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On Friday 22nd April, The Band of The Household Cavalry ensured that the inaugural St. George’s Day Ball at Charters School  in Sunningdale was a night to remember.

After a champagne reception, the 160 guests were called to dinner by the Cavalry’s trumpeters before the evening began in earnest with a game entitled, “To be or not to be” in recognition of Shakespeare’s birthday.

Before the three course meal, Grace was sung beautifully by Charters’ Choir. During the meal, four of the best junior ballroom dancers in the country entertained the crowd, before the singer Riva took to the stage.

The live auction raised £4,000 for the school with the much sought prize of a day with The Household Cavalry secured by two generous guest for £1000 each.

Read more: Charters School | St.George's Day Ball | A Night to Remember

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A drop-in exhibition was held at the Racecourse on April 28 and 29. The Plans, which are at the initial consultation stage, with some input from the Neighbourhood Forum and the public, feature a new, 48- bed hospital with 6 theatres- for planned operations like hip replacements- and a private unit, 240 houses (flats fronting the Heatherwood roundabout - gradually reducing in density with family and affordable housing towards the middle of the site where the hospital sits). Also shown is an administrative block-  housing Frimley Health office staff from the Frimley site, plus the three Ascot GP surgeries merged in a health centre with diagnostic facilities (to boost the concept of multi-procedure appointments), as well as a woodland walk linking the Heatherwood roundabout to Ascot Station. The Bronze Age barrow is protected.  The main entrance is off King's Ride. 

Public reaction varied from surprise that denser housing isn't being proposed, to concern at the amount of traffic generated by this level of development. There appeared to be no mention of land set aside for ex-servicemen's housing - an idea championed by Cllr Lynda Yong, given Heatherwood's WWI origins. 

 

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With just three games to go, G2 is poised to release The Immortals, the story of Leicester City's sensational Premier League season.

Witten by legendary sports writer Harry Harris  , the £9.99 paperback is being rush-released just days after their final match against Chelsea.

Team manager Claudio Ranieri had this to say in a recent press conference:  “It’s amazing, amazing.   We are in the Champions League, man…. dilly ding dilly dong! Come On.  You forget, you speak about blah blah blah, but we are in the Champions League, come on man.  It’s fantastic. Terrific. Well done, well done to everyone. The owners, fans, players, staff, everybody.  Everybody’s involved - also Anthony (the head of media) here.   The music is fantastic. Big teams will arrive. Big challenges. Great achievement.  It's a great achievement. Unbelievable. And now we go straight away to try to win the title.”

Read more: New! Leicester City's Story by Local Writer Harry Harris

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You are invited to attend a public consultation on the future of Shorts Yard on St George’s Lane. Members of the team from Shorts Yard will be present to discuss alternatives for the site and answer any questions you may have.

The exhibition will be held in the large foyer at St George’s School on St George’s Lane at the following times:
7.30  until 9.30 on Thursday 19th May
10am until 2pm on Saturday 21st May
Please come along and give us your feedback on the suggestions made for the future of the site. Alternatively, if you cannot attend or wish to discuss matters separately, please contact Patrick Clark on 07860 921 065 or by email at patrick.clark@tfa-ltd.co.uk.

 

New funding scheme for school projects

The Royal Borough has introduced a scheme that will enable residents to vote for their school or a school of their choice to receive funds for specific projects.

Called the Schools Participatory Budgeting (PB) Scheme, its premise is similar to the successful Neighbourhood Participatory Budgeting (PB) Scheme that has given £179,100 of funding in the five years since it was introduced.  

For the Schools PB there will be £100,000 allocated per year, to be split across the three school terms (approximately £33,000 per term). Schools can apply for up to £6,000 per round and the projects will then go to a public vote online.    

The scheme will operate as a pilot for the first year, after which it will be reviewed.

The first round of the scheme started this week (Monday 25 April). There are currently 12 school projects nominated for the first round and residents and schools can vote for their favourite ones until Friday 1 July.    

Read more: You Can Vote Funds to Your Chosen RBWM School Project

ASCOT RACECOURSE APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT | Ascot Racecourse  announced the appointment of Rory Renwick as Head of Business Development, on April 26th.

Rory has more than twenty years’ experience in the sports industry, having led new business and sponsorship teams across a number of sports.  Most recently he was Head of Sales for the Extreme Sailing Series and he was previously Senior Director of Business Development at the Women’s Tennis Association with responsibility for developing commercial partnerships across Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

Rory also has significant experience of Asia, having previously worked in Singapore as Phar Partnership’s Head of Sponsorship in Asia and prior to that he was Head of New Business for Parallel Media Group in Hong Kong, where he worked for seven years securing commercial partnerships for existing events and creating new events for clients in golf, sailing and contemporary art.

