10:02AM, Tuesday 17 March 2020
Many events in Maidenhead and Windsor have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. We will be updating this page regularly - if you would like us to mention your event or meeting please email email@example.com
ROYAL BOROUGH: The council offices will be closed to the public unless you have a pre-planned booked appointment. All the libraries in the borough and the Royal Borough Windsor Museum will also be closed until further notice.
Children and youth centres will also be closed.
MAIDENHEAD: Norden Farm will be closed to the public from tomorrow (Wednesday).
The theatre in Altwood Road said its intention is to reopen on Monday, April 6, but they will continue to take advice on this.
Norden Farm said staff would be contacting customers who have tickets for films and events over this period. Customers can receive a credit to Norden Farm account of a refund.
The theatre is also inviting audiences to donate the cost of their ticket to Norden Farm.
Jane Corry, chief executive and artistic director said: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we have taken the very difficult decision to close to the public, temporarily during this unprecedented health crisis. We thank all our supporters for their understanding at this extraordinary time."
WINDSOR: Theatre Royal Windsor has closed.
The box office team will be contacting patrons who hold tickets to events and performances affected during the coming weeks.
A spokesman added: "We are very sympathetic to the fact this is affecting everyone’s lives in some way, as we are to the audiences who are still looking forward to coming to the theatre.
We are also extremely aware of our 100+ employees’ and our supply chains’ financial dependence on the theatre being open and tickets being purchased.
"We are working hard to reschedule performances and events where possible and where we are successful your tickets will be transferred to the new dates and we will contact you to inform you and confirm you are happy with this.
"As you may be aware, Theatre Royal Windsor is completely unsubsidised, so we receive no funding from either the Government or the council.
"In light of this, a full refund of all lost performances would be financially devastating for us, and as a regional theatre we do not have the ability to sustain potentially prolonged losses, so we are asking all ticket holders for the cancelled performances to consider, if you are able, donating the cost of the ticket rather than requesting a credit note or refund.
"Your support could make a huge difference to our employees and help this beautiful theatre, with over 240 years history in Windsor, survive for the future."
WINDSOR: The Old Court is closing from tomorrow (Wednesday) until further notice.
A statement said: “As a venue we are sympathetic that the current situation is affecting everyone in some way. We are thinking of our audiences, and our staff who are dependent on the venue being open and we are working relentlessly to make sure we support everyone as much as we can.
“As you may be aware The Old Court is a community interest company and we rely heavily on support from our audiences and support network. We urge all customers who have purchased tickets to events that have been cancelled to consider working with us to reschedule your ticket or donating it to the venue rather than ask for a refund.”
The arts venue has cancelled all upcoming events this month and hopes to reschedule them as soon as possible.
MAIDENHEAD: Smokeys club will be shut for the foreseeable future.
A spokesman said: "All scientific advice on the COVID-19 virus points to limiting it's spread by reducing social gatherings. With that in mind we feel it would be irresponsible to continue to open. We have taken this decision with the welfare of our staff, our customers and the general public utmost in our minds."
MAIDENHEAD: SportsAble has closed.
A spokesman said: "We are following government guidance on the appropriate measures we should all adopt in response to Covid-19 (Corona Virus) specifically social distancing and the avoidance of non-essential activities. We know that many of our members and volunteers are particularly vulnerable owing to complex health issues and we take the responsibility to do our best for all of you very seriously indeed.
"We will monitor the situation closely and keep you informed about what is going on with the charity - but at this point we anticipate that the suspension of sports sessions will last for several weeks."
WINDSOR: Windsor Guildhall will shut its doors for several months as a result of the outbreak.
This morning, the Royal Borough announced that the venue will not be taking new bookings until September.
Weddings that are already booked to take place in that time can still go ahed, but under 'reduced circumstances'.
Those who are affected are being contacted by the Royal Borough.
MAIDENHEAD: The Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its gala dinner and dance due to the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus.
The annual Gala Dinner and Dance raises money for good causes in the community and was due to be held on Saturday, March 28
A statement shared on its social media pages on Friday, March 13, said: “It is with regret that your chamber executive have decided that as a result of Covid-19 being declared a global pandemic and uncertainty around the restrictions this may bring for gatherings over the coming months, we will postpone the gala dinner and dance.”
