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Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot has seen a 25% spike in enquiries after launching a series of flexible wedding packages created specially to help couples tie the knot following lockdown.  

Following its re-opening last month, the four star venue had responded to significant pent-up demand, and has re-shaped its offering to accommodate a range of wedding requests, creating a magical experience in a romantic and safe environment. 

In line with government guidelines, intimate ceremonies can now be held in front of a small group of family and friends, and the venue is offering the potential to hold this small ceremony now with a larger reception at a later date. These ‘Sequel weddings’ have been particularly popular with the venue, with wedding co-ordinators working closely with couples to plan not one, but two special days.  

Demand is also growing for ‘shift weddings’ which mean couples do not have to compromise on guest numbers, hosting one group of family and friends for the ceremony and another for an extended wedding breakfast the following day. 

Bookings for larger weddings in 2021/2022 are also on the rise, and the hotel is seeing increased bookings for up to 400 guests in its Windsor and Eton Suite. 

Read more: Rising Enquiries Prompts Ascot Venue to Unveil New Wedding Packages

The Ascot Ex-Serviceman’s Club - a familiar local building owned by Ascot Racecourse,  near the Ascot War Memorial and now Storybook Nursery, closed its doors in 2010. At this point,  some memorabilia - in the form of wall mounted wooden trophy boards for snooker, billiards, cribbage and darts, going back to 1941, were put in storage for Cranbourne Royal British Legion. The Legion  had been planning a snooker room extension for the Cranbourne building, where the boards were to have found a new home. However, this building has now closed and the memorabilia are being held at Ascot Racecourse  until they find a new home.   The champions listed on the boards are all local people with a long association with Ascot. Perhaps a friend or relative of yours is among them! Or perhaps you have a sports room or bar,  which could benefit from additional character !  See below...

Anyone interested should contact Jacqui at  or 01344 878516  by September 30th

Read more: Ascot Ex-Serviceman’s Club Memorabilia Seeks New Home !

2020 A'Level Results

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Headteacher, said, "Despite the huge challenges that have been faced in recent months, we must remember that today’s results are the culmination of seven years’ work and there have been many outstanding successes of which our students should be very proud. I hope that all our Year 13 students are now able to make plans for their futures. Whilst there has been no examination endorsement of grades, the work ethic and character development that has gone alongside academic study has prepared students well for the next step in their lives and they should feel confident and optimistic.”

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Read more: Charters School 2020 A Level Results


Pictured Above:   L-R : - Jamie Parkinson, Lynda Walker, Alex Bushell

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy and Hand Therapy Team at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been nominated for the Future NHS Award at the NHS Parliamentary Awards.

Dr Ben Spencer, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, has nominated the team for their innovative approach to delivering treatment in the community and providing improved care options for residents.

The team have been recognised for their video consultations pilot and planning for digital classes before Covid-19, which meant they were able to continue providing treatment and training programmes throughout the pandemic, and offer their support to colleagues throughout the Trust during this time.

They have also been acknowledged for their relocation of some outpatient physiotherapy sessions from St Peter’s Hospital to River Bourne Health Club. The move took place in July 2019 and meant the team was able to provide better facilities and equipment for patients. One of the aims of this move was that it would encourage patients to continue to be active after their treatment has ended.

Submitting the nomination, Dr Ben Spencer MP said:  

Read more: St.Peter's PhysioTeam nominated for NHS Parliamentary Award

Borough Local Plan progresses to next stage | The emerging Borough Local Plan is moving a step closer to delivery, with a second round of public hearing sessions arranged for October and November this year.

The public hearing sessions will consider a range of matters and issues including the plan’s spatial strategy, future housing provision and the policy framework for specific site allocations.

The Borough Local Plan is being examined by an independent planning inspector, Mrs Louise Phillips, who conducted a first round of public hearing sessions in June 2018. Following these hearing sessions, we were asked to address a number of issues highlighted by the inspector, which involved consulting with residents and businesses on proposed revisions to the plan and updating supporting documents. This process was completed in late 2019.

Following on from this, the inspector reviewed the proposed revisions to the plan and the comments received from residents and businesses, and in June this year, issued a series of questions to guide and inform the discussion at the second round of public hearings. Along with a range of interested parties, we responded to the inspector’s questions in writing, and having reviewed these responses, the inspector will prepare an agenda for each of the forthcoming hearing sessions.


The Inspector has now issued the provisional hearings programme and the Council has published all of the stage 2 matter statements (those prepared by the Council, as well as the statements submitted by representors).  

Links to these documents and the full examination library can be found on the Examination page of the Council website. Please note, the website has been upgraded to a new platform and any links you have saved to the old Council website will no longer work.

The stage 2 examination hearings will take place virtually.  More detailed guidance on this will be provided closer to the hearing dates.

Read more: Ascot & Sunnings | Local Plan Public Hearings | October November 2020

Charters School students and staff have achieved another extremely pleasing set of GCSE results this year, based on the higher of the school’s Centre Assessed Grades and the government’s calculated results. Although BTEC and CNAT vocational course results will not be available until next week, the summary GCSE figures are as follows:

 241 students completed GCSEs

34.4% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs graded 9 – 7

82.6% achieved 5 or more GCSEs graded 9 - 4

78.4% achieved 5 or more GCSEs graded 9 - 4 (including English and Maths)

22.8% achieved the English Baccalaureate

Head of Year 11 Mr New said, “Congratulations to each and every Year 11 student.  We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements and have been impressed by their determination, diligence and excellent approach to learning that they have displayed throughout the past two years. We are delighted with all that our young people have achieved and also a huge thanks goes to all Year 11 parents and carers who have provided essential, significant support for their children on their GCSE journey. We wish every Year 11 student all the very best for the next stage of their educational journey wherever that may take them.”

Read more: Charters Pleased With GCSE Results 2020


A joint project by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest Council and Slough Council to commission a single Local Healthwatch Service across East Berkshire has successfully concluded.

Help & Care has been awarded the contract to provide this service across the three boroughs, which will see the authorities working together, to ensure valuable health and social care information is shared to improve the services available to local residents.

Help & Care, who currently run the Healthwatch service in Slough, were chosen following a competitive tender progress, and will work closely with NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Read more: Local Healthwatch Service Provider Selected


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