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 on: September 19, 2019, 05:02:35 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Serco will be taking over the weekly waste and recycling collections in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead from Monday 30 September.
Collection days will stay the same but there may be some changes to the times of collections. This means that if your bin is normally collected at a certain time it may be collected earlier or later in the day from 30 September.

Cllr Gerry Clark, lead member for sustainability, waste services and economic development, said: “We are working hard to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum as we move our waste and recycling contract over to Serco.

“However, we know that not all residents may realise that we are changing supplier, so please do let your neighbour know that bin collection days are not changing but the time of collection might.”
If your bin still hasn’t been collected after 4pm on the day it is normally due for collection it may have been missed. You can report a missed bin online here. Leave your bin out for 48 hours after its been reported and the crew will be back to pick it up.
Serco, a British owned and based company and a member of the FTS250 will continue to deliver weekly collections and gradually introduce a host of new initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions and increase recycling rates.

One new initiative is the introduction of a small electrical item and battery collection service which starts on Monday 30 September. Residents can leave small electrical items in one small bag and a separate bag for batteries next to their bins on collection day for recycling. Further information on this scheme can be found here.

 on: September 19, 2019, 04:50:55 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
A celebration of the Cookham Rise Methodist Church Toddler Club which has been running for 40 years is being organised.  This is on Saturday October 5th 2-4p.m.  Anyone who has come to the Toddler Club, now called Come and Play, during the 40 years is very welcome to drop in for tea and cake and a trip down memory lane, and maybe meet up with friends from when their children were toddlers.

 on: September 19, 2019, 12:46:58 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
From a Cookhamite

Dust off your bikes ladies! HSBC UK Breeze 'Cookham Rockettes' is coming to Cookham in the next week or two, offering FREE group cycle rides for women aged 16 upwards. I am an HSBC Breeze Champion living in Cookham, trained and insured by British Cycling to lead social rides for up to 8 ladies. Provided you have access to a bicycle in good working order, whatever your fitness level, age or cycling ability I have something for you from gentle beginners rides through to challenging road bike rides.  We will chat as we go and will always make a coffee & cake stop along the way.  If you want to get fit and make new friends, please join my Cookham Rockettes FaceBook page to receive notifications as rides get scheduled 
and/or    join my Meetup Group here

 on: September 18, 2019, 04:20:10 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
The 23rd Windsor Lions Annual Swimathon - will be at Windsor Leisure Centre and there is still time for local good causes to seize this fun opportunity to raise money on Sunday 13th October 2019.
40 teams have already entered, but there is still plenty of space for other swimmers, with capacity available of at least 60 teams.
This major charity fun event, is geared up for teams to raise funds for their nominated charity, or good cause.
Over the years, the Swimathon has raised over £185,000 for schools, sports clubs, service organisations, youth groups, charity clubs and groups.
The Windsor Lions organise and staff the whole event, so there is nothing else for the teams to do, other than find the swimmers and attract sponsors – and of course swim on the day!  Anyone can swim – it’s not just for elite swimmers.
The best news of all is that teams get to keep 100% of the sponsorship they attract !
We are aiming for a best-ever Big Splash! For more information and entry details visit
16/9  Monday 1 a.m. / 10.15 a.m.  York Court, Moorbridge Road.  Attempted burglary.  The owner was awoken by a noise.  There were tool marks around the door.  No entry gained.
17/9  Tuesday 1 a.m.  Ray Mill Road West.  Then owner was awoken by their van and car alarm sounding.  Nothing stolen.
17/9  Tuesday 5.45 p.m. / 8.45 p.m. Restaurant Car Park, High Street.  Car passenger window smashed - LAPTOP STOLEN.

16/9  Monday 11 a.m.  Purssell Close.  Garage door forced.  Bike stolen.  A red, Specialized Hardrock, mountain bike.
17/9 - 18/9  Tuesday 8 p.m. / Wednesday 6.30 a.m.  Holyport Road.  Shed break.  Lock cut off.  Tools stolen.
18/9  Wednesday  0.50 a.m. / 1.20 a.m.  Hotel Car Park, Manor Lane X 2.  1.  A witness heard a car window being smashed and a man running away with a LAPTOP.  2.  Car rear windscreen smashed - confidential documents and passport stolen.
Just in from Stephanie.
Apparently her TV licence could not be automatically renewed ……..You can gather the rest.  Below is a link for her to open and complete all her bank details to create a new Direct DEBIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 on: September 18, 2019, 02:21:40 PM 
Started by smokey1 - Last post by Archimedes
Boats are supposed to be meeting at the Bounty on 28 September for the Illuminated Boat Parade.

 on: September 18, 2019, 08:46:21 AM 
Started by smokey1 - Last post by smokey1
So the Bounty pub is now closed, I wonder what is going on there???

 on: September 17, 2019, 11:35:07 AM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
New schemes that will make Royal Borough roads safer and improve flood defences secure funding

Local road safety schemes, footpath improvements and flood defences are all set to receive a cash boost following approval by cabinet.

