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Ascot | United House Day & Fireworks | November 1st



Ascot’s first meeting of the new 2014/2015 Jumps season is the United House Group Raceday which features one of the region’s largest firework spectaculars and last year raised more than £30,000 for local charities.

Racegoers can look forward to a memorable day’s racing combined with fairground rides throughout the afternoon and an evening fireworks display from 6pm.

The feature race is the United House Gold Cup Chase over three miles, which boasts total prize money of £100,000. Other highlights include The Byrne Group Handicap Chase and the competitive William Hill Handicap Hurdle, which takes place over two miles.

Fairground rides include the Sizzler Twist, Superstar, The Superbowl, Oxygen and Dodgems (or similar). Plus a few gentler rides and pony riding for the under-10’s. Rides are free of charge until 4pm and cost £1 per ride thereafter. All profits are donated to local charities.

Nick Smith, Head of Communications at Ascot Racecourse said:
“The United House raceday is always a popular day for families and groups of friends. It is excellent value with free entry for under 18’s and is something a little bit special to celebrate Bonfire Night. You get the benefit of some good racing during the afternoon with the fairground and fireworks running into the evening. All profits generated from the fairground attractions are donated to local charities. Last year the meeting generated £33,500 for charity and we hope to exceed that in 2014.”
Tickets for the United House Group Raceday can be purchased in advance. Prices start from £20 for Grandstand (full price £25) and £27 for Premier admission (full price £30). Accompanied children under 18 years of age gain free entry at all Ascot race meetings.

Fine Dining and Private Boxes are available.

To book tickets or for further information, please call 0844 346 3000 or visihttp://www.ascot.co.uk/2014unitedmeet/united-house-group-raceday-and-fireworks-spectacular

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2015 Sunninghill New Year Wheelbarrow Race In Aid of Day Centre | Teams Sign Up Now!

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SUNNINGHILL FANCY DRESS WHEELBARROW RACE |  The 19th annual race will be held on New Year’s Day, Thursday, 1st January 2015 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.

In order to qualify for the fastest team prize, the wheelbarrow must be the traditional type with just one wheel. Those teams that have more than one may of course enter and qualify for the Best Fancy Dress or Most Sponsorship raised prizes.

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Ascot Heath Infant & Junior Schools Expansion Exhibitions | November 11th - 13th

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Ascot Heath Infant and Junior schools expansion? Statement from Bracknell Forest Council

There will be an exhibition at Ascot Heath Junior school on November  11th, 12th and 13th, to gain views on the school expansion.

The expansion of Ascot Heath Infant and Junior schools has been on Bracknell Forest Council’s agenda for some time as the current schools are too small to accommodate the growing demand for places.

To gain additional places at the school, we have been speaking with local landowners and the two schools about what could be achieved and when. These discussions are still on-going and are likely to continue, in consultation with the local community, school community and the council’s planning department, for some months.

While we are keen to ensure this expansion work takes place, we do have to be mindful of the site that the schools occupy, which is within the greenbelt. Any planning application for the site would need to be considered very carefully against local, national and regional planning policies, which is why it is important to take the time to get any application right before it is submitted for consideration.

There is currently no timetable for the submission of a planning application as outline plans need to also fit with what is broadly acceptable to the local/ school community and this consultation work has not yet started. There is an exhibition at Ascot Heath Junior school on 11,12 and 13 November to gain views on the school expansion, which will feed in to any planning application that comes forward.

The council would encourage residents, parents and members of the school community to get involved in these early discussions as they will help to shape the way in which this expansion is due to go forward. A formal consultation would also be available as part of the planning process once a plan is submitted, again there is no date for this yet.

We apologise for the lack of solid dates but hope you understand that this is not a simple process; once the planning application has been submitted, we will be able to give you a better idea of the timescales for the building work.

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New Operator Expected for Charters Leisure Centre

From the Royal Borough: "New leisure operator expected to provide even better facilities for residents

The Royal Borough is looking at awarding a contract to an experienced national provider to operate its leisure centres |Improving services at local leisure centres has been a key driver in the search for the new provider and they are expecting to increase cumulative revenues by £2.6m by 2018/19. The further revenue raised will be used to increase investment in other council services and keep the tax burden on residents as low as possible.

The new provider is expected to be Parkwood Leisure. A decision will be made when cabinet meets on Thursday 30th October at 7.30pm at Eton Wick Village Hall.

