The Vicar of Dibley, Geraldine Grainger (Tracy Warren), is known to have a particular love of chocolate and of course as Easter approaches she is looking forward the end of lent so that she can indulge in her favourite chocolaty treats.
Tracy and the rest of the cast of the Quince Players next production, The Vicar of Dibley, would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. They will be taking the chance to brush up on their lines in readiness for the final three weeks of rehearsal of this hilarious adaptation of the popular BBC series from Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. None of our favourite characters have been omitted from this script created by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter with kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions. The license fee for this production goes to Comic Relief.
The Quince Players opened their Box Office on 12th April and as such you can now book tickets for any of the 7 performances (including a matinee at 2.30pm on 17th May). The show runs from 8-10th & 15-17th May at 7.45pm.
If you wish to support the Rotary Club please contact them directly to purchase tickets from their seat allocation. You can find out more by visiting their website at www.rotaryascot.org.
Box Office open at Sapphire Estates from 12th April www.quinceplayers.com or on 01344 874200
Residents who love to play football and tennis, go skateboarding or enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park can now enjoy better access and parking at Victory Field in Sunninghill, thanks to a major improvement scheme.
The Royal Borough has completed a £45,000 project to widen the access road to the popular leisure facility as well as increasing the capacity of the car park. An extra 1m has been added to the entrance off the A329 London Road and the car park has been increased by 50% to allow for up to 40 vehicles.
Lewis of Sunningdale has been accepted into the Q Guild of Butchers. After months of audits,checking supply chains,hygiene systems,cleanliness,customer service and knowledge rigorously .
Lewis of Sunningdale which was founded by current owner Nigel Lewis's Grandfather William Lewis in 1931, has become one of 120 butchers in the UK which have the very special Q Guild Status.
The Q Guild represents the leading experts in the butchery world. It signifies skill, craftsmanship and above all quality of produce. Its brand is a seal of excellence.
Nigel now 43 , has worked as a butcher since he was 8 , working for his farther Colin in the school holidays and at weekends.
It is a great honour to be a member of the Q Guild of Butchers and is testiment to years of hard work by my grandfather,farther and all my great team. Winning the festival of British sausages was a highlight in my career,but this tops it all!
Nigel hopes to carry on working hard to one day leave the business in great shape for his son Jack to take over one day. Fantastic meat can be ordered on line at www.lewismeat.com and delivered free in the local area.
All proceeds raised from the fayre directly benefit local charities, and last year it generated over £11,000 for at-risk women and children and the elderly throughout Berkshire and Surrey. For more information on our charities click on http://www.awbs.org.uk/craft-fayre .
LVS Ascot Hosts ‘Festival of Sport’ for 19 Local schools | On Thursday 27th March LVS Ascot Junior School hosted over 360 pupils from 19 local schools to the newly rebranded ‘LVS Ascot Festival of Sport 2014’. As the 16 Netball teams and 20 Football teams took to the courts and pitches respectively, there were plenty of excited faces. Despite the odd rain shower, pupils’ spirits remained high, with the thought of a hot dog and possible silverware at the end of the day in their minds.
As the group stages got underway, teams settled into the competitions with ease, impressing with both their sportsmanship and technical ability. Towards the back end of the group games, results started to matter, with teams looking to push for the top spot and a place in the prestigious Cup competition. All schools were placed and knew they had to win just two more games to be able to lift a trophy. Click on photo to enlarge it
CLICK HERE for Carnival Facebook page .
Following on from the success of the Carnival in September last year, the Carnival Committee would like to invite requests from local charitable organisations for funding. We are pleased to have a small surplus for local organisations and would like to hear about projects where funding from the Carnival may be able to help.
Please send requests to Sunningdale Area Carnival c/o 4 Highclere, Sunninghill SL5 0AA by the end of April 2014.
Sunningdale Area Carnival 2014 will be on Sunday 14th September, and we are looking forward to another successful event . For more information visit www.sunningdaleareacarnival.co.uk
St Francis Catholic Primary School from South Ascot emerged victorious in the netball competition at Sainsbury’s School Games in Berkshire. The finals of the Winter Festival were held at Bradfield College and St Francis went as Ascot and Maidenhead representatives in the years 5/6 High 5 netball.