Cabinet members approved plans to allocate funds to a number of highways and flood defence schemes following the announcement that further funds would be allocated to highways projects in the 2019/20 budget.  

The schemes benefitting from the funding include:

�1.9 million for road resurfacing
�300,000 to improve footways
�275,000 for bridge assessments
�175,000 for flood prevention
�150,000 for local safety schemes
�60,000 for ditch and highway drainage
�50,000 to help reduce congestion and improve air quality
�50,000 for road safety markings

These schemes include:

Local safety improvements on Courthouse Road in Maidenhead.
Footway improvements will be made to Kings Road, Sunninghill, Shirley Avenue, Datchet and Kings Road, Windsor.
Flood prevention improvements to Oaklands Drive / Oaklands Court, Ascot and Horton and Wraysbury drains.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, lead member for infrastructure, transport policy and housing said: “Maintaining, improving and upgrading our highways network and flood defences is one of our top priorities and this boost will ensure that key schemes that will make our roads safer and protect our borough from flooding can get underway.

“We have set aside nearly �2 million to resurface roads across the borough after residents told us in the recent residents’ survey that this was important to them.

“I hope that this announcement will show residents we are very serious about our commitment to improve our highways and flood defences.”

This announcement follows the launch of the Royal Borough’s flagship 24 hour pothole scheme which will see all potholes (over 40mm on roads and 25mm on footpaths) fixed within 24 working hours of being reported.

You find full details of all the schemes set to receive funding on our website.

 on: September 16, 2019, 06:55:36 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
13/9  Friday 9 p.m. / 10 p.m. – A full Courier Fraud in Windsor.  This was a call from a bank, to say their customer had phoned them, to ask if they had collected her bank cards ??  At 9 p.m. on Friday evening, the aggrieved received a call from someone who purported to be PC Watson from Central London.  He explained that a man had been arrested and he appeared to have the aggrieved’s cards in his possession.  Could she please check whether or not she still has her cards.  She checked and had them and was then asked, to put the phone down and call the security number on the back.  This she did.  Unknown to her – the caller is not in control of the call.  If the caller puts the receiver down, it does not disconnect the call.  Only the caller can do that.  The call is held open for several minutes.  It is because of this, they have to get the aggrieved to get their cards, so that they can call the ‘security Department’ from the bank.  When she put the receiver down, the call was not disconnected and the scammers can even play a dial tone down the line.  She picked up the phone, heard the dial tone and dialled the bank’s security number.  The scammer simply hands the phone to an accomplice.  To cancel the card, the ‘Bank security Department’ needs to now all the security information in order to cancel it.  After handing over all the security information, the supposed security department said they would send a courier to collect her cards and would be sending new cards to her.  To prove it was legitimate, the courier would quote and agreed security number.  They then handed her call over to a third accomplice, who spoke about bank security and managed to get her PIN number.
At 10 p.m., the courier arrived and collected the card.  There was an almost immediate attempt to withdraw money from her account in Southall.  This fortunately was blocked by the bank as an unusual withdrawal.
The aggrieved phone the bank in the morning as she had become suspicious – and the bank phoned the police.

A lot of detail – but once you hear how it works, you will be much more alert if you get one of these calls.


We recreated this scenario using a local Actor – Angus, which we placed on YouTube.  I hoped a dramatic video, would really send the message home !!


National Knife Crime Awareness week runs from today - Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September.

During that time Thames Valley Police, along with other forces will be taking part in a variety of activities designed to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime.  This includes:

Work with our professional partners including local schools, colleges and trading standards;
Knife amnesty bin at Maidenhead police Station;
Enforcement patrols
Information, advice and police activity on social media – follow us on Twitter at:
@tvp_windsor &

 and Facebook at:

You can safely deposit any type of knife or bladed article in our red amnesty bin between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 September.  This is the ideal time to dispose of these items that you are not sure what to do with. If you have any such items, please bring them down to Maidenhead reception desk

If you are worried about knife crime in your area or if you want to speak to anyone about a specific concern then please do get in touch, please call 101 or report online.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111

NEXT: THE ONE BOROUGH GROUP – I attend the One Borough Group that meets quarterly.  At the last meeting on Wednesday 11th September – we had presentations by the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Dementia Care Team.

C A B :
They are willing to help with all sorts of claims and this can be done digitally on line, rather than by appointment at one of their offices.  If a potential client does not have a computer, they have computers in their offices, for use by members of the public.
Partners can make referrals.  By doing this, partners don’t have to say to a potential client, ‘make an appointment at the local CAB office’ – which may never happen – this way, the CAB makes the approach and offers advice.  It is not left to the client.
The CAB still offers home visits, if getting to an office would be difficult.
The CAB has access to the ‘Language Line’, so foreign languages are not a problem.  They hold three way conference calls.
They will do anything to support potential clients.


