Year to begin with the Berkshire Community Foundation Clarence House Chase

Ascot Racecourse is proud to announce the launch of a three-year partnership with the Berkshire Community Foundation, starting with the running of the Berkshire Community Foundation Clarence House Chase this Saturday, January 21.

The partnership will see Ascot supplement its existing charitable efforts, which have been headlined recently by raising over £750,000 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund over the last two years, with a specific focus on children and young people in the Berkshire area.

The Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has been at the forefront of local charitable giving for the last 30 years and aims to strengthen communities, tackle disadvantage and transform lives by connecting people who care with the causes that matter in their local community.

BCF raise funds for, and make grants to, local charities and voluntary organisations addressing identified need across Berkshire. Their annual ‘Vital Signs’ research report highlights the key areas of need affecting Berkshire through extensive research and community engagement, which enables them to provide informed, strategic support to the areas that need it most.

They ensure that donations go to the heart of the community and are effective in bringing the greatest benefit to those most in need, making a lasting and sustainable difference to the local communities and providing a permanent and growing source of local charitable funding that will support community needs for years to come.

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Launches Partnership With Berkshire Community Foundation

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The Quince Players  held a charity Gala Opening Night for the 2017 panto - Jack & the Beanstalk(written by Ben Crocker and directed by Julie Voice and Sarah Matthews) on Thursday January 13th.

Chairman of the Cordes Hall Committee - Jane Richardson, thanked Chairman of the Quince Players - Andrew Darling for nominating the Cordes Hall improvements as their nominated charity (example pictured above). Work is already well under way and the Hall already boasts new lighting and stage front, as well as elegant toilets (pictured above). The Cordes Hall is a much loved local facility - home to the Quince Players, the monthly cinema for children and adults, the massive rug sale and many one offs and regular exercise classes. But it's over a hundred years old and in need of tlc.  The new facilities are already a huge improvement, securing its fututre as a major entertainment hub.

Mr. Darling thanked several further organisations for their generous donations - including the Doris Cowdray Trust and the Hope Trust.

After a very successful opening night, enjoyed by all, Mr. Darling praised the cast and crew for their triumph and three months' hard work. He reminded the audience to tell their friends to book a ticket. But don't delay; there are only 80 seats left for the whole two week run!

Read more: Panto Gala Night Raises Funds for Top Class Cordes Hall Refurb

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Quince Players | January 2017 - Jack & the Beanstalk Written by Ben Crocker Directed by Julie Voice and Sarah Matthews 12th - 21st January 2017  BOX OFFICE  OPEN

This year the QPs are supporting The Cordes Hall as their nominated charity.  The Cordes Hall Committee have devoted much time, effort and indeed funds in updating many areas of the hall which has been the home of the Quince Players for more than 70 years.  The QP’s are very happy to offer the Committee the chance to raise further funds for more improvements to the lovely old building.  The Quince Players have also financed the refurbishment of the front face of the stage and updated the sound and lighting system so that other stage users can benefit from the updated facilities.

 

Read more: Quince Players Jack and the Beanstalk | Second Week !

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Heatherwood Hospital : There is a hybrid planning application for the Heatherwood Hospital site, which involves the sacrifice of some Green Belt land.

The application includes:

1) Application for full planning permission for the development of a new Elective Care Hospital and associated Admin Hub with associated parking, vehicle access, highway works, plant and landscaping

2) Application for full planning permission for the change of use of existing building to provide GP Practice, Office, Data Centre and Staff Restaurant in association with the Elective Care Hospital

3) Application for outline planning permission (access and layout determined with all other matters reserved for future consideration) for demolition of existing hospital and redevelopment of up to 250 dwellings with associated vehicle access and highway works

4) Application for full planning permission for the change of use of existing woodland to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in association with the outline residential planning permission.

 

Read more: Heatherwood Hospital's Future | Planning Application | January 2017

 

Year 8 boys and three staff members from Papplewick School, AscotPapplewick School, Ascot, made their way to the south coast for the annual geography field trip to Dorset to collect primary data required for the students’ projects.

They endured driving rain on the journey but fortunately it held off during the data collection, though there was plenty of mud to make the slopes down to the river Corfe extremely slippery.

