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Learn More About the Local Samaritans !

 Ascot Wokingham & Bracknell :: Samaritans   Most people have heard of Samaritans but ask them what exactly do Samaritans do, and they are not totally sure.

If you are one of those people, and are interested to know more about this charity that has been offering emotional support for more than 60 years, you would be welcome to attend an information event at the local branch.

Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts is based in Bracknell, off Larges Lane, which is not far from Bracknell & Wokingham College’s roundabout site.

The next two information sessions are Saturday, 28th February, from 2 to 4.30pm and Thursday, 26th March, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

These events enable people to find out more about what is involved in being a Samaritans’ volunteer, with an explanation of what is involved in becoming either a listening volunteer or a support volunteer; support volunteers assist the branch in all kinds of ways, from fixing a broken shelf to helping raise funds to IT and keeping our printer and copier in good working order.

For further information, look at www.samaritans.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or you can email the branch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave us a message at 01344 868808 (our publicity number).



 

Papplewick Boys Brave the Freeze on Dorset Trip

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Please click on the photo to enlarge it   Papplewick School Ascot : Field Trip   All Year 8 students from Papplewick School, Ascot, travelled down to Dorset on 19th and 20th January to collect data required for their Common Entrance projects.

While studying the river from source to mouth, the students were expected to challenge the ‘Bradshaw model’ and see if the West Corfe River followed the ‘textbook’ characteristics expected. The boys measured the width and depth of the river as well as the velocity and cross-sectional area. One boy had to fish out rocks from the riverbed to measure the change in pebble size and angularity at the different sites along the river channel, while the others worked out complicated mathematical calculations of the Mean Discharge of the river.

“Despite the freezing temperatures, the boys had smiles on their faces throughout, and were a real pleasure to be with,” said Tom Bunbury, Headmaster. “They were professional while working in their groups and collecting their data, and we’re hoping that the projects reflect their clear enthusiasm and enjoyment.”


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Royal Marines Descend on LVS Ascot

Click on photo to enlarge it  Marines Descend :: LVS Ascot   Students from LVS Ascot were on even better behaviour than usual on Tuesday when three members of the Royal Marines, the UK’s elite Commando force and the Royal Navy’s amphibious troops, visited the school to put pupils through their paces and discuss life in the armed forces.

35 students keen to find out more about life in the Royal Marines were broken in gently with an initial presentation about the crucial work they undertake, such as patrolling and keeping order in Afghanistan and battling the threat of Somali pirates around the Horn of Africa. However, the humanitarian aspect of life in the Marines was also revealed such as helping deal with disaster in Chile and closer to home assisting flood victims in Devon.

With just 4% of the UK’s armed forces making it into the Royal Marines, and the Marines accounting for 50% of our Special Forces, it is no wonder that they are entrusted with equipment of the highest calibre and gasps rang around the LVS Britvic Theatre when it was revealed that a portable Javelin rocket launcher costs £2.2m!

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Ascot District Day Centre | New Minibus | Drivers Needed !

Click to enlarge poster Ascot Day Centre :: Sunningdale Ascot Telephone: 01344 624923 Website: http://www.rotaryascot.org/daycentre/



The Ascot District Day Centre has been a home from home for the elderly of Sunninghill, Ascot and Sunningdale for more than thirty years keeping elderly residents in the neighbourhood alert and active, by providing an opportunity to meet friends and to socialise, in a structured and safe environment.
A team of volunteer drivers transport members by minibus to and from the Centre.  Coffee is served on arrival and a hot two course meal at lunchtime with tea and biscuits in the afternoon.  Each weekday morning the Day Centre is a hive of activity with members playing darts or indoor bowls while others join in Tai-Chi or Chair Based dance classes, or quietly socialise in the conservatory with friends.  After lunch there are usually a few rounds of bingo, a quiz or a raffle, while others prefer a game of cards.

