBC, advising me that I must activate the new ‘HSBC Secure Key Security’ system.  They invited me to connect to my online banking space - by clicking on the link.  I believe this to also be a scam.

On both occasions, I didn’t click on the links - but it may be worth informing others of these scams.

Kind regards


Thanks Debbie – done !

NEXT:  It seems HSBC is the bank of choice for scammers:

Hi Jeff,

I’ve just received a text purportedly from HSBC, but as I don’t have an account with them.  ‘A payment was attempted from a new device……..’  I have deleted it.

I have presumed it’s a scam.  However, it would have been so easy to click on the link !

Please could you put out a warning.

Many thanks.

Many thanks Jo – Done.  – it was the same Text, so they must have been sent out by the thousand !

NEXT: An Inland Revenue Scam:

Hi Jeff,

I have just received a voicemail, purporting to be from HMRC.

If I “do not return the call, or have my solicitor call back, I should be prepared to face full legal consequences.”

I deleted it !

Simply FYI


Many thanks Taras.  Due to everyone sharing their experiences, most people will be aware of these attempted scams and therefore be protected.  This is how we protect each other as the onslaught is never ending and increasing every day – and it is so simple to just click on the Link !!!  Never do it.  Our grateful thanks to you all.

 on: April 21, 2021, 02:21:03 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
A four-week climate change campaign promoting steps that will help the borough reach its carbon emissions target has been launched.

Starting tomorrow (Thursday 22 April) in celebration of Earth Day, the Royal Borough will share ideas for how people can positively change their behaviour and reduce their carbon footprint, as well as showcasing local businesses and organisations who are doing their bit to help. Some simple choices can have a great impact.

The council has committed to achieving a target of net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2050, in line with the Government policy.

The campaign will focus on:
reducing single use plastic
reducing energy usage in homes and buildings
protecting nature and the role the natural world can play in helping us fight climate change
reducing carbon emissions from travel, for example encouraging people to drive less and cycle and walk more.

Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, said: “Our campaign will be a celebration of practical action and local successes as well as an opportunity for residents and our local businesses to get involved.

“Our Environment and Climate Strategy, which was adopted in December, makes it clear that collaboration and engagement is key. We have asked key stakeholders and partners what areas we could focus on during this month and I am delighted with their feedback. It will take the combined efforts of businesses, industry, residents and community groups to deliver the action that is necessary to tackle climate change.

“Earth Day offers us an opportunity to build on this and make protecting our environment, and ourselves, a priority.

“The future of our planet is in everyone’s hands, and if we are to achieve our target of net zero carbon emissions, we all need to work together.”

Our Environment and Climate Strategy sets out our vision and five-year action plan, to 2025, for embarking on this challenge and followed the declaration of an environment and climate emergency by the council in June 2019.

Public involvement and the ideas, insights and actions put forward at workshops and at a consultation were key in forming the strategy.

For more information, or to read the strategy, please visit:

 on: April 21, 2021, 01:59:36 PM 
Started by Cookham v Coronavirus - Last post by Cookham v Coronavirus
Here are the latest coronavirus case rates for Berkshire, with Slough now having the second-highest in the south-east of England.

The industrial town's rate is second to Luton, which has a rate of 97.6 cases per 100,000 people. Slough's is currently 64.9, according to Public Health England figures as of Tuesday, April 20.

For comparison, England's rate is 26.8.

The figures are for the seven-day rolling rate up to and including April 14.

The breakdown of the figures for each local authority area in Berkshire are detailed below, with last week's rate in brackets:

Slough - 64.9 (down from 72.2)
Bracknell Forest - 32.6 (up from 15.5)
Reading - 24.7 (down from 33.4)
Windsor and Maidenhead - 21.1 (down from 33.0)
Wokingham - 17.5 (up from 15.8 )
West Berkshire - 14.5 (up from 13.3)

How many coronavirus cases are there in Berkshire?

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases recorded during the same period is detailed below. The figures for the week before are in brackets:

Slough - 97 (down from 108)
Bracknell Forest - 40 (up from 19)
Reading - 40 (down from 54)
Windsor and Maidenhead - 32 (down from 50)
Wokingham - 30 (up from 27)
West Berkshire - 23 (up from 21)

 on: April 21, 2021, 01:54:15 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The government has confirmed no new smart motorways will open unless they have radar technology to spot broken down vehicles.

The announcement came today from transport secretary Grant Schapps who said plans to retrofit the Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) System will be accelerated by Highways England.


Mr Shapps' action plan includes a deadline of rolling out SVD across the entire network by March 2023, but now says this work will be done by September this year.

This could delay the opening of the part of the M4, where a smart motorway project has been going on for a number of years.

New projects for the M25 and M3 were also given permission last year.

The project, which will eventually see the motorway between Theale and Hayes and Harlington in London converted into a smart motorway, was due to finish in the spring.

There have been major concerns over safety on the motorways which have been completed.

The controversy is over the conversion of the hard shoulder into a "live lane" to allow more capacity.

Lanes are closed if the breakdowns are spotted, but there have been a number of incidents where lorries have ploughed into stationary vehicles.

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