There will be a public meeting about the Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan at the Cordes Hall, King's Road, Sunninghill, on Wednesday March 19th 2014. The Plan has been through all the necessary hoops, including a Public Hearing , has been subject to modifications and will now be voted on by all the electors in Sunningdale and Sunninghill & Ascot Parishes. A Referendum will take place on Thursday 27th March 2014. Polling cards will be dropping through letter boxes in the next few days. If more than 50% of those voting say YES, the Plan will be adopted as a material consideration in local planning decisions.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk Boys at Papplewick School in Ascot are learning a new skill – they’re shouldering their oxygen tanks and having scuba diving lessons in their school swimming pool, with instructors from Divecrew, a local dive, snorkeling and travel company.
The boys, aged ten and over, are working towards becoming PADI* Open Water Divers. Stage One of the qualifications involves learning about the skill of diving and the equipment, passing a set of exams, completing a 200 metre swim and ten minutes of treading water, as well as a skin diving exercise.
Tom Bunbury, Headmaster, said: “It’s a Proper PADI course for beginners, which means, if they qualify, they’ll be able to dive anywhere around the world. A whole new world will open up to them, and they’re looking forward to having a real underwater experience in the sea, rather than our swimming pool!”
“You believe there’s no hope, no reason to go on; you’re in a state of panic and feel there is nowhere to turn. When I left my home earlier that evening, I had made all my plans. I was not meant to be around that night to make that call, but things didn’t turn out the way I’d intended. I found myself walking home in the early hours of the morning, confused and disorientated. The telephone support I received from a Samaritan that night was quite profound. I was able to open up about things that had been really troubling me; things that had been impossible to talk to anyone else about. Very slowly, I rebuilt my life.”
Born in Southampton, Ian served 35 years as a musician in the Army. When he retired from service life at 50, he found himself on the job market for the very first time and it was not easy. He is now settled in Berkshire, working full time in one of the caring professions. In addition to his work as a listening volunteer, he is also Senior Deacon and pianist at a church in Camden, North London.
Please click on the photo to enlarge it www.papplewick.org.uk Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell first visited Papplewick four years ago and the school was delighted to welcome them back on Monday, 24 February, to talk to the boarding boys about their highly successful series, The Edge Chronicles.
Paul and Chris are the co-creators of the series and talked about the latest book, The Nameless One – Book One of the Cade Saga. Paul read a passage from the book, and Chris, who illustrates the series, drew a sketch of a ‘Banderbear’ for the boys – an enormous, hairy tusked beast which features in the stories, as a permanent reminder of the evening.
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RBWM has given official notice of the Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan Referendum date for the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan, now that it has been through all the necessary hoops, including a Public Hearing and been subject to modifications . This will take place on Thursday 27th March 2014.
A Neighbourhood Plan does not affect whether or not development happens. Development will take place, whether there is a Plan in place or not. What having a Neighbourhood Plan for our area gives us is a greater say over planning decisions; it helps us protect the character of our area and our environment and ensures greater community consultation on new development.
On the 27th March, all registered electors of the two parishes of Sunninghill & Ascot and Sunningdale will have the opportunity to vote on this Plan. The referendum question will be a straight Yes or No on the entire Plan, as set by Neighbourhood Planning regulations. It won’t be possible to vote for or against specific policies.
If 50% or more of those voting, vote ‘yes’, the Neighbourhood Plan will come into force and become part of the Borough’s Development Plan. All the policies in it will then be taken into account when making future planning decisions in our area.
If more than 50% vote “no”, there will be no Neighbourhood Plan at all for our area. If there is no Plan, none of the policies in it will have any effect. Future planning decisions will instead be based on the Borough’s policies and national guidance.
Rotary Club Collection to Help Eradicate Polio | Members of the Rotary Club of Ascot were outside the Tesco store at Martins Heron over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, collecting money to help the global push to eradicate the crippling disease of Polio from those few countries where it remains endemic (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan).
Polio eradication has been a long term project of the Rotary organisation internationally, and is now being tackled in a coordinated project involving the World Health Organisation, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, UNESCO and Rotary International. This initiative is strongly supported by several national governments (including the UK), and also by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In Martins Heron the Rotary Club of Ascot collection raised £500 from the donations of shoppers. However, this will be augmented by an additional £1,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has promised to match all monies that Rotary raises for polio eradication on a 2 for 1 basis.
