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Following several petitions and a 'large number of complaints'  from residents and businesses in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, the Royal Borough is 'delaying the changes for at least a year'

A petition was launched to protest against car park charges in the RBWM Ascot High Street car park, which is used by employees of High Street businesses. To see the petition, go to 

A similar petition was launched, and is still live, for the Sunninghill , Queen's Road car park ; see 

ASCOT RACECOURSE APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT | Ascot Racecourse  announced the appointment of Rory Renwick as Head of Business Development, on April 26th.

Rory has more than twenty years’ experience in the sports industry, having led new business and sponsorship teams across a number of sports.  Most recently he was Head of Sales for the Extreme Sailing Series and he was previously Senior Director of Business Development at the Women’s Tennis Association with responsibility for developing commercial partnerships across Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

Rory also has significant experience of Asia, having previously worked in Singapore as Phar Partnership’s Head of Sponsorship in Asia and prior to that he was Head of New Business for Parallel Media Group in Hong Kong, where he worked for seven years securing commercial partnerships for existing events and creating new events for clients in golf, sailing and contemporary art.

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Read more: New Business Head at Ascot | April 2016

Mrs June Martin MBE, D.Pharm. and lifetime President of the Ascot District Day Centre in Sunninghill, who has done a vast amount of work to support the Ascot area elderly, celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at the Ascot Day Centre Saturday Plus session on Saturday April 30th, 2016 - one of her favourite achievements.

June, who has a deep and compassionate understanding of a carer's responsibilities, set up Saturday Plus to offer respite care- an outing for the frail and a break for their carers, at the weekend.  The concept has been enormously popular and enduring.

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June only retired as Chairman of the Ascot District Day Centre Trust, after 14 years in the post, at her 80th birthday, but took on the role of lifelong President.

She continues to play an active role in this particularly important initiative - Saturday Day Care Plus, at the Day Centre. Even now, although of more advanced in years than many of the regulars at the Day Centre, she is still to be found in the thick of the Annual Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race, on New Year's Day, come rain or shine (and there’s a lot of rain!).

She was part of the founding team, back in the 1970’s. She explains: “It was local GP, Dr Chandler’s dream when he retired. I was a pharmacist with some experience of day centres and he called a group of people together, held meetings over three years and started a lunch club, to demonstrate the need for one,” she says, “It was a huge success, with local people meeting each other for the first time since they were at school.”

Read more: June Martin MBE Celebrates 90th Birthday at Saturday Care Plus

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You are invited to attend a public consultation on the future of Shorts Yard on St George’s Lane. Members of the team from Shorts Yard will be present to discuss alternatives for the site and answer any questions you may have.

The exhibition will be held in the large foyer at St George’s School on St George’s Lane at the following times:
7.30  until 9.30 on Thursday 19th May
10am until 2pm on Saturday 21st May
Please come along and give us your feedback on the suggestions made for the future of the site. Alternatively, if you cannot attend or wish to discuss matters separately, please contact Patrick Clark on 07860 921 065 or by email at


An outstanding primary school in Ascot is set to increase in size and accommodate more pupils after a recommendation to expand it was approved last night at cabinet.    

The Royal Borough consulted parents, staff, governors, dioceses and community organisations earlier this summer. Nearly 240 residents responded, via an online survey, paper forms and emails.  

The most popular option, chosen by 55 per cent as their first preference choice, was an expansion of Cheapside CE Primary School (option A).

Feasibility work has shown that expanding Cheapside Primary is possible by building three new classrooms.

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We really appreciate all the feedback we had on this consultation and we know how important choosing a primary school is for parents. We always try and give as many families as possible their preferred school and this exciting new expansion project for Cheapside will allow us to continue to honour more parent’s wishes.”

Other options considered were: expanding South Ascot Village Primary School (option B); expanding Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Sunningdale (option C) and building a brand new school (option D).

These options may be investigated further later on, as up to 1,300 new dwellings are expected to be built in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale between now and 2030. This will further increase the demand for primary school places. It is not yet known when these new homes will be built.

The council anticipates that these extra primary school places at Cheapside will be created in time for the September 2017 intake.

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Pictured: Rosanna Suvini St.Mary's School, Ascot - Winning Violinist in Local and District RIBI Young Musicians Competition.  in the Local Round in February. 

The District round of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year  competition took place over the weekend of March 6th 2016, in Reading. The Ascot & Wokingham Rotary Districts sent four entries, resulting from the local round of the competition, which had been held at Charters School in February - see ASCOT MATTERS ARTICLE. The four comprised two vocalists - Charlotte Kilpatrick (St.Mary's) and Phoebe Parker (Heathfield School, Ascot)-  and two instrumentalists - Katherine Beine  (flute)and Rosanna Suvini (violin).

The standard set by all students taking part was extremely high, with a range of instruments being played within the instrumental section.  St. Mary's School, Ascot, Violinist, Rosanna Suvini (14),  won her section. Rosanna impressed the judges with her renditions of  Brahms' Scherzo from F.A.E. Sonata and Manuel de Falla's Danse Espagnole arr. by Kreisler.  In the District Round, she received her certificate from the District President, Rtn Fred King and will now goes forward to the next round -  the Regional competition (S.E.England) on Sunday March 20th in Guildford. 

The two vocalists and the second instrumentalist unfortunately were not placed in the first two places although they all performed extremely well.


Read more: Ascot Violinist Wins District Round of RIBI Young Musician 2016

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Local girls school St George’s Ascot, celebrated the official opening of its prestigious new Luker building last week.  After a lavish Champagne and Canapés reception on Tuesday 1 March, for parents, friends and donors, the official naming and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on 10 March in the presence of the School Governors and Windsor based Architects, Edginton Spink & Hyne.

The building, named after the school’s Chairman of Governors Edward Luker, is the brainchild of Headmistress Rachel Owens and the product of several years’ planning.   This fabulous new building provides state-of-the-art educational resources and facilities including a library, language laboratory, classrooms and smaller tutorial rooms. 

The jewel in the crown of this stunning building is the library, which has already become a hub of learning and research within the school.  The library itself is named after former pupil Elaine Vagliano, who was a part of the French Resistance and aided the Allies in World War Two before being captured, tortured and killed by the Nazis.

School Librarian, Alison Kennedy said ” I feel privileged to be able to develop a space, which not only provides girls with resources, but encourages them to study, research, enquire and develop the skills necessary for university and life beyond St George’s”.

Headmistress Rachel Owens commented “This is a bold and exciting venture for St George’s which will make a tangible difference to the academic life of every girl here. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved”


Read more: St George’s Ascot Celebrate Opening of New School Building