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Wheelbarrow Race Time Trials | Sunningdale Carnival | September 13th

  The Rotary Club of Ascot will be holding a mini Wheel barrow Time Trial at the up coming Sunningdale carnival. It will be great fun for all the family. Kids show Dad who is the fastest Sunningdale wheelbarrower by beating him on the Sunningdale Carnival wheelbarrow TT course, and for the fastest there are a  spectacular prizes.!

A fabulous humungous  Teddy Bear for fastest child and for fastest adult,what they have always wanted ,a very glamorous wheel barrow in this seasons colours  and again a humungous Teddy Bear.

All proceeds will be going to  Rotary Club charities, which serve both local and international communities.
Please come along and join us for a wonderful, family,  fun filled day and don’t forget the main event:

New Years Day 2016....make an entry in your diaries now ....join the fun.

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Smart in Ascot

Click on the photo to enlarge it  Smart :: Mercedes Benz Ascot   Harry Darbyshire is confident that he has made a very smart move in his career and he is now encouraging local Ascot motorists to follow suit.

The keen sportsman has become the first dedicated smart sales specialist at Mercedes-Benz of Ascot following the recent addition of the iconic brand at the London Road retail outlet.

The launch of smart at Mercedes-Benz of Ascot comes after the new smart fortwo and forfour models were unveiled earlier this year. Sixteen years after the original smart arrived in the UK, these latest versions are better-equipped, more spacious and refined and offer an enhanced driving experience.

Available with a 999 cc petrol engine with 71 hp and a turbocharged 898 cc petrol engine producing 90 hp, the new smarts can achieve up to 68.9 mpg (combined) and with CO2 emissions less than 100 g/km are road tax exempt.

At 6.95 metres, the latest fortwo boasts the smallest turning circle in its class and can even outmanoeuvre a London cab, whilst the four-seater forfour can accommodate a considerable 975-litre cargo and loads measuring up to 2.2 metres in length when not transporting passengers.


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St.George's School Ascot | Top GCSE Results !

Click on the photo to enlarge it   St.Georges'Ascot :: GCSE Results 2015   

Pictured: Mimo Sandford with Headmistress- Rachel Owens.

ASCOT RIDERS GAIN TOP RESULTS AT GCSE |  St George’s in Ascot gained some outstanding GCSE results today.  51% of all exams were graded A* and A, 80% were A*, A and B and 95% were graded A*-C.  In addition, the school has added 7.2 grades per pupil in terms of value added since last year (2014) and on average St George’s adds 6.2 grades above their predictions.

Imogen Sandford (16)  has achieved some outstanding GCSE results gaining 9 A*s and 2 As – a total of 86 points.  Imogen is a keen rider and is competing at Pony Club Open Level 5, the highest standard in the UK.  She has come fifth in the country for Eventing and eighth for Dressage and also qualified in Show Jumping in the Pony Club National Championships.  Imogen has also passed her Pony Club B Test Examination with her examiner commenting that she was one of the strongest candidates they have ever examined.  She aims to qualify or the Open Novice U18 Championships this season and is qualified to event at FEI 1* (international level) with 1.20m show jumping and 1.10m cross country. Imogen volunteers teaching and working in stable management at her Pony Club and is running 10km to raise money for Brooke, an African charity which sends vets out from the UK to help care for donkeys used for transport and farming in Africa.  Imogen has just completed her work experience with Simon Knapp, veterinary surgeon to the Queen, at Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic.st.georges school ascot



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Charters School | Superb A' Level Results 2015

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Click on the photo to enlarge it   Charters School :: A Level Results 2015   Pictured: Nicole Wright will study Psychology at Lincoln, Lily Clay will study an Art Foundation degree at UCA Farnham, Dan Horvarth, (On Lily's back!) will study Psychology at Southampton and Zoe Macdonald will study History at York.

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher, said, "This year’s results have brought lots of happiness to our final year students.  There are some tremendous individual performances of which they, and the school, can be proud.  Overall, we have bettered last year’s excellent figures by a significant margin, especially the number of higher grades being awarded.

Our students, staff and parents deserve great credit. Particular thanks go to everyone who was at school at 6.30am today to celebrate.

