Telefonica have erected a telecommunications mast (pictured above) on the grass verge by the Church Lane/Sunninghill High Street roundabout on the A329. Sadly, the installation work has involved ploughing up the area planted by Charters 6th Formers in the Autumn with  5,000 crocus bulbs, to publicise the Rotary 'End Polio' Campaign. SEE ARTICLE on the crocus planting.

Pictured Above: Charters Students Planting 5,000 Croci in November 2017 .

 Pictured Above: Telefonica Site Notice

Read more: Sunninghill Roundabout Will Now NOT Bloom With a 5,000 Croci

Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council Planning Committee has objected to some of the detailed development proposals for the former British Gas Site off Bridge Road, Sunninghill. The proposals are for the demolition of two existing redundant cottages and redevelopment of the former Sunninghill Gasworks site, to provide 53 residential houses, 24 residential apartments and 4 residential coach
houses (Class C3) including the provision of new pedestrian and vehicular accesses and routes, car parking, landscaping, open space, remediation and associated works. Application Ref: 17/03036
Despite some aesthetic improvements  to the elevations, the committee considered the following objections applied:..

Read more: Parish Council Objects to Sunninghill Gas Works Development Plans

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after burglaries at three homes in the Ascot area.

 

Between 6pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday (20/2), there were burglaries at two properties in Sunningdale – one in Abbey Wood and the other in Ridgemount Road – and a home at Lynwood Village in Rise Road, Sunninghill.

 

An offender or offenders forced entry into the properties and stole various items including jewellery. 

 

Officers believe that the burglaries are linked.

Read more: Police Appeal for Burglary Witneses

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Ascot Racecourse has unveiled six show garden designs that will be on display at its inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show, 13th to 15th April 2018.

A high-quality boutique event showcasing Britain's finest established and emerging horticultural talent, Ascot has created the Ascot Spring Garden Show - the south east of England's first garden show of this scale in 2018 - with the gardening enthusiast in mind.

The six show gardens have been curated by Andrew Fisher Tomlin, winner of the 'Best in Show Summer Garden' at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, and designed and built by up-and-coming garden designers whose designs are based broadly on a 'Town and Country' theme.

The designers showcasing their gardens at the show are Catherine Macdonald, Landform Consultants; Kate Gould, Kate Gould Gardens; Joe Perkins, Longview Design; Pip Probert, Outer Spaces; Richard Holmes and Florian Degroise; and Tom Hill, Tom Hill Garden Design.

Read more: Ascot Spring Garden Show | Ascot Racecourse | April 13th to 15th 2018

Over the past few years, students at Charters School in Sunningdale  have performed consistently well in Cross Country competitions and have achieved repeated success at National level. As a result of this continued success, the school has been selected by the English Schools Athletics Association to represent England at the ISF World School Cross Country Championships in Paris in April.

The girls, who range in age from 15 to 17, will travel to Paris on 2nd April in preparation for the competition which will be live streamed around the world on 4th.

This is a huge honour for the school and an incredible opportunity for the students to compete on a World stage and experience international athletics.

Read more: Charters Cross Country Girls to Represent England

A full planning application was granted in 2017, for the 'Installation of Bronze War Horse stature and stone plinth with associated landscape surrounds' on the Heatherwood roundabout, London Road, Ascot. (Application No.: 17/00188 ).  The sculptress is Susan Leyland who held her first exhibition in 1998, exhibiting internationally including in Italy, France and England.  The horse is one and a half times life size  on a  2m high plinth. ; Susan Leyland’s sculptures are unique pieces, modelled in an artist semi‐fireclay of different colours.  Each sculpture takes about a month of painstaking work to make.

Work Starts on Heatherwood Roundabout Monument 2018

The statue is to be erected in recognition of the eight million horses killed in the First World War. The  location was chosen for a piece of public art - at one of the gateways to Ascot -  visited by thousands of visitors interested in horses.

Read more: Bronze Horse Statue for Heatherwood Roundabout | 'Gateway to Ascot'

 

Visitors to The Lexicon during half term week, took full advantage of the fabulous land train, The Lexicon Express, as it trundled around the town centre picking up and dropping off passengers at four temporary train stops.

