Windsor Castle registered a new tourist guide back in 1983, but Tricia Perkins had ‘earned her wings’ by being a stewardess for eight years with the American airline, TWA.

Tricia had written to the tourist board and was accepted on to a demanding two-month course and passed with flying colours.

Speaking to the Observer Tricia admitted: “I had to cram nearly 1,000 years of the castle’s history into that course, but it was all worth it. Although I am really a local girl, I never realised there was so much I didn’t know about Windsor.”

Berkshire Bygones and the 1st Slough Scouts have one thing in common, we both recycle old news, and for the last 17 years back in 1983, they had moved 339 tons of old papers and raised £3,000.

The scouts also collected silver foil for three local charities. Their leader Tom George said: “We have been doing this for so long that people drop their papers in automatically,we don’t even have to collect them.”

Eton Wick Combined School held a special assembly for Teddy bears (and their owners of course) and even headteacher Ian Hampshire took along his personal collection.

Pupils at Eton Porny School were treated to a falconry display as part of an ornithology project,which also included a trip to the Wild Fowl sanctuary at Arundel.

A talk by falconry expert Jemima Parry-Jones was given to two groups of children who had a chance to get close to many birds, including three kestrels. Headteacher Stuart Loaring said: “So many children are interested in birds and they certainly can spot the differences between birds and are interested in their way of life, habitat and diets.”

Slough Council’s new sheltered housing estate arranged a ‘flipping good’ pancake race for elderly residents. The oldest contestant was 89-year-old Maude Harrison, with Margaret Simpson celebrating her 86th birthday.

Burnham Girls’ Brigade held a Mad Hatter’s tea party at Cippenham Methodist Church with 100 girls wearing hats that they had made.