The Re-Cup's Journey:

Ascot Racecourse is setting itself the ambitious target of washing over 500,000 plastic glasses of all kinds during the five-day Royal Meeting next week - champagne, beer, wine, everything....

Working with the game-changing operation, "Re-Cup," some 350 dedicated staff will be engaged to keep as many items as possible within the circle. Racegoers will be able to place their used cups into one of over 200 dedicated bins around site to be washed and re-used.

Jonathan Parker, Director of Food & Beverage at Ascot, said:

 "This is a very exciting moment in our sustainability journey. We are asking our customers to return their Re-Cup glasses to any bar when they have finished or to put them into the dedicated, clearly branded 200+ bins across the site.

Read more: Over 500,000 "Re-Cup" Washes Expected During Royal Ascot!


  St George’s School, Ascot,  girls score a Hat Trick at Area finals

Girls from St George’s, Ascot have been awarded Young Enterprise Company of the Year, Best Company Report and Best Customer Service at the Bracknell, Wokingham and Ascot area final.

The final, held at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, celebrated the  achievements of pupils from across the area who have set up and run a company over this academic year as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, sponsored by HSBC.

Six companies from a range of local schools competed across a number of categories, including presentation, customer service, sustainability and company report, with an award for each category. Products  marketed included jewellery made from sustainably sourced materials, healthy recipe cards, adhesive mobile phone credit card holders and sustainable tote bags.

Read more: St George’s Girls Score a Hat Trick at Area Y E Finals

Heathfield School, Ascot, was abuzz with lively political debate on Friday 7th June when it hosted BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?  presented by Jonathan Dimbleby.  The school’s St Mary’s Theatre was packed with members of the public and students eager to participate in the topical news discussions, joined by a panel comprising the SNP's Joanna Cherry MP, Historian Max Hastings, former leader of the Conservative Party Lord Howard, and the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP.

With topical news questions submitted on the night by a diverse audience, Any Questions? explores a range of the most stimulating moral, political and social issues of the day. Heathfield School applied to host the show to encourage its students to engage with politics and deepen their understanding of the role each person plays in shaping society.

In preparation for the event, the school’s Head of ICT, Careers and Outreach, Rushi Millns, devised a Heathfield version of Question Time with the pupils as members of the panel. Mrs Millns planned this to coincide with Parliament Week to celebrate the centenary of (limited) women's suffrage. Mrs Millns was also involved in the 'Ask Her to Stand' initiative on 21 November 2018 to encourage more women to enter public life in order to increase their representation.

Read more: Radio 4's 'Any Questions' in Ascot

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals hold Dragons Den style event for team to pitch ideas to achieve Trust vision:

 Friday, 14th June, saw the second annual Dragons Den event held by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. The event, inspired by the Television Programme of the same name, provides the opportunity for staff to present their ideas to the Executive Team, who take on the role of the dragons, and pitch for additional funding to purchase equipment they feel would benefit patients whilst in hospital and improve team working processes.

The day was launched by local television presenter and fitness trainer, Annie Price, who gave an inspirational presentation and shared some of her experiences as a patient. She spoke about the importance of the personal touch, and being made to feel safe and welcome, which was a great reminder about what really makes the difference to patients, and the impact of hospital care.

There were over 40 proposals from various teams with a wide range of specialties represented; from medicine to maternity, and therapies to surgery. The proposals were creatively pitched, with some of the highlights including a rap from one of the Occupational Therapists, outlining her bid for therapeutic tools for people with dementia, and a performance of ‘Money, Money, Money’ by Abba, from staff across the hospitals who are putting on a Pantomime later this year. It was a fantastic day with teams really getting into the spirit and having fun with their pitches.

Read more: Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals Hold Dragons Den Style Event


Work is well underway to ensure Royal Ascot runs smoothly for racegoers, along with residents and businesses in the area.

The week-long horseracing event usually welcomes around 300,000 people to Ascot Racecourse, with Her Majesty The Queen one of the many spectators.

The Royal Borough, alongside racecourse officials, Thames Valley Police and other local partners, carry out a number of checks before and during the event.

Work being carried out from now until the end of Royal Ascot includes:

  • Inspecting dozens of bars, restaurants, shops, kiosks and mobiles for accuracy of food and drink descriptions, pricing and legal measures for alcoholic drinks
  • Enforcing rules preventing the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors
  • Dealing with any consumer complaints that arise during the event
  • Daily safety assessments of the Grandstand building
  • Working with the Gambling Commission to prevent on-course bookies allowing minors to place bets
  • Ensuring that licensed taxis and minicabs are operating legally
  • Introducing community warden patrols
  • Increasing street cleaning operations


Read more: Royal Borough Gets Ready for Royal Ascot


Pictured Above: Serco Managing Director for Environmental Services, Ronnie Coutts (right) Signing the New Contract

Serco has been appointed to provide weekly waste and recycling collections across Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor.

The new contract will continue to offer weekly waste and recycling collections including food waste, mixed recycling and general waste, as well as the fortnightly subscribed green waste collection service.

With a focus on making waste collections as environmentally friendly as possible, the new contract will see the introduction of a more sustainable fleet of collection trucks. The new trucks will use hybrid technology and reduce carbon emissions by 30% compared to standard trucks. On top of that, under the new contract recycled and garden waste will be collected together further helping to reduce emissions and cut mileage. The trucks will also have 'whisper quiet' electric bin lifts which will also help reduce carbon emissions and the noise associated with conventional hydraulic lifts.

Read more: Serco Appointed to Provide Greener Weekly Waste and Recycling Services


Grandparents’ Day at Papplewick  School, Ascot, is always a popular event for boys and their grandparents — and this year was no exception.

On Saturday, 1st June, grandparents were special guests at the school for the day. They were greeted by their grandsons and offered refreshments before being escorted to the classrooms, where the boys showed off their work.

The boys’ usual high standard of artwork was on display in the Hall, including work from those art scholars who gained awards to senior schools this year.

A chapel service was led by Mr Harry Paget, Head of Divinity, before the boys took their grandparents on guided tours of the school. A concert in the school hall was followed by a barbecue lunch in the garden and a cricket match.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said: “The boys are always very proud to show off their school and their work to their grandparents, who enjoy the event hugely.”


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