HOLY TRINITY CHURCH SUNNINGDALE | FLOWER FESTIVAL | This year Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale, is celebrating 175 years of worship. Then a rather small, plain building, it was consecrated on 22nd October, 1840, when the village consisted of around 700 inhabitants. As the century progressed there was rapid expansion in the area and the church buildings were enlarged to accommodate the burgeoning population and create the form of Holy Trinity Church we now know. The familiar outline, with its dark shingled tower, would have been a landmark for the Victorian traveller along the Old London Road as it is today for the motorist on the busy A30.
To celebrate its 175 years of worship there will be many activities in the church. The first of these celebratory events will be a Festival of Flowers to be held on Sunday, 31st May, beginning with a service at 3 pm, followed by a tea. The theme of this is “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and flower lovers of all ages are invited to take an active part by creating arrangements which will be displayed in the church on the day and for the following week.
The arrangements may be simple, perhaps using paper or silk, or inspirational, reflecting the arranger’s own creativity and love of flowers. They may be assembled in the church on the morning before the service, brought already arranged or delivered earlier.
y phone on 01344 621886. The office is open weekdays between 9.15 am and 12.15 am (closed Fridays and school holidays). A reply before the end of March will help the team to co-ordinate the event and assemble the final details.
For more information please visit www.holytrinitysunningdale.co.uk
Money granted by Royal Borough to good causes
Local groups, charities and organisations are to benefit from thousands of extra pounds of grants from the Royal Borough.
An additional £36,000 has been allocated to the council’s revenue grants budget giving a total of £100,000 to be allocated to good causes in the area. This is an increase of 56 percent on last year.
At a cabinet meeting on Thursday 26 February, councillors agreed recommendations from the borough’s grants panel to provide £25,000 worth of grassroots funding, £79,770 of revenue grants, £36,365 of capital grants and £616,500 of service funded grants.
A total of £950 was also donated through Kidwells Park Trust Grants which will go towards providing facilities for recreation, aimed particularly at increasing cultural activity.
Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships, who chaired the grants panel, said: “These grants will help numerous voluntary organisations across the Royal Borough, all of which contribute tremendously to the lives of our residents.
“As a council we feel it is important to support these organisations, many of which rely heavily on volunteers and have great value to the communities they operate in.”
| The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) and Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) have today announced that Mace, a British-owned international construction and consultancy company, has been appointed as the main contractor on the £200 million regeneration of Bracknell town centre.
The news was announced today at a ground breaking ceremony held in Charles Square, to celebrate the start of the regeneration works.
Construction workers will be on site in late-March, carrying out preparatory earthworks, before foundations are started in late spring, with steel work beginning in June 2015. The building is programmed to allow the first retailers to start fit out work in August 2016, in order for shops, restaurants and the cinema to open in the spring of 2017.
BRP also announced that it has successfully secured popular Asian cuisine restaurant chain, Wagamama, to join the town centre leisure line up. Due to open its doors in spring 2017, Wagamama has taken 3,200 sq ft space next to the new 12-screen Cineworld multiplex.
Gareth Lewis, chief operating officer for construction at mace, says: “I am delighted that Mace has been appointed main contractor for this significant regeneration scheme for Bracknell. Mace has a strong track record locally, having completed the construction of Garth Hill College in 2011. We’re pleased to be working again with both Legal & General and Schroder. The regeneration project will have a positive impact on Bracknell and local community and we can’t wait to get started.”
Helen Barnett, head of communications at BRP says: “This is an exciting day for Bracknell Town Centre, with the vision finally becoming reality. Mace has a formidable reputation for successfully delivering large and complex construction projects, so we are delighted that they are on-board.”
Charters School were very pleased to welcome Sebastian’s Action Trust to the School this week to speak to the Sixth Form and upper school year groups at assemblies to raise awareness of the charity’s work in the local community and to encourage the pupils to take part in some of their fundraising events and campaigns such as ‘Bake It With Love’ and their ‘3hr Danceathon’ event next week.
Sebastian’s Action Trust is an award-winning local charity that supports families with seriously-ill children from a child’s diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. We offer respite holidays to the whole family in the UK’s first purpose built holiday home, The Bluebells, in the Hampshire countryside. We also offer a wide range of practical, emotional and social support to our families as they journey through their child’s illness for as long as they feel they need us, with a bespoke approach to each and every family.
The Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan project team- set up to look at ways of improving local transport- would like your help. They are looking at ways of improving our cycle ways and footpaths and need more input and support.
They are keen to hear from anyone who would like to contribute to the development of cycle routes across and around our two parishes; in particular routes to Charters School and connecting the Great Park.
They need more information about footpaths in our area:
- Do you know of any neglected paths that are in danger of being lost?
