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Ashford and St Peter’s hospital goes ‘Inner Space’ to diagnose patients with small bowel conditions! | Recently, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals   launched a new procedure called Capsule Endoscopy. This uses state of the art technology going ‘inner space’ to diagnose abnormalities in the small bowel, where traditional endoscopes and colonoscopes cannot reach.

This amazing new device involves the patient swallowing a pill sized camera, which then travels through the stomach and intestine taking many images of the bowel. Being very clever it can adjust how fast it is clicking and taking pictures by identifying how fast or slow it is moving through the bowel. These images are transmitted via Bluetooth to a device worn by the patient on a belt. They are then downloaded onto a computer and subsequently reviewed by a Gastroenterologist.

Patients who have undergone the procedure have commented, “Had no problem with it [the procedure] whatsoever”, “very easy process”, “absolutely no discomfort”, brilliant”.

Read more: St Peter’s Hospital Goes ‘Inner Space’ to Diagnose Small Bowel Conditions!

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CELEBRATING GOOD DESIGN IN OUR AREA |The Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs (SPAE) has launched an annual Award – called the Good Design Award - to promote, encourage, and celebrate excellence in building design in our area. A wide variety of buildings will be eligible from new- builds to conversions or extensions, private dwellings or commercial, industrial or farm buildings, as long as they have been built within the area that SPAE covers – Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Winkfield - the AscotMatters area also!

The Award scheme is to achieve some very worthwhile aims:

  • Recognising buildings which respect and enhance the special character of the area;
  • Generating better understanding of Neighbourhood Plan policies and the important role they play.
Read more: SPAE Good Design Award Launched | Architect Judges Named

   

 

This term, with senior school exams behind them, Year 6 are engrossed in their extended project on Museum Conservation. They were privileged to have Mrs Hazel Neill, a free-lance specialist  painting conservator and restorer of fine art who has worked with Christie's and many other prestigious organisations. Mrs.Neill kindly came into school to do a three hour workshop explaining her job, including a demonstration of the samples of pigments and tools she uses. The girls learnt about agents of deterioration, investigated the difference in house and museum dust and then were able to experience restoration in a circuit of activities.  

Grace, a Year 6 pupil, delighted “We learnt so much and did lots of activities. We made puffs to fill a jacket. The reason puffs are important is to make sure the jacket had no creases and preserves and displays better.”

Zara enjoyed inspecting hair under a microscope - “ugh!”

The class all had a go at restoring an old painting. Susie explains “We  tried to scrape all the dust off the back of a piece of canvas using a specially designed brush, vacuum and smoke sponge – you had to be so gentle and soft with your actions. We got to wear bright blue gloves to protect ourselves and ensure we did not mark the painting.”

Lauren was intrigued with her activity – “we had to make a cleaner with a wooden dowl and cotton wool, then clean an extremely dusty toy carriage. I had not realised how intense the work is and the attention to detail required in protecting museum pieces ”

We thank Mrs. Neill hugely for her time and enthusiasm, answering so many questions and inspiring the girls to think of this as a future career

Read more: Coworth Flexlands School | Budding Conservators

Sunninghill Data Analysis

Overall summary

  • Aircraft on the easterly departure route (CPT) are flying higher, while aircraft on the westerly departure route (MID) are flying lower.
  • The number of departing aircraft through the gate on easterly operations has remained broadly similar over the years, although there’s been a slight decrease in more recent years.
  • The number of departing aircraft through the gate on westerly operations has reduced since 2005.
  • There are now more A380s operating on the MID route than in 2013 (approx. 1% of all departures).
  • Flight structures have returned to how they were before the trials.

 

Read more: Heathrow Community Noise Forum | Conclusions on Consultants' Report

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A public consultation exercise is underway on the future of Shorts Yard off St George’s Lane, Ascot. Members of the team from Shorts Yard are on hand to discuss alternatives for the site and answer any questions you may have.

The very helpful exhibition - which shows a suggested development of around 65 houses on the Green Belt site,  is in the large foyer at St George’s School on St George’s Lane at 10am until 2pm on Saturday 21st May. Your  suggestions and feedback on the future of the site, which has operated for many years as a successful waste management business,  will be very welcome.
Alternatively, if you cannot attend or wish to discuss matters separately, members of the public can contact Patrick Clark on 07860 921 065 or by email at patrick.clark@tfa-ltd.co.uk.

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Two Year 11 students at Charters School   have been awarded places to study at The Junior Royal College of Music next year.  

They will attend each Saturday, allowing them to work with the most inspirational teachers and the country’s best young musicians. 