The boys collected data at two sites along the river with the aim of answering the hypothesis: ‘The river Corfe will experience the Bradshaw characteristics of a river from source to mouth’. The Bradshaw Model is a theoretical diagram showing the general characteristics a river should display from the start to the end.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “They couldn’t leave without the international boys experiencing the Great British tradition of fish and chips by the sea while trying to ward off the seagulls! Let’s hope the projects the boys produce are as wonderful as the trip.”

 

Read more: Papplewick Field Trippers make Light of Rain in Dorset

See all the teams set off, in the Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race Video

  

Pictured Above;  Red Barrow - Best  Fancy  Dress

The 211st annual race was held on MONDAY 2nd January 2017, (and NOT on New Year’s Day, as that was a Sunday) at 12 noon, starting and  finishing at the School Road car park behind St Michael’s School in the centre of Sunninghill.   

Organised by Rotary  Ascot, Twenty teams took part in glorious winter sunshine, raising a significant some of money for the Ascot Day Centre.  Organisers expressed gratitude to the plucky teams, as well as the sponsors - De Veres, Ascot Racecourse, Strutt and Parker and Maloneys Budgens in Ascot

  

Pictured  Above; Banana in a Barrow; The Fruity  Ladies

The coveted trophies for Fastest Times, (Men,  Mixed and Women ), Best Fancy Dress and Most Sponsorship Money Raised - latter to be announced, were awarded at a brief ceremony at the Carpenters, to The  Badly  Dressed   Men, The  Hikers - by the cubs. the  Scarlett  Ladies and The  Red  Barrow formation flying team. respectively.  winners also received certificates and wine.

  

Pictured Above;  Cindabella's  Coach  and Horses Stop for Refreshment at the Dukes Head

  

Pictured Above; Cruella de Sunninghill

Read more: Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race 2017 | A Glorious Community Occasion

Organised by Rotary Ascot, 19 teams took part in glorious winter sunshine, raising a significant some of money.  Organisers report that, with 19 teams participating, they should be able to donate another £7,000 to the Ascot & District Day Centre, with a little left for the Rotary Charities.

  

The 21st annual race was held on MONDAY 2nd January 2017, (and NOT on New Year’s Day, as that was a Sunday) at 12 noon, starting and  finishing at the School Road car park behind St Michael’s School in the centre of Sunninghill.   

Organised by Rotary Ascot, 19 teams took part in glorious winter sunshine, raising a significant some of money.  Organisers report that, with 19 teams participating, they should be able to donate another £7,000 to the Ascot & District Day Centre, with a little left for the Rotary Charities.

 They expressed gratitude to the plucky teams, as well as the sponsors - De Veres, Ascot Racecourse, Strutt and Parker and Maloneys Budgens in Ascot and The Carpenters/La Cloche .(The finest French restaurant and pub in England)

The coveted trophies for Fastest Times, (Men,  Mixed and Women ), Best Fancy Dress and Most Sponsorship Money Raised - latter to be announced, were awarded at a brief ceremony at the Carpenters, to The  Badly  Dressed   Men, The  Hikers - by the cubs. the  Scarlett  Ladies and The  Red  Barrow formation flying team. respectively.  winners also received certificates and wine.

  

Pictured Above;  The Cool Runners

Read more: Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race 2017

   

Restaurant Coworth Park – Tasting Menu Offer

Enjoy Chef Adam Smith’s seven course Tasting Menu for dinner on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for £70.00pp which is normally priced at £95.00pp. Available when pre-booked only, from Thursday 26th January until Thursday 13th April.

The Barn - Pie and Ale Offer

Order the Barn’s Signature Pie, which regularly changes according to Chef Adam Smith’s seasonal selection, and enjoy a complimentary local Ale on us. Available for lunch Monday – Friday and for dinner from Monday to Thursday, from Wednesday 3rd January until Thursday 13th April.

The Drawing Room – English Sparkling Wine Offer

Visit The Drawing Room for Afternoon Tea from Monday – Thursday, from Wednesday 3rd January until Thursday 13th April, and enjoy a glass of English sparkling wine with our compliments.

Afternoon Tea is now served daily from 12.30pm from Monday – Thursday.

 

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 One of Ascot’s most iconic pubs, The Royal Foresters on London Road, has been acquired by Oakman Inns.

The site attracted several bids from property companies who hoped to turn the site, which has been shut since April 2015, into a modern housing development. However, a £3.6 million bid from Oakman Inns secured the future of The Royal Foresters as a pub and the deal was completed on 30th December.

Oakman will be seeking to gain planning permission for a £3.5 million redevelopment that they would hope to start by late spring. They aim to restore the original Arts & Crafts architecture to the southern façade that has become an iconic landmark in Ascot. Conversely the intention is to remove some of the ugly modern extensions and construct more practical and attractive replacements. They also hope to increase the total amount of car parking places whilst retaining the same number of bedrooms and creating a pub of a similar scale to the existing footprint.

Peter Borg-Neal founded Oakman Inns in 2007 when he opened The Akeman in Tring which quickly won an award for outstanding design and conservation work, a development philosophy with which they have become synonymous. Oakman quickly established a new concept of the ‘modern public house’ and is now known for its successful and community-enhancing transformations of both historical and modern buildings into contemporary spaces that have a strong sense of identity and integration within the local areas they serve.

Read more: Oakman Inns Saves Historic Pub | Royal Foresters Inn Update !

Chairman of Rotary Ascot - Andrew Vallance presented trophies, certificates and prizes to the winning teams from the 2017 Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race, at the Carpenters pub/french restaurant in upper village road, sunninghill. 

Race organiser, David Mear,  also thanked the Race sponsors - De Veres, Ascot Racecourse, Strutt and Parker and Maloneys Budgens in Ascot. Organised by Rotary Ascot, 19 teams took part in glorious winter sunshine, raising a significant some of money.  Organisers report that, with 19 teams participating, they should be able to donate another £7,000 to the Ascot & District Day Centre, with a little left for the Rotary Charities.

  

Pictured Above;  Scarlet  Ladies ; Winners  of Fastest Women ; TIME= 10m 30s

  

Pictured Above;  Best Fancy Dress Winners; The  Red  Barrow.

Read more: Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race Winners 2017

  

Pictured: Headteacher, Mrs Gow Hands Over to Her Successor, Mrs Caroline Johnson

The pupils, teachers, parents and governors of St Francis Catholic Primary School gathered to give a great send off to their departing Headteacher, Jane Gow who has been appointed Vice Principal (Prep) of The Marist School.

Mrs Gow left the South Ascot school at the end of term, after seven years. “It was a lovely day” she said. “Although I am excited by the new challenge it was a wrench to leave St Francis and all the people there. I will have wonderful memories to take with me.”

Stephen Poulston chair of governors, said “Jane has driven improvements in all areas which led to our outstanding judgement at the last OFSTED inspection. Through her leadership we have also become a Teaching School, which together with other local and Diocesan collaborations, has contributed to school improvements not only at St Francis, but in the wider community of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Portsmouth Diocese.”

One of Mrs Gow’s last tasks was to hand over to her successor. The acting Headteacher will be Mrs Caroline Johnson.

Read more: Fond Farewell to St. Francis' R C School Headteacher

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Bracknell Forest Council is currently preparing a Comprehensive Local Plan (CLP) for the Borough up to the year 2036.  As part of the CLP the BF Council will need to include a strategy for the level and distribution of development, including housing and economic uses.  The study for Bracknell Forest is called the ‘Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment’ (SHELAA).

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

The purpose of the SHELAA is to identify sites and broad locations and assess their development potential along with their suitability for development and the likelihood and timing of development coming forward (availability, achievability and deliverability).  The SHELAA will provide an evidence base which will enable the identification of sites and locations suitable to inform development needs to be set out in the CLP.  The Council is currently consulting on a final draft methodology for how it has assessed sites, together with the results of the assessment of sites (which are available to view and download, below).

Inclusion of a site in the SHELAA does not mean it will be allocated for development, and does not mean the Council considers it is appropriate for development either now or in the future.  Allocating sites for development is done through the Local Plan process which will allocate the most appropriate sites to meet development needs.

However, there are three local sites in this Consultation, which could result in the building of 900 houses (or units) in the next 15 years - on top of the proposals for Heatherwood and Ascot High Street  - CURRENTLY 700 HOUSES. 

The three sites are;
 WINK 23 Lavender Park at 59 residential units

WINK 22 Whitmore Bog at 713 residential units and 60 residential institution units 

WINL 21 the Brackens at 112 residential units.

All comments on this have to be made by Monday 19th December. CLICK HERE

Read more: Winkfield Housing Sites Included in Bracknell Forest Consultation | Have Your Say!

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Pictured:  Boys from Papplewick School, Geography Field Trip 2016

On Monday 6th June, Year 7 boys at  Papplewick School , Ascot, accompanied by their teachers, set off early for a geography field trip with a difference.

After a tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the students looked at the sustainable development and environmentally sensitive planning of both the stadiums and the affordable housing, the afternoon was sports-focused.

The boys tried out the Olympic Velodrome, the mountain biking track and the BMX circuit, followed by a swim in the 50-metre Olympic Pool.

“It was incredible for the boys to be able to use these inspirational facilities,” said headmaster Tom Bunbury. “ They even got some dive training from Tom Daley on the high boards beside the pool. Hopefully now they’ve seen the Olympic Park for themselves, the boys can remember the case study for their exams!”

 

Read more: Papplewick School | Geography Field Trip With a Difference

 

Boys at Papplewick School, Ascot, put on a truly spectacular production of “The Lion King” from Thursday, 1st to Saturday, 3rd December. 

The matinee performance on Thursday was attended by day boys in the school and a party of 60 boys and staff from local schools, who were delighted with the show. On the Friday and Saturday nights the performers were given a standing ovation by an audience of teachers, current and future parents and extended family and friends.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Thank you so much to all involved in this wonderful production of The Lion King and especially to Mr. and Mrs. Malan and Mr. Grant, who produced the show.”

 

Read more: Papplewick School | Spectacular Production of The Lion King

PROPOSALS:  www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk      See PETITION objecting to release of Green Belt Land - http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/AscotCentreGB/ 

  

A petition against proposals to build 350 houses in the Green Belt on the south side of Ascot High Street and the open space (currently Car Park 6) on the north side of the High Street.

The petition calls on the Royal Borough to NOT release this land from the Green Belt in the new Borough Local Plan and to remove this site from their allocated sites for housing.

To read & sign the petition,  click on this linkpetitions.rbwm.gov.uk/AscotCentreGB/

It is the Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group’s view that, what is being currently proposed by the Ascot landowners consortium for the building of 350 new houses here ( see www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk  ), is totally unacceptable and NOT in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan. ( see  http://www.ascotandthesunningsnp.com/unacceptable-ascot-centre-proposals-your-views-urgently-needed-by-19-december-2016/ )

Go to the NPDG website : www.ascotandthesunningsNP.com

 

Talented girls at St George’s School, Ascot enjoyed an exciting start to the festive season as they played host to the great British tradition of pantomimes, performing the ancient story of Jack and the Beanstalk to children from a local primary school as well as family and friends.

Pupils from Whitegrove Primary School were invited to the matinee showing of Jack and the Beanstalk on Tuesday, 6 December, which was directed by St George’s Director in Residence, Rachel Johnson.  The ambitious production was the culmination of an intense four week rehearsal process resulting in a laugh-a-minute performance with upbeat songs and dances, a mind-blowing set and plenty of cow jokes to leave the audience in a good moo-d for the rest of the Christmas season!

Director in Residence, Miss Johnson commented “This cast has been an absolute pleasure to direct, owing to the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the entire year group.  For the majority of the cast, this was their first theatre production at St George's and I am hugely impressed by the incredible talent and confidence among such a young cast. It’s clear that the girls have been studying Pantomime in their drama lessons alongside rehearsals, as their comic timing and ‘over the top’ characterisations were nothing short of wonderful.”

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Read more: St. George's Girls Perform Jack & the Beanstalk

 

A team of students from Charters School in Sunningdale has overcome challenging market conditions to become the November winners of the Student Investor Challenge.

Run by The London Institute of Banking & Finance, the competition involves teams investing virtual money on the London Stock Exchange.

Cameron Ross, James Crooks, Megan Willson-Rymer and Yo Yo Chang, triumphed throughout November in the national competition, growing their virtual £100,000 portfolio by nearly £6,000. The team has secured an opening prize of £100 and now stands a good chance of making the semi-final stage, with the best eight performing teams then competing for a chance to win a trip to New York City.

The Student Investor Challenge is the largest competition of its kind for schools and colleges in the UK with more than 40,000 students taking part each year.

Yo Yo said, “The key to success is knowing what the markets are doing. This is a great experience and I am really enjoying it.”

 

 

 

On 6th December, Year 5 boys at Papplewick School, Ascot, took all the football boots donated by leavers and the pairs they have outgrown and cleaned them up. They wrote a Christmas note to children in Eastern Europe who are keen footballers but do not have the money to buy proper football boots.

In total the boys cleaned over 100 pairs, which will be flown out to various poor and deprived areas of Europe by the MT Foundation, a charity founded in 2013 by Marianna Tomasevic to give less privileged children the chance to play in proper football boots.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster at Papplewick, said: “Every year we have discarded boots from those who’ve left or outgrown their football boots. The boys were delighted to be able to clean them up and give them to a disadvantaged child at Christmas time.”

 

Read more: Papplewick Boys Clean Up Unwanted Football Boots for European Children

Residents and visitors could benefit from easier access to Sunninghill High Street as plans to widen the road go out for public consultation.

The council is proposing to expand a section of the road by 1.2m to allow two lanes to run the whole way down the High Street and reduce delays at peak times.

The pinch point at the junction of School Road is only currently wide enough for single file traffic. The majority of the existing parking provision will still be retained under the proposed changes.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “These proposals offer us a chance to improve access to Sunninghill for everyone.

“By reclaiming a small section of the footpath we can create enough space for two-way moving traffic, while retaining most of the parking spaces and a route for pedestrians to continue to access the High Street.”

Cllr Julian Sharpe, ward member for Sunninghill and South Ascot, said: “This is good news for Sunninghill High Street as it will help us to reduce some of the congestion in the village and make access to our local shops and services easier.”

The proposals also include a raised zebra crossing opposite the Novello Theatre. It is expected that if they are approved work could begin as early as March 2017.

A consultation on the plans will run until Monday 16 January. Anyone wanting to submit their views can email projects@rbwm.gov.uk or write to: Highways and Transport, Operations Directorate, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Town Hall,

Plans launched to widen Sunninghill High StreetSt. Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1RF.

 

This week the Technology Faculty at Charters School in Sunningdale delivery of a 3D printer which will revolutionise the way that students plan, design & create their final products. The printer is able to transform a computer-aided design into a three-dimensional object when successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. This process allows the students to test their designs at an early stage allowing them to make any adjustments they feel would improve their final design.

Recent changes to state school funding has resulted in the biggest real-terms cuts in a generation. Because of this, Charters School employs a Development Team to source alternative streams of revenue and the purchase of the 3D printer was only made possible because of the kind sponsorship of local company Luxuria Properties Ltd.

Their Director David Rudelhoff visited the school on Tuesday 13 December to meet some of the Sixth Form students who are currently benefitting from the new equipment.

Read more: Luxuria Property Sponsor 3D Printer for Charters School

Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters, say local police. 

The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.  
The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine. 
When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake. 
The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks. 

If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card. 
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

See www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk 

  

The team behind a development brief for the complete transformation of Ascot High Street, held an  'Open Day' on Thursday 1st December,  at Ascot Racecourse Pavilion. 

The Development Brief team is a consortium of landowners and promoters, including The Crown Estate, Ascot Racecourse,     Bloor Homes and Ascot Car Parks Ltd. It has picked up from the consultation originally undertaken by the The Princes Foundation in 2012/2013.

The purpose of the Open day was to update the public on proposals for the total regeneration of Ascot High Street, which is a key part of the very well-received Ascot and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Local Plan (Consultation starts today - CLICK HERE ).  

The team has been tasked with putting together a Development Brief, to establish the broad structure and development principles for the planning applications which they hope to submit next year.

