Residents and visitors could benefit from easier access to Sunninghill High Street as plans to widen the road go out for public consultation.

The council is proposing to expand a section of the road by 1.2m to allow two lanes to run the whole way down the High Street and reduce delays at peak times.

The pinch point at the junction of School Road is only currently wide enough for single file traffic. The majority of the existing parking provision will still be retained under the proposed changes.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “These proposals offer us a chance to improve access to Sunninghill for everyone.

“By reclaiming a small section of the footpath we can create enough space for two-way moving traffic, while retaining most of the parking spaces and a route for pedestrians to continue to access the High Street.”

Cllr Julian Sharpe, ward member for Sunninghill and South Ascot, said: “This is good news for Sunninghill High Street as it will help us to reduce some of the congestion in the village and make access to our local shops and services easier.”

The proposals also include a raised zebra crossing opposite the Novello Theatre. It is expected that if they are approved work could begin as early as March 2017.

A consultation on the plans will run until Monday 16 January. Anyone wanting to submit their views can email projects@rbwm.gov.uk or write to: Highways and Transport, Operations Directorate, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Town Hall,

Plans launched to widen Sunninghill High StreetSt. Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1RF.

 

Talented girls at St George’s School, Ascot enjoyed an exciting start to the festive season as they played host to the great British tradition of pantomimes, performing the ancient story of Jack and the Beanstalk to children from a local primary school as well as family and friends.

Pupils from Whitegrove Primary School were invited to the matinee showing of Jack and the Beanstalk on Tuesday, 6 December, which was directed by St George’s Director in Residence, Rachel Johnson.  The ambitious production was the culmination of an intense four week rehearsal process resulting in a laugh-a-minute performance with upbeat songs and dances, a mind-blowing set and plenty of cow jokes to leave the audience in a good moo-d for the rest of the Christmas season!

Director in Residence, Miss Johnson commented “This cast has been an absolute pleasure to direct, owing to the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the entire year group.  For the majority of the cast, this was their first theatre production at St George's and I am hugely impressed by the incredible talent and confidence among such a young cast. It’s clear that the girls have been studying Pantomime in their drama lessons alongside rehearsals, as their comic timing and ‘over the top’ characterisations were nothing short of wonderful.”

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Read more: St. George's Girls Perform Jack & the Beanstalk

PROPOSALS:  www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk      See PETITION objecting to release of Green Belt Land - http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/AscotCentreGB/ 

  

A petition against proposals to build 350 houses in the Green Belt on the south side of Ascot High Street and the open space (currently Car Park 6) on the north side of the High Street.

The petition calls on the Royal Borough to NOT release this land from the Green Belt in the new Borough Local Plan and to remove this site from their allocated sites for housing.

To read & sign the petition,  click on this linkpetitions.rbwm.gov.uk/AscotCentreGB/

It is the Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group’s view that, what is being currently proposed by the Ascot landowners consortium for the building of 350 new houses here ( see www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk  ), is totally unacceptable and NOT in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan. ( see  http://www.ascotandthesunningsnp.com/unacceptable-ascot-centre-proposals-your-views-urgently-needed-by-19-december-2016/ )

www.quinceplayers.com

 

Quince Players | January 2017 - Jack & the Beanstalk Written by Ben Crocker Directed by Julie Voice and Sarah Matthews 12th - 21st January 2017  BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN

This year the QPs are supporting The Cordes Hall as their nominated charity.  The Cordes Hall Committee have devoted much time, effort and indeed funds in updating many areas of the hall which has been the home of the Quince Players for more than 70 years.  The QP’s are very happy to offer the Committee the chance to raise further funds for more improvements to the lovely old building.  The Quince Players have also financed the refurbishment of the front face of the stage and updated the sound and lighting system so that other stage users can benefit from the updated facilities.

Read more: Quince Players Jack and the Beanstalk Box Office Now Open

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Christmas Racing weekend at Ascot will be on Friday December 16th and Saturday December 17th

Ascot Racecourse will be hosting its 2016 Christmas Racing Weekend on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th December, featuring two days of Jumps racing alongside a jam-packed programme of festivities to keep the whole family entertained.

