Miss Ellie Hilderley - PE Teacher, Mr Gordon Parris - CWSN Foundation Founder, Rhianna Jordan Yr 9, Joe Berridge Yr 9, Abigail Clark Yr 9
Front row from left to right: Sohaib Taj Yr 9, Callan Lord Yr 10, Christian Charalambous Yr 9
Charters School were delighted to welcome Mr Gordon Parris, founder of The Children With Special Needs Foundation to meet some of the pupils who will benefit from the very generous donation of £1600 cheque his charity recently gave to the Charters PE Department; to enable the students from the Charters School Resource Unit to attend the next Stoke Mandeville National Junior Games. The games will take place from the 22nd-25th September at the birthplace of the Paralympic games. During the residential trip students will take part in have-a-go sessions and friendly competition in a wide range of sports. Activities include boccia, snooker, athletics, table cricket, swimming, fencing, tennis, powerlifting, archery, wheelchair basketball, powerchair football and handcycling.
THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF WINDSOR & MAIDENHEAD COUNCIL | LOCAL SAFETY SCHEME – BROCKENHURST ROAD, SOUTH ASCOT.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is considering a local safety scheme to be implemented in the Brockenhurst Road area of South Ascot. The intention is to slow the speed of traffic along Brockenhurst Road in the area of the shops and the pedestrian crossing. 2 full width road humps will be placed, one either side of the shops. The humps will be flush with the footpath to allow easier pedestrian crossing of the road. Bollards will be placed on the western side of the footpath to protect pedestrians and prevent vehicles mounting the footpath in the area of the parking bay. Single yellow lines will be upgraded to double yellow lines in order to ensure the protection of junctions and maintain visibility for all road users. Existing limited waiting restrictions will be eased in Lyndhurst Road to allow greater flexibility. Click on Road Safety in South Ascot for more.
CareBank is a new scheme supported by the
RBWM covering Ascot as well. Click on this link to see previous AscotMatters article
Our Role-mission- ‘We are activated by one desire- what we can do for our community and how we can help communities to strengthen themselves.’
Our volunteers offer practical support and share time with older people in their own homes and communities. We are here to help them get the most from life and we do it in ways that fit in with their lifestyle, needs and wishes.
Of course everyone is different so we provide support that is tailor- made to individual needs.
These may include things as,
Popping with the shops with you or for you. | Taking you to the medical centre or Hospital | Helping you to attend to clubs, Groups and activities.
Charters School held its annual Young People’s Literary Festival and Summer Fair on Saturday 5 July. The event was a huge success with Charters students, staff, Charters Friends and parents working together to make this a truly memorable event.
The pupil stalls were fantastic ranging from: soak the teacher (Co-Headteachers Mr Richard Pilgrim and Mr Martyn Parker volunteered for this event and the students and co-heads had great fun), nail painting, racing toy pigs, to the rowing machine challenge with all stalls devised and set up by pupils to raise school funds. The fair was extremely well attended with mums, dads and visitors being entertained by a selection of musical items performed by a variety of students in the brand new bandstand. The Sunningdale 1st Scouts cooked an excellent selection of BBQ food, whilst the Charters Friends helped with the teas, coffees, cakes and also the PIMMs and Ale tent. The Charters Leisure Centre bouncy castle was a huge hit with the pupils.
Click on the posters to enlarge them The Spotlights Musical Theatre Group’s production, Orpheus in the Underworld, was nominated for the Joe Putnam Award for Best Musical of 2013 in the London Region of the NODA - National Operatic and Dramatic Association.
Members attended the London NODA conference in Potters Bar to collect the Nomination for the award for best musical production for its production of "Orpheus in the Underworld" which was staged at The Rose Theatre at St Marys Ascot last July.
Their NODA rep thought that the production was the best amateur musical theatre he'd seen in 2013 and praised Orpheus for its innovation and freshness. From the many 100’s of musical and operatic society productions in the London Region in 2013 Spotlights were in the top 16.
So this year’s production of Kiss Me Kate will raise the bar even higher...Spotlights is presenting the Tony award winning show, Kiss Me Kate at the Rose Theatre at St. Mary’s School, Ascot from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th July. Performances start at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Matinee Performance on the Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased through the booking office 01344 297347 or through the website www.spotlightsmtg.co.uk
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At Papplewick School in Ascot, boys have been honing their shooting skills as part of a summer activity offered to Year 6 and above.
Their training begins with an eight-week Youth Proficiency Course in air rifle shooting under the auspices of the National Small Bore Rifle Association. After this, they can compete on an individual and team basis in a variety of competitions: both inter-school and ‘Open Events’. All training takes place at Bisley Camp, the National Shooting Centre for Great Britain, and is provided by a qualified coach.
Boys in years 7 and 8 can also try clay pigeon shooting, which takes place at the Bisley Shooting Ground where groups of four or five boys are taught by qualified coaches.
Click on the photo to enlarge it ST FRANCIS PUPIL NAMED AMONG UK’S TOP GREEN AMBASSADORS IN CEREMONY AT HIGHGROVE| A St Francis Catholic Primary School pupil has been presented with a WWF Green Ambassador award at a ceremony at Highgrove, home of HRH Prince Charles, who is also WWF-UK President. Luca Parnham was highly commended at the WWF Green Ambassador of the Year 2014 awards.