We wish all our students well as they embark on their chosen courses and hope that they will all join our thriving alumni group, Charters Connect.”

A Level Headline Figures:

A*-B

54%

A*-C

81%

A*-E

99%

 

Number of A Level students: 199

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Heathfield School | Ascot | Stellar A Level Results

Heathfield School :: Ascot  

STELLAR A LEVEL SUCCESS FOR HEATHFIELD STUDENTS | Thursday, August 13, 2015

NINE in ten exams at leading independent girls’ school  Heathfield in Ascot have been awarded A*-C grades with 40% graded A*-A.

In an impressive set of results for the Berkshire school, three-quarters of students have achieved all A*-C grades in their A Levels.

Eight in ten girls achieved an A*-A grade in their exams while a third of the girls achieved at least two A*-A grades in their tally of A Levels.

Candidates achieved an impressive clean sweep of A*-A grades in Art and Design, Spanish, German and Russian with all A*-B grades in History of Art and Music.

The results see pupils confirming places at top UK universities including Bristol, Exeter, Reading, Edinburgh, Newcastle and the University of the Arts London and at international institutions including the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Subjects the girls will read include Politics, History, Geography, Graphic Design, Food Science and International Business.

Head of Heathfield School, Mrs Jo Heywood, said:‘This is a superb performance from our 2015 A Level candidates. All of our girls are now set to confirm their first choice places at university. Congratulations to all of the girls and to the Heathfield staff who have nurtured their talents and inspired them to success. I wish the girls all the best as they embark on their degree studies.’


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Ascot Samaritans Welcome Freemasons' Cheque

 Ascot Wokingham & Bracknell :: Samaritans Ascot Wokingham & Bracknell :: Samaritans Annual Run  

Samaritans Welcome Cheque from Berkshire Freemasons |  A CHEQUE for £1500 will enable local Samaritans to update their IT.  Dr Stefan Fafinski, past Master of the Emmbrook Lodge, of Berkshire Freemasons, presented the cheque (on Saturday, 8 August 2015) to Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts at its centre in Mount Pleasant, Larges Lane, Bracknell.

He is pictured with Maggie Taylor, branch director, and Jerry, chair of the branch committee.

Emmbrook Lodge, based in Sindlesham, has 21 members who support events and good causes in the local community.

“We support local Samaritans where so many volunteers give so many hours at all times of the day or night to be there for people who either have nobody to talk to or who feel they cannot talk about everything with friends or family,” said Dr Fafinski.

Dr Fafinski was given a tour of the centre where volunteers answer the telephone, respond to emails or welcome drop-in visitors.

“This generous cheque will enable us to upgrade our IT which will help with volunteer recruitment and training as well as responding to people in distress,” said the branch director.

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Consultation of Ten Year Public Rights of Way Plan

Consultation on 10-year Public Rights of Way Plan

Opinions are currently being sought on a 10-year improvement plan that will affect public rights of way in the Royal Borough.

The Rights of Way Management and Improvement Plan consultation is running until Thursday 15 October 2015.

All local highway authorities have a statutory duty to publish and review their public rights of way improvement plans every 10 years. The council’s plan for 2016-26 will set out its strategy for managing and improving the public rights of way network and other accessible routes in the borough over the next decade.

Following a statutory consultation on the draft plan, all representations received will be reported back to the rights of way and highways licensing panel in December, with a view to approving the final plan which will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

The draft plan can be viewed online: http://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200215/rights_of_way/722/rights_of_way_consultations
or at the following locations:

  • Maidenhead Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, St Ives Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF
  • Windsor Customer Service Centre, Sheet Street, Windsor, SL4 1DD
  • all parish council offices
  • all Royal Borough public libraries

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Sunningdale Parish Council | Chobham Road Petition

Support our petition to keep heavy lorries out of Sunningdale – deadline 20th September 2015

Sunningdale Parish Council is lobbying the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to consider reducing the recently implemented 18 tonne weight limit on the Chobham Road railway bridge to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes.  To have any chance of success, we need as many signatures as possible so sign up now.  Go to http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/lorryweights/

Sunningdale residents and road users are noticing a marked increase in traffic, particularly heavy goods vehicles, travelling along the Chobham Road (B383).  Large lorries pose a safety risk due to traffic crossing the narrow road bridge as they are forced to cross the central double-white lines on the bend – which is illegal - where visibility is limited and oncoming traffic may not see them in time.