Mr Mike McKenna, Head of Music at Charters said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for these two talented musicians. They will get some excellent tuition and invaluable experiences working with other musicians. We can’t wait to see how much they progress once they start their studies.” 

Although places are extremely limited and despite facing huge competition, Hani impressed the interviewers so much that they offered him a place there and then.

Hani said, “It really is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to start.” 

The Development Team at Charters, which looks for new steams of revenue and sponsorship at the school, recently arranged the donation of three Timpani drums from Richmond College. After practicing on these new instruments before his interview, Isaac gained the only available percussion place at the JRCM. Isaac said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that I am going to enjoy. The JRMC has some of the best facilities in Europe.”

 

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On Saturday, 14th May, fathers and sons from Years 4 and 5 at Papplewick School in Ascot all met up in the grounds of the school for the annual Fathers and Sons Campout.

After putting up their tents in the afternoon, they had a fathers and sons football match followed by a barbecue and games into the evening, when they all sat round the campfire and sang songs.

“This is a hugely popular event for dads and their sons every year, and while most braved the freezing overnight temperatures stoically, two nameless dads went for the luxury option by bringing in a camper van to sleep in!” said Tom Bunbury, Headmaster.

Read more: Fathers and Sons Campout at Papplewick

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RE-OPENING OF HIGH STREET POST OFFICE, ASCOT, IN MALONEY'S BUDGENS !

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The Post Office will return to Ascot High Street, located in  the Ascot's Maloney's Budgens, 3 Hermitage Parade, SL5 7HD at 1pm, May 13th . 

Owner Vince Maloney said: "We hope that all of our regular and new customers will enjoy the convenience of the use of Post Office facilities whilst popping in for lunch or shopping for your regular fresh foods & groceries.

As always we are committed to the best possible customer service and for this reason we will be open for restricted hours during the first week. You can see more details on our facebook page   

 

Read more: New Post Office Open in Maloneys Budgens | Ascot High Street |

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Sunningdale Parish Council Annual Parish meeting on May 12th - an angry and unruly affair,  focussed on protection of the character of  Sunningdale village (see ARTICLE ) and viability of shops  - felt to be under threat from proposed junction 'improvement' works associated with the huge housing development at Longcross, which could get under way soon.

The developers - Crest Nicholson, have applied for permission not to comply with a planning condition linked to their housing development, which requires them to devise a scheme to mitigate the inevitable extra traffic on the Sunningdale A 30 junctions. Nothing would please the developers more than to abandon expensive roadworks but, as things, stand, they are obliged to propose some junction improvements in Sunningdale.  If RBWM agree to their current application to drop the condition, and Runnymede Borough Council grant permission, Ben Smith of RBWM Highways, told the meeting that there would then be no money from the developers to improve our highways - should the need arise.

Read more: Save Our Sunningdale Meeting | Red Light for Traffic Lights!

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Erin (holding the 30 tickets) , Lauren (Holding her winning design) and Louis  (holding his design which came in the top 20)

Lauren Smith, who is a Year 8 student at Charters School  in Sunningdale, has won a prestigious art competition. Over 700 students from schools across the country entered the competition, run by Booked Magazine, to design a rugby ball. A Premiership Rugby representative picked the winning ball design and Lauren won 30 tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham Stadium. Gilbert are also applying the winning design to a rugby ball, which will be delivered to her door!

Lauren said, “I can’t believe I have won and I’m really excited about going to Twickenham to see the rugby.”

Miss Cat Bowie, an Art Teacher at Charters said, ““We never dreamed one of our students would win the national competition. It really is an incredible achievement for Lauren and the standard of artwork produced by all of our students was inspirational. We were also thrilled to have another 4 Charters students selected to be on the top twenty shortlist, which, from over 700 national entries, is simply astounding.”

 

 

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals  named as a Top Hospital for 2016 | 

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2016, an accolade awarded to the 40 top performing Trusts (as measured by CHKS), for the fourth time in a row.

The Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of over 20 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

The Trust’s Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am so proud of colleagues across the Trust who all work so hard together to make this happen.  This shows the amazing commitment of our staff to win this award four years in a row!”

 The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on 10th May and were attended by over 200 guests including leaders from across the healthcare sector including: NHS England, health care sector regulators, and acute Trusts.