On Saturday, young racegoers can look forward to a magical Winter Wonderland including festive storytelling with Mrs Christmas, a visit from Father Christmas, reindeer and husky meet and greets, clip clop ponies, face painting, arts and crafts and gingerbread making. Those interested in something faster-paced can visit the Christmas themed fairground rides which include Mini Wheels, Train Ride, Teacups and Swingboats.

There will also be a host of festive food stalls including mulled wine for adults and hot chocolate and marshmallows for children that racegoers can tuck into whilst enjoying a screening of Home Alone, which is being shown for the first time at the racecourse this year.

Read more: Christmas Racing Weekend | December 16th & 17th

See www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk 

  

The team behind a development brief for the complete transformation of Ascot High Street, held an  'Open Day' on Thursday 1st December,  at Ascot Racecourse Pavilion. 

The Development Brief team is a consortium of landowners and promoters, including The Crown Estate, Ascot Racecourse,     Bloor Homes and Ascot Car Parks Ltd. It has picked up from the consultation originally undertaken by the The Princes Foundation in 2012/2013.

The purpose of the Open day was to update the public on proposals for the total regeneration of Ascot High Street, which is a key part of the very well-received Ascot and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Local Plan (Consultation starts today - CLICK HERE ).  

The team has been tasked with putting together a Development Brief, to establish the broad structure and development principles for the planning applications which they hope to submit next year.

The exhibition showed housing development on all of Car Park 6 - (corner of Winkfield Road/High St),  (including the current free RBWM car park ) Car Park 5A  and Car Park 5 (on the south side of Ascot High Street). (Although not part of this Development Brief, there are also proposals for 250 houses on Heatherwood Hospital and 65 houses on the Shorts site in St.George's lane). The new residential development is described as 'reflecting the green and leafy characteristics of Ascot whilst providing a range of house sizes and styles – including affordable housing. The 'Ascot Village' shown on Car Park 6 is earmarked for housing akin to the Course Road area. There was some dismay at the meeting that the 220 new houses, talked about in the Neighbourhood Plan is now 'up to 350 houses'.

The exhibition also showed extensive proposals for new retail (size of units not defined), to make the High Street two - sided (a theme thought to have been popular during the Neighbourhood Plan process). Also shown was a small 'Village Green' , some  open space, a circular walkway, a widened High Street with trees down the centre, a small underground car park, cycleways and a new community hub buidling (Cllr David Hilton has called for suggestions on uses for this building, which must be self-financing. 

Concern was expressed at the displacement of the the thousands of Royal Ascot cars from Car parks 6, 5 and 5A but Alastair Warwick - Chief Operating Officer at Ascot Racecourse - said he was confident that these cars could be accommodated elsewhere - in Car Parks 2, 4 and along the New Mile for example. 

  

The exhibition offered little more detail than Ascot residents were given at the Neighbourhood Plan stage, apart from the 59% potential increase in house numbers and a little fleshing out of traffic management in the High Street.  As shown on the above sketch of possible housing layout, a couple of specimen trees in Car park 6, and a significant number of oaks and Scots Pines in Car Park 5 - are shown for felling.

It is four years since the first 'Radical Visions for Ascot High Street' were mooted.  See   ARTICLE 1 on PRINCES' FOUNDATION VISION and    ARTICLE  2

Residents now have two weeks to comment and another chance to comment in the Spring, before the Brief is finally submitted to RBWM next year (see timetable in newsletter below). There will of course be ample opportunity to comment on the actual planning applications, probably next year. Given the national housing shortage and the fact the High Street land owners are keen to sell, there is no realistic chance of rejecting the concept of developing Ascot with a lot more housing; it's more a question of securing the best balance of house- types, open space, adequate parking and mitigating infrastructure.

 Visit  www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk. for future updates.

  

Read more: Ascot High Street Development Brief | Public Meeting

   

Pictured: Hollie Reston (Yr 13) Sitting with Pensioners

 On Monday 5th December, a group of 30 guests from the Ascot Day Centre were invited to attend a Christmas party hosted by the Sixth Form students at Charters School in Sunningdale  .