The Borough has a team, whose role is to support victims of Dementia and their families.  It was made clear that Dementia, is not considered a ‘medical condition’, for NHS support purposes.  Once Dementia has been diagnosed, it is not treated as a medical condition and the victims and their families are responsible for all support.

If you want advice or more information from this team – call 01628 683 715.  They are there to support carers, patients or their families.  They have lists of all support groups and day centres who hold daily sessions / lunches.  These can be expensive, but they can advise about support funding initiatives.

Sheila Holmes from OPAF – the Older Persons Advisory Forum – talked about University College’s ‘Chariot’ initiative.  They are looking for participants in a pilot project to establish if Dementia has a genetic component:

For more information about this group – follow this link.  If you are part of a Community Group, providing support to local residents – you need to be on this group – every partner / community group providing services in RBWM should be part of this group.  They are putting together a directory of all members.  There is so much support in RBWM, but it is very difficult for us all to have the details at our fingertips – a directory would be really useful.

If you want to leave details of your group for the Directory or would like to attend meetings - contact:

Support officer: Andy Carswell. Email:


Anita Ambasna is organising this course and she tells me, there are still places on this course for students aged between 15 – 17 years old.

It is being run in two 8 week modules – the first starting shortly.  The project has a lot of existing clothes for – ‘re-purposing’.  Some donated by students from Eton College.


We are also looking for students for our ‘The Windsor Lions Food Academy’ – our supported, 8 week, intensive cooking course, which starts in early October, at the Windsor Girls School, Home Economics Suite, between 3.45 p.m. / 6.30 p.m.
Those students should be aged 14 – 16, but we would consider younger students, depending upon maturity.  This is aimed at those students, who perhaps, lack self esteem, have few friends or are isolated from their peer group.  The course, through its brilliant volunteer mentors, builds self-confidence and a team spirit.

It culminates, in a VIP Banquet for 70 guests, at a ‘course side’ restaurant at The Windsor Race Course, who fully sponsor and support this initiative.

At that Banquet, where we are entertained by Orchestras from the Windsor learning Partnership – The Windsor Boys and Girls’ schools – the students have to cook a full three course meal and canapes for guests on arrival.  That is no mean feat, but it does give them experience of working in a professional kitchen.

We will also feature a Fashion Show, from our sister project – the sewing up-skilling project.  Those students will be supported by students from Langley College, who are studying hair and Make Up !!

It really is a glittering black tie occasion.  Certificates are issued to the students from the Master Guild of chefs, by the Mayor – Cllr Sayonara Luxton and other VIP guests.

To receive them – the students have to individually walk the full length of the room, before cheering guests, family and friends.  What were very shy individuals when the first attended are now very proud and confident mini chefs !!!  There is not a dry eye in the house !!!

If you know of someone who would benefit from these courses

Email referrals to Jeff Pick at:

Or Anita Ambasna at:

14/9  Saturday 0.15 a.m.  King Street.  Car Park barrier smashed.
14/9  Saturday  2.15 a.m. / 11 a.m.  Bridle Road.  Car vandalised – front headlights smashed.


13/9 – 14/9  Friday 6.30 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.  Pub, Bisham Road, Bisham.  Car rear windscreen smashed – Work Laptop, iPad, hard disk, headphones and paperwork stolen.
15/9  Sunday 1.30 a.m. / 8.45 a.m.  Paddock View, White Waltham.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – car searched and security gate remote stolen.


9/9 – 14/9  Monday midnight / Saturday 6 p.m.  Shoppenhangers Road.  Garage break.  Garage entered by unknown means – garden tools stolen.
12/9 – 13/9  Thursday 10 p.m. / Friday 8 a.m.  Hotel Car Park X 2,  1.  Car rear windscreen smashed and monitor stolen.  2.  Car rear windscreen smashed.  Suitcase and travel bag stolen from the boot.
13/9  Friday 8.40 p.m. / 10.50 p.m.  Brayfield Road.  The owner was out and heard their car alarm sound.  Car rear windscreen smashed – bags removed from the boot.  A Ferragamo black & white bag and a child’s pink back pack
14/9  Saturday 4 p.m. / 5.45 p.m.  Wallingford Way.  Car index plates stolen

 on: September 15, 2019, 10:27:12 PM 
Started by Archimedes - Last post by Archimedes
I hear that a lady was murdered in Station Road last week, what an awful thing to happen.

 on: September 14, 2019, 04:55:38 PM 
Started by smokey1 - Last post by Archimedes
I have heard garbled comments about it, but do not really understand what happened except the people who recently rented it for four months cannot have it any more.

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