After looking at ways in which they could improve patients experience whilst staying in hospital, the team on the Senior Adult Medical Services Ward (SAMS) at Ashford and St Peter’s decided to create a sociable area for patients and visitors which they have named the 'Community Corner'.

The Community Corner is an area on the ward which has been set up as somewhere for people to socialise, read, play games or watch TV. It encourages patients to get up and move around throughout the day and is a place they can rest and eat which is away from their bed. It also provides a separate area to talk to each other and enables visitors and volunteers to engage with patients in a more relaxed setting. The area has been painted brightly in order to create a different look to the rest of the ward and to feel less clinical.

Specialist Physiotherapist Paula Watts and Dementia and Admiral Nurse Lead Dave Sills were behind the idea, and with the support of Consultant Physician Clarence Chikusu, they created this area-Dave even kindly donated his office furniture to be used!

Read more: Community Corner Opens for Patients at St Peter’s Hospital

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead | Borough and Parish Local Elections – Thursday 2nd May 2019 | Information Briefing for Prospective Candidates

The Returning Officer at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead will be hosting an information briefing for anyone interested in standing for election at the upcoming Borough and Parish local elections on Thursday 2 May 2019.

The briefing will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 6pm in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall in Maidenhead.

The Returning Officer will be providing information surrounding the process of standing for election and nominations, key dates and activities in the election timetable and campaign spending.

A second briefing will take place on Thursday 4 April 2019 at 6pm in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall in Maidenhead for those candidates who have been validly nominated and their agents.

To register your interest in attending the meeting on 27 February or for further information, please contact Suzanne Martin, Deputy Returning Officer on 01628 682935 or email

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal car/lorry crash, at the Hatchet lane/ Forest Road in North Ascot at 7.30am in the morning. See

New car parking machines installed across the Royal Borough |  

Over 100 new car parking machines are being installed across the Borough to make it quicker and easier for residents and visitors to pay for parking, including Queen's Road Sunninghill and Sunningdale London Road.  

The new 116 machines will allow residents to use their advantage card to secure reduced parking rates across 27 council owned car parks as well as including the option to pay by debit or credit card.  

Cllr Mike Airey, lead member for environment services including parking, flooding, housing and performance management said: “Investing in our parking machines across 27 key council owned car parks will ensure that residents are able to quickly and conveniently park without scrabbling around for the correct change.

“We have also ensured that the new machines can easily read our Advantage Card meaning more residents will be able to take advantage of the reduced car parking charges offered by the scheme.”

The car parking machine replacement scheme has begun with all machines to be replaced by the middle of March 2019 or earlier and include:


  • Queens Road (Sunninghill)
  • London Road (Sunningdale)
  • Residents of the Royal Borough can get an Advantage Card free of charge from local leisure centres while non-residents who work in the borough can purchase a non-resident version of the Advantage Card and access the same parking fee discounts.  More information on the Advantage Card is available here.
  • CLICK HERE for previous articles on Queens Road Car Park

Read more: New Car Parking Machines Installed in Sunnings Car Parks

The local round of the RIBI Young Musician 2018/19 Competition was hosted by LVS, Ascot, on Thursday January 24th 2019. Organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot, the local round leads to regional and eventually, national rounds. After a welcome by hosts,LVS, the audience was  entertained by ten excellent performers - aged 10 to 18, interspersed with hilarious anecdotes by MC and organiser, Ascot Rotarian - Tony Love. 

The outstanding performance of the evening was by ten year old Sarah Aizawa , who won the Instrumentalist category, with her rendition of Felix Borowski's Adoration and Guido papino's Un Soir a Portici. The winner in the Vocal Category was Anastasia from Heathfield School, with her interpretations of  Mattinata by Leoncavallo an, Still Hurting by Jason Brown and Feeling Good by Newley and Bricusse.  Head Judge, Geoff Horton said it had been an exceptional year for musical talent and wished the winner well in the next, Regional Round.

The audience was entertained, while the judges deliberated, by a  superb guest appearance by Staff Sergeant John Storey of the Princess Royal Barracks (Deepcut).on his euphonium.

Read more: Exceptional Talent on Display at Rotary Young Musicians Contest

Royal Borough residents are being asked for their views on the development of the Traveller Local Plan.

The first stage of the development of the Traveller Local Plan asks residents for feedback on an issues and options paper which looks at the health, education and accommodation needs of travellers, gypsies, travelling show people and boat dwellers. Feedback on the options and issues paper is being sought from all residents of the borough including travelling and settled communities.  

Cllr David Coppinger, lead member for planning said: “Ensuring that both our settled and traveller residents have access to the facilities they need to lead happy, healthy lives is vital.

Read more: Residents Views Sought on First stage of Traveller Local Plan