A beautifully decorated tree and festive garlands transformed the common room so that when students dressed in Festive jumpers served mulled wine and a delicious high tea to their guests, they really got into the Christmas spirit. The guests listened to a medley of Christmas songs played by some of the school’s talented musicians and were also treated to a performance of 2 songs from the recent school production of Grease. This was followed by a quiz, a game of Bingo and a raffle. The afternoon was finished off with a present for each guest to take home, delivered by Father Xmas of course!

The event was made possible by the very kind donations from The Ascot Fire Brigade Trust & The Sunninghill Trust. The students would also like to thank Tesco (Dedworth), Sainsburys (Bagshot Road, Bracknell), Tesco (Warfield), Tesco (Martins Heron), Sainsbury (Martins Heron), Longacres, Inspirations (Windsor) & staff & pupils of Charters School for donating raffle prizes.

The event was organised by the Sixth Form Events Committee headed by student Noor Ali, who said what a pleasure it was to see the guests having such a fun time

 

   

Residential Parking Survey for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale

On-street parking on residential streets in our area is a major contributor to the challenges of addressing local traffic congestion and the desire to protect the character of our area - two of the priorities identified as most important by local residents when we produced our Neighbourhood Plan for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale.

The Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group has decided to conduct a survey to find out more about current house-related parking and what local residents think should be the standard for new residential development. We will then use this as supporting evidence to try to influence the Royal Borough with respect to parking standards for new housing development.

Please click herhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Residential_Parking to complete the survey online.  The closing date for responses is 9th December 2016.

 

Read more: Sunninghill & Ascot Parish & Sunningdale Parish | Parking Survey | Reply Now !

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals  

5th Winter Colorectal Meeting held at St Peter’s

St Peter’s Hospital played host to the 5th Winter Colorectal meeting last Friday (2/12/16). ASPH’s leading consultants, eminent industry experts and trainees converged on the Trust’s Post Graduate Centre (PGCE) for the day-long event to discuss advances in the field of colorectal surgery and early rectal cancer.
Phil Bearn and Pasha Nisar ASPH Colorectal surgeons and event organisers said: “What a fantastic insightful event. We were graced with leading experts in the field, who came to share their experiences, developments, good practice and successes with us.

“With significant advances in the field it is important we keep abreast of the evolution, share knowledge and continue our efforts to ensure we do our very best to tackle this disease and help patients who experience this type of cancer. A huge thank you to everyone that came and contributed to make the event the success it was.”

Read more: 5th Winter Colorectal Meeting Held at St Peter’s

   

 Charters School in Sunningdale   held an extended assembly on Tuesday 29 November to celebrate another outstanding year of GCSE achievements.   Prizes were presented to students by Ms Ellie Wallace, Chair of Governors.  Speeches and citations were given by Co-Headteacher, Mr Richard Pilgrim, Mrs Pam Goody, the Head of Year who looked after and led the students from Year 7 to Year 11 and Director of STEM Mrs Kate Hill who presented science prizes generously provided by Lilly UK. 

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher said, "During the prize-giving assembly we were able to acknowledge the success of our students last summer in their GCSE examinations.  They were a great year group who looked after one another, added so much to school life, were full of fun and secured outstanding academic results.” 

Special awards were presented to:

Marcus Down – The Dame Marcia Twelftree Cup (for highest achievement at GCSE/KS4)

Read more: Charters | Prize-Giving Assembly | November 2016

See www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk      See PETITION objecting to release of Green Belt Land - http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/AscotCentreGB/ 

  

Following last week's Open Day on Ascot High Street Redevelopment Development Brief,  the Ascot Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group (NPDG) has issued the following statement and appeal to local residents to support their objection to  land south of Ascot High Street being released from Green Belt.  The NPDG feels that the Ascot Centre Developement Brief proposals undermine the principles as set down by the Prince's Foundation Report 2012 - upon which the Neighbourhood Plan was built..

Visit the Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group’s website (www.ascotandthesunningsnp.com) for more information (see Recent Posts).

