Heathfield School, Ascot, was abuzz with lively political debate on Friday 7th June when it hosted BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?  presented by Jonathan Dimbleby.  The school’s St Mary’s Theatre was packed with members of the public and students eager to participate in the topical news discussions, joined by a panel comprising the SNP's Joanna Cherry MP, Historian Max Hastings, former leader of the Conservative Party Lord Howard, and the Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP.

With topical news questions submitted on the night by a diverse audience, Any Questions? explores a range of the most stimulating moral, political and social issues of the day. Heathfield School applied to host the show to encourage its students to engage with politics and deepen their understanding of the role each person plays in shaping society.

In preparation for the event, the school’s Head of ICT, Careers and Outreach, Rushi Millns, devised a Heathfield version of Question Time with the pupils as members of the panel. Mrs Millns planned this to coincide with Parliament Week to celebrate the centenary of (limited) women's suffrage. Mrs Millns was also involved in the 'Ask Her to Stand' initiative on 21 November 2018 to encourage more women to enter public life in order to increase their representation.

Read more: Radio 4's 'Any Questions' in Ascot

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals hold Dragons Den style event for team to pitch ideas to achieve Trust vision:

 Friday, 14th June, saw the second annual Dragons Den event held by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. The event, inspired by the Television Programme of the same name, provides the opportunity for staff to present their ideas to the Executive Team, who take on the role of the dragons, and pitch for additional funding to purchase equipment they feel would benefit patients whilst in hospital and improve team working processes.

The day was launched by local television presenter and fitness trainer, Annie Price, who gave an inspirational presentation and shared some of her experiences as a patient. She spoke about the importance of the personal touch, and being made to feel safe and welcome, which was a great reminder about what really makes the difference to patients, and the impact of hospital care.

There were over 40 proposals from various teams with a wide range of specialties represented; from medicine to maternity, and therapies to surgery. The proposals were creatively pitched, with some of the highlights including a rap from one of the Occupational Therapists, outlining her bid for therapeutic tools for people with dementia, and a performance of ‘Money, Money, Money’ by Abba, from staff across the hospitals who are putting on a Pantomime later this year. It was a fantastic day with teams really getting into the spirit and having fun with their pitches.

Read more: Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals Hold Dragons Den Style Event

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Pictured: Rosemarie Ford Congratulates 30 Year Award Recipient

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, more than 170 Thames Hospice volunteers enjoyed a special afternoon tea hosted at Royal Ascot Racecourse on Tuesday 4th June 2019 to celebrate their enormous contribution to the charity. In just one year, the charity’s 650 volunteers contributed a staggering 80,742 hours of their time to the Hospice.

Much-loved singer, dancer and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford awarded long-service badges to many volunteers who have given their time to the Hospice for 10, 15, 25 and even 30 years.

Katherine Leach, Head of Volunteering at Thames Hospice, said:Our annual Volunteers’ Afternoon Tea is just a small token of thanks for the incredible support volunteers offer to Thames Hospice. Our 650-strong army of volunteers make an enormous contribution to our success and we always look forward to bringing them together at this event to say a huge thank you.

“A special thank you must also be extended to Ascot Racecourse for kindly providing the venue free of charge and their support throughout the event.”

Afternoon tea was served from 2pm, and magician Mike Stoner entertained the audience before speeches from Thames Hospice CEO Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chair of Trustees Jonathan Jones and special guest Rosemarie Ford.

To find out more about volunteering for Thames Hospice, visit www.thameshospice.org.uk/volunteer


Read more: TV Star Rosemarie Ford Awards Local Hospice Volunteers

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Grandparents’ Day at Papplewick  School, Ascot, is always a popular event for boys and their grandparents — and this year was no exception.

On Saturday, 1st June, grandparents were special guests at the school for the day. They were greeted by their grandsons and offered refreshments before being escorted to the classrooms, where the boys showed off their work.

The boys’ usual high standard of artwork was on display in the Hall, including work from those art scholars who gained awards to senior schools this year.

A chapel service was led by Mr Harry Paget, Head of Divinity, before the boys took their grandparents on guided tours of the school. A concert in the school hall was followed by a barbecue lunch in the garden and a cricket match.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said: “The boys are always very proud to show off their school and their work to their grandparents, who enjoy the event hugely.”


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Ascot and Official Partner QIPCO today announce a three-year digital content series following eight foals born at Tweenhills Farm.

The objective of the Follow The Foals series is to showcase the journey from birth to becoming a racehorse and the people behind the scenes that make it happen.

 The first video can be found here.:


Located at Hartpury in Gloucestershire on prime stock-rearing land, Tweenhills, the Redvers' family home, covers approximately 750 acres of the finest English pasture with its paddocks and surrounding farms afforded natural shelter by ancient hedgerows and magnificent oak trees. Home to Qatar Racing stallions, a subsidiary of QIPCO, as well as the majority of the operation's band of broodmares and young stock, Tweenhills has established a reputation as an outstanding stallion station and farm.

 The eight foals, some of which may end up running for Qatar Racing or going through the sales ring, are:.....

Read more: Ascot & Qipco Launch 'Follow the Foals'

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Sponsor a Child For Christmas in July

Sebastian’s Action Trust is inviting businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to sponsor a child to attend Christmas in July - our most popular event of the year.

More than 450 families of seriously-ill children and young people are due to attend this year’s event, which is taking place at the prestigious Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire.

Every year, in the weeks leading up to our Christmas in July party, we encourage people to get into the Christmas spirit and organise fundraising activities to help us make the event a fantastic day for our families to remember and cherish.


Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust | Sponsor a Child For Christmas in July!