Thames Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Sarah Bissell. Sarah joins Thames Hospice from Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research charity.

Sarah’s career in fundraising spans 20 years, including roles at the British Red Cross, WWF and Daryl Upsall Consulting. She is also a Trustee for the Institute of Fundraising.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive at Thames Hospice, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Sarah’s calibre to lead our fundraising and marketing activities. She brings a huge wealth of experience and skills to the role which will be critical as we continue to raise £6 million towards the build of our new state-of-the-art hospice by Bray Lake.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Bissell said: “As a local resident I see the tremendous value of Thames Hospice to local families and I am hugely excited to be joining at a time when we need to grow our income and awareness significantly to meet the needs of the community across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.”

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Entries for 2019 Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race to be run on the 1st January 2019 are now open.  Email:  robinpickup@hotmail.com or visit our Facebook page: sunningbarrow16 or the Rotary Club of Ascots web pageRotary Club of Ascot . There will be an opportunity to meet the team and learn more about the wheelbarrow race, at the Comrades Club in Bagshot Road, Sunninghill, from 7pm on Wednesday November 21st

Pictured Below: Wheelie Late Santas


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Papplewick School in Ascot has started its new academic year with two celebrations: winning Tatler magazine’s prestigious Prep School of the Year Award 2018/19 and the opening of a brand-new building on its site opposite Ascot Racecourse.

London’s Landmark Hotel was the setting for this year’s Tatler Awards on 11th September, when headmaster Tom Bunbury received the good news.

“We’re delighted to win this award,” he said. “My heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful staff and enthusiastic parents, whose commitment and dedication are vital to the success of Papplewick’s boys.”

The new facilities, completed over the summer this year, include an impressive boarding house for final year boarders as well as spacious classrooms for Year 5 boys. The school already boasts a covered pool, large sports hall, floodlit astroturf and 15 acres of land.

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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Flu campaign begins across East Berkshire to target those who are eligible for the free vaccination | Commissioners in East Berkshire have launched their annual fight against flu working closely with partners, GPs and other health professionals.

Whilst we have been particularly spoilt with fabulous weather this year, the colder months are not too far away, thus it is important that we all take relevant steps to help keep well this winter.

Flu occurs every year and is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Having your flu vaccination can help protect you and others.

Some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. For them, it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst case, flu can result in a hospital stay or even death.

The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts which is usually around December time

The flu vaccination is available free on the NHS for various groups and individuals that could be particularly vulnerable to complications.

This year, the following are eligible for the free flu vaccination:

Read more: Flu Campaign Begins Across East Berkshire for Free vaccinations

 The Marist School, Kings Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7PS.  T: 01344 624291   E: admissions@themarist.com   W: www.themarist.com 

On Wednesday 19th September, Head Girls at The Marist School, Sunninghill, hosted a networking afternoon tea with sixteen Head Girls and Boys from local schools.

Organised and led by Marist Head Girls Claudia and Naoise, the initiative was designed to improve communications and connections as well as an opportunity to learn about different roles of responsibility amongst other local Sixth Forms. In attendance were Head Girl/Boy representatives from Gordon’s School, Charters School, LVS Ascot, St Mary’s School Ascot, St George’s Ascot and The Oratory School.

Speaking about the event, Claudia said:  “The networking afternoon tea was a great success and it was the perfect opportunity for students to come together to build stronger links with other Head Girls/Boys in an informal and relaxed setting. We hope that this event will help pave the way for more networking opportunities with schools in the local community.”

Miss Nicole Fenning, Director of Sixth Form commented: “Sixth Form life at The Marist School is much more than academic results; exposure to leadership and networking opportunities is just as vital to our students’ development. We are delighted that our current Head Girls, Naoise and Claudia, have started this initiative and we look forward to the continued success of this programme.”



Holy Trinity's Party in the Park, took place on Sunningdale September 16th, in the grounds of Holy Trinity School, and was a huge success. 

The community came and the sun shone.  Fun was had by families and friends by joining in the many activities and competitions, and learning more about some of our wonderful local community groups and all that they do.   Plus the stall holders that came with their many unique items.

Dunk the vicar was a great hit – literally – he got dunked quite a few times and gallantly stayed the course as more and more came to have a go with their dunking skills!

The Savoy Singers and Hope Trust Choir & Spotlights Theatre Group entertained us magnificently with excerpts from their forthcoming shows.  They were followed by local band Mirrorsong, 

The scouts did a roaring trade with their second hand bike sale (Pictured above), and what bargains there were. 

The generosity of so many in our community, our sponsors Lynwood Village, donations and wonderful raffle prizes from Sunningdale Golf Club, Coworth Park, Ascot Race Course, Waitrose, Broomhall Hutt, John Jenkins Hairdressers, Hillier Garden Centre, Sytner and many others. 

Thank you from the church family.

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Pictured Above: One Little Sister Enjoyed Supporting her Brothers at the Cake Stall!

At Papplewick’s School’s popular Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday, 8th September, a mountain of cakes, samosas and homemade breads had boys and their parents salivating. The colourful fare soon sold out, leaving only crumbs and a lonely-looking doughnut, which was quickly snaffled by a passing Papplewick boarder.

The event was a staggering success and raised a whopping £1,009. This will allow Macmillan to pay for 36 nurses to spend an hour each helping people and their families living with cancer receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Heartfelt thanks to everyone who supplied the lovely baked goodies, to those who helped man the stall, and to those who donated so generously. A delicious event!”

Read more: Papplewick Pupils Raise the Bar at Macmillan Coffee Morning