A dark November was brightened up by fireworks displays and Christmas lights switch-ons. Across the patch respects were paid to people who have died in war with a series of remembrance services.
12:30PM, Thursday 04 January 2018
UPTON: A dazzling display came to Upton Court Park as the town’s annual fireworks lit up the skies. Thousands of revellers enjoyed the event alongside Slough mayor Cllr Ishrat Shah and Slough MP Tan Dhesi.
WINDSOR: Royal Navy sailors made history as they performed the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Windsor Castle for the first time. The historic moment took place to commemorate 2017 as the ‘Year of the Navy’.
WINDSOR: A Second World War veteran received the Legion d’Honneur to mark his 100th birthday. Langley resident Alfred Lawes picked up France’s highest military order in front of a packed out room of soldiers, family and friends at the home of the Household Cavalry Regiment.
SLOUGH: An initiative to make children more active was launched at Eden Girls' School. The council teamed up with Active Movement and said rates of childhood obesity and inactivity in the town were the highest in the South-east. The programme runs from nursery up to secondary schools and aims to inspire children to spend less time sitting and to become more active.
SLOUGH: An artist whose work is devoted to Sikh religion and history launched a permanent exhibition at Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara in Bath Road. The work of Canadian artist Kanwar Singh depicts the spirit of iconic subjects and defining moments in the Sikh faith.
WINDSOR: Hundreds of youngsters from The Windsor Boys’ School, in Maidenhead Road, stood shoulder to shoulder with military veterans for a remembrance service. It was one of the first memorials in the town ahead of a service on remembrance Sunday at Windsor Parish Church attended by councillors.
SLOUGH: Hundreds gathered for an annual Act of Remembrance in Slough Town Square. Councillors, cadets and police officers fell silent for one minute around a makeshift altar of drums before the crowds proceeded to St Mary’s where a wreath laying followed a service of remembrance.
CIPPENHAM: A fundraiser started a project to collect items for Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC). Samantha Daynes set out to fill as many rucksacks as possible with essentials including toiletries, canned foods and winter clothes.
WINDSOR: About 3,000 people flocked to Castle Hill to watch the Christmas lights switch-on which followed a day of musical entertainment. Pupils from Upton House School made their way through the town to the main stage with illuminated Swan Lanterns before the big switch on by RBWM Mayor Cllr John Lenton and Mike Read from Theatre Royal Windsor’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime.
WINDSOR: Childminder Claire Stevens launched a reverse advent calendar in the run-up to Christmas. The 34-year-old who runs Claire’s Bears Childcare asked parents to donate one item of food for each day their child is looked after in December with the aim of collecting 50 non-perishable items to be donated to Windsor Foodshare.
The two-day primary dance festival starts at the Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead today. The event has been organised by the Ascot and Maidenhead School Sport Partnership and will feature 800 dancers from 20 primary schools. LARCHFIELD
LtoR Ollie Hearne, five and Jessie Egarr, eight, colour lanterns. Chinese New Year celebrations to mark the Year of the Pig. Traditional celebrations like lion dancing and lantern making takes place at the Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Nicholsons Lane, Maidenhead and Maidenhead town centre.
The Pump Room, Sawyers Close, Dedworth, The Sawyers Close Residents Association has organised a wellbeing day for residents. L-R Alfie Walls 6, Rhythm Harlalka 6, Sydney O'Carroll 9, Kelsey Hunter 11, Kayla McBride 7
Cookham Parish councillors have given the thumbs up to a new library at the school. Outside Cookham Dean Primary School, Bigfrith Lane. L-R Gerry Clark, Borough Cllr, Parish Cllr Mrs Mary-Lou Kellaway, Cllr Richard Kellaway