On Tuesday 12th March, Charters School in Sunningdale  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.

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Berkshire Business Network very generously donated a cheque for £400 to the local Samaritans at Bracknell, Wokingham and Ascot branch.   Dr Phillip Lee, MP representing the Network is pictured here with volunteers, Nick Tuggey and Barbara Denyer outside Hope Cottage, Mount Pleasant, where the branch is based in Bracknell.                                         

Nick Tuggey, volunteer for Fundraising said “It costs around £25,000 a year to maintain our branch. We are most grateful to Dr Lee, as we rely heavily on donations like this to continue providing the Samaritan’s service to the local community.”

Dr Lee was accompanied on his visit to the branch by Katie Dover from his constituency office, who has previously participated in the Samaritans Run, the 38th holding of which will take place on 29th June this year.

After passing on the donation, Dr Lee commented “The Berkshire Business Network recognises the extremely valuable work that Samaritans do, and we are very pleased to be able to meet with and support the local branch.

Visit www.samaritans.org to find further details.

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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital recognised at the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards

On Friday 22nd February 2019, Chief Executives of NHS Trusts, researchers and patients came together to celebrate the excellent health and social care research taking place within the region at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards.

Ashford and St Peter’s were delighted to win the award for ‘Best Finance Tool’ and to be highly commended twice in the ‘Best Contribution to Commercial Research’ category. One award was given to the Trust as a whole for having consistently high levels of research engagement and one to recognise the contribution of Dr. Monica Nordstrom for her work on two commercial respiratory studies on Asthma.

Winners came from across community and hospital care, showing excellent collaboration between Trusts in the region and showcasing innovation being generated locally, within studies and involving patients in the research pathway. In 2017/18 more people than ever across Kent, Surrey and Sussex became involved with health research. Over 36,000 patients and healthy volunteers were given access to new and better treatments by being recruited into clinical research studies within our local NHS organisations.

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Pictured Above: RBWM Town Crier Cuts the Ribbon and Declares Victory Field Pavilion Open

The RBWM Town Crier  formally opened the newly refurbished Victory Field Pavilion in Sunninghill  (SEE ARTICLE) on Saturday 23rd February. 

Pictured Above:  President, June Martin,  Receives Cheque for Ascot District Day Centre

Pictured Above: Town Crier Presents Cheque to Annie and Julie for Sebastian's Action Trust 

Ten local community groups  received handsome cheques from Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council, who had nearly £10,000 to award, thanks mainly to the hugely successful 2018 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre.

The Street Fayre produced £7,500 and the Council is adding £1,750 from the Parish Council Grant Allocation.  Councillors approved all this year’s applications for grants, covering diverse projects - from disabled toilets at Sunningdale Bowling Club, to hammocks for the newly- formed Explorers unit at the Sunnningdale Scout group.

The largest grant went to Ascot & District Day Centre (life President, Mrs June Martin pictured above), which has provided home from home care for Ascot and the Sunnings elderly residents, for 40 years.   Many members are collected daily by the Centre’s mini buses. A hot meal, refreshments, activities and a number of personal care services, are provided and greatly enjoyed by Centre users. The Council cash will help with running costs.

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Whilst on  a recent  unplanned visit to Perth in Western Australia, Ascot residents John and Philippa Mills, visited one of the local attractions -The Bell Tower in the harbour . This was a millennium commemoration project built to house the recently replaced 12 bells from St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, to mark the Bicentennial of the founding of Australia in 1788. A further 6 bells were added and these, named The Swan Bells after the adjacent river, can now all be rung as part of a unique visitor experience.

However the greatest surprise on entering the reception area was to see on display the Ascot Racecourse Grandstand clock which had been purchased at auction for  £10,000. On an upper floor the set of bells which used to sound around Ascot are displayed and they are soon to be rehung and connected to the clock to chime once more. 

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Clock Enjoying Retirement in Australia !

The new Sainsburys, with Argos, is now open in Hermitage Parade, Ascot High Street