The Royal Borough has expressed its disappointment in the Government’s decision to pursue the option of a third runway at Heathrow as its preferred choice for proposed airport expansion.

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, said: “This is extremely disappointing news which will have a huge impact on the daily lives of our residents.

“Our residents will suffer a substantial loss of quality of life, with many impacts, including additional intolerable noise affecting more people, increased number of planes flying over head, worse air quality, increased traffic, and likely housing and infrastructure problems.

“We acknowledge the important role Heathrow holds for us, but from the start we have said we want to see a better not bigger airport and today’s decision flies in the face of the concerns relayed to us by our residents.

“Our campaign against Heathrow expansion with councils in Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth and Greenpeace continues and we will take whatever action is necessary to stop this decision on behalf of the one million residents we represent.”

Cllr Lynne Jones, leader of the opposition, representing Old Windsor Residents' Association, said: “Our residents already have to deal with intolerable noise, congestion and pollution and today’s decision is only going to increase these issues.

“It is unacceptable that the quality of life for our residents will deteriorate and I am concerned about the effects expansion will bring. 

“We will continue to represent our residents fighting these plans.”

Read more: Heathrow Expansion | October 25th Announcement | Royal Borough to Intensify Campaign to Protect...

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Our Winkfield Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is moving forward at a pace!

Our website is now ‘live’  –

Our questionnaire will be dropping through letterboxes from 27th October and will also be available online, via the NDP website, again from 27th October.

The deadline for return of the questionnaires is 22nd November.




Charters School recently celebrated the Harvest Festival with an array of donations received from pupils, parents and staff.

The school has a very successful and competitive House system and pupils were awarded points for their generous donations; this approach resulted in Charters having a record breaking year for donations.

The assemblies focused on the need to raise the understanding that there are many individuals who struggle to feed themselves adequately and that we all have a responsibility to support those people in our local community who sometimes need a helping hand.

Claire Mather and Judith Dodds from the Bracknell Food Bank spoke to the students about their work and reminded them that they need donations throughout the year, not just during Harvest time. They also told them that it wasn’t just food that was needed, but also toiletries and pet food. 

Read more: Charters School | Harvest Festival Donations




On Monday, 3rd October, Year 7 boys from Papplewick School in Ascot arrived in Burgundy to be fully immersed for a week in life in Méluzien, in Burgundy, France.

As well as improving their language skills, the visit broadens the boys’ cultural experience through activities including tree adventures, an afternoon of kayaking, and sampling the local cuisine. The boys tasted a number of local dishes (escargots (snails), bœuf Bourgignon and gougères, a savoury pastry), visited a local restaurant where they ordered their own meal in French and went to a weekly farmers’ market in the town of Vermenton to buy and then prepare local produce for their lunch.

The boys met an itinerant circus troupe and danced to the accordion and violin, much to the delight of the locals.

The trip also underpins the ethos of team building through boarding.

The staff at the centre were very warm and welcoming and the group celebrated the birthday of one of the pupils with Joyeux Anniversaire and a Vacherin (the local cheese).


Read more: Papplewick Boys Enjoy French Trip

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The 2016 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre will be on Sunday November 20th 2016.  Anyone who would like to book a stall should contact Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council by the end of September.

Watch this space for more information. CLICK ON THIS LINK for photos of past Fayre

Read more: Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre | November 20th


 The first Papplewick Chess Tournament and training day took place on Sunday, 16th October at the Ascot-based school, with 62 boys competing on the day from schools around the area.

Seven boys from Papplewick took part, and Henry Boulton, in Year 7, came first in the junior category. Mikayeel Piranditta, Year 8, came third in the improvers’ category.

The event, which was organised by the school’s chess coach, Grandmaster and former World Under 18 Champion, Nick Pert, was open to juniors who participate in their school chess club. There were two sections: one for players competing in their first or second tournament and one for more experienced players. The games were observed and advice on moves given once they were finished.

“This was our first chess tournament open to players from other schools, and we hope it will be the first of many,” Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said. “We’re delighted to have had a winner among our players.”

Read more: Fierce Competition at Papplewick's Chess Tournament

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Ascot Racecourse has been listed amongst the Finalists for four prestigious awards at the Racecourse Association’s annual Showcase & Awards event.

Nominated in all four categories that were entered; Owners & Trainers, Operational Excellence, Digital / Social Media Excellence and Top Spot. 

Ascot Racecourse impressed the independent judging panel sufficiently to become one of the finalists in each category and will be hoping to be crowned winners at the award ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse on November 17.

The Digital/Social Media Excellence Award celebrates best in class in the world of digital presence and social media. Submissions were asked to demonstrate how the racecourse has crafted targeted campaigns through these channels in order to improve brand presence, customer relations and/or commercial gain.

