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Pictured: Hani with Richard Audsley, Chair of Englemere DFAs; Caroline Coleman from West Surrey and Alan Carr from Charters

Englemere DFAS Young Arts Award -Tuesday 28th June | Performing Arts was the focus of the Young Arts Award  this year and we were delighted to provide a grant towards a new guitar for Hani Elias. In return Hani performed a selection of both classical and modern pieces in a recital for new members held at St Peters Church, Cranbourne; a beautiful setting for a members evening, and an opportunity to get to know about The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

Hani, aged 16, who has Just completed Year 11 and his GCSE's at Charters School, has  been awarded a place to study at The Junior Royal College of Music in London. Hani is a member of the Berkshire Maestro's Academy which assists talented  young musicians and next month Hani will be part of a group that will be visiting and performing in three major cities in China.

The evening was hosted by Richard Audsley, Chair of the Ascot Society with guests Caroline Coleman, Vice Chairman of NADFAS West Surrey Area  and Alan Carr, Charters Ambassador. Both were  pleased  at the development of this new community link with Charters School.

Read more: Englemere DFAS | Young Arts Award for Hani

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Knowles rises to the challenge for local charity | Ascot-based basement construction company Knowles & Associates is sponsoring a 120km Charity Walk from coast to coast across Scotland, including a 10,000ft mountain trek, in aid of the Ascot-based charity, Sunningdale Hope Trust.

A director of Knowles will also take part in The Great Glen Challenge, organised by the Sunningdale Hope Trust, which sees over 25 participants walk 120km across Scotland from coast to coast; from Fort William to Inverness, along the length of the Caledonian Canal, Loch Lochy and the famous Loch Ness. The week-long route includes a challenging climb up Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, as well as three other munroes (Scottish mountains) en-route, and will exceed an impressive 10,000-feet of climbing on top of the distance walked.

Read more: Sunningdale's Hope Trust Tackles Great Glen Challenge for Charity

Public Consultation | Increasing Ascot Primary School Places

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) is starting consultation on Monday 13th June, on proposals to increase the number of primary school places in the Ascot area. 

You can view the consultation document, and the online response form, on the borough website here

We are holding a public meeting about the proposals as follows: Monday 4th July 2016, 7pm, Cordes Hall, 8 High Street, Sunninghill.  All welcome!

Read more: Consultation on Ascot Primary School Places Meeting | July 4th

If anyone would like to sign the petition for a second EU referendum, here's a link 

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Pictured:  Boys from Papplewick School, Geography Field Trip 2016

On Monday 6th June, Year 7 boys at  Papplewick School , Ascot, accompanied by their teachers, set off early for a geography field trip with a difference.

After a tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the students looked at the sustainable development and environmentally sensitive planning of both the stadiums and the affordable housing, the afternoon was sports-focused.

The boys tried out the Olympic Velodrome, the mountain biking track and the BMX circuit, followed by a swim in the 50-metre Olympic Pool.

“It was incredible for the boys to be able to use these inspirational facilities,” said headmaster Tom Bunbury. “ They even got some dive training from Tom Daley on the high boards beside the pool. Hopefully now they’ve seen the Olympic Park for themselves, the boys can remember the case study for their exams!”


Read more: Papplewick School | Geography Field Trip With a Difference

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Music and the Performing Arts play a strong part at  Coworth Flexlands School . Each year the department continues to go from strength to strength. This week outstanding LAMDA achievements were rewarded with 31 distinctions and 20 merits.

The Year 5 & 6 girls are putting their LAMDA skills into practice showing off their drama talents and singing beautifully in the Year 5 & 6 production of Ali Baba.

It has been well researched and written that Performing Arts plays an important role in nurturing literacy, listening and comprehension skills as well as physical confidence. Our academic and Performing Arts achievements, as well as the confidence our pupils display, supports this research.

We warmly invite you to visit our school.


