Council Plans New Trust to Bid to Run Leisure Centres
A brand new way of running the council’s four successful leisure centres has been given the go-ahead – a spring board to even better and more cost effective services that promote healthy lifestyles and participation in sport.
The council has a preference for the the Magnet, Windsor, Cox Green and Charters leisure centres to be run by a locally created and managed trust and now the search is on for the volunteers who, along with two councillors, would form a new Royal Borough Leisure Trust that would bid to take them over.
Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: “The borough is justifiably proud of its leisure centres, which are incredibly popular with people of all ages across our community. However, a huge benefit of having the trust in charge is that it would open up a whole new world of funding opportunities currently denied to the council, with more money then available for investing in improvements and better services for our residents.”
Anyone interested in becoming a trustee or who would like more information is invited to drop in at one of the open events planned for Tuesday 10 December – 4pm at the Magnet Leisure Centre and 7pm at Windsor Leisure Centre.
Two-year local business rate discount proposed to attract new shops
Retailers opening for businesses in empty shops could be eligible for a 50% business rate discount – provided they give an undertaking to stay for a minimum of two years.
That’s the offer that could be on the table following next week’s cabinet meeting (Thursday 12 December) if members agree to the new discount scheme, designed to help fill empty shops, encourage residents to shop locally and invigorate the Royal Borough’s town centres.
The proposal follows a borough-wide consultation with both businesses and residents who were asked if they thought a temporary local business rate discount would be of benefit. Despite a low response rate of only 33, the majority did say that such a scheme would be helpful.
Cabinet is being asked to agree a 50% discount for a two-year occupancy of an empty shop and the proposal is to set aside £100,000 of the council’s development fund* in the 2014/15 budget to cover the cost.
Click on the photo to enlarge Christmas is coming , the goose is getting fat ( and the turkeys have already arrived!) , at Lewis's butcher in Ascot High Street! Photo - courtesy of Emma Grace Photography
Ascot High Street Major Development | Sunningdale Parking Development Plans | Public Hearing | December 11th
One of the most important set of plans, designed to shape Ascot & the Sunnings for the next decade, is to be subject to a public hearing on Wednesday 11th December, starting at 12 noon and will be held at Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, Sunningdale
Susie Phillips has won the by election in Winkfield & Cranbourne for the Conservatives, (UKIP second) following Mary Ballin's death, and has been duly elected to Bracknell Forest Council.
Sunningdale Late Night Opening | Christmas Celebration of Lights.
The Sunningdale Christmas lights were switched on on Friday 29th November in the Chobham Road and the Jubilee Clock Area, by local celebrity IVAN CHANDLER, music publishing guru, legendary keyboard player who played for Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Cat Stevens and Kiki Dee. Please click on the photos to enlarge
RBWM Advantage Card 12 Days of Christmas Competition
The RBWM Advantage Card December Special Offers are packed with prize giveaways to get you in the mood for Christmas! One entry per prize, enter one of four ways:
- Like our Facebook post on the day
- Retweet on the day
- Send an entry by post to Advantage, RBWM Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF with the name of the prize you want to win
Terms and conditions apply. If you don't win you can still get these gifts as presents for friends, family or even spoil yourself! All of the promoters (excl Windsor and Eton Brewery and Macdonald Berystede) have current offers for Advantage Cardholders (check our discount listings for over 200 offers)! Feel free to share this with your friends, family and colleagues who live in theRoyal Borough! Have a wonderful festive season! Click on 'Read Article' for full details of amazing prizes
Heatherwood Hospital Minor Injuries Unit Will Not Be Saved
RBWM has issued the following statment: "
The Royal Borough put up a strong and determined fight to retain the services that local people value at Heatherwood Hospital and we very much regret that the IRP did not uphold our views.
However, the IRP letter to the Secretary of State demonstrates that were sound reasons for why we sought the referral in the first place and makes specific reference to the ‘little evidence’ of a maternity strategy for east Berkshire and the need for the proposed centre at Brants Bridge to link with existing services and help alleviate the pressure on urgent and emergency provision. There is also strong encouragement for the Royal Borough’s scrutiny panel to be engaged in the planned service development and provision.
We thank all the local people who worked with us and put so much time and energy into the fight against the NHS plans. We still believe the reduction of services at Heatherwood is not in the best interests of our residents but we pledge to work with Frimley Park Hospital Trust and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to ensure services in the borough generally, and at Heatherwood in particular, are developed and extended.
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Click on 'End of the Road for Heatherwood's Minor Injuries Unit ' for Reading Post report. For more background, click on http://www.ascotmatters.co.uk/community/39-community/8718-heatherwood-hospital-rbwm-fight-jeremy-hunt
National High Achiever Award for Beauty Therapist at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa
Anna Suwala, 28, Beauty Therapist at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, near Ascot has won the national accolade of Beauty Therapist of the Year 2013 at the recent Macdonald Hotels & Resorts High Achievers Awards ceremony and gala dinner.
The awards were presented by the group’s Chief Executive, David Guile, at Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham, which were also a celebration of the group recently being awarded AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14.