Read more: St.Peter's Rated a Top Hospital 2016

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A party from Ascot Day Centre  went in the 2 new mini buses to the Queens 90th  spectacular Birthday Celebrations, in Windsor, on May 15th. The tickets and hospitality were courtesy of Waitrose, who make very regular and generous doantions to the Ascot Day Centre

Every one enjoyed the spectacular evening’s entertainment not to mention the champagne and cakes before the show - pictured.

The group was right in the firing line for the King’s Troupe gun salute and everyone jumped when the guns went off and filled the seating area with smoke and cordite!

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On Friday 6th May, employees from Eli Lilly presented a workshop about the role of maths in medical research to  Charters School’s most able maths students in Year 10.

Claire Brittain, who attended Charters School in the nineties and is now a Medical Statistician at Eli Lilly, was one of the presenters of the workshop and said, “The students were really engaged. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was at school and it is really enjoyable to visit schools to explain how vital maths is in our industry.”

Lauren Paul, who attended the workshop said, “It was really interesting to see how maths plays a part in finding cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It’s certainly a future career I would like to think about.”

Kate Hill, Director of STEM at Charters said, “This workshop was another excellent opportunity for our students to learn about STEM careers in mathematics. This is the second group of students to attend the workshop and they were, like the group before them, engaged and interested, demonstrating a thirst for knowledge and tackling some complex A level mathematics with maturity.”

 

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Pictured: Pam O’Brien (Head at Holy Trinity), LTA President Cathie Sabin, Simon Grassi & Martyn Parker Co-Headteacher at Charters.

 Charters School   in Sunningdale has won the Education Award at the East Region Aegon British Tennis Awards. Berkshire LTA Chairman Lesley Cundy and LTA President Cathie Sabin presented Simon Grassi, Head of Charters Tennis, with the award on Monday 23rd May at Holy Trinity School in Sunnindale.

Lesley Cundy said, “There were some excellent nominations for this award across the East Region; including Universities and Colleges. As a school, Charters has been an outstanding advocate of tennis in Berkshire and offers a very comprehensive programme to all its students. Simon Grassi, with the support of the school and his colleagues, has developed a very successful structure that enables tennis to feature within the curriculum, whilst recognising the need to provide opportunities for its students to acquire leadership skills and interact with the local community.” 

Read more: Tennis Excellence Recognised at Charters School

Following several petitions and a 'large number of complaints'  from residents and businesses in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, the Royal Borough is 'delaying the changes for at least a year'

Click  on http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/sunningscarparks/ to see the petition against levying more charges (scrapping 2 free hours) for the car park on Queen's Road in Sunninghill and also changes at the A 30 Sunningdale Shoppers Car Park.

There was fury and disbelief amongst traders and shoppers in Sunninghill village, over the scrapping of the two free hours in the Queens Road Car Park (pictured below) from April 4th.

As shown in the photo, the new parking tariff would have meant that parkers would have had to pay(50p with an RBWM Advantage Card) instead. Beyond the two hours, charges would remain the same .

Read more: Victory Over Ascot, Sunninghill & Sunningdale Car Park Charges

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Following several petitions and a 'large number of complaints'  from residents and businesses in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, the Royal Borough is 'delaying the changes for at least a year'

A petition was launched to protest against car park charges in the RBWM Ascot High Street car park, which is used by employees of High Street businesses. To see the petition, go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reverse-the-decision-to-implement-parking-charges 

A similar petition was launched, and is still live, for the Sunninghill , Queen's Road car park ; see http://www.ascotmatters.co.uk/community/11524-petition-to-scrap-sunninghill-sunningdale-car-park-charges 

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 Charters School , Year 11's Celebrate Their Time at School  Year 11 students at Charters School in Sunningdale celebrated their five years at the school with a Final Assembly on Monday 9 May. Students and their parents joined members of staff to remember the milestones and achievements that have made life at Charters so enjoyable.

The school Function Band entertained the audience with a rendition of “I Feel Good”, and the atmosphere was one of celebration as students received awards. Esher Misra sang a medley of songs, accompanied by Hani Elias on guitar before the Co-Headteachers congratulated the cohort on their unity and respect for one another, two key elements in the Charters motto.

Read more: Charters Year 11s Celebrate Five Years at School

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 Charters School  is delighted to report that Charters was the number 1 centre (valued added) of all centres that taught A Level English Literature in 2015 according to a study by Oxford Analytic Research.

Mr James Valente, Curriculum Leader for English at Charters said, “The English faculty at Charters has long been a strong performer both locally and nationally. Being recognised in this way by an independent body is truly inspiring and it shows what a fantastic team of teachers we have working here at Charters.”

The Science and Maths Faculty also performed exceptionally well with both Biology and Further Maths being placed at number 22 in the study.

