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Royal Ascot 2015 | The Countdown Begins !

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FOUR WEEKS TO GO TO ROYAL ASCOT 2015 !

- Race track grass cut to four inches and 3 miles of bunting ready to be erected
- 2,900 Lobster on order and 51,000 bottle of champagne to be chilled
- 5.5 million likes, posts and check ins expected on Ascot’s Facebook page

 Ascot, Berkshire, 19th May 2015  - The countdown to one of the most iconic summer highlights of the British sporting and social calendar has begun. Four weeks today Ascot Racecourse will open its gates for five days of world class racing, pageantry, high fashion and Fine Dining from Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th June 2015.


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Papplewick School | Rugby Star Returns to Alma Mater

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Please click on the photo to enlarge it   Papplewick School Ascot : James Haskell Returns English rugby star, James Haskell returned to his old school Papplewick, in Ascot, to be filmed for an ITV programme related to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Some lucky Papplewick rugby players helped him with the filming of his new ‘motor’.

He was endlessly patient with scores of keen autograph hunters among the boys, and even took a few of the 1st XV for a spin around the grounds in his absurdly small electric car, only just avoiding trouble with the groundsman after a couple of wheel spins.

“Many thanks to James once again for being such a good sport,” Tom Bunbury, headmaster, said.  “We’re delighted that he takes such a keen interest in Papplewick's latest crop of young rugby players.”

 

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Coworth Flexlands Pupils | Budding Politicians!

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Coworth Flexlands School  ::  Parliament Visit   Pictured: Coworth Flexlands Pupils Enjoying a Visit to the Houses  of Parliament

Coworth Flexlands School  ::  Parliament Visit   When the Cat’s Away the Mice Will Play – As Politicians are away, Coworth Flexlands’ Girls Make Laws in the Houses of Parliament!

 Year 6 girls at Coworth Flexlands School have, this term, taken advantage of the focus on politics in the media generated by the recent election. Earlier in the term their PSHE ‘Decades Project’ looked at the politicians and their policies that have led and shaped our country in recent decades. A visit to The Houses of Parliament on Friday 15th May was a highlight all had been looking forward to. The visit more than fulfilled their expectations, and brought the world of politics to life.


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Hospice Volunteers Recognised as Part of National Celebrations

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  Thames Hospice ::  Logo VOLUNTEERS RECOGNISED AS PART OF NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS Thames Hospice will be celebrating the dedication of its volunteers throughout National Volunteers’ Week in June.

The annual initiative, taking place from 1st-7th June 2015, is designed to recognise the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Thames Hospice has more volunteers than paid staff and to highlight their work the local charity will be sharing volunteer stories across its website and social media channels, as well as holding a special tea party at Dorney Lake on 3rd June, from 2-4.30pm.

At the ceremony, more than 20 volunteers will be presented with long-service awards by our new Chief Executive, Debbie Raven, and three of those will be recognised for giving their time to the organisation for free for more than 30 years.


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Council Object to Station Car Park Crossover Plans

Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council  has objected to South West Train's planning application -  15/01110 (Full) - for a new crossover  for a new crossover to create a new entrance to the lower car park at Ascot Station. They considered the application would have a harmful effect on the Green Belt and raised highway safety concerns. The lack of a traffic survey sand information on traffic management was of concern. This is a congested thoroughfare at peak periods. Also it will have an adverse effect on pedestrian and vehicular safety. This effect would be exacerbated due to the closure of the footpath leading from the Station to Ascot High Street which had resulted in an increase in pedestrian use of Station Hill.


 

Ascot Charity Dinner Dance Raises 9K for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

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Ascot Charity Dinner :: Paul Strickland Fundraiser     Pictured: Giovanna Thomas (L) and Rosalva Fernandez (R)

Celebration of Life event raises £9,000 for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre |  Sunningdale resident Giovanna Thomas and her sister Rosalva Fernandez raised £9,000 in aid of the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, at a charity dinner dance held to honour their mother Giuseppina on 2 May 2015.

