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Heathrow | Trial Flight Paths Over AscotMatters Area

Click on the map to expand it. Sunningdale Ascot :: Aircraft Noise After the first week of new flight paths out of Heathrow, some residents in the AscotMatters area fear Sundays may never be the same again -  with plane noise interrupting garden conversations every few minutes .

A trial of new flight routes from Heathrow  took place back in June. There is now another trial scheduled running from 25th August  until 26th January 2015CLICK ON THIS LINK to see ONLINE PETITION against the new flightpaths, calling an immediate halt to the trial.

There are six new routes, three of which will track over our area, compared with one currently.

One of the new routes tracks southwest over Cheapside, another tracks west of the racecourse at which point it turns south, and the third tracks south west over Sunningdale to Lightwater before turning south. The current flight path goes over the eastern/northeastern corner of our NP area. The map ( see left)  .

By the time aircraft are in our area they are at 3000 feet or higher.  There is no information about the frequency of departures on these routes but one resident measured the gap between disturbances on Sunday afternoon as  little as 1 minute 36 seconds and frequently -  2 minutes . As can be seen on the map, the planes are often at a height of only 3,000 feet.

The purpose of these trials is to reduce the intervals between take-offs by using more departure routes and routes which diverge more significantly from each other than the current ones. This would enable Heathrow to accommodate more departures while meeting the requisite safety criteria and is being presented as being part of the Civil Aviation Authority Future Airspace Strategy.

If any individuals or groups wish to comment or complain we suggest you contact HACAN ClearSkies, a “campaigning organisation for those under the Heathrow flightpath”, at hacan.org.uk or Heathrow Airport action website: heathrowairport.com/noise.

You can also email the department that deals with noise complaints at Heathrow: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Sunningdale Area Carnival | Local Heroes Sought

CLICK  for Carnival Facebook page  Sunningdale Area Carnival :: September 2014 .

Sunningdale Area Carnival 2014 will be on Sunday 14th September at the Broomhall Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, SunningdaleYour Carnival Needs You! For more information visit www.sunningdaleareacarnival.co.uk

The theme this year is “Heroes” and organisers are looking to find local heroes – perhaps people from a local sports club, school, charity or anyone who has done someone a good turn or something to help in the local community and may not have been recognised for it.   This will be an opportunity to say a public “Thank You” to them.  Al Clennan has been on local radio talking about the search and is keen to get more nominations.

Everyone is getting very excited about this year's theme.for the Carnival on 14th September, commemorating World War 1 and looking for local heroes to spend time at the carnival and talking with the general public about their experiences and perhaps receiving an award for what they have done.

Nominees are sought from members of the public who organisers can approach to acknowledge their achievement publicly.

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Martha Still Wowing Great British Bake Off

Click on the photo to enlarge it Great British Bake Off :: Charters Sunningdale Pictured:  Martha Collison age 17 - Charters School Year 12

Charters School was delighted that Martha Collison, a Year 13 student (and a Head Girl this year), was selected as one of the contestants in this year’s Great British Bake Off. Martha sailed through the first month of this Summer's Great British Bake Off. 

It is a magnificent achievement for Martha, who has been passionate about baking since she was young, to be selected out of the thousands of people who applied from across the UK.  She has been juggling filming for the show over the last few months with being in school and taking her AS exams – a remarkable achievement in itself.  The school described Martha  as ' an exceptional young woman and a model student'.  She has recently been chosen to be one of the Head Girls.

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Murder is Announced | Box Office Opens August 16th

 Quince Players Sunninghill :: Cordes Hall Sunninghill Ascot    Quince Players Sunninghill :: Cordes Hall Sunninghill Ascot The  Quince Players will perform Murder is Announced at the Cordes Hall, King's Road, Sunninghill, from September 11th - 13th and from September 18th to 20th. For more information visit http://www.quinceplayers.com/     01344 874200

