Click on the photo to enlarge it At Charters School we are extremely proud of our 57 year history and it seems that we are not alone. Over the past few years we have hosted a range of events to welcome back groups of alumni who want to discover how Charters School has evolved since they left, while re-connecting with their peers. We run regular school tours for past students, the next is scheduled for Friday 20th November at 10am and can be booked by calling 01344 624826, and also arrange larger gatherings for specific year groups.
Last week we were delighted to welcome back the Class of ’63 for a return visit to the school. Ray Hutten, the school’s first Head Boy, organised a reunion for 35 former students who were amongst the earliest intake into Charters School, which was no mean feat considering he now lives in Australia! Members of the school’s senior student leadership team led small group tours around the site which has expanded considerably in the intervening period. After spending a couple of hours with us chatting over a cup of tea, looking at old photos and finding their names in the class registers of the time, the Class of ‘63 moved on to a local golf club for lunch and more reminiscing.
On the look out for blooming marvellous gardens |
Green fingered gardeners can be nominated for the annual Royal Borough Garden in Bloom competition that started earlier this month.
The competition is held every year and recognises the efforts of those who have beautifully tended front gardens or a garden area that is visible to the public from a road or footpath.
Residents can nominate any individual private garden, groups of gardens or community gardens before the competition’s closing date in late July.
Ward councillors will then start working their way around local streets and selecting the best maintained front gardens for a Garden in Bloom certificate and rosette. A runner up and finalist for each ward will also be selected.
Cllr Claire Stretton, principal member for culture and communities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the contribution our green-fingered residents make to the Royal Borough through their beautiful gardens.
“I encourage the whole community to get involved by nominating friends and neighbours who have particularly impressive gardens.
“I know all the councillors really look forward to seeing the results of all the hard work residents put in to their gardens.”
The Royal Borough has a range of schemes residents can sign up to so they can help make their local area look better.
Royal Borough will continue to fight Heathrow Expansion
The Royal Borough has expressed its disappointment in the decision by the Airports Commission to recommend Heathrow as its preferred choice for proposed expansion.
The council backs the expansion plans for Gatwick on economic grounds, with it also representing the least environmentally damaging option.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “I extremely disappointed that the Airports Commission has backed proposals to expand Heathrow despite all the evidence that this is not the best option.
“Gatwick has presented a stronger case and we are extremely concerned about the negative impact expansion at Heathrow would have on our residents.
Click on the photo to enlarge it With congestion an ongoing concern in the local area, and pollution an ever increasing factor of modern life, staff and parents at Charters School are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of students travelling to school by bicycle. There is currently no safe route for leisure cyclists who wish to travel between the towns of Windsor, Ascot, Bracknell and Crowthorne and public transport links are often difficult to access.
Charters is supporting a Local Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group to create a new Bicycle Greenway through the local area. They would like to encourage the Crown Estate to help provide a safe cycle route through their land. An online petition has been launched and both Parish and Borough Councils have been lobbied. All local schools and cycle shops are being approached to support the Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway initiative.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway would cut congestion and provide safe routes for new cyclists in the local area, whilst encouraging families and leisure cyclists to enjoy the open spaces within their local community. In addition, schools adjacent to the Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway could reduce their congestion by incorporating the Greenway into their cycle routes solving the issue of dangerous cycle routes to and from local schools.
Charters School and Miles Gripton, who is part of the Neighbourhood Plan working party, would like to encourage local residents to add their support to the petition by logging onto https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/windsor-abc-bicycle-greenway and adding their details. It is hoped that by working together, the local area can become a safer and greener environment for all residents.
Pictured: Vanessa Cummings of Ascot, and Carl Ruxton, of Bracknell. The Laughing Priest supports 34th annual Samaritans’ Run | The Laughing Priest from TV’s Father Ted, Fergus O’Kelly, presented the shields at the 34th annual Samaritans’ Run 5K and 10K, held in the grounds of Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire on Sunday morning, 28th June 2015.
He is a keen supporter of Samaritans, having himself been a volunteer with Putney Samaritans in the 1980s-90s.
Nearly eight to nearly 80 was the age range and the runners numbered 536, with 60 entering on the day. Though never very sunny, the temperature stayed around 17C with a light wind and the rain stayed off until towards the end of the 10K.
