Click on the photo to enlarge it 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.
Charters School is delighted that Martha Collison, one of our Year 12 students has been selected as one of the contestants in this year’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. Despite the competition to be selected we are not surprised that the producers were impressed with Martha as she is an exceptional young woman and a model student. She has recently been chosen to be one of our Head Girls.
LOCAL RESIDENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR COMPLIMENTARY RED BULL AIR RACE TICKETS |New ground will be broken at Ascot on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August when the racecourse will stage leg five of the popular Red Bull Air Race World Championship for the first time.
Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb lie second and third in the table behind Austria’s Hannes Arch following the most recent stage in Poland at the weekend and Ascot Racecourse is making complimentary tickets available to residents in the immediate vicinity of the flight path to cheer for our pilots back on home turf.
Saturday 16th is qualifying day for the pilots and Sunday 17th is race day and a pair of tickets for either day is available to residents in certain roads closest to the venue.
Residents are asked to check www.ascot.co.uk/red-bull-residents for a full list of qualifying roads and how to apply.
Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot, said: “Following on from York Racecourse hosting Le Grand Depart for stage two of the Tour De France with some 25,000 people on site, we are delighted to be playing our part in showcasing our county and the village of Ascot to a global audience outside the usual confines of the horse racing audience.
“This is very special for Berkshire’s profile and economy and we hope that people living in the area will join us for something completely different. In fact it’ll be a different experience for regular Air Race visitors too as for the first time, the hangars will be on the race site and visitors will be able to see the planes and pilots preparing close up.
“We are appreciative that some people living in the immediate vicinity may be inconvenienced in some way by the Air Race although the largest crowd of about 25,000, on the Sunday, won’t be as big as we would get for the King George or Shergar Cup. However, for safety reasons there will be road closures during flying hours and some noise is unavoidable for obvious reasons.”
Due to the requirement for a sterile flying area over the racecourse and golf course, the Winkfield Road from A322 to A329 will be closed between the Windsor Road (peanut roundabout) and New Mile Road junction. All Winkfield Road residents will still be able to exit Ascot via the High Street.
New Mile Road will be closed heading towards the Winkfield Road junction but residents will be able to exit via a diversion through Cheapside.
This will apply during the closed practice day (Friday 15th August) and event days as follows:
Friday 15th August: 10.00 to 15.30*
- Saturday 16th August: 11.00 to 18.00*
- Sunday 17th August 15.00 to 18.00*
*times are provisional and subject to minor alteration.
These road closures are for both vehicles and pedestrians and the Windsor Road will be become a no stopping area during the above hours. Access to the Heath and the golf course, which will be closed, will not be available during flying hours.
Full details of timings, additional entertainment and pricing for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship can be found at www.ascot.co.uk/redbullairracemeeting/red-bull-air-race
Click on the photo to enlarge it 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.
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.
Please click on the images to enlarge 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 Ceremony. Over 40 teams took part, including fundraisers from local community groups and businesses such as Kirk Rice
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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.
THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF WINDSOR & MAIDENHEAD COUNCIL | LOCAL SAFETY SCHEME – BROCKENHURST ROAD, SOUTH ASCOT.
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 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.
Charters School held its annual Young People’s Literary Festival and Summer Fair on Saturday 5 July. The event was a huge success with Charters students, staff, Charters Friends and parents working together to make this a truly memorable event.
The pupil stalls were fantastic ranging from: soak the teacher (Co-Headteachers Mr Richard Pilgrim and Mr Martyn Parker volunteered for this event and the students and co-heads had great fun), nail painting, racing toy pigs, to the rowing machine challenge with all stalls devised and set up by pupils to raise school funds. The fair was extremely well attended with mums, dads and visitors being entertained by a selection of musical items performed by a variety of students in the brand new bandstand. The Sunningdale 1st Scouts cooked an excellent selection of BBQ food, whilst the Charters Friends helped with the teas, coffees, cakes and also the PIMMs and Ale tent. The Charters Leisure Centre bouncy castle was a huge hit with the pupils.
Click on the posters to enlarge them The Spotlights Musical Theatre Group’s production, Orpheus in the Underworld, was nominated for the Joe Putnam Award for Best Musical of 2013 in the London Region of the NODA - National Operatic and Dramatic Association.
