It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Sunninghill ! Don't miss Independents Day on Thursday and visit the superb range of shops in Sunninghill High Street



The current proposed RBWM's Borough Local Plan has;

  • No Vision for our Borough
  • No Plan for New Roads or to address congestion issues
  • No Care for the protection of the character of our Areas
  • No Regard for a proper Greenbelt review
  • No Guarantee that 30% Affordable housing will be delivered (
Read more: Ascot & Sunnings | Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group


Pictured: Jeshiaiah Murray as Ebenezer (sitting) and Monty Johnstone McLaren Clark as Bob Cratchit.

 Papplewick’s Christmas play last week was Ebenezer, a retelling of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella ‘A Christmas Carol,’ about the cold-hearted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who despises Christmas.

A matinee performance on Thursday 30th November was attended by 65 pupils and staff from Upton House School in Windsor, with parents enjoying evening performances on the evenings of 1st and 2nd December.

A great time was had by all,” Tom Bunbury, Headmaster at Papplewick, said. “The boys all got into the spirit of the play, helping with the sets, the costumes and the rehearsals. The deafening applause was testament to the enjoyment of the audiences!”

Next Open Morning:   Saturday February 3rd 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m   Visit:

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Read more: Papplewick Boys Bring Ebenezer to Life


Pictured:    Overall winner Lorena Kaley Smith Christie from Easthampstead Park School being presented with her certificate and cup by Judges Vicky and James Bennet

It’s was going to be hot in the kitchen for competitors in this year’s East Berkshire Area round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition, organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot, as they faced  The Professionals:  Judges  Vicky and James Bennet of the Downshire Arms whom we are indebted to for their kind assistance and wise words.

The competition took  place on Tuesday  November 21st 2017 at the   Licensed Victuallers’ School Ascot who kindly hosted the event. 

The Rotary Young Chef competition is a youth competition for 11-17 year olds to develop a range of skills through the art of cooking a 3 course meal for 2 for £15 or less in 2 hours under competition conditions in a professional safe environment.  

Read more: 2017 Rotary Young Chefs Competition

 Amelie is a little girl who prefers to watch the changing seasons from her window, until she is introduced to the Great Outdoors by a special friend, according to local author Fiona Barker. She brought her picture book to the pupils of St Francis Catholic Primary School in South Ascot who enthusiastically took to the idea of going outside where they joined Fiona in enjoying the autumn leaves. 

Fiona, who is also an actor with the Sunninghill based Quince Players, wrote 'Amelie and the Great Outdoors' for children, and was delighted that the book had stimulated their imagination and encouraged them into playing outside with friends. " I was thrilled that the St Francis pupils listened to the story of the book and embraced the idea of outdoor play so exuberantly," she said.

St Francis Headteacher Caroline Johnson added, that our school regularly invites authors in to stimulate our pupils. "It is particularly exciting to see the children show such enthusiasm for a story and its meaning," she said.


Ascot Racecourse has unveiled six show garden designs that will be on display at its inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show, 13th to 15th April 2018.

A high-quality boutique event showcasing Britain's finest established and emerging horticultural talent, Ascot has created the Ascot Spring Garden Show - the south east of England's first garden show of this scale in 2018 - with the gardening enthusiast in mind.

The six show gardens have been curated by Andrew Fisher Tomlin, winner of the 'Best in Show Summer Garden' at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, and designed and built by up-and-coming garden designers whose designs are based broadly on a 'Town and Country' theme.

The designers showcasing their gardens at the show are Catherine Macdonald, Landform Consultants; Kate Gould, Kate Gould Gardens; Joe Perkins, Longview Design; Pip Probert, Outer Spaces; Richard Holmes and Florian Degroise; and Tom Hill, Tom Hill Garden Design.

Read more: Ascot Spring Garden Show | Ascot Racecourse | April 13th to 15th 2018

 Charters School in Sunningdale   | The Creative Arts Faculty at Charters School has built quite a reputation over the past few years with their annual stage shows, and as the school looks forward to its Diamond anniversary in April, this year was no exception.

