Girls at St George’s School, Ascot are celebrating after achieving excellent A Level results, with many individual students gaining outstanding grades as well as entrance to the most competitive courses at Russell Group universities. 

St George’s has received its best results in recent years, with a significant increase in the number of A* grades awarded (up to 17% compared with 10% in 2014).  Most significantly, 72% of all results were graded A*-B and girls and staff are justly proud of these fabulous achievements.

Top marks in the school go to Emily Hughes, who was awarded A*, A*, A* along with an A*grade in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Emily is thrilled to be accepting a place to read Geography at Durham University. Congratulation also go to Head Girl, Mimo Sandford, who achieved A*, A, A and has been accepted into Clare College, Cambridge University to study Veterinary Medicine.

Other girls achieving outstanding grades include Maria Reinaas who achieved A*, A*, A*, A and plans to read Chemical Engineering and Deputy Head Girl, Alannah Horswell, who achieved A*, A*, A and plans to read Law.  Further notable performers are Alice Wiggin who has won an unconditional offer to prestigious Central St Martins, Juliette Iviglia who goes on to read Modern Languages at UCL and Georgina Allen who will read Philosophy at Durham.

Read more: St.George's School Ascot | Fantastic Year for A'Level Results

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Heatherwood Hospital Redevelopment Plans 

The Planning Application  16/03115/OUT for the redevelopment of Heatherwood Hospital will  be considered  by the Borough Development Management Panel on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 commencing at 7.00pm at the Royal Berkshire Hotel, London Road, Sunninghill, Ascot. The officer recommendation is for Refuse.

The earliest that preparatory work could have begun is later this year, with construction starting Spring 2018 but, should councillors follow their officers' recommendation, this timetable could be in jeopardy.

The Council allows public speaking at meetings of the Council’s Development Control Panels.  In accordance with the procedure, if you do wish to exercise your right to speak at the panel I would be grateful if you would contact Andy Carswell on 01628 796319 or by email to by 5.00pm at the latest on the Friday prior to the date of the meeting. (1 day’s grace shall be given should this fall on a bank holiday).

Frimley Health Trust , which runs the hospital in Ascot, says it wants to invest in a new £90m hospital on the Heatherwood site. Plans include a new state of the art building in what is currently part of the woodland on the site, and the sale of land for housing. This sale will make the project possible by part-funding the cost of the new hospital and allowing the current hospital to run until the new one is ready. The hospital’s woodland setting would also bring added benefit to recovering patients. Frimley Health has already made a number of alterations to its original plans, following feedback from well-attended public health events held at Ascot Racecourse last year, and from other consultations with neighbours and affected parties.   If the planning application is approved, the new hospital would include six operating theatres, 40 inpatient beds plus private patient spaces and day case and endoscopy facilities. There would also be enhanced diagnostic and outpatient services and room for a primary care hub for the area.  Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust also runs Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and Wexham Park Hospital, near Slough, along with satellite services in four counties.

 See also 

Read more: Heatherwood Hospital Redevelopment Plan | Application Recommended Refusal

The proposed new doctors surgery , accommodating Magnolia House and Kings Corner , needs public support to get the much -needed facility through the planning process say campaigners for the Green Belt site in Rise Road.  See also


See Planning Application 17/00672/FUL   on Bracknell Forest website -

The Application is for Erection of a three storey building forming 9 no. flats with associated parking following demolition of existing buildings.   CLICK HERE for the FACEBOOK GROUP

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 Ascot Speakers: For help with YOUR speaking, here are my top five tips. If you find them helpful, why not come along as a guest to Ascot Speakers club and learn more about Toastmasters, or sign up for our forthcoming Speechcraft course.

1.     Work with your nerves

Everyone is nervous about doing speeches, so you are not alone. The trick is to find a way to make your nerves work for you rather than against you. Some techniques that may be useful include taking a deep breath just before you begin and then smiling. You will look in control and more confident. Other than that, the more you practice standing up in front of people to speak, the easier it gets.

