18-24 year olds can enjoy half price entry to the Queen Anne or Windsor Enclosures at Royal Ascot on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June 2017, as part of the STAR Card scheme. 

Launched in 2011 and free of charge to all young people aged 18 to 24, the STAR card entitles holders to enjoy substantial discounts on racing at the famous Berkshire racecourse throughout the year.  With half price entry to most Ascot racedays, including the first two days of Royal Ascot and FREE entry to QIPCO British Champions Day 2017, the STAR card allows young racegoers to enjoy great racing at a great price.

STAR card holders can also enjoy a King Edward VII Enclosure ticket, drink and racecard for just £10 to Ascot’s May Racenight on 12th May.  Ascot’s only evening meeting consists of six competitive races, great entertainment and live music.  It’s the perfect opportunity to get together with friends for a fun night out.

Ashley Morton-Hunte, Corporate & Racing Communications Manager at Ascot, said:

“The STAR card offers 18 to 24 year olds generous discounts at a time when many are studying or training.  We hope it enables young racing enthusiasts to continue to enjoy all that Ascot has to offer and encourages new racegoers to come along and see just how much fun a day at the races can be.”

Read more: Royal Ascot | Half Price Entry for 18 - 24 Year Olds

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Charters School in Sunningdale | Over the past ten weeks, teams of students from all year groups at Charters School have participated in the Ascot Wealth Management Young Entrepreneur Competition.  Twelve teams of students planned, marketed, manufactured and sold their goods to see who could produce the biggest profit.  On Thursday 16 March the school celebrated with a champagne reception and prize-giving ceremony to celebrate their magnificent achievements.

The winning team, who increased their initial funding by the largest percentage, was Team New Vison. The students won a business day out in London and an amazing prize of £1000 to spend on an event of their choice.  This team sold Bubble tea, recognising a growing demand for the product and a lucrative gap in the market.

Read more: Charters School | Young Enterprise Winners 


Ascot 2017 (Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June). The first new enclosure to open at the Royal Meeting for more than 100 years, it will provide a new perspective on the spectacle of Royal Ascot, located on the inside of the track looking back towards the final Furlong with Ascot’s iconic Grandstand as a backdrop. Showcasing the best of contemporary British summertime, the new space has a style and tempo of its own: a ‘pop-up’ summer scene comprising informal boutique dining experiences, innovative bars, and live music throughout the day and into the evening.

The Village Enclosure sits between the Queen Anne Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure in terms of price point and the Queen Anne Enclosure dress code will apply. Its introduction will allow Ascot to reduce capacity in the existing public enclosures, Queen Anne Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure as part of its continued commitment to customer comfort at the Royal Meeting.
A picturesque bandstand is the centrepiece of the village green, along with two other stages where there will be a mix of live brass, jazz and funk throughout the day. In the evenings, the main stage will host sets from live bands and DJs. Confirmed acts include DJ Goldirocks, the Hackney Colliery Band and Choon Chaps.


Read more: New 'Village Enclosure' at Royal Ascot for 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals  NHS Foundation Trust

The Board at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recently agreed to introduce parking charges for blue badge holders at their two hospitals as part of a review of our Travel and Car Parking Policy.  This would apply only to those people who do not meet affordability criteria which would enable free parking.

Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin, explains:  “Introducing these charges is not a decision that has been taken lightly and is one of a number of measures we are taking to maintain and protect patient care by raising some additional income.  While the Board considered the introduction of charging two and a half years ago, and chose not to do so at that time, I want to be completely honest about the reasons we felt we had to put this back onto the table.  Unfortunately, the financial climate we now find ourselves in has become significantly more challenging and increasing our parking charges is just one of a number of measures we are introducing across our hospitals to support our savings plans and ensure that our central funding is focused on the delivery of patient care.”

Read more: Blue Badge Parking Charges at St.Peter's Hospital  


SPOTLIGHTS and YOUTH MUSIC | The Spotlights Musical Theatre Group (SMTG) in Ascot has chosen its charity for 2016/17: "Youth Music" supports music projects for disadvantaged children. It was set up by the parents of Alice Gross. 

Serena Kay, Spotlights Music Director, taught Alice singing for 3 years and she was an exceptionally talented musician, singer and performer. Tragically, Alice was murdered in 2014 - many people will remember this - and her loss impacted so many in truly devastating ways. Out of their grief and loss her family set up "Youth Music" to help other children.

Serena is convinced that had Alice lived she would have had a highly successful music career.

Spotlights will fund raise for Youth Music for a year, maybe two, and have already set aside £200 as a first donation arising out of their Christmas concert at the Berystede on Christms Eve.