The main hall was transformed into a Cabaret Club for a trip down memory lane, as students performed musical numbers from the school’s back catalogue of shows. Seated at round tables, the audience was treated to an array of classics from shows including West Side Story, We Will Rock You and Summer Holiday. Nearly all of the choreography was created by talented Sixth Form students, while the drama students added to the cabaret vibe by performing original sketches throughout the show.

The run was kicked off by the school’s annual Community Performance, where pensioners from local day centres and care homes were invited to experience the show during the school day along with students from some of the local schools. During the intermission, the audience was served refreshments which were kindly donated by Londis in Sunninghill.

Read more: Charters School Production Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

Pictured Above: Director of Charters 6th Form - Ms. Ollie Morrison and the Charters 6th Form Volunteers, With Rotary Ascot President - Hugo Winkler, President Elect -Vanita Winkler, Rotarian-Tony Love and RBWM Cllr Christine Bateson (Lead Member for Ascot&Sunnings) & Cllr John Story.


Director of Sixth Form, Ollie Morrison explained that many of the sixth formers do volunteer work - some within the School and others on community projects such as this planting of 5,000 purple crocus corms, donated by the RHS. Cllr Bateson had arranged for the Highway land, for which the Royal Borough is responsible, to be available for the croci. The 9 students worked hard on the planting, on November 22nd, on ground beside the roundabout at the Church Lane/Sunninghill High Street junction. The flowers will all be purple, as a visual reminder of the international Rotary campaign to eradicate polio.

Read more: Rotary 'End Polio' Campaign | Roundabout Will Bloom Purple in Spring


A new destination restaurant has officially launched at the stunning four-star Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot. 

The very attractive new restaurant describes itself as 'casual fine dining' so that mixed parties of 'foodies' and the plain hungry, can dine together with ease. Whatever your choice though, you can be assured of first class, fresh ingredients and first class wine. 

The 90-seater, Acanthus Restaurant offers a relaxed approach to fine dining, serving both gourmet dishes, and light bites, which guests can enjoy throughout the day surrounded by views of stunning manicured gardens.

The menu, has been crafted by head chef Ramneek Chugh in collaboration with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Regional Chef Raj Chakraborty, a well-known figure in the industry who has worked with several Michellen-starred chefs throughout his career. It uses the finest ingredients, many of them locally-sourced, to create flavoursome lunches, sumptuous dinners, tempting light dishes and decadent afternoon teas.

Chefs at Acanthus select only the best Scottish beef from renowned suppliers Scotbeef, British lamb and wild white fish, sourcing organic vegetables and dairy products where possible. Guests can indulge on an assortment of dishes from hand-shucked Cornish Oysters, to Venison Terrine with Apple Chutney, Wild Mushrooms & Winter Truffle Risotto, Rib of Beef on the Bone and Gratinated Scallops from Orkney served in a White Wine Sauce with Gruyere Cheese, as well as perennial favourite Beer Battered Haddock and Chips with Crushed Peas.

Read more: Launch of 'Acanthus' Restaurant at Macdonald Berystede Hotel Ascot

 Charters School in Sunningdale   | Charters School held an extended assembly on Monday 27th November to celebrate another outstanding year of GCSE achievements.   Prizes were presented to students by Ms Ellie Wallace, Chair of Governors.  Speeches and citations were given by Co-Headteachers, Mr Richard Pilgrim and Mr Martyn Parker, Mr Chris Rodgers, the Head of Year who looked after and led the students in Year 11 and Director of STEM Mrs Kate Hill who presented science prizes generously provided by Lilly UK. 

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher said, "During the prize-giving assembly we were able to acknowledge the success of our students last summer in their GCSE examinations.  They were a great year group who looked after one another, added so much to school life, were full of fun and secured outstanding academic results.” 

Special awards were presented to:...

Read more: Charters School | GCSE Prize Giving Assembly


Pictured: L – R - Mr Tayo Johnson, Lorna Ponti and Andy Field

Lunch4Life’ committee’s continuous donations to Breast Clinic at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Members of the ‘Lunch4Life’ committee presented a cheque for £16,000 to Consultant Breast Surgeon, Mr Tayo Johnson, at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on 10th November 2017 and since 2016 have given a total of £28,860 to the Breast Care Unit. Through their auspices, the Breast Unit also had a donation of £75,000 to purchase necessary equipment. These are just part of the many substantial charitable donations the fundraising group have given to the Ashford and St Peter’s breast service over the years. 