The course was praised, especially areas in the woods which have been cleared so making the path wider and easier for runners to overtake. The course is over two laps of an accurately measured course with a few gradients, through woodland on a mixture of hard surface and woodland track.
The event is praised for the family atmosphere, for being good value with the entry fee and “goody bags”, and for supporting a worthy cause, namely Samaritans who support people in times of distress. It suits both the keen runners wanting to beat their “personal best” as well as those who for whom running is fun and the best way to spend part of a day. Clubs represented including Aldershot Running Club, Bracknell Forest Runners, Brighton Phoenix, Cruisers Running Club from Woking, Datchet Dashers, Purple Patch Runners, Reading Roadrunners and Sandhurst Joggers.
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Seven times world snooker champion Stephen Hendry was the surprise guest who opened the St Francis Catholic Primary School fair on Sunday (June 28th). Stephen then played snooker against some of the parents and pupils of the school to give them a truly memorable day.
He was joined at the fair by Councillor Eileen 'Dee' Quick, who has just been confirmed as the new mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
They were both welcomed to the school by Headteacher Mrs Jane Gow who said the school's pupils, parents and friends were hugely grateful to Stephen and the Mayoress for giving up their time to support the school. “The grey weather on Sunday couldn’t dampen the enthusiastic reception for our guests and we all had a terrific day.”
As well as the chance to show off their snooker skills the guests at the fair also had the excitement of a bouncy castle, go-karts, a fire engine, disco and face-painting.
Scots born Stephen Hendry became the youngest professional snooker player in 1985 aged 16 and in 1990 he was the youngest-ever World Champion at the age of 21. He went on to win many major titles and was snooker’s world number one for eight consecutive years between 1990 and 1998 and again in 2006/2007. In May 2012 he retired from the sport to focus on his commercial interests but he remains a commentator for BBC snooker.
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Chapmans The Ironmongers in Sunninghill is celebrating 120 years of continuous trading on the same site during 2015.The shop is a landmark in the area with people travelling miles to visit.
Since 1895 when an original part of the current premises sold traditional ironmongery this independent family business has grown and progressed into what many customers call “An Aladdin’s cave”.
Originally run by the Chapman family the current owner Robert Ellison is celebrating 35 years running the business, and has shaped the business into the success it has become today .It offers traditional type of service whilst keeping up to date with current trends and 21st century needs. It now offers a wide range of cookware, electrical products a water softening salt delivery service as well as the core products associated with the ironmongery and hardware trade.
Robert is helped in the shop by his family and a friendly, efficient band of staff. In 2003 he extended the shop bringing it more up to date and enabling the business to offer a wider more attractive range of products taking it straight from the 19 century into the 21st. The business has been a great success and is held in high affection by local residents.
Chapman’s is situated on the High Street in Sunninghill which incorporates Chapman’s Courtyard. This now houses Inspirations Gift shop, Sunninghill Play Centre, Treacle Café, photographers Artis Studio and The Stock Exchange Dress Agency.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it Ben Smith-Bannister from Papplewick School, Ascot won the National Prep Schools Javelin Title on Wednesday, 24 June at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
Ben, who is in Year 8, won the National Preparatory Schools Championships Under 14 javelin, with a throw of 36.25m. In third place going into the final round, his was the last attempt of the competition and he threw a personal best by nearly three metres.
“We’re really proud of Ben,” said Tom Bunbury, headmaster at Papplewick School. “He’s practiced hard and we’re delighted that his efforts have been rewarded.”
Papplewick is a day, weekly, and full boarding preparatory school for around 200 boys between the ages of 6 and 13. Situated in 15 acres of land opposite Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, Papplewick has an excellent record for academic achievement and feeds many of the UK’s top independent senior schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, Stowe and Bradfield.
In the last two years the school has maintained its academic record, gaining no less than 18 awards to top independent schools, including three King’s Scholarships to Eton. Through its strong commitment to sports, the school also builds skills of teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.
As well as academic, sporting and cultural excellence, Papplewick aims to provide boys with the confidence and security they need to fulfil their potential, and the school strives to promote enthusiasm for life, contribution to the community and kindness to others amongst all its pupils.
A recent (2013) report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) remarks that relationships between pupils and teachers: ‘are an outstanding strength of the school and are seminal in creating the strong sense of a mutually supportive and trusting community.’
To celebrate Royal Ascot, Ascot Racecourse has produced an online collection of more than 90 stories delving into the people and traditions - past and present - that make the Royal Meeting an event like no other.
