Stories of the week: November 16-22

Stories of the week: November 16-22

Stories of the week: November 16-22

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.

Battle to save services at Heatherwood Hospital fails

Hopes that the minor injuries and birthing units at Heatherwood Hospital can be saved have been destroyed.

Campaigners had fought tooth and nail to halt plans to move the Ascot hospital's MIU to the new Urgent Primary Care Centre in Bracknell.


'Aggressive dog' roaming streets causes Royal Mail to suspend post

Health and safety concerns about a loose dog have stopped a group of bemused Maidenhead residents from receiving their post from the Royal Mail.

Householders living in Harrow Close and School Lane have received a letter informing them that deliveries to their addresses have been suspended and alternative arrangements would have to be made.

VIDEO: Basil Brush and friends set to star in Aladdin

A very familiar fox will be granting three wishes in a spectacular production of Aladdin at the Theatre Royal this Christmas.

Showbiz legend Basil Brush will be taking to the stage as the Genie of the Lamp in a pantomime promising to be packed with fun and games for all the family.

Kamran Maman murdered after petrol station row, court hears

A father ambushed by a group of men in his own street in Chalvey had his head 'kicked and stamped' on, a court heard.

The trial of Leon Baptiste, Aiden Wall, and Tyrone Lake began at Reading Crown Court on Monday.

They are accused of the murder of Kamran Maman.


Jag mechanics make 8,000 mile trip to service Blackburn owner's motor

A pair of mechanics from Taplow are still pinching themselves after jetting off to India to work for the multi-millionaire owner of Blackburn Rovers.

Colin Philpott from Green Lane in Burnham and Graham Allen from Newton Close in Langley have served Jaguar owners from their Powerbell Garage in Hitcham Road, Taplow, since 1985.

Islamic community centre to be built in Holmanleaze

A three-storey Islamic community centre will be built in Holmanleaze after the Royal Borough gave plans the go-ahead yesterday.

The Islamic Trust's application for the centre, which will include teaching rooms and a mortuary, was discussed by the Maidenhead development panel.

It is the third time the trust has applied to build the centre. A 2011 application was rejected due to parking concerns, whilst an August 2012 plan was withdrawn over flooding issues.


In pictures: Windsor Christmas lights are switched on

A spectacular new set of Christmas lights wowed crowds in Windsor as they were launched in style by showbiz legend Basil Brush on Saturday.

The new lights, which include 3D designs in the shape of a crown, were switched on by the famous fox to cheers from the hundreds of people gathered outside Windsor Castle for the build-up.

Controversial hot food plans for bakery given go-ahead

A bakery owner has said he now wants to 'move forward' after his long-running and controversial bid to sell hot takeaway food was given the go-ahead.

The application for change of use of Hurst Bakery and Provisions in The Street divided opinion in the village, attracting 18 letters of support and 25 of objection.

Dog attack victim calls for tougher measures

A call for tougher measures to be imposed on dog owners and their pets has been made by a man whose hand was mauled by a vicious pit bull terrier.

Rob Harvey, 59, was visiting Tesco in Dedworth Road when he went over to greet a man he knew, Marvin Cook, who was holding two dogs.


Two primary schools reach The Sunday Times top 100

Two Maidenhead primary schools have made it into top 100 state primary schools as listed by The Sunday Times.


Fundraisers busy raising cash for Children in Need 2013

Hardworking fundraisers have been busy raising cash in support of Children in Need. Fun-filled events were staged across Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor as supporters did their bit in amassing a record-breaking nationwide haul of £31m, destined to support children and young people in the UK.


Ellington Primary School moves a step closer to expansion

Plans to expand Ellington Primary School in Maidenhead were well received by councillors at a Royal Borough meeting last night.

The expansion is one of the recommendations in a report on how the borough could create 246 extra primary school places.

Dance academy celebrates decade of making dreams come true

For the past decade Creative Academy has been making youngsters' dancing dreams come true.

And having celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month, the future is looking bright for one of the town's most successful creative projects.


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