Read more: Ali Baba at Coworth Flexlands | Importance of Performing Arts

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Boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, celebrated HM The Queen’s 90th birthday last Tuesday, 21st June, with a ‘royal’ themed birthday party on The Square. There were flags, streamers, balloons and blowers, plus sandwiches, jelly and scones with cakes for everyone. They all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Her Majesty with great gusto.

Over 200 fairy cakes and chocolate brownies were constructed into a magnificent birthday cake fit for a Queen, made by the Papplewick kitchen staff.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said: “Thankfully the weather held and the boys enjoyed a proper tea party to celebrate The Queen’s birthday.”

Read more: Papplewick Boys Celebrate Queen's 90th in Style

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 Charters School  in Sunningdale has applied to RBWM for funding to install a series of recycling bins throughout the school. With just under 2000 people on site during the school day, the school is increasingly concerned with the amount of waste that is simply thrown into rubbish bins. The Sustainability Co-ordinator at Charters appoints leaders from throughout the student body to ensure that all members of the school community are engaged with environmental issues, but know more could be done.

RBWM runs a scheme called Participatory Budgeting, which allows residents to decide how to allocate public funding for the benefit of the local community. It encourages state funded schools and school groups to submit projects which will benefit their school its community. Charters has applied to this scheme to fund the recycling bins, however there are only two weeks remaining for the public to vote. The school is hoping that the community will back the application and vote via before the deadline at midday on 30th June.




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Pictured:  Boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, Enjoying Grandparents' Day.

The annual Grandparents’ Day at  Papplewick School , Ascot on Saturday 4th June was a huge success, with parents taking the back seat for the day.

At the start of the day, grandparents were greeted by their grandsons and enjoyed a coffee before being whipped off to the classrooms, where the boys proudly presented their work.

Year 3 boys settled down to a Second World War quiz with Mrs Jo Magrath and grandparents were able to help with questions such as: ‘What did a child’s gas mask look like?’ and ‘What was the blackout?’  They watched a slide show and were able to look at artefacts such as ration books, identity cards, old money and a gas mask. 

A Chapel service followed, with the sermon taken by Mr Harry Paget, Head of Divinity. It concerned the premise that wisdom that comes with age - although with a slip of the tongue which caused much hilarity both to Grandparents and the boys, he quoted that: ‘Age makes you wider’ – rapidly correcting this to ‘wiser’!  He gave the example of Brian O’Driscoll’s quote: “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”

Grandparents were showed around the school on a guided tour by their grandsons and were treated to a musical concert in the school hall before a barbecue lunch in the garden and cricket.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said: “The boys thoroughly enjoyed showing off and sharing their school for the day, and on this occasion Mums and Dads had to take a back seat!”


Read more: Grandparents' Day at Papplewick School

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Photographed by Poppy Harris and pictured left to right are: Marcus Gayle (ex Wimbledon),  Sports Author Harry Harris and Nigel Spackman

Local sports author, Harry Harris  and friends, enjoyed a  signing of Harry's spectacularly-successsful new book about Leicester City - The Immortals, at Pazzia restaurant in London Road, Ascot.  Enough money was raised at an auction held on the night, for Sals Shoes to put  300 pairs of pre loved shoes on new feet. see Sals Shoes on Twitter

Contact: Rosemary Flanders, Secretary to The Ascot District Day Centre on 01344 624923 or by email for further information

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Ascot & District Day Centre in Bagshot Road, Sunninghill is seeking a manager, June 2016.

Read more: Ascot Day Centre | Manager Vacancy | June 2016

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Following on from the very recent introduction of a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on vehicles using the Chobham Road bridge at Sunningdale, Surrey County Council (SCC) have now commenced a legal action against RBWM to get this restriction removed.

Residents in Sunningdale, supported by Sunningdale Parish Council  and RBWM, have campaigned for many months to restrict usage of the narrow and dangerous S-bend bridge by larger lorries.

RBWM plans to robustly defend its position with regard to the current weight restriction, and fight this unnecessary and unwelcome action from SCC. 