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St George’s School, Ascot Light Beacon in Honour of HM The Queen 90th Birthday

There was huge excitement and considerable pride amongst the pupils and staff at St George’s School, Ascot on Thursday, 21st April as they celebrated The Queens 90th Birthday with a spectacular beacon lighting ceremony.

The Queen, Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall lit the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle. 

Joining over 1,000 others across the length and breadth of the country, St George’s staff, pupils, families and friends came together at 7.30pm to light their beacon in honour of HM The Queen.  The Chapel Choir performed to an appreciative crowd, followed by readings composed by Year 8 pupil, Amy Selwyn and Lower Sixth pupil, Bella Howard-Vyse whose work was chosen from a school-wide writing competition.  The evening concluded with the whole school community singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to The Queen, before Headmistress, Rachel Owens lit the beacon. 

Read more: St. George's School | Celebration of The Queen's 90th Birthday

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Friends of Ascot Heath Library and residents of North Ascot are bringing the attention of local people to the possibility that our Library in Fernbank Road may be closed in the future - due to lack of Bracknell Forest Council funds. 

A petition against Ascot Heath Library's closure has been started and can be signed at COST CUTTERS in Fernbank Road.

 The residents of North Ascot would like to put forward our case for keeping the Library open: 

Over the past few years all local public houses have been closed, the price for hiring a hall has risen and our local bus routes discontinued.  The educational course have had there grants cut so are no longer able to offer cheaper courses to Pensioners.  Our Library has become the hub of our community.  It is somewhere anyone can drop into, during opening hours, without having to make it on a special day and be assured of a warm and friendly greeting by the staff.

In Ascot we do not have a leisure centre, theatre, cinema or even a branch of the U3A.  We are dependent upon the Library and local churches for any activities.

The groups held at the Library are so valuable and ages range from toddlers to members who are 92 years old.  This coming together of all ages is whats makes a community.

 

 

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Record overseas entry for Royal Ascot

A record number of overseas entries from eight countries feature among a total of 394 entries for the eight Group One highlights at Royal Ascot in June this year.

There are 164 overseas entries in all, as against a previous best of 156 in 2013, including a record 35 from outside Europe (previous highest 27 in 2011).

There is representation from Ireland (81), France (44), the USA (18 – the highest ever level – previous highest 13 in 2011), Australia (9), Germany (4), Hong Kong (4), Japan (2) and Singapore (2), plus 230 British-trained entries.

Read more: Royal Ascot 2016 | Record Overseas Entry

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 Papplewick School  | An experience of a lifetime was in store for 16 boys and three very fortunate members of staff from Papplewick School, Ascot, when they visited the Caribbean island of St Lucia from 14th to 24th March.

The main focus was on football and they had the opportunity to play in six competitive matches. The conditions and humidity were tough but fortunately the temperatures dropped around 3.00 p.m. kick-off time, which helped the boys’ performance and fitness levels. The week was also an education for the boys on how to manage and look after their bodies - something that they possibly took for granted in the early matches.

They drew two games and won four. “To come away undefeated against some very strong sides is a real credit to this group of boys, who have had an outstanding football season,” said Headmaster Tom Bunbury.

In the final game, a rematch against VSCAD club, they found themselves 4-0 down after 25 minutes. This was devastating, as for the majority of the boys, this would be their last ever footballing experience together as a Papplewick 1st teamer. However, with grit, determination, a desire to win and a great team spirit, 4-4 was the final score - a nail-biting finish. 

Experiencing the St Lucian culture was also part of the tour and trips out included a humbling visit to the Jermaine Defoe orphanage foundation, a day trip out at sea on the black magic pirate ship, a beach soccer tournament and a trip to the volcano mud baths and hot springs. 

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Read more: Unforgettable Experience for Boys on St Lucia Football Tour.

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 Charters School  in Sunningdale | On Thursday 14th April, Year 10 Music Technology students at Charters School visited 1 Golden Square in London, the home of National radio stations including Absolute, Kiss and Magic, in order to gain an insight into how music technology is used during broadcasts.

During the radio station visit the students were able to see live broadcasts of Absolute, Kiss and Magic FM along with seeing Jamie Laing from 'Made In Chelsea' create a radio recording for Heart Radio. The tour allowed the students to see how an area of the music industry works, how technology is used daily to create a radio show, whilst also giving a flavour of a potential career for them.

Read more: Charters Students Visit National Radio Stations

 

APRIL 2016

In total 1,842 children (94 percent) have been offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools for this year’s intake. This includes both reception and infant to junior admissions.   

