The Lexicon BRACKNELL  is delighted to announce the arrival of five new stores coming to the town centre before the end of 2019 – and just in time for Christmas!

First up, and stocking a range of books, toys, gifts, stationery and arts & crafts at discount prices, is The Works, located on Braccan Walk, next door to Vodafone – offering plenty of choice for the festive period and beyond.

Followers of fashion will welcome the addition of British womenswear clothing brand Phase Eight – ideal for women of all ages, offering outfits for special occasions, made from quality fabrics. Phase Eight, will join a number of popular fashion outlets on The Avenue.

Also joining the line-up is Silent Night, the UK’s most trusted bed brand. Leading the way in British bed making, earning the accolade of the UK’s most trusted sleep brand, the store will offer a range of beds, mattresses and bedding for the whole family. The new store will open its doors on Braccan Walk, next to Costa.

Read more: Five New Shops to Open for Christmas in the Lexicon

Councils tell government to review Heathrow expansion following climate change developments. | Local authorities opposed to Heathrow expansion say that changes in Government policy on climate change mean the case for a third runway should be reviewed urgently.

The national policy statement (ANPS) which included support for expansion at the airport was designated in June 2018 - at a time when the UK was committed to an 80 per cent reduction in emissions (by 2050).

In June this year following the advice of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) the Government amended the commitment to 100 per cent – the strengthening was based on ‘significant developments in climate change knowledge’.

Now campaigners say the same logic should be applied to the ANPS. Under planning legislation a national policy statement must be reviewed if there has been a ‘significant change in any circumstances on the basis of which any of the policy set out in the statement was decided.’

Read more: RBWM Tells Government to Review Heathrow Expansion

St.Francis Roman Catholic Church, South Ascot Over the weekend of 4th to 6th October, St Francis of Assisi Parish celebrated its Patronal Feast and the 130th Anniversary of the dedication of the church in Coronation Road, Ascot, Berkshire.


The 130 Fest culminated in the visit of Bishop Philip Egan to dedicate  a new stained glass window  celebrating the Ascot UCM’s 60th Anniversary, installed through their fundraising and through the generosity of a private donor, to celebrate reconciliation and peace between peoples and nations.

We were pleased to welcome our Mayor, Councillor Sayonara Luxton, Rev. Darrell Hannah from All Saints Ascot as well as members of the Union of Catholic Mothers who hosted the refreshments at their window blessing celebration (pictured above).

A mass of healing on Friday morning was followed by our evening celebrations in the St Francis School Hall opened by Fr Kevin Bidgood and our wonderful primary school choir, followed by entertainment from our Saturday and Sunday choir and musicians.

We celebrated our parish groups and ministries with an amazing display of stalls around the hall, from Children’s Liturgy to First Holy Communion and Confirmation , Little Franciscan Toddler Group to welcomers to hospitality and church cleaners, SVP to KSC, Secular Franciscan Friars to UCM and London Slough Run.

Read more: St. Francis RC Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary

This weekend Ascot Racecourse  launches the inaugural Discover Racehorse Ownership Weekend, taking place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November.

No fewer than 20 syndicates have stalls on site over the two-day meeting, including Kim Bailey Racing, who kindly sponsor race three on Friday; the Join Kim Bailey Racing 'Introductory' Hurdle.

The ROA has designated races on both days, and the penultimate race on Friday is the Handicap Steeple Chase, referencing Great British Racing's own guide to shared ownership.

A Partnership Parade will take place on Saturday morning featuring horses from; Middleham Park Racing, Heart of the South Racing, Kim Bailey Racing, BG Racing Syndicates, Dare to Dream, Martin Keighley Racing Partnerships and Brian Meehan/Manton TB's.

Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications at Ascot Racecourse, said:

"We are most grateful for the assistance we have received with this initiative from the ROA and delighted to have 20 syndicates on board. Hopefully the day will open the window to the world of ownership for people who may not have considered it before.

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Launches Discover Racehorse Ownership Weekend

The Lexicon is geared-up for a fantastic six weeks of special festive activities starting on Wednesday, November 13 2019, with the opening of LaplandUK’s first ever immersive retail store.

Now, people will be able to enjoy a taste of the enchanting world of LaplandUK within a town centre environment, with the creation of the magical Wishing Tree retail store.

In addition, visitors can book for an immersive story-telling experience, where Wish, the beautiful elf responsible for looking after Christmas wishes, tells the story of how the humble toy maker and his wife became known to all as Father and Mother Christmas.

Also, located in-store will also be an Elven post box giving shoppers the opportunity to post their letter to Father Christmas, including a special Christmas Wish.

Read more: Christmas Comes Early to the Lexicon

Papplewick  School, Ascot  Visit: 

Papplewick was delighted to pass the Green Flag Eco assessment with flying colours and received this prestigious award last week.  Having already secured the Bronze and Silver awards, the boys had proudly shown Mrs Sandra MacLeod from the Eco School around the school at the end of September showing off their bat habitats and bird hotels.  They discussed the links with work in geography and science with topics such as fair trade and carbon footprinting.  Year 3 boys were asked to write a piece imagining what the world would look like at tipping point, and in French through the use of sounds picked up new vocabulary on a passage linked to preserving water for the planet. Finally a tour of the new year 8 boarding house took place where the boys showed their efforts in monitoring lights and windows to preserve energy and they assessed on their core knowledge and involvement.

 Tom Bunbury, Headmaster said "As an Eco-school we are delighted to receive this internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning."  

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Read more: Papplewick Eco School | Green Flag Award

Saturday October 19th saw Doctor George McGavin, the eminent entomologist and TV presenter, open the Charity Christmas Card shop in the Cordes Hall, Sunninghill High Street. Doctor McGavin, a local resident for 30 years, praised the work of everyone involved in the setting up and running of the shop, especially the volunteers, without whom the shop could not function. He urged everybody to support Cards for Good causes, not least as a minimum of 70p in the pound goes back to the Charities. And as a parting aside, he reminded us that we should recycle the cards after Christmas!

The shop, which will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until 16th December, has been an annual feature in Sunninghill for nearly 30 years. For the past 16 years, it has been managed  by Glen and Robert Couper, who have worked tirelessly over these years to build the shop into a serious contributor to the thirty-five local and national charities supported by Card for Good Causes. This year, they have handed over the management to John Cooke, to whom they have given their unstinting support to ensure the continued smooth running of the shop.

Apart from a huge range of Christmas cards, the shop also sells a range of Christmas gifts including books, traditional advent calendars, wrapping paper and toys.

Hullaballoonza, the family run Balloon Shop in Sunninghill, supplied a wonderful, eye-catching balloon display for the opening.

The shop will remain open until  Monday December 16th.

Read more: Local Celebrity Opens Christmas Cards for Good Causes