The Prospective Conservative Candidate for the vacant role of ward Councillor for Sunninghill and South Ascot Ward, Julian Sharpe said “Sunningdale cannot take these heavy lorries on the dangerous Chobham Road bridge, coming mainly from the new Longcross development by Crest Nicholson. I think this move by Surrey County Council is outrageous.  Clearly they have not taken into account, the impact of the development at Longcross on the residents in Sunningdale.

See also ASCOTMATTERS ARTICLE on related traffic issues in Sunningdale. And ARTICLE

Read more: Surrey County Legal Action to Undo Chobham Road Bridge Weight Restriction

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The Rotary Club of Ascot recently  organised a music concert featuring a local 'Charity Band', called 'Love & Us', in aid of The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local charities. The band played an eclectic mix of old and new jazz and blues numbers with some 'oddments' thrown in. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all to a sell out audience at Sunninghill village hall (the Cordes Hall), with nibbles, a bar and a raffle completing the evening's entertainment. Admission was £10  per head. The band played two one hour sets and the final total raised was approximately £1,700. This concert followed a similar one last August in aid of The British Lung Foundation which raised a profit after expenses of £1,700.

After expenses are deducted, half of the money raised is being presented to The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and the remaining half to the Rotary Charity Fund for distribution to local charitable causes.

Gill Love (vocals) and Tony Love (guitar), a member of The Rotary Club of Ascot, and the band of six other musicians, offer their services free of charge and may be available to play for a local deserving charity, either through the Rotary Club of Ascot or privately through Gill/Tony Love on 01344 623079.

Read more: Love and Us Raises Huge Sum for Air Ambulance & Local Charities

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There were lots of smiles on everyone's faces as we marked Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday at  Coworth Flexlands School .  Everybody joined in to celebrate. From a picnic fit for a Queen, to 'pin the tail on the corgi', a carousel of games and on to a rousing finish of "Happy Birthday" on the lawn, we hope it will have been a day to remember for the children! Year 2 will also have the fun of waving to her Majesty this week as she makes her way to the Ascot races, all part of their traditional June trip which will take in Lightwater Country Park as well.


Read more: Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at Coworth Flexlands School


The redevelopment of the Ascot High Street area moved a step forward today with the announcement of plans to press ahead with the creation of a development plan for the architectural firm working on the brief. Once created, this plan will be submitted to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for adoption.

The work will include a High Street Traffic Management Plan and research into the best way to create a sustainable new community centre. This is in line with community feedback on the need to improve traffic flow and also the desire for a community centre. It will be funded by a group of key stakeholders in the project: The Crown Estate, Ascot Racecourse Limited, Bloor Homes (responsible for the Car Park 5a area) and Ascot Central Car Parks Ltd (Car Park 5).

Read more: Development of Ascot High Street | The Next Step Underway


Two local companies have come together to give pre-school children the opportunity to try their hand at straw bale gardening, an innovative trend which is growing in popularity and proving a successful plant nurturing method. PartyBales® are based in Winkfield Row, and are specialists in hay and straw bale hire, providing bale seating and bale decoration at events, weddings, parties and festivals. PartyBales® are keen to demonstrate the versatility of hay and straw bales and donated straw bales to Little Muddy Boots, a gardening and nature club for pre-schoolers and toddlers based in Ascot and Warfield. Little Muddy Boots was founded by Hannah Brewer, as a result of her passion for promoting outdoor play in the early years. Playing and learning together outside stimulates a child's creativity, supports problem-solving skills, boosts their immune system and most importantly can help create precious childhood memories.

Read more: Pre Schoolers Sample Straw Bale Gardening !

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Pictured:  Boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, Presenting  Cheque to Annie Hoddle of Sebastian's Action Trust.

Boys from  Papplewick School , Ascot, handed over a cheque for over £9,000 to Annie Hoddle, Schools Liaison for Sebastian’s Action Trust on 26th May.

