The universal AED sign, developed by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation

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Pictured:  The AED at Londis in Sunninghill.  Shop Manager Iraj Mohtaji, Keith Jarvis of THROB, Cllr  Lynda Yong, Jordan Short, Cllr Bathurst.

 An AED (Automated External Defrillator) is now on the wall at Londis in Sunninghill High Street and at Budgens in Ascot High Street, thanks to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and THROB - The Heart Rehabilitation Organisation of Berkshire. According to Wikipedia, an AED is 

Cllr Lynda Yong (pictured) said: "I am thrilled that my Cllr allowance has been used to purchase one of these devices for the people in Sunninghill to have access to in case of an emergency and are grateful to the Short Group for allowing us to install it ourside the local shop."

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia t, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes

The pictures were taken to publicise the fact that these two, local AEDs are connected and ready for use.


 Pictured: The AED at Budgens in Ascot High street. Keith Jarvis of  THROB, Cllr Evans and Shop Manager George Butler.


Read more: Defibrillators Now Live at Sunninghill Londis and Ascot Budgens

The mother of a Wokingham man who died while cycling in Swinley Forest has presented a defibrillator to forest rangers in memory of her son. Andy Chard was a keen mountain biker in his 50s and pursuing a sport he loved when he tragically died of heart failure as he was cycling along the blue trail in December 2013. The defibrillator will be a valuable addition to the team’s equipment pool, helping to ensure that all Rangers' vehicles will always have the best available equipment.
At a presentation ceremony held at The Lookout, Phyllis Wicks stated, “Our family really wanted to do something in Andy’s memory that would save a life in similar circumstances in the future. We hope this donation will go some way to achieving that”.
Accepting the defibrillator on behalf of The Crown Estate, Chief Forrester John Deakin stated, “This is an incredibly generous gesture made by Andy’s family in such sad circumstances”.
Swinley Forest is designated as a Special Protection Area of diverse habitats and species. Bike Swinley seeks to balance protection and conservation aims with the excitement of forest mountain biking by offering designated routes and bike parks of varying degrees of difficulty, encouraging riders to enjoy it to the full.

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Charters School   :: Learning Support Centre  

The school motto at Charters School is Unity, Respect, Excellence and these words are fully embodied in the Learning Support Centre, an area within the school that caters specifically for students with a physical disability.

In the early 1980’s at a time when many other schools were unsuitable for students with a physical disability, Charters installed lifts and started a programme of inclusion that was extremely unusual in a comprehensive at that time.

Over the years the school has continued to value every student, creating a specialist centre which includes a physiotherapy bed for alleviating the symptoms of cerebral palsy, hoists to aid toileting and an array of other equipment that allows all students to participate fully in school life.

External specialists including physiotherapists and experts who are trained to help those who are visually or hearing impaired, visit regularly to help students meet their full potential.

The Resource Unit was moved to its present home on the school site in 1992, but completely refurbished in 2015 when it was renamed as the Learning Support Centre.

Read more: Celebration of Charters School Learning Support Centre

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50 Years and going stronger than ever…Beverley Williams Celebrates Half Century in the Business | Who’d have thought that even before England won the World Cup Beverley had started what was going to be a life long career. Now 50 years on and with his own established Estate Agency, he took the opportunity to celebrate with his current team with Dinner at Cliveden House and a good time was had by all, with a few sore heads the next day.
Starting his career at Chancellors, Sunningdale mid 1965, Beverley was promoted to run their new Lightwater office, his success continued as he ran a second office. Subsequently Beverley was made a partner and in 1987 the firm was sold to Hogg Robinson and Beverley decided to realise his dream and start his own Estate Agent Business. Supported by many clients he had helped over the years the business flourished and in 1991 Beverley Williams & Associates became the first Estate Agent in Sunninghill, in offices he still occupies today.
As you would expect with such experience the business now provides a comprehensive services with property sales ranging from £200,000 to £4 million+ and rentals from £750pm to £10,000+pm, add to this a large portfolio of block managements and you will understand why Beverley is busier now than ever.

The first property Beverley sold cost, £8500, and now it’s worth in excess of £1.5million.
As a local resident and businessman Beverley has been increasingly involved with local charities and events and continues to support the community in which he works and lives. He is an active member of Ascot Rotary Club and an Executive Committee Member of the Benefactors of the Ascot Day Centre. Past Chairman of the Ascot Trade Association & past President of the Windsor District Chamber of Commerce.
As enthusiastic as ever, he is looking forward to the next decade of his career and would like to extend his thanks to all his loyal and wonderful vendors and tenants who he has had the privilege of meeting over the years.

