SPRING FAMILY RACEDAY | Free for children under 18-years-old and boasting a full day of exciting jump racing alongside a range of family fun

Ascot Racecourse’s Colts and Fillies Club is helping local schools to raise money with a ticketing promotion for The Spring Family Raceday on Sunday 2nd April.  Local schools will be selling tickets for the raceday and keeping a percentage of the money taken for their own fundraising projects.

The Colts & Fillies Club, which currently has over 19,500 members, aims to introduce horseracing to the next generation of racing enthusiasts by making the sport accessible and fun.  It is free to join for children aged 17 and under and members can enjoy dedicated family days at Ascot, with specifically tailored activities exclusively for Colts and Fillies members.  Outside of racedays, visits are made to training yards and other places of interest and there is the club horse, Miss Inga Sock, to follow.

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Helps Local School With Fundraising


Coworth Flexlands School is celebrating another year of excellent results by their Year 6  girls, as once again they have secured places at a wide range of outstanding Independent secondary schools.

This year’s girls secured places at 21 different schools, including Cheltenham Ladies College, Farnborough Hill, Heathfield, Prior’s Field, Sir William Perkins’s School, St Catherine’s, St George’s, Ascot, The Lady Eleanor Holles, Tormead and Wycombe Abbey. In addition, pupils gained academic scholarships to Godolphin, Notre Dame and St Teresa’s and a music scholarship to Downe House.

Coworth Flexlands School prides itself on small classes with individual attention, so are in a good position to help parents find the right school for each child. Not only do the teachers know their academic abilities, but they also know what their interests and talents are, which all go towards making an excellent match of pupils to senior school. Over the past four years girls have moved on to over 30 different secondary schools, gaining 13 academic, 4 drama, 3 art and 4 music scholarships, which well reflects the breadth of opportunities on offer to every child.

Read more: Coworth Flexlands School | Year 6 Jubilant With Senior School Achievements


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The Royal Borough is launching a campaign to get residents to return unused equipment and household aids -  such as walking frames, grab rails, telecare and bed rails, so they can be put back to use.

Community equipment can make a huge difference to residents’ lives but if it is not returned when no longer needed then it goes to waste.

The council provides equipment free of charge to help empower residents to live independently and wants to make sure the assistance is available to as many people as possible.

Any small items that were loaned out by the Royal Borough can be returned by dropping them off at Alzheimer’s Dementia Support (ADS) in Maidenhead High Street under a new pilot scheme. For every piece that comes back a small donation will be made to the charity.

Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: “This campaign really is win-win situation – the more equipment we get back, the more we can offer assistance to vulnerable residents and for every item returned, a small donation will be made to charity.

Read more: RBWM Campaign to Return Unused Community Equipment


Pictured: Charity Representatives Ready to Receive Cheques from Sunninghill & Ascot parish Council at a Ceremony Hosted by Sponsor - Ascot Racecourse


On Sunday 20th November last year, the popular Victorian Street Fayre (SEE THE PHOTOS HERE) returned to Sunninghill High Street.  From midday to 4.00pm the High Street was lined with market stalls, selling all sorts of enticing goods, and children’s Fairground rides.  Hot food & drink was plentiful and the High Street retailers were open, offering all their lovely wares and Christmas goodies too.  Father Christmas asked Mother Christmas to help him, as they listened to children’s wishes and the Elves entertained the excited youngsters.  With so much for the whole family to enjoy, it was an afternoon not to be missed. 

All profits from the Fayre are distributed to local charities and good causes.  So ‘sharing the love’ on Valentine’s Day, the Parish Council is today delighted to present cheques to:......

Read more: Local Charities Receive Huge Cheques Thanks to Victorian Street Fayre


Ascot Grange Care and Nursing Home are delighted to be sponsoring Royal Ascot Cricket Club with a contribution towards their clubhouse renovation fund.  Mark Wiggett Chairman of the Club and his colleague Steven Clarke, Chairman of fundraising proudly displayed the new banner that Client Liaison Manager Robin Longman had produced.  Robin said “We are delighted to be able to support local businesses and in particular one that our residents and their families will enjoy being involved in.  We can't wait to bring people over to watch the matches”.

Signature Senior Lifestyle are currently building a new care home in Bagshot Road, Ascot that will open in June.  The home will offer 72 assisted living apartments and 24 specialist dementia suites.  A choice of restaurants, activities including a cinema and therapy rooms will all be available on site.  For more information contact Robin or Wendy on 01344 798304 or drop in to view the show suites today.


On Friday, 27th January, boys at Papplewick School, Ascot were surprised to find a sleeping Chinese lion on the stage at Assembly that morning.