The money was raised by boys, their parents and staff for the school’s annual sponsored walk on 24th April in Windsor Great Park. Sebastian’s Action Trust is a Berkshire-based charity which has created the UK's only purpose-built facility offering respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together. The boys visited the house, called The Bluebells, in the Hampshire village of North Waltham, where they presented the cheque to Annie Hoddle.

There is also a family outreach hub in Slough, Berkshire, providing a welcome drop-in centre for families of seriously-ill children, enabling them to access advice, guidance, advocacy, counselling and therapeutic support in order to address some of the critical issues they face on a daily basis.

Read more: Papplewick Pupils Raise Huge Sum For Sebastian's Action Trust



The Importance of Residential Trips  by Anne Sweeney | The Coworth Flexlands’ Year 4 girls recently enjoyed wonderful weather for their three days of adventures, challenges and fun at PGL Liddington. During the day they all tried their nerves and skills at abseiling, archery, the zip wire, orienteering and survival training. In the evenings time was spent playing games, bonding, relaxing and securing friendships. 

Glad to have all children back safe in school, Anne Sweeney, Head, says “Life is full of challenges and we owe it to our children to equip them with the skills to recognise risks, assess them sensibly and react positively. School trips provide a great opportunity for pupils to gain such experience and face a range of challenges impossible to recreate in the classroom,  that can contribute significantly to their personal development. Residential trips add the experience of living together in a community which expose the children to the whole area of interpersonal skills, including leadership, team work and trust and respect. This year, as with every year, our girls returned, extremely happy, with more self-esteem and confidence.”

Read more: The Importance of Residential Trips | Coworth Flexlands Girls Enjoy Adventure

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Friends of Ascot Heath Library and residents of North Ascot are bringing the attention of local people to the possibility that our Library in Fernbank Road may be closed in the future - due to lack of Bracknell Forest Council funds. 

A petition against Ascot Heath Library's closure has been started and can be signed at COST CUTTERS in Fernbank Road and is now live on the BFC WEBSITE - SEE LINK TO PETITION.

 The residents of North Ascot would like to put forward our case for keeping the Library open: 

Over the past few years all local public houses have been closed, the price for hiring a hall has risen and our local bus routes discontinued.  The educational course have had there grants cut so are no longer able to offer cheaper courses to Pensioners.  Our Library has become the hub of our community.  It is somewhere anyone can drop into, during opening hours, without having to make it on a special day and be assured of a warm and friendly greeting by the staff.

In Ascot we do not have a leisure centre, theatre, cinema or even a branch of the U3A.  We are dependent upon the Library and local churches for any activities.

The groups held at the Library are so valuable and ages range from toddlers to members who are 92 years old.  This coming together of all ages is whats makes a community.



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Ashford and St Peter’s hospital goes ‘Inner Space’ to diagnose patients with small bowel conditions! | Recently, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals   launched a new procedure called Capsule Endoscopy. This uses state of the art technology going ‘inner space’ to diagnose abnormalities in the small bowel, where traditional endoscopes and colonoscopes cannot reach.

This amazing new device involves the patient swallowing a pill sized camera, which then travels through the stomach and intestine taking many images of the bowel. Being very clever it can adjust how fast it is clicking and taking pictures by identifying how fast or slow it is moving through the bowel. These images are transmitted via Bluetooth to a device worn by the patient on a belt. They are then downloaded onto a computer and subsequently reviewed by a Gastroenterologist.

Patients who have undergone the procedure have commented, “Had no problem with it [the procedure] whatsoever”, “very easy process”, “absolutely no discomfort”, brilliant”.

Read more: St Peter’s Hospital Goes ‘Inner Space’ to Diagnose Small Bowel Conditions!

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CELEBRATING GOOD DESIGN IN OUR AREA |The Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs (SPAE) has launched an annual Award – called the Good Design Award - to promote, encourage, and celebrate excellence in building design in our area. A wide variety of buildings will be eligible from new- builds to conversions or extensions, private dwellings or commercial, industrial or farm buildings, as long as they have been built within the area that SPAE covers – Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Winkfield - the AscotMatters area also!