The group hope that further donations can be made following the performance of their summer show, My Fair Lady. My Fair Lady will be performed at Papplewick School in Ascot from Thursday July 13 to Saturday July 15. Performances will be at 7.30pm and there will also be a matinee at 230pm on the Saturday.

Tickets cost £16 for adults and £11 for children under 16 and can 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 box office bookings. They can also be purchased on line at



St Francis Catholic School, Primary pupils listen carefully as local Berkshire author Vicki Gibson reads from her book The Eagle, a fantasy adventure about two children who learn from their fantastic adventures.

Mrs Gibson, who lives in Finchampstead, wrote The Eagle after she retired as Head of Philosophy of Religion and School Chaplain of an Independent school. She visited St Francis to talk about her book where she was welcomed by the children and their teacher, Mrs Lindsey Waller.

Mrs Gibson spent the morning with the children, telling them about her inspiration for The Eagle, enthralling them with extracts from the book and encouraging them to write the opening paragraph for their own suspense story.

Pupils Ashleigh Kirby and Sophia Zeolla told Mrs Gibson that they thoroughly enjoyed the morning and couldn’t wait to read the rest of the book for themselves.

Mrs Waller said "The children were delighted to meet a real author and loved hearing some of her delightful thought-provoking story.”




Charles Anson, the Queen’s former press secretary, has joined the Trustees of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, to help oversee the delivery of the charity’s new strategic plan.

Cumberland Lodge is celebrating 70 years as an educational foundation this year and it has reinvigorated its founding principles to focus on addressing the root causes and effects of social divisions by equipping and inspiring people to engage in constructive dialogue.

Read more: Queen’s Former Press Secretary Joins Trustees of Cumberland Lodge



On Saturday 25th February a circus-themed sleepover party entertained boys aged 7-11 at Papplewick School, Ascot, courtesy of Splats, the circus skills experts.

The highlights of the evening were juggling, plate spinning and stilt walking, balancing feathers and using diablos. Harry and Johannes from the Splats team gave the boys a wonderful demonstration and helped them to master the tricks of the trade.

Equally diverting were the sideshows, which involved parachute games, circus pong, coconut shy, relay races, a bouncy castle and a popular candyfloss machine.

Toby Dodwell-Bennett won the prize for ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ and Raphael Shires for the best costume of the evening – a very convincing mime artist. Hot dogs and ice creams were on the menu for tea.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “There was no ‘clowning around’ after lights out and the boys were up early to enjoy a full English breakfast before returning to the care of their parents. They thoroughly enjoyed the evening and went home with some new creative skills.”

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Read more: Papplewick Pupils' Circus - Themed Sleepover


The Rectangle of Purple Crocuses at the Racecourse


In the autumn of 2016 the Rotary Club of Ascot planted 5,000 crocus corms just off Ascot High Street as a reminder of the work done by Rotary Clubs and local communities around the world to eradicate this crippling disease.  This spring has seen the first appearance of these new flowers – all purple because when the children receive their immunization they also have a dab of purple dye applied to a finger nail, so that they don’t inadvertently get inoculated twice.

Rotary Club President Andrew Vallance said "The Rotary Club of Ascot has been making cash contributions to Polio Eradication for many years, with the support of the local community.  We have planted these bulbs which will hopefully reappear each spring, as a reminder of the Community contribution and an incentive to everyone to continue providing support for this most worthy cause."

Read more: Rotary Crocuses | Purple for Polio in Ascot High Street


Performing Arts is a love of many at Coworth Flexlands School  . We were honoured when Ms Jo Garofalo visited the school to audition us for Voice in a Million at Wembley Area and chose Year 5 & 6 girls to be on stage.

On Wednesday 8th March our girls headed early afternoon to the Wembley arena.  There was a huge amount of excitement and singing on the journey up. On taking their stage position the girls were ecstatic not only to be on stage, but to find they were centre stage. Reward comes with hard work so it was a two hour rehearsal from 3 to 5pm, to return again, refreshed for the "real thing" at 7.30pm. Our parents had prime seats in front of the stage and were seen singing and dancing their hearts out too, bursting with pride. 

Read more: Coworth Flexlands Girls Chosen for Voice in a Million. 


Ascot Racecourse is delighted to unveil a one-of-a-kind piece of art in the form of a globe, adorned with 30 hand painted illustrations telling the tale of Royal Ascot’s long-standing
traditions and rich heritage. The globe, titled ‘A World Like Nowhere Else’, was unveiled at The Goring in London on 1st March, and has since embarked on a journey
around the capital and the South of England for members of the public to see. Afterwards, it will take centre-stage at the racecourse for Royal Ascot from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June.