Read more: Ascot Racecourse a Finalist for 2016 RCA Showcase Awards


Pictured: Trust Chairman Aileen McLeish looking at the app with Victoria Derbyshire and Breast Consultant, Mr Manish Kothari.



On Friday 21st October, members of the hospital’s breast care team joined patients and special guest, journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, at Ashford Hospital, to launch a new and innvoative mobile app for breast care patients. 

The app was developed following a project earlier this year, which saw the breast care team working closely with patients to assess the service – identifying what worked well and what could be improved. Breast Consultant, Mr Manish Kothari, said: “Our ‘experienced based co-design project’ was really enlightening and one of the things many patients talked about was information; some saying they felt ‘bombarded’ by it. In this digital age, everything is at our fingertips and the internet is flooded with information about breast cancer, but it can be difficult to navigate your way through and know which sites to trust. We wanted to create something that pulled all the essential information together, was specific to patients at Ashford and St. Peter’s and could be easily accessed.”

Read more: St.Peter's Hospital | New Breast App Launched

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The pupils of St Francis School  Catholic Primary School in South Ascot, celebrated the feast day of their patron saint, Francis of Assisi by sharing his great love of animals and the environment.

To mark the day, Miller's Ark Farm paid the pupils in South Ascot a visit. Farmer Gemma and a variety of animals including a pig named Jake, Pam the sheep, a goat called Caramel and two Donkeys, Coke and Sprite were a huge hit with the children, who also attended mass to celebrate the feast day and the school kitchen provided special animal shaped biscuits.


A new permit scheme ensuring contractors are timely, safe and considerate to the local community and environment is being brought into effect following RBWM cabinet approval.

The regulations should cut down on delays for residents and motorists because of highway works and reduce the risk of multiple projects taking place at the same time in the same area.

Known as the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Permit Scheme, it will encourage a more strategic approach to highways work and create an incentive for projects to be completed on time by giving the council the power to fine organisations who overrun.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “As we continue to see investment in the Royal Borough it is vital that we ensure work is done in good time and safely.

Read more: RBWM Road Permit Scheme Launched to Tackle Delays


Papplewick Old Boys Kenza Wilks, Alex Howard-Vyse, and Ga Kitada have gone on to great things at their senior schools. They have been appointed Head Boy of Dulwich College, School Captain of Uppingham, and Deputy Head Boy of Harrow respectively.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster at Papplewick School in Ascot, commented: “The three young men recently met up at a leadership conference at Wellington College, where they no doubt discussed how being in leadership positions at Papplewick helped them to reach their new exalted positions at their senior schools! We are very proud of all three boys.”

Alex and Kenza were joint Deputy Head Boys in 2012 while Ga was a School Prefect.


Read more: Papplewick Old Boys Lead the Way at Major Public Schools


|Olympians parade as part of the Opening Ceremony
Newly created fanzone for all things equine
Jilly Cooper and Clare Balding sign copies of their latest books

QIPCO British Champions Day, Britain’s richest raceday on Saturday 15th October will get off to a glittering start with an Opening Ceremony, featuring some of Britain’s triumphant Olympians and Paralympians ahead of the first race at 1.25pm.

Sporting soprano Laura Wright will sing live as medal-winning athletes from the hockey, rugby sevens and cycling teams, as well as Olympic Champion Nick Skelton, double Olympic Taekwondo Champion Jade Jones, multiple gold medal winning Paralympic Equestrian rider Natasha Baker and George Nash from the triumphant men’s coxless four boat parade before the crowds. Led by Champions Day hero, Cirrus Des Aigles, who won the day’s feature race, the QIPCO Champion Stakes in 2011, the colours of every QIPCO British Champions Series race winner during the season will also be paraded around the paddock as part of the build-up to an unrivalled British card that features four Group 1s, a Group 2 and the richest mile handicap in Europe.



 The annual Sports Presentation Evening was held at Charters School on Monday 26 September in an event that recognised the dedication and sporting achievements of the students during the past year.

250 students were given awards after representing the school or competing at District, County or National Level.

The teams also had an amazing year with 51 teams achieving success at District, County or National level.

The Team of The Year was the Inter Girls Cross Country Team, which achieved Bronze at the National Finals.

Morgan Lake, the British track and field athlete who specialises in multi-event disciplines and the high jump kindly presented prizes at the event and took part in a question and answer session. She was the 2014 World Junior champion in heptathlon and high jump, and the 2015 European Junior champion in high jump. This year she represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics and spoke openly about the difficulties associated with balancing school life whilst completing at the highest level.

Read more: Charters School | Annual Sports Presentation 2016

The Ascot & District Day Centre in Sunninghill recently celebrated the opening of its lovely new members' garden with a Benefactor Afternoon Tea. The Day Centre Benefactors are a group of local, like-minded people who enjoy Benefactor dinners, visits and events whilst helping the Day Centre! Please contact Geoff Donovan 01344 627197 for more information.