The team of Kate Parrott, Maddie Bergin, Alicia Miller, Lucy Brown, Emma Murphy, Matilda Robinson and Kaya Hunt, managed by St Francis sports co-ordinator Debbie Stevens battled through the finals to end the day victorious.
CCB Oil Club – Membership increasing!
Launched in March 2012, the CCB Oil Club has now attracted 180 members - and is successfully negotiating savings by bulk buying oil fuel for heating homes in off-grid areas.
Tim Parry, CCB Chief Operating Officer explained: "It’s fantastic that so many people have joined the CCB Oil Club and benefited from a reduced fuel bill. Through successful negotiation the club has managed to buy April’s delivery of oil at 7p less per litre than the average market price. A great result for all our members!"
The CCB Oil Club is administered by Oil Poverty Fuel Solutions (OFPS) on behalf of CCB. OFPS manage memberships and negotiate the excellent rates that members receive.
Know Your Blood Pressure Event | The Rotary Club of Ascot set up a free blood pressure measuring booth at the Tesco Superstore in Martins Heron on Saturday 5th April. The event was part of the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign run by the Stroke Association in partnership with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) to raise awareness about the link between high blood pressure and stroke.
High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke and as it has no symptoms many people are completely unaware they have it. It is estimated that around half of strokes could be prevented if people with high blood pressure took steps to keep it under control.
70 local people had their blood pressure measured during the 6 hours that the booth was operating, and although most readings were in the normal range, a small number were elevated and the client was advised to follow up with their GP.
Ascot Rotary Club President Alan Clare said afterwards “There was a lot of interest from shoppers and the event went very well. We were pleased to be able to raise awareness in the local community about the relationship between elevated blood pressure and stroke. We are most grateful for the support given to us by the three medical professionals who volunteered their time to take blood pressure measurements through the day, and to the Tesco store at Martins Heron for generously letting us set up our booth in their foyer.
Dawn Stemp (pictured left, centre), of Bracknell, raised £225 last year for local Samaritans and Macmillan Cancer Support at a home-made cakes and coffee event and had not planned to repeat the effort.
“I wasn't going to do it again but then I lost a dear friend to suicide at the beginning of the year, so I thought I would like to raise funds again for my local branch,” she said.
“Samaritans are there for everybody; no waiting lists, no form filling, no referral. They are there to listen. They do such wonderful work and I am glad this year the total raised is an amazing £840.
“I would like to say huge thanks to all who supported me, including my dear friend June.”
The Ascot Durning Library (in upper Ascot High Street) and Sunninghill Library in School Road will be open on Sundays from 11am to 2pm from Sunday April 6th
This enhanced service for local residents – part of a pilot running until September – has been made possible by flexible staff working, supported by the council’s ‘army’ of volunteers.
Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: “The borough’s libraries form an essential part of the fabric of our communities and are valued immensely by our residents.
“I’m delighted that an increased number of libraries are now opening over the weekend and providing more opportunities for local people to take advantage of the many services they have to offer.
“With a great range of books and DVDs as well as free internet access, and with school exams just around the corner, there really is no better time to visit a local library.”
Better and more cost-effective services will result from the formation of the new Royal Borough Leisure Trust being set up to run the council's four leisure centres, including Charters.
Twelve experienced and skilled trustees have been appointed to operate the Magnet, Windsor, Cox Green and Charters leisure centres and the Trust is likely to be in operation by June 1st
This will herald access to new funding opportunities, closed to the council itself, for investment in even better leisure services across the borough, as well as significant potential savings in VAT and business rates, freeing up even more money for the services that local people of all ages enjoy.
The trust, which is made up of volunteers and chaired by retired businessman David Anthony, also includes Cllr Duncan McBride, chairman of the council's audit and performance review panel.
Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to attract a wide range of volunteers with a wealth of experience and skills that will enable the trust to function successfully for the benefit of residents.