The Dancing Lion was at Papplewick to celebrate The Year of the Rooster with magnificent display. The Lion was woken by the Headmaster with red paint on its eyes, nose, and tongue. Then the Lion went walkabout among the boys and was fed with some cabbage before blessing the financial centre of the school in the Bursar's office. Finally further good luck was bestowed on the entrance to the school.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Many thanks to Sherry Zhou and Wei Wei Xu-Page, and all the Chinese mothers who organised such a jaw-dropping morning for the boys - a definite first for Papplewick!”




Thursday is Forest School day at Coworth Flexlands School and on February 9th, it was the turn of Year 1. The morning started off with a search for natural eyes and faces in our woodland area, then adding hand-made clay faces to trees. The morning ended with time to rescue ten animals from a pretend flood and re-house them in safe hideouts. The children loved the drama of rescue and the kind act of finding a safe haven for their animal friend. Best comment today ".. favourite thing about Forest School is everything!"


Discover more about Coworth Flexlands School at Coworth Flexlands School Open Days , or call 01276 855707. Coworth Flexlands School is nestled in 13 acres of beautiful grounds between Chobham, Windlesham and Sunningdale and within ten minutes from Virginia Water. 

Read more: Rain Never Stops Forest School Fun at Coworth Flexlands School


 St George’s School, Ascot hosted a talk from members of the House of Lords on 27th January 2017 to encourage pupils to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.  Lord Borwick and Baroness Pidding met with girls from Year 10 to Upper Sixth for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster

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Read more: Peers from House of Lords Visit St.George's School Ascot

A full planning application has been lodged for 'Installation of Bronze War Horse stature and stone plinth with associated landscape surrounds' on the Heatherwood roundabout, London Road, Ascot. (Application No.: 17/00188 ).  The sculptress is Susan Leyland who held her first exhibition in 1998, exhibiting internationally including in Italy, France and England.  The horse is one and a half times life size  on a  2m high plinth. ; Susan Leyland’s sculptures are unique pieces, modelled in an artist semi‐fireclay of different colours.  Each sculpture takes about a month of painstaking work to make.

The work would be of high quality and would improve and enhance the visual amenities of this important location.

The statue would be erected in recognition of the eight million horses killed in the First World War. The applicant believes that this is an ideal location for a piece of public art - at one of the gateways to Ascot -  visited by thousands of visitors interested in horses.

The application will be decided by March 10th.

An earlier 2015 planning application, for a water fountain with jets and lights, was withdrawn.



Pictured Above:  The competitors with Heathfield School head teacher Marina Gardiner Legge and Competition organiser Rotarian Tony Love


  • The local heat of the four-nation Rotary Young Musician competition took place at Heathfield School, Ascot, recently (24th January). Organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Wokingham, the purpose of this first round event was to pick the best local entrants to go forward to a District-wide-competition (Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) in March 2017.
  • A wide variety of musical instruments featured in the instrumental class: - piano, violin, cello, clarinet, classical guitar, electric guitar and drums. Winner of the instrumental section was Hani Elias (Charters School) (pictured below), on Classical guitar, with violinist Charlotte Meeson (Heathfield School) the runner-up. Hani played ‘Capricho Arabe’ by Fransisco Tarrega and ‘Sunburst’ by Andrew York.  Charlotte played Adagio (1st Movement from Sonata No.1 in G minor) and ‘Allegretto poco masso’, both by J.S. Bach.    
Read more: Rotary Young Musician Competition | Local Heat | 2017

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Pictured: Daniel Pitt, Year 4, with his chocolate lollipop

The annual trip to 'Rosie’s Chocolate Factory' at Sheeplands Farm, near Wargrave, for Year 4 boys from Papplewick School in Ascot was as popular as always on Monday, 23rd January.

The trip was part of the ‘Geography of Chocolate’ scheme of work for the Year 4 Geography course. The boys had been learning about the climate required for the growing of cacao beans, and went to see how the beans are transformed into a chocolate bar.

The boys made a chocolate bar and a lollipop (with a choice of white, milk or dark chocolate) and decorated them with sweets.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said:  “This must be the most popular trip in our calendar, and geography becomes a favourite subject!”

 Rosie’s Chocolate Factory is a family-run business which uses ethically sourced beans from Ghana. In their mini-factory, skilled crafts people use sustainably sourced ingredients to make fresh, hand-made chocolates and candies.




Pupils across RBWM, including those from a disadvantaged background, have performed well at Key Stage 4 as the confirmed results show above average attainment in many key areas.

The new Progress 8 measure saw Charters and four other schools (Newlands, Furze Platt, Cox Green and Windsor Boys) achieve above the national average with a further four schools maintaining progress above the floor standard.

