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Roadworks cause disruption in Maidenhead!!

Roadworks are currently consuming the town of Maidenhead. Major roads surrounding the town centre are affected by lane closures.

These roads include:

• The Broadway
• The A308 Frascati Way

The road improvements, which are set to last eights weeks from February 25th 2019, are causing extreme traffic, backing up onto Bad Godesberg Way and Marlow Road, especially during rush hour.

The Broadway is set to be converted to allow for two-way traffic. According to The Maidenhead Advertiser, this will then let drivers turn right out of Nicholson’s car park and onto Frascati Way.
(https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/141603/motorists-faced-with-town-centre-tailbacks-as-roadworks-get-underway.html).
Later this year, road closures will also take place on Grenfell Road, Queen Street and King Street. This is part of a £4.5 million project to improve the road network in the area.

Following council leader Simon Dudley’s statement that more can be done to limit the disruption caused by roadworks, the council has this week announced measures they will put in place to ensure this happens.

This includes:

• Traffic lights will be controlled manually during rush hour periods.
• Teams will also be working longer hours one day a week and also on weekends to ensure work is finished quickly.

Hopes for Hindu Community Centre in Maidenhead still alive

Hopes for a potential Hindu community centre in Maidenhead are still high after the Hindu Society of Maidenhead announced it was thinking of submitting a new application.

A planning application for the land next to Boulter’s Lock car park was first submitted in early 2017 by the society. However, the application was rejected by the council in July 2017 after the HSM failed to show that the great crested newts were absent and that they had considered other sites that were at less risk of flooding.

The proposal of the centre has been opposed by several local residents, some of whom who have previously told me that it would cause too much congestion in the area.

Council leader Cllr Simon Dudley who’s ward includes the Boulter’s Lock area has instead offered the Hindu Society a site at the redevelopment project on St Cloud Way, Maidenhead. He had opted to submit a planning application to extend the existing car park at Boulter’s Lock.

However, the Hindu Society of Maidenhead is optimistic, with the leader Chander Malhotra telling the Maidenhead Advertiser that he is “100 per cent confident” that the society will be granted planning permission, following the submission of a new application.

If built, the centre will be a prime location for the Hindu community to meet together regularly.

(Research: https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/140551/hindu-society-insist-boulters-lock-centre-plans-not-dead-while-council-leader-compares-it-to-the-dodo.html).

Open Day at Maidenhead Mosque!

Maidenhead Mosque is hosting an open day on Sunday 5th February 2017. The mosque, based in Holmanleaze will take part in the Visit My Mosque Initiative alongside over 150 other mosques across the country.

Visit My Mosque is a national initiative, first started in 2015 by the Muslim Council of Britain. Its aim is to bring non-Muslim communities together to learn about the history of Islam and the Muslim way of life.

The event will feature guided tours of the mosque, exhibitions and posters educating visitors about the Islamic religion, prayer demonstrations and an opportunity to ask scholars questions.

Please come and join us. It really gives the Muslim community the opportunity to educate people about Islam and breakdown any misconceptions. The event will take place between 2-4pm. Email info@maidenheadmosque.org to attend.

Burglary at Maidenhead Foodshare – Donations Needed! (ARCHIVED)

On Thursday 28thJuly 2016, thieves broke into Maidenhead Foodshare and stole £1,000 worth of food and items.

Susan Brett, founder of the charity based in New Market, Kings Street said she didn’t realise there had been a break in until Friday morning and was unaware of the scale of missing items until she and her team were handing out food on Saturday morning.

She told the Maidenhead Advertiser: “We put the trays of food which is closer to going off at the front of the shelves”.

“It’s only when we took the food from the front and saw there were no trays behind them we realised they had been taken, she said.

Debbie Gee, the Foodshare’s Manager added that she believes the thieves were selective in what they took.

She told the Maidenhead Advertiser: “They took all the meat and fish in freezers, tins of soup, and nappies. A lot of branded items were taken, – all that was left behind was beans and pasta,” she said.

Since the news of the burglary, local residents, including myself have donated food and much needed immediate items to the Foodshare.