Read more: Ascot's ‘A World Like Nowhere Else’ Embarks on London and South-East Tour

Pictured Above: Year 5 teacher and some of his well dressed pupils!

St Francis Catholic School, Ascot celebrated World Book Day in the traditional manner by dressing up as characters and sharing extracts from their favourite books.

Mr Maxfield  (Captin Hook)  explained his choice of costume, saying, "Since my youth, I have always been captivated by the Peter Pan story. I have always liked the idea of a pirate villain."

While, Alice in Wonderland in the front row (Marie Von Bonsdorff) said: "I love the creativity of Alice. She has a great personality and I would like to be more like her."



Innov8  (pictured above) is one of 12 teams taking part in the Young Enterprise at Charters School in Sunningdale  , in an initiative created by a former Charters pupil - Mark Insley of Ascot Wealth Management , to raise funds for Charters School.

Local businesses sponsored the programme by each putting in £250 start-up capital.  Leigh & Glennie Ltd (Town Planning Consultancy based in South Ascot), are supporting the Innov8 team, 

The content of the book(pictured below) - 'Food, Fitness, Health   - Almost 100 Recipes and Tips', has been gathered by the team and Jane Glennie has helped the them put it altogether as a book. It costs just £5, and the team is pleased to announce the support of their first local stockist - Coffee A'more, 18 Brockenhurst Road, South Ascot, SL5 9DL (in the local parade of shops opposite the Chemist). Their ambition is to find more stockists around the area and sell-out of their initial print run of 350 copies - which would raise £1000 for the School.

If you can help, please contact

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT MACDONALD HOTELS | Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, one of the UK’s largest independent hotel groups, has appointed experienced hotelier, John Philipson as regional managing director for the M25 region as well as new general managers at its Windsor and Marlow hotels.

Philipson will oversee four of the Group’s 48 hotels. They include four red-star Macdonald Compleat Angler in Marlow, and Macdonald Windsor Hotel and four-star Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa in Camberley and Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot.

During his 26-year career in the hospitality industry, John Philipson has held senior positions at luxury hotels across the world including The Lowry Hotel in Manchester and The Balmoral in Edinburgh. Most recently, John was Regional Vice President at the Six Senses Resorts & Spa in Oman, responsible for properties in Jordan, the Maldives and Seychelles. John is part of the Master Innholders organisation where he won a scholarship to Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, to study management in 2002.

John said: “Each Macdonald Hotels property is unique, with individual charm and character.  I’m looking forward to developing these properties to be the best in the region, and known for their quality, attention to detail and personalised service.

“I will also work with the spas, health clubs and restaurants within the hotels so they are known for the outstanding quality they offer in their own right.”

Read more: Ascot | Macdonald Berystede Hotel | New Regional Managing Director


On Tuesday 21st February and in celebration of World Water Day, boys at Papplewick School, Ascot, played their part in the school’s bid to achieve the Green Flag Award.

The boys have been learning about various eco topics, ranging from energy saving and healthy living to litter awareness. In English and French, they worked on bringing animations to life through their picture story-telling skills. Boys in years 7 and 8 drafted a plan to enter the Planet Water Project.

In Geography lessons, there have been discussions about the impact of water shortage in communities who do not have access to running water. Year 3 boys worked on a quiz and found out quirky facts, including that a cow needs 7000 litres of water in its lifetime to produce steak and 13 litres of water is needed to produce one tomato.

The school has an Eco Committee which meets once a week to discuss various projects both within and outside the school community.

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Read more: Papplewick Boys Celebrate World Water ECO Day

As a strongly family focused team ALECTIA Ltd wanted to start the New Year by supporting some of the local children’s charities. Our thought was to give something to four charities that could be useful to them or could be included in a fund raising event. Our choice was to giveaway four Samsung Galaxy S2 tablets.
The team nominated various charities and picked four out of the hat to receive the Tablets. Wendy Kelsall, PA and Nick Hickman, Head of UK Operations, volunteered to deliver the tablets to the various charities.


SPRING FAMILY RACEDAY | Free for children under 18-years-old and boasting a full day of exciting jump racing alongside a range of family fun

Ascot Racecourse’s Colts and Fillies Club is helping local schools to raise money with a ticketing promotion for The Spring Family Raceday on Sunday 2nd April.  Local schools will be selling tickets for the raceday and keeping a percentage of the money taken for their own fundraising projects.