Beverley Williams & Associates, Estate Agents
01344 874300
Sunninghill ,
Ascot & Beyond

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Pictured: Ruth Timbrell Read and the New Chavey Down War Memorial (WWII)

After thirteen years of campaigning by local historian - Ruth Timbrell, Adrian Hoare, Richard Hyslop and the Chavey Down War Memorial Committee, war memorials recording the Chavey Down men who gave their lives in each of WWI (14 men) and World War II (7 men), on the wall of St.Martin's Church, were unveiled on November 21st 2015. 

Reverend Simon Baynes, former vicar of Winkfield and Cranbourne, returned to  lead a service of dedication before the unveiling. Pupils from Ranelagh School made up the choir. Reverend Baynes stressed the need for Christians to work for peace and led prayers for the servicemen, especially those now on active service.  There were also readings by Robyn Randall and Barbara Knight, while 'In Flanders Fields' was read by children from St.Martin's Explorers. Prayers were also led by former Vicar, Rev. Catherine Blundell and Mary Knight. The service concluded with 'I Vow to Thee, My Country' and the National Anthem. 

The congregation then gathered on the  lawn in front of  the Church. The memorials (by Lamb & Company), up to this point covered by a Union Flag which, until recently flew from a Royal Navy ship and loaned by the Datchet Royal British Legion, were unveiled  by HM Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, Mr James Puxley, after which Ruth Timbrell read out all the names and ages of those commemorated on the memorials. Wreaths were then laid at the war memorials, by Mr James Puxley,  Deputy Mayor of Bracknell Forest - Cllr Tony Virgo,  Adam Afriyie MP, Cranbourne & Winkfield Royal British Legion - Fred Cox and Violet Jones (Women's Section), Glenna Platt (on behalf of the World War I fallen from Chavey Down),, Rosie Antink on behalf of the World War II fallen, and Winkfield Parish Council Chairman  - Cllr Stuart Tarrant. 

Roger Fletcher then read 'They Shall Not Grow Old and, after the bugler,( from the Medical Army Corps Camberley)  payed the 'Last Post'  and Reveille, Florence Brockman represented youth  and pledged to work anew in  support of the wartime generations and all those in conflicts since.

A reception was then held in the Hall, with wine supplied by the Winkfield May Day Fair and canapes donated.

A commemorative booklet has been written by Jackie Mayes. It tells the stories of the men listed on the WWI memorial . Copies are on sale (£3)


Read more: Chavey Down War Memorial | Service of Dedication and Unveiling

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Twelve year old Jamie Kedwards of Licensed Victualler's School Ascot  won the East Berkshire Finals of Rotary Young Chef 2015/16 which was held at the Licensed Victualler's School Ascot on Tuesday 10 th November .

Competitors were asked to produce in a 1.5 hour timescale a 2 course meal for two persons ,with a cost of ingredients not to exceed £11.

Jamie  calmly  and efficiently produced a meal of outstanding  quality and taste and the presentation of his dishes was superb.

His menu consisted of Seared Scallop with Wild Sorrel Butter, Sambucobacca Risotto and Pecan Bark Biltong served with a carrot twist, infused artichoke and a Rouge Juice and a dessert of Honey and Cinnamon Glazed Fig with a Goat's Cheese and Vanilla Cheesecake served with Tuile leaves Other competitors included  runner up Molly Burdon of Ranelagh  School, ,Madelaine Brant of Charters School and Eve o'Connell of St Mary's Ascot .

Jamie will now go through to the Rotary Thames Valley District Final which will be held at Garth Hill College,Bracknell  on Saturday 27 th February 2016.

Our Judges , Martha  Collision ,Winner 2011 and BBC Great British Bake - Off quarter finalist and Mrs Jean Goff  praised the  high standard of each student .

Rotary Club of Ascot President Mr Alan Clare  said " We are delighted to be able to organise  competitions like this particularly when we get such a talented set of entrants "

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Pictured:  A troupe of forty Papplewick Year 7 and Year 8 thespians have been busy over the last twelve weeks rehearsing Disney's 'Aladdin Jr.'

Papplewick School, Ascot,  perform Aladdin:  This classic middle-eastern tale of good triumphing over evil unravels the antics of Aladdin, the Princess Jasmine, the genial Genie, the paternal Sultan of Agrabah, the conniving Jafar and his bumbling henchmen, Iago the parrot and Razoul. Included in this heady mix is a chorus of hapless princes, palace guards, townsfolk and harem girls.

“The show was a colourful spectacle of dialogue, song, dance - a theatrical triumph!” said Tom Bunbury, Headmaster.


Read more: Papplewick Ascot | Years 7 & 8 Perform Disney's 'Aladdin Jr'