The Royal Foresters  Address: London Road, Ascot, SL5 8DR | Tel: 01344 596480 | Insta:  /theroyalforesters | FB/theroyalforesters

Since 4th July, Peter Borg-Neal, Founder and Chairman of 28 strong local pub group, Oakman Inns, which owns The Royal Foresters in Ascot, and his CEO, Dermot King, have provided comfortable yet Covid-safe environments for their guests. With other pub and restaurant operators across the UK, the group is bitterly disappointed that the Government has imposed ‘devasting’ Tier 2 restrictions across 99% of the country, despite the fact that PHE figures show pubs and restaurants are safer environments for socialising than homes. This week, Peter announced on BBC Breakfast that his company has invested over £250,000 in providing new levels of customer safety.

At the Royal Foresters, the team has been busy putting up the Christmas decorations to welcome guests back next Wednesday – under Government guidelines, which thankfully include the reshaping of the 10pm Curfew. Outside, they have also installed a heated Festive FlexiTent on their terrace which will allow guests who are not in the same household to wrap up warm and dine ‘Al Fresco’.

Traditional & Mediterranean-influenced Winter & Festive Menus

Every dish at The Royal Foresters is expertly prepared by their chefs using fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients in their open theatre-style kitchen, and every member of the family bubble, regardless of their dietary needs, will find something to please even the most discerning palate this Christmas.

Read more: Ascot's Royal Foresters Prepares to Re-Open on 2nd With Additional 'Al Fresco' Seating


Citizens Advice Bracknell & District and Citizens Advice Maidenhead & Windsor have agreed to merge and become Citizens Advice East Berkshire. Both charities have a long and successful local history; with over 140 years’ experience between them, they serve 7,000 clients and resolve over 35,000 issues every year. Citizens Advice Maidenhead & Windsor was founded in 1939; Bracknell & District in 1961. The merger will complete in April 2021 – a fantastic way to celebrate Bracknell & District’s Diamond Anniversary.

Read more: Citizens Advice Bracknell & District and Citizens Advice Maidenhead & Windsor Merge


Charters School  in Sunningdale is setting up an Environment Society to help its staff and students become ‘greener’ and reduce their carbon footprint. A team of students will meet monthly and take action to make the school more environmentally friendly.

The school’s first initiative will be to stop the provision of plastic water bottles to staff at Parents Evenings. Around 200 single-use plastic bottles can be used during one event and many go straight to landfill. When the Covid restrictions are lifted and parents are more able to enjoy face-to-face Parents Evenings, prefect helpers will circulate with jugs of water, so that cups and reusable bottles can be refilled throughout the night!

Read more: Charters School Receives Recycling Bins from Ascot Fire Brigade Trust


Usual sources of volunteer transport to medical appointments and hospital unavailable?  Duncan Rayner of Sunningdale, is offering transport to residents of Sunningdale, Sunninghill, South Ascot  and Ascot , who are usually eligible for such assistance,  on the same basis as local voluntary agencies - namely £4 local and £10 Frimley Park, Windsor and Wexham.  Duncan can't go into surgeries or hospitals, but will take the customer to the door and wait as long as it takes.   People  in need of help,  can ring  Duncan on 01344 622693 or  email  


Pictured Above:  Holly and Dexter  Who  Had a  Four month Stay in NICU

St Peter’s Hospital lights up the Abbey Wing purple for World Prematurity Day

Tuesday 17th November 2020 was World Prematurity Day, a day which aims to raise global awareness of premature birth and highlight the impact that it can have on families. Around one in 13 babies born in the UK will be born prematurely.

St Peter’s Hospital, part of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has the only level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Surrey and has the appropriate staff, equipment, skills and experience to provide this highest level of intensive care for the smallest and sickest newborn babies. Last year, 650 babies and their families were cared for on the unit.

The Little Roo Neonatal Fund is the charity for the NICU at St Peter’s Hospital and is part of the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Charitable Trust. Little Roo helps raise money to fund the equipment, skills and experience necessary to provide care for the babies that are born before 32 weeks or those that are seriously ill. 

Little Roo Neonatal Fund raises money through events, such as the recent Little Roo Paddle Crew Challenge, where staff and friends of St Peter’s NICU kayak 50 miles down the River Thames – from Oxfordshire to Chertsey.

Read more: St Peter’s Hospital Lights Up Abbey Wing Purple for World Prematurity Day


A local contact tracing service, to complement the national NHS Test and Trace Service, will be launched this week as part of the council’s continued response to COVID-19 and to help reduce the spread locally.

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead staff will operate the supplementary service and will call residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 but haven’t been successfully contacted within 24 hours by the national NHS Test and Trace service.  

The local contact tracing service may reduce the delay between a person testing positive for COVID-19 and a contact tracing call successfully taking place.

Residents will be contacted by the local contact tracing service on a local number. They will speak to residents to identify anyone who has had close contact with them during the time they were infectious, as these contacts may need to self-isolate.  Our local contact tracers are people who know and are trusted by our local communities. 

Read more: Local COVID-19 Contact Tracing System to be Launched in Windsor and Maidenhead


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