The Heathrow Noise website says the Flightpath Trial ended on November 12th, as planned.
Punch and Judy, Peppa Pig and Bluebell Bear, a street magician, a stilt walker, traditional fairground rides and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto, were all part of the fun at the 6th Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre on November 16th. Refreshments kindly provided by De Vere Hotels, face painting and singing while you wait, will be just some of the entertainment on offer at the Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre to be held in Sunninghill High Street on Sunday November 16th 2014 from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Many of the shops, like Pink & Brown, the Circle Gallery , the Little Flowerpot, Chapmans, Inspirations, Treacle, Polly's Place and many High Street favourites. There was a superb Hog Roast by the Carpenters and ales supplied by the Eton & Windsor Brewery.
The event was opened at 12 noon by Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs who will rode down the High Street in a pony and trap kindly loaned by Ascot Riding for the Disabled. The parade was led as usual by the St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums band.
There was further musical entertainment by the Chavey Down Swing Band, the Quince Players, Pop Goes the Choir, Instrumentally, Laura Colledge and the Ascot Rock Choir.
Organisers have thanked the local sponsors who have raised much needed funds for The Ascot Day Centre which offers food, fun and fellowship for some of our older residents; Sebastian’s Action Trust which provides support 24/7 for families with seriously ill children. 20% of the proceeds will be reserved for small local charities. Over the last 5 years the event has raised over £60,000.
Click on the photo to enlarge it Charters School held a special assembly on Friday 14th November to present students (from Year 11 last year) with their GCSE/Key Stage 4 certificates. The certificates and prizes were presented to the students by Mr Mark Cooper, Chair of Governors. Contributions to the event were also made by the Co-Headteachers, Mr Martyn Parker and Mr Richard Pilgrim, and Mr John Walker, the Head of Year, who looked after and led the students from Year 7 to Year 11, also made a very heartfelt speech. A new cup was presented this year for the first time, The John Waddleton Cup, in memory of the first Headteacher of Charters School.
The hall was filled with students and proud parents and they were entertained during the afternoon to two musical items: Matthew Thornton played ‘Rondo Rodeo’ by Ryan on the classical guitar and Kyra Saggers and Keran Jervis sung ‘For Good’ by Schwartz from ‘Wicked’ with piano accompaniment from fellow-student, Alex Norton.
Mr Martyn Parker, Co-Headteacher said, "We are so proud of our Year 11 students who, last summer, equalled our best ever examination performance with 82% achieving 5 or more A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics, at a time when the examination boards were chopping and changing what was expected of candidates and schools. So this afternoon’s event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this achievement, as well as marking their excellent all-round contribution to the life of the school from 2009 to 2014.”
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Please click on the image to enlarge Ascot Wins Top National Racecourse Award | The Racecourse Association (RCA) has revealed Ascot Racecourse as Showcase Champion at the annual RCA Showcase & Awards which took place at Haydock Park Racecourse on Thursday 13th November.
The Showcase Awards celebrate excellence and innovation at Racecourses around Britain, with Ascot winning in two individual categories as well as being named overall Champion.
The Red Bull Air Race, which took place at the Berkshire track for the first time in 2014 was deemed best in class in the Events category. Following four years of planning, over 50,000 people attended the weekend event in August, which has seen Red Bull sign up for a further two years.
The newly installed ‘On 5’ restaurant was the winner in the Food & Beverage category and has already welcomed top chefs Tom Kerridge and James Martin. The Judges were particularly impressed with the facility, which seats 190 and stylishly celebrates the craft and dedication behind the power of the thoroughbred racehorse.
The fifth annual Showcase & Awards also saw the Arena Racing Company, Cartmel, Musselburgh and Kempton Park as winners with Plumpton snatching the Groundstaff Champions title and Pontefract and York winning the RCA Customer Service and the @RCAShowcase #TopSpot Awards respectively.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk The older pupils at , Papplewick School’Ascot, were entertained by the author Steve Cole on Friday, 7th November, as he visited the school to talk about his new book "Shoot to Kill," part of the Young Bond Series.
The best-selling Young Bond novels are set in the 1930s, and they show how James Bond’s early adventures shaped the man he became. Steve told the boys how he meticulously researched all of the Bond books and the era the Young Bond series is set in. His interesting presentation held the boys' imagination as he showed items that a good spy would need, and he chose two boys to experiment with target shooting.