"We are confident that the trust will be able to source fresh streams of funding that can be invested in further improvements and better leisure services and facilities."
Transferring the leisure centres, scheduled to start on Tuesday 1st April, will reinforce the council's commitment to providing indoor and outdoor leisure and recreation facilities that are open and accessible to everyone in the community to help improve their fitness and quality of life.
Please click on the photos to enlarge them Pictured: District Governor Christopher Barnett of the Kent, East Sussex and South
London Rotary area, Francesca Power, Robert Cheung and District
Governor John Greening of the Thames Valley Rotary Area
Two local Young Musicians, Francesca Power and Robert Cheung were each winners of their section of the Rotary Young Musician South-east Regional Final in Maidstone on Saturday (29th March). Francesca, from Mary's School, Ascot, topped the vocal section, singing Donizetti's "Me voglio fa ‘na casa", followed by "And this is my beloved" from "Kismet", and finally "Think of me" from "The Phantom of the Opera". Pianist Robert, a pupil of Dr Nigel Wilkinson, won the instrumental section, playing Liszt's "Liebestraum", followed by "The Cat and the Mouse" by Aaron Copeland.
The judges, all themselves professional musicians, commended the way the competitors engaged with the audience, not only naming the pieces they were going to perform, but providing some background in each piece.
The talented pair have progressed through the increasingly demanding rounds of this nationwide competition, coming top in each heat. The first round took place in January at Charters school. They then competed in the Thames Valley Area final in Reading earlier in March, and their latest successes were at the South-East Regional Final. They have now earned places in the National Final to be held in Truro on the 3rd of May.
Ascot Rotary Club President said afterwards “We are delighted to be fortunate enough to have two local competitors of such a high standard as to qualify to participate in the National final of this prestigious competition. Already some of our Rotary Club members are planning to travel down to Truro to support these youngsters at the final.”
The Quince Players The Quince Players Spring production, the Vicar of Dibley, will be at the Cordes Hall, King's Road, Sunninghill, from May 8th - 17th 2014.
The new Vicar is confirmed and will arrive in Sunninghill in May. Her first duty will be the parish council meeting to be held at the Cordes Hall. Present will be David Horton (will he accept a female Vicar?), Frank Pickle (who will undoubtedly have a new notepad and a sharp pencil to hand), Hugo Horton (will he finally do something about his crush on Alice?), Mrs Cropley (who will surely ‘delight’ with a baking treat), Jim Trott (will never be clear about any decision) and of course the inimitable Owen Newitt (who hopefully will have washed his hands). Her arrival will no doubt be a popular choice so book your tickets soon. Box Office open at Sapphire Estates from 12th April or at www.quinceplayers.com or on 01344 874200
Yesterday's announcement that CrossRail will come out as far as Reading, greatly improves the situation for local commuters who will be able to use Maidenhead for fast access to the centre of London.
The Department for Transport has confirmed that there will be four
trains an hour serving Maidenhead, with two continuing to Twyford and
Reading outbound. Click on BBC article on CrossRail for more info
Cllr MJ Saunders, RBWM cabinet member for Maidenhead, said: “Yesterday’s announcement is excellent news for Maidenhead as we get everything we were anticipating and more."
Click on Neighbourhood Plan summary for more info
Residents vote ‘yes’ to Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan | Residents have voted ‘yes’ to adopt a neighbourhood plan for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale which will now become a key document in helping to decide future development in the area.
The Royal Borough held a referendum on March 27th 2014, giving more than 12,500 residents the chance to have their say on whether or not the plan should be used alongside the Borough Local Plan which informs borough-wide decisions on planning applications.
Residents voted 2,674 in favour of the neighbourhood plan with 260 against – 91per cent of those voting supporting the plan. The turnout was 23.6 percent.
The referendum question was a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the entire plan, as set out by national neighbourhood planning regulations, and required more than 50 per cent in favour for the plan for it to be adopted.
Ascot Racecourse welcomes Lenôtre Executive Chef Guy K and Head Sommelier Olivier P to the racecourse to launch its 2014 Royal Ascot Fine Dining.
