Royal Ascot and Fenwick have collaborated with eight of the UK’s most exciting milliners to produce an exclusive eight-piece collection: The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective.

The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective features individual pieces from a mixture of newcomers and world-renowned milliners such as Jess Collett, Harvy Santos, Lisa Tan, Sophie Beale alongside Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Vivien Sheriff and Edwina Ibbotson.

The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective will be available exclusively at Fenwick of Bond Street – Royal Ascot’s Official Millinery Sponsor for the second season from Thursday 27th April.

Royal Ascot and Millinery go hand-in-hand and the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective provides a platform to celebrate the best of British-based hatters. Each milliner has a strong relationship with Royal Ascot and a clear brand identity, accumulating beautifully in this collection. The ongoing sponsorship from Fenwick further projects the campaign thanks to the exceptionally-curated designer fashion and world-class millinery that this British institute is recognised for.

The contrast between the hats is complemented by a dramatic and elegant colour palette, with each design representing the milliner’s unique handwriting and signature styles.

Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse said, “We are extremely pleased to be working with eight of Britain’s most exciting milliners who have produced unique and exquisite examples that will inspire racegoers in what to wear this season. It is a pleasure to have Fenwick support the campaign once again as their reputation in millinery is held in the highest regard.”

Mia Fenwick, Director of Brand and Communication, Fenwick of Bond Street said, “We are extremely proud to again be collaborating with Royal Ascot to curate the 2017 Royal Ascot Millinery Collective. Working with the brightest millinery talent around the globe, Fenwick is honoured to again showcase their extraordinary level of talent and craftsmanship.”

Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June 2017. Tickets start from £37. For further information and to book please visit or call 0844 346 3000.

Tickets: / 0844 346 3000

Read more: The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective 2017


A 19 year old Berkshire student with a passion for science has launched a new on-line programme designed to dramatically reduce the cost of hiring a tutor for GCSE chemistry.

According to Arran Paul, who lives with his family in Bagshot Road, Ascot and was Head Boy at Charters School, Sunningdale, students can pay anything between £40-60 per hour for a session with a tutor.  He said that the proportion of tutored pupils has risen by more than a third over the past decade, from 18% in 2005 to 25% now.  The average cost of a private tutor to help a child, usually to pass an exam, is £24-60 an hour, according to the Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility through education. One in four children aged 11-16 attending a state school now receives help from a private tutor at some point.  Children at private schools are about “twice as likely” to have been tutored.

Arran's new enterprise, known as Positive Charge, allows students studying GCSE chemistry to log into its website and take a front row seat to over 60 course specific videos lasting for between 4 - 14 minutes showing practical chemistry demonstrations for a fraction of hiring a tutor.  For £15.99 a month students have access to a video library showing a variety of different lessons which come with detailed course notes.  Positive Charge lessons can be viewed on demand at any time of the day or night. A further ten videos will be added to the collection at the end of May.

Read more: Positive Charge | Ascot Student Develops GCSE Chemistry Video Tutor

Heathfield School raises £3,500 for Cornish Air Ambulance in annual International Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race | Five-strong super fit all-girl crew completes one of the toughest open-to-all endurance events in the world

(Pictured from left to right) Feeling kayaked! Heathfield girls   Millie Geddes, Gabi de Ferrer, Thea Lumley, Franny Hunt-Davis and Katy Smyth-Osbourne celebrate their tremendous achievement.

Five super fit sixth formers from Heathfield School are celebrating having completed over Easter weekend the annual International Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race - one of the toughest open-to-all endurance events in the world.  The girls – the first from an all-girls school to enter the race – competed in the Junior Doubles in three boats, made up of Millie Geddes and Katy Smyth-Osbourne, Thea Lumley and Gabi de Ferrer and Franny Hunt-Davis joined by Izzi Harte from Seaford College. They successfully kayaked 125 miles and completed 77 portages - the practice of carrying the boat over land, either around an obstacle in a river, or between two bodies of water and putting it back in the water.

Read more: Heathfield School Raises £3,500 for Cornish Air Ambulance


NEW LETTINGS FOR THE LEXICON | The Lexicon is delighted to announce that Bill’s, Patisserie Valerie and L’Occitane will be coming to the town centre when it opens in September 2017.  