Tom Bunbury, Headmaster at Papplewick, said: “ We measure a successful author visit by the boys' comments – Steve’s presentation was judged both exciting and hilarious! He had good interaction with the boys and an interesting range of props. Boys have been seen around school with heads in books as they read their own signed copies.”
The 19th annual race will be held on New Year’s Day, Thursday, 1st January 2015 at 12 noon. It will start just past the Upper Village Road entrance to the public car park behind St Michael’s School in the centre of Sunninghill and finish on School Road, just past the entrance to the School.
This annual, fun-filled family event is organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot together with the Local Community, in aid of the Ascot District Day Centre and is guaranteed to get the New Year off to a good start.
The aim of the race is for teams of four (men and/or women and children) to push a wheelbarrow with one of their number in it, around the marshalled course of One Mile. Along the way there are six stopping points, including three pubs and three other ‘fuelling’ stations, where each member drinks either a ½ pint of beer, soft drink or water.
Although this is called a race, and indeed there are trophies or cups for the fastest men’s and women’s team (using a traditional type wheelbarrow with just one wheel), it is also a fancy dress parade and there are prizes for the team with the best fancy dress and for the team raising the most sponsorship money.
After the event the participants and their supporters are invited to gather at The Carpenters, Sunninghill where there will be a hog roast and further drinks, when the presentations and raffle will take place.
This year we had 19 teams and we hope to surpass that in 2015, but if you are unable to take part, please come and cheer on the teams. We are now taking entries and a form is available. (Tel. 01344 621419), or download from the website www.rotaryascot.org/wb
Please complete and send it to:- Rtn. David Mear, 1 Fir Tree Close, ASCOT SL5 9LJ.
Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured left to right: Year 13 Head Girl Key Stage 4 Ruth Matthews, Mr Richard Pilgrim Co-Headteacher, Year 10 student Dexter Brown (age 15) who played ‘Last Post’, Mr Martyn Parker Co-Headteacher and Year 13 Head Boy Key Stage 4 Boy George Popplewell.
All Charters School students and staff marked the 1914-2014 Remembrance Day by joining together for the two minute silence on the school sports field.
Over 1900 Charters students, staff and School Governors took part and were able to view the large tapestry and poppy display that has been made by Charters students.
The poppy tapestry is made of up individual squares representing each Charters’ Tutor Group. The individual poppies were made in lessons by Key Stage 3 students;, approximately 2000 poppies were made, one for each Charters school community member, representing a proportion of the 5000 serviceman and women killed every day on the Western Front for four years 1914-1918.
Ascot Heath Infant and Junior schools expansion? Statement from Bracknell Forest Council
There will be an exhibition at Ascot Heath Junior school on November 11th, 12th and 13th, to gain views on the school expansion.
The expansion of Ascot Heath Infant and Junior schools has been on Bracknell Forest Council’s agenda for some time as the current schools are too small to accommodate the growing demand for places.
To gain additional places at the school, we have been speaking with local landowners and the two schools about what could be achieved and when. These discussions are still on-going and are likely to continue, in consultation with the local community, school community and the council’s planning department, for some months.
While we are keen to ensure this expansion work takes place, we do have to be mindful of the site that the schools occupy, which is within the greenbelt. Any planning application for the site would need to be considered very carefully against local, national and regional planning policies, which is why it is important to take the time to get any application right before it is submitted for consideration.
There is currently no timetable for the submission of a planning application as outline plans need to also fit with what is broadly acceptable to the local/ school community and this consultation work has not yet started. There is an exhibition at Ascot Heath Junior school on 11,12 and 13 November to gain views on the school expansion, which will feed in to any planning application that comes forward.
The council would encourage residents, parents and members of the school community to get involved in these early discussions as they will help to shape the way in which this expansion is due to go forward. A formal consultation would also be available as part of the planning process once a plan is submitted, again there is no date for this yet.
We apologise for the lack of solid dates but hope you understand that this is not a simple process; once the planning application has been submitted, we will be able to give you a better idea of the timescales for the building work.
Spectacular’ river pageant for Magna Carta celebrations | A ‘spectacular’ river pageant will be the highlight of the Royal Borough’s 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of the Magna Carta next year.
A flotilla of boats of all shapes and sizes will make its way downstream from Bisham Abbey to Wraysbury over the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2015.
Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: “Magna Carta is the foundation of law and democracy in many parts of the world, not just here in the United Kingdom, and the world’s eyes will be on us in June next year.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime anniversary and the river pageant will be a fabulous opportunity to celebrate it.”
Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships, added: “This will be a truly spectacular event that will be available for everyone to see from the riverbank.
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Moss End Garden Village is now a destination, with something for all the family ! Stock up on basics and pet supplies or enjoy a morning or afternoon out - browsing everything from local food, entertain the children at pottery painting, browse antiques and jewellery, learn a craft, consider buying a bicycle, wood burning stove or new lawn mower , have your clock repaired, stock up the garden and then relax in the Moss End Cafe or snack on South African biltong.
With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, there is an exciting range of gifts and decorations .
Moss End Garden Machinery, Country Mouse Interiors, Vintage Pavilion Antiques, Orazon Watchmakers and repairs, Lewis Butchers, Applewood Kitchens, Barn Yarn, Biltong Meat, Garden 4 Seasons, Leap Frog Ceramics, Millwheel Tack Shop, Moss End Farm Shop, Moss End Garden Cafe, and Warfield Stoves.
Avoid the Christmas crush in the towns. Relax at Moss End Shopping Village. Plenty of easy, free parking!
Most of the the Village Businesses also sell online. Check them out in the full Feature
Welcome to Hedgehog Street! | Around 60 Ascot nature lovers have come together to help the endangered hedgehog survive and thrive in the Blythewood area.
They met recently at the inaugural meeting of Hedgehog Street, a campaign aimed at ensuring the hedgehog, the UK's only spiny mammal, remains a common and familiar part of British life.
Organiser Anne Ayres, of Wildlife In Ascot, was delighted with the turn-out at King Edward’s Hall, North Ascot. “It was heartening to see so many people are concerned about these special creatures,” she said.
Anne was one of the local residents who helped compile the Ascot, Sunninghill & Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan which was adopted by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead earlier this year and now forms part of its Development Plan. Behind-the scenes work on the project threw new light on the state of the local environment, with many residents in the Blythewood area of North Ascot delighted to find that hedgehogs appeared to be regular visitors to their gardens.
What’s more, the founder of the national campaign, set up in 2011 to save the hedgehog, is also a local resident. Leading small mammal expert Dr. Pat Morris is the scientific adviser to Hedgehog Street, a joint project of the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, that has attracted more than 30,000 hedgehog champions all over the country. In the last ten years, it’s estimated that in Britain we’ve lost a third of all our hedgehogs. “It’s so important we don’t lose any more,” says Dr. Morris, who is urging fellow Ascot residents to take measures to encourage hedgehogs into their own gardens in order to create a local network so that the creatures can move freely.
Click on the photo to enlarge it | The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) and Bracknell Forest Council are delighted to announce they have secured a major pre-letting to Fenwick, the fashion-led department store group that is synonymous with affordable luxury.
Investing in a new 80,000 sq ft store, arranged over three floors, Fenwick will be relocating from the existing Bentalls store on Bracknell High Street. Ensuring a smooth transition, Bentalls will continue to trade until the new store is open.
The new store will be located in a landmark position fronting Millennium Way at the opposite end of the street to M&S. It will be next to the new six level multi-storey car park, which it will also directly connect to. Fenwick joins retailers including Marks & Spencer, Primark, H&M and the already successfully trading Waitrose. Cineworld has committed to a new 12-screen cinema and a raft of quality restaurants are also signed up, including Carluccios, Zizzi, Coast to Coast, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Pizza Express, Nando’s and Las Iguanas. Forming the Northern Retail Quarter, the total new space which has either been completed already or is pre-let is now in excess of 340,000 sq ft, representing over 50% of the scheme.
BRP anticipates construction starting in mid-2015, with the new development and Fenwick store expected to open in 2017. Due to become a defining feature of the new town centre with its striking, lit-up, night-time facades, plans for how the new Fenwick store will look are now available to view on the first floor of Princess Square or online at www.bracknell.co.uk.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk Shoeboxes have been filled with goodies by boys from Papplewick School for the Operation Christmas Child appeal, organised by charity Samaritan’s Purse. A total of 115 boxes was donated, containing many goodies including toys and card games.
Girls’ boxes were also gratefully accepted and with the help of Mums or sisters, their boxes were filled with items such as fragrant soaps, bracelets, necklaces and hairclips, along with toys. Practical items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, pencil cases and crayons were also included
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.
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New leisure operator to improve facilities and services across the Royal Borough | Royal Borough residents are set to benefit from enhanced services and improved facilities following the council’s decision to appoint one of the UK’s leading leisure management companies to run its leisure centres, including Charters Leisure Centre.
