12:45PM, Monday 25 August 2014
A community group is working to make the area it lives in is one to be proud of.
The Alley Group, set up by Jane Webb last month, takes on projects to keep the area around Windrush Way clean and tidy.
These have so far included clearing up rubbish and weeds from the alleyways, painting garage doors and helping people with disabilities with the upkeep of their garden.
Jane moved to the road just over two years ago after moving back from Spain after 16 years due to health issues.
The 71-year-old said she wanted to give something back for all the help she has been given since returning to the UK.
"Everybody has been so good to me since I have been back," she said.
"I am going to make it work. It has got to work."
The grandmother-of-four paid tribute to the work of care and support group Looking Ahead which helped her get back on her feet, particularly helper Robin Dhillon.
It was during a conversation with her neighbour that she had the idea of getting residents together to make their neighbourhood a nicer place to live in.
"I found some syringes in the alleyway here and puke," said the Maidenhead Bridge Club member.
"Years ago you could actually sit out and have a coffee in the alleyway with your neighbour."
Jane has applied for funding from Housing Solutions and the Royal Borough for the project.
An action day on July 2 saw top bosses from Housing Solutions, community wardens, residents and neighbourhood housing officers work together to paint the garage doors and tidy up the area.
The group, who are always looking for new members, now meet every two weeks for an hour to keep up the work.
Jane is also hoping to set up groups for Bailey Close and Coln Close next month.
The next meeting will be held on September 17. Email email@example.com for details.
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