The Lexicon Express conductor collected a fantastic £1731 for The Lexicon’s Charity of the Year, Bracknell Gymnastics Club.

Sue Boor, head of marketing at The Lexicon says:  “We were delighted that people had so much fun on The Lexicon Express and would like to thank everyone for their kind donations. It is definitely something we will look to bring back to The Lexicon in the future.”

Read more: All Aboard Lexicon Express for Half Term

All present and correct! All 60 British racecourses pledge support to Tickets For Troops for 2018

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) together with Tickets For Troops are pleased to announce that all 60 racecourses in Great Britain will offer free tickets to armed forces personnel in 2018.

Since the scheme launched in 2009 British Racecourses have donated over 70,000 tickets to the scheme, which allows those employed in the armed forces to attend some of British racing’s premier days for free.

2018 is the second year all 60 courses have signed up for the scheme and once again tickets are on offer for events such as the Royal Ascot, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, the William Hill St Leger Festival and Cheltenham’s November Meeting.

Robin Mounsey, Head of Media for the BHA, said:

“It is great news that all 60 racecourses are able to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country, and we are grateful to our racecourses for the generosity they continue to show.

“There is a wider variety of fixtures on offer than ever this year and we hope plenty of troops will enjoy a well-deserved day out at the races in 2018.”

Lord Marland, Chairman of Tickets For Troops, said:

“This is fantastic news from the BHA which has been a very generous supporter of Tickets For Troops since launch. The geography of racecourses throughout the UK means that troops and their families from all corners of country can enjoy a great day out in recognition of their efforts in keeping us safe and secure.”

Will Aitkenhead, Communications Executive at the Racecourse Association, said:

Read more: Ascot Racecourse | All 60 Courses Pledge Troops Tickets

Residents and visitors could benefit from easier access to Sunninghill High Street as there is again talk of expanding a section of the road by 1.2m to allow two lanes to run the whole way down the High Street and reduce delays at peak times, after last year's consultation exercise, failed to secure sufficient support.

The pinch point at the junction of School Road is only currently wide enough for single file traffic. The majority of the existing parking provision will still be retained under the proposed changes.

By reclaiming a small section of the footpath, it could be possible to create enough space for two-way moving traffic, while retaining most of the parking spaces and a route for pedestrians to continue to access the High Street.

The proposals could also include a raised zebra crossing opposite the Novello Theatre.

 

 

Ashford and St Peter’s Urology team launch new ‘virtual’ service.  | The urology team at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals has launched a new way of working, known as virtual clinics. For many patients this will mean a quicker service and also avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital.

Mr Sachin Agrawal, Urology Consultant and Clinical Lead for the service explains: “Many of our traditional clinic appointments are follow-ups, updating and reassuring patients with test results which are stable or checking everything is OK. This may be for conditions ranging from kidney stones to cancer follow-up. There is no real need for them to make a physical trip to hospital for this, especially if scans are normal – often, a quick phone call or letter after we have reviewed their case will be as effective.”

Read more: New Virtual Urology Service at St.Peter's

Royal Borough pupils record strong KS4 results | RBWM Pupils have achieved strong results as the borough performs in the top 15 percent for KS4 according to performance tables released by the Department for Education.

Half of all pupils at mainstream schools managed to achieve a strong pass (grade 5 or above) in the recently reformed English and Maths GCSE, well above the national average of 43 percent.

Almost three-quarters of pupils attained a grade 4 (standard pass) or above compared to 62 percent nationally.

The new grading system cannot be compared directly to previous years but this year’s results show young people in the borough continue to perform highly and attain results on par with, and in many cases well above, the national average.

Currently 86 percent of schools in the borough are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

Read more: Local Schools Perform Well Above Average

On Tuesday 30th January , Charters School in Sunningdale   hosted their annual Careers Fair; held in the Main Hall, the event which was open to Sixth Form students and those in years 9 and 11 was implemented to help students discover the range of opportunities available to them when their time at Charters comes to an end. Over 30 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 and explained to students what grade or subject requirements were needed to pursue their chosen career paths.

