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As of March 21st, there were 54.2 cases per 100,000 in Windsor & Maidenhead while Bracknell Forest rate is 30.2/100.000. Case rates among all ages are falling and hospital admissions are also beginning to ease. While this is fantastic news, transmission rates are still high so we're not out of the woods yet. 

The local case rates are updated daily on the Berkshire Public Health website. The weekly reports, updated on Wednesday evenings, show Frimley Health's NHS hospital admissions and case breakdowns per Royal Borough ward. 

 

 

Felicity Barnard has been appointed to the role of Commercial Director at Ascot.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, Guy Henderson, Felicity will be responsible for devising and implementing the commercial strategy for in venue sales and marketing, partnerships, sponsorship, licencing, memberships and new income streams.

Ascot’s domestic and international broadcast, media and data rights are overseen by the Finance Director, Ian McGregor, whilst a review of how these areas should be developed is undertaken.

Felicity leaves Tie Break Tens after serving four years as CEO, where she launched the new short format of tennis around the world. Also during her 15 years in the sports industry to date, Felicity worked at Arsenal Football Club at both their London base and their Singapore office before joining West Ham United as the Commercial Director, to implement the Club’s move to the new Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Read more: Felicity Barnard Appointed Commercial Director at Ascot

Do you know why there are 2 stations in Windsor? Do you know which Windsor restaurant occupies Queen Victoria's Waiting Room?!  See the very interesting  'Architecture The Railways Built' Programme, Windsor on Yesterday/ UKTV Play

The Architecture The Railways Built - Series 2 - Episode 4 - Piccadilly Line - UKTV Play

Thousands respond to consultation on proposed walking and cycling schemes

Thousands of residents have responded to a consultation around proposed cycling and walking improvements in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

It asked for feedback on:

  • Two low traffic neighbourhoods in West Windsor.
  • School streets near local schools in Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor.
  • A bus gate on Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead.

A total of 2,221 responses were received on the idea of low traffic neighbourhoods, with about 90% opposed to the proposals.

The proposed bus gate attracted 2,225 responses, of which 95% of respondents disagreed with the plans.

Both of these schemes will therefore not be taken forward.

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: "I am delighted that residents in their thousands have engaged with the latest infrastructure consultation.

“The consultation has done its job and we have listened. It is clear from the results that residents are against the bus gate and the low traffic neighbourhood proposals and therefore these schemes will not be progressed.”

The school streets proposals each received between 30 and 300 responses, which showed mixed support.

The majority of respondents supported the schemes proposed for Boyne Hill Infant and Nursery School and Larchfield Primary and Nursery School. 

The council will now engage with these schools to determine the most appropriate way forward and determine whether this can be delivered through the available funding. 

Other school streets proposals were not supported, including those for Trevelyan Middle School in Windsor, South Ascot Village Primary School and Lowbrook Academy, Newlands Girls’ School and Wessex Primary School in Maidenhead.

Read more: Public fail to Support 'South Ascot 'School Street' Proposal

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Delivered UK opens new parcel facility as surge in online shopping continues across Thames Valley and Middlesex

  • The opening comes following significant growth for the business in the last quarter of 2020.
  • The new depot allows the company to better serve SME customers across the region at a time where high demand for delivery services continues.
  • Notable growth seen across local food and drink SMEs as shoppers find new ways of sourcing goods they rely on.

 Delivered UK, part of The APC network - the largest independent parcel delivery network in the UK - has opened a new operational parcel depot at Perth Trading Estates, Slough.  The opening comes following significant growth for the business at its existing depot in Slough - having recorded 25% overall growth in the last quarter of 2020 - spurred by a continued surge in online shopping across the region amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new depot provides 5,000 sq. ft. of premium warehouse space, allowing the business to build on its Overnight, Sameday and International parcel collection and delivery service offerings to local businesses across all SL and UB postcodes, supporting their growth, and through the nationwide coverage of the APC network, enabling them to reach an ever expanding national customer base.

Read more: 'Delivered UK' Opens New Parcel Facility

 

After practically all their lives spent with at least one dog, the Mear family now finds itself without one.  Their dear Simba, a Fox Red Labrador (rescue) died recently and they feel that it is probably time  to try managing without one, which is strange and also hard.

Being someone who loves dogs, Hilary would like to do a little to support a charity connected with them.  Over the last three years she has been painting on canvas or art paper - aiming to sell the art and donate the profits to Assistance Dogs. We have all seen examples of the wonderful things dogs can be trained to do and at a time like this, charities are finding it tough.

A member of Ascot Inner Wheel - which supports many charities -  Hilary remembers one of their speakers from a charity supporting Assistance Dogs who brought her remarkable dog with her to the meeting.  Members were amazed at how the dog pushed a load of washing into a ‘washing machine’ and did various other clever things! 

Hilary has 64 paintings for sale - varied in both in style and colour - and would be happy to e-mail the catalogue to anyone interested   She is also open to commissions  - just specify a description of the painting needed, with size, colours, paper or canvas, frame or no frame, and so on.    Prices vary from a very reasonable £50 to £65. 

For more information,  email hilary.mear@gmail.com or phone  01344 621419

 

The Lexicon BRACKNELL  is delighted to announce that active leisure retailer, Sports Direct, will be opening its doors in Princess Square in November.

Moving into the large space [40,000 square feet] previously occupied by Sainsbury’s, the new Sports Direct store will also include athleisure brands within a dedicated USC area, GAME and Evans Cycles.

Rob Morris, general manager at The Lexicon says: “We are so pleased to be able to welcome the ever-popular Sports Direct store to Princess Square. With an offering including a plethora of brands, as well as an Evans Cycles, which we know will be a popular addition for the many local cycling enthusiasts, we’re looking forward to offering even more choice to The Lexicon’s customers!”

Read more: Sports Direct to Open in Bracknell's Princess Square

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