Members attended the London NODA conference in Potters Bar to collect the Nomination for the award for best musical production for its production of "Orpheus in the Underworld" which was staged at The Rose Theatre at St Marys Ascot last July.
Their NODA rep thought that the production was the best amateur musical theatre he'd seen in 2013 and praised Orpheus for its innovation and freshness. From the many 100’s of musical and operatic society productions in the London Region in 2013 Spotlights were in the top 16.
So this year’s production of Kiss Me Kate will raise the bar even higher...Spotlights is presenting the Tony award winning show, Kiss Me Kate at the Rose Theatre at St. Mary’s School, Ascot from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th July. Performances start at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Matinee Performance on the Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased through the booking office 01344 297347 or through the website www.spotlightsmtg.co.uk
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At Papplewick School in Ascot, boys have been honing their shooting skills as part of a summer activity offered to Year 6 and above.
Their training begins with an eight-week Youth Proficiency Course in air rifle shooting under the auspices of the National Small Bore Rifle Association. After this, they can compete on an individual and team basis in a variety of competitions: both inter-school and ‘Open Events’. All training takes place at Bisley Camp, the National Shooting Centre for Great Britain, and is provided by a qualified coach.
Boys in years 7 and 8 can also try clay pigeon shooting, which takes place at the Bisley Shooting Ground where groups of four or five boys are taught by qualified coaches.
Click on the photo to enlarge it ST FRANCIS PUPIL NAMED AMONG UK’S TOP GREEN AMBASSADORS IN CEREMONY AT HIGHGROVE| A St Francis Catholic Primary School pupil has been presented with a WWF Green Ambassador award at a ceremony at Highgrove, home of HRH Prince Charles, who is also WWF-UK President. Luca Parnham was highly commended at the WWF Green Ambassador of the Year 2014 awards.
The Green Ambassador scheme aims to inspire primary school children to become active in making their school greener by looking at issues such as reducing energy, food and waste and encouraging wildlife.
During his time at Highgrove, Luca and other nominated pupils helped The Royal Entomological Society mark National Insect Week by undertaking an insect survey at Highgrove. They joined scientists to explore the diversity of insect life that lives in The Prince of Wales’ garden.
Mrs Jane Gow, Head Teacher of St Francis said,”I nominated Luca for the Green Ambassador award in recognition of all the work he has done at St. Francis School to raise the profile of the WWF and ecological issues in general.
Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council is held another Parish Party at Victory Fields Recreation Ground, on the afternoon of Sunday July 6th 2014, in glorious sunshine. It was a lovely occasion featuring Groove Instint as the headline act, bouncy castles, Pimms by the Quince Players, burgers by the scouts, crepes by Treacle, children's suomo wrestling, football by Sunninghill Saints and skateboarding. Click on images to enlarge
CLICK HERE for Racecourse website Please click on the image to enlarge Ascot Racecourse in top ten in England and Wales in 2013 for Visitor Attraction
Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Exeter, Newmarket, Plumpton, Salisbury, Wincanton, Royal Windsor and York rated highest in England and Wales in 2013 (listed alphabetically)
The Racecourse Association (RCA) has today announced Ascot Racecourse in the top ten racecourses in England and Wales for visitor attraction, as assessed by VisitEngland.
Entering its fifth year, VisitEngland’s Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme continues to offer a guarantee for customers of the quality of the visitor attraction on racecourses in England and Wales through their independent assessment.
Racecourses are assessed over a number of criteria, including the efficiency and friendliness of their customer service and the availability and cleanliness of facilities. 2013 saw VisitEngland including Owners’ and Trainers facilities in their assessments for the first time, which is reflected in each racecourses overall score.
Click on the photo to enlarge YOUR BOOK EXCHANGE The adopted red telephone box in the Chobham Road is now a community book exchange, for all to use by exchanging books, where all can share in this enterprise by a good turnover of books for all to enjoy. Tina in Bird is assisting the Parish Council by ‘keeping an eye’ as is Shirley McCaul a local resident. Come and use and enjoy this new community project.
