Stories of the week: January 4-10

Stories of the week: January 4-10

Stories of the week: January 4-10

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.


New Year's Day tragedy for Marlow's Harry Swordy sparks #StormHarry campaign

Friends of a 27-year-old Marlow man who lost his life in the first hours of 2014 want the storm that killed him named in his honour.

Harry Swordy celebrated the New Year with family and friends on Loe Bar Beach, Cornwall, but a huge wave washed him and three others out to sea at around 1am.


In pictures: Flood-hit Berkshire

Our photographers have been out and about across Berkshire taking pictures of the flooding.

See a collection of their photgraphs here. Areas affected included Wargrave, Marlow, Bisham, Cookham and Old Windsor.

CQC report says 'urgent improvements' needed at Wexham Park Hospital

A new report has criticised Wexham Park Hospital and says 'urgent improvements' are required.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its report today following an unannounced inspection of the Slough hospital in October.

It found the hospital had failed to meet eight of the nine national standards which were reviewed.

Would-be bride to host grand fundraiser in place of cancelled wedding

Abandoned wedding plans have been turned into a positive by a bride-to-be who is turning the big day into a charity fundraiser.

Maidenhead mum of two, Jaymie Kennedy, has set her sights on using what was supposed to be her wedding day to support Cancer Research UK after the relationship with her fiancé ended on December 5.

Charity shop thief sentenced then sobs

A convicted thief cried in court as she was sentenced for stealing from a Windsor charity shop she had been sent to work for by the probation service.

Ewelina Walloch took £240 from the Helen & Douglas House store in Peascod Street.


VIDEO: A look inside the newly-refurbished ward for dementia patients

Adjustable mood lighting, a cinema playing classics from the golden age, and a £6,000 bed which can weigh you. These are just some of the modern new features on offer at the newly-refurbished Rowan Ward at Prospect Park Hospital which opened its doors to dementia patients this week.


Family's thanks after Ethan's life-changing operation

A heartfelt thank-you has been issued to the supporters of a boy from Burnham who is making 'amazing' progress after a life-changing operation funded through donations and fundraising.

Ethan Quinn, who has cerebral palsy, is on his way to being able to walk without splints for the first time this year.

UPDATE: Firefighters enter second day of controlling barn blaze

Firefighters were still at the scene of a barn fire more than 24 hours after they were called. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue received a call at 7.41pm on Wednesday to say the barn, which contained more than a thousand tonnes of straw as well as farm machinery, was ablaze.


Son pays tribute to 'incredible' fundraiser

A proud son has paid tribute to his 'incredible' mum after she lost her long fight against cancer.

Mum-of-three Nicole Lock died on December 20 at Charing Cross Hospital in London after a four-year battle against breast cancer. The 49-year-old was told in July she had a brain tumour and decided to embark on an inspirational fundraising drive to help other cancer sufferers.

VIDEO: Hundreds take part in annual Swimarathon

Hundreds of swimmers of all ages and abilities made a splash at the 29th Swimarathon.

The event, organised by the Lions Club of Maidenhead hoped to raise more than £30,000 for good causes across the area. Swimmers were challenged to complete as many lengths as possible within a 55-minute time slot.

English Defence League to march in Slough

Supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) look set to take to the streets of Slough.

Members of the far-right group announced its latest protest will take place in the town on Saturday, February 1.

In pictures: Cliveden Cross Country run

The weather held off as runners tackled a gruelling cross country course against the spectacular backdrop of Cliveden House.

The annual Cliveden Cross Country run, organised by Burnham Joggers, has been running for more than 20 years and is seen by the club as one of the toughest cross country courses around.

Pioneer House permanent school plans refused

An office block in Stoke Poges will not be transformed into a permanent school site after plans were turned down this afternoon.

The application for Pioneer House, currently home to Khalsa Secondary Academy, was unanimously refused on the grounds of highways issues.

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