2.     Practice, practice, practice

Some of us like to think we can ‘wing it’, but very few people can actually do this and get away with it. Those that do will know their material very, very thoroughly. The rest of us have to practice. Practice means standing up and not just saying the words, but living and breathing them too. Remember that people are more likely to believe what they see, and that means body language, use of stage etc.

Read more: Ascot Speakers Club | Toastmasters | Speechcraft


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Borough Local Plan – Regulation 19 extension

A statement from the leader of the Royal Borough on the extension of the Borough Local Plan Regulation 19.

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, said: “We are pleased to announce an extension to the period for making representations on the Borough Local Plan: 2013-2033 Submission Version which we published on 30 June 2017. 

“This latest stage in the plan-making process is known as Regulation 19. Formal steps will be taken next week to ensure that the publication and notification of the procedure for making representations and the new deadline fully accords with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

“We want to make clear that no other changes are being made to the Borough Local Plan: 2013-2033 Submission Version, or supporting documentation which continues to be available for inspection online, in borough libraries and parish offices.

“The extended deadline for making representations will be 5pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

Read more: RBWM Local Plan | Regulation 19 Extension | Now to September 27th   E-Mail 


On Friday 28th July, at a glittering awards ceremony, NVSDD was announced as the Overall Category Winner (200+ students) in the prestigious Dance School of the Year Awards 2017! Having won a Gold Award in the 2016 awards, I never imagined that we would win again, let alone do better this year....and we have! SO PROUD! Thank you Anne Walker MBE and the judges Angela Rippon CBE, Paul Haigney & Francesca Filpi ARAD - we are extremely honoured that NVSDD has won another award and been recognised amongst so many other great schools from across the UK and Europe.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all NVSDD and Envy Performing Arts teachers, assistants, students and parents for their support in making NVSDD an award winning Performing Arts School in our 25th Anniversary year.
Very best wishes

Read more: NVSDD | Dance School of Year 2017 Winners!


Oakman Inns & Restaurants Ltd is pleased to announce that Bracknell Forest Council approved their application for planning permission to restore The Royal Foresters on London Road last Friday 28th July. The £5.2 million project to restore this much loved local landmark and meeting place will take around eight months to complete.

Oakman Inns’ CEO, Peter Borg-Neal, said: “We are delighted with the outcome and would like to thank the very many members of the public who gave us their unwavering support. I think it’s appropriate to commend the Officers of Bracknell Forest Council who conducted a robust and professional process as well as delivering a determination within a few days of the original target. On a personal level, I am particularly grateful to Councillors Dorothy Hayes and Tony Virgo for their relentless encouragement and strong support for the application. This is the biggest project Oakman Inns has ever done and is incredibly important to us. Getting planning permission is a significant step in what will be a lengthy and extensive project and we will commence work immediately. The first stage will be to rehouse the bats living within the buildings and we will then need to satisfy a number of pre-commencement conditions before starting work on the demolition of the annexe buildings and the modern extensions behind the main building.

“We have already started work on putting together the detailed information required. If all goes to plan, and Bracknell Forest Council are able to discharge these pre-commencement conditions quickly, we will start the demolitions within a few weeks and be open by Spring 2018.”

Read more: Historic Royal Foresters' Refurbishment under Starter's Orders


Residents and visitors in South Ascot were alarmed last Tuesday, August 1st, by a serious disturbance which saw armed police and 4 police vehicles - including the forensics van - interrupting normal business in the vicinity of Hyn's corner, for much of the afternoon. One motorist said she was stopped by an armed policeman on Station Hill, by the Maclaren showroom. She was told the road was closed and was obliged to turn round and go all the way round via Sunninghill to get to South Ascot. Another witness described how she and her daughter were alarmed to be faced with an armed policeman, as she approached Brockenhurst Road, along Oliver Road.  Not much information has been released but, what there is, can be seen on Get Reading at Sunningdale Container library, Broomhall Recreation Ground


New non-static library consultation by RBWM

A new library, the borough’s fourteenth, is being consulted on and residents’ opinions are needed on where the mobile or container option should go.

