A new cashless donation scheme to help end rough sleeping launches in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead on Monday 21st December.

Residents and visitors will be able to support local rough sleepers to make real life changes by donating to our rough sleeper pathway using Tap 4 Lasting Change contactless donation points in Ascot, Eton, Maidenhead and Windsor.

Donations raised by Tap 4 Lasting Change will fund individually tailored support programmes for rough sleepers to help them make real life changes as part of a three-stage process:

  • Stage 1 - identify what support each former rough sleeper will need from the programme
  • Stage 2 – put the individual programme of accommodation and support in place including the appropriate interaction from wider agencies
  • Stage 3 – assist the former rough sleeper into sustainable independent accommodation
Read more: Cashless Donation Scheme Aimed at Ending Rough Sleeping Launched

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The Lexicon is delighted to announce that it has awarded four donations to charitable causes within the Borough of Bracknell Forest, through The Lexicon Charity Fund.

Winkfield St. Marys Church of England Primary School receives £2,000 for an item of equipment specifically for the garden: To completely re-develop and improve the Reception and Key Stage 1 Quiet Garden.  Establishing an area for younger children to be able to go and be able to be calm and relaxed, to teach children about the world in developing plants and promoting wildlife.

Pilgrim Hearts Trust receives £2,000 to help cover the provision of a freephone line to its client helpline for one year: The group addresses the needs of the homeless by providing a warm, safe bed and hot meals each night, so they do not have to sleep on the streets. The group also helps by offering them advice, training and encouragement to boost their self-esteem and help find employment and housing.

Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs receives £2,000 to fund a pocket defibrillator: A portable light weight defibrillator will permit the search teams to make the decision to carry the defibrillator on a search.  The pocket defibrillator will be deployed on all searches (on average at least once a week) The defibrillator will also be deployed during weekly training sessions in the forests around Bracknell as this will add to the safety of the search teams.

Meadow Vale Primary PTA receives £1,500 towards its pond regeneration project: The Pond Regeneration Project is part of the school development plan for outdoor learning.  The school has extensive groups which have huge potential for learning outside and there is an eagerness to return the pond to its former glory!

Read more: Lexicon Charity Fund Makes Award to Winkfield St.Mary's Church


Picture one: Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Councillor Sayonara Luxton (left) presents a cheque for £40,194 to Mrs Daebbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice

Mayor presents a cheque for more than £40,000 to local charity Thames Hospice. The outgoing Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Councillor Sayonara Luxton, undertook her last official engagement on Monday.

At a special, socially distanced ceremony at the new state-of-the-art Thames Hospice, the Mayor presented a cheque for £40,194 to the charity she has supported throughout her 19-month term of office.

The money was raised by the Mayor through her hosting of and participation in, a variety of charitable events throughout her term. Councillor Luxton said: “I’m thrilled to have had the privilege of fundraising for Thames Hospice and I want to express my deep gratitude to all those who donated, supported, or contributed in any way to helping me raise funds for this wonderful charity.

“I started fundraising in 2019 with the very popular ‘Steam Dreams’ steam train trip on the Windsor Express. This was followed by other fundraising events such as afternoon tea, a Christmas meal and entertainment, and Christmas wreath making.

Read more: RBWM Presents Huge Cheque to Thames Hospice



The Lexicon BRACKNELL  is delighted to announce a new community art project in Princess Square to recognise that while the last year has been difficult for us all… there will be brighter days ahead!

As spring approaches, the days get brighter and the leaves return to the trees, The Lexicon is encouraging the community to come together to help to grow it’s own special Handprint Tree.

Over the next ten weeks, children, adults and budding artists are being asked to visit to download a template for The Lexicon Handprint Tree.  Designs should be created using the colours of the rainbow, helping the tree to grow with gorgeous leaves, as the brighter days approach.

The handprints can be filled with drawings of everything we love, whether that’s a smiley face, a hello, pretty nail art, a favourite food, hobby, message, bright, pretty colours or anything that brings a smile. 

Read more: Brighter Days Ahead Says The Lexicon | Community Art Project

Consultation on new Public Spaces Protection Orders to tackle anti-social behaviour | An eight-week consultation asking for feedback on introducing two new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, has launched.

The PSPO's that RBWM is proposing to introduce, will help to tackle dog fouling and dog control as well as cycling on the highway.

PSPO's were introduced to deal with anti-social behaviour in an area where the quality of life is suffering to those in the community.

Councillor David Cannon, lead member for public protection and parking, said: “The Royal Borough is a great place to live and work, but anti-social behaviour can be a blight on even the best communities.

“Residents tell us how frustrating it can be to see such behaviour and as a council we have a responsibility to do what we can to deter these types of behaviour.

Read more: Consultation on New RBWM Public Spaces Protection Orders

Need an Alternative to Homeworking? 


Rooms in the Mews at Cumberland Lodge are available as solo work hubs for people wanting to escape the homeworking office for some peace-and-quiet and a productivity boost over the winter.

They cost £30 a day (8.30am till 6pm), and all proceeds help to support the Cumberland Lodge charity.  The package includes free parking, complimentary WiFi and snacks (biscuits and fresh fruit), bottles of mineral water, unlimited tea and coffee

The en-suite bathroom allows  you to  run or cycle to work or enjoy work-breaks out in Windsor Great Park, cycling/running/walking.

Full details here:


Read more: Home Working Suites at Windsor Park | Cumberland Lodge

Papplewick School, Windsor Road, Ascot.  Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or

Papplewick boys in the middle and lower school took part in a Santa Run around the school grounds on Wednesday 9th December.  Year group bubbles were of course staggered and the boys donned their 'Santa' hats whilst running in aid of Sebastian Action Trust - Sebastian Gates was a local boy who sadly died of cancer aged 9 on Christmas Eve 2003.  Families donated £5 each in support.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said "The boys ran with vigour in support of this poignant local charity which was formed to fulfill the wish of Sebastian made only two weeks before he died in order to create the UK's only purpose built facility offering respite holidays to very sick children and their families."

Read more: Papplewick's Santas Run for Charity