Premium beer and cider brand signs three year sponsorship deal. | London, 23rd April 2015 – Ascot Racecourse has announced Stella Artois as the ‘Official Beer and Cidre’ of Ascot Racecourse in a three year deal.
The premium beer and cider brand will be the Official Beer and Cider of Ascot, with race goers set to enjoy perfectly poured Chalices of Stella Artois year round.
Ascot Racecourse will be joining other prestigious brand partners that include Wimbledon, The Open and the Cannes Film Festival.
The partnership includes distribution across Ascot Racecourse and will be supported by activations, outdoor advertising, PR and digital.
Ascot fans will be able to enjoy the iconic Stella Artois pouring ritual, with bar staff trained in the four step pour, and try out Stella Artois Cidre’s two new fruit variants – Peach and Elderflower.
Phil Pick, Marketing Manager for Stella Artois UK, says: “Stella Artois has a strong appreciation for events with a rich history and rituals. The care Ascot takes in every detail of the racecourse experience mirrors the care we take in the crafting and pouring of Stella Artois and makes Ascot the perfect host to some of the world’s greatest events.”
ASCOT RACECOURSE READY TO WELCOME EPIC FUNDRAISING VENTURE ‘WALKING THE COURSES’ | On Wednesday 29th April, fundraiser and 53-year-old father of four, Richard Farquhar, will arrive at Ascot Racecourse, having walked the 62 miles from Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire, on the latest stage of his epic fundraising venture, Walking The Courses.
Farquhar is aiming to raise £1.4million for Racing Welfare and Pancreatic Cancer UK by connecting all sixty racecourses in mainland Britain on foot in an unbroken chain, in doing so covering around 2,750 miles. To complete his Towcester to Ascot leg of the journey in style, Farquhar will be walking around the Ascot course itself at 12:30, accompanied by many familiar faces within racing including trainers, jockeys and the Ascot Racecourse Trustees.
It is early days for Walking The Courses, with Ascot Racecourse being just the seventh racecourse in the country to host the charity campaign. By April 2016, upon arrival back at Newmarket, having completed all 58 racecourse-to-racecourse walks, Farquhar hopes to have hit his ambitious target of £1.4million, to have involved people from all across the UK in his challenge - including notable individuals within the horse racing industry - and partnered with some of the biggest businesses within the racing industry. Thus far, Walking The Courses has featured on Channel 4 Racing, Sky’s At The Races, Racing UK and BBC World’s Service’s coverage of the Grand National, which was won by Walking The Courses’ Official Equine Ambassador, Many Clouds.
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Girls Kick Football to Berks County FC and Coworth Flexlands’ delight | A partnership between Berks County Football Club, Coworth Flexlands School and Clay Coaching has seen the extension of junior girls’ football in the area with the addition of coaching for girls aged 5 to 11 years in order to nurture new girls’ football teams. Berks County FC boasts over 20 junior teams from Under 5 Academy to U14 for the boys and an U13 girls’ team. The launch of the U9 & U11 girls’ football teams would meet the Club’s aim to create an all-embracing, unisex football club.
Miss Lisa Phillips, Director of Sport at Coworth Flexlands School, and the link to Berks County FC, has played football in the Southern Region Premier League for the past 12 years. Miss Phillips will be training the U11’s, aged 8-11 year olds, and will know a few of the faces from her school team. Since her appointment at Coworth Flexlands School in 2013 Miss Phillips has passed her love and enthusiasm of football to all the children and boasts ambitious U11 & U9 teams, many of whom will be joining the Berks County F.C. training.
This morning's very helpful Neighbourhood Alert e-mail from Jeffrey Pick , featured the following warning about so-called 'Nottingham Knockers'. Beware THEY ARE OPERATING IN ASCOT THIS MORNING APRIL 23rd . Report it to the police on 101
Jeffrey Pick writes...
NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS | The young lads, who go door to door, carrying a large holdall over their shoulders, selling household products.
Usually, they have some form of ID, which they display. It may look good, but is bogus. They may also hand over a card, saying they are deaf / dumb / just out of prison / in the process of being reformed and working towards a better life.