Please click on the photos to to enlarge Pictured: (L to R) Rotarians Anthony Hatch, David Mear, Ascot Day Centre representatives John Upperton, June Martin, Rotary Club President Alan Clare, Rotarian Geoff Donovan.
Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race Winners Receive Their Prizes |Nine members of the winning teams at this year’s Wheelbarrow Race through the streets of Sunninghill were present at the Rotary Club of Ascot meeting on February 26th, to receive their prizes. Ascot Day Centre benefits from the proceeds of the Wheelbarrow Race, and was represented by Chairman John Upperton and Life-Trustee June Martin.
Rotary Club President Alan Clare commended all the contestants who competed in appalling weather (and many in far from adequate clothing) in the race, which took place on New Year’s Day. Despite the weather, 19 teams took part, which is indicative of the tremendous community support that the event receives.
Click on www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/pp_borough_local_plan.htm to see more details of land south of Ascot High Street, allocated in the RBWM draft Local Plan (pictured).
The public consultation on the draft RBWM Local Plan has been extended until March 21st because of flooding in the Borough. Hard copies can be viewed at the Town Hall in Maidenhead, York House in Windsor and in libraries across RBWM.
The Local Plan sets out the council’s vision of how the borough could look in the future and what may be built where. Having a Local Plan is essential to ensuring development takes place in areas that are agreed at a local level. It is also needed to enable the council to collect the developer contributions that pay for many schools, roads, parks and other public facility and space improvements.
Cllr Saunders added: “The reality is that development needs to take place – we need more homes for our growing population. This is our opportunity to decide for ourselves, at a local level, where that development will take place.
“Without a Local Plan there is a very real risk that decisions will be made ‘on appeal’. This means a national body could decide to allow development in an area, overriding the council’s refusal.
“I encourage every resident, business and anyone else with an interest in the borough to take this opportunity to have their say.”
The refreshed home web page is www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/pp_borough_local_plan.htm
Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured L to R Maxine Guest & Karen Dickson - Kirk Rice Ascot, Rauls Caune & Jamie Hurdwell - Yr9 pupils, Mr Jas Dhesi - Head of Economics and Careers Charters School.
Charters School in association with ‘Learning to Work’ hosted their annual Careers Fair. Over 35 organisations that included a wide range of employers, colleges, universities and training providers were there to advise our students about the different options open to them.
The exhibitors included the armed forces, Kirk Rice, Encompass Financial Management, Coworth Park Hotel, QA Apprenticeships, Raleigh International, Siemens and Waitrose to name a few.
The careers fair was attended by pupils in years 9 and 11 and the Sixth Form.
Click on Ascot Inner Wheel for more Pictured, L to R: Stephanie Hynard Vice President Ascot Inner Wheel club, Ascot President Val Wetherell, Inner Wheel District 9 Chairman Beryl Cornell, Ascot member Anne Avens
Charity Birthday Lunch | Ascot Inner Wheel Club entertained more than 80 guests on Wednesday 19th February to their birthday lunch in Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield Row, raising in excess of £650 for local charities. Judging by the laughter and general noise a good time was had by all, with Linda's Kitchen from Binfield producing yet another superb hot buffet lunch. The cake, made and donated by club member Anne Avens pictured on the right, was served with coffee before Patricia Purcell, a retired professional opera singer spoke about her interesting and often hilarious life, back-stage at Covent Garden.
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell - Co-Authors visited Charters School Year 7 pupils recently. Paul and Chris spent the afternoon with Assistant Headteacher, Mr Darren Hartwell, members of the English Faculty and Year 7 pupils. This event was organised by Mr Stewart’s & Mr Riddell’s publisher, Random House Children’s Publishing, and today’s visit is part of a nationwide book tour. Mr Chris Riddell has been awarded the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013 for ‘Goth Gir’l and the ‘Ghost of a Mouse’.
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There will be a Red Bull Air Race at Ascot Racecourse on August 16th and 17th 2014
Red Bull Air Race Tickets Available from Thursday, 20th February.
Following the announcement that Ascot Racecourse has beaten off national and international competition to stage a leg of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship (16th and 17th August), it is today confirmed that tickets will be available for purchase from this Thursday, 20th February.
Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot Racecourse, said: "We are expecting this new local attraction to enhance the overall profile of our area and be very positive in economic terms. People attend these races from far and wide, often for the whole weekend, so we are anticipating good hotel and restaurant trade amongst other benefits for the area.
