Cumberland Lodge, the charity based in a former royal residence in Windsor Great Park, is offering new opportunities to get involved in its growing volunteers network.

Founded in 1947, the organisation specialises in embracing ‘difficult conversations’ and ‘disagreeing well’, by bringing together leaders, influencers, students and young people for candid conversations on pressing social and ethical issues. It is based in a beautiful 17th-century house that was granted to the original foundation in 1947 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother).

As part of its charitable mission, it hosts a diverse and exciting programme of events throughout the year, including cultural and educational events for the local community.

There are currently opportunities for people with relevant skills and experience to volunteer by providing administrative support to the staff team, or helping to organise the extensive library and archive collections, or by having a more public-facing role in welcoming guests to events such as public talks and open days at the Lodge.


Read more: Cumberland Lodge Seeks Volunteers


The Royal Borough are warning about a Covid-related scam which is currently doing the rounds.



Pictured Above| Progress at Heatherwood Hospital | September 2020  | View From King's Ride Entrance Road

Work on the hospital at Heatherwood was considered essential works and has been allowed to continue through lockdown, although many processes throughout the site have had to adapt and change.

But thanks to the efforts of developer Kier and its teams, as well as Frimley’s own project team, there has been minimal impact and the new hospital’s final timeline has not been affected.

Work on the small roundabout on the Kings Ride road has been completed, and the reduction in traffic during lockdown meant that this work happened without any major impact on the surrounding community.

And all the while behind the scenes Frimley Health clinicians are developing new ways of caring for their patients to ensure the new Heatherwood will help the Trust continue to provide exceptional care in the future.

New hospital milestones:

  • Winter 2020 – Building made watertight
  • Winter 2020 – Alteration work begins on main roundabout
  • Autumn/winter 2020 – Power switched on in the building
  • Mid-2021 – Site handed over to Frimley Health from Kier
  • Mid-2021 to winter 2021 – Commissioning of the new build and decommissioning of the old site
  • Winter 2021/22 – Transfer of activity and equipment from old site to new building
  • 2022 – Old site handed over to Taylor Wimpey for housing development
Read more: New Heatherwood Hospital Still On Track Despite Lockdown!


SPAE - the Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs, has issued a press release about the recent Government proposals.  In August the UK Government published proposals to overhaul the planning system with the aim of speeding up development and building more new homes.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said “These once in a generation reforms will lay the foundations for a brighter future, providing more homes for young people & creating better quality neighbourhoods and homes across the country. We will cut red tape, but not standards, placing a higher regard on quality, design and the environment than before. Planning decisions will be simple & transparent, with local democracy at the heart of the process.”

Most of the attention has centred around the proposed streamlining of the planning process but also announced were new targets for new house building based on a different method of calculating the need. The government intends to set a target of 330,000 new homes to be built each year compared with the current target of 270,000. SPAE is concerned about the possible implications of this because developers currently fall well short of the current target. It is well known in corporate life that if performance to a specific metric is falling considerably short of target the last thing to do is to INCREASE the target and make it HARDER to achieve. We believe that one likely consequence will be for the undesirable feature of so called “landbanking” to increase – where developers sit on land that they have acquired in the hope of achieving higher prices further downstream.

The table below gives an illustration on our local area. This clearly shows that,  not only that the targets have been considerably increased, but RBWM and Bracknell Forest have failed to meet the current targets over the last five years by some margin.

Read more: SPAE Expresses Concern About Government Planning Proposals

Tackling environmental crimes in the Royal Borough

Specialist officers will be tackling littering, flytipping and other environmental offences as part of a crackdown to make the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit.

From Monday 5 October 2020, authorised officers from District Enforcement, a specialist environmental enforcement company, will be working under the direction of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, to deliver the enforcement service.

They will patrol the streets and public parks, including town centres and environmental hotspots, and will issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone they observe committing, or have evidence of committing, an environmental crime.

A fixed penalty notice could be issued for offences such as dropping litter or cigarette waste. Enforcement action can be taken against offences such as flytipping and commercial waste offences.

Read more: Littering & Flytipping Tackled!

During the time that Sunningdale Village Hall has had to be closed to classes and activities  the opportunity was taken to do a number of essential repairs and improvements to the Hall.
A damp issue between the small and large hall has been dealt with and the walls replastered and painted. The large hall, entrance lobby, kitchen,  toilets and exterior front windows have
all been redecorated and the window furnishings replaced.
In addition the hall has  a new logo (see above) and have new email addresses. All booking enquiries should be directed to:
and any enquiries about marketing  :

Sunningdale Village Hall reopened to regular hirers on 1st September. To comply with the regulations required for the Hall to be Covid-19 secure a number of measures have been put in place:
• The Hall is being thoroughly cleaned each night and all class instructors will ensure that all regularly touched surfaces have been wiped down before their participants enter the Hall and again on leaving.
• Hand sanitizer dispensers have been put up by the entrance and exit to the hall along with a temperature check device.

Read more: New Improved Sunningdale Village Hall | Open Again & Covid Safe

ascot durning library

CLICK HERE to see Royal Borough's Consultation on Changing RBWM Library Opening Hours

The Ascot Durning Library (in upper Ascot High Street) SL5 7JF, 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are seeking your views on proposals to maintain a sustainable and resilient library service, which will continue to meet the needs of Royal Borough residents and library users while delivering essential savings for the Council.   However, they are proposing a reduction of 123 hours per week to opening hours across a range of libraries.

You can read the consultation document here  library_opening_hours_consultation


Closing date for the consultation is Monday 30th November 2020.


Read more: Ascot & Sunninghill Libraries | Public Consultation | Have Your Say!