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!”

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On Thursday 8th November 2018, Professor Lord Robert Winston, whose pioneering work in the field of IVF has made him one of the most important Scientists of our time, officially opened The Winston STEM Building at Charters School in Sunningdale.

The new building has created thirteen classrooms for science and maths teaching, including two science laboratories. The school is exceptionally proud of the success achieved by its students in STEM subjects and was the only school in the country that exhibited at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition earlier in the year.

Professor Lord Robert Winston delivered a presentation to staff and governors on the Importance of Academic Research and Development to the Next Generation, focusing on the value of teamwork and perseverance, before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Headteacher at Charters School said, “We are very proud of our new building and the opportunities we can offer the next generation of Scientists, Mathematicians and Engineers.  Grateful thanks to RBWM who funded the facility as part of their £30m secondary school expansion programme.”

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