"For obvious reasons, the Civil Aviation Authority requires the Heath to be closed whilst the races are on and during practice on Friday 15th August. We are conscious that this is a more significant non racing activity than people living locally are used to so we are discussing with Red Bull making a number of complimentary tickets available to those in the immediate area, the detail of which we hope to be able to confirm soon."
Tickets start at £25 and full details can be found on www.ascot.co.uk from Thursday.
Winkfield Parish Council will be presenting Parish People Awards at this year’s Annual Parish Meeting on 29th April 2014 – 7.30pm at Carnation Hall - and would welcome nominations for consideration.
Deadline for nominations: 31st March 2014.
Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured L to R Hannah Russell wearing Rick's flak jacket, Harry Nicholls, Rick Findler - conflict/war Photographer- explaining the gas mask, Llywelyn Griffith-Swain with Rick's hard hat and Annabell Lindsay. (all students in photo are Year 13)
Charters School | Charters School Religious Studies Department & Sixth Form were very pleased to welcome Mr Rick Findler, a freelance news and press photographer to school in February to talk to Sixth Form students about his experiences and work regarding ‘conflict photography’. Mr Findler is based in the London area, although his work in ‘conflict/war photography’ has taken him to Iraq, Libya and most recently Syria. Rick is 29 and grew up in the Ascot/Maidenhead area.
Mr Rick Findler spoke to the Year 13 students about his work and experiences photographing conflict, he has been to Syria three times in the last year, was in Libya covering the civil war in 2011, he has also been to Iraq, Bahrain, The Gaza Border and Egypt. His talk touched on all different kinds of subjects and issues such as, Photography, Journalism, Ethics, Current Events, History and Politics. The Year 13 students totally engaged with Mr Findler and asked some very leading and thought provoking questions.
Click on Interactive Flooding Map for the Royal Borough to see info on road closures etc covering Windsor, Ascot, Eton, Datchet, Wraysbury,
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On Tuesday 11th February, a group of Year 4 boys from Papplewick School in Ascot couldn’t believe their luck when they were taken on a trip to 'The Chocolate Factory' in Windsor.
The trip was the final part of the ‘Geography of Chocolate’ scheme of work for the Year 4 Geography course. The boys had been learning about the climate required for the growing of the cacao beans. The countries that export most of the beans that make the chocolate eaten in the UK.
First, the boys tried a shot of the warm ‘tempered’ chocolate that is used to make the bars. After a workshop given by the chocolatiers, demonstrating the processes used to make the chocolate, the boys (and staff!) got to make and decorate a chocolate lollipop for themselves.
Please click on the photos to to enlarge Pictured: The competitors – (l to r) Michael Farr of Harefield Academy; Hayden Rushby of Bicester & Banbury College; Jemima Denham of St. Mary’s School, Ascot; Lucy Kent of Farringdon Community College; Abigail Pinner of Wycombe High School; Beatrix Cattermul of Luckley-Oakley School, Wokingham; Zacwyn Parker-Devitt of King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage; Harriet Lupton of Newbury College.
Ascot pupil through to Rotary Young Chef Regional Final | Local school pupil Jemima Denham was the runner-up in the district final of the national Rotary “Young Chef” competition which was held in Garth Hill College, Bracknell, on Saturday (8th February). Jemima (14) from St. Mary’s School, Ascot was one of eight young people from as far afield as Banbury, Newbury and West London competing for a place in the Regional final which is scheduled for March 8th. Her menu began with mushroom soup, followed by salmon in a vegetable broth, finishing with chocolate clafoutis with caramelised oranges.
Visit http://www.sunningdalevillagevenues.co.uk/calendar/ to check availability.
The Village Hall has two function rooms for hire:
Main Hall with sprung wooden dance floor (marked out with full size badminton court) and large raised wooden stage at one end. A serving hatch allows easy access from the kitchen.
Small Hall (the home of Sunningdale Preschool during the day in term time) with adjacent kitchenette.
For more information visit http://www.sunningdalevillagevenues.co.uk/venues-for-hire/sunningdale-village-hall.php
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Chief Inspector of Hospitals asks people to tell him about the care provided by Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Their views and experiences, will help inspectors decide what to look at, when they inspect Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and Wexham Park Hospital in Slough in February.