- Do you know of footpaths with missing sections that make it difficult for pedestrians?
The latest - February 2015 Neighbourood Watch Newsletter is packed with information , including the sad news that the Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association is to fold, due to lack of volunteers for the committee officers. However, note that the AGM will go ahead in April.
The 2014 Winkfield May Day Fair was a great success and £1250 was raised for Zak’s First Steps. This money went towards an operation to help him walk, eventually unaided. He flew to America with his family last September to have his operation which was a great success.
Surplus proceeds will as usual be given to a local charity/project yet to be confirmed.
Virtual School aims to help the Royal Borough’s adopted children
A VIRTUAL school will be available to all adopted children in a scheme being piloted by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
The borough’s ‘school with no classrooms’, which ensures all children in care receive educational support, will be extended to all adopted children during this academic year.
This comes after national charity Adoption UK revealed that adopted children are falling behind their classmates at school because they are not properly understood. Half (51%) of adopted children failed to hit educational targets at junior schools in 2013, an Adoption UK survey of its membership found.
The Virtual School, which is funded by the Royal Borough, has skilled and experienced head-teachers that work with dedicated teachers in theRoyal Borough's schools.
Adoptive parents will now be able to receive support from a Virtual School head to work with them and their children’s school and develop a Personal Education Plan specific to their child’s needs.
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Why Not Bake Martha's Recipe Cupcakes and Invite Some Friends Round!
Sebastian’s Action Trust is asking you to ‘Bake it with Love’, this Valentines season, to help bring a smile to the faces of seriously-ill children and their families.
The idea is to raise money through bake sales and bake-offs, by holding these in your workplace, at home, in a school or with friends. Anyone can do it!.. Try Martha's wonderful raspberry & lemon Cupcakes or use your own recipe! (Do remember to share your recipe and photos on the Trust's Facebook page and Tweet using the #bakeitwithlove.)
The Bake it With Love campaign is not only backed by the BBC's Great British Bake Off star – Charters pupil - Martha Collison, but also by Bagshot based cake shop, Sweet As Sugar. The cake shop has kindly donated a spectacular Frozen cake, worth £750 for the person/ group who raises the most amount of money for the Trust.
To help you organise your very own Bake it with Love event, see the Trust's Top Tips and Invitation in 'Read Article'. below
Business Administration Apprentice (Level 2/3) - Full Time
Due to continued growth, we are looking to recruit a Business Administration Apprentice within our existing Admin Team in our Ascot office, to undertake routine office administration, IT and reception duties. We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working candidate who seeks an administrative career within a professional environment; this new and exciting opportunity will suit someone with a keen interest in administration and a willingness to develop and grow within this forward thinking firm.
CLICK HERE for more information on how to apply
Kirk Rice, Chartered Accountants and financial advisers, based in Ascot High Street, Berkshire, offer accounting, audit, tax advice and business support. Visit www.kirkrice.co.uk
Thanks to the very successful 2014 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre, cheques totalling £10,000 were presented to six local charities in the presence of Batman , at Coworth Hotel in Ascot on February 16th.
Organisers have thanked the local sponsors, participants and visitors who have raised this £10,000 for very important local causes. Over the last 5 years the event has raised over £70,000. The cheque recipients who were The Ascot Day Centre (£4,000), Sebastian's Action Trust (£4,000), Windsor & Ascot Riding for the Disabled (£500), Windsor Horse Rangers (£500) , the Sunninghill Darby & Joan Club (£500) and the Cordes Hall (£500).
The Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre was held in Sunninghill High Street on Sunday November 16th 2014. There was fun for all the family, starting with a procession featuring the St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums band, the Batmobile, 'Queen Caligula (Quince Players), as well as Punch and Judy, Peppa Pig and Bluebell Bear, a street magician, a stilt walker, traditional fairground rides, a Carpenters Hog Roast, and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.
Many of the shops were open, including Pink & Brown, the Circle Gallery , the Little Flowerpot, Chapmans, Inspirations, Treacle, Polly's Place and many High Street favourites.
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.
The next Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council event is the Parish Party at Victory Fields on Sunday 5th July 2015.
Administrator/Receptionist Job Share - Afternoons
We are currently looking to recruit a part-time Administrator/Receptionist to ‘Job Share’ with our existing Administrator/Receptionist; working afternoons in our Ascot office, Monday to Friday, plus additional hours to cover the annual leave of the job-sharer. This is a permanent role and the successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible.