 

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Charters School | Shaun Attwood Talks Drugs to Year 13s

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Click on the photo to enlarge it  Shaun Attwood :: Charters School Sunningdale   Pictured : Mr Steve Metson, Curriculum Leader Citizenship and Head of PHSE, Christian Roel Ferreira – Year 13 Sixth Form student, Mr Shaun Attwood – Author of Banged-Up Abroad’ and Liberty Pim Year 13 Sixth Form student

As part of the Sixth Form Learning Enrichment Programme Shaun Attwood, author of ‘Banged-up Abroad’ was invited to speak about his drug taking past to serve as a warning to Charters Year 13 students about the realities of a risk taking and drug fuelled lifestyle. Students were able to ask questions and Shaun provided excellent advice to our young people who engaged excellently with the talk.

The Learning Enrichment Programme at Charters School is designed to support students in widening their extra-curricular experiences and to provide a variety of experiences, support and advice as they face the challenges of growing up in the 21st century.

Mr Steve Metson, Curriculum Leader Citizenship and Head of PSHE said,  ‘Shaun gave such a clear and compelling talk from his own past experiences about the harsh reality of a drug-taking and dealing lifestyle.  Students and staff alike were fascinated to hear about the dire consequences of his actions and how he has now turned his life around.

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Charters Announces New Development Manager & Development Ambassador

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Click on the photo to enlarge it  New Development Team :: Charters School Sunningdale   Pictured, L to R : Ms Linda Stacey – Development Manager, Mr Martyn Parker – Co-Headteacher, Mr Alan Carr MBE – Development Ambassador and Mr Richard Pilgrim – Co-Headteacher   Charters School is pleased to announce the appointment of a Development Manager, Linda Stacey and a Development Ambassador Alan Carr, MBE, to build on the success of the school, to drive forward our partnerships in the community and to pursue opportunities for fundraising.  They will be looking at all aspects of development including the funding plans for a brand new community sports facility.  They would love to hear from staff and parents with any ideas or comments.

Ms Linda Stacey, Development Manager said, “Charters is an outstanding school with great teachers and I am tremendously excited to be a part of its future.  The development role is a relatively new concept in state schools and it’s great to see an important school like this taking the initiative and establishing plans to ensure it has the resources and partnerships it needs to succeed in the 21st Century.”

Mr Alan Carr MBE, Development Ambassador said, “I am delighted to have been offered this unique opportunity as the Development Ambassador for Charters School which I see as the heart and future of our community.”

'I am looking forward to the enormous fundraising challenges ahead, especially fulfilling Charters’ aspirations of providing the Academy students and wider community with a £2,000,000 state of the art sports facility and inspiring its members to a healthier lifestyle.”

Mr Martyn Parker, Co-Headteacher, explained, “Charters School is proud of our productive and enriching links with the local and wider community but, by adding Linda and Alan’s expertise to our Development Team, we now have the capacity to do even more in this area in the future.”

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Local Residents Favour Gatwick Expansion Over Heathrow

See Airports Commission https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/increasing-the-uks-long-term-aviation-capacity

In a week when the Heathrow Hub Exhibitions heard of a planned 50% increase in flights, a  poll of Royal Borough residents reveals support for Gatwick expansion over plans for Heathrow....A poll that the Royal Borough has carried out with its residents shows support for the building of a new runway at Gatwick Airport.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos MORI prior to the council responding to the Airports Commission regarding its long term capacity consultation by reaffirming its position that it is against expansion at Heathrow Airport.  There are three proposals that the Airports Commission is currently looking at:

  • a proposal from Gatwick Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the south of the existing runway at Gatwick Airport
  • a proposal from Heathrow Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the north west of the existing northern runway at Heathrow Airport
  • a proposal from Heathrow Hub Ltd for an extension to the existing northern runway at Heathrow Airport to operate as two separate runways

The poll also showed that 31 percent of residents oppose (strongly oppose or tend to oppose) both options for Heathrow expansion this compares to 22 percent in favour (strongly support or tend to support) putting support at negative 8 percent.

Almost six in ten (58 percent) of residents believe that the number of flights at Heathrow Airport should remain the same as they currently are.

The poll shows that 50 percent of residents support (strongly support or tend to support) the building of a new runway at Gatwick Airport with only 14 percent against (strongly oppose or tend to oppose) building a new runway at Gatwick Airport, putting net support of the proposal at 35 percent.