In addition, popular jewellers Ernest Jones has committed to 2260 sq ft store, substantially increasing its floor space in the town centre.

Stylish coffee shop, Patisserie Valerie, will move into a 600 sq ft shop at the entrance to the new Avenue car park in between the Fenwick and M&S stores, offering quality cakes and patisserie, continental breakfasts, lunches, the finest teas and coffees.  Its international reputation has been built on the quality of products which are hand made using artisan craft bakery skills, fresh ingredients and traditional baking methods.

Bill’s, the restaurant chain, named after its founder former greengrocer Bill Collison, will be taking 4000 sq ft on Braccan Walk.  Known for its seasonal dishes and relaxing atmosphere, Bill’s is a glorious celebration of food serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in-between.

Renowned beauty brand L’Occitane, will be taking a 900 sq ft store on The Avenue.  L’Occitane brings the magic of Provence captured in unique skincare, bodycare products and fragrances made from the finest and most effective traditional ingredients. Inspired by the famous art de vivre of Provence, L’Occitane products are rich in active natural ingredients and beautifully scented.

Read more: Coming to a Town Centre Near You !

 Charters School  in Sunningdale opened its doors on 23rd April 1958. This date is St. George’s Day and also Shakespeare’s birthday; the school emblem represents both of these facts with the red cross of St. George and a dagger, which was a theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays. 

This year, in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, Charters School held the first ever Charters School Shakespeare Week. The week included a wide variety of activities, both in lessons and during break-times. Most of the departments took part, using Shakespeare as inspiration for a wide variety of activities with Years 7, 8 and 9. From teaching students how to say ‘To be or not to be’ in Spanish, to choreographing Romeo’s sword fight with Tybalt in Dance, and holding competitions in Shakespearean recital in the school bandstand, students learnt facts and got to experience a more light-hearted side of Shakespeare. Years 7 and 8 also took part in a scavenger hunt to find Shakespeare’s bones which had been hidden around the school. The event was a success thanks to the efforts of teachers in a wide variety of departments who took part and planned lessons to encourage students’ enthusiasm when studying Shakespeare.


Ascot Stands 1910s – courtesy of Christine Weightman

Local resident Brian King has written historical pieces on a variety of subjects over the years, ranging from the Edinburgh Festival to allotments and cultivation. He tends to call them tasters, as he hopes that they will encourage readers to delve further if they are interested in the topic. He has recently turned his attention to investigating the history of Sunninghill & Ascot, principally because he thought that he knew very little about the history of this area, despite having lived here for over 30 years. The initial version of his potted history is now available on his website.



Eight-year-old Jiang May Cowper, at Ascot’s The Marist School, has been named a runner-up in the primary category of the NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17, announced on April 26th.
Run annually by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), the competition this year received more than 1,300 entries on the theme “new beginnings”, with the final selections
made by popular children’s author Liz Kessler.
Jiang May’s poem was inspired by her experience of moving from China to the UK, to start a new life with a new family. She said writing about the experience made her feel emotional, but she was glad
to have an opportunity to tell her story.
Judge Liz Kessler commented: “I loved the simplicity of Jiang's poem, and the way that through the simple experience of a child, some incredibly important and timely observations were made.”
A video of Jiang May reading her poem can be viewed a




Organisers of the Ascot Car Boot Sale have created a Just Giving page, to help the family of one of their long-standing staff-members and friend. Sue Byrne of South Ascot, who had lived in Ascot all her life, was well known and liked hugely popular at The Ascot Boot Sale and at Jagz - where she worked in the daytime.  She died unexpectedly in Saturday 14th April, at just 45. Sue was single parent who worked, a devoted mother who loved her children .... Connor, Finley and Erin are a credit to her. The family was saving for the holiday of a lifetime, before recent tragic events .  Her friends and colleagues are now trying to help ease their loss with this superb crowdfunding effort, which has already raised £1,795. The target is £10,000.


Pictured L to R | Archie and Torben

 Charters School |Two Charters students have been selected to represent Berkshire in the final of the ESFA PlayStation U14 Inter County Cup on Thursday 4 May, following a superb 2 – 1 win over Lancashire in the semi-final which was recently played at Fleetwood Town FC.