The ‘Lunch4Life’ committee was set up by Lorna Ponti in 2007 and aims to raise awareness of the disease and funds towards the purchase of new equipment.

Read more: ‘Lunch4Life’ Committee’s Continuous Donations to St.Peter's Breast Clinic


NIRAS Process Industry Limited passed their ISOQAR Audit of their Quality Management System with no actions. “We are delighted to pass with no actions, which shows we continue heading in the right direction with our management information and quality system, whilst recognising that enhancements can always be made.” Said Nick Hickman, Head of UK Operations. “We will be doing a complete review next year, building on our already healthy state before we migrate to the new standard - ISO 9001:2015 in summer 2018”.
An extract from the audit report:- The audit team concludes that the organisation HAS established and maintained its management system in line with the requirements of the standard(s) and demonstrated to the audit team that it has the ability to systematically achieve the requirements for products and or services within the scope of its activities and in accordance with its policy and objectives.
Good practice / positive aspects:
• Company’s QMS continues to be stable despite recent merges/acquisitions.
• The Company has in his ranks designers and engineers with many years of relevant technical

Read more: NIRAS Process Industry Limited Passes ISOQAR Audit

For the next year, minibuses at Charters School in Sunningdale   will be sporting advertising from two local companies; Ascot Travel House and Orlando Attractions.

The new artwork brightens up the buses and is the result of a generous financial contribution from the businesses. Ascot Travel House is an Independent Travel Agency which has been serving the community of Ascot and the surrounding area for over 25 years. Being independent, they offer an unrivalled choice when it comes to putting together the perfect holiday. Orlando Attractions is a holiday planning website, offering cheap discount tickets to Orlando theme parks and other attractions in and around Florida.

The 4 vehicles are used regularly by the students to attend sporting fixtures and trips and are a valuable contribution to school life.

Mr Simon Everett, the UK Manager of both companies said, "I have always tried to support local schools and with my son moving to Charters this year I wanted to do something to help. Sponsoring the mini buses was the perfect opportunity for us to advertise our local and national travel companies. We have all read about budgets at schools so I hope we have gone a little way to provide a better learning environment for the pupils at Charters".



Vintage vehicle rally in Berkshire drives over £6,000 in charity fundraising | 

A local vintage and classic vehicle tour of Ascot and Windsor Great Park has driven to success after raising over £6,000 for a local charity, Ben. Over 100 vintage cars took part in the Ben Windsor Great Park Vintage & Classic Vehicle Tour 2017 as well as four classic motorcycles, all pre-65 registrations.

This popular rally event has now been running for almost 50 years and has become a highlight for vintage motorist enthusiasts from across the country including Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Middlesex.

The event runs annually and all funds raised go to Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents. Ben also provides care for those in later life at its excellent care centres, including Lynwood Care Centre in Sunninghill, near Ascot.

This year’s event saw entrants set off from Ascot golf club, through Windsor Great Park, finishing back in Ascot for a BBQ, live Jazz music, a raffle and celebrations. As part of the event, vehicles are judged and prizes awarded for those in the best or most original condition.

There were six different categories and winners in each:...

Read more: Ascot & Windsor Park Vintage Vehicle Rally Raises Over £6,000


The Laddies (Hope Trust) won best dressed in 2016...see attached video link. Rumour has it they will be there again 2018 in another disguise... Will you allow them to win in 2018?  Stop them!
Date: 1st January 2018 Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race. 
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One for  your diary ! Put a team together!  Start 2018 off with a smile and laughs whilst raising funds for local charities.

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On Monday 13th November Charters School in Sunningdale fell silent to mark Remembrance Day.

Standing in year groups, the entire school joined together to remember the nation’s service men and women who have died in the line of duty.

Dexter Brown from Year 13 poignantly played the Last Post prior to Head Boy Joshua Taylor stepping to the microphone to read ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae. Students and staff fell silent for two minutes before Dexter broke the silence by playing the Rouse. A wreath of poppies was then laid by two Sixth Form students. As the students returned to lessons, they passed an art installation of poppies clinging to the trees in the school’s central quad.



