The Royal Borough is giving away 5,000 trees to residents on a first come, first served basis. To pick up a tree, simply cut out the token from the Council's 'Around the Royal Borough' magazine (page 31) and present it on collection at one of the holding stations, from Monday 8th December. More information on the Trees for Residents page. There will be 800 available at Broomhall Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, from December 8th until December 24th, 2014. To pick up a tree, along with a stake and a shrub guard, (and don't forget your voucher) . The tree species available are native, both to enhance the underlying character of the area and to benefit wildlife. Click on SOIL TYPE GUIDANCE for information on what species will do well on which soil type.
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.
Every year, Sixth Form students from Charters School host a Christmas Party for the members of The Ascot Day Centre. This year, on Tuesday, 9 December, around 25 guests arrived from The Ascot Day Centre, to a very festive common room. The guests were treated to a glass of mulled wine as they were seated and then the festivities began. They enjoyed a live performance of Christmas songs from the Charters Junior Vocal Group. This was followed by a Christmas bingo, a quiz and a raffle. The Sixth Form students, then served up an array of food cooked by the Charters in-house catering company Cucina, which included all the party essentials, topped off with homemade mince pies and after dinner mints. The guests left at 5.30pm, each with their own gift from Santa and a Christmas card.
Mrs Ruth Fettes, Sixth Form Common Room Supervisor said, “A huge thank you to all who worked so hard in organising a really outstanding Christmas party for our wonderful senior citizens.”
The Charters School Sixth Form Social Committee spokesperson said, “We are always so pleased to welcome the senior citizens to the annual Charters School Sixth Form Christmas Party. We would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and thank everyone who supported this event and made it such an enjoyable evening for all.”
Charters School would also like to thank the following for their generous donations:
The Ascot Fire Brigade Trust, The Sunninghill Trust, Lush Cosmetics, …..including the staff, students and the Sixth Form Social Committee, who worked so hard organising this popular Christmas party.
Click on photo to enlarge it Audiences gave local LVS Ascot students a rapturous reception this weekend after enjoying a fabulous adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to mark the beginning of the festive season.
Around 500 people packed into the fantastic purpose built LVS Ascot Britvic theatre over three performances, and were not disappointed as the adaptation ‘Scrooge’s Christmas Carol’, brainchild of Acting Head of Drama Georgina Windsor, drew rave reviews for both the quality of acting and the set.
Georgina, who as well as bringing the best out of talented young actors at LVS Ascot also works for BBC Radio Solent and South Today, said: “It is an amazing feeling to have conceived this and see such a talented young cast bring it to life. I’m so proud of our students who, despite being as young as 14, have been inspired to produce a better performance than I ever imagined. They have made my dreams come true!”
In July 2013, Cabinet Office held an event to inform the local community it was reviewing the development potential of the site. Since then they have considered feedback from the event and prepared a Development Opportunity Brief which outlines development opportunities for the site.
The Cabinet Office spokesperson told the December 2014 exhibition visitors that the site will be marketed from early 2015 with a view to selling it by May 2017. The site comprises the De Vere accommodation blocks behind the Larch Avenue frontage. From January 2015, these buildings will be occupied by a police training college, currently located at Bramshill in Hampshire - as a temporary measure until its new premises are ready.
Regarding the longer term future use of the site, the Cabinet Office spokesperson explained that it has a responsibility to maintain employment on the site, but it's likely that buyer will explore the development of housing. The site is all in Green Belt but the proposed development site is all 'previously developed land'. In selling the land, they will not be requiring public park access to the Capability Brown gardens, as it could devalue land and they want to maximise value while marketing it responsibly.
No details are available on proposed access to the new development but there's no reason to presume they will change and there may be an opportunity for new footpaths and cyclepaths.
Please click on the image to enlarge As Ascot Racecourse announces a new Group One Sprint called 'The Commonwealth Cup', to be run at Royal Ascot 2015, with prize money topping £5.5 million (currently £5,310,000), for the first time, Deloitte's have also produced a report showing that the Racecourse makes significant contribution to the UK economy.
Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot, said: “It is pleasing to be able to stage the first £5.5 million Royal Meeting in 2015 and we are also today unveiling the first Economic Impact report on our business, compiled by Deloitte.”
Headline findings from the report, assessed in terms of Ascot’s contribution to the national economy, include the following key metrics for 2013:
• £138m total direct revenue generated by the racecourse, comprised of £70m direct racecourse expenditure and £68m generated indirectly (accommodation, food & drink, transport, fashion etc).