Lenôtre makes its debut at a major British sporting event | Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce its partnership with world-renowned French culinary institution, Lenôtre, for Royal Ascot 2014 as part of its continued commitment to offering guests the very best fine dining at its race days. Royal Ascot, taking place from Tuesday 17th June – Saturday 21st June, will mark the first time Lenôtre has showcased its exquisite Fine Dining offering at a major UK sporting event.
Guests at each of the three Lenôtre restaurants at Royal Ascot (Sandringham, Carriages and The Balmoral) will experience exquisite cuisine courtesy of Lenôtre Executive Chef Guy Krenzer, paired with wines selected by one of the world’s best sommeliers, Lenôtre Head Sommelier Olivier Poussier. Both will be flown in from Paris for the Royal meeting. Produce will be brought in fresh from Parisian markets each morning.
PRINCESS SQUARE WELCOMES SOME NEW AND FAMILIAR FACES
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership is delighted to announce that two of Charles Square’s most popular retailers, Sally Hair and Beauty and Ponden Home Interiors will be moving their businesses into Princess Square over the coming weeks.
A high street favourite, Sally Hair and Beauty, is part of the world’s largest distributor of professional hair and beauty products, in fact the company has some 4,000 stores globally.
Ponden Home Interiors, offers a wide range of great value, modern soft furnishings and accessories for homes and has been in Bracknell for some years.
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Papplewick’s Arts Festival 2014 - Contrasts | Last week’s Arts Festival at Papplewick School in Ascot kicked off in mighty fashion to the sound of beating drums, screaming boys and stomping feet. This unusual behaviour marked the start of Papplewick’s Arts Festival 2014. The theme this year was Contrasts, and all the boys from Years 2 to 8 had the opportunity to participate in some drama, dance and music workshops delivered by visiting professionals.
The drama workshop, led by Miss Sammy Fonfé and Mr Phil Buck, featured improvisation and role-play, as well as a basic overview of the working parts of a theatre and the various roles associated with productions. The African drumming workshop was led by Russell Simonot and included some wonderful rhythmic percussion exercises on both Ghanaian djembes and North African daraboukas – both types of skin-covered goblet drum.
Saving money for charity | Moya (aged 9) (pictured left) - a pupil at St Francis Primary School , had been set the challenge of raising money for two charities - along with her fellow pupils. They were given one pound to raise a lot more pounds.
After some thoughtful consideration, Moya decided to make flowery hair bands to sell as mother’s day gifts.
To start, she sold some of a friend’s free range eggs, which raised enough money to buy some beautiful buttons, hair bands and hair clips. With some material she already had, Moya was able to start making hair bands - first at school and then - thanks to the Ascot branch of Maloney's Budgens , Moya had a stall in the shop on Saturday March 22nd. All but three of the hairbands were sold, raising a magnificent £117 for the the charities ‘Martha’s Magic Steps’ and St.Francis' sister diocese in Cameroon.
Concert features 300 local Children from 9 schools | It’s not often that children as young as 8 years old get the chance to stand on the stage of the Hexagon theatre and take part in a performance in front of an audience of 700, but that is what happened on Sunday 16th March. The concert, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Ascot and Wokingham, brought together some 300 children aged between 8 and 11, coming from 9 schools in the Ascot and Maidenhead area, to sing, dance, narrate stories, act out little sketches and play musical instruments. An enthralled audience included the Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr James Evans, and the Rotary Thames Valley District Governor John Greening.
- Papplewick School | High Achievers | Scholarships
- Talented Local Young People's Hat Trick
- Papplewick School | Vikings Invade !
- Maloneys' Budgens | Caldesi Seasonal Lunch
- Papplewick School | Scuba Diving
- Samaritans | Support All Through the Critical Hours
- The 'Edge Chronicles' Authors Visit Papplewick School
- Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan Referendum | March 27th
- Ascot Rotary Collection for Polio Eradication
- Ascot Rotary Present Wheelbarrow Race Cheque to Day Centre
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