Berkshire Business Network very generously donated a cheque for £400 to the local Samaritans at Bracknell, Wokingham and Ascot branch.   Dr Phillip Lee, MP representing the Network is pictured here with volunteers, Nick Tuggey and Barbara Denyer outside Hope Cottage, Mount Pleasant, where the branch is based in Bracknell.                                         

Nick Tuggey, volunteer for Fundraising said “It costs around £25,000 a year to maintain our branch. We are most grateful to Dr Lee, as we rely heavily on donations like this to continue providing the Samaritan’s service to the local community.”

Dr Lee was accompanied on his visit to the branch by Katie Dover from his constituency office, who has previously participated in the Samaritans Run, the 38th holding of which will take place on 29th June this year.

After passing on the donation, Dr Lee commented “The Berkshire Business Network recognises the extremely valuable work that Samaritans do, and we are very pleased to be able to meet with and support the local branch.

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Read more: Berkshire Business Network Makes Generous Donation to the Local Samaritans

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital recognised at the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards

On Friday 22nd February 2019, Chief Executives of NHS Trusts, researchers and patients came together to celebrate the excellent health and social care research taking place within the region at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards.

Ashford and St Peter’s were delighted to win the award for ‘Best Finance Tool’ and to be highly commended twice in the ‘Best Contribution to Commercial Research’ category. One award was given to the Trust as a whole for having consistently high levels of research engagement and one to recognise the contribution of Dr. Monica Nordstrom for her work on two commercial respiratory studies on Asthma.

Winners came from across community and hospital care, showing excellent collaboration between Trusts in the region and showcasing innovation being generated locally, within studies and involving patients in the research pathway. In 2017/18 more people than ever across Kent, Surrey and Sussex became involved with health research. Over 36,000 patients and healthy volunteers were given access to new and better treatments by being recruited into clinical research studies within our local NHS organisations.

Read more: St. Peter's Hospital Recognised at Awards


Pictured Above: RBWM Town Crier Cuts the Ribbon and Declares Victory Field Pavilion Open

The RBWM Town Crier  formally opened the newly refurbished Victory Field Pavilion in Sunninghill  (SEE ARTICLE) on Saturday 23rd February. 

Pictured Above:  President, June Martin,  Receives Cheque for Ascot District Day Centre

Pictured Above: Town Crier Presents Cheque to Annie and Julie for Sebastian's Action Trust 

Ten local community groups  received handsome cheques from Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council, who had nearly £10,000 to award, thanks mainly to the hugely successful 2018 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre.

The Street Fayre produced £7,500 and the Council is adding £1,750 from the Parish Council Grant Allocation.  Councillors approved all this year’s applications for grants, covering diverse projects - from disabled toilets at Sunningdale Bowling Club, to hammocks for the newly- formed Explorers unit at the Sunnningdale Scout group.

The largest grant went to Ascot & District Day Centre (life President, Mrs June Martin pictured above), which has provided home from home care for Ascot and the Sunnings elderly residents, for 40 years.   Many members are collected daily by the Centre’s mini buses. A hot meal, refreshments, activities and a number of personal care services, are provided and greatly enjoyed by Centre users. The Council cash will help with running costs.

Read more: New Victory Field Pavilion Opened & Community Groups Receive Parish Cheques

Whilst on  a recent  unplanned visit to Perth in Western Australia, Ascot residents John and Philippa Mills, visited one of the local attractions -The Bell Tower in the harbour . This was a millennium commemoration project built to house the recently replaced 12 bells from St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, to mark the Bicentennial of the founding of Australia in 1788. A further 6 bells were added and these, named The Swan Bells after the adjacent river, can now all be rung as part of a unique visitor experience.

However the greatest surprise on entering the reception area was to see on display the Ascot Racecourse Grandstand clock which had been purchased at auction for  £10,000. On an upper floor the set of bells which used to sound around Ascot are displayed and they are soon to be rehung and connected to the clock to chime once more. 

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Clock Enjoying Retirement in Australia !

RBWM iscurrently undertaking a ‘call for sites’ process from Monday 25th February to Friday 29th March 2019 to for all types of sites, but in particular:

  • Employment sites (all sizes and types);
  • Small to medium sized housing sites;
  • Self and custom build housing sites; and
  • Sites suitable for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) provision.

Sites promoted previously should be resubmitted to confirm their availability, including any appropriate additional information. If the availability of sites is not reconfirmed, sites may not be included within the Council’s most up to date land supply as recorded in the 2019 HELAA.

Read more: Call for Potential Development Land in Royal Borough | Deadline March 29th

The Royal Borough budget for 2019/20, which sets out investment for services that matter to our residents as well as ensuring front line services are protected, has been approved at Full Council.

Council Tax will rise by 2.99% which keeps it the lowest outside of London while ensuring key services like weekly bin collections remain.

There is also capital investment in our roads and highway network, community infrastructure and resident facilities.

Councillor MJ Saunders, cabinet member for finance, said: “Officers have been working hard on this budget throughout the year and have had to take into account the uncertainty around Brexit, as well as the challenging financial position that all councils have experienced.

“We have 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.”

The highlights of the budget include over £30 million pounds in capital investment:...

Read more: Royal Borough Budget Approved at Full Council