The Green Ambassador scheme aims to inspire primary school children to become active in making their school greener by looking at issues such as reducing energy, food and waste and encouraging wildlife.
During his time at Highgrove, Luca and other nominated pupils helped The Royal Entomological Society mark National Insect Week by undertaking an insect survey at Highgrove. They joined scientists to explore the diversity of insect life that lives in The Prince of Wales’ garden.
Mrs Jane Gow, Head Teacher of St Francis said,”I nominated Luca for the Green Ambassador award in recognition of all the work he has done at St. Francis School to raise the profile of the WWF and ecological issues in general.
Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council is held another Parish Party at Victory Fields Recreation Ground, on the afternoon of Sunday July 6th 2014, in glorious sunshine. It was a lovely occasion featuring Groove Instint as the headline act, bouncy castles, Pimms by the Quince Players, burgers by the scouts, crepes by Treacle, children's suomo wrestling, football by Sunninghill Saints and skateboarding. Click on images to enlarge
CLICK HERE for Racecourse website Please click on the image to enlarge Ascot Racecourse in top ten in England and Wales in 2013 for Visitor Attraction
Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Exeter, Newmarket, Plumpton, Salisbury, Wincanton, Royal Windsor and York rated highest in England and Wales in 2013 (listed alphabetically)
The Racecourse Association (RCA) has today announced Ascot Racecourse in the top ten racecourses in England and Wales for visitor attraction, as assessed by VisitEngland.
Entering its fifth year, VisitEngland’s Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme continues to offer a guarantee for customers of the quality of the visitor attraction on racecourses in England and Wales through their independent assessment.
Racecourses are assessed over a number of criteria, including the efficiency and friendliness of their customer service and the availability and cleanliness of facilities. 2013 saw VisitEngland including Owners’ and Trainers facilities in their assessments for the first time, which is reflected in each racecourses overall score.
Click on the photo to enlarge YOUR BOOK EXCHANGE The adopted red telephone box in the Chobham Road is now a community book exchange, for all to use by exchanging books, where all can share in this enterprise by a good turnover of books for all to enjoy. Tina in Bird is assisting the Parish Council by ‘keeping an eye’ as is Shirley McCaul a local resident. Come and use and enjoy this new community project.
Do contact Christine Gadd, Chairman of the Parish Council, if you should have any comments or suggestions. 01344 628477
Click on photo to enlarge it Wind in the Willows comes to LVS Ascot Junior School | The stage is set …. the lights dim - and the spotlight shines on a group of neon lit riverbank creatures as pupils and staff at LVS Ascot Junior school bring the children’s classic Wind in the Willows to life. The cast performed to parents, staff and members of the community in this showcase production in the school’s own professional Theatre.
The classic children’s story of Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger unfolds on stage with energy, enthusiasm and plenty of humour. Toad is resplendent in his pea green coat ‘poop pooping’ across the stage in his Go-cart car, and the menacing weasels, wearing biker jackets and chains, launched themselves into their professionally choreographed dance to Duran Duran’s Wild Boys.
The Charters School End of Year 11 Prom was a very glamorous and hugely successful evening.
Held Friday – 27th June – in the main school hall, the event was attended by 220 students and a large number of staff. A team of teachers and students worked hard from Thursday afternoon to transform the hall into a stunning venue for the end of year spectacular which included a casino, a photo booth, a candyfloss and popcorn stall and a performance stage.
Students arrived in bright sunshine in a magnificent array of transport including a fleet of taxi cabs, a double decker bus, a vintage coach, a pink Range Rover and an astonishing assortment of shiny vintage and luxury cars.
The BBC 2 Documentary, Modern Times, an observational film, will follow a handful of couples as they start up/launch/run their businesses over the next few months, documenting the challenges and triumphs experienced both as business partners and partners in life.
Programme- makers are looking for 2 more couples, who will be opening or already run a business together, who may be interested in taking part.
The main criteria is that the business must be in a state of flux, whether it is just starting, expanding, moving premises, branching out etc. The programme also hopes to get a real sense of what it takes within a partnership to make a relationship, both personal and in business, thrive. They want to capture all the funny, happy, sad, chaotic and triumphant moments, however small, experienced in everyday life and hope to create a warm, intelligent and humorous film about what it is like as a couple running a business in 2014.
Click on Advantage Card special offers which include offers for Ascot Racecourse and much more. Click on the image to enlarge
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Pictured: Alessandro Angelucci, Alex Hall, Sadie James, Rob Lee.
Masterclass for Papplewick’s Art Scholars | Year 7 Art Scholars from Papplewick School in Ascot enjoyed a masterclass last Monday, 23rd June, with artist Sadie James.
Sadie, a former Art teacher at Papplewick with an MA from Central St. Martins, now runs a gallery and works as an artist in Coral Bay in Australia. The boys worked on a large scale canvas, using mixed media, acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel and printing, combined to create some interesting artistic effects.
