Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Transformation Programme begins with build of new multi deck car park

On 7th October 2019, the main Outpatients car park at St Peter’s Hospital will close until July 2020 and work will begin on a new, multi deck car park for patients and visitors. Parking has been a challenge at St Peter’s for many years and the new car park, which will have 700 spaces, will help us to greatly improve the situation for patients, visitors and staff.

The new car park is just the first step of an exciting three year investment programme to radically transform services and facilities at Ashford and St Peter’s. This will include a new Urgent and Emergency Facility at St Peter’s, along with improved retail and catering facilities at both sites.

Read more: Construction of New Multi Story at St.Peter's Starts

Pupils and staff at St George’s School, in Ascot, are celebrating after being praised by judges for the outstanding student experience they provide to pupils across all years. Eyes are now on the next stage of the competition which would see them being crowned winners at the finals on October 7th.

St George’s Ascot is one of six to make it through to the final stage of the competition in the Student Well-being category of the awards, which are run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country.

Headmistress, Liz Hewer commented:

Read more: St George's Finalist for Independent School of Year for Student Well-Being

Local volunteers active in World Suicide Prevention Day |  The local branch of Samaritans is actively involved in campaigning to raise awareness of suicide all year round and especially this week.

Each year on 10th September organisations and communities around the world come together for World Suicide Prevention Day.

“We want to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide,” said Chris Lindsay, director of Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts.

“In 2017, in the UK and Ireland alone, more than 6,000 people died of suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. And we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.”

Read more: Local Samaritans Active in World Suicide Prevention Day

A refreshed cabinet has been announced following the selection of Cllr Andrew Johnson as leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, announced on Thursday 26th September 2019.

Members of the new cabinet with experience in building, infrastructure, policing and communications will help drive a renewed focus on key resident priorities.

The new cabinet is formed of:

  • Cllr Andrew Johnson: Leader of the council, chairman of cabinet and lead member resident services, economic development and property
  • Cllr Samantha Rayner: Deputy leader, lead member for Windsor, HR, IT and legal (including performance management)
  • Cllr Stuart Carroll: Deputy chairman of cabinet, lead member adults, children, health and mental health
  • Cllr David Coppinger: Lead member planning and Maidenhead
  • Cllr David Cannon:- Lead member public protection and parking
  • Cllr Gerry Clarke:- Lead member transport and infrastructure
  • Cllr David Hilton:- Lead member finance and Ascot
  • Cllr Donna Stimson:- Lead member environmental services, climate change, sustainability and culture
  • Cllr Ross McWilliams:- Lead member for housing, communications and youth engagement
Read more: RBWM Refreshed Cabinet to Focus on Key Priorities

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  A Crowthorne charity is encouraging people who do their Christmas shopping online to help them raise money to support seriously-ill children.

Sebastian’s Action Trust, has a family outreach centre in Upper Broadmoor Road, Crowthorne, and supports 528 families from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Oxfordshire who have children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The charity is asking people who shop via the Internet to use the AmazonSmile or Easyfundraising online shopping websites.

When making an online purchase using these sites, donations can be made direct to Sebastian’s Action Trust at no extra cost to shoppers.

Read more: Raise Money for Seriously-ill Children by Christmas Shopping Online

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 Sebastian’s Action Trust’s annual charity golf day at Mill Ride Golf Club has raised £6,500. 50 players took part in the event held at the 18-hole course in Mill Ride, Ascot, Berkshire, on Friday, September 13th.

All of the money raised will go towards Sebastian’s Action Trust supporting hundreds of families of seriously-ill children who live in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The players enjoyed brunch, a round of golf, followed by dinner, a raffle and auction in the clubhouse.

Auction prizes included four ball games at Calcot Park Golf Club, St George’s Hill Golf Club, Sunningdale Golf Club, North Hants Golf Club, Mill Ride Golf Club and Swinley Forest Golf Club. There was also a golf hat signed by world famous golfer Rory Mcllroy, a golf lesson at Windlesham Golf Club and an overnight stay and dining voucher for the Casa Hotel, Yateley.

Jane Gates OBE, Sebastian’s Action Trust CEO, said: “The weather was beautiful, perfect for playing a day’s golf on a lovely course. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the players for taking part in such a great day and to Mill Ride Golf Club for hosting the fundraising event for us again this year.”

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Read more: Charity Golf Day at Mill Ride Golf Club Raises Over £6,500

Sky Is The Limit For LVS Ascot Media Studies Students  As Recording Session Helps Drive Future Technology

A group of thirty media studies students from LVS Ascot school enjoyed a unique learning experience at the Sky TV studios in London recently. The special behind the scenes visit took place on Thursday 12th September, with pupils’ voices being recorded to help Sky perfect their voice recognition software. It also allowed pupils in Years 10 to 13 to enhance their GCSE, A-level and BTEC preparations by seeing at first hand life at the busy Sky Academy studios.

The recording session saw pupils from the independent all-ability school approached to support Sky’s development of exciting new voice recognition technology by providing the voices of teenagers for them. The students were taken into soundproofed booths to be recorded talking, which will be amongst the samples used to drive technology by providing a range of pitch, tone speed and accents that will allow customers to control tvs with their voice.

Read more: Sky Is The Limit For LVS Ascot Media Studies Students