Guests who have already purchased tickets will be refunded. There is no revised date for the event at this time.
The statement adds the chamber will continue to hold its regular monthly events over unless the Government advice changes.
Visit https://bit.ly/2QlAw0W to view the statement in full.
BRAY: Bray Parish Council (BPC) has cancelled all meetings and closed the Parish Office until the end of April.
The BPC are asking residents to call on 01628 777997, or email the parish clerk, Mrs Susan Cook, at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLYPORT: The "Silly Bingo" fundraising night by Holyport Community Trust, scheduled on March 20 and refenced in the last issue of the Advertiser (Bray community page), is now cancelled.
Organiser Maz Coppinger said: "Be assured that the Holyport War Memorial fundraising team will be back up and working just as soon as we possibly can. Thank you to all our past & future supporters.
"Keep safe, look after those around you and come together in these uncertain times."
OAKLEY GREEN & FIFIELD: The ‘Saving Our Green Belt’ public meeting by Oakley Green and Fifield Residents Association (OGFRA), sheduled on March 31 at Saxon’s Barn, Dedworth Road, is cancelled.
The meeting was intended to galvanise residents to combat Royal Borough plans to promote green fields on the edge of Windsor (sites AL21 and AL22) for development.
OGFRA will continue to fight this development when examination of the Borough Local Plan resumes in the next few months. For more information, contact: email@example.com
COOKHAM: Cookham Parish Council (CPC) has cancelled its annual parish meeting at Cookham Library in High Road on Tuesday.
In light of the coronavirus (CPC) made the decision to postpone that because it felt that as a public body it should not be encouraging people into a situation that may present a risk to health.
CPC continue to monitor the situation as it develops and set a new date for the meeting in due course.
MARLOW: Those holding tickets for events at the Marlow Business Festival will be able to use them for rearranged dates, or receive a refund.
The Marlow Chamber of Commerce event was due to be held next weekend but has been postponed over coronavirus fears.
Organisers announced last week that they had taken the decision to move the festival to a 'different weekend, later in the year' because of ‘current uncertainty and containment planning'.
The festival was scheduled to go ahead on the weekend of March 26-29 and included plans for seminars, talks and a scavenger hunt around Marlow.
Visit www.marlowchamber.com for more.
MAIDENHEAD: The monthly bazaar at St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, due to be held on March 21, has been cancelled.
A spokeswoman said: "Due to Coronevirus restrictions it has been decided, with regret to cancel the Monthly Bazaar.
"Our apologies to all who usually give us their support."
MAIDENHEAD: The Thames Valley Talks event at Maidenhead Sailing Club on March 19, featuring volcanologist and geologist John Ashford, has been postponed indefinitely. The organisers considered using video technology for the talk, but chose to postpone for simplicity.
DATCHET: An annual Easter egg hunt has been postponed following Government advice on suppressing COVID-19.
The Datchet Easter Egg Hunt was due to take place at Datchet St Mary’s Primary Academy on Sunday, April 5.
Katie Moseley, co-organiser of the event, said: “We have cancelled the Datchet Easter egg hunt in light of the current coronavirus, as the Government suggests people should not be attending unnecessary social events.
“We hope to have an alternative event in the summer pending any further Government advice.”
MARLOW: A charity concert due to take place in Marlow has been cancelled following the coronavirus outbreak across the country..
The Charity Youth Concert by Orchestra and Choir of the Chiltern Music Academy, due to take place at All Saints Church on Saturday, has been called off.
The Rotary Club will still make a donation to the Chiltern Music Academy despite the cancellation, and it is hoped the event can go ahead as normal next year.
For a ticket refund, contact the person or organisation you purchased them from.
MARLOW: A schools eco-conference has been postponed.
The Marlow Schools Eco Conference will no longer be held on Thursday, March 26.
The conference was set to be the first of its kind in the area.
The organisers are seeking to rearrange a future date.
Kevin Ford, Headteacher at Great Marlow School, where it was due to take place, said: “The safety of our students always comes first.
