Stories of the week: January 11-17

Stories of the week: January 11-17

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Stories of the week: January 11-17

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.


Mum launches foundation to support grieving parents in memory of her baby son

A mum who has had to endure the grief of losing a child has realised her dream of setting up a foundation to support parents who have experienced the same trauma.

Madhu Bedi launched the Vishaal Foundation, in memory of her son, Vishaal, on Tuesday. The Colnbrook mum had to make the devastating decision to switch off the one-day-old's life support machine after he became ill from an infection in 2003.

 

New owners want 'wow factor' for Kings Triangle site

Bringing the 'wow factor' to Maidenhead town centre will be among the priorities for the new owners of land once earmarked for the failed Kings Triangle project. New plans for the land, situated between King Street, Queen Street and Broadway, could be submitted as early as the third quarter of this year after the site was bought by new investors from previous owner ING RED.

Jubilee River labelled a 'fiasco' and 'man-made disaster'

A flood warden who spent days travelling by boat on her island in Old Windsor as water rose around the houses has labelled the Jubilee River a 'fiasco' and a 'man-made disaster'. Gillie Bolton, who lives on Ham Island, hit out at the Environment Agency (EA) this week.

 

Minute's silence held for #StormHarry victim

A minute’s silence was held before Saturday’s rugby derby to honour Marlow’s Harry Swordy, who lost his life on New Year’s Day. Harry had played for Maidenhead RFC, whose 1st XV made the tribute before thier clash with Windsor RFC.

 

Floods: Wellington the dog swims to safety

An elderly labrador called Wellington had to swim to safety as the floodwaters rose around his home.

Sisters Julie and Patricia Barnes, 62 and 66, live in one of the riverside houses encircled by floodwater in Straight Road last week.

BCA cancels popular lambing weekend to 'rest the estate'

A popular lambing weekend which attracts thousands of visitors to the Berkshire College of Agriculture in Burchetts Green has been cancelled for this year.

The April event attracted about 17,000 visitors over two days last year, but the college, in Hall Place, has taken the decision to 'rest the estate' this year.

 

 

Five year sentence for man who sexually assaulted girl

A five-year prison sentence has been handed to a man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 16 in Old Windsor.

Keith Brummitt, 50, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Monday  after he was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault, committed within the last decade, following a trial.

 

Theatre goers brave the floods as the show must go on

Pumps and bridges were employed by a theatre as flood water threatened to put a dampener on performances. Despite rising river levels and closed roads, The Mill at Sonning refused to let its performance of Ray Cooney and John Chapman's comedy 'Not Now Darling' become a wash-out.

 

Businesses hit hard after floods closed all roads into Cookham

The floods have been described as 'an absolute nightmare' by one business after all roads into and out of Cookham were cut off last week and early this week. The B4447 through Cookham Moor was closed on Tuesday, January 7 and deep water made the A4094 impassable the next day to leave the village isolated.

VIDEO: Minor football injury leaves 11-year-old in agonising pain

A minor football injury has left a healthy, vibrant 11-year-old girl disabled and in agonising pain.

Paige Robard-Brown, of Bolton Road, Windsor had her hand accidentally trodden on exactly a year ago when she fell during a game.

 

VIDEO: Marlow FM temporarily moves following studio flooding

Marlow FM has set up a temporary studio at Marlow Methodist Church, in Spittal Street, after its headquarters at Longridge Activity Centre became inaccessible due to flooding. Water seeped into the studio, off Quarry Wood Road, on Thursday, January 9, damaging some computer equipment.

 

 

 

 


 



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