Read more: Careers Fair at Charters School | January 2018

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead   has formally submitted its blueprint for providing responsible development over the coming years to the Secretary of State (February 2018).

The Borough Local Plan (BLP) will help shape the next two decades of growth and facilitate new homes and infrastructure which are being provided in the borough.

The plan runs retrospectively from 2013 to 2033 – to ensure future development, including a range of housing, retail, office, leisure, health and education, is built in the right place at the right time.

The council plans to invest £350 million in key infrastructure up to 2025 as part of its commitment to ensure roads, schools and community facilities are in place to support necessary and controlled growth to meet local needs.

Over the next 15 years the council will be investing in schools to give children in the borough the best start in life. The school expansion programme will ensure the infrastructure to support the BLP is delivered when and where it is needed. The programme of expansion could also see six new school sites created across the borough and existing schools expanded.

The plan has been submitted following a series of consultations with residents and businesses and other stakeholders throughout the borough.  A petition against the draft ocal Plan, last SUmmer, attracted over 1,700 signatures. See PETITION ARTICLE.

Read more: Ascot & Sunnings Local Plan | Submitted to Secretary of State

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Two talented boys from Papplewick School, Ascot , have been awarded sports scholarships.

Wilf La Fontaine Jackson, 13, has won one of Winchester College's first ever sports scholarships - just 636 years after the school was founded! Wilf, an excellent all round sportsman will go on to enjoy the benefits of specialist coaching sessions, regularly assessed strength and conditioning programmes and a special tutor from Winchester’s sports department, to name but a few  of the benefits of this award.

Also celebrating success is Alex Bovill, who has been awarded a coveted Eric Abbott sports scholarship to Cranleigh School. He will benefit from an Elite Sports Programme designed to ensure talented athletes such as Alex are equipped with every opportunity to achieve their highest goals. Alex has been a keen and talented cricketer during his time at Papplewick, bowling with good consistency and know-how with the ball, coupled with very useful batting.

Another scholarship success, in a different area, goes to Monty Johnstone McLaren Clark who earlier this year was awarded a drama scholarship to Shiplake College.

“Sports have always been part of daily life at Papplewick,” Headmaster Tom Bunbury said. “We’re delighted that our two sports scholars will be able to take the skills learned here at Papplewick on into their secondary education.  We are also thrilled with Monty’s success in achieving a drama award and wish him every success for his promising future.”

Next Open Morning:  May 12th 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m   Visit:  www.papplewick.org.uk

 

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Read more: Sports and Drama Scholarship Success for Papplewick Boys

The local round of the RIBI Young Musician 2017/18 Competition was hosted by Heathfield School, Ascot, on Thursday January 25th 2018. Organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot, the local round leads to regional and eventually, national rounds. After a welcome by Heathfield  Headteacher - Marina Gardiner-Legge, the audience was  entertained to wide range of music - from Bizet to  Rockschool Grade 8.  The outstanding performance of the evening was by eight year old Sarah Aizawa of Yately Manor School, who won the Instrumentalist category, with her rendition of Konzert fur Violin(Haydn) and Souvenir de Sarasate (Potstock).

Pictured Above: Instrumental Winner, Sarah Aizawa Receiving Trophy From Head Judge - Geoff Horton and Ascot Rotary President-Elect-Colin Corrio.

Pictured Above: The Young Musicians

Read more: Superb Young Musicians Compete in First Round of RIBI

Charters School in Sunningdale    School was recently awarded a Partnership Grant from the Royal Academy to support an international project called ‘Life in a Warming Climate’, which the school is working on in partnership with Imperial College.

The ground-breaking initiative examines the impact of temperature changes on freshwater systems, and the school’s students are tasked with measuring and recording data from a series of ponds located at nearby Silwood Park. The two metre ponds, which are known as Mesocosms, are filled and seeded to encourage pond life. Some ponds are then heated and the students record and examine the resulting data. A Sixth Form student has designed and built a tripod to straddle the ponds, so that a visual record of the ponds can be photographed over time.