The Trust is among the first to be inspected and given an overall rating under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission. The formal inspection of both Heatherwood Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital will start on 11th February.
The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, announced last year that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.
To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be holding a listening event at 6.30pm on 12th February at Wexham Park Golf Centre, Wexham Street, Slough, SL3 6ND.
Charters School | Over 40 Charters students competed in the Berkshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at Wellington College last Saturday on a very boggy and challenging course. All students worked hard to compete for positions throughout the race and were a credit to the school with the effort they put in. Thanks also to the parents who supported the event and turned out on a windy, muddy Saturday.
Mrs Kirstie Hartwell, Head of PE said, “Students were in teams of 6 and each performed brilliantly with everyone fighting for places in the race to boost team points. Another amazing achievement for Charters students whose dedication and commitment are second to none and to come home with two trophies is outstanding.”
Particular mention goes to Individual Medal Winners, Dan Rickards (11M) who came 1st in the U17 Boys race and to Morven Goodrum (10C) who came 2nd in the U17 Girls race.
Sunningdale Pre School was presented with £506 by Rev. David Uffindell of Sunningdale's Holy Trinity Church, on Monday February 3rd.
The money was raised during the Winter Term (September - December) from donations in exchange for cups of regular coffees and teas in the Rendezvous Cafe (open term-time weekdays, 9.15 am - 12.15pm). This term (until Easter) the proceeds from the sales of regular teas and coffees will be donated to the Tear Fund charity.
Pre- school leaders say they will use the money to buy scooters.
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Charters School | Aspiring High Programme and Oxbridge Candidates | Charters School runs an Aspiring High Programme to help our most able students prepare for the top universities. This includes a fortnightly Aspiring High Enrichment session run by teachers from various departments as well as an extended project qualification, trips to top universities and interview workshops.
Last year seven students from Charters achieved their targets and are now studying at Oxford or Cambridge University. This year we are delighted that five students have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge including another student who has also been offered a scholarship to The Royal College of Music, London.
Don’t die of embarrassment – council call to over-60s to take part in bowel cancer screening programme | A call has gone out to Royal Borough residents to take advantage of a new pharmacy-based scheme that aims to increase the uptake of potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening*.
Local pharmacists are taking part in the month-long promotion, providing information to raise awareness of bowel cancer and encourage more people aged 60 years and over to take the screening test.
Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for adult services and health, has thrown his weight behind the campaign. He said: “Statistics from Cancer Research UK show that five-year survival rates for bowel cancer have doubled over the last 40 years – but it is still the second most common cause of death from cancer in the UK.
“That’s why it is vitally important for as many eligible people as possible to take part in the screening programme and there is no better or more convenient time than now when our pharmacists are ready and willing to provide information.
“The Royal Borough is helping to promote the campaign because of our new public health responsibilities to make sure all our residents have information on how to prevent ill health.”
Dr Lise Llewellyn, Berkshire’s director of public health, said: “Screening is very effective in helping to reduce the number of people dying of bowel cancer but only 53% of people offered this service are using it. Testing at home is free, easy and could save lives.”
Charters School would like to congratulate Year 11 student, Olivia Spellman on her Judo success. Olivia is currently in the England Squad – England Talent Development Programme.
Here is how Olivia got started with her Judo career: Olivia said, “I started Judo when I was six years old at St Francis Primary School at an after school activity. After winning a local schools contest, I decided to join a judo club at the age of ten and chose Pinewood Judo club as it had a good reputation. Currently, I train six times a week and do over 10 hours of judo and fitness training. I have won three national medals including the national under 15 -48kgs title in 2012. For three years I have been in the England squad and for two of those I have been in the England Talent Development programme. Every year I compete in around twenty contests and four international contests.
Quote from Olivia: “My ambition is to be selected to fight for Great Britain.”
- Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan | Examiner's Report Published
- Papplewick Teacher Fundraises | Swim and Cycle a School Day
- Charters School | Trampolining Success
- Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre | Cash Distributed
- Ascot Rotary | Young Musicians' Competition at Charters
- LVS Ascot U18 Rugby Berkshire Cup Champions
- Sunninghill One Stop Armed Robbery | Witness Appeal !
- Missing Burmese Cat | Burleigh Road Area
- Sunningdale Village Venues | January 2014
- BBOWT | Wildlife Group | Apply Now for Conservation Award
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