The Ascot Centre proposals are available to view on the consortium’s website www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk.  They are inviting responses through a feedback form. Closing date is 19th December 2016.

NPDG STATEMENT| Ascot Centre Development Proposals a Betrayal of the Local Community

According to the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group (“ASandS NPDG”) the proposals presented at the Open Day on 1st December by a consortium of landowners and developers for the development of Ascot Centre and the High Street are totally unacceptable and would represent a betrayal of the local community if they went ahead.

The proposals from the consortium, which includes Ascot Racecourse, Bloor Homes and Ascot Car Parks, completely fail to reflect the vision for the rejuvenation of Ascot developed by The Prince’s Foundation with the local community back in 2012 and do not respect what is included in our adopted Neighbourhood Plan.  

The original vision which the community bought into was for a rejuvenation of Ascot by making the High Street two-sided, with small scale retail and other businesses, improving the traffic flow for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, providing sufficient car parking and creating a village square with a new community hub. New housing development both North and South of the High Street would help achieve this while being in keeping with the character of Ascot, with green spaces and retained mature trees.

What was presented to the local community in this Consultation event was a scheme for 350 houses – which is double the number envisaged in the Neighbourhood Plan. There are no proposals for how traffic congestion will be addressed and the suggested car parking will be grossly inadequate. And the proposed “village square” bears more resemblance to a leafy lay-by than a focal point for the local community.

This is not a plan for the rejuvenation of Ascot, it is a plan to cram lots more housing into Ascot without any of the associated benefits the community is seeking.

 

Read more: Appeal for Residents to Save the Ascot High St Green Belt

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have very generously donated a 20 foot Christmas Tree to the village of Sunninghill.

It stands proudly at the entrance to Sunninghill in the forecourt of the villages Cordes Hall ,home of the famous QQuince Players who are currently under rehearsal for their pantomime Aladdin.

It has been a very welcome addition to the wonderful Christmas Lights on display throughout the High Street. Robert Ellison manager of Chapmans Ironmongers said that we owe a great deal of thanks to Paul Roach , who is the Windsor, Eton and Ascot Town Centre Manager who helped in the arrangements in having the tree gifted to the village.

 

 

Karate is one of the many extra activities on offer at  Papplewick School, Ascot, and is going from strength to strength under the expert tuition of Debbie Richards.

Debbie is a professional martial arts instructor, teaching in schools and clubs. A truly great display took place on Saturday, 26th November, during the school assembly - when even the Headmaster, Tom Bunbury, took part and tried his hand, much to the delight of the boys!

Boys at Papplewick enjoy a huge range of extra-curricular activities including squash, photography, scuba diving, polo, riding, real tennis, clay pigeon shooting, golf, chess, drama, cookery and martial arts. The school is also proud of its highly popular Snake Club, where boys can own their own pet, ranging from bearded dragons to corn snakes. 

Read more: Karate Goes to the Top at Papplewick School

Pictured Above: Kirsty Gallagher & the Giant 'On' Button for the Great Christmas Lights Illumination

Sunningdale's annual Christmas celebration was held on Friday, 25th November 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, at the Chobham Road/A30 junction. Local celebrity, TV's Kirsty Gallagher (who attended Coworth Flexlands and St.George's School),  switched on the lights , illuminating lamposts all the way along than the road - from Waitrose to the east end of Chobham Road. 

The fun included Santa’s grotto, mulled wine and mince pies, biscuit decorating, face painting, competitions, live music and much much more.  Pictured below are the Lewis Meat burger and the Coworth Park Hotel stands - handing out complimentary sandwiches, sausage rolls, macaroons, mulled wine and hot chocolate to warm up the revellers. The crowd also enjoyed performances by Holy Trinity  and Sunningdale Schools, as well as communal festive singing.

Read more: TV Star Kirsty Gallagher Lights Up Sunningdale for Christmas

   

The Creative Arts Faculty at Charters School in Sunningdale   has built quite a reputation over the past few years with their annual stage shows, and this year was no exception; During the last week in November more than 100 students from Years 8 to 13 donned their leather jackets and bobby socks and travelled back in time to the 1950’s to re-tell the timeless musical ‘Grease’.