Berkshire last made the final in 1984 so this is a huge achievement for both the boys and Charters School. Torben Francis & Archie Mills, both 14, play Left Wing & Central Midfield respectively and play weekly for Camberley Town Youth. Torben said, “I’m really excited as this is the first time anything like this has happened to me, ” while Archie added that it was “so good to be selected for the team.”

The final, which is always staged by the ESFA at a neutral venue, will this year be held at St Andrews Stadium, Birmingham, the home of Birmingham City FC. Anyone wishing to see the match which starts at 11.30am on Thursday 4 May can watch the live stream on You Tube, (    Tickets  can be booked at  

Pictured Above: Emma Pritchard, from Sunningdale, our Eliza Doolittle rehearsing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" with the company.


My Fair Lady will be performed at Papplewick School from Thursday July 13th to Saturday July 15th. Performances will be at 7.30pm and there will also be a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £11 for children under 16 and can be bought on line at  They can also be bought from any SMTG member or from the group's box office on 0333 666 3366.  A transaction charge of £1.50 will be made for all telephone box office bookings.



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Salmon Harvester Properties (SHP) has sold the office building known as 4 Queen’s Square on Ascot Business Park to private investors.  

The price of £776,520 equates to a record sale figure for the Park of £373 per sq. ft. IPMS3.

Salmon Director Pat Mahoney said: “The price achieved reflects the high quality of the investment and its excellent location.  There is keen interest in purchase of our remaining buildings on the Park and we expect to be reporting further disposals very shortly”.

The remaining modern grade A office buildings at Ascot Business Park are available to investors or owner occupiers to purchase with sizes ranging from 1,667 sq ft up to 14,200 sq ft.  

Strutt & Parker and Campbell Gordon advised SHP with the purchasers representing themselves.

Read more: Salmon Harvester Sells Office Building on Ascot Business Park

 SPAE ::  AGM 2014 

This Newsletter includes the following:
• Good Design Award 2017
• Reports for Sunningdale, Sunninghill & Ascot, and Winkfield
• Agenda for the 46th Annual General Meeting
• Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 31st March 2017
• Draft Minutes of the 45th Annual General Meeting
• Good Design Award Presentation

The Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs (SPAE) 2017 AGM May 25th at Ascot Racecourse

The 46th AGM of the Society will be at  7.30pm on Thursday, 25th May 2017, in the Parade Ring Suite, Ascot Racecourse.  Refreshments will be provided from 6.45pm. 

Read more: Society for Protection of Ascot & Environs Newsletter



Boys from Papplewick School in Ascot, with their parents and friends, joined the school’s annual sponsored walk in Windsor Great Park on Sunday, 23rd April, in aid of charity Make a Wish.

Make a Wish grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. Children the charity has helped have starred in their own films, walked with dinosaurs or met a celebrity hero. All the wishes granted are varied, personal and magical and bring respite from the difficulties of living with a life-threatening condition.

The walkers enjoyed beautiful spring weather. A number of the boys ran part of the course, while many of the walkers took between two and three hours to complete the eight-mile circuit.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “It was a wonderful turn-out of boys, parents, other relations and dogs. The purpose of the walk was to raise funds for Make a Wish, and I am hugely grateful for the generous donations received. We have already raised a remarkable £4.330 including Gift Aid from just 67 donations, and I’m hopeful that we can raise at least £9,000, so that three wishes can be carried out.”

All the participants enjoyed a well-earned picnic at the end.

Donations can be made at:



Quick Start Offices at Ascot Business Park

SOME AVAILABILTY | May 2017  |   E Mail: | Tel:  01344 875409

ASCOT BUSINESS PARK FILLS THE GAP: Ascot Business Park  QuickStart offices provide self-contained units for 3– 6 people, with kitchen and conference facilities, to be let on a monthly, per work station basis.

These highly flexible units are designed to fill the gap in the market for start-ups and small companies who need high flexibility but want to retain their own corporate identity which can be lost in a branded serviced office environment.