The plans could see a non-static service point that is able bring additional services and staff from the borough’s libraries directly to areas that do not have them for up to seven days a week.

A consultation is now running until Sunday 10th September, offering residents the chance to give feedback about where they would want access, what opening hours would be most suitable and what other services would be useful to include.

At a time when many other councils are closing libraries or reducing opening hours the Royal Borough is creating more and investing in these well-used services.

Read more: A New Library for Sunningdale ? | Opninions Wanted

Contact Wendy or Robin on 01344 798304   for more information.

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Ascot Grange | Signature Care Homesare seeking that special someone - an unsung hero - who is doing great work in their community. The winner will receive £500 for their chosen charity, while runners up will receive £100. The winner will also be Guest of Honour at the grand official opening to the first residents, in September and will be VIP guest for the year. See above contact details to make your nominations.


This year the Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot and District SAMARITANS Run was held on Saturday 1st July returning for the first time in over 31 years to Easthampstead Park Community School.  

The School’s generous support of the event was boosted by a special team of teachers and pupils who entered to demonstrate their support of the charity which offers listening services to those in despair, distress and having suicidal feelings.

In total, nearly 500 individual runners from the local community and those representing running clubs, entered the 5 or 10K event raising just over £7,500 which will go a long way to help with the £23,000 annual cost to run the local Branch, which is based in Mount Pleasant, Bracknell.

Race Director, Jackie Holland, explains,  “This year we were lucky enough to receive financial support from local corporate sponsors as well as over 60 volunteers who helped to make the day such an enjoyable event, acting as marshals on the course, cooking BBQ food,  serving teas, coffees and cakes. Next year we are exploring ideas of how to make the event even more successful. This will include encouraging runners to persuade friends and family to sponsor their efforts so we can raise even more funds. This year just 8 people did this and alone they raised an additional £1200.”       

Read more: SAMARITANS Run Goes from Success to Success!

Pictured Above: The Newly Refurbished and Extended 'Bull'


Today marks one month to go until The Lexicon Bracknell’s opening. Berkshire’s next generation shopping, dining and leisure destination, opens its doors for the very first time on Thursday 7 September, following a £240million regeneration. In celebration of the highly-anticipated milestone, a unique photoshoot has taken place, previewing some of the stylish ensembles that will be available to shop in the new Fenwick store from opening.

The Lexicon Bracknell is bringing 580,000 sq. ft. of new shops, restaurants and leisure to the area, including the first full line Fenwick store to be opened in 14 years. Its iconic building will be situated on The Avenue - The Lexicon’s premier fashion hub – and feature three-storeys of the most sought after fashion, beauty, and accessory brands in the UK.

Read more: One Month to Opening of Bracknell's Spectacular 'Lexicon' Shopping Centre



 BBC2’s The Repair Shop are seeking damaged family and community heirlooms that have special significance during Christmas time for their upcoming Christmas special. The series follows a team of passionate and skilled crafts people who restore damaged objects of sentimental value. The experts work side by side in beautiful barn nestled deep in the British countryside as they fix, repair and breathe new life into objects brought in by members of the public. The experts are drawn from different disciplines such as furniture repairers, metal workers, mechanics, ceramicists, clock makers, picture conservationists, and up-cyclers, restorers and fabricators of every ilk.

A ragged teddy bear given to a grandparent decades ago, a damaged sleigh that once decorated the town square, a favourite train set a parent would like to pass on to their child Christmas morning, anything of personal sentimental value or importance to a community can be repaired and preserved for generations to come.

The team is especially eager to restore a sleigh that could decorate a town at Christmas time and to repair damaged items for the second series.