The cast began rehearsing in September to become the well-loved characters we all remember from the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, learning hand-jiving dance routines and perfecting the songs we all know and love.

The run was kicked off by the school’s annual Community Performance, where pensioners from local day centres and care homes were invited to experience the show during the school day along with students from some of the feeder schools. During the intermission, members of the cast stayed ‘in character’ to mingle with the audience which delighted both young and old alike.

Miss Belinda Francis, Curriculum Leader for the Creative Arts Faculty, was extremely proud of the entire cast and crew, saying “The cast and creative team have worked tirelessly since September, with passion and enthusiasm; a delight to rehearse with. We’ve challenged the cast with the setting of the show, performed in the three-part round, but they have learnt to interact with the audience with beaming smiles, which has brought our version of this classic musical to life. The cast and crew are such a hard-working bunch and the Production Team have supported them extensively to make this show one of our best ever. It's clear just how much fun everyone has had putting on 'Grease' and we shall miss it once it's over!”

Dotty Flo who played Sandy said, “The cast is so incredibly amazing and talented which makes the experience so memorable!! I've honestly enjoyed it so much and despite how nervous I am I can't wait to perform each night with such fantastic people!”

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again Papplewick boys have made a remarkable effort in their contribution to the Operation Christmas Child appeal, organised by charity Samaritan’s Purse.  Over one hundred shoeboxes have been filled with goodies so far in the appeal – many more than last year.

The boys know through videos and presentations at school how much African schoolchildren enjoy receiving their donations, which include Lego, toy cars, pens, balls, cuddly toys, puzzles, hats, socks, soap and games.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “This was a fantastic effort by both boys and their parents – a record year! Hopefully we can continue to exceed our targets for Operation Shoebox in the future. It’s particularly relevant for us to be focusing on giving to such a worthy cause especially in light of the fact that for many children their shoebox may be the first gift they have ever received.”

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project.  Samaritan’s Purse has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, to over 94 million underprivileged children. The appeal has grown to be the largest Christmas shoebox appeal in the UK. 

 

Read more: Papplewick Pupils Make Remarkable Contribution to Operation Shoebox 2016

The Royal Borough has welcomed the High Court’s backing of a weight limit imposed on the Chobham Road Bridge.

In April 2016 the council reduced the weight restriction from 18 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes to stop heavy vehicles from using the bridge in Sunningdale and ease resident concerns about road safety.

The decision was challenged by Surrey County Council which called for a judicial review on the grounds that the Royal Borough failed to properly consult on the changes or take into account alternative solutions.

However on Wednesday 16 November Deputy Judge Robin Purchas QC dismissed the case at the Royal Courts of Justice and ordered Surrey County Council pay back the Royal Borough’s legal costs of £10,687.79.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I am glad to see the High Court has found that our decision was taken properly. We introduced this weight limit after listening to our residents’ concerns and looking for the best possible solution.

“It is a shame that this matter had to be brought before the courts but I hope we can work together in the future to ensure that matters arising close to our borough’s boundaries can be addressed amicably.”

Cllr Christine Bateson, principal member for Ascot and the Sunnings, added: “This is great news for our residents in the south of the borough.

“We worked with the residents of Sunningdale to introduce this weight limit as a way to increase safety on this important bridge and I believe that this support from the High Court shows we were right in taking this action to protect our residents.”

Read more: Chobham Road Bridge Weight Restriction Upheld by High Court

CLICK HERE for the Kirk Rice Podcast on the 2016 Autumn Statement

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 Kirk Rice LLP  leading independent firm of accountants , tax advisors and financial advisors,(based in Ascot High Street, Berkshire , Putney and Mayfair),  offer a Summary of the Autumn Statement and its implications for you.

The UK has experienced plenty of political upheaval this year with the EU referendum followed by a change of leadership. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Autumn Statement on 23 November– which also turned out to be his last. His surprise announcement was that after two Budgets in 2017, from 2018 onwards we will have a Spring Statement and an Autumn Budget.

