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A FATHER has spoken of the 'upsetting' sense of loss he feels after seeing his two-year-old daughter's room gutted in last week's blaze.
ONE of the final acts of a mayor's year in office was to be interviewed for a TV show on the Royal baby.
THE number of council chiefs earning six-figure salaries has been slashed, new figures show.
THE trial period of the pedestrianisation of lower Peascod Street looks set to be made permanent despite vociferous opposition.
A BURGLAR scaled scaffolding to break into a home in Windsor before making off with a platinum ring and a watch.
FOUR townhouses look set to replace a former pub bought by Councillor Tom Bursnall.
A CONTROVERSIAL decision to split up a neighbourhood plan has been labelled 'undemocratic and untransparent'.
CHILDREN are on the road to a safer route to school after a new £30,000 path was completed.
THE trial of Colin Frederick Campbell - the man charged with the 1981 murder of Claire Woolterton - has been postponed at the request of his defence team.
A REVIEW of fire services that could result in changes to staffing levels in Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead is underway in east Berkshire.
PUPILS and parents will ditch their cars to walk, cycle or scoot to school for a national initiative this week.
THREE men arrested on suspicion of murder after a death at the Boulters Restaurant and Bar in Maidenhead have been rebailed to Monday, June 10.
PROPOSALS to open a foodbank to help an increasing number of struggling families in desperate need of food in Windsor, have been revealed.
AN ASPIRING singer goes for glory tonight hoping to make the national final of a singing contest that has featured the likes of Birdy, Jahmene Douglas and Lucy Spraggan.
WORK costing £4.5m to improve roads, footways, drainage, bridges and road safety in 2013/14 across the Royal Borough has been approved.
A WOMAN who has lost more than five stone in five months has paid tribute to the two brave youngsters who inspired her to get active.
WINDSOR Morris will be joined by four other teams of Morris dancers to put on dance displays in Windsor today.
THE Queen has given the royal seal of approval for a regatta to be staged on the Thames at Windsor for the first time in 44 years.
FABULOUS funfair festivities attracted crowds as a steam fair rolled into town for its 'home' event.
A SWAN rescuer has pleaded with dog walkers to keep their pets on leads after a nesting swan died following a suspected attack.
THERE was plenty of food, glorious food at an action-packed fair for the whole family.
FAMILIES willing to don swimwear over their clothes will be granted free entry to the Legoland Windsor Resort on Sunday to celebrate the opening of the Duplo Valley water play area at the park.
A SENIOR Conservative councillor is plotting a party leadership challenge in the Royal Borough, according to Observer sources.
RIVAL community groups have clashed after one launched a consultation examining the effectiveness of another.
PROPOSALS to open a foodbank to help an increasing number of struggling families in desperate need of food in Windsor, have been revealed.
A NEW headteacher has been appointed at a school in special measures.
A GARAGE looks set to be ousted in place of a supermarket.
SLOUGH Jets coach Adam Greener will enter his plea over drug offence charges on June 25.
A QUACKING annual charity fundraiser has been officially launched.
AN MP has called on Heathrow bosses to scrap an idea to expand an airfield as a replacement for Heathrow.
THE region's police and crime commissioner is calling for a public inquiry into how children are safeguarded following the convictions of seven members of a child sex trafficking ring.
A NEW free school is set to open its doors in the town next year after its plan to redevelop the site of a former school were given the go ahead.
DISABLED riders harvested second prize when they were inspired by BBC 2's Gardeners' World for a fancy dress competition in The Queen's garden at Windsor Castle.
A WINDSOR couple have been presented with an award of long service to their pub.
England women's cricket team captain Claire Taylor and batswoman Heather Knight will lead a cricket taster session for women of all ages in Maidenhead.
HORSES were tested to their limit in the first endurance race held in Windsor - over a 120km cross country course through the Great Park.
A MAYOR raced to pay tribute to a running club's initiative to help beginners get active.
A SUPERMARKET giant has been given the go-ahead to sell booze until 11pm every night in the centre of Windsor, despite residents' protestations.
FORMER world champion boxer Barry McGuigan officially opened East Berkshire College's new multi-million pound sports centre at Langley College today.
A TOURING exhibition is promising to bring the Bible 'alive' with artefacts, costumes, models and talks.
