The Creative Arts Faculty at Charters School has built quite a reputation over the past few years with their annual stage shows, and this year has been no exception.

 As the students got back into the swing of things after the two week half term, more than 80 students from Years 8 to 13 donned their ball gowns and pantaloons as they travelled back in time to bring Belle and her friends to life in this heart-warming musical.

The cast began rehearsing in September to become the well-loved characters we all remember from the Disney films, learning not just lines but also energetic dance routines and a highly sophisticated musical score.

Read more: Charters Pupils Perform Beauty & the Beast

An enhanced and comprehensive support system for vulnerable residents in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has been announced to ensure these residents can access the services they need to keep safe and well this winter.

Throughout the winter period we will be putting in place a new, comprehensive Cold Weather Provision to provide a clear pathway from sleeping rough, to a shelter, to the council’s support services and into longer-term accommodation. 

The Cold Weather Provision is a coordinated, joined-up approach to ensure the Royal Borough, charity organisations and others are working together with the clear purpose of supporting vulnerable people sleeping rough into longer-term solutions. 

Anyone sleeping rough in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead can benefit from the support being delivered through Cold Weather Provision. The provision in place exceeds the council’s statutory Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) duties and will include a commitment to ensure all rough sleepers are assessed by our experienced outreach team, within 10 days of support being offered by any agency. SWEP is activated when temperatures fall below zero for consecutive days. 

Read more: Enhanced Cold Weather Support for Vulnerable Residents Announced

Papplewick  School, Ascot  Visit: 

Papplewick  boys were delighted to welcome back Sadie James, a former art teacher at the school, and former resident of Sunninghill who now runs a gallery and works as an author and artist in Coral Bay in Australia.  Sadie signed copies of her most recent book The Bubble illustrated by herself which is the delightful story of so called Nudibranchs, tiny colourful sea slugs living on the reef hiding in the book.  Sadie has previously written and illustrated The Whale Shark Song which was short listed for a Crichton Award as part of the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Awards.

 Headmaster Tom Bunbury said "It is always a pleasure to welcome Sadie back to Papplewick and to have the opportunity of seeing her latest book The Bubble which I understand was inspired by years of snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef."

Open Morning | February 1st 2020



 Students as young as four years old took to the stage in LVS Ascot’s professional theatre on Tuesday 12th November to demonstrate the confidence and creativity they have gained at the school. An audience of around 200 people were entertained by dance performances from Reception Class children right up to Year 13 pupils at the independent all-ability school, as they took up the Principal’s Dance Challenge.

One of those in the audience watching her daughter perform, Gina Timm, said: “One of the things we love about the school is that it gives children the chance to try different things and during that process they have the chance to find something they are really passionate about. Tonight is one of those moments, where kids who might never have thought that they want to be dancers are given a chance to try, and you never know where that might lead”.

Read more: LVS Ascot Students Rise To The Principal’s Challenge


 NHS commissioners in East Berkshire have joined forces with key partners and local GPs to support this year’s ‘Self Care Week’, which takes place next week (18th-24th November).

A series of public events will be held and commissioners have launched a self care toolkit on their website, which contains an array of useful information and publicity materials for people across Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Bracknell –

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Think Self Care for Life’, with the aim of raising awareness that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.

Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for both short-term and long-term health, especially as people are living longer.

In addition to supporting the annual national awareness campaign’s key messages, commissioners in East Berkshire will be focusing their efforts on five key areas of self care which, if followed, can have a positive impact on individuals’ health. The areas are as follows:

Read more: Launch of Health 'Toolkit' to Support Self Care Week

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More than £100,000 has been raised for Thames Hospice through the charity’s new overseas fundraising event - the Big Mountain Challenge.

The Big Mountain Challenge saw pro-riders and amateur cyclists take to the French Alps to raise money for the charity’s new hospice currently being built by Bray Lake. Riders conquered iconic Tour de France climbs, choosing from three different routes to suit everyone’s abilities.

Amongst the participants was actor James Phelps, renowned for his role as Fred Weasley in Harry Potter. He said: This was the best trip I have ever been on, and that’s saying something! Four days, 299km and it was fun from start to finish, and more importantly it was all for a great cause. I’m a newbie to cycling but everyone on the Big Mountain Challenge made me feel welcome. As soon as I crossed the line I signed myself up for next year!”

Read more: 'Fred Weasley' Joins Thames Hospice 'Big Mountain Challenge!

CLICK HERE for general RBWM Christmas parking info

Windsor Dials multi-storey car park will continue to offer temporary midweek parking until Tuesday 31st December, in addition to the existing weekend offering.

Until recently, the car park has only been available to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, but since 30th September spaces have been available seven days a week, and this is to continue until the end of the year.

The existing tariff will apply, including discounts for Advantage Card holders, and the car park is open 24 hours a day.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, lead member for culture, communities and Windsor, said: “We are delighted that Windsor Dials car park will offer additional parking through to the end of the year, and are happy that the space is being utilised fully.

“We look forward to Windsor being busy with the many Christmas events and wonderful shopping opportunities, and would like to thank Windsor Dials for helping to increase our parking on offer during this time.”

Windsor Dials is a pay-and-display car park with 250 spaces, including designated disabled bays. For more information, visit: