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Next Phase of Royal Borough Local Plan Consultation

  Next phase of Borough Local Plan consultation starts – residents, businesses invited to have their say

Residents, businesses and other interested parties are invited to have their say in the second round of public consultation on the Borough Local Plan, now  (July 2015).

A series of mini consultations are taking place from now until November. All responses received will be fed into the preparation of a Second Preferred Options Borough Local Plan which will then be consulted on in November.

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St.Peter's Hospital | 24/7 Heart Attack Care

Emergency treatment for heart attacks available 24/7 at St Peter’s Hospitals

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals announce they are able to offer primary angioplasty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reduce delay and provide the care needed more efficiently.

This direct access primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) service will allow acute patients suffering from a heart attack and in need of cardiac revascularisation, to bypass Accident and Emergency and be brought directly from the ambulance for assessment and treatment in the cardiac catheter laboratory (launched by InHealth in 2013) by the dedicated team of cardiac nurses, cardiac physiologists, cardiac radiographers and interventional cardiologists.

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Papplewick Teachers Deliver Minibus to Mongolia

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Mongolia Trip   :: Papplewick School Ascot Pictured: Papplewick teachers Jeremy Ward, Lucy Williams and Mark Burley as they set off for Mongolia.

On Saturday 11th July three members of staff at Papplewick School, Ascot, embarked on a journey of approximately 12,000km across Europe and Asia. Jeremy Ward, Head of Lower School, Lucy Williams, Head of Geography and Mark Burley, Head of Science, packed their bags and set off to deliver a minibus to the Lotus Children’s Centre in Mongolia.

This is an official non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Mongolia which currently acts as a home for around 100 vulnerable and abused children. As well as caring for the children, it takes part in many out-reach projects in the area and helps in the development and future of children and young people.

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Coworth Flexlands' Congratulations to Royal Couple Receive Royal Thank You

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Please click on the photos to to enlarge  Coworth Flexlands School : Royal Thank You   In May Coworth Flexlands' staff and pupils, along with the Nation, were delighted at the safe arrival of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. A beautiful congratulations card was designed by Year 5 girls and sent to the Royal couple. This week the school were excited to receive a thank you card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Earlier this month during Royal Ascot week, Year 2 took the traditional afternoon out to see the Queen on her way to the Ascot Races. A spot in Dukes Lane is secured with a midday arrival. The children enjoy a picnic and run around while waiting to see the Queen at 1345 change from her car to carriage on her way to Ascot. There is always a bet on what colour the Queen will be wearing – dark blue Wednesday 17th. A very happy day.      Coworth Flexlands School : Royal Ascot Carriage


St. Francis School | Primary Schooldays End in Sherwood Forest

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The children of St Francis Catholic Primary School in South Ascot are shooting arrows to stardom in Sherwood Forest this year! The year six children premiered their production of “Hoodwinked”, based on the exploits of Robin Hood, at the Rose Theatre in St Mary’s School.

Class teacher and director Lindsey Waller said, “The children have really risen to the challenge of this complex 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, who pulled out all the stops to create the sound effects and lighting needed to give the performance a real lift”


Ascot Volunteer Bureau | Help Needed | Couple of Hours a Week

ascot volunteer bureau

DRIVERS  URGENTLY REQUIRED. Please call 01344 625520
The Ascot Volunteer Bureau, a small local charity which matches volunteer drivers with people who need lifts to medical appointments, needs more drivers and office 'staff'. Helping at the AVB is very rewarding and the driving suits people who want to fit an hour or two volunteering around busy work and family. There is never any pressure to take on a job - whatever is convenient for you! Click on 'Read Article' , to see exactly how this hugely - appreciated service works....

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Garden in Bloom Nominations Sought

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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.


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Thames Hospice | Special Guests to Launch New Homestore

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Please click on the photos to enlarge  Hospicehomestore  :: Expansion    SPECIAL GUESTS TO LAUNCH THAMES HOSPICE HOME | Local charity, Thames Hospice, will be celebrating the re-opening of its homestore at 12pm on Friday 24th July.

Special guests, comedian and star of The Goodies TV series, Tim Brooke-Taylor, and The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Eileen Quick, will be unveiling a new contemporary look and name – Thames Hospice Home.

Positioned just off the Dedworth Road in Windsor and featuring quality second-hand furniture and household items, Thames Hospice Home will also offer a wider choice of stock across all departments. Customers will be able to join in the celebrations with refreshments and nibbles, and take advantage of a special open day 10% discount and extended closing time of 6pm.

The newly refurbished store also features The Home Studio, where a specialist team revamps items to customers’ specifications or to sell across the charity’s 14 stores.

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Papplewick Cricketers Host South African Team

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South African Visitors    :: Papplewick School Ascot   On 23rd June, Papplewick School in Ascot hosted Felixton College Prep who were on a cricket tour from KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa.

 Felixton chose to bat in this declaration game and Papplewick struck early with Krish Vaja tempting the opening batsman to scoop the first delivery into Raheem Sher's hands.  Despite the loss of this early wicket, they did try to settle by playing some positive shots but Vaja struck again in his second over with Ben Smith-Bannister picking up a good catch at square leg. Felixton were eventually bowled out on 101 in the twenty-eighth over.

Krish Vaja and William Bovill opened the batting for Papplewick after tea and settled down to their task despite some fairly aggressive fast bowling. They kept the score ticking over working the singles and then the boundaries began to appear. Vaja scored 54 before being caught enthusiastically trying to score the winning run. This was left for Atticus Evans-Lombe to do on the last ball of the 28th over.

Man of the Match for Felixton was B van der Spuy for his top score of 29 for the opposition. Papplewick Man of the Match was shared between Krish Vaja (54 runs and 2 for 11runs) and William Bovill for his four wkts for 34 runs - his second four-wicket haul in two games.

The touring party was entertained with a barbecue and a game of football at Papplewick before the hosting families took their guests home for a good night’s rest. Papplewick’s team hopes to be able to visit Felixton College Prep on their next cricket tour to South Africa to rekindle the friendships made on this visit.


Charters School | Join a Class Tour for Past Students

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Click on the photo to enlarge it   Charters School  :: Class of '63    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.

If you are interested in organising a reunion for your year group, we would be delighted to help. Just email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to contact us.  You can also connect with us on Facebook where we host a page ‘Charters Connect’ for former students, on Twitter @chartersschool and on LinkedIn again as ‘Charters Connect’. We look forward to meeting with past students on our next school tour on 20th November, and hope to re-connect even more friends through our alumni network.

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Royal Borough Continues to Fight Heathrow Expansion

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.

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Charters School Supports Bicycle Greenway

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Click on the photo to enlarge it   Charters School  :: Cycle Routes Support   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.Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway

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Ascot Samaritans | Annual Run Results

 Ascot Wokingham & Bracknell :: Samaritans Ascot Wokingham & Bracknell :: Samaritans Annual Run 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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Snooker Star Stpehen Hendry Opens St.Francis School Fete

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 St.Francis School Fete :: Stephen Hendry    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.


Chapmans the Ironmongers Celebrates 120 Years Trading

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Chapmans Ironmonger     :: Anniversary   Pictured: Robert Ellison Outside Chapman's Ironmongers

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.  Chapmans Ironmongers    ::  Courtesy 'Around Ascot' by Reg Morris


Papplewick Pupil Wins National Javelin Title

Please click on the photo to enlarge it  Papplewick School :: National Javelin Win   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.’


Royal Ascot | Online Collection of Stories



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 Boys Really Got Talent !

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Talent    :: Papplewick School Ascot Pictured:  Freddie Garner, Year 5, this year’s winner of Papplewick’s Got Talent, celebrating his success

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.”


Petition Launched for Greenway Cycle Route

Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway  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.


Coworth Flexlands Appoints Maestro Violin Teacher

Please click on the photo to to enlarge  Coworth Flexlands School : Suzuki Violin Teacher 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

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.

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Can You Help Evie?


Click on the photo to enlarge it  Evie of Ascot  ::  Scoliosis Operation Appeal     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 a
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 !


Aircraft Noise | Video Examples Sought

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.”
If you already have any clips like this, or you were able to capture any between now and Friday lunchtime, you can you email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it who is offering to compile them and send them on to the program along with some other requested information


Please Donate Your Green Redeem Points for Good Cause

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