However, the charity is still in need of perishable and non-perishable items such as meat and fish, coffee, fruit and veg, jam, tinned fruit and veg and toothpaste.

Please donate if you can. There are donation boxes at the majority of major supermarkets. Food can also be dropped off at the Foodshare in New Market, Kings Street and money can also be donated to www.thebrettfoundation.org.uk.

 

The Festival of Holi

With the festival of Holi fast approaching on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, it’s time to take a look at what the festival of Holi is, what why it is celebrated and how long the tradition has been running for.

What is Holi?

Holi is known as the Festival of Colour and is celebrated to welcome the arrival of spring. It usually takes place in March over a two-day period. It is a celebration of love, life, colour and good defeating evil.

What happens on Holi?

There are two parts to the festival of Holi.

The first is Holika Dahan. This happens the night before Rangwali Holi. Paying homage to the religious scriptures in which the Hindu God Vishnu helps burn the Devil Holika, wood and Dung-cakes are burned to signify good defeating evil.

During Rangwali Holi, people through coloured powders and water on each other. This is mainly done in India and Nepal.

What are the origins of the festival?

According to the BBC, Holi is the celebration of the Hindu God Krishna, the Devil Holika and Prince Prahlad. Some religious scholars believe the origins of Holi lie with the Hindu God Krishna. He was known as a mischievous young boy who threw coloured water at the milkmaids.

Bonfires are also lit at Holi to commemorate the story of Prince Prahlad which represents good overcoming evil. The story of Prahlad is seen to symbolise good overcoming evil and is why traditionally bonfires are lit at Holi. The story states that Prince Prahlad’s father, the king wanted everybody to worship him. However, Prahlad refused and decided to worship Lord Vishnu instead. Holika, the king’s sister, who was immune to fire, tricked Prahlad in sitting on her lap so he would be destroyed. However, because her powers were used for evil, Prahlad emerged unharmed, and she was submerged in flames.

Research Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/hinduism/holi.shtml.

Why is Holi celebrated?

Holi is a time when family, friends, and the Hindu community come together to dance, share meals, celebrate life and love and throw colour. According to The Independent, it is said that caste and ethnicity are put aside at this time; however, this is widely debated.

From a religious standpoint, the festival is celebrated to burn the devil Holika. However, according to an urban legend it is also seen to commemorate the story of Radha and Krishna. Krishna and Radha were lovers, however, Krishna was self-conscious of their differing skin colours. So he decided to playfully paint Radha’s face to make it the same colour as his. According to tradition, lovers repeat this ritual annually on Holi.

Research Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/holi-2018-festival-of-colours-india-facts-hindu-celebration-what-is-it-why-celebrated-a6947721.html.

Holi in Maidenhead

The Hindu Society of Maidenhead host 12 religious events per year, including Holi. Join the society this Holi for a day of celebration, religious activities and food.

Find more information at: http://www.hindusocietyofmaidenhead.co.uk.

 

The Consequences of Horror Movies Podcast

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Horror movies first made an appearance in the late 1890s, when French filmmaker Georges Méliés worked on a horror project, known in English as The Cave of the Unholy One. Since then horror movies have capitalised around the world, with gory horrors like Scream and Halloween and psychological horrors like The Others and The Shining each grossing between $100,000,000 and $300,000,000 between the 1970s and 2015. 

The thrill and excitement of horror movies are among some of the most popular reasons as to why people watch horror movies. When asked about their favourite movies, names such as the above as well as Paranormal Activity, Saw and I Spit on Your Grave were seen as popular choices.

Allegedly, horror movies have contributed to violence in society for many years. The murder of James Bulger in Merseyside in 1993 was perhaps one of the more prominent murders in the UK and perfectly highlighted the atrocities of horror movies as the murder was committed after Jon Venables and Robert Thompson watched Child’s Play 3. 

The debate of psychological versus gory horrors has always been rife. Psychological horrors aim to cause discomfort, exposing people’s emotions and vulnerabilities. Whereas, gory horrors can often be seen as comedic, like Scream and aim to focus on graphic depictions of blood and guts through the use of special effects. In my podcast I aim to explore this further by asking my peers their thoughts on horror movies and what their position is on the physiological versus gory debate, as well as how far horror movies have contributed to violence in society.

