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THE WINDSOR AND ETON SOCIETY

Incorporating Windsor Heritage

NEWSLETTER No 104 February 2024

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NOTE FROM OUR CHAIR

It has been satisfying to see that attendances have been rising for our monthly talks at The Old Court since we moved from Gardeners’ Hall. We still have issues to address such as ensuring that seats are reserved on the ground floor for those who are less able to climb the tiers of seats and that facilities are activated for those wearing hearing aids. Our last talk enabled members to meet out new President, Lt. General (retired) Phil Jones CB. CBE. DL. and to hear how he was appointed by our late Queen and what his role as Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle entails.

We shall be welcoming over 50 members to our Annual Dinner at the Castle Hotel on 8th March, when the Military Knight, John Moody, is our guest speaker talking about D-Day 1944. The King has said that this year is to be the last national commemoration as those who took part are now well into their 90s. We chose this topic given that Windsor is a garrison town and many of its former residents took part in what was one of the greatest risks of the Second World War, but also a remarkable success. The country is deeply grateful to those who gave their lives in this enterprise and they deserve to be remembered.

Members have been concerned about the Windsor Museum whose future is causing serious concern. Her late Majesty opened the museum in The Guildhall and many of us thought that its future was secure in that venue. I attended a meeting in The Guildhall, as did other members, where options were discussed. In addition, the Information Centre is also based in the museum and would be moved out. It would be a great shame if a unique historic town with many historic artefacts did not have a museum where they could be displayed to visitors. There is currently a petition being circulated and members have contacted me and copied me in to express their concerns about the museum.

The Society is developing projects including ensuring that a copy of the signatures on the death warrant of King Charles I displayed in Church Street is repaired. We will have to obtain the consent of the owners of the property and commission the appropriate expert to undertake the work. We also intend to continue our gardening as there is work to be done on the Remembrance Garden in Bachelors Acre, and we have received a request for assistance with planting in Alexandra Gardens of which we are awaiting further details.

There is a new directory of organisations in Windsor being compiled and Theresa Haggart has written our contribution. We hope that this may generate interest in, and new members for, The Society.

Finally, we wish His Majesty The King and Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales a speedy and full recovery and they are very much in all our thoughts.

ANNUAL DINNER 2024

We are looking forward to The Society’s Annual Dinner which will take place on Friday 8th March 2024 at the Castle Hotel. As 2024 will be the 80th and last formal commemoration of D-Day 1944 the speaker will be John Moody, a Military Knight. This is our first Annual Dinner since the early part of 2020 and there has been a very good response from members. Tickets are £60 which include a 3 course meal and drink on arrival.

OUTINGS

It is very important that someone, or a couple, is prepared to assume the role of Outings Organiser. These trips are a popular and important part of membership of this Society. I agreed to do it for one year, which has become two, but am not continuing next year. Please consider this carefully and contact me, Anne Taylor, or Margaret Lenton if you would like more information.

FUTURE OUTINGS

Tuesday 26th March 2024 – Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village – Compton GU3 1DQ

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem in the Surrey Hills. George Watts was a Victorian-era painter and his wife, Mary, was also an artist, potter and designer. The Gallery, Chapel (created by Mary) and their home, Limnerslease, are all available to visit.

There is an application form attached to this newsletter.

Information and the application for this trip have already been sent by email to members.

This outing is limited to 24 persons.

https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/

Wednesday 12th June 2024 – Beaulieu, Hampshire

There is so much to do and see at Beaulieu – the old palace ruins, Palace House with a display of embroidery, lovely grounds bordering the River Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum and more. Follow this link to see more https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/days-out-beaulieu/

 

This trip will probably leave Alma Road car park at about 8.30. There will be a brief comfort stop en route. On arrival at Beaulieu, members will then be left to visit the various attractions etc. as they wish. There will not be organised coffee and lunch.

Application forms will be sent to members by email after Easter.

TALKS

Our December talk was given by Roger Line, of Structural Repair Solutions Ltd, who is undertaking the repair of the Cockpit in Eton. He told us about his work with various concrete structures not only in Eton but worldwide. The repair of the Cockpit is proving quite a challenge with many planning hurdles to cross, but the importance of the building is in its favour.

In January Alessandro Nasini, Senior Curator of Photographs Royal Collection Trust, gave a talk on the history of the collection. It was good to be reminded just how much is hidden away in the Round Tower – in this case such an extraordinary and large collection of photographs, from the earliest Daguerrotype to modern times. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were keen collectors of photographs, not only of people including family but scenes and travel. Francis Bedford was the first photographer to accompany a royal tour In 1862. Many of the iconic pictures we know so well on the stamps of Queen Elizabeth II were taken by Dorothy Wilding. I think we forget, with the ease of snapping away these days, just what a complicated business it was for the first photographers, and what amazing pictures were taken.