CLICK HERE for more information on how to apply
Kirk Rice, Chartered Accountants and financial advisers, based in Ascot High Street, Berkshire, offer accounting, audit, tax advice and business support. Visit www.kirkrice.co.uk
Princes Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot | Sunday March 29th . Visit Ascot Racecourse for info & tickets
ASCOT RACECOURSE HELPS LOCAL SCHOOLS WITH NEW FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE
Ascot Racecourse’s Colts and Fillies Club is helping local schools to raise money with a new ticketing initiative for The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday on Sunday 29th March. Local schools will be selling tickets for the raceday and keeping a percentage of the money taken for their own fundraising projects.
The Colts & Fillies Club, which currently has over 18,000 members, aims to bring horseracing to the next generation of racing enthusiasts by making the sport accessible and fun. It is free to join for children aged 17 and under and members can enjoy dedicated family days at Ascot, with specifically tailored activities exclusively for Colts and Fillies members. Outside of racedays, visits are made to training yards and other places of interest and there is the club horse, Miss Inga Sock, to follow.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday takes place on Sunday 29th March and boasts a full day of exciting jump racing alongside a wide range of countryside inspired activities and Easter entertainment. There will be plenty of action both on and off the track, making it a fun day out that the whole family can get involved in.
See BBC Berkshire - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-31478695
CLICK for information on the Cancer Relay for Life 2015 at Ascot Racecourse
Click to enlarge photo Opportunities Available for Businesses and Residents to Sponsor Magna Carta Celebrations
A whole raft of special events have been organised to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta this summer, including a river relay along the length of the Thames through the Royal Borough on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June.
Her Majesty’s Row Barge Gloriana – which led HM The Queen’s river procession for her diamond jubilee – will be the flagship in a flotilla of about 200 craft of all shapes and sizes.
Now businesses and residents have the chance to sponsor the relay, bankside activities and numerous other events planned for the next four months.
Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a spectacular public event.
Businesses making major donations can benefit from some excellent publicity, including a space in the high quality souvenir guide, and major donors will be invited onto the river to enjoy part of the pageantry first-hand.
“Individual donations, no matter how small, will also help make this an unforgettable community celebration. The names of people donating more than £50 will be listed on the microsite promoting the event and of those donating more than £100 included in a book of subscribers to be kept in the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum.”
Papplewick boys come up trumps in National Inter-School Quiz Championship | It was fingers on keypads as three teams from Papplewick School, Ascot, went to Elstree School for the Quiz Club National Inter-School Quiz Championship Area Heat.
The quiz featured a diverse range of questions, which took the boys back in time as well as out into space. Forty on-screen questions were read out and tension mounted as thirty seconds for each response elapsed. Music and sound-effects added to the excitement and once the answer was revealed, the scores for each team were added up on the screen to give the running total.
THAMES HOSPICE ANNOUNCES NEW CEO | Local charity, Thames Hospice, is delighted to announce the appointment of Debbie Raven as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Debbie joined Thames Hospice two years ago as Director of Patient and Family Services. Her proven dedication and experience in specialist palliative care has been instrumental in delivering the highest quality of care to patients - their families and carers. Moreover, under her leadership the Inpatient Unit has been able to support a significant increase in the number of patients being cared for, including many who have more complex needs.
Debbie says: “I look forward to taking over the helm of such an established and successful local charity with an incredibly bright future. I am humbled by the dedication of our team and proud to be leading an organisation where expert care and everyday kindness is at the heart of everything we do. I am looking forward to working with our local community and dedicated supporters, without whom we couldn’t provide our services to patients and their families.”
Please click on the photos to to enlarge The Local Competition for the RIBI Young Musician 2014/2015 was held on February 5th. Organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot and assisted by the Rotary Club of Wokingham, the competition was again hosted by Charters School . The standard of musicianship was outstanding.
Organiser and Master of Ceremonies, Tony Love introduced the evening and kept the audience entertained with Shakespeare quotes and jokes, especially during the interval when judges struggled to reach a decision. The Judges' break also offered an opportunity to hear last year's local winner, who went on to win the national competition - Robert Cheung who played a piece by Debussy . Robert thanked the Rotary Club of Ascot for their unfailing support, which has helped his considerable success
There were nine instrumental competitors - mainly pianos, with one flute, one cello and one classical guitar, along with four vocalists. Entrants came from Charters, LVS Ascot, Heathfield (Ascot), Luckley House School, Reading School, Farnborough College and home tutored. The judges were Geoff Horton, Jan Jackman and Chris Goodwin
'Special Mentions' were awarded to Alex Norton (piano) (Charters) and Catherine Porter (Cello) (Farnborough College). Instrumental Runner Up was Ruthie Cheung (piano) who played Mozart's Sonata in C and Brahms' Intermezzo in A Major. The Instrumental Section Winner was Hani Elias (Classical Guitar) from Charters, whose performance of Maximo Diego Pujol's 'Preludio Triston' was described as the performance of the evening. He also played a moving Gary Ryan's 'Rondo Rodeo'.