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A Murder is Announced – Call the Undertakers Wife! | Once again the Quince Players are rehearsing for a new show, A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie and Directed by Ken Long. As always, a committed and talented selection of QP’s have been cast to ensure that on opening night on 11th September they will be ready to delight audiences with this familiar Christie mystery.
In this play of intrigue it is Miss Marple who unravels the puzzle regarding not one but two deaths at the house of Ms Blacklock. She and her eclectic collection of ‘house guests’ are all investigated in turn by Inspector Craddock but of course it is Marple herself who finally reveals the truth.
The Quince Players are delighted to announce that their President Ms Lin Blakely has recently been cast in the BBC soap, EastEnders. Lin plays Pam Crocker the Undertakers wife who also runs a flower stall in the newly expanded Bridge Street Market. It has been a pleasure to watch Lin appear in such a well-loved show we hope her time at EastEnders will be a long and happy part of her already successful acting career. Show Dates 11th -13th & 18th-20th September (Matinee on 20th)
Box Office open at Sapphire Estates from 16th August
or at www.quinceplayers.com or on 01344 874200


Charters School | GCSE Joy 2014

Click on the photo to enlarge it GCSE Results 2014 :: Charters School Sunningdale Pictured, L to R:  Matt Davies, Pen Papworth, Mital Patel, Tom Robson, Georgia Ling, Arran Paul, Farhan Husein

Charters School pupils and staff have achieved another record breaking set of GCSE results this year with 240 students completing their exams.

240 students completed GCSEs

Overall 99.6% of students achieved 5 or more A* - E grades

Overall 84.2% achieved 5 or more A* - C

Overall 80% achieved 5 or more A* - C (including English and Maths)


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Red Bull Air Race | Ascot Racecourse

Click on the photos to enlarge  Ascot Racecourse :: Red Bull Flying Race   Ascot Racecourse :: Red Bull Flying Race

The Red Bull Air  Race was held at Ascot Racecourse on August 16th and 17th 2014

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Ascot Inner Wheel Supports DASH

Click on Ascot Inner Wheel for more  Ascot Inner Wheel :: DASH    Pictured: L to R: Stephanie Hynard with chain - incoming President of Ascot Inner Wheel, Val Wetherell- outgoing President.

Ascot Inner Wheel send children to the seaside!| Ascot Inner Wheel recently hosted a very successful Alfresco lunch, raising £1000 in support of The Dash Charity (Domestic abuse stops here) at Mill Ride Golf Club, Ascot.  Elaine Temple from the charity, said “At present we have 20 children and 15 parents in refuge, many of whom have never had a holiday or even a day at the seaside.  This wonderful gift will be used to hire a coach, provide packed lunch and provide some spending money to buy ice cream, buckets and spades.  Loss of funding in 2012 has made such treats impossible but this donation from Ascot Inner Wheel has made dreams come true! ”

The event, hosted by Stephanie Hynard preceded her official inception as the incoming president of Ascot Inner Wheel Club.  Shortly after receiving her chain of office from the outgoing president, Val Wetherell, Stephanie thanked club members and their friends from the local community for their overwhelming generosity.  If you are interested in learning more about this ladies group please visit their website www.rotaryascot.org/aiw

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University of Third Age at Ascot Retirement Fair

(Pictured: Maurice Alston, Vice-Chairman for BFU3A)   Click on the photo to enlarge it U3A :: Ascot Retirement Fair 2014

Once again Bracknell Forest University of the Third Age (BFU3A) had a very successful day at the Retirement Fair held at the Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday 20 August. We had several members who spent the day welcoming prospective members to the stand and explaining activities the BFU3A have to offer for the semi-retired/retired. This year the Ascot Retirement Fair had a total of 175 stands an increase on last year's 159 with 1550 visitors, so clearly this event is gaining popularity.  Everyone had a fantastic day and BFU3A are now looking forward to welcoming some new faces.  www.bracknellu3a.org.uk


Ascot Area Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter | August 2014

The August Ascot, Sunningdale and Sunninghill Neighbourood Watch Newsletter  is packed with information on recently caught burglars, e-scams  local crime rates, news of the Ascot Police Station refurbishment and news of future meetings and much more 

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Pink and Brown Gifts | Sunninghill | New Look !

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 Pink & Brown :: Sunninghill Gifts

Pink & Brown :: Sunninghill Gifts

Pink & Brown 13 High Street, Sunninghill, Berkshire, SL5 9NQ 01344 624456 07530918431 www.pinkandbrown.co.uk  has had a makeover for Summer 2014 .  Lots of new lovely stuff in stock !

As an independent retailer in a small community we recognise that without the support of our customers we would not be here; nor would any of the local businesses - customer service is key! We know our customers and what they like and want. We try to deliver on a daily basis and we see 2014 as an exciting prospect to keep delighting our customers with lots of lovely stuff.

