Pictured Above: Dr Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Who Flew Over From Germany for the Symposium

International faith leaders meet in Great Park to call for community approach to tackling extremism | British and international faith leaders gathered at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park on Monday 7th January 2019, to discuss and recommend solutions to the challenges faced by communities due to the rise of populism, extremism, antisemitism and islamophobia in the UK and around the world.

The symposium was convened by Cumberland Lodge and the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), to enable representatives from religious groups and community organisations to engage with contemporary issues such as: social media and online extremism; inequality and living standards; identity and integration; and faith and the public sphere.

In her keynote address, Dr Charlotte Knobloch, former President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and Holocaust survivor, addressed the current rise of populism and extremism across Europe and the world and said: ‘In these times of social upheaval and political strife, many tend to blame religions for any and all of our problems. I do not share this view. It is precisely against this backdrop of growing threats to Western democracy that faith communities need to make their voices heard. In my opinion, our beliefs have a unique power to unite us and allow us to engage in a meaningful dialogue. We need to speak openly now more than ever – with each other, but also to society at large.’

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Read more: International Faith Symposium Tackles Extremism | Cumberland Lodge

Pictured Above: Simon Everett and the Minibuses

The New Year has started in a very positive way for Charters School, as local businesses Orlando Attractions.com and Ascot Travel House will once again each sponsor a minibus at the Sunningdale school.

Simon Everett, the UK manager of both companies said, “OrlandoAttractions.com & Ascot Travel House are very pleased to be supporting Charters School for the 2nd year. The partnership has meant that we have benefited from our name being spoken about in the school community. We rely very much on recommendations by word of mouth so this is a great way for us to get people talking about their local travel company. At the same time we want to be able to give something back to our local school and the community.”

Read more: Charters School Secures Minibus Sponsorship

Council sets out proposed robust budget for future generations

The proposed budget for 2019/20 sets out investment for services that matter to  residents as well as ensuring front line services are protected.

The proposals include significant investments in parks and infrastructure including roads and community facilities.

The budget also proposes at 2.99% increase in the council’s element of Council Tax which keeps it the lowest outside of London while ensuring key services like weekly bin collections remain.

Councillor MJ Saunders, cabinet member for finance, said: “I am delighted that we are able to present a budget which reflects on residents’ needs as well as what they would like our council to invest in.

“Officers have been working hard on this budget throughout the year and like all councils we have experienced challenging financial positions. We have also had to allow for the uncertainty around Brexit and how that may impact on the council and the services we provide.

“We have also seen increasing demand and cost associated with providing children services, adult services and children in care which is expected to continue in 2019/20 and our budget reflects that changing position.

“Through our capital programme we have been able to invest in a variety of key resident services including additional funding for parks and roads which reflect back on the findings from the residents’ survey.

“We will continue to provide residents with value for money services as well as investing in facilities and infrastructure for today and the next generation.”

The council budget will be discussed at all scrutiny panels with the first one being children’s services overview and scrutiny panel on Tuesday 29th January at the Town Hall, Maidenhead.  The budget will then be debated by Full Council on 26th February in the Town Hall, Maidenhead.

Read more: Royal Borough | Details of Budget Proposals





Pictured Above: Rotary President, Colin Corio, Presents The Fastest Women With Prize

The 2019 New Year Wheelbarrow Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Ascot, took place on January 1st, in Spring-like sunshine, raising thousands of pounds for the Ascot District Day Centre. Thanks to the 23 teams who took part, public donations, the Auction, Raffle and generous sponsors, organisers say they hope to donate £7,000 to the Day Centre. This year, the Fastest Men were the team from Maya restaurant in Sunninghill (pictured below)- with an impressive time of 10 minutes 1 second. The Fastest Women were the Greatest Showwomen (pictured above) - in 10 minutes 27 seconds. The Fastest Mixed Team was Shaun the Sheep B4 Ewe - in 11 minutes 6 seconds. The young Scouting teams were highly commended by the organisers and the prize for the Best Fancy Dress was awarded to The Hope Trust Sings Oliver! Watch this space for winner of 'Most Sponsorship Money Raised'.

After the Race, participants, families and spectators retired to the Sunninghill Comrades Club to enjoy a hog roast, an auction with spectacular prizes, the prize giving and raffle.



Master of Ceremonies, Rotarian , David Mear, ran an excellent Auction (wonderful prizes such as Spring Raceday tickets, golf at Sunningdale and Mill Ride, dining at the Carpenters, the Windmill, the Belvedere, Zia Maria, Coworth Park, The Duke, the Dog & Partridge). Organisers estimate that the Auction raised at least £1,500. Raffle Prizes were also much sought after (prizes are available for collection at the Day Centre on January 2nd). David Mear stressed how important the Race sponsors are to the occasion. These include the main sponsor - Beverley Williams - Sunninghill Estate Agent, as well as Ascot Racecourse, the Carpenters. Also receiving heartfelt thanks were the participating hostelries - The Duke, The Carpenters , the Dog & Partridge and especially the Sunninghill Comrades Club. The Race also involves a huge amount of planning and volunteer time - behind the scenes and on the day, including the road marshals.



Read more: 2019 Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race Raises ££££ for Ascot District Day Centre

L-R Adjudicator Leigh O'Hara with gold medal winners Lucy Monckton (Heathfield School), Maya Mignot and Charlotte Bell (both LVS Ascot)

235 young musicians from around Berkshire, Surrey, West London and beyond flocked to independent all-ability school LVS Ascot last weekend to take part in the 5th annual LVS Ascot Music Festival. The event has trebled in size since its inaugural running in 2015 when 78 students took part, and has established itself as a key event for pupils at schools across the south to test themselves and experience performing on LVS Ascot’s professional stage in front of an audience.

Heathfield School and Charters were just two of the local schools to take advantage of the opportunity to participate, and were joined by schools right across Berkshire including Holyport College and schools from Reading, at an event which encouraged vocal and instrumental performances across a range of disciplines and levels. Professional adjudicators included Leigh O’Hara who has conducted both the Wandsworth and Dulwich Symphony Orchestras, and judged the winners as well as providing crucial feedback to participants to help them develop their talents further. 

Read more: LVS Music Festival 2019

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