All 270 existing staff would be transferred to Parkwood if the cabinet report is approved. However, there would be no transfer of ownership of the leisure centres or the land.

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure and libraries, said: “This contract, if approved, will benefit residents as they will be provided with improved leisure facilities as well as having the ability to book classes online and have a far more sophisticated social media platform for the services.

“Bringing in a highly experienced and professional management company to operate these facilities means our residents get best value for money without selling off any of our assets. “The council will remain the owners of the leisure centres and we will continue to own the land and the buildings but the provider will be running the centres on our behalf.

“The increased revenue generated from the contract will be ploughed into other council services which will further benefit our residents. “They recognise the high value placed by residents in the leisure provision in their community and have experience of promoting health and wellbeing to a wide range of communities.

“I would encourage you all to feedback to the council about how the new operator is performing. Officers will also manage the contract closely.

“The blended cost of services including swimming and gym membership will be capped at annual increases of not more than RPIX, if the Parkwood contract is approved.”

 Other services such as the SMILE (So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise) programme will continue. This is an exercise and activity club for over-50s. The discount scheme associated with the Advantage card will also be continued as well as the Advantage Plus card scheme, which offers a reduction in price for residents who are on particular benefits.

Parkwood Leisure is a highly experienced provider of leisure management provision in the UK. They currently manage 84 facilities (including 76 leisure centres) on behalf of 25 local authorities.  If awarded, the contract would commence in January 2015 for 10 years. There will be performance thresholds throughout and an option to extend for a further 10 years in 2025.

The procurement exercise that started in February 2014 will also see the new provider carry out the maintenance on the five leisure centres in the borough – the Magnet Leisure Centre, Windsor Leisure Centre, Cox Green Leisure Centre, Charters Leisure Centre and Furze Platt Leisure Centre which will open in May 2015."

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Roadworks on Windsor Approach from Ascot

Change to road junction in Windsor | Residents will soon see a difference to the junction of Victoria Street and Sheet Street as the Royal Borough is to remove the traffic lights and replace them with a mini roundabout.

The scheme will see a new mini roundabout with a zebra crossing on the southern arm of Sheet Street and an uncontrolled crossing point in Victoria Street.

Two parking spaces on the east side of Sheet Street will be relocated to the west side and three new parking bays are proposed in Victoria Street.

 Work is due to start the week commencing Monday 10th November and should last approximately four weeks. Completion of the zebra crossing is likely to take longer due to the bespoke, ornate equipment which includes the crossing lighting and street lighting.

Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This work is part of the Council Administration’s Manifesto Commitment to review and remove traffic signals where possible.

“Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during the works, and the contractor will be working during off-peak hours as well as adapting operations to suit the Guard Change.”


Ascot Racecourse | Guy Henderson Appointed Chief Executive

CLICK HERE for Racecourse website Please click on the image to enlarge  Ascot Racecourse : Top Visit England tourist attraction   

Ascot Racecourse  has announced that Guy Henderson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive effective January 2015, succeeding Charles Barnett, who is retiring.

Guy Henderson (56) was, for over 30 years (1980 - 2012), an international business lawyer and equity partner with the global law firm Allen & Overy. Leading its UK and Asian commercial conflict resolution divisions, he worked with corporations, financial institutions, regulators, government agencies and individuals around the globe.

Currently Chairman of Wincanton Racecourse, where he has been on the Board since 2010, Henderson has been involved in racing as an owner for nearly 10 years with runners at 24 of Britain's racecourses.

He is an overseas racing member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and between 2007 and 2013, was Chair of The Horse Trust, the UK's leading funder of research and educational projects to benefit equine welfare.

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Cards for Good Causes | Cordes Hall | Celebrity Opening | October 23rd

cordes hall sunninghillCARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES - October 23rdnto December 18th

It's that time already!  Cards for Good Causes opens in the Meeting Room at Sunninghill's Cordes Hall (entrance on the door from the High Street) on October 23rd 2014. There will be  a wonderful supply of charity cards and essential Christmas things.  Please go along and support your favourite charity and others too.  The Cards for Good Causes Shop will be opened on October 23rd at 3pm  by  local celebrity - Martha Collison - youngest contestant on BBCs The Great British Bake Off.