The collection, named 'Like Nowhere Else', is broken into four sections - Racing, Style, Pageantry and Fine Dining. Each section gives the reader a glimpse into the personalities, anecdotes and history that make the Royal Meeting so special and features some of the most iconic moments in the racecourse's prestigious history.
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Papplewick’s Really Got Talent this year! | The stage was set at Papplewick School in Ascot and the audience waited with anticipation as the 2015 Papplewick's Got Talent competition prepared to begin.
Many acts auditioned, but only eleven boys got through to the final. There were bands, magicians, comedians, dance acts, poems, singers and musicians. From boys in Year 2 right up to Year 8, all took to the stage one by one to impress the audience and the judges - Rhys Thomas, year 6 form teacher, Laeticia Langue, French teacher and Ed Shires, Head of English - with their vast array of talents.
With the judges torn as to who should lift the cup, the debate was long. The final decision was that the school’s own John Bonham (Led Zeppelin drummer), Freddie Garner in Year 5, played hard enough and with so much talent that he should reign champion for the year.
“Well done to Freddie, and all who took part,” said headmaster Tom Bunbury. “The event was certainly enjoyed by all and proved beyond doubt that Papplewick really does have Talent.”
A petition has been launched to ask The Crown Estate to permit access for a cycle route through their land, to create a Greenway Leisure route from Crowthorne through to Windsor via Ascot.
As the biggest landowners in the area, the petition urges the Crown Estate to provide a safe cycle route through their land, for families and children wishing to cycle from Windsor Castle to Ascot, Bracknell (The Lookout) and Crowthorne (Windsor ABC).
The petitioners feel this is important as there is currently no safe link for leisure cyclists who would like to travel between the towns of Windsor, Ascot, Bracknell and Crowthorne. It is also also quite difficult to get from Windsor to Ascot via public transport.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway would provide safe routes for new cyclists to use in the local area. It would encourage families and leisure cyclists to get outside and enjoy their community.
In addition school students need safer cycle routes to and from school. Schools adjacent to Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway could reduce traffic congestion by incorporating the Greenway into their school cycle routes.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway will enhance cycle safety, reduce local congestion, protect local biodiversity and support local businesses. To sign CLICK ON THE PETITION.
Please click on the photo to to enlarge Coworth Flexlands School is very pleased to announce the new violin peripatetic appointment of Maestro Luigi Suvini, (Violin Performing & Composition Diploma, Milan; PG RCM & GSMD; Diploma, British Suzuki Institute). Maestro Suvini teaches the violin using the Suzuki Method. Created by Japanese violinist , Dr Shin’ichi Suzuki, the method is based on the notion that all children can learn to play a musical instrument the same way they learn to speak their native language. Hence, it is known as the ‘Mother Tongue’ method.
Dr.Suzuki believed children learned their mother tongue through ongoing listening, copying, trying and repeating. The same principles are applied to learning the violin: the children listen to CDs of the Suzuki repertoire, and repetition forms a key element in the learning process. Parents are encouraged to attend the occasional lesson so they can support, enthuse and reinforce the lesson techniques whilst also sharing and celebrating the success and enjoyment of their child as he or she learns. Many famous violinists started on the Suzuki method, including Nicola Benedetti, Hilary Hahn, Julia Fischer, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell and Arabella Steinbacher, to name but a few!
Claire Glover, Head of Music and Performing Arts, enthuses : “The Suzuki Method is a new approach at Coworth Flexlands School. We are very excited to have Maestro Suvini, and I believe our budding violinists will love his passion, gentleness and dedication
to nurturing the best from them.”
New ‘Kickback’ Book Parcels for Youngsters in Care
Young people from the Royal Borough who are in care will soon receive specially tailored book parcels thanks to a new initiative devised by people who used to be in the care system.
The Kickback Gives Back scheme launched on Tuesday 23 June and replaces the Letterbox books for children in care scheme that ran for 11-19 year olds.
The new scheme will see book parcels sent to children in care that take into account an individuals’ interests and reading age instead of the child receiving a standard parcel of books for their sex and age. The book parcels are addressed to the child personally. This new scheme will now provide books from birth-19 years.
This idea came from Kickback, the children in care council for the Royal Borough, and the Positive Activities for Children in Care Group.
