Stories of the week: November 2-8

Stories of the week: November 2-8


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Stories of the week: November 2-8

The Advertiser and Express websites bring you a round-up of the week's top stories from across east Berkshire each weekend.

Visit our websites every Saturday for the main news stories over the last seven days in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Twyford and Burnham. Click on the links to read the full story.

'The muggers will not win' vows scout leader

A scout leader has said he feels 'sick' after muggers attacked his group's 71-year-old treasurer to snatch takings from their annual fireworks display.

But defiant Andy Pearce, head of the Cookham Scout Group, has also launched a public message of 'you won't win' to the thugs as police launch a hunt to catch them.


In pictures: Slough's Bonfire and Firework Spectacular

Showers of sparks and colour lit up the sky above Upton Court Park at the Express sponsored Slough Bonfire and Firework Spectacular.

After a year of planning, the 20 minute display had to be completely rethought two days before the event on Saturday due to the poor forecast.


Derelict Skindles site in Taplow put up for sale again

The latest twist in the Skindles saga has seen the Mill Lane site in Taplow put up for sale once again.

Real Estate firm CBRE announced the 41.2 acre Mill Lane site, home to the derelict hotel and St Regis paper mill, was for sale on Friday.


Slough plant turns sewage into fertiliser

Raw sewage is being given a new lease of life in Slough thanks to a revolutionary new technology.

Slough Sewage Treatment Works has become the first facility in Europe to adopt 'nutrient recovery' machinery, which creates a phosphorous-based fertiliser.


Mother calls for driver who hit her son to apologise

A mother has made a plea to a driver who knocked her son off his bike to own up and apologise.

Benjamin Craig was cycling home to Woodley from The Piggott School in Twyford Road, Wargrave with his older sister when he was clipped by a car.

The 11-year-old had stopped at a red light outside Sonning Golf Club in Duffield Road and a vehicle was waiting behind him.When the lights turned green the car overtook him but cut in early, hitting his handlebars and knocking him to the ground.


Watch owned by 'Great Escape' prisoner of war sold for £50,000

A rare Rolex watch worn by a prisoner of war in the real 'Great Escape' has sold for £50,000 at the Bourne End Auction Rooms, more than twice the estimated price of sale.



In pictures: Link Foundation fireworks and fun raise cash for charity

Exploding displays of colour lit up the night sky at the annual Link Foundation fireworks and fun evening in Maidenhead.

Held at Maidenhead United FC ground in York Road, the busy event raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Chairwoman of the charity, Una Loughrey, said about 1,900 people came through the gates – one of the biggest crowds the annual event has had to date.


Mum of two premature babies to fundraise for hospital

A mum from Cippenham who gave birth to two premature babies is fundraising for a Special Care Baby Unit.

Michelle Hegarty hopes to donate at least £500 to the unit at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough by undertaking a 5km walk.


YMCA shop closes to make way for 3 Mobile store

Volunteers are determined to find a new location for a charity shop after it was told it had to leave its Maidenhead High Street base.

The YMCA shop shut its doors on Wednesday after staff were told they had to leave to make way for new tenants.



VIDEO: Sir Michael Parkinson and Fiona Devine discuss hospice plans

TV legend Sir Michael Parkinson is backing a two-year campaign to help raise £5million to build a children's hospice near Maidenhead.

The Bray villager joined a host of guests at the Alexander Devine Children's Service 'capital campaign' launch party.. We caught up with him and Fiona Devine, the woman behind the campaign, to find out more.


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