Parkwood Leisure, which manages more than 80 facilities on behalf of 25 local authorities in England and Wales, will invest £700,000 during the first year of its 20-year contract which is subject to a review after ten years. The contract begins on 7th January, 2015.
The funding will be used to purchase new equipment and refurbish gyms, cafeterias and other public areas at the Windsor, Magnet, Cox Green and Charters leisure centres as well as the Furze Platt site which is due to open in May 2015.
Commenting on the appointment, Parkwood Group’s Chief Executive Andrew Holt said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract and we’re looking forward to it starting early in the New Year.
“Appointing a specialist leisure management operator brings obvious benefits and we are confident that existing centre users and staff will soon notice significant differences in terms of enhanced facilities, improved marketing and a greater choice of sports and leisure activities.”
SUNNINGHILL FANCY DRESS WHEELBARROW RACE | The 19th annual race will be held on New Year’s Day, Thursday, 1st January 2015 at 12 noon. It will start just past the Upper Village Road entrance to the public car park behind St Michael’s School in the centre of Sunninghill and finish on School Road, just past the entrance to the School.
This annual, fun-filled family event is organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot together with the Local Community, in aid of the Ascot District Day Centre and is guaranteed to get the New Year off to a good start.
The aim of the race is for teams of four (men and/or women and children) to push a wheelbarrow with one of their number in it, around the marshalled course of One Mile. Along the way there are six stopping points, including three pubs and three other ‘fuelling’ stations, where each member drinks either a ½ pint of beer, soft drink or water. Each team carries a ‘Father Christmas’ paddle with the team number on it and at each drinks station a Rotary roundel is stuck to the number sheet, as proof of the team having stopped. Teams should be given a name and at least one member should be over 18. Anyone under 18 must wear a wrist band and is only allowed to participate on the strict understanding that he or she may only drink soft drinks or water, and identification may be sought by the publicans or marshals.
In order to qualify for the fastest team prize, the wheelbarrow must be the traditional type with just one wheel. Those teams that have more than one may of course enter and qualify for the Best Fancy Dress or Most Sponsorship raised prizes.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk Papplewick School’s expertise in teaching with online technology will soon be helping Brazilians with their language learning | 4AllBrazil, a Brazilian language teaching organisation founded by Caio de Almeida Cunha, visited Papplewick on Friday 24th October to exchange ideas for the design of a new classroom suite they are building in Sao Paulo. Mr de Ameida Cunha and Ms Sarita Andrea, 4AllBrazil’s language lab coordinator, observed some lessons in the language lab and met up with teachers from Papplewick.
Since 2009, the Papplewick Modern Languages Department has been using the Schoolshape Language Laboratory to encourage boys to practise their French skills. Using the lab, Maimouna Cissé, Head of MFL, and teachers Laetitia Langue and Jeremy Ward use the IT Tool to differentiate language tasks for all learners, thus ensuring that each pupil has personal attention, learns at the right level and at his own pace.
4AllBrazil hope that their initiative will be a shining example of language education for the Brazilian people, who urgently need to learn foreign languages in order to trade abroad and boost their economy.
The November Ascot, Sunningdale and Sunninghill Neighbourood Watch Newsletter is packed with information on local crime reduction, news of future meetings and much more
CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES - October 23rd to December 18th | It's that time already! Cards for Good Causes is open in the Meeting Room at Sunninghill's Cordes Hall (entrance on the door from the High Street) . There is a wonderful supply of charity cards and essential Christmas things. Please go along and support your favourite charity and others too. The Cards for Good Causes Shop was officially opened on October 23rd by local celebrity - Martha Collison - youngest contestant on BBCs The Great British Bake Off (pictured).
Change to road junction in Windsor | Residents will soon see a difference to the junction of Victoria Street and Sheet Street as the Royal Borough is to remove the traffic lights and replace them with a mini roundabout.
The scheme will see a new mini roundabout with a zebra crossing on the southern arm of Sheet Street and an uncontrolled crossing point in Victoria Street.
Two parking spaces on the east side of Sheet Street will be relocated to the west side and three new parking bays are proposed in Victoria Street.
Work is due to start the week commencing Monday 10th November and should last approximately four weeks. Completion of the zebra crossing is likely to take longer due to the bespoke, ornate equipment which includes the crossing lighting and street lighting.
Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This work is part of the Council Administration’s Manifesto Commitment to review and remove traffic signals where possible.
“Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during the works, and the contractor will be working during off-peak hours as well as adapting operations to suit the Guard Change.”
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Ascot Racecourse has announced that Guy Henderson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive effective January 2015, succeeding Charles Barnett, who is retiring.
Guy Henderson (56) was, for over 30 years (1980 - 2012), an international business lawyer and equity partner with the global law firm Allen & Overy. Leading its UK and Asian commercial conflict resolution divisions, he worked with corporations, financial institutions, regulators, government agencies and individuals around the globe.
Currently Chairman of Wincanton Racecourse, where he has been on the Board since 2010, Henderson has been involved in racing as an owner for nearly 10 years with runners at 24 of Britain's racecourses.
He is an overseas racing member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and between 2007 and 2013, was Chair of The Horse Trust, the UK's leading funder of research and educational projects to benefit equine welfare.
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Mums take on Papplewick Under-8s in Hard-Fought Football Tournament | On a windy and blustery afternoon on Tuesday 21st October, Papplewick Year 3 mothers showed off their football skills in a tournament against their highly motivated sons.
A fantastic turn out of mothers - no less than 22 players - made it into the squad to challenge the boys. The teams were divided into four to take on the boys’ teams on separate pitches. The crowd gathering on the sidelines was not disappointed and was treated to some excellent, flowing and at times over-committed football. Indeed, referee Mr. Mills had to hand out a yellow card after an over-zealous challenge from one of the mums!
After five rounds of matches the scores were added together and an aggregate score was calculated. The eventual winners, thanks to some last-gasp goals, were the boys, by 10 goals to 9. The medals however were handed out to the team with the most wins on the day. Congratulations went to Mums United 3 who remained undefeated throughout the afternoon!
Hope’s grateful parents carry on raising funds for St.Peter’s life-saving Neonatal unit | Alison and Duncan Kelly have never forgotten the debt of gratitude they owe to the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, where their daughter, Hope, was cared for after her premature birth in 2011.
Hope is now a normal, healthy three-year-old but Alison and Duncan are continuing their fund-raising efforts with undiminished enthusiasm. A 10-mile ‘Walk of Hope’ from and to St. Peter’s at the end of September raised over £1,200 with more coming in for the hospital’s Early Births Fund. Fifty-four of Hope's friends and family participated.
The company Duncan works for, well- known building contractor Walter Lilly & Co Ltd, held a charity auction at a celebration dinner to mark their 90 years of trading and raised £4,550 for the fund.
Alison and Hope went to the unit earlier this month to present the cheques to NICU staff including Dr Tracy Lawson, who was Hope’s consultant for her first year of life.
Click on the map to expand it. Heathrow’s noisy flight trials to be cut short . !! Pressure from the Conservatives at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, along with MPs, has forced Heathrow to cut their flight trials short. Instead of continuing the noisy and disturbing trials until the end of January 2015, Heathrow have today announced that they will now cease in a matter of weeks on 12th November.
Local Conservative Councillors have lobbied the airport on behalf of residents since the trials started, in conjunction with many thousands of residents who have signed a petition and alongside a number of other affected local authorities and MPs.
Cllr David Hilton (Con, Ascot & Cheapside) said: “Following last week’s council meeting where we unanimously lobbied Heathrow to cease these trials immediately, this is a step in the right direction.”
Heathrow further recognised in the announcement that they need to look at the lack of consultation with residents before starting the trials.
Cllr Lynda Yong (Con, Sunninghill & South Ascot) added: “The contempt Heathrow demonstrated for local residents by starting these trials without any consultation or forewarning has been central to our concerns. I am glad Heathrow has acknowledged this as a problem and recognised that residents deserve better.”
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk Boys from Papplewick School in Ascot presented harvest gifts for the
Ascot Day Centre to Mrs Elvira Fletcher, a friend and ex-parent of the
school, who is one of the longest-standing volunteers at the Day Centre.
This is an annual event, when parents and boys donate harvest fare ranging from food items to fresh flowers and plants for the elderly visitors at the Day Centre. A special Harvest Festival service takes place in the school chapel before the goods are donated.
The Ascot District Day Centre is an independent charity-run organisation, providing a home from home for the elderly of Sunninghill, Ascot and Sunningdale. It has operated for more than thirty years offering members an opportunity to meet friends and to socialise in a structured and safe environment.
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- Charters Sixth Form Students’ Macmillan Cake Sale
- Martha Judges Charters Bake Off at Charters School
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- Papplewick School | Boarders Enjoy the Seaside
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