At the February meeting our President, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Phil Jones CB CBE DL, Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle, gave us a fascinating talk about his career in the army leading up to his appointment in Windsor, shortly before Queen Elizabeth II died. He not only had a new job but also a new monarch to get to know. About 90 members attended this very interesting talk.

FUTURE TALKS

Wednesday 6th March – 7pm – Zoom Talk
The Five Coronations of the Royal School of Needlework – a talk by Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of The Royal School of Needlework and author of The Story of Colour in Textiles.

Wednesday 3rd April – 7pm – Zoom Talk
A Night to Remember – The Highlands and Islands Air Ambulance – a talk by Alan Clare. This talk was postponed from a previous season.

These are the final talks of our current season. The next season will commence in September and details will be available in due course.

HERITAGE & ENVIRONMENT

The Heritage and Environment Committee continue to note and respond to matters that are important to maintain the historic buildings in the Conservation Areas of the town. We also try to ensure that all planning applications are scrutinised and commented on as and when necessary.

The Committee continue to meet once a month to discuss the planning applications. We have been very fortunate to have members who have a vast knowledge of planning rules, laws, and policies. Since the last newsletter we have had two members of the committee who have decided to step back from being on the committee, Peter Symonds and Susie Garnier. Both have contributed greatly to the work of the committee and their expertise will be sorely missed. We thank them for all their hard work.

In planning applications that involve the felling of a tree the committee have agreed to write a standard letter requesting a replacement tree is planted to ensure the renewal and improvement of the biodiversity and greenery of the towns. It is unfortunate that some homeowners remove trees, hedges etc that they consider in the way of a development or extension before submitting a planning application.

Planning Applications

Letters written after the February 2024 Meeting

The Dolphins, St Leonards Hill, Windsor, SL4 4AH – detached outbuilding ancillary to the main house. (PA 24/00207/FULL)

2 Duncannon Crescent, Windsor, SL4 4YP – T4 and T5 – Oak trees – fell (001/1970/TPO) (24/00208/TPO) Letter sent asking that, if the trees are permitted to be felled, for trees to be planted to replace them.

Letters written after the January 2024 Meeting

Diversion of a public footpath (Retrospective)Street Record Footpath From Alma Road To Vansittart Road South of Clarence Medical Centre Windsor. (PA 23/02993/FULL)
Pending

Carrisbrooke, St Leonards Hill, Windsor, SL4 4AL – (T1) Oak – Reduce whole crown overall by 5-6m (as shown). (T2) Oak – Fell. (T3) Oak – Reduce overextended branches overhanging the garden by 3-4m (as shown). (T4) Oak – Reduce whole crown overall by 5-6m (as shown). (005/1960/TPO). (23/02941/TPO)
Part Approved part Refused – a replacement tree must be planted to replace the felled oak.

Letters written after the December Meeting

1 Dower Park, Windsor, SL4 4BQ – T5 and T6 – White Poplar – fell (004/1962/TPO) (23/02941/TPO)
Pending

Letters written after the November Meeting

 

5 Bell View Close, Windsor, SL4 4EX – conversion and extension of existing garage to annex ancillary to the main dwelling and 1 detached outbuilding (PA 23/02398/FULL)
Permitted but with a Condition that we suggested that the detached outbuilding cannot be used as a separate dwelling.

16 Cawcott Drive, Windsor, SL4 5PU – part single part two storey wrap around extension (front/side/rear), 1 detached outbuilding ancillary to main dwelling and alterations to fenestration following demolition of existing elements. (PA 23/02501/FULL)
Withdrawn

Dedworth Clinic, 97A Smiths Lane, Windsor, SL4 5PE – demolition and redevelopment of Dedworth Clinic, to provide a minimum of two and up to a maximum of 3 residential dwellings (use class C3) (PA 23/02251/PIP)
Planning in principle permitted, a full planning application will be required

58 Gallys Road, Windsor, SL4 5RA – details required by Conditions 2 (Aircraft noise) and 3 (Biodiversity) of planning permission 22/01867/FULL for a Replacement dwelling with 1 rear outbuilding (PA 23/02576/CONDIT)
Part PermittedPart Refused

Updates to Planning Applications mentioned in previous newsletters.

Letters written after the October Meeting

Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 5JA – Observation Wheel and Refreshment Unit to be sited from March 15th 2024 to September 9th 2024. Open to the public from March 22nd 2024 to September 2nd 2024   (PA 23/02104/FULL)  Permitted

39 Clifton Rise, Windsor, SL4 5SX – 3 front rooflights, raising of the ridge and eaves, 1 rear dormer and alterations to the external finish and fenestration   (PA 23/02301/FULL)   
Pending

6 Meryton House, Longbourn, Windsor, SL4 3TW   – consent to install 2 ducting outlets and fit external wall caps to exterior of bathroom and ensuite bathroom wall.  (PA 23/02285/LBC)  
Refused