Click on image to enlarge  Christmas Cards for Good Causes :: Martha Collison Celebrity Openeing


Papplewick School | Mums v Pupils Football | Close Result

Please click on the photo to enlarge it  www.papplewick.org.uk Papplewick School Ascot :: Mums Pupils Football   

Mums take on Papplewick Under-8s in Hard-Fought Football Tournament |  On a windy and blustery afternoon on Tuesday 21st October, Papplewick Year 3 mothers showed off their football skills in a tournament against their highly motivated sons.

A fantastic turn out of mothers - no less than 22 players - made it into the squad to challenge the boys. The teams were divided into four to take on the boys’ teams on separate pitches. The crowd gathering on the sidelines was not disappointed and was treated to some excellent, flowing and at times over-committed football.  Indeed, referee Mr. Mills had to hand out a yellow card after an over-zealous challenge from one of the mums!

After five rounds of matches the scores were added together and an aggregate score was calculated. The eventual winners, thanks to some last-gasp goals, were the boys, by 10 goals to 9. The medals however were handed out to the team with the most wins on the day.  Congratulations went to Mums United 3 who remained undefeated throughout the afternoon!

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Grateful Parents Carry on Fundraising for St Peter’s Hospital NeoNatal Unit

Pictured: Sister Caroline Cross receiving the cheque from Hope, with Dr. Tracy Lawson pictured 2nd from right.  Click to expand photo St.Peters Hospital :: Neonatal Unit Fundraising

Hope’s grateful parents carry on raising funds for St.Peter’s life-saving Neonatal unit |  Alison and Duncan Kelly have never forgotten the debt of gratitude they owe to the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, where their daughter, Hope, was cared for after her premature birth in 2011.

Hope is now a normal, healthy three-year-old but Alison and Duncan are continuing their fund-raising efforts with undiminished enthusiasm.  A 10-mile ‘Walk of Hope’ from and to St. Peter’s at the end of September raised over £1,200 with more coming in for the hospital’s Early Births Fund. Fifty-four of Hope's friends and family participated.

The company Duncan works for, well- known building contractor Walter Lilly & Co Ltd, held a charity auction at a celebration dinner to mark their 90 years of trading and raised £4,550 for the fund.

Alison and Hope went to the unit earlier this month to present the cheques to NICU staff including Dr Tracy Lawson, who was Hope’s consultant for her first year of life.

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Heathrow | Trial Flight Paths | Finishing 10 Weeks Early

Click on the map to expand it. Sunningdale Ascot :: Aircraft Noise    Heathrow’s noisy flight trials to be cut short . !! Pressure from the Conservatives at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, along with MPs, has forced Heathrow to cut their flight trials short.  Instead of continuing the noisy and disturbing trials until the end of January 2015, Heathrow have today announced that they will now cease in a matter of weeks on 12th November.

Local Conservative Councillors have lobbied the airport on behalf of residents since the trials started, in conjunction with many thousands of residents who have signed a petition and alongside a number of other affected local authorities and MPs.

Cllr David Hilton (Con, Ascot & Cheapside) said: “Following last week’s council meeting where we unanimously lobbied Heathrow to cease these trials immediately, this is a step in the right direction.”

Heathrow further recognised in the announcement that they need to look at the lack of consultation with residents before starting the trials.

Cllr Lynda Yong (Con, Sunninghill & South Ascot) added: “The contempt Heathrow demonstrated for local residents by starting these trials without any consultation or forewarning has been central to our concerns. I am glad Heathrow has acknowledged this as a problem and recognised that residents deserve better.”

Residents still being affected by the trials until they stop in November should continue to let Heathrow know about the disruption they experience by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 Alternatively, for any representations residents want to make on Heathrow matters Chris Nash, RBWM’s lead Environmental Protection officer, will collate views and can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Papplewick School | Harvest Gifts for Day Centre

Please click on the photo to enlarge it  www.papplewick.org.uk Papplewick School Ascot :: Ascot Day Centre 2014    Boys from Papplewick School in Ascot presented harvest gifts for the Ascot Day Centre to Mrs Elvira Fletcher, a friend and ex-parent of the school, who is one of the longest-standing volunteers at the Day Centre.

This is an annual event, when parents and boys donate harvest fare ranging from food items to fresh flowers and plants for the elderly visitors at the Day Centre.  A special Harvest Festival service takes place in the school chapel before the goods are donated.