"We feel that this is the right decision, not only for the students of all the schools involved, but also the speakers and supporting organisations.
"We very much look forward to rescheduling this special event for a future date.”
MARLOW: The Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers Association AGM will no longer take place this month.
The meeting was set to take place at Bourne End Community Centre on Friday, March 27.
It will be rearranged at a later date.
WINDSOR: A number of events in the Queen’s diary have been cancelled as the country attempts to suppress the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace today (Tuesday), it was revealed that ‘for practical reasons in the current circumstances,’ the Queen will move to Windsor Castle on Thursday and is likely to remain at the Royal residence until after the Easter period.
Buckingham Palace said: “In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, a number of public events with large numbers of people due to have been attended by The Queen, and other Members of the Royal Family, in the coming months will be cancelled or postponed.”
The annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on April 9 will not go ahead and three gardens parties, hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in May, have also been cancelled and guests have been asked to attend in 2021.
MARLOW: Pub in the Park in Marlow has been postponed until September.
Organiser Tom Kerridge announced that the events, which run throughout the country, will now begin from mid-August.
A statement said: “We’ve spent the last few days working with our musicians, chefs, pubs and towns to ensure the vast majority of the line-ups will remain the same. We will keep you updated if there are any changes.”
“We’d like to thank everyone who’s helped us achieve this.”
Visit https://www.pubintheparkuk.com/ for more information.
BURNHAM: The annual Burnham Donkey Derby has been postponed following the coronavirus outbreak.
Writing on it’s Facebook Page, Burnham Donkey Derby, said: “Following the latest Government advice on the corona virus outbreak we have reluctantly concluded that we have to postpone the Burnham Donkey Derby scheduled for May 23rd.
“If restrictions are lifted we hope to be able to re-schedule it for the Bank Holiday on August 29th, subject to availability of all the necessary services and of course donkeys.
“Our sincere apologies to programme advertisers, stall holders, donkey sponsors and the public - we hope you will support us later this year."
BURNHAM: The Great Burnham Sack Race has also been postponed following the outbreak.
Writing on it’s Facebook Page, Burnham Parish Council, said: “Unfortunately, the Great Burnham Sack Race on the 28th March is going to be postponed as a precaution due to the coronavirus.
“My apologies to everyone looking forward to this event, we are looking to run it later in the year around June/July - but we will keep you all updated.”
BURNHAM: The Grand opening of the Project 57 has been postponed by Burnham Parish Council following advice on ‘social distancing measures’.
Annie Arscott, parish clerk, said: “Further to recent Government advice on social distancing measures to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus, it is with regret that Burnham Parish Council will be postponing the official opening of Project 57 on the 21st March 2020.
“We look forward to telling you a date of when this will take place in the future.”
TWYFORD: The Twyford and Ruscombe Horticultural Association (TRHA) Spring show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Writing on it's twitter page, TRHA, said: “Regrettably, in light of the current and expected coronavirus situation, the TRHA Spring Show at Loddon Hall, Twyford, scheduled for Saturday 28th March has been cancelled."
WINDSOR: The Royal Windsor Horse Show has been cancelled.
The annual event which takes place in the grounds of Windsor Great Park was due to be held from May 13-17.
Simon Brooks-Ward, show director, said: "Following government guidelines announced on Monday 16 March 2020, stating that mass gatherings will not be supported by emergency services and recent announcements regarding social distancing, it is with enormous regret that we have to reluctantly taken the decision to cancel Royal Windsor Horse Show, Royal Windsor Endurance and The Edwardian Pageant.
"The health of the competitors, tradestand holders, sponsors, officials, volunteers and visiting public is our top priority. We would like to thank everyone associated with the event for their continued support, and we are already planning a bumper show in 2021 to compensate for this year's disappointment."
BERKSHIRE: Autism Berkshire has suspended all of its autism and benefits advice workshops and social and leisure activities for autistic children, young people and adults across the county.
The workshops and events will not be held until after the Easter holidays at the earliest.
The charity's staff are all working from home, but the autism advice helpline service will be available from Monday to Friday.
Contact 01189 594 594 or 01189 594 594.
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