The bag of cheap household products, is supplied by the man who employs them. Several years ago, a local man organised the lads. Traditionally, they came from Nottingham – hence the name - but now, they are recruited from anywhere.
IT IS A SCAM
The lads are supplied with the full bag of products and charged a minimal sum for the contents – it used to be £35. They can keep, whatever they make, over and above this amount.
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The cast of Yes, Prime Minister are now beginning to polish their performances, no doubt much as our Electoral Candidates are. We are certain the performances we deliver will cause a great deal more delight to EVERYONE than the outcome of the forthcoming election. (History indicates we please far fewer voters than we disappoint).
Director,Jenny Brown, states “Everyone has been working extremely hard to learn this very wordy script, the essence of good comedy is precise timing and delivery and I’m in no doubt that the final couple of weeks rehearsal will result in excellent performances all round”.
More Royal Borough children get their first choice primary school place | In total 1,563 children (95 percent) have been offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools for this years intake. Overall there were 1,637 applications primary school applications from Royal Borough residents for places for children starting in September 2015.
- A total of 86.32 percent, 1,413 children were offered their first preference
- A total of 7.03 percent, 115 children were offered their second preference
- A total of 2.14 percent, 35 children were offered their third preference
Significant areas of crime reduction | Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead | Crime continues to fall across Windsor and Maidenhead, according to the latest crime figures.
The local police area, has seen over a three per cent reduction in crime this year – 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 - compared to the same period last year. This results, in 292 fewer victims.
There have been some significant reductions in the various categories of serious acquisitive crimes that matter most to the public.
Burglary dwelling has fallen by 8.7 %, resulting in 37 fewer burglaries. Burglary non-dwelling, which includes sheds and other out buildings, has fallen by 20.5 %.
Vehicle crime has also fallen across Windsor and Maidenhead, with 249 fewer 'thefts from' vehicles - a 13.1% drop in theft of vehicles, with 14 fewer 'thefts of' vehicles.
There is also good news in relation to robbery, which had previously seen an increase from 2012/13 to 2013/14. Robbery of personal property, has fallen by 48.3 % but criminal damage, remains at the same levels.
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Auditions will be held for ‘For King And Country’, which take place on Monday, 27th April, from 7-10pm at Ascot Durning Library Community Room, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JF.
Community members of all ages are asked to step forwards for just eight Monday night rehearsals before an unforgettable set of performances at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 3rd July.
‘For King And Country’ – a Heritage Lottery Funded event- will use stories of real local soldiers who went off to fight in the Great War. In a unique piece of theatre, using music, dance, drama and more, actors from the community will recreate the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front the soldiers of WWI left behind - and the trenches where some spent their last days.
Scene Productions directors, Kelly Taylor Smith and Katharine Hurst, have rich experience of recreating WWI theatre to dazzle audiences. In Summer 2014 they and a community theatre company performed to sell-out audiences at South Hill Park, Bracknell with ‘Oh What A Lovely War’.
The event is part of a wider WWI project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council and Windsor & Royal Borough Musuem. The ‘For King And Country’ Project is recording all the names on the 200 war memorials in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – and the stories behind as many as possible. It is time-limited and runs until February 2016.
Ashford & St Peter’s shortlisted for two Top Hospital Awards | Ashford & St Peter’s has been shortlisted for the CHKS Top Hospitals Programme’s ‘Patient Safety’ and ‘Quality of Care’ Awards for 2015. These awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK and are awarded to acute hospitals to celebrate their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.
Chief Executive at the Trust, Suzanne Rankin, comments: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted as one of the top five hospitals in the country for these two prestigious national awards. Coming shortly after our Care Quality Commission inspection report which rated our Trust as ‘Good’, and where the CQC commented specifically on our culture of caring and safety, these nominations offer additional reassurance to local patients on the high quality of our services. We have recently experienced some of the busiest times ever recorded in our hospitals. So to be picked out as one of the top Trusts for care and safety is testament to the continuing commitment and skills of our staff and I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for all their hard work on behalf of our patients.