The Chancellor presented his Autumn Statement against a background of reduced growth forecasts and the ‘urgent’ need to tackle the long-term weaknesses of the UK economy. His declared ambition is to make UK ‘match-fit’ for Brexit.

The emphasis of the Chancellor’s speech was on increased infrastructure spending, a stop on further new welfare savings measures and an acceptance that government borrowing will be significantly higher than previously projected.

Read more: Kirk Rice LLP of Ascot | Accountants , Tax Advisors & Financial Advisors, Summarise Autumn...

 

The redevelopment of the Ascot High Street area moved a step forward today with the announcement of plans to press ahead with the creation of a development plan for the architectural firm working on the brief. Once created, this plan will be submitted to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for adoption.

The work will include a High Street Traffic Management Plan and research into the best way to create a sustainable new community centre. This is in line with community feedback on the need to improve traffic flow and also the desire for a community centre. It will be funded by a group of key stakeholders in the project: The Crown Estate, Ascot Racecourse Limited, Bloor Homes (responsible for the Car Park 5a area) and Ascot Central Car Parks Ltd (Car Park 5).

Read more: Development of Ascot High Street | The Next Step Underway

 

Pictured: St.Andrews Pipe Band  Entertains

  

Pictured Above: Samantha Pinder White with Coworth Park's Delicious Buffet 

On Sunday 20th November, the popular Victorian Street Fayre returned to Sunninghill High Street, from midday to 4pm the High Street was be lined with market stalls, selling all sorts of enticing goods, and children’s Fairground rides.  Hot food & drink will be plentiful  - with several restaurants such as Maya  and Nanus, s well as Coworth Park Hotel and the Berystede  offering superb dining opportunities . 

Santa’s Grotto at the Ascot Day Centre  was a sell out success. Because he had so many children to see, Father Christmas was accompanied by Mother Christmas.  

The Opening Parade at midday featured the Town Crier, St Andrew’s Pipes & Drums, the Quince Players’ cast of Jack & The Beanstalk plus other special guests!

Read more: Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre 2016 | Photo Feature

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Ocean Theatre's next show will be ANYTHING GOES . This will be Ocean Youth’s 17th production in our 9th year and will feature full costumes, set, orchestra and loads of fun, new skills to learn and new challenges to overcome.

Rehearsals are Saturday afternoons from mid November with performances in the Easter school holidays 2017.

 

JOIN NOW !

Love to act, sing and dance?  Want to be part of an outstanding performance?  Do you want to sing, dance and act on stage? Are between 13 and 18 years old?

If the answer to these questions is yes, come and be part of a brand new production of Cole Porter’s classic ANYTHING GOES.

Our experienced theatre professionals help develop individual performance skills and confidence in rehearsals, which culminate in a fully staged musical production performed locally each year.

ANYTHING GOES will be Ocean Youth’s 17th production in our 9th year and will feature full costumes, set, orchestra and loads of fun, new skills to learn and new challenges to overcome.

 Rehearsals are Saturday afternoons from mid November with performances in the Easter school holidays 2017.

For more information or to arrange a no obligation trial session contact youth@oceantheatre.com or see our website www.oceantheatre.com for more details.

 ll professional staff and chaperones hold current DBS certifications

Read more: Ocean Theatre | Join Now for 'Anything Goes' | Easter 2017

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  The word in 'foodie' circles  is that Adam Smith - new Executive Chef at Coworth Park Hotel in Ascot, is 'one to watch' ! And after thoroughly enjoying the latest Speaker Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel (where he was both Chef and Speaker), it's clear that  he is already one of the country's best. 

As a former Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year, Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year and Roux Scholarship Winner, Chef Adam Smith is rightly considered to be a rising star  by the UK’s leading chefs, including Michel Roux.

With a mantra throughout his career that ‘taste is king’ Adam began working at The Ritz rising from 2nd commis to executive sous chef before moving to The Devonshire Arms. During this time The Burlington Restaurant was the only new restaurant to be awarded a coveted four AA rosettes in the January 2015 guide. Adam took up his post of Executive Chef at Coworth in July and says that he has made a few changes. Afternoon tea in the Drawing room is now even better, especially thanks to the hotel's amazing new pastry chef.