Your council tax – you decide | £9,760 awarded to projects as part of the neighbourhood budget scheme. The deadline for votes is 5pm on Monday 11 August.
Three local projects have been awarded a share of £9,760 as part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead ’s neighbourhood budget scheme – the popular initiative in which residents have a direct say in how their money is spent.
More than 2000 votes were cast for the following winning projects: £2,000 for Taplow-based Thames Valley Adventure Playground – with a further £1,800 in match-funding – to support its Short Breaks scheme.
- £1,960 for the King George VI Day Centre – to help keep their minibus on the road
- £2,000 for Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead – with an additional £2,000 of match-funding – for its family support work.
The latest round of voting is now open – giving residents the chance to choose, once again, which schemes they think should benefit from cash funding.
Cllr David Burbage, council leader and chairman of the cabinet participatory budget sub committee, said: “Congratulations to the latest winners of this ever-popular strand of the participatory budget scheme.
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The BEN Lynwood Vintage Car Rally & Fete was held on Saturday June 28th , at the Broomhall Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS. Despite thunder and lightning and very heavy showers, there was a magnificent line up of vintage vehicles and entertainment -including, climbing wall, bungee jumping, falconry displays, plant stalls and much more.
For more information about the event, contact the events team on 01344 294720 or email
Residents will have the chance to have their say on the next phase of Royal Borough Local Plan proposals in early 2015 – the last major opportunity to make comments before the council finalises the plan.
Earlier this year residents’ views were sought on a wide range of emerging planning policies, including the merits of releasing carefully selected areas from Green Belt on the edge of existing settlements, and almost a thousand people responded with more than five thousand comments.
The council must now decide whether to take any sites from within these areas and propose their release from the Green Belt so that they can be available for development.
If the council decides to do so then those proposals will be the main focus of the 2015 consultation. Views will also be sought on significant changes to any other emerging policy and on any new proposals to emerge from this year’s consultation.
£251,000 to provide better care and support for older and disabled people | The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the Windsor and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group have secured £251,000 in funding to train and develop a workforce that provides care and support to older and disabled people living in the borough.
Health Education Thames Valley has awarded the council the money to implement a programme of training and development focused on delivering good personalised care, enabling people to remain as independent as possible, preventing loneliness and isolation, falls, supporting people with care, nutrition, hydration and much more.
The award supports the delivery of the joint Royal Borough/Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group Strategy for Prevention and Enablement, agreed by the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board in March.
www.ascot.co.uk ROYAL ASCOT 2014 | BARNETT HAILS GREAT ROYAL MEETING
Attendance Figures: 2014 2013 +/- %
Tuesday 46,047 46,359 -312 -0.67% | Wednesday 40,459 38,758 +1,701 +4.4%
Thursday 65,419 61,954 +3,465 +5.6% | Friday 64,123 59,687 +4,436 +7.4%
Saturday 69,783 72,694 -2,911 -4.0% | Total 285,831 279,452 +6,379 +2.3%
The Advantage Card is a great way to make savings on shopping, days out and leisure if you’re a Royal Borough resident. Take along proof of address to Charters Leisure Centre to get a card and access over 120 local discounts. Free entry to Windsor Castle, 2-for-1 entry to Savill Gardens, discounted parking and leisure centre activities (including children’s holiday events), arts, theatre, beauty treatments, sports and more. Don’t forget to sign up to our Special Offers e-newsletter so you can be the first to get new discounts every month! Card subscriptions need to be renewed every two years, now available online. http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/advantage_index.htm
ASCOT CHILDREN EXPLORE BRAZILIAN RYTHYMS IN WORLD CUP PROJECT | Sixty children from St Francis Catholic Primary and South Ascot Village Primary schools joined together in a creative music project inspired by the World Cup in Brazil.
The project, funded by Ernest Cook Trust, involved year 3 children from St Francis and South Ascot schools, in a series of creative music workshops exploring the joys of samba rhythms, salsa dancing culminating in a performance to mark the opening of the World Cup.
The project vision led by Nick Garnett from ‘The Red Man Van’ centred on the children collecting recyclable materials to create a musical sculpture. They also created flags to represent the qualifying countries, designed and made carnival headdresses, learned a samba rhythm and a salsa routine.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk With the sun shining and more bouncy castles than Camelot, this year’s Hog Roast at Papplewick School in Ascot on Sunday, 1st June, transformed the grounds into a children's (and adults') paradise!
There were some unusual activities too, with cockroach racing and a chance to pelt the Headmaster, Tom Bunbury, in the village stocks.
“The parents helped with cake stalls and other activities, and it was great fun for everyone,” said Mr. Bunbury.
- Papplewick School | Visit to RAF Hendon
- Charters School | Sixth Form | Battle of the Bands
- National PPG Awareness Week in the Sunnings
- Campaign for Chavey Down War Memorial
- Papplewick School Hosts Language Conference
- Charters School | Year 9 STEM Challenge at RHUL
- All Saints | 150th Anniversary | Saints Flower Festival
- Charters School | Year 13 Leavers' Assembly
- Out of Hours Tree Felling Report Line
- Charters School | Fashion Show
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