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Pictured Above: Sebastian (R) and his Friend Matthew at the Races

Ascot Racecourse has dedicated a race at its Christmas meeting this weekend to Sebastian's Action Trust ’s founder Sebastian Gates.

The Sebastian’s Action Trust Graduation Steeple Chase (Class 2) will take place at 1.15pm on Saturday, December 22nd, in front of thousands of racegoers at the world famous Berkshire racecourse.

The two-mile race is part of Ascot’s two-day Christmas meeting, which as well as top-class jump races to end the season, includes a Santa parade, funfair, carol singing concert and family fun day.

Staff from Ascot Racecourse recently spent the day at The Woodlands, the Trust’s facility in Crowthorne, Berkshire, helping staff with various jobs that need doing around the site to make it a warm and welcoming space for seriously-ill children and their families.

Staff laid gravel for a path outside one of The Woodlands new features-Ruby’s Den-making it suitable for disabled access. They also put up Christmas lights outside Ash House, The Woodland’s main building, ready for the official Christmas light switch-on which took place last weekend.

Jane Gates OBE, CEO of Sebastian’s Action Trust, said: “I was incredibly overwhelmed when Ascot Racecourse contacted me to tell me they were going to have a race in Sebastian’s name, it really was an unbelievable moment.

“This would have meant so much to Sebastian. Sebastian had enjoyed several days of Ascot racing before he died and as an Ascot boy, we are absolutely thrilled the charity that is his legacy has been recognised in such an incredibly thoughtful manner.

“This weekend’s race meeting is just before the 15th anniversary of Sebastian’s death and is such a poignant way to remember a little boy whose positivity shines through in the actions of his charity.”

Jane Gates and her husband Mike, will proudly present a trophy to the winner of The Sebastian’s Action Trust Graduation Steeple Chase in the parade ring after the race, and will also judge the Best Turned Out Horse.

Read more: Ascot Dedicates Christms Race to Trust Founder Sebastian Gates

SIR FRANCIS BROOKE BT APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF ASCOT AUTHORITY (HOLDINGS) LTD | The Ascot Authority is pleased to announce that at yesterday's board meeting, Sir Francis Brooke Bt. succeeded Johnny Weatherby as Chairman of Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited (AAHL).

Johnny Weatherby remains as Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot, a post to which he was appointed in 2011. Her Majesty's Representative is responsible for all matters relating to the Royal Family and the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot.

Francis Brooke has been a Trustee and Director of AAHL since 2011.

As Chairman of AAHL, he will be responsible for the management of Ascot Racecourse and will head the board which also comprises: Guy Davison (Non-Executive Director), Guy Henderson (Chief Executive Officer), Ian McGregor (Chief Financial Officer), Harry Morley (Trustee Director), Juliet Slot (Chief Commercial Officer), Alastair Warwick (Chief Operating Officer), and Johnny Weatherby (Trustee Director).

Read more: Sir Francis Brooke Bt Appointed Chairman of Ascot Authority (Holdings) Ltd.

Radnor House Surgery & Ascot Medical Centre now offers a 21st century method of consulting a GP. I tried it and found it to be pleasanter, quicker and much more satisfactory, than a traditional consultation!

On their website Home page, click on the blue strip ‘Consult Our Doctors Online

You’ll be offered a wide range of conditions to click on. Or type your condition into the Search box and more detailed options will appear. I typed in rash and the drop-down menu offered me ‘hives’,   ‘urticaria’ and so on . This was very helpful and you feel you're getting somewhere quickly.

At this point we are also offered three options on what kind of consultation we’re seeking:

This is an example of how very well designed this system is. At an early stage, the doctor knows what the patient is trying to get out of the consultation. (It might be an idea to state this up front, in face to face consultations?)

Read more: 21st Century GP e-Consultations in Ascot | A Review


Restrictions removed to support Thames Hospice redevelopment| The restrictive covenant on the current Thames Hospice site has been removed allowing the hospice to move forward with its relocation and new hospice build plans.

At Cabinet on Thursday 22nd November 2018, Councillors agreed to remove the restrictive covenant on the hospice’s existing site in Hatch Lane. The removal of this covenant will allow the charity to proceed with its relocation plans to its new site at Bray Lake whilst maximising the value of their existing site.

Leader of the council, Cllr Simon Dudley said: “Removing this restrictive covenant will enable Thames Hospice to move forward with their relocation plans, allowing them to continue providing the very best care to our residents in a building and setting fit for their needs.”

The Royal Borough approved planning permission for the new 28 bed hospice in July 2018 which will also include:

  • A new day centre (the Paul Bevan Centre) offers a wider range of therapeutic and social activities for day patients and inpatients and will allow the hospice to double its day service provision.

       * A new education centre will be dedicated to promoting palliative care excellence, ensuring staff and other medical colleagues in the community receive ongoing training so patients get the best care.

       *  The removal of this covenant means the land can be sold without restrictions, increasing its value to over £5,000,000 providing Thames Hospice with additional funds for their new hospice.

Read more: Work to Start on New Thames Hospice Building | January 2019


Ossie Ardiles celebrated the 40th anniversary of his landmark arrival in English football with a lavish up-market dinner in the swish surroundings of the Berystede Hotel’s Library room here in Ascot.

Ossie brought his wife and stayed overnight in one of the hotels luxurious suites after the exclusively invited guests watched a 60-minute film of Ossie’s life at a champagne reception followed by a 4-course Argentine theme meal.  Ossie was presented with a massive cake with 40th candles, his wife Sylvia was presented with a bottle of champagne.

Exclusively designed retro shirts were unveiled at the dinner and several purchased at auction.  Ossie had time for everyone, irrespective go age, signing the menus, shirts and other memorabilia at the event.

Special mention to big Spurs fan Phil Smith and his company Kewtech for supporting the event, along with Neil Burns, and Gary Ross.  It proved to new a wonderful family occasion.

Congratulation to the General Manager Raf and his team who put provided wonderful service, and testimony to the style of the Legends events this is the second time Ossie Ardiles has been the star of such events.

The Berystede, Ascot has initiated a number of Legends events in the last couple of months that have proved a huge success and more such events are now planned, so stay tuned for announcements on Ascot Matters.


Read more: Ossie Ardiles & VIP Guests Celebrates 40 Years in English Football

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The Hope Trust visited Charters School on Thursday 28th November 2018, to see the difference their generous donation has made to the life of one of the Sunningdale School’s students.

Year 10 student, Saad Kiyani, recently took delivery of a tray for his wheelchair which was made possible by a donation from the Sunningdale based charity. The tray will increase Saad’s independence, enabling him to use his laptop, read and eat with increasing ease.  He is currently sitting his mock exams prior to taking his GCSEs in the summer.

The Sunningdale Hope Trust is a registered charity set up to provide help and assistance to individuals and community organisations in Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Ascot and the surrounding areas.

Jacqui Sassi, Deputy SENCO, said, “we are lucky to work closely with the Trust who have helped support many of our students and their families with compassion and discretion.”

Saad said “Thank you, it has really helped me in my day to day life – it’s fantastic!”

For further information about admissions to Charters School please visit the website: www.chartersschool.org.uk/    For Hope Trust  information and updates on events please visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SunningdaleHopeTrust  email sunningdalehopetrust@gmail.com