Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern) has recently unveiled a brand new show home at its picturesque Woodhurst Park development, offering potential homebuyers a glimpse into life within the Rosewood collection. The beautiful four-bedroom family home, set close to the Village Green and Village Pond, has been designed by award-winning Interiors by Dapa.

The properties have been designed to reflect a more natural way of life as the development is set amongst acres of open space. Externally, each house is stylish yet blends into the surrounding landscape. Internally, Interiors by Dapa, has used a blend of natural alongside contemporary striking patterns and colourways with beautiful fabrics and finishes of brass/marbles and ebony. Each room has standout furnishings and accent colours, reflecting the individual needs of residents.


Read more: New Show Home Launched at Woodhurst Park


On Monday 1st October bright and early, Year 7 boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, embarked on a week’s language immersion trip to Méluzien (Burgundy Franche-Comté).

The purpose of the trip was to improve the boys’ confidence in speaking French and exposing them to life in France. Soon after crossing the Channel, the boys’ knowledge was put to the test when they were asked to order a hot meal and a drink in French. They were all successful in asking for the local speciality, ham Péronne.

At Maison Claire Fontaine, not far from Dijon, the boys had lessons conducted by the in-house teachers. The boys learned about the local area and how to find their way around, after which they went into the town. There, with the support of local shop owners, they ordered drinks, bought items or talked to local people. On a visit to the local Vermenton market, they were asked to buy ingredients to make a healthy meal, which they then prepared and presented to the judging panel of teachers and MCF centre staff.

The boys also enjoyed activities such as tree adventures, kayaking, football and a visit to the famous Bussy Rabutin chateau.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Throughout their week long immersion, the boys’ confidence in speaking French improved immensely, which will help them through their Year 8 Scholarship and Common Entrance exams.”

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Read more: Papplewick School | Building Confidence the French Way

On Wednesday 3rd October, Charters School in Sunningdale was delighted to welcome many prospective students and families to the annual Open Morning.  The Year 6 visitors enjoyed touring the school and looking at the fabulous displays which the different subject areas had arranged in the Main Hall.  The school was extremely proud of the way in which their Year 11 Prefects conducted the tours of the school and received many congratulatory comments on the superb way they represented Charters.

In the evening, Headteacher Mr Richard Pilgrim met with prospective parents and gave a presentation on life at the school.  Charters School continues to be oversubscribed despite increasing the number of students in Year 7 from 240 to 270 each year. Mr Pilgrim said, “I was very pleased by the supportive turnout and the positive feedback received from parents.”   For further information about admissions to Charters School please visit our website:

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Gracewell Healthcare  | A new luxury care home in Ascot |

Gracewell of Ascot, a luxury care home in Berkshire, enjoyed a Grand VIP opening in the presence of the High Sherriff of Berkshire, on October 4th . It will now provide exceptional senior, residential, nursing and dementia care in the local area.


Guests , who comprised local dignitaries, senior staff and community leaders, enjoyed prosecco and delicious canapes - a foretaste of many enjoyable residents' meals. They were royally entertained by Charters Jazz Band and Luisa Cordell on harp (pictured below)



The Home will offer 80 stylish bedrooms with en-suite wet rooms, bright and spacious lounges to relax and unwind, a hair and beauty salon and a Hollywood inspired cinema showing films and sporting events. There will also be a café to catch up with friends and family, a beautiful wheelchair-friendly sensory garden, and Wi-Fi enabled communal areas.

Read more: Gracewell of Ascot Launches with Grand VIP Opening

Pictured Above: The Happy Couple

Preparations begin for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank | Windsor is preparing to welcome guests, visitors and well-wishers to celebrate the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank on October 12th


Visitors will be able to view the short carriage procession along the route which will take the newly married Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank down Castle Hill, onto the High Street and Park Street and then back into Windsor Castle via Cambridge Gate.


To keep up to date please follow @RBWM / @VisitWindsor on Twitter or search RBWM / Visit Windsor on Facebook.


Road closures currently confirmed are: Castle Hill, High Street, Park Street, River Street, Sheet Street, St Albans Street and Thames Street.

The Thames Valley Police Mounted Section will be carrying out reassurance patrols  ahead of the wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York to Mr Jack Brooksbank on Friday 12 October.

If you are in town on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you may catch a glimpse of Odin and Atlas and their riders PC Patrick Frost and PC Tracey Pool. They will be patrolling  the Long Walk and around Windsor town centre as part of the wider security operation.

PC Frost, who will be riding Atlas, said: “Members of the Mounted Section will be engaging with the public and providing high visibility patrols in Windsor in the run-up to the Royal Wedding. Our role is public reassurance and engagement so if anyone would like to come up to say hello and meet the horses we would encourage them to do so.”

On the day of the wedding they will be joined by four further horses from Thames Valley Police’s Mounted Section and their riders.

PC Frost added: “We are proud to be part of this special event and on the day of the wedding we will be monitoring the crowds and ensuring their safety from our vantage point as part of the wider security operation.

“Please feel free to approach us if you have any concerns that you wish to raise.”


Find out more about the wedding here at:

Read more: Royal Wedding | Plans and Road Closures | October 12th 


Thames Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Sarah Bissell. Sarah joins Thames Hospice from Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research charity.

Sarah’s career in fundraising spans 20 years, including roles at the British Red Cross, WWF and Daryl Upsall Consulting. She is also a Trustee for the Institute of Fundraising.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive at Thames Hospice, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Sarah’s calibre to lead our fundraising and marketing activities. She brings a huge wealth of experience and skills to the role which will be critical as we continue to raise £6 million towards the build of our new state-of-the-art hospice by Bray Lake.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Bissell said: “As a local resident I see the tremendous value of Thames Hospice to local families and I am hugely excited to be joining at a time when we need to grow our income and awareness significantly to meet the needs of the community across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.”

Read more: Thames Hospice Appoints New Director of Fundraising & Marketing


Papplewick School in Ascot has started its new academic year with two celebrations: winning Tatler magazine’s prestigious Prep School of the Year Award 2018/19 and the opening of a brand-new building on its site opposite Ascot Racecourse.

London’s Landmark Hotel was the setting for this year’s Tatler Awards on 11th September, when headmaster Tom Bunbury received the good news.

“We’re delighted to win this award,” he said. “My heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful staff and enthusiastic parents, whose commitment and dedication are vital to the success of Papplewick’s boys.”

The new facilities, completed over the summer this year, include an impressive boarding house for final year boarders as well as spacious classrooms for Year 5 boys. The school already boasts a covered pool, large sports hall, floodlit astroturf and 15 acres of land.

NEXT OPEN MORNING - SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2019 - 9 a.m. finishing 11 a.m.

Please note the entrance to Papplewick is on A332 which is different from SATNAV instructions.

(Daily transport services running from Chiswick, Brook Green, Gloucester Rd, and Maidenhead).

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Read more: Double Celebration for Papplewick School