The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana confirmed for Magna Carta 800th River Relay | Boat owners invited to register for ‘spectacular’ event.
The Gloriana – which led HM The Queen’s river procession for her diamond jubilee – will be the flagship in the Magna Carta 800th River Relay in June.
The Queen’s Row Barge will be the jewel in a flotilla of about 200 craft of all shapes and sizes in a ‘spectacular’ river event which will be the highlight of the Royal Borough’s 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
Residents will be able to view the procession from many public locations along the River Thames from Hurley to Runnymede over the weekend of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. Further details of the route can be found at www.thamesalive.org.uk/magnacarta
A copy of the Magna Carta will be transported downstream, along with ‘King John’ and ‘barons’, and playlets will be acted out at seven locations along the route, telling the story of the writing of the document.
The event is being organised in partnership with Thames Alive – which helped to organise the manpowered squadron of the Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 – and Runnymede Borough Council. Contributions are being made by all partners with the overall costs being underwritten by the Royal Borough.
Already 200 boat enthusiasts have expressed an interest in taking part. Registration is open until Saturday 28 February at www.thamesalive.org.uk/magnacarta. Selection will then take place to ensure a wide range of craft and a good representation of boat styles through the ages.
Local Headmistress Addresses MPs In Whitehall | The Headmistress of LVS Ascot addressed an audience of MPs in London on Tuesday as a speaker at the Westminster Education Forum.
Swapping an assembly hall of students in Ascot for a room full of MPs in Whitehall, Christine Cunniffe was invited to provide a voice of authority from within education to many of the forum’s patrons, who include the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, Chris Grayling, Andy Burnham, Lord Baker and David Blunkett. The Head of Senior School at leading independent day and boarding school LVS Ascot presented her experiences and vision regarding raising the standard of education provision for 14 – 19 year olds. Other speakers on the subject included Professor Jeremy Higham from the University of Leeds and Brenda Yearsley, UK School and Education Development Manager at Siemens.
Please click on the images to enlarge The Planning application for a fountain on the Heatherwood Roundabout , using Section 106 money) (Roundabout at Heatherwood application 14/03546 ), has been withdrawn, following concerns amongst councillors and strong objections by the Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group. Planning objections include Green Belt, highway safety and there is also a feeling that public money could be better used.
The planning application relates to the fountain. There is still support for the war horse memorial project, launched last year by Jenny Seagrove - see AscotMatters article and photo, (this is to be funded by public or corporate subscription). The public was recently asked to vote on two different design options . However, the Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group has suggested that the war horse memorial should ideally be located somewhere where as many people as possible could see and appreciate it. One such option would be as a centrepiece to an open piazza- which the Neighbourhood Plan group proposed for the rejuvenated centre of Ascot.
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 could also make a fitting 'gateway' to Ascot, as the Racecourse goes from strength to strength.
Royal Borough submits response to Airports Commission consultation
RBWM has submitted its response to the Airports Commission regarding its long-term capacity consultation by reaffirming its position that it is against expansion at Heathrow Airport.
The Royal Borough supports the Gatwick option on economic grounds.
The Airports Commission is currently looking at three proposals:
- from Gatwick Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the south of the existing runway at Gatwick
- from Heathrow Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the north west of the existing northern runway at Heathrow
- from Heathrow Hub Ltd for an extension to the existing northern runway at Heathrow to operate as two separate runways.
Council Tax Cut Backed by David Cameron and Local MPs | The 2.1 percent council tax cut proposed last week has gained backing from the Prime Minister and local MPs.
Commenting on the proposals David Cameron said: “I congratulate RBWM for cutting their council tax, leaving people in the area with more of their own money to spend or save as they wish. Under Labour, council tax doubled and they still want to hike taxes on family homes. Conservatives have been working with councils to keep council tax down, giving hard-working people greater financial security.
“Conservative councils like RBWM charge lower council taxes than Labour or Liberal Democrats, delivering more for less, by cutting waste and running services better.”
Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust wins award to scale up health care improvement. | A team from Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) is one of seven health care project teams that have been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its new improvement programme, ‘Scaling Up Improvement’.
The Scaling Up Improvement programme is supporting these seven health care projects in the UK with the aim to improve health care and/or the way people manage their own care.
The Ashford and St Peter’s project is a multi-centre programme tackling acute kidney injury. This project aims to enhance diagnosis, increase awareness and drive improvements in care. They will be using a proven package of interventions/treatments using the various networks within the hospital and sharing the finding through the NHS England AKI Programme and the Health Foundation.
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