The Ascot District Day Centre is an independent charity-run organisation, providing a home from home for the elderly of Sunninghill, Ascot and Sunningdale.  It has operated for more than thirty years offering members an opportunity to meet friends and to socialise in a structured and safe environment.

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Heatherwood Hospital | Frimley Health Launched

Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot

Click on this link to  a BBC article about the official launch of the Frimley Health NHS Trust which now manages Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals.

As for Heatherwood's future, Frimley Chief Executive, Andrew Morris,  said : "And we plan to build a dedicated new elective centre on the Heatherwood site while continuing with our capital investment programme at Frimley Park."


Cordes Hall Cinema on Inside Out | BBC1

Jane cordes hall sunninghillRichardson and her team, behind the monthly Cordes Hall Cinema featured on Inside Out (London) on Monday September 29th  - available to watch until Monday October 6th.  Jane explained that the the Cinema has the dual purpose of providing  great community entertainment  and raising money for urgent repairs to the hall wall, and  refurbishment of the toilets and entrance.  The Cinema  offers 4 films each time, starting with children's films in the morning,  progressing to films for older audiences throughout the day. Polly's Place volunteers provide popcorn to complete the cinema experience.  Tickets are available in local shops eg Budgens and cost only £5 to see top films. Screening films is not a cheap business as the organisers have to pay two licence fees.

The next Cordes Hall Cinema will be on November 1st . Click on  Cordes Hall Cinema for more details. 



Pink and Brown Gifts | Christmas Shopping Evening | November 13th

Pink and Brown gift shop, sunninghill

Pink & Brown 13 High Street, Sunninghill, Berkshire, SL5 9NQ 01344 624456 07530918431 www.pinkandbrown.co.uk




  Pink & Brown is a lifestyle boutique situated at Thirteen High Street in Sunninghill village, established for seven years and owned and managed by Caroline Andrews.  The beautifully appointed shop sells an extensive range of products from design led greetings cards and luxury gift wrap in ‘The Card Room’ to a wide selection of unusual gifts for all the family.

There are gorgeous scented candles, cooks aprons, fine bone china mugs, cute baby gifts and so much more!   There is also a dedicated area of the shop, ‘The Parlour’ selling fashion accessories: silk scarves, costume jewellery and brightly coloured Italian Suede handbags.  Recently Nora Henderson of Elliott Kerr shoes has introduced a range of beautiful shoes and boots, with colour and comfort in mind, sourced from Spain and Portugal, to the collection.

Caroline works very hard to ensure the merchandise that she sources is not knowingly available elsewhere locally and her regular customers frequently comment that the shop stocks unusual gifts and that they can always find something – many of them come on their way to a party knowing that Caroline and her team will help with their selection and gift wrap it for them too!

Pink & Brown :: Sunninghill Gifts Pink & Brown will be holding a Christmas Shopping Evening on Thursday 13th November from 6pm to 9pm when Caroline will launch her Christmas gift collection including a range of gift hampers specifically targeted at men, along with stocking fillers for the children.  This event is always very well attended and each year the shop supports a charity to which a percentage of the profits is donated – this year Caroline is supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.  

The shop is open on Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday opening during December.

Pink & Brown is also very active on social media with pages on facebook regularly updated as well as their twitter account PinkBrown1.  So do ‘like’ and ‘follow’ to keep up with their news!

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Papplewick Pupils Practise French in Burgundy

Please click on the photo to enlarge it  www.papplewick.org.uk Papplewick School Ascot :: Ascot Day Centre 2014     Year 7 boys at Papplewick School, Ascot, spent a full week in Méluzien, Burgundy, from 6 October, immersing themselves in the French language.

Morning lessons – all conducted in French - were followed by a range of activities including archery, canoeing, kayaking, circus skills and zip wire.

The boys also took part in role play at the train station in the nearby town of Avallon, where they were shown how to read a French timetable, buy a ticket and validate it in a train station. They went round the centre of Avallon where they identified various places and answered questions on their location.

At the end of the session, they made their way to a French café and all successfully ordered a drink and something to eat, using the knowledge acquired both in school and throughout their stay in Burgundy.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “We run this trip to France every year.  The boys’ understanding of and confidence in speaking French always improve dramatically – and they always have a good time!”

