Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce a raft of arrangements and benefits for Owners ahead of next week's Royal Meeting.

An online Racing Hub has been set up which will house the Turftrax live feed to real time weather data and going stick readings plus, during racedays, access to a live 360 degree Parade Ring camera feed which will pick up every horse as it walks around the Parade Ring.

Ascot's official photographer will take pictures of every horse in the Parade Ring for owners to access post-event. Trainers and jockeys are very welcome to film / Facetime pre and post race debriefs with owners on their smartphones.

Also available on the Racing Hub will be the full sectionals from every race, courtesy of Ascot's Official Timekeeper, Longines. Both ITV and Sky Sports Racing will show sectional times on screen.

On Sunday, Sky Sports Racing will be filming a behind the scenes piece with Clerk of the Course, Chris Stickels, in the Weighing Room and Parade Ring area. A link to this will be sent to owners, and indeed horsemen generally, via the ROA and respective industry bodies in advance of racing. 

Read more: Owners at Home Set for Virtual Royal Experience

Lower speed limits, new cycle routes and wider footpaths could be seen in the Royal Borough if the council is successful in securing funding from the government’s Emergency Action Travel Grant.

Indicative allocations for the first stage of funding show that the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead could receive £140,000 from the Department of Transport with the potential for additional funding later this year.

The funding is being provided by the government to enable the council to use pop-up and temporary interventions to create an environment that is safe for both walking and cycling within areas that may become congested and where social distancing requires changes to local infrastructure.

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, says: “We are seizing this opportunity and have been working at speed to identify potential schemes.  We still have further work to do before the £140,000 is allocated, but I expect that the we will start implementing the proposed schemes before the end of June.

“The measures we are considering will help towards re-opening the town centre as well as supporting our climate change strategy which goes to Full Council later this month.”

Schemes that could potentially be carried out in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead include:

  • Introducing 20mph zones in Maidenhead and Windsor town centres
  • Widening footpaths in some of our town centres
  • Introducing cycle parking in various locations across the borough

The Department of Transport have a total of £250 million with £225 million provided directly to local transport authorities and London boroughs, while £25 million will help support cycle repair schemes.

The £225 million allocated to local authorities will be released in two phases. The first tranche of £45 million will be released as soon as possible so that work can begin at pace on closing roads to through traffic, installing segregated cycle lanes and widening pavements.

The second tranche of £180m will be released later in the summer to enable authorities to install further, more permanent measures to cement cycling and walking habits.

Ascot residents urged to pledge their support online as revised application for new health centre is submitted to local council. 


Residents are being urged to pledge their support online for a new health centre to be built in Ascot, next to Ben Lynwood Village, halfway between Sunningdale and Sunninghill.

This follows the submission of a revised application to the Planning Department of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on 23rd April 2020.

A large number of people have already voiced their support for the planning application to build the health centre; however residents are now being asked to show their support online in one of two ways:

Comments on the application can be made via the council’s website at (click on the ‘comments’ button). Equally, email the council at

In doing so, residents should quote planning application number 20/00969/FULL, together with their name and address. The deadline for all submissions is 25th May 2020.

More than a hundred residents attended a public event in October last year where the latest plans for the health centre were shared.

Local resident, 75-year-old Jackie Bailey from Ascot, said: “I fully support the need for a new health centre as it’s for the local community.”

She added: “It’s something I feel very strongly about and it would be an utter disgrace if we wouldn’t have it done.”

The proposed build forms a part of a wider Ascot Plan, which is to modernise primary and community care for local residents over the coming years and continue to improve on the health outcomes for local people.

Read more: Ascot & Sunnings Residents Urged to Pledge Online Support for Revised Health Centre Plans


The Countess of Wessex supports ‘Nourish our Nurses’ with visit to St Peter’s Hospital |  

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, spent the morning volunteering for NHS voluntary group ‘Nourish our Nurses’ and meeting nurses and midwives at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on Tuesday 12th May to mark International Nurses Day. The day coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12th May 1820.

‘Nourish our Nurses’ was founded by Jo-Ann Airikkala and comprises a small team of sixteen volunteers who have undertaken a supreme fundraising effort to raise over £45k; £29k via their GoFundMe page and a further £17k from Virgin Radio’s NHS Auction.

Read more: Nourish our Nurses | The Countess of Wessex Visits St.Peters


Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council is working in tandem with local churches and organisations to provide a Covid 19 Support Hub.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ joins fight against Coronavirus in ground-breaking new study

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ has joined the fight against Coronavirus by recruiting COVID-19 patients to participate in a ground-breaking new study of the disease performed by the partnership between the GenOMICC Study Consortium (led by the University of Edinburgh) and Genomics England.

The study will help us better understand the virus’ varied effects on people and support the search for treatments.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s GenOMICC project will work together with Genomics England and over 170 NHS hospitals. The study aims to sequence the genomes of 20,000 people who are severely ill with COVID-19.

This major new human whole genome sequencing study has been awarded £28 million of funding from Genomics England, UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  

The data collected by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ and others will be compared to that from a further 15,000 COVID-19 patients who experienced only mild symptoms.

Read more: Ashford and St Peter’s in Ground-Breaking Corona Study

Virtual focus groups help to develop homelessness strategy |  Two virtual focus groups have been delivered to help the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead refresh its Homelessness Strategy.

The virtual sessions were held on Monday 18 May – one brought together over 50 individuals and organisations including local charities, Thames Valley Police, the Clinical Commissioning Group and others who help to provide services to the homeless and those in need of housing assistance, and the other was open to councillors.

The digital focus groups were introduced by Councillor Ross McWilliams, cabinet member for housing, communications and youth engagement and were supported by Tracy Hendren, head of housing and her service leads from the department.

Councillor Ross McWilliams, says: “It was great that even during the current coronavirus crisis, we were able to get a lot of people onto a digital platform so they could hear what the council has achieved since the original strategy was approved back in 2018.

Read more: Virtual Focus Groups Help to Develop Homelessness Strategy