Two hundred guests attended the ‘Celebration of Life’ event at the Berystede Hotel, Ascot, to mark 20 years since Giuseppina passed away at the age of 45 on 8th May 1995.

 Giovanna Thomas said: “My sister and I were delighted to host this special event in honour of our wonderful mum. After the meal, we both made a short speech and showed a short film of photos of the guests’ lost loved ones, including a short clip of our mum, accompanied by some music – this was quite poignant and a reminder of the lives we were celebrating.

“We were both so overwhelmed by the support by the local businesses for the excellent raffle and auction prizes.  The event was a huge success and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Mum went for all of her scans at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, so it was important to us to donate the proceeds of the event to the Centre to ensure other people can benefit from the excellent care our mum received.”

The funds raised at the event will go towards the 30th Anniversary CT Scanner Appeal at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre to help with early diagnosis of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

For further information, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01923 844290  Ascot Charity Dinner :: Claire Strickland Receives Cheque


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Papplewick School | Pupils Score Another Scholarship Triumph

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Please click on the photo to enlarge it   Papplewick School Ascot : Scholarships Triumph Once again, Papplewick School in Ascot reports a successful year for scholarships, with eleven boys achieving either scholarships or exhibitions to top independent secondary schools. 

Off to Eton College will be Aakash Gupta, who won a King’s Scholarship, Atticus Evans-Lombe, with the Annah Shaw scholarship, and Daniel Kim, who won a music scholarship to the College.  Stephen Felce won an Academic Scholarship to Winchester College, while two boys won awards to Harrow School: Nick Shishkarev won an Academic Scholarship as well as the Deno Leventis Classics Award, and Alessandro Angelucci an Art Scholarship.  Maxim Mavlyutov will be going to Wellington College armed with an Academic Scholarship while Rob Lee has an Art Scholarship and Anubhap Taechamahaphan an Art Exhibition to Charterhouse School.  Finally, Ali Shirazi won an Art Exhibition to The Oratory School, and Ben Smith-Bannister a Sports Exhibition to Pangbourne College. 

“As always we’re extremely proud of our scholars and particularly this year with the quite outstanding academic results the boys have achieved,” Headmaster Tom Bunbury said. “It’s particularly nice though to also see such a range of awards, which reflects our approach to delivering a really high quality, but broad and balanced, education.”

Picture shows: Back Row: left to right :Anubhap Taechamahaphan – Art exhibition – Charterhouse, Alessandro Angelucci – Art Scholarship - Harrow, Ben Smith-Bannister – Sports Exhibition – Pangbourne College, Rob Lee- Art Scholarship – Charterhouse

 Front Row: Stephen Felce – Academic Scholarship – Winchester College,  Daniel Kim – Music Scholarship – Eton College, Nick Shishkarev – Academic Scholarship, and Deno Leventis Classics Award – Harrow, Aakash Gupta – Kings Scholarship – Eton College, Atticas Evans- Lombe – Annah Shaw Scholarship – Eton College, Maxim Mavlyutov – Academic Scholarship – Wellington College, Ali Shirazi – Art Exhibition – The Oratory


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Quince Players | Yes Prime Minister | Mayor's Visit

Please click to enlarge the images    To book call 01344 874200 or visit  www.quinceplayers.com Yes Prime Minister :: RBWM Mayor and Cast

 Pictured: The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - Cllr Richard Kellaway-, in 'the Prime Minister's Chair at Chequers' with members of the Yes Prime Minister cast after the May 14th performance

Don't miss the last two performances of the Quince Players' hilarious 'Yes, Prime Minister' at the Cordes Hall in Sunninghill, near Ascot.  The characters are perfectly cast and display an amazing feat of line-learning ! The plot is very entertaining, with Sir Humphrey having the last word, as ever.