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New History Information Boards at Parish Cemetery

Click on the photo to enlarge it  Sophia and Principal :: royal Holloway   A new information board - explaining the history of Thomas and Jane Holloway and the Parish of Sunninghill, was unveiled by the Principal of Royal Holloway and Parish Leisure Chairman - Cllr Robert Ellison -   at the Parish Cemetery  on Wednesday October 1st.  The new board is the result of collaboration between a Royal Holloway Community team and Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council.  

The project was part of Sophia Gurung's Masters Degree. The college generously sponsored the whole project and were very supportive with their time, particularly Phil Simcock (Community Action Volunteer Manager) who was  liaison officer with Sophia, the college, Principal and Lecturers from the history department. The Parish Council is very grateful to Royal Holloway for their role in securing this interesting and attractive public facility.

Thomas and Jane Holloway made a fortune out of potions and pills and spent the money building a sanatorium in Virginia Water and a university for women - now Royal Holloway. They are buried in the St.Michael's cemetery. 

The history section  explains that the Parish name comes from the name of a Saxon tribe which settled here, along with several further points of interest.

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Moss End Shopping Village | Near Ascot

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Moss End Garden Village is now a destination, with something for all the family !  Stock up on basics and pet supplies or enjoy a morning or afternoon out - browsing everything from local food, entertain the children at pottery painting, browse antiques and jewellery,  learn a craft, consider buying a bicycle, wood burning stove or new lawn mower , have your clock repaired, stock up the garden and then relax in the Moss End Cafe or snack on South African biltong.

With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, there is an exciting range of gifts and decorations  .

Moss End Garden Machinery,  Country Mouse Interiors,    Vintage Pavilion Antiques,  Orazon Watchmakers and repairs,     Lewis Butchers,   Applewood Kitchens,    Barn Yarn,     Biltong Meat,    Garden 4 Seasons,   Leap Frog Ceramics,  Millwheel Tack Shop,  Moss End Farm Shop,  Moss End Garden Cafe,   and Warfield Stoves.

Avoid the Christmas crush in the towns. Relax at Moss End Shopping Village. Plenty of easy, free parking!

Most of the the Village Businesses also sell online. Check them out in the Feature below!

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Charters Sixth Form Students’ Macmillan Cake Sale


Click on the photo to enlarge it Year 13 Macmillan Support :: Charters School Sunningdale   Pictured left to right: Mr Martyn Parker – Co-Head with Sixth Formers, Maddie Stevens, Jack Evans, Lucy Metcalfe and Mr Richard Pilgrim – Co-Head.    Charters School, Year 13 A Level Business students took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ with a cake sale to raise money for ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’.  The students promoted and hosted the event as part of their A Level Business coursework.  Parents, students and teachers donated a fantastic selection of cakes and biscuits for the Year 13 students to sell at their coffee morning.  The event took place in the School Library from 9.30am – 12.30 giving everyone at school the opportunity to drop in for a cuppa and cake. The students raised an amazing £400.

Business teacher, Mrs Caroline Fraser said, “The Year 13 Business students worked very hard to put together a successful fundraising cake sale for Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning, persuading many students, parents and teachers to donate lots of different delicious cakes.  Everyone at the coffee morning commented on how nice it was to see so many homemade cakes for sale.  Well done everyone.”

Year 13 A Level Business student Lucy Metcalfe said, “It’s been really fun and very interesting setting up the event and extremely useful to our business coursework.  We are really happy with the support from everyone at School and with the donations of so many wonderful cakes.  We are delighted to support such a good cause as Macmillan and to be a part of the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’!”


Martha Judges Charters Bake Off at Charters School


Click on the photo to enlarge it  :: Charters School Sunningdale   Pictured: selection of cakes and staff who entered the competition with Yr 13 Head Girl Martha Collison and Yr 13 Head Boy Gianluca Greenwood   

Charters School, Head of Foreign Languages, Mrs Marianne Mathews, along with MFL teacher, Miss Emily Hooper arranged a ‘Bake Off’ style competiton for Charters teachers on Friday 26 September.  Subject Departments were asked to create an edible item with a European theme.  There was an amazing variety on show from our talented staff and it was difficult for our Head Boy and Girl to judge as they had such a range and variety of culinary delights to sample!

Mrs Marianne Matthews, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Charters who organised the Bake Off competition with Miss Emily Hooper – Modern Foreign Languages teacher said, “Charters Staff baked furiously to rise to the culinary challenge for this year’s European Day of Languages Bake Off, inspired by Martha Collison’s fantastic recent achievement in The Great British Bake Off.”