Six schools were shortlisted to exhibit at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition in July, and shortly before Christmas Charters was informed that it is the only school to be chosen to attend the week-long festival, celebrating the cutting edge of UK science.

 

Mrs Kate Hill, who is Director of STEM at Charters School said, “I am so pleased that the hard work and dedication of our students has been rewarded. The opportunity to meet leaders in the world of Science is incredibly inspiring for our students and their involvement in this project will in turn inspire younger students in the school.”

 

 

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault at The Stag, Ascot. Click on the link for more info :

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/witness-appeals/cctv-image-released-following-assault-injury-ascot-43170335608/

 

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Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot has invested in state-of-the-art leisure facilities with features including award-winning IC6 Myride indoor spin bikes which allow users to transport their cycle training to the Italian Alps and all in time for users to keep up their New Year health kick.

As part of ongoing spa and leisure upgrades, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK’s largest independent hotel group, is in the process of a £2.5m investment programme at 16 Vital Health and Wellbeing Clubs across the UK.

The modern facilities already on offer at the Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa will be fitted with the latest gym technology from renowned health and training brand Life Fitness.

Read more: Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa Weighs in with Gym Upgrade

 

Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council will be submitting new plans for the refurbishment / reconfiguration of the Victory Fields Pavilion.

And there is an opportunity to vote for your favourite new play equipment

 

Read more: New Plans for Victory Field Pavilion & New Equipment Vote

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Papplewick School, Ascot | Possibly the most popular school outing for Year 4 boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, was their trip to 'Rosie’s Chocolate Factory' at Sheeplands Farm in Berkshire, on Monday, 22nd January. 

The trip was part of the ‘Geography of Chocolate’ scheme of work for the Year 4 Geography course. The boys looked at the cacao bean and where it grows and studied the process of getting from 'bean to bar.'  They were given the opportunity to see first-hand what goes into the production of chocolate. 

The boys made a lollipop and solid bar from a choice of white, milk and dark chocolate. 

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said:  “Geography became a very popular subject, for the day thanks to Rosie’s Chocolate Factory!” 

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Rosie’s Chocolate Factory is a family-run business which uses ethically sourced beans from Ghana. In their mini-factory, skilled craftspeople use sustainably sourced ingredients to make fresh, hand-made chocolates and candies. 

http://www.thechocolate-factory.co.uk/

Next Open Mornings:   February 3rd and May 12th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m   Visit:  www.papplewick.org.uk

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Read more: Papplewick | Geography Gets Thumbs up with Chocolate Factory Visit

January 2018 : Plans for next year’s budget, which will enhance valued services and preserve the lowest Council Tax outside of London, will be discussed at Full Council next month.

The Royal Borough is proposing an increase in Council Tax of 1.95 percent, equivalent to an extra £17.85 on a Band D property, just 34p a week.

There is also a proposed three percent adult social care precept, equivalent to £28.85 on a Band D property, just 55p a week. Alongside a £6.4million investment from the council this money will help support older people and residents with special needs.

Cllr MJ Saunders, cabinet member for finance, said: “This budget will keep Council Tax at the lowest level outside of London whilst continue to invest in high quality, value for money services. 

“We will keep all 14 of the borough’s libraries open and continue to offer a range of services at our 10 children’s centres.

“We are building a borough for everyone and investing £10.6million in improving road infrastructure including LED street lights and safety schemes which is part of our wider commitment to support the emerging Borough Local Plan.

“Meanwhile we are spending £1.3million on an improved CCTV system to keep our communities safe, £120,000 on CCTV in car parks and keeping 18 community wardens as familiar points of contact for residents.

Read more: RBWM New Budget Will Enhance Services and Infrastructure

 

Pictured: Jo McBride diabetes and Insulin Pump Specialist, with our Chairman Andy Field and some mums attending the support group.

Ashford and St Peter’s have recently launched a support group for mums, or mums to be, that have Type 1 Diabetes and use an insulin pump.

The support group was set up by Jo McBride our Diabetes and Insulin Pump Specialist Nurse and is held in our specialist diabetes centre Stephanie Marks.