There is also the danger that construction traffic from the DERA development at Longcross will routinely use the Chobham Road.

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Hope Trust's Mockado Raises Huge Sums for Charities

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Hope Trust :: Mockado

The Hope Trust Production, The Mockado, raises £3033 for the refurbishment of Sunningdale Village Hall and the cast donate almost £2000 to the Kerith Centre Foodbank.

The recent production The Mockado, performed at the Sunningdale Village Hall to packed houses of over one hundred attendees on both Friday and Saturday night, raised in excess of £3000 for the Village Hall refurbishment programme. The show, a contemporary version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Mikado, re written by Peter Harris, was received with great amusement and the audience enjoyed participating in some of the better known songs.

Hope Trust :: Mockado

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New Charity HomeStore Off to Flying Start

Please click on photos to enlarge.  Thames Hospice   :: Celebrity Homestore Launch

Pictured: Thames Hospice Retail Director Julie Rowley, Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice’s CEO, and actor and comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor toast the relaunch of Thames Hospice Home

CHARITY HOMESTORE RELAUNCH NETS OVER £11K ON OPENING WEEKEND |Rain didn't dampen the relaunch of Thames Hospice Home, as sales reached a record £11,000 in two days.

At noon on Friday, 24th July, Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE, The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Eileen Quick, and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie, cut the ribbon on the newly revamped, Thames Hopsice furniture and homeware store, in Tinkers Lane, Dedworth.

The store was packed with supporters - some queuing from 11am - who were treated to a 10% discount on all goods as well as refreshments as they browsed - including a slice of bespoke Thames Hospice cake.

More than £5,000 was generated on homeware and household items sold on the Friday, and over £6,000 on Saturday.

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Next Phase of Royal Borough Local Plan Consultation

  Next phase of Borough Local Plan consultation starts – residents, businesses invited to have their say

Residents, businesses and other interested parties are invited to have their say in the second round of public consultation on the Borough Local Plan, now  (July 2015).

A series of mini consultations are taking place from now until November. All responses received will be fed into the preparation of a Second Preferred Options Borough Local Plan which will then be consulted on in November.


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St.Peter's Hospital | 24/7 Heart Attack Care

Emergency treatment for heart attacks available 24/7 at St Peter’s Hospitals

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals announce they are able to offer primary angioplasty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reduce delay and provide the care needed more efficiently.

This direct access primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) service will allow acute patients suffering from a heart attack and in need of cardiac revascularisation, to bypass Accident and Emergency and be brought directly from the ambulance for assessment and treatment in the cardiac catheter laboratory (launched by InHealth in 2013) by the dedicated team of cardiac nurses, cardiac physiologists, cardiac radiographers and interventional cardiologists.

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Papplewick Teachers Deliver Minibus to Mongolia

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Mongolia Trip   :: Papplewick School Ascot Pictured: Papplewick teachers Jeremy Ward, Lucy Williams and Mark Burley as they set off for Mongolia.

On Saturday 11th July three members of staff at Papplewick School, Ascot, embarked on a journey of approximately 12,000km across Europe and Asia. Jeremy Ward, Head of Lower School, Lucy Williams, Head of Geography and Mark Burley, Head of Science, packed their bags and set off to deliver a minibus to the Lotus Children’s Centre in Mongolia.

This is an official non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Mongolia which currently acts as a home for around 100 vulnerable and abused children. As well as caring for the children, it takes part in many out-reach projects in the area and helps in the development and future of children and young people.