Produced by: Jade Kidd

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The celebration of Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha, otherwise known as the festival of sacrifice, is the second most important holiday in the Muslim calendar. This year it will begin on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 and end on Sunday 27th September 2015.

Why is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

 The occasion is marked to remember the Prophet Ibrahim’s compliance when God ordered him to sacrifice his son.

Origins of Eid al-Adha

 Eid al-Adha originates from the story of the Prophet Ibrahim. Allah (God) appears before Ibrahim in a dream, asking him to sacrifice his only son Isma’il in a bid to show his dedication to God. However, the devil tempted Ibrahim telling him that if he disobeys Allah his son will be spared. Entirely devoted to Allah, just as Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to slaughter instead.

How is Eid al-Adha celebrated?

 Eid al-Adha is celebrated in many ways. It usually begins with Muslims attending prayers at their local Mosque, dressed in their best attire in order to thank Allah for their blessings. It is a time when family, friends and the community come together and those who can afford it sacrifice a sheep in the name of the Prophet Ibrahim. In the UK, this is only done in a slaughterhouse. The meat is then shared out amongst everybody and given to the poor and less fortunate. As a time for giving and helping, Muslims also give aid, food and money to the poor and homeless in their area. This Eid al-Adha, me and my family will again be giving out food and aid to the homeless community in Maidenhead.

Please donate, if you can to charity during this period.

Research Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/islam/eid_haj.shtml

 

The celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Friday 15thJuly 2015 will mark the beginning of the annual period of Ramadan. Over 30 days 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. The period will end when the moon is seen on Saturday 18thJuly 2015, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

Festivities will run over a three-day period and will see Muslims hosting family/community events and feasts, holding prayers and donating to charity. I and my family will use the period to give out food parcels and aid to the homeless community in Maidenhead.

When did Eid al-Fitr start?

 Eid al-Fitr was first celebrated in 624 by the great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his friends and family after the battle of Jang-e-Badar was won.

 Why is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?

The occasion was first celebrated to not only mark the end of the fasting period but also to thank Allah (God) for giving them the strength and self-control to fast for the entire month.

Please donate, if you can to charity during this period.

High NHS parking charges at St Mark’s Hospital, Maidenhead

If you have ever visited St Mark’s Hospital for an appointment, or simply live or stop by the shops in the area, you may have noticed the extreme difficulty in finding a parking space. This is largely down to visitors of St Mark’s Hospital parking on residential streets to avoid the high NHS parking charges.

My family members, who suffer from long-term health conditions frequently visit the hospital for appointments and are faced with paying over £10 for parking over fours hours.

For an individual to continuously pay such amounts of money on a weekly/monthly basis is wrong and needs to be changed. The Conservative Party in Maidenhead has pledged to fight to reduce high NHS parking charges in their 2015 manifesto. Lisa Targowska, the Conservative Party candidate for Belmont has vowed, that if elected, she will fight this issue and lobby for change.

Please support her in her fight as it will not only improve the lives of residents and visitors in surrounding streets, but it will also mean that patients are able to attend St Mark’s Hospital without having to pay extreme charges.

Maidenhead Open Kitchen

Maidenhead Foodshare is an extremely important charity, providing food to individuals who are unable to afford food on a daily basis. The Open Kitchen provides freshly cooked meals to the homeless, families from disadvantaged backgrounds, the elderly and individuals who are isolated.

Freshly Cooked Meals

Meals are freshly cooked every Thursday evening at St Joseph’s Church, 36 Cookham Road, SL6 7EG, between 6.45pm – 8pm.

Food for the Homeless – (Source: https://www.stjosephsparish.co.uk/index.php/31-wider-community/38-open-kitchen)

  • Sunday Lunch – Salvation Army
  • Monday Evening – Sandwich Run (for Monday and Tuesday)
  • Tuesday Lunch – Synagogue (except during summer months)
  • Wednesday Lunch – United Reform Church
  • Thursday Dinner – Open Kitchen at St Joseph’s Church
  • Friday Evening – Sandwich Run (for Friday and Saturday)

Please volunteer and donate food and money if you can!