 13 Aston Mead, Windsor, SL4 5PP – new front porch, single storey side extension, single storey rear infill extension, single storey rear/side extension and alterations to fenestration (PA  23/02107/FULL) This proposal is out of keeping with the design of the main bungalow and in front of the building line.  
Pending

51 West Crescent, Windsor, SL4 5LE – replacement outbuilding to be used for short term lets (PA 23/02005/FULL) Pending

17 Longbourn, Windsor – felling of oak trees (PA 23/02137)  
Permitted with condition to plant 2 replacement trees

Letters written after the September  Meeting

1 Dower Park, Windsor, SL4 4BQ – two storey side extension (PA 23/02083/Full) This proposal is for a two-bedroom house attached to the original detached house and out of keeping with the rest of the road. 
Withdrawn


Letters written after the August Meeting

Market Cross House, 51 High Street, SL4 1LR  – retention of replacement roof and rainwater goods, repair works to the chimney stack, external finish and rear fenestration, internal repairs and new security cameras (PA23/01288/LBC)  Pending

1423 China Kitchen, 4 Church Lane, Windsor, SL4 1PA – consent to replace existing shop front windows with sliding sash windows, insertion of side window, raising of rear wall and changing of pitched roof to flat roof to existing rear extension and repairs to rear elevation (PA  23/01805/LBC + 23/01804/Full)  
Permitted with 11 conditions

Land adjacent to 4 Block D, Cavalry Crescent, Windsor –  2 three bedroom dwellings with associated parking and landscaping following the demolition of the existing garage block (PA 23/01817/FULL)   
Permitted

Letters written after the June Meeting

Grasmere, Broadleys, Hale And Winwood and land at Sawyers Close, Windsor – (PA –  23/01090)    
Permitted

Letters written after the May Meeting

The Drury House, 4 Church Street, Windsor, SL4 1PE – (PA 23/00716 LBC) 
Refused

Letters written after the April Meeting

8 College Crescent, Windsor, SL4 3PG – part single, part two storey front/side extension, two storey rear extension, solar panels, raising of the ridge, 1 rear dormer and alterations to fenestration (PA 23/00645/FULL)  These plans were inspected, and it was thought the height was out of keeping and the design incongruous. 
Refused

Land Adjacent The Hatch and South of Maidenhead Road and North of Windsor Road, Water Oakley, Windsor – reserved matters (appearance, layout and sale) pursuant to outline planning permission 22/00934/OUT for the erection of up to 135 new dwellings, areas of public open space including play spaces and pocket allotments, together with associated landscaping, car parking, footpath/cycle connections and vehicular access onto Maidenhead Road – (PA 23/00582/REM)  Letter sent regarding, design, layout, positioning of the affordable housing units, amenity spaces, gated areas etc. 
Pending

Letters written after  the March meeting

Windsor Yards re-development – (PA 22/02893/FULL)  This application was discussed again in the light of the recent photographs taken, the developer’s response and additional papers submitted. It was agreed that all would view the additional papers after which a letter was sent. This went to April’s Management Panel and was permitted but the final letter is not on the website yet. 
Pending

Church Street Garden  –  There is a serious problem with rodents in this area and a letter was sent to the Borough seeking input to resolve this.     Pest Control continues to work on the garden

Letters written after the January 2023 Meeting

Windsor Yards re-development – (PA 22/02893/FULL)  These plans had just been submitted but it was agreed that a response from The Society was required.  Letter sent regarding the additional two floors on the hotel.
Pending this was permitted at Panel but there is still no confirmation on the website as there will still be legal matters to sort

Former Windsor Garden Centre, Dedworth Rd, Windsor – discharge of condition proposal, details required by Condition 23 (biodiversity enhancements) of Planning Permission 20/01145/FULL for the demolition of existing buildings and structures and construction of a Class A1 discount food store with associated access, car parking and landscaping (PA 22/03278)  Letter sent regarding lack of required documentation      
Discard of Condition

MEMBERSHIP

We have 298 members at present – this is down since my last report, through a couple of members passing, others moving away or allowing membership to lapse. Thank you to those who have renewed their membership by Standing Order, which is enormously helpful.

I apologise for omitting to welcome 9 new members in our November newsletter. We are delighted to have amongst our newcomers. Since the November newsletter we offer a warm welcome to 11 additional members  

We are always happy to have visitors to our talks, and by joining the Society (instead of just making a donation) they can access all our news and opportunities at a very reasonable cost of £10 a year or £15 for joint membership.

LOCAL NEWS

Windsor Forum (formerly Windsor Town Forum) – The next 2 meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 12th March and Wednesday 8th May both at 6.30pm in the Grey Room, York House, Sheet Street, Windsor. Minutes of previous meetings, the Agenda and dates of future meetings when available, can be accessed through the RBWM website http://www.rbwm.gov.uk

Petition against the closure of the Museum – if any members wish to add their names to this petition the website link is

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-proposed-closure-of-windsor-s-museum-and-tourist-information-centre

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