 

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Although  Charters School in Sunningdale is regarded as a beacon of academic excellence in the local area, there is much more to the school than just reading, writing and arithmetic! 

In the last week alone, students have visited the Theatre Royal in Windsor to see a production of Twelfth Night, the Under 16 girl’s football team has played in the final of the Berkshire Schools County Cup and the Music Department has sung at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Celebration of Music in Berkshire. Waddleton, the new school mascot, has joined the students at all of these events and his adventures can be followed on the school’s Twitter page @ChartersSchool

Read more: New School Mascot for Charters

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The Immortals, the story of Leicester City's sensational Premier League season.

Written by legendary sports writer Harry Harris  , (sponsored by Walshy’s Sports Pad and  Green Brothers Removals of Windsor ) the £9.99 paperback is already a No 1 bestseller, even though it's not due for release for another two weeks (but you can pre-order now !

Read more: Local Sports Author Scores No 1 Bestseller with Leicester City Book | The Immortals

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Community Warden, Steve Saunders (Community Protection & Enforcement, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), Ascot, Sunninghill & Sunningdale reports that there was a fantastic community clean up, at the end of April, along the St George’s Lane Byway. Steve and his colleague, Clive Dent, were joined by 3 local residents and Liz Yates from the Parish Council (pictured) . In total 16 bags of rubbish were cleared from the area as well as 3 more that had been cleared by the residents on another footpath the day before.

 

 

 

 

 

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On Friday 22nd April, The Band of The Household Cavalry ensured that the inaugural St. George’s Day Ball at Charters School  in Sunningdale was a night to remember.

After a champagne reception, the 160 guests were called to dinner by the Cavalry’s trumpeters before the evening began in earnest with a game entitled, “To be or not to be” in recognition of Shakespeare’s birthday.

Before the three course meal, Grace was sung beautifully by Charters’ Choir. During the meal, four of the best junior ballroom dancers in the country entertained the crowd, before the singer Riva took to the stage.

The live auction raised £4,000 for the school with the much sought prize of a day with The Household Cavalry secured by two generous guest for £1000 each.

Read more: Charters School | St.George's Day Ball | A Night to Remember

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A drop-in exhibition was held at the Racecourse on April 28 and 29. The Plans, which are at the initial consultation stage, with some input from the Neighbourhood Forum and the public, feature a new, 48- bed hospital with 6 theatres- for planned operations like hip replacements- and a private unit, 240 houses (flats fronting the Heatherwood roundabout - gradually reducing in density with family and affordable housing towards the middle of the site where the hospital sits). Also shown is an administrative block-  housing Frimley Health office staff from the Frimley site, plus the three Ascot GP surgeries merged in a health centre with diagnostic facilities (to boost the concept of multi-procedure appointments), as well as a woodland walk linking the Heatherwood roundabout to Ascot Station. The Bronze Age barrow is protected.  The main entrance is off King's Ride. 

Public reaction varied from surprise that denser housing isn't being proposed, to concern at the amount of traffic generated by this level of development. There appeared to be no mention of land set aside for ex-servicemen's housing - an idea championed by Cllr Lynda Yong, given Heatherwood's WWI origins. 

 

Mrs June Martin MBE, D.Pharm. and lifetime President of the Ascot District Day Centre in Sunninghill, who has done a vast amount of work to support the Ascot area elderly, celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at the Ascot Day Centre Saturday Plus session on Saturday April 30th, 2016 - one of her favourite achievements.

June, who has a deep and compassionate understanding of a carer's responsibilities, set up Saturday Plus to offer respite care- an outing for the frail and a break for their carers, at the weekend.  The concept has been enormously popular and enduring.

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June only retired as Chairman of the Ascot District Day Centre Trust, after 14 years in the post, at her 80th birthday, but took on the role of lifelong President.

She continues to play an active role in this particularly important initiative - Saturday Day Care Plus, at the Day Centre. Even now, although of more advanced in years than many of the regulars at the Day Centre, she is still to be found in the thick of the Annual Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race, on New Year's Day, come rain or shine (and there’s a lot of rain!).

She was part of the founding team, back in the 1970’s. She explains: “It was local GP, Dr Chandler’s dream when he retired. I was a pharmacist with some experience of day centres and he called a group of people together, held meetings over three years and started a lunch club, to demonstrate the need for one,” she says, “It was a huge success, with local people meeting each other for the first time since they were at school.”

Read more: June Martin MBE Celebrates 90th Birthday at Saturday Care Plus

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