New hub in old toilet block launched during winter fair

New hub in old toilet block launched during winter fair

Francis Batt

New hub in old toilet block launched during winter fair

Old Windsor was a 'hub' of activity on Sunday as villagers thronged to a fair celebrating the opening of a new centre.

It was the first time Old Windsor had held a winter fair and it was designed to coincide with the official opening of the new Community Hub in St Luke's Road, created from a derelict old toilet block.

The transformed site now houses the headquarters of the Parish Council, while offering visitors a range of services including an information and support point and free computer access.

It will also contain a Police Post that can be used by officers and PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers).

The building also includes a much-needed public toilet, complete with disabled access.

The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Mary Bayliss unveiled the new facility at the end of an afternoon that saw a roundabout whirling round the centre of the pedestrian area, a variety of stalls and a range of talented buskers.

Among the stallholders was Holly Macbeth, of St Peter's Close who is raising money to turn a garden shed into an activities room for nine-year-old son Spencer who has cerebral palsy, where he can play.

The buskers who gave displays of juggling, fire eating and performed awe-inspiring card tricks had all been spotted and handpicked by Ron Phillips, one of the afternoon's organisers, on a trip to Covent Garden.

Cllr Jane Dawson, chairman of Old Windsor Parish Council, said: "It was our first winter fair in Old Windsor. It was such a success that I think it might now become an annual event."

See photos from the event below.


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