Pictured Above & Below| Students at workshop and Matthew, with Music Teachers  &members of the Windlebrook Arts Society, who sponsored the workshop.

On Friday 11th October, A Level and KS4 Subject Specialists for music at Charters School in Sunningdale took part in a composition workshop led by renowned cellist Matthew Barley.

The workshop, which focused on developing composition skills through improvisation was kindly sponsored by The Arts Society Windlebrook.

Chairman of the Society, Beverley Spence said, “It was a privilege to sit in on Matthew Barley’s class.  He is an inspirational teacher and performer and the Charters’ students took full advantage of all he had to offer.  The Arts Society Windlebrook are delighted to have been able to sponsor this class and look forward to further involvement.”

Ms Irene Anderson, who is Director of Music at the Sunningdale school said, “This was a fantastic experience for our high achieving young musicians. They were pushed outside of their comfort zone to consider composition in a new way within a supportive environment, learning a huge amount from their experience. Matthew Barley was an inspiration to them all.”




LOCAL CELEBRITY TO OPEN SUNNINGHILL CHARITY CARD SHOP | The distinguished Entomologist and TV presenter, DOCTOR GEORGE McGAVIN,  will be opening the Cards for Good Causes Christmas shop in the Cordes Hall, Sunninghill, on Saturday October 19th at 10am.

The shop has Christmas cards from more than 30 charities, Christmas gifts for all ages and traditional Advent calendars.

The shop will remain open until 4pm on the day and will then open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, until Monday December 16th.

Read more: Local Celebrity to Open Christmas Cards for Good Causes

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Spotlights Musical Theatre Group's (SMTG)  thrilled audiences with their superb performances of The Mikado at the Cordes Hall, Sunninghill, on October 10th, 11th and 12th 2019 - on this occasion, set in Tittypoo Circus .  Nelly the Elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the Circus before curtain fall. Renditions of all the favourites - 'Three Little Maids' . 'Make the Punishment Fit the Crime' and so on, were all superb - moving, witty and of a very professional standard!  Spotlights were helping raise funds for  Sebastians Action Trust  and the Cordes Hall refurbishment.


Read more: Spotlights' Superb Production Gives Mikado Circus Treatment

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NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the project team,

Scores of people attended a drop-in session last week to have their say on the latest plans for a community health centre in Sunningdale, subject to planning permission.

Local resident, 75-year-old Jackie Bailey from Ascot, was amongst more than a hundred people who attended the event which took place between 5pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 3 October at Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa in Sunninghill.

NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the project team,  the meeting provided an opportunity for attendees to look at the latest plans being proposed for a state-of-the-art health centre to be built within the grounds of Ben at Lynwood, Rise Road, Sunningdale.

The proposal forms a part of a wider Ascot health plan, which is to modernise primary and community care for local residents over the coming years.

Read more: New Sunnings Health Centre Plans to be Resubmitted After Public Viewing

Papplewick  School, Ascot  Visit: 

On Monday 30th September, Papplewick year 7 boys departed for Maison Claire Fontaine the French language and activity trip specialists based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside in France.  The boys’ language skills were put to the test at the  Aire d’Asseviliers in the Somme region where the boys chose between jambon frites (ham and fries), steak haché and Cabillaud sauce blanc.

They were separated into  4 groups on arrival: Époisses, Dijon, Vezelay and Avallon (all names of local towns and villages  in the Burgundy region)and enjoyed a range of activities such as archery where the boys equalled the best score since 2013,  tree adventure, cookery, a visit to  the chateau of Bussy-Rabutin, and kayaking whilst improving their French language skills  throughout the activity programmes.On the eve of their departure, the boys enjoyed a drama afternoon to demonstrate how  much knowledge they had gained throughout their stay.Maison Claire Fontaine nominated ambassadors which match the  Papplewick values - namely enthusiasm for life, contribution to the  community and above all kindness to others.

The boys proudly named as ambassadors were Dylan Deegan, Hugo Suvansarang and Marcus Fearnhead. Tom Bunbury Headmaster said  "This is a popular annual trip for our year 7 boys to enhance their French language skills  and enjoy all the activities on offer plus sampling some French cuisine."


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Princess  Square :: Bracknell 

A multi-million pound makeover of Princess Square will start this month (October) as the latest stage in Bracknell town centre’s regeneration gets underway. The comprehensive programme will transform Princess Square into a modern, light, bright and airy centre to house new brands, as well as give many of the current stores a brighter, lighter new space from which to trade. 

Once work is complete, anticipated to be in Spring 2020, customers can expect to see new escalators and lift lobbies, an impressive ceiling space with feature lighting, new customer seating  and toilets and overall a brighter and more welcoming environment to shop, eat and relax.

The next major milestone in Bracknell town centre’s regeneration was secured following the signing of a legal agreement earlier this year between Bracknell Forest Council and its development partner, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) – a 50/50 joint venture between Schroders UK Real Estate Fund and Legal & General Capital.

The new look Princess Square will provide customers with the perfect blend of convenience and destination shops and eateries, as a natural extension and next phase of the regeneration of the town, which saw the launch of The Lexicon just over 2 years ago.


Read more: Bracknell Princess Square Upgrade Underway   Website:


Shoppers entering the Ascot High Street Sainsburys on Sunday, were astonished to find the veg aisle more like a dance floor! Choosing groceries was a whole lot more enjoyable than usual, thanks to live music from top West End artists  - including singer songwriter - Colin Roy, Bonita and Gary Chilton, formerly of The Soldiers ( who gave their time free of charge). There was also family fun, with face painting and a raffle.

Sainsburys ia celebrating their 150th anniversary and the recently-opened Ascot hop has been supporting the War Horse Memorial  Purple Poppy Appeal.for several months . As a result, a large cheque was presented to Co-founder-  Ascot's Alan Carr MBE at Sunday's event!

Behind the performers stood one of the 100 maquette  mini versions of Poppy, the statue horse, who stands with her head bowed and ringed by barbed wire, on the Heatherwood roundabout. Number 1 maquette stands in Buckingham Palace, while Number 10 keeps an eye on the Prime Minister!

Read more: Purple Poppy Music Feast in Ascot as Sainsburys Celebrate 150 Years