What's on: 13 things to do this weekend (September 23-25)

Each week, we bring you a round-up of community and family-friendly events taking place across Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Burnham, Twyford and the surrounding area.

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What's on: 13 things to do this weekend (September 23-25)


SLOUGH: At least 12 poets, singers and rappers will perform at Salt Hill Park tonight (Friday) as part of an art promotion campaign.

The event titled Poetry in the Park is being held by youth charity Aik Saath at the skate park in the park.

Performances will be moved to the Kashmiri Karahi restaurant inside the park if it rains.

The event is part of Home Slough, a collective of art groups who are working to revitalise arts in the borough.

Home Slough is an Arts Council England project.

SLOUGH: Every Friday the Slough and Windsor Railway Society meet at the Manor in Brunel Way for members nights or to hear guest speakers give presentations.

Tonight’s talk will be given by Ian Pate on Heritage Railways.

Friday nights at the Manor run from 7.45 to 10pm.

Members can attend for £5 and entry for non-members is £6.

WINDSOR: Acclaimed British artist Penny Warden is unveiling a new exhibition in Windsor Great Park today (Friday).

The Strictly Movement exhibition will be on display at Cumberland Lodge until Friday, December 9 with a selection of Saturday morning viewings on offer to the public.

It features a series of exuberant paintings inspired by the world of dance, colour and movement.

Visit www.pennywarden.com for more information.


DEDWORTH: A journey through black music history will kick of the Windsor Fringe tomorrow (Saturday).

The fringe opens today (Friday) and runs until October 11.

‘A Man, A Magic, A Music Movin’ Melvin Brown is one of the first events on offer. Movin’ Melvin was a feature artist at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party for Maya Angelour.

His show premiered at the Adelaide Festival, Australia, to sold out audiences.

It has now been toured around the world and has amassed a big following.

He will take audiences on a tour through music from the fifties to the nineties in song, tap dancing, storytelling and comedy.

Earlier on the day keen tappers will get a chance to dance with the star of the show.

‘Tap into Health’, which takes place at 11am tomorrow, is a rare opportunity to dance with the worldwide star.

He will take participants through a low-impact, high-energy workout teaching you to tap to music.

Both events will take place at All Saints Church in Dedworth Road.

LANGLEY: The second Harvest in the Park will take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Organised by a group of Langley churches, the event is being held at Langley Memorial Park.

There will be guest speakers from Slough Homeless Our Concern, Christian Aid, and the Salvation Army.

Children from six schools will be taking part including country dancers from Parlaunt Park and choirs from Foxborough and Holy Family schools.

Refreshments will be provided by the 3rd Upton Scouts.

Other attractions include a bouncy castle, ice cream van and a show by Puppets 4 All.

MAIDENHEAD: An exhibition of entries in the Maidenhead and Me art competition opens on Saturday in the Nicholsons Centre.

Located opposite Tesco, it will open to the public at noon following a private reception and prize-giving for the entrants.

The competition, now in its third year, asked for artists and photographers to submit work showing why they loved Maidenhead.

Organised by Maidenhead Civic Society, the contest is supported by the Nicholsons Centre, Enjoy Maidenhead, the Advertiser, and The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust,

All the entries will be on display at the unit until Sunday, October 9.

After Saturday’s launch, it will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.

SLOUGH: Representatives from the Slough Youth Parliament will be at The Curve tomorrow to help youngsters have their say.

The team will be at the Wellington Street site from 1.30-3.30pm encouraging people to take part in the UK Youth Parliament's Make Your Mark campaign.

Make Your Mark lets youngsters vote on social topics to be debated by the UK Youth Parliament on November 11.

STOKE POGES: A walk is taking place in Stoke Poges tomorrow (Saturday) to commemorate the life of famous poet Thomas Gray.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Gray’s birth and the walk has been organised to explore his poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard which was penned in Stoke Poges.

Village resident Roger Askew will be leading the tour around St Giles’ Church, in Church Lane.

The route will also stop at the churchyard where Thomas Gray is buried as well as his monument in Gray’s Field. It starts at 10.30am.

SUNNINGDALE: Quality pre-loved clothing and toys will be on offer at a nearly new sale at Charters Leisure Centre on Saturday. The sale will take place from 2-4pm at the centre in Sunningdale.

To book a stall email yvette@babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk or call 07979 867004.


OAKLEY GREEN: Dog owners are invited to bring their prized pooches along to a Fun Dog Show on Sunday.

The event is taking place at Ye Old Red Lion in Oakley Green Road and aims to raise money for the Dogs Nobody Wants Sanctuary. The Slough-based rescue centre, run by Christopher and Matthew Young, cares for disabled and terminally ill dogs and tries to find them new adopted families.

Visitors should arrive for a 11am start with the show finishing at about 3pm.

The Most Handsome Dog category will begin at 11.15am.

Competition categories included Handsomest Dog, Golden Oldies and Best in Show.

All first to third place winners will receive rosettes and entry to the Best in Show class at the end of the event.

There will also be  a raffle, fundraising stalls, a kids zone, soft play, games, face painting and a bouncy castle.

The event is free and open to all.

Contact 07780557882 for more information.

OLD WINDSOR: Easy listening music will be on offer at the next meeting of the Windsor Organ Trust on Sunday at Old Windsor Memorial Hall.

David Redfern, from the Cinema Organ Society, will play a Compton theatre organ originally from the ABC Cinema in Old Kent Road, London.

Entrance is £5, including refreshments.

OLD WINDSOR: Elderly people can socialise and enjoy a two-course lunch on Sunday at the Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East Old Windsor Day Centre in Straight Road.

The centre will be providing a Sunday roast dinner and dessert at a cost of £7 per person.

The venue is expected to be open for three hours from 11am to 2pm.

Call centre manager Emma Hill on 01753 854117 for details.

WINDSOR: Fitness enthusiasts will descend on Windsor Great Park this weekend as the Windsor Running Festival returns for another year.

The two-day event kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am with the Boudavida Women’s 10k.

Running4Women launched the challenge to try and get more women involved in organised running events.

It caters for athletes of all abilities, from seasoned runners to novices.

On Sunday the main event of the weekend, the Meridian Windsor Half Marathon, returns for its 34th year.

The 13.1 mile course could well leave runners feeling the burn in their legs with a series of hills across the route in Windsor Great Park.

The race will start and finish on The Long Walk with Windsor Castle providing an impressive backdrop as runners reach the home straight.

Entry is now closed for the event but residents are being encouraged to come along to offer their support to competitors.

The Sprite Sprint for children aged five to nine will also be taking place on Sunday at 9am as well as The Glynn Shefford Memorial Run which is due to start at 10.15am in Windsor Great Park.

The run, about 2.5 miles long, was organised as a tribute to Glynn Shefford, a scout leader from Old Windsor who helped organise the first Windsor Half Marathon in 1981.

He sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2008.

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