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Charters School | A Level Success 2014

Click on the photo to enlarge it A Level Results 2014 :: Charters School Sunningdale Pictured:  Mr Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher,  with A Level students

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher, said, "Once again our students have done themselves proud.  We are particularly pleased with the increase in the number of top grades which is bucking the national trend.  Congratulations to all our students and we wish them well on the next stage of their careers.”

A Level Headline Figures:







 Number of A Level students: 198

 Ms Olimpia Morrison, Director of Sixth Form said "Congratulations to all our Year 13 students.  52% of entries were graded A*, A or B and 78% achieved A*- C. It is always pleasing when students' hardwork is rewarded and the excellent grades have resulted in a very large number of students being accepted on to their first choice of university.  A significant number will be going on to Russell Group universities and this year three students are going to oxford and one to Cambridge.

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Garden in Bloom Winners | Ascot & Sunnings

AHS :: Summer Show   The following have won the RBWM  Garden in Bloom competition: Congratulations . Everyone is grateful for the brightening up of Ascot and the Sunnings.

Mr & Mrs Malcolm Brown at 71 Geffers Ride, Ascot,   

Mike & Judy Rimmell, The Hollies, Broomhall Lane   

A Marino, 85 Upper Village Road

Runners Up were : Roger Crunden at 36 Sutherland Chase Ascot ,            Bill Mead, 40 Coworth Close , Sunningdale and                     Sharmi Weick at no 10 The Terrace , Sunninghill


Cheque Presented to Fund Zakk's Operation | Rotary Ascot

Click on the photo to enlarge it  Rotary Ascot :: Zakk's Cheque Presentation Pictured: Children With Special Needs Foundation founder -Gordon Parris (holding the cheque), with Zakk, Melanie and Mellie Burks, and members of Ascot Rotary Club.

A life-changing operation for Zakk | Zakk Burks, a 4-year old from Sunninghill suffers from quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy and needs a life-changing operation to be carried at St Louis Hospital in Missouri, America.  Last year (2013) his mother Melanie embarked on a fund-raising project to raise £60,000 for the hospital fees and stay in America, plus his long-term physiotherapy and equipment back home.  By June 2014 Melanie's efforts had raised £52,000, and now the Children With Special Needs Foundation (CWSNF) has agreed to close the gap with a donation of £8,000, using funds raised at the Rotary Club of Ascot Charity Golf Day in 2013.

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Ascot Post Office | New Extended Hours

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Ascot Post Office :: Opening Hours


Jenny Seagrove Launches Ascot Warhorse Memorial Project

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Ascot War Horse Project :: Jenny Seagrove   Actress, Jenny Seagrove, was the star guest, along with RBWM Mayor -  Cllr Richard Kellaway ,  RBWM Council Leader, Cllr David Burbage,  Ascot Lawyers Foundation Director - Alan Carr MBE , and a host of local dignitaries, gathered on Ascot's Heatherwood roundabout to launch a £250,000 appeal for the Ascot War Horse Memorial Project . The project team is working towards installing a bronze sculpture on the roundabout, to commemorate the one million Allied horses lost in the First World War.


Ascot Police Station Officially Opens as a PIP

Ascot  :: Police Station     A new Police Information Point (PIP)  officially opened its doors to the residents of Ascot , as of July 30th 2014.

The PIP, staffed by trained volunteers, is a multi-functional service that will provide the public with a range of advice on crime reduction and community safety as well as other police and community- related information. It will also provide an opportunity for interaction between the police and provide opportunities to exchange community-based information.

The PIP cannot be used to report a crime or incident. This must be done via 101 or visiting a nearby police station such as Windsor police station, situated on Alma Road, or Bracknell police station, The Broadway, Bracknell.

Supt Kate Ford, local police commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “The decision to re-open Ascot police station as a PIP was taken following careful consideration and analysis based on its minimal footfall and high costs.

The PIP is open during the following days and times with a view of increasing these times and days dependent on the recruitment and availability of volunteers: -

Mondays 2pm – 4pm;  Wednesdays 10am - 2pm

Detailed list of the services it will provide:

  • Crime reduction advice
  • Anti-social behaviour (ASB) referral advice
  • Community Messaging sign up
  • Domestic abuse advice
  • Advice on whether or not a traffic collision is reportable (they cannot take traffic collision reports)
  • Neighbourhood team information
  • Police volunteer/Special Constable recruitment
  • Neighbourhood watch advice/applications
  • Guidance on Subject Access Request procedures
  • General advice/directions
  • Applications for firearms/shotguns

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'Local Samaritans Seeks More Volunteers

 Ascot Wokingham & Bracknell :: Samaritans   LISTENING charity Samaritans has put out a call for volunteers so they can reach out to more distressed people.

The Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch of the charity has around 90 volunteers who respond to people going through a time of distress or crisis. People make contact by phone, email, or visit the branch at Mount Pleasant, Larges Lane, Bracknell RG12 9AD.

But they are looking to boost their numbers so they can increase their reaching out activities such as visits to schools as well as dealing with more than 20,000 contacts a year.

Daniel, director of the local branch, said people from any background are welcome to join.

He said: “At the moment we are looking to take on more volunteers so we can offer more emotional support and we would like to increase our reaching out activities.

“We are especially looking for those who can give time at night and at weekends as very often that is when other support organisations are shut, but we are there.”

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Secondary School Education | Ascot & Sunnings | Consultation

Click on the photo to enlarge it Co Headteachers :: Charters Sunningdale   Residents to be consulted about secondary education expansion. | The Royal Borough is seeking residents’ views on how best to provide education in the borough as the secondary school age population increases. Projections of future pupil numbers suggest that more provision for children and young people of middle, upper and secondary school age will be needed from September 2017 onwards, with demand set to continue rising well into the 2020s.

The Tuesday 29th July RBWM Cabinet considered a number of options for meeting this demand. These options included:

  • opening new schools
  • providing grammar school places in the borough
  • expanding existing schools, and
  • developing new ways to work collaboratively between schools, local colleges, employers and the borough to improve vocational education.

A phased approach was agreed, with specific proposals identified for a first phase covering the period up to 2017/18. .

Further work will also be done on a second set of proposals, providing new places for children and young people of middle, upper and secondary age in Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead for 2018/19 and beyond. The borough will further examine the possibility of opening new schools, providing grammar school places and expanding existing schools to meet rising demand. This second phase of work will take into account future population changes that might arise from the developing Borough Local Plan.

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Las Iguanas Moving into Regenerated Bracknell

Click on the photo to enlarge it Bracknell Regeneration :: Las Iguanas LAS IGUANAS BRINGS A LATINO FLAVOUR TO BRACKNELL | The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) is delighted to announce that popular Latin American restaurant Las Iguanas will be coming to the new town centre.

The Las Iguanas menu features a diverse range of authentic Latin American dishes from Tortas to Fajitas and Xinxim to tasty fresh salads.  All of the dishes are freshly prepared onsite using authentic ingredients.

The quirky décor evokes a fun and vibrant atmosphere, synonymous with the lively carnivals of Latin America.

In keeping with the fiesta feel, Las Iguanas offers a wide range of cocktails and mocktails including the famous Caipirinha, made with their own label cachaça, the classic Latin American spirit which they distil on their plantation outside Rio de Janeiro.

Helen Barnett, head of communications at Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, says:  “We are delighted that Las Iguanas will be bringing their unique taste of Latin American food, drink and fun to Bracknell.

“We have now let 260,000 square feet to a fabulous mix of restaurants, retailers and leisure operators and will have more announcements to make in the coming months.”

The group which was founded in 1991, now boasts 35 restaurants across the UK.  Las Iguanas has taken 3,680 square foot on a 20 year lease.

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Winkfield Artist Published in iArt Book

Aurora Spain teaching Rendezvouse Renoirs

Click on the iArt to enlarge it Artist Aurora Spain :: Animal Artworks

Chavey Down artist, Aurora Spain, has had her artwork  included in 'Art Has No Borders' very first publication : 101 Artworks featuring the Animal Kindom.

http://tinyurl.com/101AnimalArtworks. This publication isn't an ordinary print publication.  It is an iArtBook, a digital publication available on Apple's iBooks store, to download to either iPad or Mac.  What makes iArtBooks so different is the interactive and innovative features that  they hold for artists and art lovers alike.  Discovering art through iArtBooks is great fun, as you zoom into the artworks and also discover more by clicking on the artist's websites.