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Christine Gadd Retires from Sunningdale Parish Council Chairman

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 Christine Gadd :: Chairman's Retirement Christine Gadd :: Chairman's Retirement     Christine Gadd formally stepped down as Sunningdale Parish Council Chairman, on May 12th. After 14 years dedicated service (Chairman 2007 - 2015), Christine handed over her chain of office to the newly elected Chairman - Anne-Catherine Buxton - saying that, only deciding to move to projects new, made her realise the weight of responsibility carried by Parish Chairman.

In an emotional farewell, she said that her Parish Council career began with a daffodil bulb and she was as proud of the early bulb planting  with local children,  as of  many  later projects. Among Christine's many notable achievements, are the granite Diamond Jubilee seat in Chobham Road,  the wonderful Diamond Jubilee Concert, the annual Christmas Lights celebration, the telephone box Book Exchange in Chobham Road and huge improvements to the Broomhall Recreation Ground.

A short ceremony was held in Broomhall Park, by the children's playground, where a tree (an Alnus Incana Aurea ) has been planted in recognition of Christine's service. A presentation was also made to Nick Dawson, who retired from his role as Vice Chairman.

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Sunningdale Parish Council | Looking to the Future

Sunningdale Parish COuncil Open to Change at Sunningdale Parish Council | Sunningdale Parish Council is extremely sorry that its chairman, Christine Gadd, has decided to retire. In post for nearly eight years, Christine has been a remarkably energetic chairman, known to almost everyone in the community, as she rushes about on her bicycle, engaging with every aspect of village life.

It was Christine who initiated the successful Christmas event - now an eagerly anticipated, annual feature of Sunningdale and never lacking in original ideas it was she who proposed the iconic stone bench as a lasting Diamond Jubilee memorial and the successful Book Exchange in the Phone Box on the Chobham Road. Under her chairmanship many improvements have been made at the Recreation Ground. Equipment is constantly renovated; tennis courts have been refurbished and new items including the chalet added to make The Rec an outstanding local meeting place. It was the perfect setting for the Jubilee Music Festival in the Park, organised by Christine, which was attended by H.R.H the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The Parish Council will miss Christine greatly for all her flare, energy, and commitment to the community.

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Papplewick School | Three Pupils in TV & Film

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Please click on the photo to enlarge it   Papplewick School Ascot : Money Raised for Morpurgo         Pictured: Baxter Westby, with actor Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie Fairhead in the BBC’s Casualty series.

Three talented boys from Papplewick School in Ascot are involved in acting roles in the next few months. | Baxter Westby, aged 11, has been filming for two episodes of the BBC’s Casualty series, in which he plays a young Charlie Fairhead, for a two-part August Bank Holiday special.  Charlie Fairhead is a senior charge nurse and is the longest-serving cast member of Casualty. 


Baxter’s mother, Sarah Westby, said: “Baxter had a thoroughly fabulous time and was extremely comfortable in that environment, sometimes with 60 people or so watching!” 

Meanwhile Monty Johnstone McLaren-Clark, aged ten, was filming for Avengers: Age of Ultron, currently on at cinemas around the country. Monty has a scene in which he gets saved by Ironman!

Finally, Rupert Cunningham-Day, aged seven, has been asked to act in a BBC adaptation of Jekell and Hyde, involving a day’s filming. 

Papplewick headmaster Tom Bunbury said:  “We’re very proud of our acting trio, who have managed extremely well to fit their filming around their busy school life.”

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St.Peter's Hospital Opens New 'Memory Cafe'

St Peter’s  Hospital will open a new Memory Café  at Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 0PZ, on  Wednesday 20th May 2015, 3 - 4pm at the  Medical Unit Seminar Room, Level 4 (Duchess of Kent Wing).

The new Memory Café offers informal support and advice for anyone worried about their loved one’s memory loss.  It is primarily aimed at supporting families and carers of patients suffering from memory loss (for example from dementia), who are staying in hospital.

The Café will be open once a month on designated days and is a brand new initiative to support those caring for a loved one with memory loss.