Click on the photo to enlarge it Evie is 13 years old girl (left in the picture), living in Ascot, attending the Marist School in Sunninghill. Last year she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis of the spine. She urgently needs a specialist operation that can only be performed in America and the operation will cost over £150,000.
Evie's friends have launched a campaign to raise as much money as they can, to pay for the operation. You can help by making a donation at www.gofundme.com/vwhjhs . An amazing £6,700 has been raised in the first week!.. And keep a look out for local, fundraising cake sales and other events! Watch this space !
ITV are making a forthcoming program specifically on aircraft noise to be broadcast next month...As part of this, they’re looking to construct a video montage of anti-social flights to feature in the program.
Specifically looking for low/noisy/disturbing early morning and late night flights. Ideally with a voiceover saying something like “I’m here in (town/village], its [XXYY] o’clock and here’s the [WWTT] flight to [KKLL destination] coming over…. etc.”
Click to enlarge photo The Quince Players of Sunninghill celebrated 70 years of Amateur Dramatics at the weekend with a lovely BBQ hosted by their current chairperson Mrs Allison Sharpe. More than 30 members were able to attend to raise a glass in honour of all those members past and present who have made the society such an ongoing success.
The Quince Players were founded on 19th June 1945 by Beryl Barber, Ken Higginson and Michael Westmacote and the minutes of that first meeting recorded how the players came up with their name which is now so synonamous with top quality amatuer theatre in the village. Mr Higginson reminded the meeting of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which a group of ordinary men perform a sketch, the prologue being spoken by Quince the Carpenter. He suggested that Quince’s words “our true intent is all for your delight” would be an an excellent motto for the society and that they should therefore be called the Quince Players.
The Quince Players home for seventy splendid years has been the Cordes Hall, Sunninghill. They regularly fill the 170 seat auditorium with audiences enjoying murder mysteries, comedies, thrillers and of course the annual pantomime each January.
Mrs Jane Mills is the longest standing member, she can recall attending the first meeting with her mother as a young girl and she continues to attend each production having been an active member of the society for seven decades. Jane was delighted to be able to attend the celebrations at the weekend and is pictured above in the centre of the front row behind one of our Junior members Miss Amelie Barker. Drama really is for everyone, young and old, and the Quince Players will go on delighting the audiences of Sunninghill and the surrounding areas for many years to come.
The Rotary Club of Ascot delivered another consignment of 100 Cuddly Toys to the Bracknell Ambulance Service this week, part sponsored by Waitrose at Sunningdale through their 'Community Matters' programme.
The Toys are placed on the ambulances in the Bracknell and Ascot area to be given to traumatised young children. This may be as a result of their being sick, injured or upset due to accident or an accident to one of their parents with the child in the ambulance. The staff give the toy to those children going through particularly difficult times.
The ambulance itself, the uniformed medical staff the possible presence of police can all lead to a very traumatic experience for a young child. The gift of a soft toys helps to redirect the child's attention away from the more serious nature of the event and help to calm the situation down. The general feedback is that the toys have been found to be very effective over the past few years that the project has been running.
The dogs, of four different designs, are dressed in 'T' shirts with the Rotary logo printed on the front and the Ambulance Service logo on the back.
Julia Kelsall of the South Central Ambulance Service says that she would like to thank the Rotary Club of Ascot for their support and their contribution to the SCAS which is much appreciated. Pictured: Julia Kelsall – Duty Officer at Bracknell Ambulance Station, Alan Rawlinson – Ascot Rotary Club President and Rotarian Tony Love , With medic Nick Carter at the wheel.
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| The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) have announced that work is now to begin on Charles Square. This week (June 2015) will see preparation work start to transform Charles Square into a new shopping street, as hoardings are put in place around the area.
As part of the work the Charles Square car park escalators, situated by The Grange Hotel, will be closed to the public from Monday, June 8, 2015.
Customers and visitors to The Grange Hotel will still be able to access the venue via the Staircase on the East side of Stanley walk.
Once the escalators have been closed off, visitors using Charles Square car park will be able to access the town via the ramp and the stairs to the rear of Barclays Bank.
Although the shops and amenities in Charles Square will be hoarded off, town centre visitors will still be able to use a safe walking route through the square, which will connect High Street and Stanley Walk/ Princess Square.
The new Charles Square area is due to open in Spring 2017 alongside the new shops, restaurants, cinema and car park in the northern retail area.
