The Prime Minister and Papplewick Pupil, Hans

Papplewick budding artists enjoyed meeting Theresa May at Maidenhead Library on Friday 15th March, during the presentation of prizes for the Litter Artist Competition 2018/19

launching Maidenhead Matters Plastic Heroes Exhibition.

The competition was open to all primary first middle and preparatory schools (state and independent) in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  Pupils from different

age categories were asked to take clean items of litter or recycling material from home and create a piece of artwork - either flat or 3D sculpture.

Prize winners from Papplewick Jake Rollason (Group 3 category - years 5-6) and Hans Patel (Group 4 - years 6-7) were delighted to meet the PM despite her busy Westminster schedule. Prizes were presented by Lord John Randall, the Prime Minister's Environmental Advisor.   Jake designed an innovative litter bug creation from sweet wrappers, whilst Hans presented a mythical creation made out of recycled materials.  Prizes included an annual subscription to the National Geographic magazine.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said. " We are of course Eco Friendly at Papplewick, and this was a great opportunity for our boys to be creative whilst remember the importance of taking responsibility for our rubbish !"

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The Lexicon is delighted to announce the launch of The Lexicon Charity Fund 2019, to  support charitable causes within the borough of Bracknell Forest.

The new fund will be managed in conjunction with Berkshire Community Foundation, an independent charity that connects local people with local causes and projects.

Sue Boor, head of marketing at The Lexicon says:  “We are hoping to support a number of different charities based in the borough through this new fund.  We are delighted to be running the campaign in conjunction with Berkshire Community Foundation and will be organising a number of events over the next 12 months to help raise money for the fund.”

Jim Fyfe, Philanthropy Director at Berkshire Community Foundation says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Lexicon to support the local Bracknell Community. The Lexicon become part of an increasing number of businesses working with BCF with their Corporate Social Responsibility to address the growing needs that we see in our community. This much needed fund will help support projects in the immediate area of Bracknell where The Lexicon is based and we are looking forward to supporting as many as we can over the coming year.”

Last year The Lexicon supported Bracknell Gymnastics Club through a series of fund raising activities in the town centre and raised a phenomenal £8,000 for the charity.

Dr Peter Tranckle, club manager at Bracknell Gymnastics Club says:  “We were so delighted to be chosen as The Lexicon’s charity of the year for 2018 and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generosity during the past twelve months.    All the money raised has been put to great use, enabling us to purchase some much needed new equipment, develop and train more coaches for the Club and help to fund our gymnasts attending the European TeamGym Championships.”

The Lexicon Charity Fund will award grants to successful applicants twice a year in October 2019 and February 2020.  The maximum grant that can be awarded to any individual charity is £1,000.

To find out more information about The Lexicon Charity Fund and to apply for a grant please visit



Royal Borough residents are set to be given the chance to trial electric cars and innovative new kerbside electric charging points for free.

In partnership with smart cities platform provider, Connected Kerb (CKL), residents will be able to borrow an electric vehicle (EV) for up to six months to experience life with an EV (subject to eligibility criteria and availability). The trial will be available to drivers aged 25-65 with a good safety record and will be completely free.

Cllr David Coppinger, lead member for planning and health including sustainability said: “By 2040 all new vehicles will have to be emission free. By giving our residents a chance to trial this technology now, we are preparing them and our borough for the future.”

Trial participants will be able to choose between two cars - a Renault Zoe R110, a supermini, or a Hyundai IONIQ, a family sized hatchback - ensuring there will be a car to suit most residents.

As well as a trial of the electric cars, Connected Kerb will install five kerbside “drive-up” electric vehicle charging points in Alma Road, Windsor. The charging points will be available to those participating in the trial and existing EV drivers and will be free to use provisionally.   

Read more: Royal Borough Residents to Trial Electric Cars

A meadow in Eton Wick has been extended to open up the area for residents to enjoy! Cooley’s Meadow, which is to the south of Eton Wick Road and west of the Royal Windsor Way, has been extended as part of a land swap arrangement.

The previously unmanaged narrow strip of land has now been extended by the additional parcel of land which had previously been owned by Eton College.

This land will now be public open space, with the existing wire fencing that is no longer required being removed, allowing the site to be opened up to the public.

The site will be managed as a wild flower meadow to improve floral diversity, and additional trees will be planted along the boundaries of the land.

Read more: Cooley’s Meadow Opened up for Residents


Thanks to a monumental effort by the pupil-led Single-Use Plastics Free Alternatives (SUPA) Committee, Upton House School is proud to be the first school in Berkshire to receive official Plastic Free School Status accreditation by the national Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) organisation – and all within a remarkably short time. 

Comprising a team of dedicated young pupils from years 4 to 6, who have worked tirelessly to achieve their aim of a plastics-free school environment, Upton’s SUPA Committee began as part of the school’s enrichment programme for more-able pupils whose research revealed the devastating effects of plastic in our environment.  It has rapidly gathered pace as other pupils and members of staff have felt compelled to join the all-encompassing, highly charged campaign.   Joining forces with the highly valued Plastic Free Windsor group has also been a tremendous boost to the children’s work in achieving SUP status.

Read more: Another First for Upton House with Plastic Free School Status!


Lawyers representing the coalition of local authorities, below,The Mayor of London and Greenpeace, who are all opposed to Heathrow expansion will make the case in the High Court from Monday 11th March that the Government’s Airport National Policy Statement backing Heathrow expansion should be quashed.  SEE PREVIOUS ARTICLE

Councils in boroughs facing blanket noise misery from an expanded Heathrow are calling on the airport to spell out the real price communities will have to pay to satisfy its demand for growth.

Five local authority leaders say there are five key facts which are either missing or not spelt out clearly in the airport’s current publicity material.

KEY FACT 1 – The number of people already affected by noise from Heathrow is more than all the major European hub airports put together.

KEY FACT 2 – The combination of arrivals and departures and new flightpaths will mean seven-days-a-week noise for hundreds of thousands of people.

KEY FACT 3 – In many west London boroughs and Home Counties areas the number of communities newly exposed to noise will mean virtually no part of those boroughs will be safe from noise.

KEY FACT 4 – The current eight-hour respite which people in west London enjoy when aircraft switch runways will be slashed to just four hours.

KEY FACT 5 – The airport is backtracking on the Airport Commission’s recommendation for a night flight ban between 1130pm and 6am as a condition of support for a third runway.

Leaders representing Richmond, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon and Windsor and Maidenhead councils say no parts of their boroughs will be spared aircraft noise if the third runway goes ahead.

The situation will be repeated across vast swathes of West London and the Home Counties and include central boroughs like Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

 Cllr Simon Dudley, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said:

“We will be arguing in court that the Transport Secretary had a legal duty to identify all the areas that might be affected. Instead it is being left to the local authorities to work this out for their residents.”

The airport, which wants to add an extra 25,000 flights a year in advance of a third runway opening is consulting on new ‘design envelopes’ which show just where the new flight paths needed to accommodate expansion could go....

Read more: Five Facts Heathrow Don’t Want you to Know About Noise Misery