 

International Scientist Captivates Audience At LVS Ascot

Click on photo to enlarge it  Leicester University :: Women of Influence at LVS Ascot    Pictured:  LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe (left) and Dr Turi King (centre) are part of the Leicester University Women of Influence group

A story that has captivated the nation over recent months was vividly brought to life in Berkshire at the end of April as the international scientist crucial in the discovery and reinterment of Richard III revealed the secrets of the amazing tale to a packed theatre at LVS Ascot.

People around Britain have only been able to follow the amazing discovery of Richard III, the last king to die in battle, from afar as Leicester became the focal point for international media charting the incredible discovery. But on Friday 24th April Dr Turi King, who identified the remains of Richard III, told the tale and all its secrets to a captivated audience of LVS Ascot students and members of the public.

Dr Turi King led the international research team involved in the DNA identification work of the remains of Richard III, and revealed the various methods used including a CT scan on the skeleton’s skull, high-tech 3D scanning, radio carbon dating and isotope analysis.  A further fascinating aspect to Turi’s lecture was details of the quest to find living descendants from Richard III to compare DNA with a tooth she wiggled out of the jaw of Richard III’s skull – the scariest thing she has done due to the fear of damaging the evidence and contaminating the DNA.

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St.Peter's Hospital | Oncology Ward Refurbishment

Momentum awarded £2,000 for refurbishment project in Ashford and St Peter’s Paediatric Oncology Ward | The Hospital Saturday Fund awarded £2,000 cheque as a direct result of Momentum’s application last December as part of their on-going ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ work.    Zenaid Richards from the Hospital Saturday Fund presented the cheque to Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Chairman, Aileen McLeish and patient Oscar Hesketh-Williamson.

 Chairman, Aileen McLeish said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Momentum to enhance the healing environment for our young patients.  We are very thankful for the £2,000 from the Hospital Saturday Fund, which will go towards Momentum’s current project to improve the facilities in Little Oaks Ward that is likely to cost in the region of £50,000.  The improved facilities will include a chill out area for the patients, new bays for better privacy for patients and a small staff office for dealing with sensitive information and difficult phone calls.”

Momentum is the official charity for Little Oaks, which enables the hospital to improve the ‘healing environment’ for children with cancer or life limiting conditions.  Nikki Howard, Momentum’s Fundraising Team said: “Working in collaboration with Ashford and St Peter’s Little Oaks Ward, Momentum are making use of the ‘Enhancing Healing Environment’ campaign to do just that for the young patients in this ward.”

Zenaid Richards from the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to donate this sum of money to such a great project that will be appreciated by so many young people who have had their stay in hospital brightened up by these improvements.”


 

St.Peter's Hospital Physician and Endocrinologist Dr Han Wins International Award

Ashford and St Peter’s Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist Dr Han wins international award | Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist Dr Thang Han, at Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, has been given an International Award for Publishing Excellence by the prestigious Endocrine Society, based in Chicago, USA, for his article published last summer in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism titled “Comparison of *immunoassay and **mass spectrometry measurement of serum estradiol [oestrogen] levels and their influence on clinical association studies in men”

The article describes a study of middle-aged and elderly European and American men which compared the two methods of measuring oestrogen levels.  The study found that C-reactive protein (CRP) - a protein found in blood plasma which increase in levels in response to inflammation -severely interferes with oestrogen levels measured using immunoassay. Concluding that mass spectrometry was more accurate and also explained the inconsistent results found between oestrogen levels and clinical conditions such as osteoporosis in men, particularly on patients with inflammatory conditions.

Dr Han has also successfully secured, from global pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, the first commercially-funded study for the Trust’s Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology. This is a multi-National, prospective, observational study to assess the unmet medical needs associated with ***basal insulin use in patients with type 2 diabetes who have newly, or recently, started basal insulin treatment.



