Household waste and recycling centre update | 

RBWM will be returning to a weekly collection service for food, household waste and recycling, alongside the fortnightly garden waste collections for those who have a subscription, in five or six weeks.

After a discussion with  waste contractors, Serco, the Council has agreed that this change will take place in mid-August, with no specific date as yet.

There are still impacts on the service due to COVID-19 in terms of staffing and the amount of waste and recycling being collected, so the Borough will use the time between now and mid-August to prepare for a smooth change back to weekly collections and to communicate the changes to the service.


Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode.

On Thursday 18th June 2020 Thames Hospice reopened its shop in North Ascot to a (socially distanced!) crowd of eager shoppers and supporters. The store had undergone a refit during closure, after all the charity’s shops where closed in March in accordance with the UK Government’s guidelines.

On Thursday 18th June at 12pm Thames Hospice Chief Executive Debbie Raven was joined by the Mayor of the Borough of Bracknell Forest Councillor Ash Merry, Mayoress Isabel Mattick and Ascot Councillor and former Mayor Dorothy Hayes to celebrate the reopening of the North Ascot store on Warren Row and welcome back returning customers.  

Julie Rowley, Director of Retail at Thames Hospice, said: We were thrilled with the amazing turn out at our North Ascot shop. Thank you so much to our special guests for supporting us. Councillor Dorothy Hayes originally opened the shop for us over 15 years ago, so it was very poignant and memorable to have all three Mayors, past and present, with us.

 “Thank you also to our wonderful loyal customers for making our first day of reopening a great success. It is fantastic to be back open for business raising vital income for the Hospice once again.”

The store in North Ascot is now open Monday – Saturday, 9am-5pm, with donations being accepted every day between the hours of 9.30am-12.30pm.

For further information on the Thames Hospice shop reopenings, please visit

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Artis Studios in Sunninghill Berkshire, joins the national ‘Photographers without Frontiers’ initiative to say thank you to the NHS.

Artis Studios, recently awarded MPAs 2020 South Central Photographer of the Year,  are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Photographers without Frontiers’ and be part of this exciting national initiative to raise much needed funds for the NHS.

Launched by Ronan Ryle and internationally renowned photographer, Damian McGillicuddy, ‘Photographers without Frontiers’ sees over 100 photographers from all over the UK come together to offer families a chance to capture a precious image of their loved ones and at the same time raise funds for the NHS.

Hannah Gamble from Artis Studios commented ‘With everything that has been going on over the last few months I wanted to give something back to the NHS and show our appreciation to them. I sometimes feel they do not get the recognition they truly deserve for what they do for our country. The ‘Photographers without Frontiers’ is a great initiative to be involved with, what we ask is for people to make a minimum donation of £10 through our just giving page to the ‘NHS Charities Together’ and in return they will receive a voucher from us which entitles them to free portrait session with myself/our team and a web image for them to use online saying they have supported the NHS.’

‘People really recognise the importance of capturing special moments of our loved ones, children, family and pets, which is why we thought as photographers we should all come together in what is a very competitive industry and make a difference to a special charity . We want to give something back to the communities in which we live and work, along with raising these vital funds for the wonderful work that the ‘NHS Charities Together’ carries out.’

‘NHS Charities Together’ play an important role in contributing to provide services that are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide. They are also a forum for nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, offering specialist advice and guidance and bespoke training, as well as access to online resources for those who need them.

 ‘Photographers without Frontiers’ aims to bring together a community of  photographers, from Scotland to the South Coast, with just two aims; support ‘NHS Charities Together’ and ensure families have a fantastic image to enjoy for years to come. One thing for sure is that social distancing has reminded each and every one of us, that only a portrait can bridge the distance and time until we are able to see and spend time with our loved ones.

If you’d like to know more about “Photography without Frontiers” or you wish to donate, please check out the national web page: .


Noah Evans is helping to raise money to buy fabric to make surgical scrubs for our wonderful NHS workers. Scrubs Glorious Scrubs is a voluntary sewing collaborative set up by very well-known Ascot resident, councillor and businesswoman - Lynda Yong  at Ascot Business Park, and now has 400 seamstresses up and down the UK making these essential and hugely in demand scrubs and bags for the contaminated scrubs to be put in at the end of the shift. They are in desperate need of fabric. With these bags, they can put all of their contaminated uniform in the washing machine when they get home without touching anyone or anything else.

Scrubs Glorious Scrubs, was set up by Ascot Fashion Workshop owner Lynda Yong to produce hugely in-demand scrubs for NHS staff, as well as bags to put the contaminated clothing .

Each set of scrubs costs £5 to make and the initiative was in desperate need of fabric.

Read more: Scrubs Glorious Scrubs ! | It all Began in Ascot !

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Pictured Above | Stradivarius in the Winners Enclosure

Superstar stayer Stradivarius was simply imperious as he won the G1 Gold Cup for the third consecutive time for owner Bjorn Nielsen, trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori.

The six-year-old Sea The Stars horse joins Sagaro (1975, 1976, 1977) as a triple Gold Cup winner with only four-time scorer Yeats (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) having won the two and a half mile staying showpiece more.
Today saw Stradivarius score by 10 lengths, the most decisive of his career. Having moved up effortlessly on the bridle behind long-time leader Nayef Road, Stradivarius went right away in the final furlong and won as he liked. Nayef Road held on for second, eight lengths clear of Cross Counter.

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Ascot Racecourse | Royal Ascot may be taking place behind closed doors for the first time in its history, but the world's greatest flat race meeting will still attract huge global TV audiences with over 120 countries due to tune in.

The traditional 30 races of the Royal Meeting have been supplemented by a further six top quality races to generate even more interest in one of the first major global sporting events to take place in the summer of 2020.

Led by extensive domestic coverage on ITV1 in the UK, coverage will span the globe with pictures also available in the USA, Australia, the Middle East, India,  the Caribbean and Europe.

ITV's coverage will feature 30 races from the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday June 16 to the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday June 20th, live on their main channel.

Read more: Royal Ascot at Home | Huge Global Audiences Expected