 

Asked if he is aiming for a Michelin Star, Adam (pictured far right with his team, above), told the Speaker Lunch diners: "I'd be lying if i said i didn't aspire to a Michelin Star but, in my daily work, it is genuinely more important to me that people leave the restaurant happy, having enjoyed my food."

Read more: Coworth Park's Star Executive Chef Cooks & Entertains

Pictured: Robert Ellison Presenting Mick Wallace - local author and Horticulturalist- With the Roberts Radio the Victorian Fayre Chapman's Raffle . 

One of the many attractions at the 2016 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre, was the regular Chapman's Ironmongers  Roberts Radio Raffle - this year won by Mick Wallace. All proceeds from the Raffle go to local charities.  

Chapman's also participated in the 'Spot the Mistake in the Window'  competition, along with 9  further High Street shops. Watch this space to find out who won.  The prize was £25 for the competitor who correctly spotted the items which were out of place in each of the participating windows. For example, who spotted the hose clip in Jason Charle's window, the Ryvita at Pink & Brown , the Vapona at the Little Flowerpot , the lemon at Chapman's, and so on.

Pictured Above: Chapman's Window : A Stray Lemon in the Chapman's Windows Display Competition 

E-Mail: enquiries@s-a-pc.com    

For more information, contact the Parish Office on 01344 630141 or email enquiries@s-a-pc.com

 

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 More customer services to be available at libraries | RBWM Residents will soon be able to access more customer services at borough libraries and at a time when most convenient to them.

A proposal to modernise customer and library services approved at last night’s cabinet will enable residents to access services that answer council tax and other queries, pay bills and renew Advantage Cards and bus passes.

The functions which will form part of a new Customer Experience team are: libraries, customer services, facilities management, specialised business support, customer feedback (including comments, compliments and complaints) and culture and heritage (including reading and learning events, arts and museums) with, by appointment, registration services (births, marriages and deaths) and housing options advice.

Read more: RBWM Customer Services to be Available at Libraries

Pictured: (From left: Patrizia von Sachsen-Altenburg, Joel Embury, Robyn Randall, Phil Embury and Clare Humphreys

 At their recent production of Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore, Cranbourne Amateur Dramatic Society found they had a professional in the audience.  Kris Marshall, best known for his roles in Love Actually, Death in Paradise and My Family, enjoyed the play and helped draw the raffle.

 Pack of Lies is set in the early 1960’s. It deals with the real life case of Helen and Peter Kroger (played by Clare Humphreys and Phil Embury), an American couple living in Ruislip, West London, who were arrested and later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. The play, a tense drama, focuses on the corrosive effect of deceit. The house opposite the Krogers, occupied by their close friends Bob and Barbara Jackson and their daughter Julie (Joel Embury, Patrizia von Sachsen-Altenburg and Robyn Randall) is taken over covertly by the security services led by the mysterious Mr Stewart (Andy Shea) and his female detectives Thelma and Sally  (Lynn Gresty and Abi Suermondt) as a surveillance post. Maintaining a façade of one kind or another takes its toll on all the characters’ lives.

Pictured: Kris Marshall (on left) drawing the raffle on stage with Roger Fletcher.

Read more: Star of Love Actually Praises CADS Production

Pictured: Archie Wooldridge, a Day Boy in Year 6, With Author Sarah Baker.

Boys at Papplewick School, Ascot, were entertained on the evening of Thursday, 10th November by the author Sarah Baker who talked to them about her career - how she started by working in film as a story editor and then decided to write a children's novel. Her debut book is called: "Through the Mirror Door.” It tells the story of Angela when she visits her Aunt Cece and Cousins Kitty and Fliss at their French holiday home.  

There was silence as Sarah read an excerpt from the book and the boys then met Sarah who signed a book for them. The boys were seen around the school the following day with their noses in their books as they read about Angela's adventures.

Tom Bunbury, headmaster, said: “We’re always delighted to welcome authors to Papplewick School. Meeting the writers face-to-face inspires the boys to read more and to appreciate the work that goes into writing a good story.”

 

 

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