 If you have a precious object you’d like repaired please email or call 01273 224829



The ‘Ascot Charitable Trust’ is delighted to announce that the ‘2017 Annual Charity Ball’ raised in excess of £40,000 for charity.

At a recent presentation, cheques were distributed to Prostate Cancer UK, Helen and Douglas House and East Berkshire MS Society, with a further £5,000 to be distributed to local deserving causes over the next few months.

The Ascot Charitable Trust was set up in 2002 to benefit national and local charities along with community groups within the Ascot area. Our main fundraising event of the year is the ‘Ascot Charity Ball’ - this is a prestigious black tie event held within the world-famous Ascot Racecourse. To date the Trust has raised over £500,000 for a variety of charities and is exceptionally grateful to all their supporters for their amazing continued generosity.

If you would like to support the trust, or require more information on our next event, then please contact us at or visit our website


The new bridge  and lifts, at Ascot Station, are now fully functional. The bridge links Platform 1 with Platforms 2 and 3. The new structure was formally opened by Adam Afriyie MP.

Creating more secondary school places | 

The Royal Borough is creating 450 more spaces at ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ secondary schools after cabinet confirmed a series of tenders to expand three schools, on Thursday 27th July 2017.

Charters School, Cox Green School and Newlands Girls’ School have all had programmes of work approved to allow construction to begin on increasing their capacity.  

  • Charters School tender is for  £3,343,199 to provide 210 more places. The scheme comprises a new block of 11 general classrooms, two science laboratories and a dining room extension. The work at all three schools will support an increased intake from the academic year beginning in September 2018.

 CLICK HERE for article of new £11m facilities at Charters Leisure

Read more: 210 Extra Places at Charters Approved

Pictured: (left to right): Freddie Hewer,  Jonny Evans, William Eve, Hugo Baum.

Four boys from Papplewick School in Ascot 

Papplewick School in Ascot raced their very own ‘Papplewick Panda’ electric kart at the prestigious Rockingham Motor circuit on 7th July.

The battery-powered kit-kart was built by the boys: Jonny Evans, Hugo Baum, Freddie Hewer and William Eve, in their Design Technology department. At the start of the year, the Kart arrived in the post in lots of cardboard boxes and over the past few months the boys have been busy piecing the kart together with hundreds of nuts, bolts and screws.

After initial testing on the Papplewick playing fields, the boys took the kart to Rockingham race circuit, where they raced against many other karts. All of the team took part in drag races and slalom events, culminating in a one-lap race of the famous Rockingham circuit.

A new leisure centre that will serve residents around Ascot and the Sunnings has taken another step forward as the Royal Borough signed an agreement with Charters Schooll.

The initial plans are for a brand new council leisure centre built near the school in Charters Road, Sunningdale, which would be open for the whole community to access, including during school hours.

The proposed council facility would include a six-lane 25m swimming pool, sports hall, a health suite, a 50 station gym and a dance studio, as well as dry and wet changing facilities.

The existing leisure centre at the school will remain open throughout construction. After work is completed it will complement the facilities on offer in the new centre offering the community and pupils a wide range of resources.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide the whole community with a centre they can enjoy.

“The new Sunningdale Leisure Centre will provide a wide range of facilities to help people keep active and try out a whole host of new activities.

Read more: New Royal Borough Leisure Centre for Ascot & Sunnings 

On Wednesday 12th July, Charters School in Sunningdale held the Annual Celebration of Achievement Evening which this year was sponsored by a number of local businesses.  The event celebrates the progress and achievements of students not sitting public exams during the current academic year and Ascot Grange, Hamptons International, Lynwood Village, Londis of Sunninghill and Coworth Park kindly each sponsored a different year group.  Prizes, cups and special awards for both academic achievement and effort were awarded by Ms Ellie Wallace, Chair of Trustees.