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Ahead of Royal Ascot, one of Britain’s most iconic summer racing events, Ascot Racecourse has this week unveiled its Royal Ascot Millinery Collective and Style Guide as a window display at Ticket Office East. The space showcases the 2015 Royal Ascot Style Guide which highlights how to dress appropriately for the Royal Meeting.
ROYAL ASCOT and millinery go hand-in-hand and to celebrate this synergy, the window features individual pieces from some of the UK’s most iconic and world renowned hat designers, including Stephen Jones, William Chambers, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Piers Atkinson and Noel Stewart to name but a few. Displayed on a number of plinths in different heights and shapes, are some of this year’s most unique and stunning headwear pieces.
The unveiling of the window display consisted of a fashion photo shoot with four Dress Code assistants, dressed in Hobbs for the occasion, wearing hats by local milliner Ilda De Vico.
The Royal Borough has a number of Parking Consultations under way , which affect roads in Ascot and Sunninghill. For example see pdf of Bouldish Farm Road below. The Council is considering changes to parking in various locations, in response to requests from residents. See http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/parkingconsult.htm
LAST year more than 90 Samaritans volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch answered 20,781 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national suicide prevention charity. Overall, 21,007 volunteers responded to 5,331,295 calls for help in the UK and Republic of Ireland*.
The figures are being released to coincide with Volunteers’ Week, a national initiative that runs from 1-7 June 2015. Samaritans’ volunteers are ordinary people, who dedicate time every week to provide a safe space for anyone struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them.
Volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts are also involved in outreach work, for example giving talks, visiting schools, and supporting the neighbouring branch at Reading in running a Listener scheme with a local prison where they select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential, emotional support to other inmates.
Sally, director at the local branch of Samaritans, welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the difference their volunteers make in their local community.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it Papplewick School in Ascot held its annual informal Grandparents Day on Saturday 31st May. Boys, grannies and grandpas had the school to themselves for a morning before enjoying a special lunch together and an afternoon watching cricket.
On arrival, the grandparents were met by the boys and enjoyed a quick coffee before being whipped off by their grandsons for a brief tour of the school. The boys showed off some of their work, with Art, Music and Design and Technology projects on display in the school hall. Some grandparents even ventured off to the famous snake lab to be introduced to pet snakes and bearded dragons by members of the Herpetology Club.
The junior boys invited their grandparents to join them in lessons, in varying subjects from maths to history. The boys watched a slide show on the Second World War and boys and grandparents completed a quiz with questions including: ‘What was Operation Pied Piper’? Some grandparents acted as scribes and their grandsons told them the answers - or vice versa.
Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Any boy who did not have a grandparent present was ‘adopted’ by someone as there were plenty of grandparents to go around. It was a wonderful family occasion for all concerned.”
FOUR WEEKS TO GO TO ROYAL ASCOT 2015 !
- Race track grass cut to four inches and 3 miles of bunting ready to be erected
- 2,900 Lobster on order and 51,000 bottle of champagne to be chilled
- 5.5 million likes, posts and check ins expected on Ascot’s Facebook page
Ascot, Berkshire, 19th May 2015 - The countdown to one of the most iconic summer highlights of the British sporting and social calendar has begun. Four weeks today Ascot Racecourse will open its gates for five days of world class racing, pageantry, high fashion and Fine Dining from Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th June 2015.
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Year 6 girls at Coworth Flexlands School have, this term, taken advantage of the focus on politics in the media generated by the recent election. Earlier in the term their PSHE ‘Decades Project’ looked at the politicians and their policies that have led and shaped our country in recent decades. A visit to The Houses of Parliament on Friday 15th May was a highlight all had been looking forward to. The visit more than fulfilled their expectations, and brought the world of politics to life.
- Hospice Volunteers Recognised as Part of National Celebrations
- Papplewick School | Rugby Star Returns to Alma Mater
- Ascot's Old Oak Floral Designers | Chelsea Success
- Council Object to Station Car Park Crossover Plans
- Ascot Charity Dinner Dance Raises 9K for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre
- Papplewick School | Pupils Score Another Scholarship Triumph
- Volunteers Needed for Green Meadows PPG
- Quince Players | Yes Prime Minister | Mayor's Visit
- Christine Gadd Retires from Sunningdale Parish Council Chairman
- Sunningdale Parish Council | Looking to the Future
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