KS4 pupils in the borough collectively ranked as equal 22nd out of 150 areas for Progress 8 results, placing them in the top 15 percent in the country. A good performance was also recorded for children from a disadvantaged background with our pupils from the borough ranking 25th out of 150.

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I am always pleased to hear when children and young people perform well but it’s excellent to hear that our pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds are also making good progress and I look forward to seeing these results continue to improve further in the future.

Read more: Charters KS4 Pupils Score Above Average


Charters School in Sunningdale has joined forces with Ascot Wealth Management to start a Young Entrepreneur competition for students which develops business skills.

Created by ex-Charters student Mark Insley and his company Ascot Wealth Management the initiative works along the lines of Dragons Den, with teams developing a business plan and then pitching their ideas to local businesses to secure funding. The students, who with the help of their Ascot Wealth Management mentors, receive 6 weeks of training and then trade competitively for 6 weeks.

Read more: Charters School’s Young Entrepreneurs Pitch to Local Businesses

Residents will soon have access to Ascot High Street direct from the railway station via a footpath.

The council has worked with Network Rail and South West Trains and negotiated for the footpath between Ascot Station and High Street to be opened.

This will provide a safer route for pedestrians and mobility scooter users, rather than them using the narrow roadside pavement.

Since November 2013 the footpath has been closed to the public apart from race days at Ascot Racecourse. The path was closed by South West Trains for safety reasons following an accident in which a resident slipped and broke their leg.

On Wednesday 25th January the council’s highways team started installing lights. The path is expected to reopen on Friday 3 February.

Read more: Ascot Station Footpath Re-Opens

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Heatherwood Hospital : There is a hybrid planning application for the Heatherwood Hospital site, which involves the sacrifice of some Green Belt land.

The application includes:

1) Application for full planning permission for the development of a new Elective Care Hospital and associated Admin Hub with associated parking, vehicle access, highway works, plant and landscaping

2) Application for full planning permission for the change of use of existing building to provide GP Practice, Office, Data Centre and Staff Restaurant in association with the Elective Care Hospital

3) Application for outline planning permission (access and layout determined with all other matters reserved for future consideration) for demolition of existing hospital and redevelopment of up to 250 dwellings with associated vehicle access and highway works

4) Application for full planning permission for the change of use of existing woodland to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in association with the outline residential planning permission.


Read more: Heatherwood Hospital's Future | Planning Application | January 2017


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On Thursday 26th January, pupils at Papplewick School, Ascot,  commemorated Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day in their school lessons.

Pupils found out facts about conflicts around the world and its impact on on children and their education. In French lessons, pupils discussed movie director Louis Malle’s work: "Au Revoir les Enfants" about life in a boarding school in France under German occupation. Similar lessons took place in English, Divinity and History.

Holocaust Memorial Day was created on 27th January 2000, when representatives from 46 governments around the world met in Stockholm to discuss Holocaust education, remembrance and research. At the end of this meeting, all attendees signed a declaration committing to preserving the memory of those who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.


Read more: Papplewick Pupils Commemorate Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day



Carl Lister - Music Director at St Peter’s Church Cranbourne; recognising the immense interest in the community in music and playing music; will be forming a new local Community Orchestra in May 2017.




Coworth Flexlands School’s Year 5 & 6 girls were ecstatic to get the news this week that they have been chosen to be one of the few schools that will sing on the Wembley Arena stage at this year’s VIAM (Voice in A Million) in March.

Voice in a Million was set up in 2009.  As a promoter of school singing events, with an under-pinning message that raises awareness to the plight of children in care and the importance of Adoption and Fostering, both in the UK and worldwide. VIAM Events showcase some of the finest young singing talent around whilst enabling school children to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of singing together in front of thousands of people – estimated audience is 6,000. The School Choirs sit in either side of the arena in the tiered galleries. On Stage are a number of smaller choirs and selected soloists that together form our stage choir. These sing the lead vocals and additional harmonies for each song in the set list.

Read more: Coworth Flexlands | Wembley Arena Here We Come !

Pupils across RBWM, including those from a disadvantaged background, have performed well at Key Stage 4 as the confirmed results show above average attainment in many key areas.

The new Progress 8 measure saw Charters and four other schools (Newlands, Furze Platt, Cox Green and Windsor Boys) achieve above the national average with a further four schools maintaining progress above the floor standard.

KS4 pupils in the borough collectively ranked as equal 22nd out of 150 areas for Progress 8 results, placing them in the top 15 percent in the country. A good performance was also recorded for children from a disadvantaged background with our pupils from the borough ranking 25th out of 150.

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I am always pleased to hear when children and young people perform well but it’s excellent to hear that our pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds are also making good progress and I look forward to seeing these results continue to improve further in the future.