A quota sample of 1,014 residents, aged 18 and over, were surveyed in the poll which took place by telephone between 8 and 11 January 2015. Survey data were weighted back to the true population proportions. The poll asked residents across the whole of the Royal Borough not just those currently affected by Heathrow Airport.

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Ascot Brass | Two B Flat Bass Players Needed

Ascot Brass Christmas Concert :: Musicians Needed 2015    Ascot Brass is seeking two Bb Bass players due to retirements.

Ascot Brass is in its 12th year, is well established, but in dire need to fill these two positions (January 2015 ). Please contact Malcolm Brown 07710-296236 Committee member

Pictured is the excellent Ascot Brass , who recently triumphed in a very successful  concert, performing with the award -winning Taplow Youth Choir (finalists in the recent BBC choir of the year contest!) , raising funds  for Macmillan Cancer Support.   www.ascotbrass.org.uk   Ascot Brass Christmas Concert :: Christmas 2014



 

Superfast Berkshire Rolling Out

 New Development Team :: Charters School Sunningdale   

Superfast Berkshire Boosting More Homes and Businesses in the Royal Borough | More and more people in the Royal Borough are now benefiting from the multi-million pound roll-out of superfast broadband that is supported by the Superfast Berkshire project.

This project is bringing fibre broadband to places which fall outside the private sector’s commercial plans. Local businesses, community and voluntary groups, and individual households in these areas can now all take advantage of the benefits fast broadband can bring.

As a result of Superfast Berkshire, broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbps¹ are now available to a further:

  • 720 properties in Ascot, North Ascot and Sunninghill
  • 649 properties in the Colnbrook area (some of these fall in the Royal Borough)
  • 165 properties in Littlewick Green
  • 139 properties in Windsor
  • 109 properties in the Bourne End area (around Cookham Rise)
  • 58 in Maidenhead

Superfast Berkshire is a partnership between the six Berkshire unitary councils, the Local Enterprise Partnership, BT, and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme. Essentially, it is building on the commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the county by the private sector so that 91 per cent of Berkshire homes and businesses will have access to the technology by the end of September 2015.


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Planning Application for 88 House Off Locks Ride

There is an  Outline Planning Application for a residential development of up to 88 dwellings with vehicular access from Locks Ride, open space and associated works. (All matters reserved apart from access)  on land to the west of Locks Ride Locks Ride Ascot . Standard consultation expires on January 28th  and the application decision target date is  February 18th 2015. This is a link to the Planning Application public comments form

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New in S. Ascot ! | Deep Tissue Massage | South Ascot

Beauty and sports massage in South Ascot NEW ! Deep Tissue Sports Massage in South Ascot | Beautiful Angels is pleased to introduce our new Deep tissue massages with our new team of experienced sports masseurs.

Sports Massage is so much more than just a massage, and it's not just for sporty people!!!

These treatments are safe and highly effective for relieving back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and other muscle and joint dysfunctions.

So regardless of whether you are an inactive office-worker or a competition athlete, we provide you with effective treatments and relief from your aches, pains, sprains, strains and other injuries.

Sports massage, is also called Remedial Massage or Soft Tissue Therapy. It is a diverse collection of highly effective techniques for treating injured muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body. It combines techniques from the fields of clinical-massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy, and other manual therapies to give a thorough and well-rounded approach to treating a huge variety of muscle pain and injuries.

Sports massage got its name through its widespread use in the world of sports and athletics, where it has been recognised for decades as an essential aid in preventing and treating injuries, and keeping performers and athletes in optimum physical condition. But these days, you don't have to be a sportsman or sportswoman to benefit from these therapies.

Is Sports Massage for me..?

Sports massage therapies are equally successful for treating anyone suffering with chronic pain, muscle injury or with restricted movement. It’s not a full-body or “beauty massage”, but is instead a series of pressure techniques, stretches and mobilisations, which allows the therapist to concentrate on your specific problem areas (sore back, neck or shoulders for example) to give you focused relief, as well as treating any associated postural dysfunction which is contributing to the problem.