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Sebastian's Action Trust | Superb Fundraising Lunch at La Cloche

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Carpenters Lunch :: Sebastians Action Trust Click on the photo to expand it Pictured: Franck Jourdan and the La Cloche Team with Organiser - Annie Hoddle & the Sebastian's Action Trust Team

Sebastian's Action Trust held a superb fundraising lunch at  La Cloche at the Carpenters  in Sunninghill, on May 6th.  Guests enjoyed Prosecco and a delicious three-course French meal, a champagne game of Heads n Tails and a raffle. Organiser, Annie Hoddle reminded everyone that there are exciting forthcoming events to enjoy, including the May 31st Crown & Tiara Walk   . Trust founder and CEO and multiple award winner, Jane Gates OBE,  gave a brief update on the  Trust's activities. As well as the  Bluebells respite house - a unique facility where families can holiday with their sick children, there is now a drop in family outreach centre in Slough , with a similar facility planned for Bagshot.

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Popular Winkfield MayDay Fair 2015

MayDay Fair :: Carnation Hall Ascot   MayDay Fair :: Carnation Hall Ascot This year’s Winkfield MayDay Fair , which took place at Carnation Hall yesterday (May 4th)  was opened by Rev Catherine Blundell, who is taking up a new post in Wiltshire at the beginning of June.  It was a relief to see the sun shining first thing and it remained that way throughout the event. We had just finished clearing up when it started to rain. There was a great variety of stalls;  regulars such as  Chavey Down W.I., Ascot Horticulture & John Harrod selling his honey; charities such as Warfield Riding for the Disabled, Cat’s Protection & Pineridge Dog Sanctuary; demonstrations by Started by Nature Finished by Hand - Wood Turner Paul Nesbitt and Grandson Alfie aged 11;  Brownies and Guides with their tombolas, crafts and games; Gifts stalls, health and beauty and taster sessions of Pranic Healing; Refreshments – Cranbourne Primary School PTA were in the hall with their variety of refreshments and Old Windsor Scouts returned with their BBQ. The ladies from the Royal British Legion in Cranbourne had a cake stall.  Basil & Crew, the pet corner, were as usual very popular and Sheryl Beach was there with her swingboats and other rides and games.  We were entertained by the children of Winkfield St Mary’s doing their maypole dancing.  Gill Harbut the previous head of the school returned to teach the children and they put on a fabulous display at 2pm. We had people picnicking on the grass making the most of the weather! It was a great atmosphere and so lovely to see the village community getting together for a fun day out. As a non-profit making event surplus proceeds (usually £1000+) will be given to local charities/projects, including the new Chavey Down War Memorial. It is one of the few villages in the UK without a memorial to soldiers from the first and second world wars. A big thank you to local businesses who gave prizes or donations, Winkfield Parish Council for their continued support and use of Carnation Hall & Grounds & the May Day Fair committee that consists of Wendy French, Janey Bethune- Williams, Angela Michie, Lynne and Lynn Jenkins, Jane Hodgson, plus Mel Woods who gives valuable assistance to the committee and to our regular Fair Announcer Terry French.  With volunteers dwindling we weren’t sure if the fair would take place this year so a huge thank you to  those who responded to our plea for help in the lead up to the event and on the day. It made a huge difference. We are already planning next year’s event! If you would like be involved with next year’s fair either as a stallholder or volunteer please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01344 883528. MayDay Fair :: Carnation Hall Ascot

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Papplewick School | Over £7k Raised for Morpurgo Charity

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Please click on the photo to enlarge it   Papplewick School Ascot : Money Raised for Morpurgo The rain held off for Papplewick’s annual charity walk in Windsor Great Park on Sunday 26th April.  Around 400 boys, parents and friends of the school raised more than £7,000 for charity Farms for City Children, which was founded in 1976 by children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare. 

The charity aims to expand the horizons of children from towns and cities all over the UK by offering them a magical week in the countryside, living and working together on one of their farms.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Well done and thank you to all boys and parents who walked for Farms for City Children.  A great effort for an excellent cause.”

