Rain and gales
Friday, February 2nd 2002, 02/02/02, saw
rain, high winds and gales over much of the UK especially in
the north and south west. Windsor escaped lightly with only a
few trees brought down.
Here the last of the poplars in Vansittart
Road Recreation Ground was brought down, ending up lying across
the approach to the Goslar Way underpass and into the grounds
of the offices opposite.
The branches were quickly cut back to allow
access, but the fencing was quite badly bent, as was the street
light, although it continued to work!
A number of poplars along the eastern side of Vansittart Road
Recreation Ground have, one by one, been lost in recent years.
This was the last to go.
Another tree fell at the junction of Smiths Lane and Maidenhead
Road during the storm.
Although the river is running fast, and levels are slightly up,
Windsor is not affected by flood
warnings as of 3rd February.
As of April 24th 2002 the fencing remains
a hazard being broken away from the rest of the fence and bent
outwards and although the bent sections were shortly removed,
as of November 2002 the railings still await reinstatement.
Echoes of September 11th
|The tragedy that is now becoming known simply as
'nine one one' was followed by a small outbreak of anthrax in
America, distributed through the mail. As a result postal services
were severely hit. One parcel from America to Windsor, posted
Air Mail on September 11th 2001 from Lower Burrel, PA, reached
Windsor on February 8th 2002!! Story
HRH Princess Margaret,
1930 - 2002
|The funeral of Princess
Margaret, sister to HM Queen Elizabeth II, took place in St George's
Chapel 15th February at 3.00pm, the 50th Anniversary of the Funeral
of George VI,
Princess Margaret's father. 'Windsor Childhood'
journey through Windsor'
Alma Road Car Park - Plans
|Plans announced for Alma Road Car Park and Alexandra
|The much loved and respected Queen Mother died
at the age of 101. Index
to Queen Mother stories
|The Royal Borough has fired Salutes in Windsor
since 1754! Pictures of Salute for
Queen Elizabeth's 76th Birthday, 2002.
Jubilee Celebrations and
Environment Agency say
"Be prepared for flooding"
from The Informer, Windsor, October
Windsor residents are feeling just a tad
bemused by the current headings in the local papers. So what
was the £100 million for? Just how effective will our new
Jubilee River be? Not very it seems from this week's Press Release
from the Environment Agency!
OK, so it is a national campaign to raise awareness
of the chances of flooding in the coming months following the
numerous incidents of flooding around the UK in the last year
or two. Windsor did not suffer then, and probably is less at
risk now with the flood channel completed, but you never know!
See The Floods of
More Gales - but little
|For several days we had been warned that a major
storm was brewing in the Atlantic and would be with us on Sunday
27th October and so it was that from the early hours of the morning
the gales duly arrived. Fortunately there was little heavy rain
and so rather less damage was done to trees as might have been
the case had they been really sodden. A fir tree was noted down
in Clarence Crescent gardens, and the approach road to the Home
Park was blocked for a while plus there were the to be expected
tiles and broken shop signs, but the truth of the matter is that
we got away rather lightly!
fined following dog attack
21 November, 2002. Princess Anne was fined £500 today and
ordered to pay £250 compensation after pleading guilty
to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act that her English Bull
Terrier, Dotty, had attacked two children. The Princess was also
ordered to keep the dog on a lead in public, to arrange additional
training and to pay £148 court costs. The incident took
place on April 1st 2002 in Windsor Great Park. Princess Anne,
The Princess Royal, appeared in her full name Anne Elizabeth
Alice Laurence and admitted being responsible for a dog that
was out of control.
Year ends with heavy rain
|The month has been very wet and dreary although
mild. Christmas Day itself was reasonable but towards the end
of the month the rains returned. The implications for the Thames
was that because its entire length received very heavy rain,
flooding looked very likely. The only question was - How much
and how high? The
Floods of January 2003