Unlike a full-body spa-style massage, a sports massage therapist will make a thorough assessment of your specific condition, and will focus specialised deep treatments directly on the problem areas (for example, a frozen shoulder or sprained ankle), to restore healthy function.

As well as treating specific injuries directly, Sports Massage improves the fundamental health of your muscles. So, although the therapies often do give instant relief, you will normally feel most of the positive improvements taking place over the next three to five days as your body responds to the treatment and recovers from your injury on a deeper level.

Receive £10 off your first Sports Massage treatment with us. Call NOW to book 01344 625625!!

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Charters School | Record Number of Students Receive BA Flag Award

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Click on the photo to enlarge it  BA Flag Award :: Charters School Sunningdale   Pictured : Charters BA Flag Award  Recipients

A record number of students took part in the BA Flag Award for Languages examination in French or Spanish in Year 9. This is an adaptation of the actual language skills test used by BA to ascertain the linguistic level of their employees. It builds confidence in speaking and listening skills, and reinforces how important languages are to a variety of jobs.

Independent learning was essential in order to prepare for the challenging 15 minute speaking and listening examination. Certficates and badges were awarded in the Year 10 assembly this week. Well done to the students who will wear their BA badges with pride!

Mrs Marianne Mathews, Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Leader said, “This year a record number of Year 9 students were selected to follow the course for a BA Flag Award for Languages in French or Spanish. This prestigious course and award are based on the language examinations which BA staff take. It requires considerable concentration, focus and independent study to prepare and then take the speaking and listening examination.  Congratulations to all 59 Award winners!”

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Wasted Medicines | What Can You Do !

2015 :: Medicines Wasted Medicines ‘like pouring money down the drain’ | Savings can help front-line services, say CCGs

Unused prescription medicines are costing the NHS in the East Berkshire area up to £1.8m every year – and now local patients are being urged to help their doctors, nurses and pharmacists to cut down on this expensive waste.

NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Slough, Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead and Bracknell & Ascot say that even small changes can make a big difference – with the savings available for investment into more care and front-line services.

Tim Langran, CCG Lead Pharmacist, explained: “The vast majority of people don’t wilfully waste their medicines. There are many reasons why patients end up with too many stacked in their bathroom cabinet – perhaps they have forgotten to take them, have given up because they feel well again, have had side-effects or genuinely don’t understand the benefits of the medication they have been prescribed.

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New ! | Outdoor Gym | South Ascot

Please click to enlarge the photos       New Year resolution imminent? For those who can't decide between getting fresh air and exercising in the gym, it's now possible to do both at the same time! The Council  has installed a wide range of outdoor gym equipment  in the South Ascot Recreation ground (pictured). Parking available in Victoria Road.



 

New Care Home Staff Training Launches Locally in January

Ramping up investment in care home staff’ | New training programme to launch in January |  Residents in residential and nursing homes across the Royal Borough will receive even better care, thanks to an innovative training programme to be launched in the New Year.

 Harm-Free Care – a partnership between the council, Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group (WAM CCG) and Bracknell & Wokingham College – aims to equip care home staff with the skills they themselves identified as being key to their areas of work.

The programme is currently being piloted at the Herewards House residential home in Maidenhead where staff are taking part in practical sessions covering falls prevention, continence and skin care. When the programme is rolled out in full from January it will also incorporate modules on living with dementia and end-of-life care.

The modules were developed following feedback from care home staff at a special event held at Windsor Racecourse in July. Representatives from the area’s 48 care homes highlighted that they wanted access to more training opportunities directly related to their day-to-day jobs. Harm-Free Care not only responds to that feedback but also gives staff the opportunity to obtain a work-related national qualification under the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Dr Adrian Hayter, Clinical Chair of the CCG, commented: “We have been working closely with the care homes in WAM for the last 18 months and this is the next phase of our prevention and outcome-focused strategy. The close collaboration of health and social care is critical to the mental and physical wellbeing of our elderly population.

“We are bringing together all the relevant professionals to ensure that there is a person-centred approach that also takes into account the environment and the supporting community. We are committed to applying this approach to everyone in our area.”

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Heathrow Expansion | RBWM Makes its Case for Gatwick !

