Stories of the week: July 12-18

Stories of the week: July 12-18

Stories of the week: July 12-18

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.

£6.8m Maidenhead Train Station vision - Plans include 1,000 extra parking spaces

This is how the exterior of a transformed Maidenhead Train Station could look using a £6.8m Government investment deal. The Royal Borough wants to convert the front of the site from a busy car park to a calming pedestrian-only area with seating and fountains.

In pictures: Swan Upping on the River Thames

Excited schoolchildren became part of the annual Swan Upping event along the River Thames on Tuesday. They bombarded the Queen's swan marker David Barber with questions as he and his team stopped off at Oakley Court Hotel on the second day of the traditional annual census of the river's bird population.

Slough Borough Council accused of ignoring 'warning after warning' over children's services

Government proposals to strip Slough Borough Council of its powers over children's services risk 'leaving children in limbo,' its leader has warned.

An independent review into the failing council department was published on Tuesday.

In pictures: Burnham Carnival

Hundreds of villagers wearing soldier and nurse uniforms marched down the High Street for this year’s Burnham Carnival, which marked the centenary of the start of the First World War.

VIDEO: Maidenhead Night Market

Maidonians flocked to the Camden-inspired night market to enjoy hot food and live entertainment. People came out in droves to have a taste of the street food, beer, wine or be drawn by a caricature artist. 

You can view a photo gallery from the event here.

British legion pals celebrate £3.5m lottery win

A group of friends from the Cippenham Royal British Legion have won more then £3m on the National Lottery. Barry Jackson, 58, Brendan O'Rourke, 44, both from Cippenham, Peter Lloyd, 73, from Taplow, and Dennis Speers, 70, from Windsor, have each netted a total of £893,634.75 following their syndicate win.

Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry play cricket in Windsor

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are taking part in a cricket match in Windsor today.

It is a private event, to raise awareness for United For Wildlife and the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign.The princes have been joined by famous sportsmen including ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen for the 20:20 match at the Royal Household Cricket Club in Home Park, Windsor.


Ex-teacher has prison sentence for grooming 15-year-old girl doubled

A former school teacher from Maidenhead who groomed a 15-year-old girl for sexual abuse has had his 18 month sentence doubled.

Luke Fisher, 28, preyed upon the teenager after contacting her through social media.

At Aylesbury Crown Court in May the Pinkneys Drive resident was jailed after admitting he met a child following sexual grooming.

SportsTALK: BBC Sport's Ben Smith on covering the World Cup in Brazil

The full time whistle has been blown on the World Cup and the SportsTALK team take a look back at what's been described as the 'best World Cup ever' with the help of BBC Sport's Ben Smith. Ben, who started his career at the Advertiser, recently returned from Brazil having travelled the country covering games and sampling the rich atmosphere for the BBC website.

Trip to the bank is a happy engagement for couple

A trip to a bank in Slough to open a savings account ended up in one couple getting engaged. Thomas Pinard had been planning to propose to his partner of three years, Karl Webb, for some time but was struggling to find the right moment.

Twyford primary school's Mexican walking fish predict Germany World Cup win

Pupils at Polehampton Junior School in Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford, have been learning about probability and percentages in maths lessons with the help of the school's axolotls.

Diets don't work: Why strength training and lean muscle is the key to weight loss

Our Diets don't work blog is by Ascot-based personal trainer Adam Atkinson. He will be offering health and fitness advice on our websites each month.


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