“This type of space attracts companies expanding into the next phase of their growth where they need a proper corporate address but still need flexibility in this uncertain economic climate”, comments the  developer of Ascot Business Park.  He continues, “small companies can set up here without delay and begin to operate their business in a highly prestigious location next to the station.”

“We have identified a gap in the market for flexible, self-starter space with its own identity” comments Vanessa Durham, Ascot Business Park’s Marketing Manager, “and we look forward to welcoming these dynamic young companies onto the Park, where they can operate with like minded, successful people already established here.” 

For further information on the QuickStart Offices, please call 01344 875409  or   CLICK HERE 

Read more: QuickStart Offices at Ascot Business Park

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Salmon Harvester Properties (SHP) Salmon Harvester Properties (SHP) has sold the office building known as 2 Queen’s Square on Ascot Business Park to investor, Queen’s Square Holdings Limited (QSHL).

The price of £3.120M for the 9,476 sq. ft. building shows an initial yield of 6.9% on the topped-up rental income from the four occupational leases in the building.

Salmon Director Pat Mahoney said: “The price achieved reflects the high quality of the investment and its excellent location. This follows our team’s focused activity in achieving full letting of 2 Queen’s Square to secure the strong income stream.”

The remaining modern grade A office buildings at Ascot Business Park are available to investors or owner occupiers to purchase with sizes ranging from 1,667 sq ft up to 14,200 sq ft.

HSM advised SHP and Strutt & Parker acted for QSHL.

Read more: Salmon Harvester Sells Office Investment on Ascot Business Park


Enjoy the first day of the Flat season at the world’s most famous racecourse. As part of our commitment to introducing new audiences to the sport there is no cost for Queen Anne Enclosure (formerly Grandstand Admission) on this day and Kind Edward VII Enclosure is only £13 in advance.

For racing enthusiasts, this is the curtain raiser for the Flat season. Featured is the £60,000 Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, one of the most important trial races for The Gold Cup, which takes place on the third day of Royal Ascot.

Read more: Discover Ascot | Mid Week Racing at Ascot | May 3rd 2017


Tickets: / 0844 346 3000

Exciting entries have been revealed for the eight Group One races staged at Royal Ascot, which takes place from Tuesday, June 20th through to Saturday, June 24th.
A very strong US-trained challenge is in prospect, with representation in five of the eight races.
All eight G1 Royal Ascot contests are part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, with the King's Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes also involved in the Global Sprint Challenge.
£600,000 Queen Anne Stakes - One Mile straight, Tuesday, June 20 (2.30pm) - 33 entries
Royal Ascot opens with the mile G1 Queen Anne Stakes for four-year-olds and upwards.
The 33 entries include leading European lights Minding (Aidan O'Brien IRE), who capped a superb 2016 by taking the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day in October, as well as last year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes hero Galileo Gold (Hugo Palmer).

Read more: Casse, Mott, Pletcher & Ward Among Strong US-Trained Royal Ascot Challenge

CLICK HERE for more information on Macdonald Hotels' Graduate Programme


Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot, will be helping hundreds of young people launch a bright future in hospitality through its Group’s new graduate programme.

Read more: Ascot's Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa | New Graduate Programme

Residents will be kept on the move for years to come as the Royal Borough plans to increase its investment into local bus services by hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

The proposed funding would bridge the gap between the end of a number of current contracts and an ongoing tendering process to find a more permanent solution. Further funding would also allow the existing network to be retained through to July 2022.

A report being presented to cabinet on Thursday 27th 2017, April is recommending the council approve funding in the short term and over the next four years to secure the future of these vital services.

Cllr Hari Sharma, bus champion for the Royal Borough, said: “Residents can rest assured that we are committed to doing what we can to keep the local services they need at the centre of the public transport network.

“This proposed increase in our investment into bus services will give people peace of mind while we work with bus operators to secure the details of longer-term provision. We want to be clear that there will be no sudden end to services.

Read more: RBWM | Increasing Investment into Bus Services

Ascot Racecourse is today announcing the launch in 2018 of its pool betting operation, AscotBet 

The near 90 year old statutory monopoly over UK pool betting and the current arrangements with Totepool end in July 2018 when racecourses will become responsible for deciding on the management of their on course operations in the newly liberalised market.  At that time, AscotBet will see the racecourse delivering its own first class on course betting service and experience continuing to be supported by the proven systems, infrastructure and liquidity of Totepool, the current pool operator in the UK and owned by Betfred, in a 5 year deal. 