Do contact Christine Gadd, Chairman of the Parish Council, if you should have any comments or suggestions. 01344 628477
Click on photo to enlarge it Wind in the Willows comes to LVS Ascot Junior School | The stage is set …. the lights dim - and the spotlight shines on a group of neon lit riverbank creatures as pupils and staff at LVS Ascot Junior school bring the children’s classic Wind in the Willows to life. The cast performed to parents, staff and members of the community in this showcase production in the school’s own professional Theatre.
The classic children’s story of Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger unfolds on stage with energy, enthusiasm and plenty of humour. Toad is resplendent in his pea green coat ‘poop pooping’ across the stage in his Go-cart car, and the menacing weasels, wearing biker jackets and chains, launched themselves into their professionally choreographed dance to Duran Duran’s Wild Boys.
The Charters School End of Year 11 Prom was a very glamorous and hugely successful evening.
Held Friday – 27th June – in the main school hall, the event was attended by 220 students and a large number of staff. A team of teachers and students worked hard from Thursday afternoon to transform the hall into a stunning venue for the end of year spectacular which included a casino, a photo booth, a candyfloss and popcorn stall and a performance stage.
Students arrived in bright sunshine in a magnificent array of transport including a fleet of taxi cabs, a double decker bus, a vintage coach, a pink Range Rover and an astonishing assortment of shiny vintage and luxury cars.
The BBC 2 Documentary, Modern Times, an observational film, will follow a handful of couples as they start up/launch/run their businesses over the next few months, documenting the challenges and triumphs experienced both as business partners and partners in life.
Programme- makers are looking for 2 more couples, who will be opening or already run a business together, who may be interested in taking part.
The main criteria is that the business must be in a state of flux, whether it is just starting, expanding, moving premises, branching out etc. The programme also hopes to get a real sense of what it takes within a partnership to make a relationship, both personal and in business, thrive. They want to capture all the funny, happy, sad, chaotic and triumphant moments, however small, experienced in everyday life and hope to create a warm, intelligent and humorous film about what it is like as a couple running a business in 2014.
Click on Advantage Card special offers which include offers for Ascot Racecourse and much more. Click on the image to enlarge
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Pictured: Alessandro Angelucci, Alex Hall, Sadie James, Rob Lee.
Masterclass for Papplewick’s Art Scholars | Year 7 Art Scholars from Papplewick School in Ascot enjoyed a masterclass last Monday, 23rd June, with artist Sadie James.
Sadie, a former Art teacher at Papplewick with an MA from Central St. Martins, now runs a gallery and works as an artist in Coral Bay in Australia. The boys worked on a large scale canvas, using mixed media, acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel and printing, combined to create some interesting artistic effects.
Your council tax – you decide | £9,760 awarded to projects as part of the neighbourhood budget scheme. The deadline for votes is 5pm on Monday 11 August.
Three local projects have been awarded a share of £9,760 as part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead ’s neighbourhood budget scheme – the popular initiative in which residents have a direct say in how their money is spent.
More than 2000 votes were cast for the following winning projects: £2,000 for Taplow-based Thames Valley Adventure Playground – with a further £1,800 in match-funding – to support its Short Breaks scheme.
- £1,960 for the King George VI Day Centre – to help keep their minibus on the road
- £2,000 for Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead – with an additional £2,000 of match-funding – for its family support work.
The latest round of voting is now open – giving residents the chance to choose, once again, which schemes they think should benefit from cash funding.
Cllr David Burbage, council leader and chairman of the cabinet participatory budget sub committee, said: “Congratulations to the latest winners of this ever-popular strand of the participatory budget scheme.
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The BEN Lynwood Vintage Car Rally & Fete was held on Saturday June 28th , at the Broomhall Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS. Despite thunder and lightning and very heavy showers, there was a magnificent line up of vintage vehicles and entertainment -including, climbing wall, bungee jumping, falconry displays, plant stalls and much more.
For more information about the event, contact the events team on 01344 294720 or email
- Royal Borough Local Plan | Next Stage
- Bracknell Regeneration Continues
- Health | Cash for Local Elderly & Disabled People
- Royal Ascot 2014 | Statistics
- Be First to See Advantage Card Offers - With the E- Newsletter
- St.Francis' & SAVS Pupils' World Cup Project
- Papplewick School | Summer Hog Roast 2014
- Papplewick School | Visit to RAF Hendon
- Charters School | Sixth Form | Battle of the Bands
- National PPG Awareness Week in the Sunnings
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