We are pleased to see that The Royal Surrey County Hospital has also been nominated for the Quality of Care Award which again offers reassurance to local people on the quality of both organisations as we continue to progress plans for the proposed merger of our two Trusts.”
CHKS has used over 25 years of experience in the analysis of hospital data to decide the indicators on which each of the Top Hospitals programme awards are judged. Awards are made on the basis of an analysis of publicly available data and every NHS acute trust is included.
With seventy-five days to go before Royal Ascot, a taste of the iconic event is coming to central London...Ascot Racecourse is launching a competition to find a pair of diners for the UK’s First Horse Drawn Pop-Up Restaurant. Chefs Michael Caines and Phil Howard have a combined total of four Michelin stars and will each be designing a course on the menu. Horses Otto and Bullet will pull the winners of this money-can’t-buy experience around Observation Point, Queen’s Walk on London’s Southbank on 16th April
The winners of the competition will dine on a three course Royal Ascot taster menu prepared by twice Michelin starred chefs, Michael Caines (Gidleigh Park, Devon) and Phil Howard (The Square, Mayfair) who are both hosting restaurants at this year’s Royal meeting. Michael and Phil have partnered with Steve Golding (Executive Chef, Ascot Racecourse) to create an unusual, but luxurious, dining experience. The lunch will be served with paired white, red and desert wine from Ascot’s own wine cellar.
A group of employees from Fujitsu Ltd, the information technology services provider with a large UK office in Bracknell, have spent a day doing work of a very different kind.
Eleven members of the commercial, legal and assurance department, based at Lovelace Road, picked up paintbrushes and shovels to do some vital refurbishment work at their local branch of Samaritans
Redecorating the visitors’ room, repainting a large amount of fencing, repairing sheds, cleaning a ramp for disabled access, and erecting a concrete base for a bike shelter were all part of their contribution to Fujitsu’s vision of corporate social responsibility. This includes establishing local volunteering and donation opportunities through its regional Impact on Society groups.
18-24 year olds can enjoy half price entry to the Grandstand or Silver Ring Enclosures at Royal Ascot on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June 2015, 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 QIPCO British Champions Day, the STAR card allows young racegoers to enjoy great racing at a great price.
As an additional bonus, STAR cardholders who book for Royal Ascot will be entered into a draw to be in with the chance of winning one of the following prizes:
Premier Admission and Dining for 2 on QIPCO British Champions Day ; 5 x pairs of Premier Tickets for QIPCO British Champions Day
Nick Smith, Head of Communications 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.”
Click on the photo to enlarge it Year 8 pupils Perform With Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra | The Gamelan Orchestra is the traditional orchestra of Indonesia. All Students in Year 8, as part of the Music curriculum, are provided with the opportunity to listen to and perform music within the orchestra. It’s very different to the Western orchestra in that it is mostly made up of gongs, chimes, and metallophones, but with very different names. The instruments are also treated with the greatest of respect – you should never step over an instrument, should always play them sat on the floor, and should always remove your shoes before playing.
Mike Simpson, Musical Director at Inspire Works delivered a two day workshop to the Year 8 pupils using the Gamelan Orchestra instruments, teaching them the basics of the Indonesian music.
Year 8 pupil Amelia Bigmore said, “It was very interesting hearing about the Indonesian traditions and culture about the instruments. We had a lot of fun playing in the orchestra.”
Mr Mike McKenna, Subject Leader for Music at Charters said, “It’s great that our students have had the opportunity to play and hear an actual Gamelan orchestra, as well as learning about some of the traditions of life and music in Indonesia”.
Mike Simpson, Musical Director at Inspire Works, Windsor said, “Charters School pupils have been fantastic, really responsive, it’s great to hear British children playing music usually played by Indonesia children.”
The boys worked off plenty of energy at the park, where they literally bounced off the walls from specially designed trampolines. They also enjoyed a foam pit, dodgeball courts, slam dunk basketball hoops and tumble tracks.
This was one of many interesting weekend activities enjoyed by the boarders at Papplewick. The popular Saturday evening entertainment programme includes marshmallows round fires, camping out, ‘socials’ with girls’ schools, exclusive use of local leisure pools, ‘chocolate Olympics’, and ‘all-you -can-eat’ Chinese restaurant nights out!
Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured L to R: Mr Martyn Parker – Co-Headteacher at Charters School, Mr Julian Tisi (Liberal Democrats), Nicholas Johnson – Year 13 sixth form student, Mr Steve Metson Debate Chair & Teacher at Charters - Head of Citizenship & Religious Studies, Mr Shaun Attwood – author and broadcaster, Liberty Pim - Year 13 sixth form student, Ms Fiona Dent (Labour)
Question Time Debate at Charters Sixth Form for Year 13 Students| Many of our year 13s are eligible to vote in the General Election for the first time and as a result the year group took part in a debate with representation on the panel from some of the major political parties; Julian Tisi (Liberal Democrats) and Fiona Dent (Labour), author and broadcaster - Shaun Attwood as well as our own Co-Headteacher Mr Martyn Parker and two year 13 students: Liberty Pim and Nicholas Johnson. Students engaged superbly and both the panellists and audience took part in a lively debate covering a wide variety of issues including voter apathy, student tuition fees and mental health funding. The students have also done some preparatory work on Democracy during the school day.
Quote from Mr S Metson, Chairing the debate – Head of Citizenship and Religious Studies.
‘The Year 13 students were fantastic, disproving the claim that young people don’t care about politics. There were some excellent questions which the students devised and many of them aired their own views respectfully challenging or supporting comments by the panellists’.
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Talk before you walk - Stay healthy and safe this Easter
With the long bank holiday weekend fast approaching, it is important to think about your health and what to do if you are feeling unwell. During public holidays pharmacies and GP practices operate under reduced opening hours meaning it is advisable to ensure you have anything you might need prior to the start of the holiday.
If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period. This can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.
Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine, so make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit including:
- paracetamol or Ibuprofen for pain and/or fever (in adults and children);
- medicine to combat diarrhoea;
- rehydration mixture;
- a thermometer.
However, if you are worried or not getting better here are some good ways to get expert medical help and advice – without going to A&E.
Bracknell Urgent Care Centre
Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 9BG, Tel: 01344 55 11 00, Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year
The centre treats minor injuries and illnesses that need immediate assessment and treatment but don’t require a visit to A&E. The centre is led by nurses and supported by a GP at all times – but it is not an alternative to your GP surgery which should be contacted first if at all possible.
Waiting times vary, depending on the time of day and the number of patients, and staff will prioritise certain groups of people, including children and the elderly. If you are kept waiting, please be patient.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it Congratulations to Coworth Flexlands’ Year 6 Girls for their Senior School Success! | This term Coworth Flexlands’ Year 6 girls built on the School’s academic success celebrating another set of results in the senior school entrance examinations, 2015. The class of 16 girls was offered 25 places across a range of top senior schools, with Art and Music Scholarships secured at two senior schools. Places have been accepted at Gordons, Heathfield, LVS, The Marist, St Catherine’s Bramley, St George’s Ascot, St.George’s College, Weybridge, St.Mary’s Ascot, St. Theresa’s, Sir William Perkins and Wycombe Abbey. Mrs.Anne Sweeney, Head, says “we are proud of the girls’ achievements. They all, without exception, worked very hard for their exams and were rewarded with their desired results”.
In their last two terms the girls will continue to stretch their academic capabilities and prepare themselves for the move to senior school. This week Year 5 & 6 have been to the Isle of Wight on an educational residential trip taking in the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior before catching the ferry across the Channel to be awed by the fossil life on Dinosaur Isle. The remaining four days were fruitfully and happily passed at an aquarium, glass blowing centre, working with coloured sand at Alum Bay and marveling at a model village. Beach walks and chats at the end of the day were treasured. Mrs Lambert, Director of Studies, believes, “Trips like these are important building blocks for nurturing independence and self-confidence for when they move onto their senior schools”.
Click on the photo to enlarge it Charters School Supports School Catering Company ‘Cucina’| Chefs participate in the 2015 London Marathon| Charters School is delighted with the performance of its new catering company ‘Cucina’ who provide delicious, nutritious and varied meals to students and staff. Cucina were recently awarded the contract at Charters and have continually provided excellent hot and cold foods for the students and staff.
