Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures to be installed in Windsor Town Centre | Permanent Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures will be installed in Windsor to ensure the safety of residents.

In March 2017, temporary HVM measures were deployed in response to the Westminster attacks, but a permanent, integrated solution has now been identified.

The Royal Borough has been working with Thames Valley Police and specialist security consultants to develop the designs, and detailed assessment work has been undertaken at each location to determine the best position and type of HVM measures.

The design for each location is unique and has been designed with consideration of the conservation status of each area in mind.

Councillor Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “Keeping our residents safe is a top priority and these measures have been designed to ensure the safety of residents and those visiting Windsor. We are confident that the six designs fulfil that goal, while maintaining Windsor’s unique heritage.”

There are six locations the first phase will cover:  ...

Read more: Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Measures for Windsor Town Centre


Papplewick boys in Years 7 and 8 performed ‘Bugsy Malone’, from 29th November to 1st December for local schools, families and friends.

This gangster musical spoof, in which real guns are substituted by foam firing ‘splurge guns,’ is set in New York City in the early 1930s during prohibition. Rival gangs are vying for control of the nightclub scene and gun-smuggling, illicit alcohol production and a myriad other nefarious activities, associated with the New York gangster milieu, are in full swing!

The boys donned suits and fedoras, flapper dresses and cloche hats and had a lot of fun singing, dancing and acting out a stage version of Alan Parker's 1976 hit film.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Judging from the enthusiastic audiences and the generous applause, the show was a great success!”

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Read more: Fedoras and Fun in Papplewick’s Bugsy Malone Musical

 On Wednesday 5th December, Sixth Form students at Charters School  in Sunningdale, welcomed over thirty senior citizens from the local area to share in a Christmas party which included carol singing, bingo, a quiz and plenty of festive cheer. 

It was, as ever, a lovely occasion where the young people shined in their organisation of a fabulous event with special visit and gifts from Santa and his elves!

The school is extremely grateful to Cucina, who run the restaurant at the school, Waitrose and The Sunninghill Trust for their generous donations and support.

Headteacher Mr Richard Pilgrim said,   “Many thanks to the Sixth Formers and staff whose help and organisation made it such a fun evening for all involved.”

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Princess Square car park at The Lexicon is offering free parking after 5.00 pm until 1.00 am every evening*, for a trial period starting December 10th 2018.

Rob Morris, general manager at The Lexicon says: “We hope that the free parking in the evenings at Princess Square will encourage more people to enjoy everything The Lexicon has to offer, from shopping, dining and cinema experiences, after work and throughout the evening.’’

The multi storey car park offers 500 spaces for shoppers visiting The Lexicon. 

Natalie King, General Manager of Cineworld Bracknell says: “We’re delighted that with the free parking in place, more Cineworld Bracknell customers will be able to make more of a night of it at the cinema. It’s a great opportunity now to join Unlimited and catch some evening double bills.’’ 

And don’t forget, shoppers can enjoy Late Night Shopping, for the weeks commencing December 10 and 17, where most retailers will open from 9.00 am until 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday; 9.00 am until 7.00 pm on Saturdays and 11.00 am until 5.00 pm on Sundays.  As well as The Lexicon Festive Market which runs until Christmas Eve. Shoppers are advised to check with shops, restaurants and Cineworld for individual opening times.

*Terms and conditions apply. For further information visit:

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Borough Local Plan progresses | The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is committed to ensuring we take our time to provide an effective Borough Local Plan which is right for our residents.

Following a recent letter from the Inspector via the programme officer, officers will be continuing to work on flooding and site selection.

Public consultation will take place on these sections to gather views from our residents before any further hearings take place.

Cllr David Coppinger, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “We want to hear the views of our residents and it is important to take time to ensure we deliver an effective plan for the borough.

“It is not unusual for councils to carry out further work on their plans during the examination period given that Inspectors are required to work with councils to assist them to get a plan in place.

“The council is in regular correspondence with the Inspector and will continue with the further work in relation to flooding and site selection.”

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Pictured Above: Sebastian (R) and his Friend Matthew at the Races

Ascot Racecourse has dedicated a race at its Christmas meeting this weekend to Sebastian's Action Trust ’s founder Sebastian Gates.

The Sebastian’s Action Trust Graduation Steeple Chase (Class 2) will take place at 1.15pm on Saturday, December 22nd, in front of thousands of racegoers at the world famous Berkshire racecourse.

The two-mile race is part of Ascot’s two-day Christmas meeting, which as well as top-class jump races to end the season, includes a Santa parade, funfair, carol singing concert and family fun day.

Staff from Ascot Racecourse recently spent the day at The Woodlands, the Trust’s facility in Crowthorne, Berkshire, helping staff with various jobs that need doing around the site to make it a warm and welcoming space for seriously-ill children and their families.

Staff laid gravel for a path outside one of The Woodlands new features-Ruby’s Den-making it suitable for disabled access. They also put up Christmas lights outside Ash House, The Woodland’s main building, ready for the official Christmas light switch-on which took place last weekend.

Jane Gates OBE, CEO of Sebastian’s Action Trust, said: “I was incredibly overwhelmed when Ascot Racecourse contacted me to tell me they were going to have a race in Sebastian’s name, it really was an unbelievable moment.

“This would have meant so much to Sebastian. Sebastian had enjoyed several days of Ascot racing before he died and as an Ascot boy, we are absolutely thrilled the charity that is his legacy has been recognised in such an incredibly thoughtful manner.

“This weekend’s race meeting is just before the 15th anniversary of Sebastian’s death and is such a poignant way to remember a little boy whose positivity shines through in the actions of his charity.”

Jane Gates and her husband Mike, will proudly present a trophy to the winner of The Sebastian’s Action Trust Graduation Steeple Chase in the parade ring after the race, and will also judge the Best Turned Out Horse.

Read more: Ascot Dedicates Christms Race to Trust Founder Sebastian Gates

SIR FRANCIS BROOKE BT APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF ASCOT AUTHORITY (HOLDINGS) LTD | The Ascot Authority is pleased to announce that at yesterday's board meeting, Sir Francis Brooke Bt. succeeded Johnny Weatherby as Chairman of Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited (AAHL).

Johnny Weatherby remains as Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot, a post to which he was appointed in 2011. Her Majesty's Representative is responsible for all matters relating to the Royal Family and the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.

Francis Brooke has been a Trustee and Director of AAHL since 2011.

As Chairman of AAHL, he will be responsible for the management of Ascot Racecourse and will head the board which also comprises: Guy Davison (Non-Executive Director), Guy Henderson (Chief Executive Officer), Ian McGregor (Chief Financial Officer), Harry Morley (Trustee Director), Juliet Slot (Chief Commercial Officer), Alastair Warwick (Chief Operating Officer), and Johnny Weatherby (Trustee Director).

Read more: Sir Francis Brooke Bt Appointed Chairman of Ascot Authority (Holdings) Ltd.