Overall there were 1,977 primary school applications from Royal Borough residents for places for children starting schools in September. Parents had up to six preferences overall.      

  • A total of 82 percent, 1,612 children, were offered their first preference
  • A total of 7 percent, 135 children, were offered their second preference
  • A total of 3 percent, 60 children, were offered their third preference

Therefore 89 percent were allocated their first or second choice and 92 percent received an offer for their first, second or third choice.

Read more: Royal Borough Primary School Admissions Stats

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Drinks Anyone?....The Quince Players are truly delighted that Sarah Matthews has agreed to direct a QP favourite for  Spring 2016. Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh is an iconic piece; many will remember the BBC Play for Today version which was aired in 1977 starring Alison Steadman as the glamorous Beverly, following a run at the Hampstead Theatre. An amusing satire then but perhaps now that almost 40 years have passed, there are laughs in places where there would not have been before. The 70’s was the first decade where the new middle classes invited neighbours in for drinks, often for the sheer pleasure of showing off their home and lifestyle.
This plot sees Beverly and Laurence entertain their new neighbours Angela and Tony and Abigail’s mother Susan whilst Abigail has a party. A formal beginning relaxed by a few ‘little drinkies’ lead to the couple’s true relationships being exposed. Of course the culmination of which leads to – well, if you don’t remember, you’ll just have to wait and see.
Retro fashion, for retro drinks, retro nibbles and retro music. Come and join the Quince Players for a gin & tonic, a bacardi & coke or a pint of light ale whilst being delighted by the talented cast.
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East Enders Star, Anita Dobson, Declares the Re Launched Thames Hospice Shop in Sunninghill 'Open'

Despite the pouring rain, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to see Anita Dobson declare the revamped shop open for business, at noon on April 15th. Also pictured are Cllr Allison Sharpe, Chairman of Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council  and several Thames Hopsice shop volunteers. 

Thames Hospice is delighted to announce the relaunch of its Sunninghill shop, at 52 High Street, Sunninghill,Ascot, Berkshire
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Read more: Anita Dobson Re Launches Thames Hospice Shop Sunninghill

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Londis  in Sunninghill High Street, was closed after a middle-of-the-night ramraid on April 15th. The Police Forensic Team was at the scene for much of the day. The m.o. appears to have been similar to the recent attack on the One Stop - namely a ramraid making use of the commercial wheelie bin, by a group of men wearing balaclavas.  It is thought that a quantity of cigarettes was taken. The award-winning * shop only opened in May 2015.

Read more: Londis Sunninghill Ramraided | April 15th

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A petition has been launched to protest against car park charges in the RBWM Ascot High Street car park, which is used by employees of High Street businesses. To see the petition, go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reverse-the-decision-to-implement-parking-charges 

A similar petition is running for the Sunninghill , Queen's Road car park ; see http://www.ascotmatters.co.uk/community/11524-petition-to-scrap-sunninghill-sunningdale-car-park-charges 

Click  on http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/sunningscarparks/ to see the petition against levying more charges (scrapping 2 free hours) for the car park on Queen's Road in Sunninghill and also changes at the A 30 Sunningdale Shoppers Car Park.

There is fury and disbelief amongst traders and shoppers in Sunninghill village, over the scrapping of the two free hours in the Queens Road Car Park (pictured below) from April 4th.

As shown in the photo, the new parking tariff means that parkers will have to pay £1.50 (50p with an RBWM Advantage Card) instead. Beyond the two hours, charges remain the same .

Read more: Disbelief Over Sunninghill & Sunningdale Car Park Charges

 

 The Queen’s 90th Birthday in Windsor | Celebrations and Beacon Lighting

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Residents and visitors hoping to see The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh when they attend official engagements in Windsor on Wednesday 20th April and Thursday 21st April are encouraged to plan their journeys carefully.

People travelling into Windsor are advised to use public transport if possible as there will be temporary road closures and diversions. Car parks are also likely to be very busy.

The walkabout is expected to attract large numbers of people all eager to join in the celebrations of this huge occasion.

Road closures will be in place from 9am to about 1.30pm:......

Read more: The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations | Travel Arrangements

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On Sunday 3rd April, more than 18,000 racegoers enjoyed Ascot Racecourse's second annual Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday, the second renewal of the Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot, bringing down the curtain on what has been another spectacular season over jumps at the racecourse.

The event comprised a full day of exciting racing alongside a wide range of countryside inspired activities and the introduction of the Country Life Charity Race. Eight riders, including Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, the inspiration behind Ascot's Official Partner, QIPCO, battled it out for glory over one mile, two furlongs. In the end, after striking the front early in the straight, Sheikh Fahad, riding Landwade Lad, was caught late on by experienced event rider, Catherine Burrell, on Going For Broke.