Jo comments: “I set up this support group called ‘Bumps and Pumps’ for mums/or mums to be who have Type 1 diabetes and who use insulin pumps to manage their diabetes. I found a lot of mums did not know anyone else with Type 1 diabetes let alone using a pump.

Read more: Bumps and Pumps | New Support Group For Mums with Type 1 Diabetes

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 Year 7 boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London on Monday 15th January.

Although the Olympic Games in London took place nearly six years ago, the Park remains a fascinating venue to study the redevelopment of a once-derelict part of London. The boys toured the park, taking notes about the sustainable development of the area and how the environment has been considered in the legacy of the park.

The ‘Athletes Village’ has been converted into luxury homes, which are powered by self-sustainable energy generated from a source within the park, and the sporting venues have been maintained or recycled for the local community to use and enjoy.

The aim of the day was to see how brownfield sites can be sustainably converted into residential areas with outstanding sporting facilities.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “It was a great educational visit, but of course the boys could not go all the way to Stratford without testing out the world’s longest tube slide!”

Next Open Mornings:   February 3rd and May 12th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m 

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Read more: Papplewick Boys Study Regeneration at Olympic Park

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Heatherwood Hospital Redevelopment Plans

At the very end of 2017, approval was granted by RBWM (despite objections by Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council),  for various aspects of the redevelopment of the Heatherwood Hospital site, including the new , elective hospital, access for 250 house, Health Trust related offices and the new GP surgery.

 

These are the details of what has been approved so far:

Application Number: 16/03115

Type: Outline

Proposal: Hybrid planning application comprising: 1) Application for full planning permission for the development of a new Elective Care Hospital and associated Admin Hub with associated parking, vehicle access, highway works, plant and landscaping 2) Application for full planning permission  for the change of use of existing building to provide GP Practice, Office, Data Centre and Staff Restaurant in association with the Elective Care Hospital 3) Application for outline planning permission (access and layout determined with all other matters reserved for future consideration) for demolition of existing hospital and redevelopment of up to 250 dwellings with associated vehicle access and highway works 4) Application for full planning permission for the change of use of existing woodland to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in association with the outline residential planning permission.

Location: Heatherwood Hospital London Road Ascot SL5 8AA

Decision: Application Permitted

Parish Council recommendation: Objections

Read more: Heatherwood Hospital | Planners Approve Redevelopment |

Get involved in policing in your community

Thames Valley Police are starting 2018 by asking more members of the public to get active and involved in policing matters affecting  communities such as Winkfield,  Ascot and the Sunnings.

They want you to have your say about what matters most to you - working with them to identify priorities and solve local issues.

Anyone can contribute to local policing, regardless of age or background.

You don’t have to have a lot of time to spare or commit to travelling long distances – there's a role to suit everyone. You can even get involved from the comfort of your own home.

Below are just a few ways you can get active in your community:

Read more: Get Involved in Policing Your Community Say Police

New sexual health clinics for younger people at Ashford and St Peter’s Hosptials

 The sexual health team at the Blanche Heriot Unit at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has started a new service, online pharmacy specifically for younger people under the age of 18. Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine, Dr Amy Bennett, explains: “I am fairly new to the Trust and one of the first things I wanted to do was set up a service for younger patients. They are often very reluctant to seek help and advice in regards to sexual health – they worry they will get into trouble or be frowned upon. This couldn’t be further from the truth – we are here to help anyone – and apart from in exceptional circumstances, we provide a completely confidential service.”

The new clinics are offered at both hospitals – Ashford in Middlesex and St Peter’s in Chertsey – between 4.30pm and 6pm every Tuesday. Dr Bennett says: “We want to run the clinics at a time that is convenient for younger people – so they can come to us after school or college. If you want to bring someone along for support – a partner, friend or parent perhaps – that is fine. Equally, if you would rather come alone that is also fine. We are not here to judge or to preach and I promise that you will receive a warm and friendly welcome at our clinics.”

Services provided at the clinics include screening for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy testing, contraception – including emergency contraception and free condoms. A Health Advisor is also available to offer general support and advice; for example, talking through any concerns about your relationships.

Read more: St.Peter's Hospital | New Sexual health Clinic

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