Royal Borough responding to Airports Commission consultation

The council is responding to the Airports Commission regarding its long term capacity consultation by reaffirming its position that it is against expansion at Heathrow Airport.

There are three proposals that the Airports Commission is currently looking at:

  • a proposal from Gatwick Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the south of the existing runway at Gatwick Airport
  • a proposal from Heathrow Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the north west of the existing northern runway at Heathrow Airport
  • a proposal from Heathrow Hub Ltd for an extension to the existing northern runway at Heathrow Airport to operate as two separate runways

The Royal Borough supports the Gatwick option on economic grounds and continues to support the position made by West Sussex County Council.

Cllr George Bathurst, chairman of the aviation forum and cabinet member for policy and performance, said: “We are urging Government to take into account the unacceptable noise that our residents already suffer, particularly at night, and if Heathrow Airport was allowed to expand this would get dramatically worse.

“Both Heathrow expansion options would also cause substantial harm to our world famous heritage including Windsor Castle and Eton College.

“We are backing Gatwick Airport expansion for the stronger economic growth it would create. It is more practical, more deliverable and will give our residents and the UK more choice and competition.  We want to see Heathrow Airport as a better not a bigger airport.

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2015 Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race |

Click on the Photos to Enlarge  Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 2015 :: Four Amigos     The 19th annual race was held on New Year’s Day, Thursday, 1st January 2015. The Race starts in the car park  behind St Michael’s School in the centre of Sunninghill and finishes on School Road,  teams having run round the village taking refreshment at each of the pubs.


The Fastest Time was won by the Badly Dressed Men, with a race time of 8 minutes 28 seconds.  The Best Fancy Dress was won by the Sunningdale Hope Centre's - 'Mockado'. Runners up in this category were Un-Stable. As there was no all - ladies team this year, the Cup was awarded to the Fastest Mixed Team - Snow White by the Quince Players.  The Most Sponsorship Raised Cup will be awarded when all the sponsorship money is returned but meanwhile, Racec organisers say they hope to be able to donate c £7,000 to the Ascot District Day Centre!

 This annual, fun-filled family event is organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot together with the local community, in aid of the Ascot District Day Centre and is guaranteed to get the New Year off to a good start. Participants and visitors enjoyed a superb hog roast, provided by Franck and Rachid at  the Carpenters afterwards, when the cups and prizes were awarded. The Raffle, offering perfect prizes donated by local businesses such as Pink & Brown, The Stock Exchange , Polly's Place and many more, was also drawn at The Carpenters.


Race organiser David Mear thanked the Race sponsors - De Vere Venues , Ascot Racecourse, as well as the brave and resourceful teams, raffle ticket sellers, race stewards and all those who turn out to support for the Ascot Day Centre.  Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 2015 :: Badly Dressed Men   Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 2015 :: Sunningdale Hope Centre   Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 2015 :: Sunningdale Hope Centre

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2015 HIGHLIGHTS AT ASCOT RACECOURSE

www.ascot.co.uk    2015 HIGHLIGHTS AT ASCOT RACECOURSE


To book or for further information, please call 0844 3463000 or visit www.ascot.co.uk/

For more than 300 years Ascot Racecourse has been at the heart of the British sporting and social calendar. 2015 will be no exception.

The centrepiece of Ascot’s year is Royal Ascot. Held from Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th June 2015 the Royal Meeting promises five days of world-class racing, high fashion, pageantry and Fine Dining as the racecourse opens its gates to more than 300,000 visitors from across the globe. From the arrival of the Royal procession at 2pm, to the communal singing around the Bandstand after the last race, each day is a truly remarkable occasion.

Beyond the Royal Meeting, Ascot hosts 21 significant race meetings, at least one in every month of the year. 2015 highlights include:

• Two of Britain’s most important Flat meetings, the King George Weekend in late July featuring the £1,000,000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) and QIPCO British Champions Day in mid-October, the richest day in British racing.

• Four family days including the inaugural Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday in March, the Summer Mile Saturday in mid-July (in 2015 this family day has been brought forward from late July), the Halloween Raceday and Firework Spectacular in November and the Christmas Racing Weekend in December. Each of these days feature quality racing and include free entertainment for the whole family such as fairground rides, craft areas, animal displays, pony rides and seasonal activities. Children under 18 enter for free at all Ascot racedays.