Initial indicators from this year's fundraising show that £330k was raised, so the total generated over the two renewals to date of the raceday have delivered over £700k, making the Ascot fixture the biggest fundraising event contributor to The Prince’s Countryside Fund grant programme. The money raised will help The Prince’s Countryside Fund continue its vital work funding projects to support the people who live and work in our countryside through its grant programme, which closes for this round on Wednesday 13th April.

Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said:

Read more: Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday Raies Huge Sum for Charity

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Sunningdale Parish Council has objected to renewal of a planning application to 'improve' the London Rod/Chobham Road junction and the Broomhall Lane/London Road junction, required to accommodate predicted extra traffic from the huge Longcross development, on the other side of Chobham Common.  

The description of the planning application 'a priority junction involving the connection of two B roads  into the A 30 London Road'.

There are  local concerns that proposed traffic lights would not solve the problem, local circumstances have changed since the previous (identical planning permission was granted); that associated works could reduce precious parking space and spoil the village environment. To see the Parish Council  objection letter in full, visit https://sunningdaleparishcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/chobham-road-letter.pdf  

 

 

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Care UK's  Larkland House, Residents at Larkland House care home in Ascot experienced the sights and sounds of a farmyard when the Mill Farm Cottage Experience payed a visit.

A collection of feathered and furry friends arrived at the care home, including two alpacas, lambs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits and a dog. Residents had the opportunity to get up close with many of the smaller animals – holding them and petting them on their laps, while the larger animals were fed and stroked in the garden.

Caroline Walker, home manager at Larkland House, said: “The visit from Mill Farm Cottage provided a wonderful experience for everyone at Larkland House.  We are always looking to introduce new, exciting and stimulating activities for residents, and this particular event proved to be very popular indeed.

Read more: Mill Farm Cottage Experience at Larkland House

 

Ascot GP practice out of special measures following significant improvements

Green Meadows Partnership rated ‘good’ by Care Quality Commission  following re-inspection...Green Meadows Partnership in Ascot has been taken out of special measures on March 31st. The GP practice has been awarded a ‘good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a re-inspection on 11th February 2016.

The practice, which looks after approximately 10,000 patients, is awarded a good rating for all areas including safe, effective and caring services that are responsive to people’s needs and are well-led.  At a previous inspection in June 2015, the practice was placed into ‘special measures’. However, the CQC found the practice has made significant improvements in the management of medicines, infection control, training and development of staff, managing complaints and concerns and the practice’s leadership.

Read more: Ascot GP Practice Rated 'Good' by Care Quality Commission

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Save the date!  The 2016 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre will be on Sunday November 20th 2016. Watch this space for more information. CLICK ON THIS LINK for photos of past Fayre

 

 

The Police Area Returning Officer for the Thames Valley area, David Buckle, has published the notice of election for Thursday 5th May, which gives the green light for the election to go ahead.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is responsible for making sure Thames Valley Police is an efficient and effective force.

For the next four years the Police and Crime Commissioner will hold the chief constable of Thames Valley Police to account for how their force performs.

David Buckle, Police Authority Returning Officer for the Thames Valley area, said: “It’s important that you to register to vote and then turn out on 5th May for this election. Ten per cent of your council tax goes towards the police force’s budget – the commissioner manages this budget, so it’s your best chance to have a say in how your money is used.”

For more information about the role of the PCC visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk .

For more information on the election of the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner please visit thamesvalleypccelection.co.uk.  Details of the people you will be able to vote will be available on this site from Friday 8th April.

A new 7.5-tonne weight limit will start on Monday April 4th on Chobham Road in Sunningdale, after a petition spearheaded by Sunningdale Parish Council.   Vehicles weighing more than the 7.5-tonne limit will no longer  be permitted to drive over the Chobham Road Bridge in Sunningdale.

The weight limit aims to reduce danger for road users on the narrow bridge by preventing heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) from using it. The bridge previously had an 18-tonne weight limit in place. 

It has been brought in following a petition by and consultation with residents in the area about the safety impact of HGVs.

Cllr Colin Rayner, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to introduce a lower weight limit on the Chobham Road bridge as it will have enormous benefits for both residents and road users.

“We want to make sure all our roads are as safe as possible and this bridge is not suitable for large HGVs to use safely at the current volumes.”

Cllr Christine Bateson, lead member for Ascot and the Sunnings, said: “I am delighted we were able to act on residents’ concerns and make the bridge and the road safer all those who use it.”

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