The Award scheme is to achieve some very worthwhile aims:

  • Recognising buildings which respect and enhance the special character of the area;
  • Generating better understanding of Neighbourhood Plan policies and the important role they play.
Read more: SPAE Good Design Award Launched | Architect Judges Named

Sunninghill Data Analysis

Overall summary

  • Aircraft on the easterly departure route (CPT) are flying higher, while aircraft on the westerly departure route (MID) are flying lower.
  • The number of departing aircraft through the gate on easterly operations has remained broadly similar over the years, although there’s been a slight decrease in more recent years.
  • The number of departing aircraft through the gate on westerly operations has reduced since 2005.
  • There are now more A380s operating on the MID route than in 2013 (approx. 1% of all departures).
  • Flight structures have returned to how they were before the trials.


Read more: Heathrow Community Noise Forum | Conclusions on Consultants' Report

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RECORD TOTALS FOR HOSPICE’S SUNFLOWER WALK | Grey skies didn’t cloud the mood as a sea of sunflowers descended on Virginia Water on Saturday 21st May for Thames Hospice's  most successful Sunflower Walk to date.

The current fundraising total stands at more than £35,000, generated from the registration fees and sponsorship of the more than 400 participants – a record number. Leading plumbing services company, John Guest, sponsored the event for the third year running and also entered 27 staff members, making up two fantastic teams - The Bluebells and The Daisies.


Read more: Thames Hospice | Record Sum Raised by Sunflower Walk

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At Coworth Flexlands School outings are carefully chosen to enhance the pupils’ learning as well as being very enjoyable.” Reception children recently visited Watercress Line and enjoyed seeing a real train and station after playing in their train station role-play corner this term. It is amazing how much learning goes on in these role-play corners, with the use of ordinal numbers in maths (I’m first, you’re second!), writing tickets, story-telling the plot of the game under way and the valuable social skills of taking turns and respecting the equipment.

This last week Year 1 children went to Bocketts Farm and learnt a great deal about where our food comes from and animal welfare. Year 4 went to The Lightbox to study the Tudors in Woking.  Year 5 accompanied them to advance their scientific knowledge of different materials and their properties. Both groups then continued on to the WWF Living Planet Centre as part of their geography and eco studies, researching the products of the rain forest and Fair Trade. The most exciting bit was the chocolate making! 

Read more: Coworth Flexlands School | Summer Outings

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A public consultation exercise is underway on the future of Shorts Yard off St George’s Lane, Ascot. Members of the team from Shorts Yard are on hand to discuss alternatives for the site and answer any questions you may have.

The very helpful exhibition - which shows a suggested development of around 65 houses on the Green Belt site,  is in the large foyer at St George’s School on St George’s Lane at 10am until 2pm on Saturday 21st May. Your  suggestions and feedback on the future of the site, which has operated for many years as a successful waste management business,  will be very welcome.
Alternatively, if you cannot attend or wish to discuss matters separately, members of the public can contact Patrick Clark on 07860 921 065 or by email at

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Two Year 11 students at Charters School   have been awarded places to study at The Junior Royal College of Music next year.  

They will attend each Saturday, allowing them to work with the most inspirational teachers and the country’s best young musicians. 

Mr Mike McKenna, Head of Music at Charters said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for these two talented musicians. They will get some excellent tuition and invaluable experiences working with other musicians. We can’t wait to see how much they progress once they start their studies.” 

Although places are extremely limited and despite facing huge competition, Hani impressed the interviewers so much that they offered him a place there and then.

Hani said, “It really is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to start.” 

The Development Team at Charters, which looks for new steams of revenue and sponsorship at the school, recently arranged the donation of three Timpani drums from Richmond College. After practicing on these new instruments before his interview, Isaac gained the only available percussion place at the JRCM. Isaac said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that I am going to enjoy. The JRMC has some of the best facilities in Europe.”



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