A WORLD-CLASS equestrian line-up wowed spectators at this year's record-breaking Royal Windsor Horse Show.
THE battle to remove the occupants of an illegal travellers' site looks set to rumble on for at least another 11 weeks.
A 90-YEAR-OLD woman required help from firefighters and paramedics to free her from a bin in which she had her fingers stuck.
A FEARLESS soldier forced entry into a property where he thought a family was in danger from the fire in Park Street on Tuesday.
BERKSHIRE workers are the third-most productive in the country for boosting the economy, new statistics have revealed.
A RACECOURSE attracted a record number of punters and families as thousands came out for some fun in the sun.
FAMILIES are battling it out in a series of tasty competitions this week to celebrate National Doughnut Week with Warings Master Bakers.
MORE than 1,000 runners descended on Windsor Great Park to make the first staging of a new event a 'fabulous' success.
A RACECOURSE has been granted permission to have almost double the amount of live music performances on its premises a year.
A TV star was on hand to do what he does best at The Guildhall, in High Street, on Saturday last week.
THE UK Independence Party has sent out a challenge to the borough's Conservatives with plans to field up to 50 candidates in the next election.
ANIMAL rescuers are urging the community to come together and help them raise money to look after a growing list of unwanted pets.
A ROYAL visitor officially launched a new service to help increase the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of breast problems.
HORSE riders will be able to use cycle routes to access the Jubilee River and Slough from Eton and Eton Wick in a year-long trial.
HOW to get more funding as a voluntary group was the topic of a get-together at Windsor Racecourse.
For the 13th year, Battle Proms will go off with a bang when it returns to Highclere Castle, Newbury, on Saturday, August 3.
A TEENAGER will stand trial at Reading Crown Court on Monday, June 10 in connection with a stabbing.
FUNDRAISERS are being called on to walk in memory of their loved ones.
THE middle of Park Street is likely to remain fenced off until Saturday at the earliest.
YOUNG rockers were treated to an unusual music lesson after a successful band visited their school.
AN APPLICATION from Morrisons to sell alcohol until midnight seven days a week at their convenience store due to open in Peascod Street by the end of the summer will be heard by the Royal Borough Licensing Panel Sub-Committee today.
NEIGHBOURS have spoken of the 'tragedy' caused by the fire which damaged four houses and how 'lucky' they were to escape.
A NEW book exploring tumultuous events 200 years ago has been launched by a historian.
A HEADTEACHER has thrown his support behind a charity walk which starts and finishes at his school.
YOUNGSTERS took to the field to battle it out for school sporting pride in an inter-regional competition.
POLICE have launched an appeal for witnesses to the Park Street fire as they keep 'an open mind' about its cause.
ALL firefighters have now left Park Street, around 36 hours after a large fire destroyed one property with three more damaged while demolition work has been halted.
AN ARTICLE 4 direction will not be served on Tesco over their plans for a Furze Platt pub.
FOODIES will have plenty to chew on at the second staging of a food and craft show, supported by the Observer.
A COUPLE had a lucky escape after their dishwasher caught fire in the middle of the night at their Maidenhead home and they were awoken by the smoke.
A FANCY dress competition will add a dash of colour to one of the biggest equestrian events in the country.
THE house destroyed by yesterday's fire in Windsor will be demolished to ground level.
THE man behind plans for a new free school believes it is ideally suited to help Windsor-based parents facing a shortage of school places.
CHANGING of the guard at Windsor Castle has been cancelled today in the wake of last night's fire in Park Street.
A MAYOR on a motorbike was one of many highlights at a bowls club's open day.
THE director of a company and his wife who won the demolition contract for a pub after a planning dispute had written twice to the council in favour of it being pulled down.
AN HISTORIC and record-breaking Royal Windsor Horse Show (RWHS) starts today.
A COUNCILLOR who lives next to the fire ravaged Windsor house has spoken of the 'horrific' blaze.
A HUGE fire has torn through a house in Windsor town centre.
FIREFIGHTERS and police at the scene of a blaze engulfing three houses in central Windsor have released a joint statement.
A TOWN house in Windsor caught fire tonight.
