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More than 60 children and their family members of all ages took part in BFG-themed workshops at Cumberland Lodge on Wednesday 7th July, as part of an intergenerational storytelling day.

The workshops were run in partnership with the Learn2Think Foundation and Dr Ann Alston, a children’s literature expert from the University of the West of England.

They explored the power of stories for inspiring questions and conversations that resonate across the generations, and looked at how stories can help people to think about shared dreams for stronger communities.

Dr Ann Alston, who led small-group storytelling sessions in the grounds of the Lodge, said, ‘It’s all about starting conversations about the power of books and storytelling for passing ideas and learning from generation to generation, and encouraging people of all ages to question and think critically about the world we live in.’

Virginia McLean and Felicia Jackson from the Learn2Think Foundation led creative workshops throughout the day, for children and their parents, grandparents and guardians.

Participants were tasked with imagining what they would ask the oldest person in the world, and what they could learn from the oldest person they know. They also drew pictures of how they wish the world could be, and thought about how stories can bring children and older generations together.

Read more: Cumberland Lodge Hosts Storytelling Workshops for Young and young-at-Heart

One of Ascot's best-known characters, Colin Lewis,  of C E Lewis butchers in Ascot High Street, sadly past away on 15th July 2019 aged 82 years.
Friends and relatives have described Colin as a great man and a ray of sunshine in Ascot, who was only ever kind to everyone he met. Many will remember meeting him in the street, to be greeted with “Lovely Day!",  even if is was pouring with rain!

Colin was the son of a butcher, William Lewis, based in Westfield Old Woking,where the business was set up in 1931. He left school at 14 to join the family business and then moved to Sunningdale in the 1950’s  and then to Ascot in the 1960’s -  where he has successfully operated his business ever since and been at the heart of Ascot High Street for over 50 years, serving the local community faithfully.  In that time, he has seen many businesses come,through recessions,meat scares and rising rents.

Colin's motto was “the customer is king" and  his legendary  Christmas queues down the High Street were testament to his loyal following locally.  The shop was his life, his passion, his stage and every day was a new performance - less of a job and more of a vocation in life.
  It is generally believed that there will never again be a finer butcher.
Over the years he  served the Royal Family, other royal families from around the globe, many celebrities and, most importantly,  the local people in and around Ascot, with the finest meat money can buy, sourced from small independent farmers.

Colin, friend to many, will be greatly missed in our community.

Colin Lewis 1937 - 2019

Colin's funeral is on Monday 5th August at 2pm, at St. Peter’s church Cranbourne . The hearse will take a route from  Ascot high Street from 1.15pm, for a final 'goodbye'.


Pictured Above: Professional Singer and Ukulele Player, Emma Stevens Plays for Baby and Mum, Jo Gee.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s were delighted to recently be joined by professional singer and ukulele player, Emma Stevens, for Lullaby Hour. Lullaby Hour is an award winning project created by the Music in Hospitals & Care charity that brings calming music into hospital wards to help aid sleep and recovery for babies. Emma sang to some of the parents and babies in NICU, and played some gentle and soothing music on her Ukulele which created a relaxing and calm environment for parents as they held their babies. 

Phoebe Gorry, Concerts Coordinator at Music in Hospitals & Care says; “Our live music sessions are delivered by professional musicians and are designed to humanise clinical settings, to reach and connect people, to encourage communication and meaningful interactions and to elicit emotions and memories when it matters most.”

Jo Willard, NICU Family Support Coordinator at St. Peter’s Hospital supports the project and says; “We received such wonderful feedback from both staff and parents who all thoroughly enjoyed the session. The Lullaby Hour created such a beautiful memory for all the parents involved to treasure and provided a distraction to the neonatal environment.”

This exciting series of Lullaby Hour sessions is one of many proposed activities that will form part of the ‘healing arts’ initiative to enhance the therapeutic environment across Trust sites, helping to achieve our vision of providing an outstanding experience and the best possible outcomes for patients and the team.



On Sunday, July 28th, the grounds of Cumberland Lodge were full of people enjoying a Summer Garden Party with live music from clarinet ensemble No Strings Attached, and the Blue Sky Big Band.

Guests enjoyed a sizzling barbecue and refreshments on the lawn of the Grade 2 listed, 17th-century Lodge, which has been home to an educational foundation that promotes more peaceful, open and inclusive societies, for more than 70 years.

There was face painting and entertainment for children, garden games for young and old, a raffle, horse-drawn carriage rides with Windsor Carriages, and tours of the house throughout the afternoon.

Emma Albery, the Friends, Alumni and Outreach Officer at Cumberland Lodge, said, ‘It was a great day and a wonderful atmosphere, and we raised a good amount of money that will contribute to running our conference series, student programmes and scholarships.

The grounds were buzzing with hundreds of people enjoying themselves. Many of them hadn’t visited Cumberland Lodge before, so we had the chance to tell them more about our charitable work and upcoming events, and to share this beautiful place with them for the first time.’

The event was kindly supported by sponsors, Knight Frank, Savills, and Bonham Property Services.

Cumberland Lodge will be opening its doors once again, over the weekend of 14th-15th September, as part of the Heritage Open Days festival. There will be free tours from 10am till 4pm. Places must be reserved in advance, and reservations will open shortly, at .


Read more: Families Enjoy Fundraising Garden Party in the Great Park

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"Our members joined the NHS to carry out a public service role, not to assist some profit making organisation says GMB Southern
GMB are to undertake a Consultative Ballot of members at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) with the aim of halting trust plans to privatise non clinical services at Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals.
GMB announced on August 8th that they will be writing to Chief Exec Neil Dardis and Privatisation Lead Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services Janet King, who is purported to be the first Chief Exec of the WOS to inform them that GMB are to carry out a consultative ballot to gauge the views of non-clinical staff over the possibility of taking Industrial action to protect their future within the NHS.
GMB’s campaign to halt the creation by FHFT of a stand-alone wholly owned subsidiary as a means to the privatisation, of around 1000 housekeeping and cleaning services, porters, security, and catering amongst others, across the Trust’s three hospital sites has seen growing opposition to the only for profit proposal as concerned staff have contacted the union and their on-site workplace reps on a daily basis seeking advice and support over the stressful uncertainty over their future.
The consultative ballot which will open on August 14th, will afford GMB members at Frimley, Wexham and Heatherwood hospitals the opportunity to have their say on the potential of taking direct action in defence of their jobs and to remain solely within the NHS.

Read more: Union Ballot at Frimley Health Re Trust Plans to Privatise Non Clinical Services


On Tuesday 23rd July, a new art installation was unveiled at Sunningdale railway station featuring the work of four local schools.

Charters School in Sunningdale is exhibiting work created over a three-week period, which explores the theme of Environments, under the sub-headings of war and peace, recycling, human rights and politics.

Mr Mark Hall, teacher of art at Charters School said, “The students found and studied news articles related to the theme and analysed related artists before producing their final piece. I am proud of the mature, skilful and personal approach that each student has taken to their work.”

The objective of the installation, which is a collaboration between The Arts Society Englemere and South Western Railway stations, is to inspire young people to engage in the arts.

Marie Armand, Platform Assistant at the station said, “Exhibiting the artwork of local school students is a wonderful way to brighten the environment for our customers and really brings the local community into the station.”