• 573,000 attendees during the year (279,000 at Royal Ascot), 10% of the total national racecourse attendance.
• 4650 people employed on the busiest days.
• £14.5m tax contribution.
• £350m+ off course betting turnover generated.
• £13.3m total prize money, 12% of the total national prize money on offer.
• 11 Group One races staged, 33% of the national total, over 26 race days (2% of the national total). There will be 13 Group One races from 2015.
• Over 200 horses trained outside Great Britain & Ireland have run at Royal Ascot since the racecourse reopened in 2006, including 34 from the USA and 19 from Australia.
• £237m spend on capital expenditure during the ten years to and including 2013.
The full report can be downloaded here: http://www.ascot.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Ascot_Economic%20Impact%20Document_FINAL_WEB.pdf
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Actress, Jenny Seagrove, and a host of local dignitaries - including RBWM Mayor - Cllr Richard Kellaway , RBWM Council Leader, Cllr David Burbage and Alan Carr MBE (pictured below), gathered on Ascot's Heatherwood roundabout in the Spring to launch an appeal for the Ascot War Horse Memorial Project . The project team has been working towards installing a bronze sculpture on the roundabout, to commemorate the one million Allied horses lost in the First World War.
Now, plans have advanced and there are two designs on which local people can have a say - both feature the horse with its head respectfully bowed, standing on a Portland stone plinth - but mounted in two different ways (see illustration ). The designs are described as contemporary versus traditional. There will be an additional feature on the roundabout - a 'water trough' feature and possibly flags. On the corner of Windsor Road and upper Ascot High St, there will be another ' interpretation Portland stone', facing the large bronze statue on the roundabout. Full details can be seen in the latest edition of Around the Royal Borough (currently dropping through local letterboxes).
This is thought to be an appropriate time to erect such a memorial- with the recent World War One centenary and the role of the Warhorse fresh in the public mind. It will also make a fitting 'gateway' to Ascot, as the Racecourse goes from strength to strength. The statue is to be funded by private donations
To comment on the two statue designs, e-mail
by Monday 15th December.
• Prize Money at Royal Ascot 2015 tops £5.5 million for the first time
• Inaugural Economic Impact of Ascot Racecourse report published today
Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that the new Group One race at the Royal Meeting, revealed as joining the programme in August, is to be named the Commonwealth Cup.
The eighth Group One race at Royal Ascot will be run for £375,000 on the Friday card, replacing the Buckingham Palace Stakes. It will be open to three-year-old colts, geldings and fillies.
The Wolferton Stakes has been moved from Friday to Saturday with the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap transferred the other way, to ensure a competitive handicap is run as the fifth race on each day of Royal Ascot.
Prize money at Royal Ascot next year will increase to £5,585,000 from £5,310,000 and a full running order is attached.
During the last week of November, Charters School presented the 60s hit, Summer Holiday, showcasing the Charters School students and staff vast musical and theatrical talents of the large cast and crew. The show took place over 3 nights and one Saturday matinee show, all sold out and everyone who watched said ‘it was the best show ever’!
The film of ‘Summer Holiday’ is now a feel-good stage musical with Don and his fellow London Transport bus mechanics journeying through Paris, the Alps, Italy and then Greece. Along the way they pick up three girls in a clapped-out mini and a young American pop star on the run from her domineering mother.
Belinda Francis, Curriculum Leader for the Creative Arts and Producer said, 'This year Charters’ students and staff have brought this classic story and nostalgic musical to our main school hall, taking our audiences from the dark skies of Sunningdale to the summery sights of Athens. The cast and crew worked extremely hard to re-create a 60s feel and the audiences were foot tapping and swaying along to the tunes of a distant decade. The ensemble was a delight to work with over the past 10 weeks; the energy and enthusiasm they all showed was fantastic. We are extremely lucky to have such a talented group of young people and a dedicated team of staff who all made this show an absolute hit.’
Joe Langston – YR 13 student who played Steve said ‘this was a non-stop thrill, filled with laughter. The end product was so much better than I could ever have expected, thanks to the encouragement and hard work of the teachers involved.’
Charlie Higgins – YR 13 student who played Don said ‘it was a wonderful adventure and after weeks of rehearsing, the response we had from the audience was overwhelming, as the audience was literally dancing in the aisles.’