Work gets underway in earnest, on refurbishing the historic Royal Foresters in London Road, Ascot. Oakman Inns & Restaurantsoperators and owners of Royal Foresters in Ascot are undertaking a comprehensive redevelopment and refurbishment, which will see a new hotel and restaurant opening next year. Wach this space !  CLICK HERE to see article about Oakmnn's recent, Royal award.



Cumberland Lodge is running a Christmas photography competition this winter, to find an eye-catching image that captures the atmosphere of Cumberland Lodge at Christmas. The winning image will feature on the 2018 Christmas cards with a full credit to the photographer, and will be widely shared in our newsletters and on the website and social media. People can submit up to two entries per person, by email (minimum 2MB file size and no filters or heavy editing allowed). The winning image and up to six runners-up will be selected by our Principal, Ed Newell, and announced in February 2018. You can find further details here: . The competition’s open to anyone visiting the Lodge, in Windsor Great Park, between now and the end of January 2018.

Read more: Photography Competition | Cumberland Lodge | Windsor Park


Pictured:  Tony Love and  Hugo Winkler of Ascot Rotary Handing Over Some 'Cuddlies' to Ambulance Staff

The Rotary Club of Ascot delivered another consignment of 100 Cuddly Toys to the Bracknell Ambulance Service this week, part sponsored by Waitrose at Sunningdale through their 'Community Matters' programme.

The Toys are placed on the ambulances in the Bracknell and Ascot area to be given to traumatised young children. This may be as a result of their being sick, injured or upset due to accident or an accident to one of their parents with the child in the ambulance. The staff give the toy to those children going through particularly difficult times.

Read more: Ascot Rotary | Cuddly Toys For Bracknell Ambulances


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The Marist School in Sunninghill has been shortlisted once again for a national award in the TES Independent Schools Awards. Following on from being nominated as Finalists in two categories at the 2016 Awards, the school has officially been announced as a finalist for the ‘Creativity in Education’ Award category in the TES Independent Schools Awards 2018.

The ‘Creativity in Education’ Award is in recognition of the school’s annual “Curiosity Week”; encouraging pupils to think differently beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum. During “Curiosity Week”, time is given to support independent learning, in place of normal homework, with a focus on “having a go” and “taking risks.”

Pupils complete a project of their choice with around six hours external study. There are no set ways to approach the project and at the end of the week, students hand in something to show what they have learnt. This might be a video, photo, newspaper article etc. No grades are given but judges comments are feedback, however prizes are given to the projects which show the most independence, curiosity, intellectual risk-taking, creative thinking and resilience. 

Read more: Marist School Shortlisted for National TES Award


 Papplewick School, Ascot,  is offering several, generous, general and sports  scholarships for school entry in September 2018. Closing date for entries 2018.

Read more: Papplewick Boys Prep School Ascot | General & Sports Scholarships 2018


Children’s author Sarah Baker gave a talk to boys in Years 6, 7 and 8 at Papplewick School, Ascot on the evening of Thursday, 9th November. Sarah visited the school last year when her first novel, “Through the Mirror Door,” was published and had promised to return when its prequel: "Eloise Undercover" was published in September this year.

“Eloise Undercover” is an adventure story set in Nazi-occupied France in World War II, full of surprises and twists and turns. She said: “In writing this book, I did a lot of research on the internet, spent quality time at the Imperial War Museum, asked my Dad many, many questions (he’s an unofficial WW2 expert) and read a fair few books.”

The boys were enthralled by Sarah's description of the work of spies and enjoyed trying to guess the meaning of her "spy phraseology.”

She read a short extract from the book and signed copies for the boys.

Read more: Papplewick Boys Enthralled by WWII Story

French History Brought to Life for Charters Students |  On Monday 6th November, year 13 students who study A-level French enjoyed an extremely interesting and poignant account of how life was in France, under German occupation, during the Second World War.

They were visited by Mrs Adrienne Sheldon, who spoke to them about her experience of leaving Alsace with her family, in order to seek safety in “free France”. Students heard about the panic of receiving a knock on the door from a German soldier late one evening, only to find that he was politely informing them that their blackout curtains were not totally covering the light from their flat that evening.

Read more: Charters School | First Hand French War Talk


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