Read more: Charters KS4 Pupils Score Above Average


Coworth Flexlands School is delighted that Mrs Alison Davey has been accredited with the Archimedes Forest School Award following her successful completion of the Archimedes Forest School Practitioner Level 3 course. The Forest School philosophy is very much a child-centred approach to learning in the freedom and space of a woodland setting, delivered by trained practitioners. Children get to create, touch, feel, smell and invent in the ever changing moods and marvels, challenges and natural wonder of our outdoor world. At Coworth Flexlands School, with two practitioners on our staff, Forest School is taught as part of the curriculum and a favourite among all children from Nursery to age 11 years. Every Thursday a year group ventures into one of our woodland areas to, for example, create dens, discover survival techniques using tools, learn knotting and whittling, build bug hotels, invent stories around stick characters and homes or be artistic with the autumn leaves.  Mrs Davey delights, “It is so rewarding watching the children immersed in their own little, natural world creating a “hedgehog home”, then leaping excitedly into building a den with their friends to survive the showers, or more recently the snowfall!”  Forest School happens in all weathers. The seasons offer such variety of experience. As promoted by Forest School, we see our children develop life skills such as self-esteem, confidence & resilience. Through co-operation, exploration, creativity, risk and challenge they become well-rounded individuals. The children develop a love and respect for the natural world and environment.”

Coworth Flexlands School is an Independent Preparatory School for girls aged 3-11 and boys 3-7 years. Nestled in 13 acres between Windlesham, Chobham and Sunningdale, the grounds offer our own woodland areas for our Forest School adventures.  We warmly invite you to come and discover us. / tel: 01276 855707

Read more: Teacher Achieves Archimedes Forest School Award


The Quince Players  held a charity Gala Opening Night for the 2017 panto - Jack & the Beanstalk(written by Ben Crocker and directed by Julie Voice and Sarah Matthews) on Thursday January 13th.

Chairman of the Cordes Hall Committee - Jane Richardson, thanked Chairman of the Quince Players - Andrew Darling for nominating the Cordes Hall improvements as their nominated charity (example pictured above). Work is already well under way and the Hall already boasts new lighting and stage front, as well as elegant toilets (pictured above). The Cordes Hall is a much loved local facility - home to the Quince Players, the monthly cinema for children and adults, the massive rug sale and many one offs and regular exercise classes. But it's over a hundred years old and in need of tlc.  The new facilities are already a huge improvement, securing its fututre as a major entertainment hub.

Mr. Darling thanked several further organisations for their generous donations - including the Doris Cowdray Trust and the Hope Trust.

After a very successful opening night, enjoyed by all, Mr. Darling praised the cast and crew for their triumph and three months' hard work. He reminded the audience to tell their friends to book a ticket. But don't delay; there are only 80 seats left for the whole two week run!

Read more: Panto Gala Night Raises Funds for Top Class Cordes Hall Refurb


The art scholars of Papplewick School, Ascot,  had the opportunity to do a painting workshop with artist Sadie James, former resident of Sunninghill.

Sadie, who used to assist in the art department, and was also 'Artist in Residence' at Papplewick  before leaving for Australia, painted the wonderful themed murals on the school’s dormitory walls. She now lives in Coral Bay in Australia and is working on her second children's book The Bubble, having had considerable success with her first, The Whale Shark Song.

The boys, aged 12-13 years, painted a canvas in acrylic and thoroughly enjoyed the rewarding experience of working with this talented artist.

Sadie also showed the Papplewick Year 2 boys her animation, which toured around the North West in Western Australia as part of the Gascoyne in May series of festivals.


Read more: Talented Artist Runs Workshop for Papplewick Boys


Year to begin with the Berkshire Community Foundation Clarence House Chase

Ascot Racecourse is proud to announce the launch of a three-year partnership with the Berkshire Community Foundation, starting with the running of the Berkshire Community Foundation Clarence House Chase this Saturday, January 21.

The partnership will see Ascot supplement its existing charitable efforts, which have been headlined recently by raising over £750,000 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund over the last two years, with a specific focus on children and young people in the Berkshire area.

The Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has been at the forefront of local charitable giving for the last 30 years and aims to strengthen communities, tackle disadvantage and transform lives by connecting people who care with the causes that matter in their local community.

BCF raise funds for, and make grants to, local charities and voluntary organisations addressing identified need across Berkshire. Their annual ‘Vital Signs’ research report highlights the key areas of need affecting Berkshire through extensive research and community engagement, which enables them to provide informed, strategic support to the areas that need it most.

They ensure that donations go to the heart of the community and are effective in bringing the greatest benefit to those most in need, making a lasting and sustainable difference to the local communities and providing a permanent and growing source of local charitable funding that will support community needs for years to come.

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Launches Partnership With Berkshire Community Foundation


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