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Charters School | Christmas Party for Day Centre Members

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Click on the photo to enlarge it  Day Centre Party :: Charters School Sunningdale   Pictured : shows Senior Citizens from The Ascot Day Centre and Charters Sixth Form students.

Every year, Sixth Form students from Charters School host a Christmas Party for the members of The Ascot Day Centre.  This year, on Tuesday, 9 December, around 25 guests arrived from The Ascot Day Centre, to a very festive common room.  The guests were treated to a glass of mulled wine as they were seated and then the festivities began.  They enjoyed a live performance of Christmas songs from the Charters Junior Vocal Group. This was followed by a Christmas bingo, a quiz and a raffle.  The Sixth Form students, then served up an array of food cooked by the Charters in-house catering company Cucina, which included all the party essentials, topped off with homemade mince pies and after dinner mints.  The guests left at 5.30pm, each with their own gift from Santa and a Christmas card.

Mrs Ruth Fettes, Sixth Form Common Room Supervisor said, “A huge thank you to all who worked so hard in organising a really outstanding Christmas party for our wonderful senior citizens.”

The Charters School Sixth Form Social Committee spokesperson said, “We are always so pleased to welcome the senior citizens to the annual Charters School Sixth Form Christmas Party.  We would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas and thank everyone who supported this event and made it such an enjoyable evening for all.”

Charters School would also like to thank the following for their generous donations:

The Ascot Fire Brigade Trust,  The Sunninghill Trust, Lush Cosmetics, …..including the staff, students and the Sixth Form Social Committee, who worked so hard organising this popular Christmas party.

 

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St.Francis' Nativity 2014 | Donkeys For Sale

Click on the photo to enlarge   St.Francis School :: Nativity 2014   Pictured:  The Cast of St Francis School Nativity - ' Donkeys for Sale'.

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LVS Ascot | Scrooge Success

Click on photo to enlarge it  Scrooge :: LVS Ascot Audiences gave local LVS Ascot students a rapturous reception this weekend after enjoying a fabulous adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to mark the beginning of the festive season.

Around 500 people packed into the fantastic purpose built LVS Ascot Britvic theatre over three performances, and were not disappointed as the adaptation ‘Scrooge’s Christmas Carol’, brainchild of Acting Head of Drama Georgina Windsor, drew rave reviews for both the quality of acting and the set.

Georgina, who as well as bringing the best out of talented young actors at LVS Ascot also works for BBC Radio Solent and South Today, said: “It is an amazing feeling to have conceived this and see such a talented young cast bring it to life. I’m so proud of our students who, despite being as young as 14, have been inspired to produce a better performance than I ever imagined. They have made my dreams come true!”

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Sunningdale Park to Become Police College Then Sold for Development

Please click on the photo to enlarge it Northcote House :: Sunningdale   A public exhibition  about the future of Sunningdale Park was held in at Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, Ascot, SL5 0DE, on  3rd and 4th December 2014.

In July 2013, Cabinet Office held an event to inform the local community it was reviewing the development potential of the site. Since then they have considered feedback from the event and prepared a Development Opportunity Brief which outlines development opportunities for the site.

The Cabinet Office spokesperson told the December 2014 exhibition visitors that the site will be marketed from early 2015 with a view to selling it by May 2017. The site comprises the De Vere accommodation blocks behind the  Larch Avenue frontage.  From January 2015, these buildings will be occupied by  a police training college, currently  located at Bramshill in Hampshire  - as a temporary measure until  its new premises are ready.

Regarding the longer term future use of the site,  the Cabinet Office spokesperson explained that it has a responsibility to maintain employment on the site, but it's likely that buyer will explore the development of housing. The site is all in Green Belt but the proposed development site is all 'previously developed land'.  In selling the land, they will not be requiring public park access to the Capability Brown gardens, as it could devalue land and they want to maximise value while marketing it responsibly.

No details are available on proposed access to the new development but there's no reason to presume they will change and there may be an opportunity for new footpaths and cyclepaths.