The Colts & Fillies Club, which currently has over 19,500 members, aims to introduce horseracing to the next generation of racing enthusiasts by making the sport accessible and fun.  It is free to join for children aged 17 and under and members can enjoy dedicated family days at Ascot, with specifically tailored activities exclusively for Colts and Fillies members.  Outside of racedays, visits are made to training yards and other places of interest and there is the club horse, Miss Inga Sock, to follow.

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Helps Local School With Fundraising

There has been a recent rise of prank calls within Thames Valley.
The calls are pre-recorded generated responses giving the impression that recipients are actually speaking directly to someone.
The calls are not all the same. However one of the main scenarios has been described as an angry Scottish man claiming you are stealing his Wi-Fi.
Sometimes there is a mobile phone number showing and other times the number is withheld.
It appears that these calls are predominantly targeting elderly and young people and can cause alarm and distress to the call taker.  

We urge people to take the following advice: 

Read more: Police Warning About Prank Calls


Coworth Flexlands School  is delighted to receive Gold Award from Eat Out Eat Well, the Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards. Thank you goes to chef Simon from Chartwells Catering for his freshly and lovingly prepared food


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Pictured: Year 7 Boys Learning About the Velodrome at the Olympic Park.

The whole of Year 7 and three teachers from Papplewick School, Ascot, visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, on 6th February as part of their geography studies.

The objective was to study the design of a sustainable and eco-friendly residential and facilities project. The boys were certainly not disappointed; they were taken on an informative tour of East Village and the facilities, visited the fascinating biofuel energy centre and saw the velodrome in full use.

They found out many fascinating facts about the Olympic Park, including that the Olympic Stadium is made from old gas pipes; that 95% of the buildings previously on the site were reused; that the timber for the Aquatic Centre was all sustainably sourced; and that all the energy for the stadiums and East Village is provided by the eco-friendly biofuel energy centre.

The boys were also able to experience the facilities for themselves, including hurtling down the Olympic Park Orbit slide and swimming in the 50m Olympic pool.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “The boys returned exhausted, but hopefully fully prepared for an exam question on the regeneration and redevelopment of Stratford and with a good knowledge of what can be done with sustainable development in the future.”


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Read more: Papplewick Year 7 Geography Trip to London's Olympic Park


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Pictured: Charity Representatives Ready to Receive Cheques from Sunninghill & Ascot parish Council at a Ceremony Hosted by Sponsor - Ascot Racecourse


On Sunday 20th November last year, the popular Victorian Street Fayre (SEE THE PHOTOS HERE) returned to Sunninghill High Street.  From midday to 4.00pm the High Street was lined with market stalls, selling all sorts of enticing goods, and children’s Fairground rides.  Hot food & drink was plentiful and the High Street retailers were open, offering all their lovely wares and Christmas goodies too.  Father Christmas asked Mother Christmas to help him, as they listened to children’s wishes and the Elves entertained the excited youngsters.  With so much for the whole family to enjoy, it was an afternoon not to be missed. 

All profits from the Fayre are distributed to local charities and good causes.  So ‘sharing the love’ on Valentine’s Day, the Parish Council is today delighted to present cheques to:......

Read more: Local Charities Receive Huge Cheques Thanks to Victorian Street Fayre


Ascot Grange Care and Nursing Home are delighted to be sponsoring Royal Ascot Cricket Club with a contribution towards their clubhouse renovation fund.  Mark Wiggett Chairman of the Club and his colleague Steven Clarke, Chairman of fundraising proudly displayed the new banner that Client Liaison Manager Robin Longman had produced.  Robin said “We are delighted to be able to support local businesses and in particular one that our residents and their families will enjoy being involved in.  We can't wait to bring people over to watch the matches”.

Signature Senior Lifestyle are currently building a new care home in Bagshot Road, Ascot that will open in June.  The home will offer 72 assisted living apartments and 24 specialist dementia suites.  A choice of restaurants, activities including a cinema and therapy rooms will all be available on site.  For more information contact Robin or Wendy on 01344 798304 or drop in to view the show suites today.


Thursday is Forest School day at Coworth Flexlands School and on February 9th, it was the turn of Year 1. The morning started off with a search for natural eyes and faces in our woodland area, then adding hand-made clay faces to trees. The morning ended with time to rescue ten animals from a pretend flood and re-house them in safe hideouts. The children loved the drama of rescue and the kind act of finding a safe haven for their animal friend. Best comment today ".. favourite thing about Forest School is everything!"


Discover more about Coworth Flexlands School at Coworth Flexlands School Open Days , or call 01276 855707. Coworth Flexlands School is nestled in 13 acres of beautiful grounds between Chobham, Windlesham and Sunningdale and within ten minutes from Virginia Water. 

Read more: Rain Never Stops Forest School Fun at Coworth Flexlands School


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