The exhibition showed housing development on all of Car Park 6 - (corner of Winkfield Road/High St),  (including the current free RBWM car park ) Car Park 5A  and Car Park 5 (on the south side of Ascot High Street). (Although not part of this Development Brief, there are also proposals for 250 houses on Heatherwood Hospital and 65 houses on the Shorts site in St.George's lane). The new residential development is described as 'reflecting the green and leafy characteristics of Ascot whilst providing a range of house sizes and styles – including affordable housing. The 'Ascot Village' shown on Car Park 6 is earmarked for housing akin to the Course Road area. There was some dismay at the meeting that the 220 new houses, talked about in the Neighbourhood Plan is now 'up to 350 houses'.

The exhibition also showed extensive proposals for new retail (size of units not defined), to make the High Street two - sided (a theme thought to have been popular during the Neighbourhood Plan process). Also shown was a small 'Village Green' , some  open space, a circular walkway, a widened High Street with trees down the centre, a small underground car park, cycleways and a new community hub buidling (Cllr David Hilton has called for suggestions on uses for this building, which must be self-financing. 

Concern was expressed at the displacement of the the thousands of Royal Ascot cars from Car parks 6, 5 and 5A but Alastair Warwick - Chief Operating Officer at Ascot Racecourse - said he was confident that these cars could be accommodated elsewhere - in Car Parks 2, 4 and along the New Mile for example. 

  

The exhibition offered little more detail than Ascot residents were given at the Neighbourhood Plan stage, apart from the 59% potential increase in house numbers and a little fleshing out of traffic management in the High Street.  As shown on the above sketch of possible housing layout, a couple of specimen trees in Car park 6, and a significant number of oaks and Scots Pines in Car Park 5 - are shown for felling.

It is four years since the first 'Radical Visions for Ascot High Street' were mooted.  See   ARTICLE 1 on PRINCES' FOUNDATION VISION and    ARTICLE  2

Residents now have two weeks to comment and another chance to comment in the Spring, before the Brief is finally submitted to RBWM next year (see timetable in newsletter below). There will of course be ample opportunity to comment on the actual planning applications, probably next year. Given the national housing shortage and the fact the High Street land owners are keen to sell, there is no realistic chance of rejecting the concept of developing Ascot with a lot more housing; it's more a question of securing the best balance of house- types, open space, adequate parking and mitigating infrastructure.

 Visit  www.ascotcentreconsultation.co.uk. for future updates.

  

Read more: Ascot High Street Development Brief | Public Meeting

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals   Improving Care for Patients with Cancer

The results of the 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey have recently been published and reveal positive developments in cancer services at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The survey was sent to 392 patients and the results show encouraging improvements in many areas.

The national survey is designed to monitor progress in cancer care and to drive quality improvements in hospitals at a local level. It takes into account a number of aspects of cancer patients' experience of care and treatment.

The overall response rate was up with the trust achieving a rate of 71%, 5% above the national average of 66% and a significant increase on the previous year’s survey of 58%. 

Areas highlighted as showing improvements included:

  • Patients having a named Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) to contact and ‘ease of contacting CNS’
  • Improvements for patients leaving hospital and better reporting regarding home support
  • Above national average result for length of time for attending clinics and appointments
  • Significant improvement in the area of overall NHS care
Read more: St. Peter's Hospital Improves in Cancer Experience Survey

‘House Full’ signs greeted the lucky holders of tickets for ‘An Evening with Charlie Dimmock’ at The Whitty Theatre at Luckley House School on 24th November.

With her amiability, humour and seemingly unlimited gardening expertise, the well-known television gardener enthralled a capacity audience with gardening advice and behind the scenes stories from her career including ‘Ground Force’ and Garden Rescue’

With generous support from a number of organisations offering raffle prizes and donations, the evening raised £3,500 for the work of the Sandhurst Counselling Service (SCS) for whom Charlie gave her services. 

Based in Sandhurst, and operating in the Bracknell Forest area, the Service has, in just over five years of operation as an independent local charity, brought relief to nearly 300 clients suffering from depression, stress and other debilitating conditions. The money raised will enable the SCS to support clients unable to fully cover counselling costs and to develop further its counselling services

Read more: Charlie Dimmock Helps Raise Huge Sum for Local Counselling Charity

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