ELDERLY users of a popular day centre which has been closed for a month after a rescue plan was stalled by red tape have been left 'frustrated'.
POLICE are on the hunt for thieves who made off with lead from the roof of a Maidenhead business.
A NEW scheme has been launched to help fund the rebuilding of the Dyson Hut at the Bear Rails Scout Campsite in Windsor Great Park.
A YOUNG fan of the royal family received an unexpected birthday treat when a letter arrived on behalf of The Queen.
A COUNCILLOR has accused the Royal Borough of striking a poor deal over plans for a new fire station.
THE Royal Borough referred a patient to a nursing home, who was under the age the home could legally admit residents, the Observer can reveal.
BAILIFFS were sent out by the Royal Borough to clawback a £5.63 council tax debt - a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.
A MAN has died after collapsing moments after taking part in a diving class.
AN APPLICATION to have more live music events at a racecourse will be heard on Wednesday.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy was airlifted to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries following a car crash last night.
NO ROYAL Borough councillors have taken the lead by opting in to a new scheme that allows residents to give back their council tax savings.
A TEAM of eight women are taking on the 40km Across The Divide Just Walk challenge on the South Downs on Saturday, May 11, to raise money for the Family Friends In Windsor And Maidenhead project.
THE M4 westbound between Junction 5 for Langley and Junction 4 for the M25 is down to two lanes of traffic due to a broken down car.
POLICE officers were rushed out to reports of a fight in Chaucer Close, Windsor, last night.
A CONTENTIOUS planning application is under investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman.
A SELFLESS swan rescuer turned super sleuth to track down two engines worth £4,000 stolen from her charity.
THE inaugural She Runs Windsor women's only 10k race will take place on Monday in Windsor Great Park from 10.30am.
AN APPEAL has been launched to track down the owners of jewellery thought to have been stolen in burglaries across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
A RESIDENTS' association claims a decision to split up a group responsible for deciding a development strategy for Windsor and Eton was made in secret.
TEENAGERS are among the most qualified in the south east by the time they reach 19, according to new stats.
HORSE riders jumped to a resounding fundraising success at an annual sponsored ride.
A YOUNG chef at a Windsor hotel had the honour of cooking for royalty.
LANS for 15 new homes in a village have been approved much to a councillor's dismay.
A FAMED archaeologist has paid tribute to 'awesome' discoveries at a quarry.
FIREFIGHTERS helped an elderly woman who had accidentally set her waste paper bin on fire this morning in Eton.
TRADITIONAL morris dancers turned out in force for St George's Day and to lend their support to charity.
A LEADING councillor has vowed to 'fight like hell' for a ban on night flights.
THE Royal Borough spent £10,810 on catering council meetings in the financial year 2012/13 - a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
THE star of a West End musical hit is urging animal lovers to attend the 10th annual fun day for a dogs and cats home.
Military riders from across Berkshire are to participate in the Forces Equine Games this weekend (May 4 and 5).
THE Royal Borough's top cop has praised the annual crime figures for the area which showed overall reported crime has dropped - though sexual offences have risen for the second year running.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show promises an exciting equestrian line-up in the grounds of Windsor Castle from Wednesday, May 8, to Sunday, May 12, and we have an exclusive offer to match.
PARENTS in the Royal Borough have been urged to check their children have had both doses of the MMR vaccine due to the ongoing measles scare.
RICKY Clarke-Dilly has been found guilty of murdering Simon Large.
AROUND 500 youngsters took to the streets of Windsor to fly the flag for Scouting.
A MAJORITY direction has been passed to the jury in a murder trial.
THERE are currently delays on the M4 eastbound after a crash which has left one lane closed.
CHILDREN and parents took to the catwalk for a family fashion show in aid of charity.
VOLUNTEERS from an array of sectors came together for a networking event showcasing worthy causes.
AN MP has expressed her disappointment after a £150m rejuvenation plan was rejected by councillors.
THREE men arrested on suspicion of GBH in relation to an attack outside the Scotch Bar, in Goswell Hill, have been re-bailed to June 13.
A GROUP of 'angels' who help revellers who have drunk too much were praised for their work as they celebrated their first anniversary.
A KEY role in the Royal Borough's management structure will finally be filled in June after nearly a year of being held by an interim director.