Thameside Quilters generous donations to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Shirley McBreen and her team, the Thameside Quilter, have been crafting quilts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at ASPH since 1998 and recently provided four quilts, beautifully made by Jacquie Cranfield, for a set of quads who were born here on Wednesday 11 July 2018, three girls and one boy. The first quads born at St Peter’s for twenty five years!

The quilts are provided every year to NICU for long term patients to choose one to take home as a keep sake.

Jo Willard, Family Support Coordinator at Ashford and St Peter’s said: “As a unit we are very grateful to receive these quilts. They bring such joy to our parents, they are able to choose a colour for their babies’ cots and use as a keep sake of their time here on NICU.”

Photo: L- R: Kimberley Muir, Aimee Cameron, Carina Corte and Shirley McBreen.





The hugely popular Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre, took place on Sunday November 18th, in Sunninghill’s Victorian High Street, had something for all interests and ages.

Attractions included dozens of stalls bearing Christmas gifts and street food, Sunninghill-style! Also for the hungry, there was a beer tent hot and food stalls -  Sunday lunch on the go!  For those who enjoy a challenge, there was the £25 prize ‘Spot the Window’ competition.

For children, the fun included Punch & Judy and traditional rides (in St. Michael’s School) playground. Santa’s Grotto is in the Cordes Hall this year and is raising money for charity – including the Ascot Day Centre, so a donation of £4 was requested here. The Day Centre itself was open to visit and for seasonal refreshments.

For those wishing just to meet up with friends and family, the street offered several entertainments -  starting with a march by the St.Andrew’s Pipes and Drums. Street performers from the Instrumentally music school, the Quince Players Am Dram group (with their taster of the forthcoming panto – Hansel & Gretel), the Reading Barberettes (Berkshire’s premier female a capella group) were be further highlights.

The Fayre always has an air of excitement and Christmases past about it. Stall holders and visitors can often be seen in Victorian costume – which also keeps out the cold!

The day was also a great opportunity for the many independent shops in Sunninghill High Street to showcase their wares. The street is rich in interesting shopping opportunities – artwork, homewares, designer clothing, gifts, flowers and much more. Most were open on the day. 


Read more: Hugely Successful Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre 2018

Victory Field - much loved by footballers, families, tennis and basketball players skateboarders and dog walkers alike – has received a huge boost, thanks to the refurbished pavilion.

At no cost to the Council taxpayer – funded by developers’ Section 106 contributions, the pavilion has benefitted from a £200,000 reconfiguration and upgrade. This is the biggest project undertaken by Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council this year.

Action was vital as the former building didn’t meet current safe-guarding standards: There was no lobby between the showers and the outside doors, the windows, doors, flooring and insulation were inadequate, sanitary wear was out-dated and there was no hot water.

Now, post upgrade, park users will have daily use of the accessible toilet, as requested. Also new, is a community room for clubs and meetings, equipped with table and chairs. The room is big enough for 12 to 15 standing people. Facilities even include a kitchenette - which may encourage a refreshments ‘kiosk’, to make any visit to the park complete!

Visually, the pavilion is now an asset to the Field, with its attractive wooden cladding, smart windows and doors and user-friendly look.

Read more: Great New Pavilion Facilities at Victory Field Sunninghill


Pictured:  Theodore Gaidai in a pirate hat

The younger pupils at Papplewick were entertained on Monday, 12th November when children’s author Laura James came to the school to talk to them about her books.

Laura was sure of the boys' attention right from the beginning when she gave them a selection of cowboy and pirate hats, sheriff badges and bandanas to wear – all of which feature in her stories of Pug.

After Laura had introduced the boys to two of her characters, Pug and Fabio, she read excerpts from her books. Probably the best part of the morning for the boys was when she asked them to think of creating their own characters for a mystery book. Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “The results were certainly different - we had a hamster called Whizz who was in danger of being eaten by Archie the elephant but was saved by Bruno the detective!”

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Read more: Author Laura James Thrills Boys at Papplewick School


The Lexicon BRACKNELL , is to see two new shops:  Fashion and homeware retailer, Matalan, will open a large (22,000 sq ft) two-storey shop on Braccan Walk in the first quarter of 2019, located above and next to Costa.

Matalan started back in 1985, with a mission that has stayed the same today, which is to provide outstanding quality and value for modern families.

Mountain Warehouse, will be opening a new store this side of Christmas, also on Braccan Walk, next to Office.

Established in 1997, Mountain Warehouse is for people that love the outdoors, and are looking for quality, no-nonsense functional gear that gets the job done.

Rob Morris, general manager at The Lexicon says:  “We are delighted to welcome these two new fabulous retailers to The Lexicon.  Matalan has something for everyone and Mountain Warehouse is sure to prove popular for those that enjoy walking or cycling through the borough’s huge forests.”

Read more: Matelan and Mountain Warehouse Sign Up at Lexicon, Bracknell


Pictured: South Korean Taekwondo team demonstrates skills and passion at Papplewick School 

Around 85 young South Korean students known as the Taeroes visited Papplewick School in Ascot on Monday, 5th November. They were there to demonstrate their skills in Taekwondo, the traditional South Korean martial art.  

Taeroes stands for Taekwondo Heroes Team, which has 5,000 members in South Korea, China and the USA. The group has performed Taekwondo in over 70 countries around the world. Their demonstrations aim to provide a cultural experience about South Korea, in particular to support South Korean children who come to the UK for their education.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury, who demonstrated his own skills with the team, said: “This was a brilliant demonstration by the team. We all enjoyed their passion for their art and we hope they will visit us again.”

NEXT OPEN MORNING - SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2019 - 9 a.m. finishing 11 a.m.

Please note the entrance to Papplewick is on A332 which is different from SATNAV instructions.

(Daily transport services running from Chiswick, Brook Green, Gloucester Rd, and Maidenhead).

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Read more: South Korean Taekwondo Team Visits Papplewick School

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