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Coworth Flexlands' Congratulations to Royal Couple Receive Royal Thank You

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Please click on the photos to to enlarge  Coworth Flexlands School : Royal Thank You   In May Coworth Flexlands' staff and pupils, along with the Nation, were delighted at the safe arrival of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. A beautiful congratulations card was designed by Year 5 girls and sent to the Royal couple. This week the school were excited to receive a thank you card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Earlier this month during Royal Ascot week, Year 2 took the traditional afternoon out to see the Queen on her way to the Ascot Races. A spot in Dukes Lane is secured with a midday arrival. The children enjoy a picnic and run around while waiting to see the Queen at 1345 change from her car to carriage on her way to Ascot. There is always a bet on what colour the Queen will be wearing – dark blue Wednesday 17th. A very happy day.      Coworth Flexlands School : Royal Ascot Carriage

 
 

St. Francis School | Primary Schooldays End in Sherwood Forest

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The children of St Francis Catholic Primary School in South Ascot are shooting arrows to stardom in Sherwood Forest this year! The year six children premiered their production of “Hoodwinked”, based on the exploits of Robin Hood, at the Rose Theatre in St Mary’s School.

Class teacher and director Lindsey Waller said, “The children have really risen to the challenge of this complex production. The improvement in their confidence has been immense and will stand them in good stead as they make the transition to secondary school in September.”

The production benefited greatly from the participation of St Mary’s School, who kindly lent their theatre for the performance. “We’re very grateful to the backstage crew of the Rose Theatre, who pulled out all the stops to create the sound effects and lighting needed to give the performance a real lift”

 

Ascot Volunteer Bureau | Help Needed | Couple of Hours a Week

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DRIVERS  URGENTLY REQUIRED. Please call 01344 625520
The Ascot Volunteer Bureau, a small local charity which matches volunteer drivers with people who need lifts to medical appointments, needs more drivers and office 'staff'. Helping at the AVB is very rewarding and the driving suits people who want to fit an hour or two volunteering around busy work and family. There is never any pressure to take on a job - whatever is convenient for you! Click on 'Read Article' , to see exactly how this hugely - appreciated service works....

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Garden in Bloom Nominations Sought

Help for Heroes Rose

On the look out for blooming marvellous gardens |

Green fingered gardeners can be nominated for the annual Royal Borough Garden in Bloom competition that started earlier this month.

 The competition is held every year and recognises the efforts of those who have beautifully tended front gardens or a garden area that is visible to the public from a road or footpath.

Residents can nominate any individual private garden, groups of gardens or community gardens before the competition’s closing date in late July.

Ward councillors will then start working their way around local streets and selecting the best maintained front gardens for a Garden in Bloom certificate and rosette. A runner up and finalist for each ward will also be selected.

Cllr Claire Stretton, principal member for culture and communities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the contribution our green-fingered residents make to the Royal Borough through their beautiful gardens.

“I encourage the whole community to get involved by nominating friends and neighbours who have particularly impressive gardens.

“I know all the councillors really look forward to seeing the results of all the hard work residents put in to their gardens.”

 The Royal Borough has a range of schemes residents can sign up to so they can help make their local area look better.

 

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Thames Hospice | Special Guests to Launch New Homestore

 Thames Hospice,

Please click on the photos to enlarge  Hospicehomestore  :: Expansion    SPECIAL GUESTS TO LAUNCH THAMES HOSPICE HOME | Local charity, Thames Hospice, will be celebrating the re-opening of its homestore at 12pm on Friday 24th July.

Special guests, comedian and star of The Goodies TV series, Tim Brooke-Taylor, and The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Eileen Quick, will be unveiling a new contemporary look and name – Thames Hospice Home.

Positioned just off the Dedworth Road in Windsor and featuring quality second-hand furniture and household items, Thames Hospice Home will also offer a wider choice of stock across all departments. Customers will be able to join in the celebrations with refreshments and nibbles, and take advantage of a special open day 10% discount and extended closing time of 6pm.

The newly refurbished store also features The Home Studio, where a specialist team revamps items to customers’ specifications or to sell across the charity’s 14 stores.

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Papplewick Cricketers Host South African Team

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South African Visitors    :: Papplewick School Ascot   On 23rd June, Papplewick School in Ascot hosted Felixton College Prep who were on a cricket tour from KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa.

 Felixton chose to bat in this declaration game and Papplewick struck early with Krish Vaja tempting the opening batsman to scoop the first delivery into Raheem Sher's hands.  Despite the loss of this early wicket, they did try to settle by playing some positive shots but Vaja struck again in his second over with Ben Smith-Bannister picking up a good catch at square leg. Felixton were eventually bowled out on 101 in the twenty-eighth over.