Celebration of Achievement is always a great evening, exceptionally well supported by parents and staff because it is a lovely opportunity to acknowledge a whole range of our young people’s efforts and successes over the last academic year. The addition of the sponsors really added an extra dimension to the proceedings as each company delivered a short speech before their year group received their awards, allowing the audience to hear how well regarded the school is viewed throughout the local community.

Students were also selected for awards for their contribution to school life. The school recognises that students make progress all the way through their school career and develop skills in many areas.  It is always an extremely enjoyable occasion for students, parents, staff and governors.





The Ascot Horticultural Society will held their superb Summer Show on July 22nd 2017, in the sports hall at the Licensed Victuallers School. Trophies were presented by the Royal Borough Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr John Lenton and Mrs. Margaret Lenton.  As well as spectacular displays of flowers, fruit and veg, floral art, domestic produce, handicrafts, photography and children's classes, musical entertainment was provided by the David Seager Street Organ, Bracknell Model Railway and an opportunity to feed carnivorous plants. Stalls were also run by Ascot Wildlife, the Chavey Down WI and the Berkshire Family History Society.

Visitors also had an opportunity to enjoy afternoon teas, a raffle and to purchase plants. On Wednesday August 9th, Arthur Negus will speak on 'Out and About'. The Autumn Show will be at Carnation Hall on September 2nd at 2.30pm.

Read more: Ascot Horticultural Society | Summer Show

Pictured: Mandy Saligari with Headmaster Tom Bunbury, presenting to Papplewick parents.

On Monday, July 3rd, Mandy Saligari, star of Channel 5’s “In Therapy” series and founder of the Charter Harley Street Centre for the treatment of addiction, gave an extraordinarily engaging and insightful talk to Papplewick boys in year 8 and their parents, as part of their leaving studies and drugs education programme.

Mandy first came into treatment herself in 1990, when working as a TV producer, later becoming a therapist and undertaking apprenticeships, group work, interventions and lectureships. She is passionate about dispelling the myths surrounding addiction and mental health.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “If there is one vice that our sons will have access to in the coming years and which could completely derail them, it must be drugs. Mandy Saligari is a truly inspirational speaker and we cannot underestimate the potential value of her talk.”

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Read more: Mandy Saligari Gives Inspirational Talk to Papplewick Leavers

ASCOT HAPPY CATS – Whilst the owners away...! 

Trying to juggle friends or family to look after your precious feline fur babies isn’t always easy, nor is the thought of leaving them in a cattery.

Thanks to the support of Ascot Matters, the Ascot Happy Cats ‘cat’ phone is ringing off the hook  and our summer holiday feeding calendar is filling up with moggies, main coones and rag dolls alike.

Offering peace of mind to cat lovers who want to keep their beloved pets in the comfort of his/her own home with a trusted carer, we not only feed, but we can also change litter, water plants or even open and close your curtains.

Covering:  ASCOT, SUNNINGHILL, SUNNINGDALE, WINKFIELD, WARFIELD, FOREST PARK AND MARTINS HERON you can trust and rely on us for as little as £10 a day.  We also only charge one set fee however many cats you own. We also feed rodents and fish if required.

For further information or to book please do not hesitate to contact Nicola on 07764 132456 or email Reviews can be found on the Ascot Happy Cats Facebook page.

Read more: Ascot Happy Cats | Friendly Holiday Cat Feeding | Ascot | Sunnings | Winkfield


Photo : Ashford and St Peter’s staff at a recent Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event at the Trust

Ashford and St Peter’s cancer patients say their care experience continues to improve.The results of the 2016 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, just published, show that at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, there has been a general improvement on 2015 with responses to only seven of the 59 questions rated in the lower than expected range (10 in 2015).  Responses to five of these questions were only just outside the expected range - within 1% of the lower than expected percentage. Asked to rate their care on a scale of zero (very poor) to 10 (very good), respondents gave an average rating of 8.5.


Read more: St Peter’s Hospital | Cancer Care Continues Improvement


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