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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'

The Royal Borough has committed to housing 10 Syrian refugee families over the next five years.

Several million people have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict in Syria and the government has pledged support to rehouse 20,000 of the most vulnerable in the UK.

Following discussions with Maidenhead’s MP Theresa May, the Home Secretary, the council will now look to house 10 families including two in the coming months. Following the arrival of the first families the scheme will be reviewed.

Cllr David Burbage, council leader, said: “The war in Syria has displaced hundreds of thousands of ordinary people from all walks of life, who have become homeless refugees due to the conflict in their country. Our concern is to assist those genuine refugees from war, not economic migrants.

Read more: Council to Provide Safety for Syrian Families


At last, there is some progress on the Royal Foresters. A planning application was submitted on October 14th and a decision is pending - (reference 15/00968/FUL -  PLANNING APPLICATION FOR ROYAL FORESTERS  The plan is for demolition of outbuildings, building of a single storey side and rear extensions, internal alterations, external alterations, alterations to car park, new car park layout and closure of access to Priory Road. Watch this space!


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Ascot resident Brian King has his own website which covers subjects such as allotments, the Edinburgh Festival and computer performance. It has been developed in  Wordpress, arguably the most popular website and blogging tool around today.

He has also used Wordpress to create websites / blogs for various local organisations, including a charity, several clubs and a local council. It is eminently possible for people who have a modest amount of  experience using office software, such word processing and spreadsheets, to maintain Wordpress-created sites. Indeed, individuals have been able to do so after a modest amount of training and support.

If you are considered to be a worthy cause, Brian can offer to create a website for you and give you sufficient training to maintain that site. There would be no charge for his time. If you are interested look at this page in the first instance.