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St.Francis Golf Prodigy to Play in World Junior Championship

Click on the photo to enlarge   St.Francis School :: Golfing Prodigy   Pictured: Nikolai With His Reception Class Teachers, Miss Tanya Swan and Mrs Sue Roche, and Dad - Peter Wilding  

Five year old St Francis Primary School pupil, Nikolai Wilding will be jetting off to the USA this summer to take part in the prestigious world junior golf championship.

Nikolai has been playing with a golf club and ball from his first steps according to proud dad Peter. Mum and dad spotted that he had good hand eye co-ordination from an early age and encouraged his interest in golf helped by (other) golf playing relatives.

Nikolai is coached by the Michael O’Connor Junior Academy at Lambourne Golf Club, Burnham and qualified for the world junior championships by winning a tournament at Wildwood Golf Club, near Horsham, Surrey.

The IMG Academy world junior golf championship is held in San Diego, California in July and is open to qualifiers from across the United States and internationally.

St Francis Head Teacher Jane Gow said the school were delighted to hear that Nikolai had been so successful and everyone was behind him in the competition.


CADS next production will be staged on 16,17 and 18 April 2015 at St Peter’s Hall, Hatchet Lane, Cranbourne, SL4 2EG. Curtain up will be at 7.45pm. Tickets will shortly be available so please see attached flier for full details and a booking form.

 

‘The Speech’ by Tony Earnshaw will be directed by Tom Cobley and ‘Holiday’ by Colin Calvert will be directed by Natalie Jenno.

 

Natalie has written a synopsis of the two plays:

 

The Speech:

The Prime Minister is in trouble. A perfect storm of disasters has happened on the PM’s watch. Now, a difficult message has to be communicated to the electorate. The skills of a speechwriter are called for but should the speech be an honest appraisal of the situation or just more spin?

 

 

Holiday:

Donna is trying to hold the fort at the travel agency where she works, but her co-worker Linzi has run off and there's an inspector coming from Head Office. New recruit Sandra finds herself thrown in the deep end and experiencing the weird and wonderful folk who come looking for a holiday. Have the pair been nice enough to their customers to pass the inspection?

 

Fundraiser Arrives at Ascot Racecourse After 62 Mile Walk

 Ascot Racecourse : Walking the Courses   ASCOT RACECOURSE READY TO WELCOME EPIC FUNDRAISING VENTURE ‘WALKING THE COURSES’ | On Wednesday 29th April, fundraiser and 53-year-old father of four, Richard Farquhar, will arrive at Ascot Racecourse, having walked the 62 miles from Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire, on the latest stage of his epic fundraising venture, Walking The Courses.

Farquhar is aiming to raise £1.4million for Racing Welfare and Pancreatic Cancer UK by connecting all sixty racecourses in mainland Britain on foot in an unbroken chain, in doing so covering around 2,750 miles. To complete his Towcester to Ascot leg of the journey in style, Farquhar will be walking around the Ascot course itself at 12:30, accompanied by many familiar faces within racing including trainers, jockeys and the Ascot Racecourse Trustees.

It is early days for Walking The Courses, with Ascot Racecourse being just the seventh racecourse in the country to host the charity campaign. By April 2016, upon arrival back at Newmarket, having completed all 58 racecourse-to-racecourse walks, Farquhar hopes to have hit his ambitious target of £1.4million, to have involved people from all across the UK in his challenge - including notable individuals within the horse racing industry - and partnered with some of the biggest businesses within the racing industry. Thus far, Walking The Courses has featured on Channel 4 Racing, Sky’s At The Races, Racing UK and BBC World’s Service’s coverage of the Grand National, which was won by Walking The Courses’ Official Equine Ambassador, Many Clouds.