Today, Charters is delighted to support their Cucina Chefs, Mr Robert Hogg and Mr Andy Wilcock. They have both been training hard for the 2015 London Marathon, aiming to raise at least £4,000 for The English Schools Swimming Association. Both Robert and Andy are keen swimmers, and are hoping that their efforts will help provide some much needed funds and at the same time raise the profile of The English Schools Swimming Association.
Mr Andy Wilcock, Cucina Executive Chef said, ‘My career is all about maximizing the opportunities for healthy lifestyles among the young, so it’s natural that I should be support Cucina Chef Robert Hogg in this great cause. Some of the children I work with would love the opportunity to swim for pleasure and competitively, but this is unavailable to them, so we are hoping people with sponsor us and help make all kinds of swimming available to more children.”
Mr Robert Hogg, Sous Chef at Charters School, Sunningdale, an accomplished athlete and swimmer, said, “There are many children who have not had the benefit of learning to swim which is such a pity, and can also hold potential risks. Everyone will be near water at some point in their lives. Let’s get our children into the water and make a splash!”
Year 8 pupil, Amelia Bigmore said, “It’s wonderful that our school chefs will be running in the 2015 London Marathon as it inspires and shows us how important it is to eat healthy foods a school and at home.”
Please click on the photo to enlarge it The Iridis Piano Quartet - formed in September 2014 and including former Charters cellist, Elizabeth Porter - played its first public performance as an ensemble, at St.Michael's Church, Sunninghill, on Saturday March 21st. 2015 The programme included Beethoven's Piano Quartet in Eb Major Op 16, Bach's Violin Sonata No 2 in A Minor BMW 1003, Glinka's Sonata for Viola and Piano in D Minor, Mozart's Piano Sonata No 10 in C Major, Schumannn's Adagio and Allegro Op 70 and Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor Op 60.
The members of the Quartet are extremely talented young people, students at the Royal Academy of Music: Isata Kanneh-Mason (Piano), Clarissa Lim (Violin), JoEun Shim (Viola) and Elizabeth Porter (Cello).
Click on the photo to enlarge it BBC News School Report Live From Charters School | Charters School pupils in Year 8 who are part of the aspiring high students in English took part in the BBC News School Report. A day long event organised in partnership with BBC News. More than a thousand schools across Great Britain took part this year, each one developing local, national, international, and sports news as well as special interest stories for the BBC audience. After a full day of news-making their video stories were posted on the BBC website.
The event aims to encourage students to take an active involvement in news reporting through the use of IT and audio-visual technology. The students developed their journalistic skills and produced news stories which were balanced, relevant and engaging.
The day offers students the opportunity to experience working in a news team: the early breakfast meeting, when we review the day's top stories; through the writing process, as students undertake research and interviews; and to the final product, when all writing is complete, film footage edited and the stories are sent out to a news-hungry public.
The end product of all their hard work will be available for viewing and reading via the BBC website: www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport From this website, over 1000 schools across Britain are linked, each bringing their news to the public.
The BIG DINNER, organised by Ascot Inner took place on Friday, 20th March, at Cheapside Village Hall, near Ascot. A magnificent £1062 was raised for the charity 500 miles. This charity supports the development and delivery of prosthetic services in Malawi and Zambia. Given each artificial limb costs in the region of £175 to fit and produce locally, at least 6 people in Africa can now look forward to a better and more rewarding life.
- Papplewick School | Vikings & Saxons Invade
- Heathrow Flightpaths | NATS Was to Blame for Extended Plane Noise
- Local Musician's Success in Rotary Young Musician District Final
- Go West to Perform at Ascot Charitable Ball 2015
- RBWM | Search for Best Product Competition
- Papplewick Pupil Performs at Royal Albert Hall
- Winkfield MayDay Fair | Carnation Hall | Stalls Invited
- Giant Cheque for Ascot Samaritans !
- Author Allan Boroughs Visits Charters
- Papplewick Boys Win Silver at Maths Challenge
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