Each year hotels within the group put forward their best team members to find the highest achieving employee in a range of categories across reception, food and beverage, housekeeping, etc. By offering this 'High Achievers' award system, individuals are encouraged to improve their skills in the knowledge that their efforts will be recognised and rewarded.
Although the end goal is to promote individual development and recognise high achievers by increasing staff aspirations, the group is also hoping to enhance its customer service.
Anna had to undergo a series of rigorous tests to be determined as the overall winner in this hugely competitive category.
New Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital
On Monday 25th November, Cllr Yvonna Lay, Mayor of Runnymede, joined staff at St Peter’s Hospital to open the new Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (AECU). It is located opposite the Accident and Emergency Department and being used for patients who do not need immediate medical attention and are unlikely to be admitted to hospital, but require further tests or observations before being discharged home.
Deputy Chief Executive Valerie Bartlett explains: “Earlier this year we received some help from the government’s Emergency Care Intensive Support Team and they recommended a unit of this nature could help us improve the experience of our emergency patients and help to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.”
Currently, patients are referred to the new unit from A&E and the Medical Assessment Unit but it is hoped that in the future, GPs will also be able to refer patients directly. Valerie adds: “The new unit enables us to manage our emergency services better and get patients to where they need to be more quickly. Those with urgent or life threatening conditions will continue to be treated in A&E and those requiring specialist assessment (such as surgical or orthopaedic patients) will still receive it.”
Record number of entries at Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition | A record number of 16 teams took part in the local heat of the national Youth Speaks competition at St Georges School, Ascot on Monday (18th November). Nine of these teams were competing at the “Intermediate” level, for youngsters in the 11-13 age range and seven in the senior competition for 14-17 year olds.
The competition involves teams of three members making a presentation on a subject of their choice. Each team comprises a Chairman who introduces the topic and the speaker, the speaker who makes the main presentation, and the third member whose task is to summarise and propose a vote of thanks to the speaker.
New interactive gritting map to help residents cope with winter on the roads
Residents are now better placed to negotiate any harsh wintry conditions on the borough’s roads thanks to an interactive gritting map available on the Royal Borough website.
The new service – launched in time for winter – gives live information on which roads have been gritted as well as the location of 165 salt bins that can be used as and when required.
The new interactive gritting map – which can be found at http://maps.rbwm.gov.uk/winterservicesmap.htm – gives residents the option to enter their postcode to see exactly when and where roads near their home were last treated so that a safe journey into work or town can be planned.
Residents can see the 176 miles of primary and secondary gritting routes and tell the council when any salt bin needs replenishing through the ‘report it’ link.
Pictured: Competition winner Jemima Denham in the kitchen
Jemima Denham of St Mary’s School, Ascot, won the East Berkshire Final of Rotary Young Chef 2013/14 competition, which was held at the Licensed Victuallers School on Tuesday 19th November. Competitors were asked to produce in a 1.5 hour timescale a 2 course meal for 2 persons, with a cost of ingredients not to exceed £10.
Jemima prepared a mildly curried salmon in coconut milk, accompanied by wholegrain basmati rice scented with ginger and cardamom, and followed this with a pear and blueberry cake served with crème fraiche. Judging was undertaken by Simon Genduso and Adrian Clarke of ACS Catering Ltd. They were obviously impressed by the skill and ideas of all participants, thus making the decision on the winner particularly difficult.
Other competitors included Susie Rillie of Ranelagh School who was runner-up, Ellie Haydon of the Marist School, Alice Perrier of Garth Hill College, Amy Hollis of Brakenhale School, and Steven Froggatt of LVS.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk More than ￡5600 was raised this year by Papplewick boys, teachers and parents for charity Daisy’s Dream from a walk in Windsor Great Park earlier this year. The cheque presentation to Mrs Gillian Harrison, from the charity, took place on Thursday, 14th November at the school in Ascot.
Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “It was a great family day out, forging new friendships between parents whilst the boys raced on ahead or flagged behind depending on mood and energy levels!”
At the end of the walk all the participants gathered for picnics inside the Windsor Great Park at Blacknest Gate.
Daisy's Dream supports children and their families affected by both life threatening illness and bereavement, throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas.
GCSE Key Stage 4 Certificate Assembly
Charters School held a special assembly on Friday 15 November to present pupils (from Year 11 last year) with their GCSE Key Stage 4 certificates. The hall was filled with students and proud parents. There were two musical items. Annie Imrie-Cook performed ‘Out of My Head’ with piano accompaniment and Charlie Higgins played ‘Claire de Lune’ by C.Debussy on the piano.
Ascot police station due to close for major refurbishment
Ascot police station will close for major refurbishment works on Monday 18th November, until approximately mid to late March 2014.
During this period, the station will be handed over to contractors and there will be no police presence on site, nor access allowed. Members of the public are advised to attend an alternative police station such as Windsor Police Station situated in Alma Road, or to dial 101 for non-emergency calls and routine enquiries.
Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre – Sunday 17th November, 12 noon till 4 pm | The hugely popular annual fundraising event took take place on Sunday 17th November, where Sunninghill High Street was closed to traffic and packed with stalls offering everything from Christmas cards, gifts and festive decorations, food, games and even the chance to have fortunes told! Father Christmas made his usual annual pre Christmas appearance along with some of the characters from the Quince Players’ pantomime Wind in the Willows! Participants included: Inspirations Gifts, Pink & Brown, Beverley Williams Estate Agents, Sapphire Estates, Coworth Park Hotel, La Cloche at The Carpenters, Chapmans, Charters Leisure Centre, the Quince Players, the Rotary Club of Ascot
Ascot Racecourse today announces that Charles Barnett will retire as Chief Executive next year following the 2014 Royal Meeting and the appointment of a successor. Charles Barnett will stay on at Ascot in an advisory capacity.
Johnny Weatherby, Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot, said: "The Board is tremendously grateful to Charles for everything he has achieved at Ascot.
"Having joined from Aintree in 2007, Charles has overseen the strengthening of the race programme, including the inauguration of British Champions Day. Under Charles, Ascot has become Europe's undisputed flagship international racecourse with the Royal Meeting at its heart.
"I am so grateful to Charles for all that he has done. He has played a pivotal role in Ascot's significant progress over the past few years and I am delighted that he will continue to be involved with Ascot in the future. It is intended that Charles's successor will have been selected by next June and so be able to experience the Royal Meeting alongside him."
Click on flyer to enlarge it Quince Players
Wind in the Willows by Michael Buchanan- Smart! |As sponsors of the Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre, the Quince Players not only opened the doors to their Box Office for The Wind in the Willows but also opened the Fayre itself in the High Street, Sunninghill by leading the parade with Toad and his Riverbank friends in his splendid Model T Ford. The cast then took to the pop-up stage and performed a pantomime sketch and gave the delighted audience a sneak preview of some of the lively musical numbers from the show.
The Quince Players are already busy rehearsing for their ever popular Pantomime. This year Director Brent Whitted is presenting The Wind in the Willows, written by Michael Buchanan-Smart.
The latest Neighbourood Watch Newsletter is packed with information on recently caught burglars, e-scams local crime rates, offers of alarms for outuildings and news of future meetings and much more
Click to enlarge photos The Christmas Shopping season got off to glittering local start, with the Charters School Pre Christmas Shopping Evening, featuring art works, scarves, bags, jewellery, turned wood decorations and much more.. see photos in 'Read article'
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Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk On 12th November Eddie Mugwanya, from the Bethany Orphanage in Uganda, along with Yvonne and Richard Bowerman, founders and trustees of the charity, visited boys at Papplewick School in Ascot.
Every boy in years 5, 6 and 7 has a pen pal in Uganda and makes a small donation each term to the Orphanage. Eddie, an orphan himself who was adopted in the UK and is still only in his early twenties, had come to the school to speak to them about the various things they have been able to do with the boys’ donations.
SUNNINGHILL FANCY DRESS WHEELBARROW RACE | The 18th annual race will be held on Wednesday, 1st January 2014 at 12 noon.
It will start just past the Upper Village Road entrance to the public car park behind St Michael’s School in the centre of Sunninghill and finish on School Road, just past the entrance to the School.
This annual, fun-filled family event is organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot together with the Local Community, in aid of the Ascot District Day Centre and is guaranteed to get the New Year off to a good start.
The aim of the race is for teams of four (men and/or women and children) to push a wheelbarrow with one of their number in it, around the marshalled course of One Mile. Along the way there are six stopping points, including three pubs and three other ‘fuelling’ stations, where each member drinks either a ½ pint of beer, soft drink or water. Each team carries a ‘Father Christmas’ paddle with the team number on it and at each drinks station a Rotary roundel is stuck to the number sheet, as proof of the team having stopped. Teams should be given a name and at least one member should be over 18. Anyone under 18 must wear a wrist band and is only allowed to participate on the strict understanding that he or she may only drink soft drinks or water, and identification may be sought by the publicans or marshals.
Please click on the photo to enlarge The economic downturn has had a dramatic effect on charities making it much harder for them to raise money. The Ascot Charitable Trust is happy to be bucking the trend. This year the Trust exceeded their target of £50,000 at their Charity Ball in May.
The Ball was held at Ascot Racecourse, with Tony Hadley as the headline act. Three hundred guests were treated to a magical, intimate concert before the bidding started on fabulous items, headed by Adger Brown, one of the South’s most sought after comedians and auctioneers. The Trust’s Chair, Nicky Pardo, said, “It was a very special evening, and we cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity.”
- Ascot Racecourse | United House Day | Fireworks
- Pink & Brown | Shopping Evening Raises £ for GOSH
- Fabulous Women Celebrate First Anniversary
- Getting to Grips With Rural Crime
- Papplewick School | Ghostly Night With Author Jonathan Stroud
- Charters School | Author Jonathan Stroud Visits
- Fuel Allotment Trust Changes Name
- Ascot Racecourse | Residents' Heath Pass
- Papplewick School | French Circus Skills, Cookery & Fun
- Maloneys' Budgens | Caldesi Seasonal Lunch
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