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Winkfield Parish Council | Awards Presented to Special Parish People

 Click on the photos to enlarge Winkfield Parish Council :: Parish People Wards 2015 Pictured (L to R) Parish People Winners: John Bailes, Paula Darryl, Jonathan Greenyer, with Parish Chairman - Geoff Paxton.   Winkfield Parish Council  held its Annual Parish Meeting at Carnation Hall,  on Tuesday April 28th. As well as a round up of the Parish Council's considerable achievements , residents' association's reports and a useful Q & A session   with  Andrew Hunter - Bracknell Forest's Chief Planning, Highways & Building Control Officer, (mainly concerning the Palm Hills and Locks Ride planning applications),  there was a very informative talk by Sir. Andrew Morris OBE, Chief Executive  of the Frimley Health Trust: He spoke about the Trust's action plan for rescuing Heatherwood & Wexham from debt and poor CQC ratings - with considerable investment, nurse recruitment and a cultural change. He also told the mainly sympathetic audience that, if he can raise £25 million from the sale of Heatherwood's London Road frontage and backland  (for as much housing as it takes) , he hopes to 'hunker down' in the old- but- good- quality mental health wards at the back, and add on state of the art operating theatres - for elective surgery, day surgery, diagnostics and clinics - as well as a private hospital , room for expansion and parking. The entrance would be off King's Ride.

The Annual Winkfield Parish People Awards were also  presented.  The Parish People Awards aim to reward people who live in Winkfield Parish and deserve recognition for community activity , environmental achievements or, in some other way, contributing to the life of the Parish. 

The winners, pictured above, were John Bailes - for 20 years service to Neighbourhood Watch, Paula Darryl for her outstanding care for local people in need, and Jonathan Greenyer -for his outstanding contribution to organising the highly successful, annual Winkfield Arts Week.


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Ascot Racecourse Announces Stella Artois as the ‘Official Beer and Cidre’

 Ascot Racecourse : Stella Artois Official Supplier     Ascot Racecourse : Stella Artois  

Premium beer and cider brand signs three year sponsorship deal. |  London, 23rd April 2015Ascot Racecourse has  announced Stella Artois as the ‘Official Beer and Cidre’ of Ascot Racecourse in a three year deal.

The premium beer and cider brand  will be the Official Beer and Cider of Ascot, with race goers set to enjoy perfectly poured Chalices of Stella Artois year round.

Ascot Racecourse will be joining other prestigious brand partners that include Wimbledon, The Open and the Cannes Film Festival.

The partnership includes distribution across Ascot Racecourse and will be supported by activations, outdoor advertising, PR and digital.

Ascot fans will be able to enjoy the iconic Stella Artois pouring ritual, with bar staff trained in the four step pour, and try out Stella Artois Cidre’s two new fruit variants – Peach and Elderflower.

Phil Pick, Marketing Manager for Stella Artois UK, says: “Stella Artois has a strong appreciation for events with a rich history and rituals. The care Ascot takes in every detail of the racecourse experience mirrors the care we take in the crafting and pouring of Stella Artois and makes Ascot the perfect host to some of the world’s greatest events.”

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Walk to Work & School Weeks | May 2015

Council backing National Walking Month |The Royal Borough is encouraging residents to take part in National Walking Month this May.

There are several campaigns and initiatives running throughout the whole month including Walk to Work Week (11-15 May) and Walk to School Week (18-22 May), which aim to get more people walking when and where they can.

During May there will be a chance to earn extra Greenredeem points by taking part in online quizzes and making pledges related to walking. Points can then be used in a wide variety of national and local shops and businesses.

Alternatively, residents can also donate their points to local school projects and local groups. The quizzes and pledges can be found at www.greenredeem.co.uk when residents log into their account.

Gordon Oliver, principal transport policy officer said: “Nearly one in five of all journeys are less than one mile, which is a distance that most people can walk in around 20 minutes. However, nearly a fifth of these short journeys are made by car, rising to nearly two fifths for journeys of up to two miles.

“Walking to work, school or the shops is a great way to integrate exercise into your lifestyle, contributing to the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day. It can also help to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, bringing wider benefits to the local area.”

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