A superb array of cakes - including a beautiful birthday cake - were provided by Coworth Park Hotel a long-standing and generous supporter of the Day Centre.. Pictured above is Mrs. June Martin OBE (President of the Day Centre), cutting the cake, provided by Sales Manager at Coworth Park - Samantha Pinder-White (also pictured)

Read more: Ascot Day Centre Celebrates Garden Opening With Coworth Park Cakes


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Ascot Business Park’s latest tenant, highly successful financial investment management company, FLYING COLOURS, takes last remaining floor of 2 Queen’s Square!

A 10-year lease has been granted to Flying Colours Finance Limited at a new record rent for the park of £26 per sq ft.

Salmon Harvester director Pat Mahoney said: “The rent achieved reflects the high quality of the space and its excellent location. We have now fully let 2 Queen’s Square and intend to bring the building to the investment market very shortly for sale.”

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

Strutt & Parker and Campbell Gordon advised SHP with Flying Colours representing themselves.


Read more: Prestigious Finance Company Moves into Ascot Business Park


Pupils at Papplewick School in Ascot were treated to four language workshops run by parents to mark European Day of Languages this year, on Monday 26th September 2016.

In an Italian workshop run by Mr Giuseppe Trerotoli (father of Joseph and Fraser), the boys learned about the history of the Italian saints and the meaning of various hand gestures in Italy.

In the German workshop run by Mrs Julia Lewis (mother of Xander), the boys had a taste of pretzel and participated in a beer glass competition in celebration of Oktoberfest, currently taking place in the town of Munich.

Mrs Yulia Ivanov touched on numbers in her Russian workshop, together with geographical facts about the city of Moscow for the year 8 boys.

A Hungarian workshop run by Mr Bernard Lázár (father of Viktor and Otto) described the story of Attila the Hun and Hungarian inventions including the biro pen, the hologram, the Transformer and Watt Meter - and stripy toothpaste invented by George Lázár (grandfather of Viktor and Otto) in 1952.

At breaktime, the boys enjoyed goulash and listened to a Hungarian concert by Agi, Rudolph and Agnes, the leader of the Hungarian band Kontraband. This year’s winners of the costume competition were Vasily Stepanov (Russian Prince), Talvin Bachu (French fries) and Viktor Lázár (Hungarian prince).


Read more: Papplewick | European Day of Languages 2016

Residents across the Royal Borough are being urged to continue their good work recycling food waste and not forget their pumpkins this Halloween.

In the UK over one million pumpkins are sold during October and once carved, the majority is thrown away, with around 18,000 tonnes going to waste.

To reduce this spine-chilling statistic, residents are being asked to use the pumpkin flesh in various different recipes available from www.lovefoodhate

Residents can put the left over flesh and the carved shell into the food recycling bin for collection alongside their other bins.

Read more: Trick or Treat and Recycle Your Pumpkin

The Ascot Horticultural Society Autumn Show was held be on September 3rd, 2015 at Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield, near Ascot. A very tasty array of fruit, vegetables , flowers and produce, was on display. For more information about the AHS visit

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Read more: Ascot Horticultural Society | Victorious Veg at Autumn Show

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The Under 8 A football team from Papplewick School in Ascot lifted the trophy last Thursday, 22nd September at an annual football tournament at Summer Fields School, Oxford, beating 20 teams from London and the South-East on the way to victory.

Jack Young, Henry Powis, Misha Ordovas, Gabriel Shekiluwa-Cardoso, Walter Nutter, Tony Cheung, and Toby Dodwell-Bennett won all four of their group games before storming through the quarter-finals and semi-finals to reach the final. There they met Eaton House the Manor, who had won the tournament three times in the past, but the Papplewick Under 8 A team came out on top winning the final 2-0.

Tom Bunbury, Papplewick’s headmaster, said: “We’re very proud of our victors – a great result for Papplewick School.”


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Pictured: Alex Bennett, Intermediate Runner Up, and Charlotte Gayton, Intermediate Special Mention, receiving their Certificates and Trophies from Rotary President Andrew!

 Rotary President Andrew, President Elect Hugo and Schools Coordinator Rtn Tony went to the Marist School this morning to award Certificates and Trophies to the Winners and Runner Up in each category. Winner of the Senior Level Participants was Millie Dodds and Isabella Andrews Runner Up. At the Intermediate Level Miah Shah was Winner and Alex Bennett Runner Up, with Charlotte Gayton Receiving a Special Mention for her entry. All other Participants received Certificates for their entries.

As usual for these Rotary organised Youth Competitions, the level of expertise shown by the Participants was outstanding. It is refreshing to see so many youngsters from our local schools taking part in the various Youth Competitions on offer from Rotary!