Oscar Black – YR 13 student who played Cyril said ‘I have had lots of fun during the making of this show. I’d like to say thank you to everyone involved, as they made it an unforgettable experience.’
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Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs | January 15th – 24th 2015 - 2.30pm and 7.30pm | Isn’t it marvellous when certain traditions come round each year giving us the sense of well-being surrounding festivities such as Christmas?
The Quince Players are marking the New Year with their traditional Pantomime in January. January? You might ask, why January? Surely pantomimes are performed in the run up to Christmas. Perhaps they usually are, but the Quince Players pantomime may be traditional in its tone, but not in its timing, at least not if you compare it to other pantomimes. Many years ago, after the war years, it became more popular for families who had been scattered by the effects of war to send parcels, packages and cards to friends and family all over the country. As such the small post and sorting office in Sunninghill was unable to cope with the sheer number of parcels and suchlike to sort in the run up to Christmas so they commandeered the Cordes Hall for use as an extension to their own premises. This meant the hall could not be used for rehearsals or performances at this time.
The Quince Players decided that rather than cancel their pantomime they would merely delay it until after Christmas when the post office no longer had need for the space. This became a tradition which has lasted for many, many years. Indeed the Quince Players are to celebrate their 70th Anniversary in 2015.
Please click to enlarge photos Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth open the 2014 Sunningdale Christmas Lights Celebration on November 28th . Sir Bruce was slightly delayed by rehearsals for the Strictly Christmas Special but Lady Forsyth kept the crowd informed. When the star arrived, he entertained by singing Winter Wonderland, telling jokes and making a case for Miss World. Coworth Park Hotel provided delicious pork pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine, schoolchildren provided musical entertinment. Visitors also had an opportunity to stroke real, small reindeer.
Lady Catherine Stevenson of Ascot, opened a fundraising coffee morning , held on the ground floor of 1, Queens Square at Ascot Business Park, on Friday November 28th. Lady Stevenson, who launched Hospice at Home two years ago, spoke movingly of the important role played by Thames Hospice (based in Ascot and Windsor) in local people's lives.
The coffee morning featured superb coffee and cakes supplied by the Food Cellar, toys by Jakks, wedding dresses from the Fashion Workshop and accessories by Twin Cheeks, handmade jewellery by Maddison, to name but a few.
Please click on the photos to to enlarge The Rotary Young Chef competition (East Berkshire) Regional Final 2014, held at the LVS Ascot (organised by Ascot Rotary ), has been won by Jack Spink from Charters school. Four amazingly calm and confident students arrived at the Licensed Victuallers School Ascot on the 25th November to take part in the East Berkshire Young Chef Competition 2014/15 sponsored by Ascot Rotary Club.
Their task was to create a healthy two course meal within budgetary restrictions in a time of 1½ hours They had to demonstrate their expertise under the scrutiny of two experienced chefs who would judge the candidates on all aspects of the preparation, cooking and final presentation of the meal.
The judges Simon Genduso and Adrian Clark both from ACS Catering were impressed by the versatility of the winner Jack Spink including his use of water balloons to create a chocolate ramekin as part of his dessert.
Jack from Charters School Ascot, whose winning menu was Salmon wrapped in Parma ham, asparagus, Julian carrots and mini roasted potatoes with a dessert of a chocolate ramekin filled with cream and strawberries, will now progress to the Rotary Thames Valley District final to be held in February 2015.
Second placed student was Elodie Kenyon Slaney of St Mary’s School, Ascot whose menu was Creamy Herbed Chicken Parcels accompanied by Hasselback Potatoes with courgette and carrot rings followed by Lemon Mouse surrounded with Strawberry slices on a biscuit base.
Joint finalists were Evangeline Bateman of Ranelagh School, Bracknell and Daniel Walker of LV School, Ascot.
The judges congratulated all entrants on the high quality of their work and scoring was extremely close.
star of the Great British BakeOff - Charters pupil Martha Collison -
visited the Final to lend her support to competitors. Martha is a
previous winner (see AscotMatters report) .
Ascot Rotary Club President, Alan Rawlinson expressed his congratulations and presented all finalists with a medal and certificate.
Club Organiser, Angela Crambac expressed thanks to LV School for providing facilities for this competition.