Krish Vaja and William Bovill opened the batting for Papplewick after tea and settled down to their task despite some fairly aggressive fast bowling. They kept the score ticking over working the singles and then the boundaries began to appear. Vaja scored 54 before being caught enthusiastically trying to score the winning run. This was left for Atticus Evans-Lombe to do on the last ball of the 28th over.

Man of the Match for Felixton was B van der Spuy for his top score of 29 for the opposition. Papplewick Man of the Match was shared between Krish Vaja (54 runs and 2 for 11runs) and William Bovill for his four wkts for 34 runs - his second four-wicket haul in two games.

The touring party was entertained with a barbecue and a game of football at Papplewick before the hosting families took their guests home for a good night’s rest. Papplewick’s team hopes to be able to visit Felixton College Prep on their next cricket tour to South Africa to rekindle the friendships made on this visit.


 

Charters School | Join a Class Tour for Past Students

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Click on the photo to enlarge it   Charters School  :: Class of '63    At Charters School we are extremely proud of our 57 year history and it seems that we are not alone. Over the past few years we have hosted a range of events to welcome back groups of alumni who want to discover how Charters School has evolved since they left, while re-connecting with their peers. We run regular school tours for past students, the next is scheduled for Friday 20th November at 10am and can be booked by calling 01344 624826,  and also arrange larger gatherings for specific year groups.

Last week we were delighted to welcome back the Class of ’63 for a return visit to the school. Ray Hutten, the school’s first Head Boy, organised a reunion for 35 former students who were amongst the earliest intake into Charters School, which was no mean feat considering he now lives in Australia!  Members of the school’s senior student leadership team led small group tours around the site which has expanded considerably in the intervening period.  After spending a couple of hours with us chatting over a cup of tea, looking at old photos and finding their names in the class registers of the time, the Class of ‘63 moved on to a local golf club for lunch and more reminiscing.

If you are interested in organising a reunion for your year group, we would be delighted to help. Just email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to contact us.  You can also connect with us on Facebook where we host a page ‘Charters Connect’ for former students, on Twitter @chartersschool and on LinkedIn again as ‘Charters Connect’. We look forward to meeting with past students on our next school tour on 20th November, and hope to re-connect even more friends through our alumni network.


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Royal Borough Continues to Fight Heathrow Expansion

Royal Borough will continue to fight Heathrow Expansion

The Royal Borough has expressed its disappointment in the decision by the Airports Commission to recommend Heathrow as its preferred choice for proposed expansion.

The council backs the expansion plans for Gatwick on economic grounds, with it also representing the least environmentally damaging option.

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “I extremely disappointed that the Airports Commission has backed proposals to expand Heathrow despite all the evidence that this is not the best option.

“Gatwick has presented a stronger case and we are extremely concerned about the negative impact expansion at Heathrow would have on our residents.

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Charters School Supports Bicycle Greenway

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Click on the photo to enlarge it   Charters School  :: Cycle Routes Support   With congestion an ongoing concern in the local area, and pollution an ever increasing factor of modern life, staff and parents at Charters School are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of students travelling to school by bicycle.  There is currently no safe route for leisure cyclists who wish to travel between the towns of Windsor, Ascot, Bracknell and Crowthorne and public transport links are often difficult to access.

Charters is supporting a Local Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group to create a new Bicycle Greenway through the local area.  They would like to encourage the Crown Estate to help provide a safe cycle route through their land.  An online petition has been launched and both Parish and Borough Councils have been lobbied.  All local schools and cycle shops are being approached to support the Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway initiative.

The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway would cut congestion and provide safe routes for new cyclists in the local area, whilst encouraging families and leisure cyclists to enjoy the open spaces within their local community. In addition, schools adjacent to the Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway could reduce their congestion by incorporating the Greenway into their cycle routes solving the issue of dangerous cycle routes to and from local schools.

Charters School and Miles Gripton, who is part of the Neighbourhood Plan working party, would like to encourage local residents to add their support to the petition by logging onto https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/windsor-abc-bicycle-greenway and adding their details. It is hoped that by working together, the local area can become a safer and greener environment for all residents.Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway







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