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Gold for Georgia At Her First National Judo Event | Congratulations to Georgia, Year 6, for bringing home Gold. A great performance from Georgia at the Crayford Judo tournament in London on Saturday 17th September secured Georgia wins for all four of her matches in spectacular style, throwing all her opponents for the maximum ippon score with a combination of lovely throws. Core Judo Coach, Jonathon, delighted "What was impressive is that Georgia was competing in her first national event and controlled her nerves superbly well. Congratulations to Georgia and all Academy players."

Georgia is here pictured with her gold medal and Core Judo Academy teammates and in training at the weekly Academy sessions held by Core Judo at Coworth Flexlands School.   To discover Coworth Flexlands School attend their Open Morning on Thursday 20th October, 9.30-11.00am. 

Information  about  Open Days  can be found at Coworth Flexlands School Open Days or please call the School on 01276 855707. The School is located near Valley End, 5 minutes drive from Sunningdale.


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During Assembly on Tuesday 13 September, over 100 Year 10 students from Charters School in Sunningdale,  were presented with certificates and badges after completing the BA Language Flag Award in Year 9. The British Airways Language Flag Award complements GSCE coursework, promotes confidence in speaking and links languages at school with the world of work. 

The introduction of a language test within BA for customer facing staff highlighted a desperate shortage of language speakers within the UK. The Flag Award was an adapted version of the internal test and was an attempt to encourage young people to continue language learning. It helped to develop a link between classroom language learning and the working world.

Mrs Mathews, Curriculum Leader for the Modern Foreign Language Faculty said, “We are very proud that so many of our students worked with us and prepared independently for this prestigious award, especially as BA are no longer offering this for schools. Well done, Charters!”

Following months of consultation, Thames Hospice has secured the option to purchase land to build a new 28-bed, purpose-built, hospice by Bray Lake in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - subject to planning permission.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice, said: “We have seen demand for all of our services increase year-on-year and we are at a point where we need to expand to meet the needs of our local community. Our current Hospice in Windsor is at maximum occupancy and we have up to 10 people per day waiting for much-needed care.  After reviewing a number of options to develop our existing site, we have concluded that it does not provide a solution to meet our future needs.

“A new purpose-built hospice would enable us to support more local people, through providing additional inpatient, outpatient and community services, building on the expert care delivered at our current facility in Windsor for almost 30 years.”


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On Thursday 8th September, Year 6 boys from Papplewick School in Ascot embarked on a visit to the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, South London. The boys visited an exhibition on Rio favelas with reference to the Rio Paralympics.

The delights of the day included meeting stingrays and other exotic fish at the aquarium, seeing a torture chair and being introduced to facts on dinosaur eggs and their nests. In the musical instrument room, boys got to look at the various types of musical instruments from all over the world. They were able to play them interactively as well as read various facts on them. Their favourites were the bagpipes. In the African room, the boys discovered statues and masks from West Africa along with ceremonial dance costumes.

A tour was also taken in the wondrous room of taxidermy with facts on the life of walrus, birds and mammals through the centuries.

The Horniman Museum has been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors. Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history collection.



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Bulletin:  Update on Ascot Business Park, September, 2016

The success of the park can now be measured in its take-up.  After the sale of all the studios and warehousing on the park by summer 2015, Queen’s Square is also filling up.  We are delighted to have welcomed Ashbury Bloom in November, 2015 who bought the freehold of 7 Queen’s Square and in August, 2016, the loyalty app developers, Bink, have taken occupation of the top floor of 2 Queen’s Square.  With the middle floor of the same building and also the last empty terrace building, 8 Queen’s Square, also under offer, this leaves only 1 Queen’s Square available within this pleasant courtyard office area.

1 Queen’s Square is the largest building within the square, offering 14,030 sq ft (1,303 sq m) of high spec, efficient, Grade A space over ground and two upper floors.  Currently, our QuickStart operation is based in one of the ground floor areas which has proved to be highly successful, offering small and emerging companies flexible, short term offices from 2 – 6 people.  With easy access of the motorway networks, situated adjacent to Ascot station, within walking distance of Ascot High Street and set in a woodland setting, Ascot Business Park offers occupiers all the advantages of an attractive and accessible working environment.

Some comments on the park from our valued tenants:...

Read more: Ascot Business Park Brings Top Businesses To Ascot

The Ascot Locomotive Society which meets alongside car park 10 of the Ascot Racecourse off the Winkfield Road (A330) currently has vacancies for new members.  When there are no public running sessions,  the group still  welcomes visitors on the first Sunday of each month from 14.00. Anyone interested is asked to contact Kirsten Hossack 01344 6256

Trains are running on Sunday October 2nd  from 2.00-4.30 (weather permitting). £3.00 per person entrance fee for up to three people, £2.50 per person for families of 4 and over. Drink and a biscuit or slice of cake £1. Please donate more if you can - your donations keep the Society running running!  - email


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