 If you wish to make direct contact:  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call 0808 168 2519

 

Ascot Racecourse Major £ Benefit to UK - Report Confirms

Please click on the image to enlarge   Ascot Racecourse : Wins Top Award   As Ascot Racecourse announces a new Group One Sprint called 'The Commonwealth Cup', to be run at Royal Ascot 2015, with prize money topping £5.5 million (currently £5,310,000), for the first time, Deloitte's have also produced a report showing that the Racecourse makes  significant contribution to the UK economy.

Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot, said: “It is pleasing to be able to stage the first £5.5 million Royal Meeting in 2015 and we are also today unveiling the first Economic Impact report on our business, compiled by Deloitte.”

Headline findings from the report, assessed in terms of Ascot’s contribution to the national economy, include the following key metrics for 2013:

£138m total direct revenue generated by the racecourse, comprised of £70m direct racecourse expenditure and £68m generated indirectly (accommodation, food & drink, transport, fashion etc).
• 573,000 attendees during the year (279,000 at Royal Ascot), 10% of the total national racecourse attendance.

• 4650 people employed on the busiest days.

• £14.5m tax contribution.

• £350m+ off course betting turnover generated.

• £13.3m total prize money, 12% of the total national prize money on offer.

• 11 Group One races staged, 33% of the national total, over 26 race days (2% of the national total). There will be 13 Group One races from 2015.

• Over 200 horses trained outside Great Britain & Ireland have run at Royal Ascot since the racecourse reopened in 2006, including 34 from the USA and 19 from Australia.

• £237m spend on capital expenditure during the ten years to and including 2013.

The full report can be downloaded here:  http://www.ascot.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Ascot_Economic%20Impact%20Document_FINAL_WEB.pdf

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Ascot Warhorse Memorial Project | Heatherwood Roundabout | You Choose!

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Ascot Bronze War Horse  :: Two Designs     Actress, Jenny Seagrove, and a host of local dignitaries - including RBWM Mayor -  Cllr Richard Kellaway ,  RBWM Council Leader, Cllr David Burbage and Alan Carr MBE (pictured below),  gathered on Ascot's Heatherwood roundabout in the Spring to launch an appeal for the Ascot War Horse Memorial Project . The project team has been working towards installing a bronze sculpture on the roundabout, to commemorate the one million Allied horses lost in the First World War.

Now, plans have advanced and there are two designs on which local people can have a say - both feature the horse with its head respectfully bowed, standing on a Portland stone plinth - but mounted in two different ways (see illustration ).  The designs are described as contemporary versus traditional. There will be an additional feature on the roundabout - a 'water trough' feature and possibly flags. On the corner of Windsor Road and upper Ascot High St, there will be another ' interpretation Portland stone', facing the large bronze statue on the roundabout. Full details can be seen in the latest edition of Around the Royal Borough (currently dropping through local letterboxes).

This is thought to be an appropriate time to erect such a memorial- with the recent World War One centenary and the role of the Warhorse fresh in the public mind. It will also make a fitting 'gateway' to Ascot, as the Racecourse goes from strength to strength.  The statue is to be funded by private donations  Ascot War Horse Project :: Jenny Seagrove

To comment on the two statue designs,    e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   by Monday 15th December.

 

New Group One Race at Royal Ascot Announced

  NEW GROUP ONE SPRINT AT ROYAL ASCOT NAMED “THE COMMONWEALTH CUP”

• Prize Money at Royal Ascot 2015 tops £5.5 million for the first time
• Inaugural Economic Impact of Ascot Racecourse report published today

Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that the new Group One race at the Royal Meeting, revealed as joining the programme in August, is to be named the Commonwealth Cup.

The eighth Group One race at Royal Ascot will be run for £375,000 on the Friday card, replacing the Buckingham Palace Stakes. It will be open to three-year-old colts, geldings and fillies.

The Wolferton Stakes has been moved from Friday to Saturday with the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap transferred the other way, to ensure a competitive handicap is run as the fifth race on each day of Royal Ascot.

Prize money at Royal Ascot next year will increase to £5,585,000 from £5,310,000 and a full running order is attached.

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