Her piece 'Harmony In The Deep' will sit alongside 100 other artworks from artists all over the world.  This digital book depicts animals and animal life in a myriad of artistic mediums and styles from traditional to abstract. See trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmC_YXlFW7k

To download the interactive art book to either your iPad or Mac please follow this link:  http://tinyurl.com/101AnimalArtworks

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St.Francis' Year 6 Pupils' Wonderland

Click on the photos to enlarge   St.Francis School :: Year 6 Leaving Production   

PRIMARY SCHOOLDAYS END IN WONDERLAND | The children of St Francis Catholic Primary School in South Ascot completed their final year by stepping into Wonderland!

The year six children premiered their production of “Alice the Musical” at the Rose Theatre, St Mary’s School.

Class teacher and director Lindsey Waller said, “The children have really risen to the challenge of this production. The improvement in their confidence has been immense and will stand them in good stead as they make the transition to secondary school in September.”

The production benefited greatly from the participation of St Mary’s School, who kindly lent their theatre for the performance. “We’re very grateful to the backstage crew of the Rose Theatre, and we also really appreciate all the hard work of the mums who have given up a lot of their time to create props and costumes,” she added.

St.Francis School :: Year 6 Leaving Production

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Ascot Cancer Relay 2014 | Ascot Racecourse |

Please click on the images to enlarge    Ascot Cancer Relay for Life  ::  Ascot Racecourse July 2014     The Cancer Research Uk Relay For Life Ascot  2014 was held on July 19th/20th - the 7th annual event, at Ascot Racecourse.  The opening ceremony took place in the presence of local dignitaries and the Reading Scottish Pipe Band.  There was entertainment all day long, including the local Rock Choir performing True Colours and How Deep is Your Love. There was a full programme of entertainment through the 24 hours, culminating on Saturday night with the traditional Candle of Hope CeremonyOver 40 teams took part, including fundraisers from local community groups and businesses such as Kirk Rice

CLICK  for information on the Cancer Relay for Life 2014 at Ascot Racecourse

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Charters School | Children With Special Needs Foundation | Visit

Click on the photo to enlarge it Children With Special Needs Foundation :: Charters Sunningdale Pictured:  

Miss Ellie Hilderley - PE Teacher, Mr Gordon Parris - CWSN Foundation Founder, Rhianna Jordan Yr 9, Joe Berridge Yr 9, Abigail Clark Yr 9

Front row from left to right: Sohaib Taj Yr 9, Callan Lord Yr 10, Christian Charalambous Yr 9

Charters School were delighted to welcome Mr Gordon Parris, founder of The Children With Special Needs Foundation to meet some of the pupils who will benefit from the very generous donation of £1600 cheque his charity recently gave to the Charters PE Department; to enable the students from the Charters School Resource Unit to attend the next Stoke Mandeville National Junior Games. The games will take place from the 22nd-25th September at the birthplace of the Paralympic games. During the residential trip students will take part in have-a-go sessions and friendly competition in a wide range of sports. Activities include boccia, snooker, athletics, table cricket, swimming, fencing, tennis, powerlifting, archery, wheelchair basketball, powerchair football and handcycling.

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South Ascot | Brockenhurst Road Safety Scheme | Consultation


The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is considering a local safety scheme to be implemented in the Brockenhurst Road area of South Ascot.  The intention is to slow the speed of traffic along Brockenhurst Road in the area of the shops and the pedestrian crossing. 2 full width road humps will be placed, one either side of the shops. The humps will be flush with the footpath to allow easier pedestrian crossing of the road. Bollards will be placed on the western side of the footpath to protect pedestrians and prevent vehicles mounting the footpath in the area of the parking bay. Single yellow lines will be upgraded to double yellow lines in order to ensure the protection of junctions and maintain visibility for all road users. Existing limited waiting restrictions will be eased in Lyndhurst Road to allow greater flexibility. Click on Road Safety  in South Ascot for more.


CareBank | Volunteers Needed | Reward Credits

Ascot Sunningdale :: RVS   CareBank is a new scheme supported by the RBWM  covering Ascot as well. Click on this link to see previous AscotMatters article

Our Role-mission- ‘We are activated by one desire- what we can do for our community and how we can help communities to strengthen themselves.’

Our volunteers offer practical support and share time with older people in their own homes and communities. We are here to help them get the most from life and we do it in ways that fit in with their lifestyle, needs and wishes.

Of course everyone is different so we provide support that is tailor- made to individual needs.

These may include things as,

Popping with the shops with you or for you. | Taking you to the medical centre or Hospital | Helping you to attend to clubs, Groups and activities.

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