New recycling scheme for Royal Borough residents & exciting changes to the Greenredeem scheme

The Royal Borough will be launching a new recycling scheme, WAM Gets Recycling, as the Greenredeem scheme which rewards residents for recycling more and wasting less comes to an end on 31st January. 

The first recycling incentive scheme of its kind, has been rewarding residents across the borough for recycling for the last ten years.

The Greenredeem scheme will continue with a new partner, and members should expect an announcement at Easter. All points earned by members in the scheme so far will be protected as per the Greenredeem membership agreement. 

Read more: New Recycling Scheme for Royal Borough Residents

Papplewick  School, Ascot  Visit: 


Geography just would not be the same without field trips in the cold and rain - and Papplewick   year 8 students travelled down to Swanage in Dorset on their first day back to school after the Christmas break to carry out a field work study required for their Common Entrance projects.  This was based on the processes that occur in rivers from source to mouth and they visited the stunning coastline to look at the process and features such as Durdle Door and the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and the River Corfe. The project accounts for 20% of their final Geography exam mark.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said  " The boys take great pride whilst working in groups and collecting their data, and I hope that the projects undertaken reflect their enjoyment and enthusiasm."

Open Morning | February 1st 2020


Pictured:  Rotary Club of Ascot President Godfrey Skinner  Presents a cheque for £3700 to Gordon Parris(centre)  the founder of the charity, Children with Special Needs Foundation

 From the success and proceeds of the Rotary Club of Ascot  Golf Day held in the Autumn 2019, a presentation has been recently, of a cheque for £3700, to Gordon Parris(centre)-  the founder of the charity, Children with Special Needs Foundation, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020 . The cheque was presented by  Club President, Godfrey Skinner and Golf Day organiser Colin Corio.
A huge thank you to all who took part in the day either playing, marshalling or for the donations of prizes for the post dinner raffle .  A brilliant event.
Make a date and see you 1st September 2020 for another great day and four ball competition !   


Pictured Above | The Quince Players Sleeping Beauty (Click to see Panto Details)

Pictured Above : Best Fancy Dress Winners | 'Cowes to Cowes' by the Hope Trust

The annual Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot was held on New Years Day 2020.

This is a cracking way to start the New Year with plenty of laughter and fun whilst raising money for  worth causes and the Race was blessed with perfect dry weather ensuring and welcoming an excellent spectator turn out to shout on the teams.


Pictured Above: Ghosts and Ghouls from the members of the Sunninghill Currie Club

The race for teams, of at least four members pushing  their  barrows, takes a circular route through the lanes of Sunninghill Village with four compulsory drink station stops at the  The Duke, Truss Hill Road, The Dog & Partridge and the The Carpenters Arms. The start is at St Michael's school where, before the race David Jones and his Jazz Band belted out classic tunes to entertain the waiting teams and spectators, along with St Michael's PTA who organised  a coffee and breakfast bar. The Bacon smelled  gorgeous and the coffee gratefully drunk.

The roads closed at 11.45 and the race commenced at  noon.

Pictured Above | The Fastest (Mixed) Team | Maya ( 9 minutes 39 seconds) 


Pictured Above : Preserve and Conserve promoting environment awareness

Read more: 2020 New Year Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race

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Pictured Above  & Below:: Best Fancy Dress Winners | 'Cowes to Cowes' by the Hope Trust

The Hope Trust's entry in the Sunninghill New Year Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race 2020, was designed to promote a Sponsored Walk, to be undertaken by the Trust in August this year. Training walks have commenced and, already, 20 participants have signed up to walk from Cowes to Cowes – hence the New Year costumes!

The ferry 'barrow' was designed to replicate a Red Funnel Ferry, which will transport the walkers from Southampton To Cowes; The chief executive of Red Funnel Ferries has very kindly offered to sponsor the Hope  Trust ; hence the superb model of the 'Cowes Castle' ferry, complete with roll-on-roll-off lorries, which cruised to victory in the Wheelbarrow Race 'Best Fancy Dress'  and 'Most Sponsorship Raised' competition. The 'cows' will be staying at The Garlic Farm, near Sandown on the Isle of Wight, which has lots of accommodation, including Yurts!!

There will be a dedicated sponsorship page set up in due course (watch this space!) but, meanwhile, to find out more about The Sunningdale The Hope Trust , donations and further information can be found at

There is also a great selection of further photos on the Hope Trust Facebook page  

Read more: Sunningdale's Hope Trust | Cowes to Cowes Sponsored Walk

New social thanking platform recognising unsung heroes in the public sector launches in Ascot

Can you thank the unsung heroes in your community?

TAP (Thank and Praise), a unique social thanking platform on WhatsApp, enables parents and patients to thank and reward those working in healthcare/NHS and education.

TAP was borne out of sheer frustration. Founders, Phillip and Sandie Curtis, have received outstanding service from the NHS and education authorities for their special needs son, but have always found it difficult to relay their appreciation to the right individuals.

“Our culture often seems driven to look for the worst, to highlight what is wrong, instead of giving thanks and praise for the good that can be found in so many, especially in unsung heroes in education and healthcare”, said Sandie Curtis, Founder and CEO of TAP.

They are not the only people who think this.  Earlier this year, TAP conducted research with over 200 people to understand the social attitude to thanking and some strong trends emerged:

  • 70% of people who identify as being “thankers” do not get the opportunity to say thanks.
  • 86% like the idea of thanking people in the public sector.

Read more: Thank and Praise (TAP) | Rewarding Good Public Service in Education & Healthcare