Read more: Ascot Racecourse to launch AscotBet in 2018

A number of consultations that were due to be undertaken by the Royal Borough in the coming weeks will now be put on hold due to pre-election restrictions.

There are strict guidelines on what publicity councils can undertake in the weeks running up to any election to ensure that no political bias is perceived in official publicity. This includes undertaking new consultations and producing content on items that are politically controversial.

Once the polls have closed on Thursday 8 June the restrictions are lifted.

For the Royal Borough this means the Borough Local Plan regulation 19 consultation, all neighbourhood plans at the consultation stage with the council and a planned consultation on an expansion to the library service will be put on hold until 9 June 2017.

Read more: Royal Borough Consultations Limited During Pre-election Period    Tickets  can be booked at  


FROM "THE ROSE" TO "PAPPLEWICK" | The Spotlights Musical Theatre Group (SMTG) are changing their performance venue this year after many years at the Rose Theatre, part of St.Marys School in Ascot. "We first performed a summer show at the Rose in 2010", says John Woodward-Roberts, the groups Chairman. "It was Salad Days and we followed this up with HMS Pinafore (2011), Annie Get Your Gun (2012), Orpheus in the Underworld (2013), Kiss Me Kate (2014) and Pajama Game in 2015". "Our last show at The Rose in 2016 was Pirates of Penzance, a fitting production to complete our tenancy with" says John.

Read more: Spotlights Musical Theatre Group Moves to Papplewick for My Fair Lady

 St Peter’s Hospitals  

 A team of nurses, volunteers and some very generous patients have helped raise a staggering £25,000 towards the refurbishment of the Hematology Day Unit at St Peter’s Hospital.

 Over a four-week period the nurses held weekly bake sales and sold raffle tickets in a bid to raise a ‘few pounds’ to help redecorate the unit, but following kind and unexpected donations from a number of patients (including a staggering £20,000 from one patient alone), the total raised in a few short weeks has far exceeded all expectations.

 900 raffle tickets were sold with many of the prizes donated coming courtesy of the patients treated on the unit, many of whom are currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy.

 St Peter’s hematology unit treats issues with blood in health and disease. It includes problems with the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting.

Read more: Generous Patients Boost St.Peter's Hematology Day Unit’s Refurb Fund

 Charters School  | After a brilliant performance in the Worcestershire Regional, Charters School’s Girls’ Robotics team went to the Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC to compete in the Vex National Finals on Friday 17 March and Saturday 18 March.  The girls had designed and built a robot which could throw stars and cubes over a fence.  Throughout the competition they were paired with random teams, and played 2 against 2 to see which ‘alliance’ could get the most stars and cubes into the other alliance’s half. During the first day of qualification matches they were looking good for making it through to the elimination rounds, but a string of bad luck on the second day (they were paired with broken robots for 3 matches in a row) saw them fall down the rankings, and they were, unfortunately, eliminated.  However, it was a fantastic experience for the girls; competing in front of members of the public, trying out the ‘skills challenge’ and doing very well against some more established teams.  Their robot also survived intact (many didn’t)! 

Read more: Charters Girls' Robotics | VEX Finalists!


A small delegation of Rotarians and their partners from Rotary Club of Ascot lunched at La Cloche at the Carpenters restaurant in Sunninighill near Ascot, on Friday March 31st.

They were there to honour the two owners, Rachid Noui and Franck Jourdan, by awarding them Honorary Membership of Ascot Rotary Club.

This was in recognition of the tremendous help and support, both financial and physical that Franck and Rachid have given the Rotary Club and indeed the local community generally, over more than 10 years.  Of particular note is their hosting of the Annual New Year’s Day Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race presentation ceremony, over that period.

After the meal, President Andrew Vallance presented Franck with plaques containing Certificates commemorating their Honorary Membership.

Read more: La Cloche Owners Awarded Honorary Membership of Ascot Rotary Club


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