The winners were:

1st -        Megan Crocker - Music.

2nd -        Grace Chubb – Modern Foreign Languages

3rd -        Nancy Lee-Wragg - Art.

Martha Collison, Year 13 student at Charters and BBC Bake Off star said, “It was great to judge the teacher bake off with Gianluca, we both really enjoyed it and the winning cake was so delicious!  The creativity and links to the European theme were fantastic!”


Superfast Broadband Extension in Berkshire?

Consultation starts on plans to further extend superfast broadband across Berkshire? | A public consultation has been launched on the wider roll-out of superfast broadband, which should see the service reach more than 95% of Berkshire by the end of 2017.

Initially, superfast broadband has been delivered by existing commercial providers but only to areas deemed to be ‘commercially viable’. That left over 48,000 business and domestic premises - most in rural areas – that would miss out on superfast broadband unless further action was taken.

The Superfast Berkshire project was created to cover this shortfall and ensure as many residents and businesses as possible will have access to the new technology.

With over £4m of public funding from the UK Government, the six unitary district councils and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, signed a contract with BT in September 2013. This will see superfast coverage extended across all districts bringing the total coverage to an anticipated 91.6% of Berkshire by September 2015.

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Papplewick School | Boarders Enjoy the Seaside

Please click on the photo to enlarge it  www.papplewick.org.uk Papplewick School Ascot :: Hog Roast 2014    

Boarders at Papplewick School in Ascot enjoy many extra-curricular outings at weekends.  On Sunday, 21 September, the boys enjoyed a day on the beach at Brighton, and had great fun exploring the pier - with all the usual trimmings of a day at the seaside!

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said:  “Brighton was the perfect place for the boys to work off some energy and enjoy a proper seaside experience.

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Allotment Winners 2014 | Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council

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:: SAPC Ascot"></span></span>Parish Allotment Winners 2014 <span style=:: SAPC Ascot" />   Pictured, left to right, John Thomson (runner up), Michael Hunter (former Parish Council Chairman in whose name the Allotment Award is given) and Tony Sturgess (the winner.)


LVS Ascot | Choristers Selcted for Prestigious Choir

Click on photo to enlarge it  Choristers :: LVS Ascot

Three young students from LVS Ascot are proudly celebrating having been chosen to join the choir at The Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park.

The boys Lachlan Thompson Year 7 from Sunningdale, Jamie Kedwards Year 7 from Binfield and Kaie Ames Year 6 also from Sunningdale auditioned for Mr. J. Wilder, Master i/c of Singing and Choral Music at LVS Ascot and won themselves places in The Chapel’s choir.

Jamie said “Auditioning for Mr Wilder was not scary because he is a great teacher”.  After the auditions and being selected the boys visited The Chapel for a trial.  They sat in the pews with the Choir Matron for a few weeks before being promoted into the choir stalls as Probationers where they were given their Green Cassocks with Royal Red cuffs.  After a few months, if the boys can prove themselves worthy, they will be given their White Surplice and Medal.

The young students rehearse every Sunday before the service and are really enjoying themselves.  Lachlan said “It is a great honour to be representing our school and a privilege to sing for such a special place.”

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Martha Bows Out of Bake Off

Click on the photo to enlarge it Great British Bake Off :: Charters Sunningdale Pictured:  Martha Collison age 17 - Charters School Year 13

Martha has bowed out of the Great British Bake off, after struggling with enriched dough, trouble with over - proved doughnuts,  and running out of time for the bake in the Technical Challenge .

Martha has had a marvellous run on the way to the Quarter Final . She has been steady all the way through - despite important exams during filming, with triumphs such as the  tiramisu cake and poached pear. Her steady and mature performance has impressed everyone.

Charters School was delighted that Martha Collison, a Year 13 student (and a Head Girl this year), was selected as one of the contestants in this year’s Great British Bake Off. Martha sailed through the first month of this Summer's Great British Bake Off. 

It is a magnificent achievement for Martha, who has been passionate about baking since she was young, to be selected out of the thousands of people who applied from across the UK.  She has been juggling filming for the show over the last few months with being in school and taking her AS exams – a remarkable achievement in itself.  The school described Martha  as ' an exceptional young woman and a model student'.  She has recently been chosen to be one of the Head Girls.

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