Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital | New Program launches for Better Nutrition in Care Homes in North West Surrey

A new training program called the Better Nutrition in Care Homes (BeNCH) Project has been launched in North West Surrey to help improve the assessment and nutritional management of residents in adult care homes.

The BeNCH Project was set up by Janet Brewer, the Care Home Support Dietitian at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with CSH Surrey.

As part of the project, Janet will be holding virtual training sessions for care home staff in North West Surrey on a number of different topics. The training is for all staff working in these care homes to help them understand good nutrition and increase their awareness around how they can support residents with their nutritional needs.

The project launches with training on Malnutrition and Food First. This session aims to improve knowledge and understanding of the use of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) to identify care home residents who may be at risk of malnutrition, and encourages ‘Food First’ principles to help manage or prevent malnutrition.

Read more: New Programme Launches for Better Care Home Nutritrition




Thames Hospice, one of the UK’s largest and busiest hospices, opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art facility on the 12th October 2020, welcoming its first patients and visitors.

Surrounded by eight acres of stunning landscaped gardens by Bray Lake near Maidenhead, the new Hospice will lead the way in palliative and end-of-life care, offering the highest standard of compassionate care and support to thousands of patients and families facing a terminal illness every year.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice, said: “After more than four years of meticulous planning and construction, coupled with a challenging year, we are thrilled to open this incredible facility for our community.

“Our new Hospice will enable us to provide unrivalled care and support to even more local people who urgently need our services now and for generations to come.”

The new facility was designed by KKE Architects with significant input from the Hospice’s Doctors and Nurses.

Read more: New Era for Hospice Care as Charity Opens State- of -Art Facility

Papplewick School, Windsor Road, Ascot.   For further information, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or

Papplewick boys in final of Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition Papplewick year 7 pupil, Ruzgar Takmak, performed in the Classical section of the Final of Berkshire's Young Singer of the Year on Saturday 3rd October and despite very fierce competition was commended for his beautiful performance of Lascia Ch'io pianga by Handel.

The event was held as part of the Windsor Festival and was streamed live. 

Papplewick old boy George Brattle also competed in the Folk Section of the Final.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said “ I am so proud of both boys, their talent is quite outstanding.”



Read more: Papplewick Boys in Young Singers Final

Pictured Below: Covid cases in Ascot & Sunnings, October 25th

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the RBWM council, said: “Last week given our borderline status and likely projected increase in cases I asked government to consider whether it was appropriate or not for us to move into high-risk tier two. Since then the rise in our number of cases has slightly abated, but the potential for underlying infection remains extremely high. As a result, and based upon the data before us, in discussions with government we have requested to remain in tier one for now pending further review, to which the government has agreed. However, our numbers are such that we remain on the cusp of tier two and all the additional restrictions on our lives this would bring. We must not be complacent. We must continue to follow the guidance. We must stop the spread. Doing this may help us avoid tier two.

We will keep the situation under constant review and any decisions on further restriction will be based upon data, the expert advice of our dedicated public health professionals, and liaison with government. The Royal Borough is now regularly publishing local data so that residents can see and appreciate the trends that are guiding our decision making.

Read more: Royal Borough Stays in Tier 1


            Cumberland Lodge   To make a reservation, please call 01784 220521 or email


The historic Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park is offering fine dining experiences for parties of up to six, on selected evenings through until Christmas.

 Enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner prepared by renowned chefs, using the finest locally sourced and seasonal produce, served by candlelight in one of the Lodge’s atmospheric dining rooms.

 £65 per person (incl VAT)

 To make a reservation, please call 01784 220521 or email

Overnight accommodation with a full English breakfast is also available – please enquire for rates and details.

There is ample free parking on site. In line with Government guidance, dinner guests who are not staying overnight are required to leave by 10pm. Cumberland Lodge is fully Covid-secure and has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation mark from VisitBritain.

All bookings will help to support the charitable work of Cumberland Lodge, which empowers people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division. Cumberland Lodge is dedicated to promoting more peaceful, open and inclusive societies. You can find out more at

Read more: Fine Dining at Cumberland Lodge Till Christmas 2020


Pictured Above:  The Maternity Wing at St Peter’s Hospital was lit up in blue and pink from 9th-15th October 2020 to recognise Baby Loss Awareness Week, remembering those babies’ who have sadly died.

Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity to support bereaved families and commemorate babies' lives.

Any baby loss is tragic and causes deep distress and pain for the parents and their family. If a baby dies before 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, it is known as a miscarriage. Miscarriages are more common than most people think and each pregnancy carries a 1:4 chance of miscarriage. A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy; this happens in around 1:225 births in England.

St Peter's Hospital have an Early Pregnancy Unit to help parents with losses up to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Read more: Baby Loss Awareness Week at St.Peter's | October 9th to 15th


Pictured Above: Lynn with son Lewis Jenkins and daughter’s boyfriend Josh Hathaway on the Long Walk in Windsor

Samaritans   volunteer Lynn Jenkins raised almost £1000 for her local branch in the 2020 “virtual” London marathon.

Lynn, who lives in Forest Park, Bracknell, won a place in the London Marathon ballot that was planned to be run in April this year.  Initially disappointed that the Marathon didn’t go ahead, and then that the 4 October London event would be for elite athletes only, Lynn continued training through the summer. She then realised she could after all fulfil her ambition, as the organisers agreed that runners could do it from wherever they were by downloading an app to track and log their time.

She wore her London Marathon number on her green Samaritans’ vest and completed the 26.2 miles personal challenge in very wet weather on a route that included Swinley Forest and Windsor Great Park.


Read more: Local Samaritan Raises Huge Sum in 'Virtual' London Marathon


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