Throughout December, Maloney’s Budgens are helping customers with inspirational meal ideas to help make the festive spirit that bit more special. Every Saturday from 10-3pm, Maloney’s Budgens will be offering in-store sampling from a selection of their small producers, showcasing delicious quality products that will delight friends and family. Whether it’s skinless and boneless salmon supplied from sea to store in under 36 hours by T&J Fisheries or Bangers Galore’s award-winning sausages made with over 85% pork, customers can look forward to sampling various products while also getting advice and meal ideas direct from the producers themselves.
Maloney’s Budgens will also be showcasing latest products from their new look deli, including the award–winning Stilton from Rowcliffe and Sons. Also in store is Cook, who will be sampling various dishes from their Christmas menu, including canapés and turkey and highlighting their stress free Christmas offer of Christmas lunch for 8 people for only £100.
On Saturday 13th December, Maloney’s Budgens will team up once again with food writer and celebrity chef, Giancarlo Caldesi; he will be creating a delicious menu in-store, inspired from the recipes found on his travels to Italy and beautifully captured in his latest books, which will also be on sale. These make for great Christmas presents especially as Giancarlo is signing all copies sold on the day.
Come down every Saturday for some great Christmas meal planning ideas.
Consultation Period Ends Thursday 4th December 2014. The online consultation form is under ‘North Ascot Schools and Homes’ at http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/haveyoursay
12 teams of three youngsters from schools in the local area competed in the Ascot heat of the national Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’ competition held in St George’s school on Monday (24th November) evening. The object of the competition is to introduce, present and then round up a 10 minute presentation on a subject of the team’s choice, in front of an audience of parents, fellow students and guests. Tonight’s competition was the first round of a National competition, with the winners going through to the next round and if successful onwards towards a national final in 2015.
The teams are separated into the ‘senior’ age group (14-17 year olds) and ‘intermediate’ (11-13 years old). Each team comprises a Chairman to introduce and control the presentation, a Speaker to make the main part of the presentation and a third member to wrap up the presentation with a vote of thanks. Topics this year included ‘Beauty is a Pain’, ‘Our children are over-diagnosed’, and ‘The art of porkie pies’.
The winning team in the senior section was from St Mary’s School, with Laura Murray, Allegra Moghtader-Mojdehi and Emerald Maloney asking the question ‘Why are Englishmen so infatuated with football?’ The best individual senior speaker was Leo Jarvis from Charters School (pictured). In the intermediate section, the winning team were from St Georges School, with Isabella Brudenell-Bruce, Sophia Lyons and Hetta Loughlin examining the proposition ‘Social Media – A Disease that Needs a Cure’. Best Intermediate speaker was Sophia Lyons of the same team.
Presenting the prizes, Rotary Club President Alan Rawlinson said, ‘The Rotary Club of Ascot has been organising the local heat of this event for the last 29 years, and the competition goes from strength to strength. We have heard an impressive performance of public speaking this evening, and these skills will be a great asset to the competitors in their later lives.’
Use PledgeBank to Get Things Done
People living and working in the Royal Borough will soon find it easier to get a group of people together to work on community projects that matter to them.
The council is launching PledgeBank, an online facility where people can suggest an idea or pledge and then connect with others who wish to support this pledge and help them achieve it. This could be anything from clearing snow and ice from your local school playground, to painting over graffiti or even setting up a street party.
PledgeBank is based on the simple principle that the person making the online pledge will work to make it happen ‘but only if’ a number of other people commit too.
Once a pledge is made the council will check it fits the set criteria and then publish it online so people can see it and support it.
Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet member for policy and performance, will be launching PledgeBank at Maidenhead Town Hall on Wednesday 26 November at 2pm. He will make the first online pledge to donate five Christmas food items to FoodBank if 10 other local people will do the same by 18 December and invite residents to sign up to support him and make it happen.
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.”
Special awards were presented to:
- Ascot Racecourse Wins Top National Racecourse Award
- Papplewick School | 'Young Bond' Series Author Visits
- Charters School Marks Remembrance Day
- Holy Trinity Church | Remembrance Tea
- Magna Carta 800th Celebration | River Flotilla
- Moss End Shopping Village | Antiques | Ceramics | Deli | Biltong | Garden
- Welcome to Hedgehog Street! | Ascot Leads Way in Saving the Hedgehog
- Fenwicks Coming to Regenerated Bracknell
- Papplewick School | Operation Shoebox 2014
- New Operator for Charters Leisure Centre Appointed
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