Special Interest Groups
BK - This and That is a website run by an Ascot resident. This site contains articles on various subjects, including growing on allotments, histories of allotments and of cultivation; the summer festivals in Edinburgh and computer performance. There are articles by BK, as well many links to other people's articles, - BK is a firm believer in the original ethos of the Internet, which is to share information. Visit http://www.bkthisandthat.org.uk/
All proceeds raised from the fayre directly benefit local charities, and last year it generated over £11,000 for at-risk women and children and the elderly throughout Berkshire and Surrey. For more information on our charities click on http://www.awbs.org.uk/craft-fayre .
American Women of Berkshire. For more information visit www.awbs.org.uk
AWBS is a social and philanthropic club whose goal is to support and encourage our members as they engage with our community. Whether you are a returning member or a new member, I am certain this year will provide many fun and rewarding opportunities for you.
We are a volunteer-run organization, and each member's participation is essential to our club's success. There are so many opportunities to get involved in both leadership and assisting roles. Please consider where you can contribute.
AWBS is a great resource for new members, providing support and helpful tips for your transition period. Area Welcome Buddies are a big help, serving as someone to touch base with when you need some advice. Additionally, our Welcome Coffees are another fun opportunity to meet other new and existing members in your area.
Old Windsor Angling Club,
In 2008, OWAC celebrated its Golden Anniversary, but has always been a friendly Members Club based on Thames River fishing, with a varied fixture list visiting many other fisheries and Clubs.
The present HQ is our Clubhouse at Home Park, Windsor, and now we are managing the fishing on Home Park on behalf of RBWM, we really are THE local Angling club. In addition, we have access to fishing at Old Windsor, Potts Field, Cookham, Clivedon, The Jubilee River, as well as seven miles of the Wey Navigation canal, 30 miles of the Basingstoke Canal, and we offer Reading and District Angling Association membership as an option.
We are pleased to accept anglers of any sex, age, or experience, and will help and encourage new anglers on request. Our meetings are on Tuesday evenings at the clubhouse, around 8.30pm, and we arrange matches on Sundays, with some Wednesday evening matches in the Summer.
Old Windsor Angling Club is a member of Angling Trust, supports the good work being done by Les Webber (“Gets Kids hooked on Fishing not drugs or crime”) at Wraysbury and is affiliated to Thames Valley Angling Association, Basingstoke Canal Angling Association and Reading and District Angling Association.
Ascot Brass perform concerts for charity , in partnership with top local choirs. Visit www.ascotbrass.org.uk
Ascot Brass is seeking two Bb Bass players due to retirements.
Ascot Brass is in its 12th year, is well established, but in dire need to fill these two positions (January 2015 ). Please contact Malcolm Brown 07710-296236 Committee member
Pictured is the excellent Ascot Brass , who recently triumphed in a very successful concert, performing with the award -winning Taplow Youth Choir (finalists in the recent BBC choir of the year contest!) , raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. www.ascotbrass.org.uk
The Ascot Bridge Club was formed in 1977 and plays in the Chavey Down Community Centre hall, directly behind St. Martin's church in Church Road, Chavey Down. There is bridge played every Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening - except on bank holidays. Whilst the Monday afternoon section of the club plays exclusively duplicate pairs bridge, the Tuesday evening section includes a teams of four evenings several times every year.
For more information please call David Calcutt on 01344-886412, or visit the web site http://www.ascotbridge.org.uk
The Ascot Horticultural Society meets at King Edward's Hall, King Edward's Road, North Ascot on the second Wednesday of the month. The Society enjoys speakers, several shows a year and an annual competition with the Sunningdale Gardening Association. New members are welcome. For membership enquiries call 01344 883535. Visit www.ascothorticulturalsociety.org.uk
They meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday evening at Mill Ride Golf Club, in Ascot, to enjoy dinner and often, a speaker or presentation. If there is a fifth Wednesday in the month, we join with Ascot Rotary for dinner and a speaker.
There are usually two major fund-raising events a year, together with Inner Wheel Day in January. Other events include trips to gardens, the theatre and other venues.
The three objects of Inner Wheel are very simple. They are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster international understanding. Inner Wheel is a caring organisation, not only to its members, but also to others outside its circle.
Friendship is the core of all that is done and achieved by members of Inner Wheel. Wherever there is an Inner Wheel Club, no matter in which country, you are made very welcome. Friendship and fun abounds as members work together to help others less fortunate than themselves, not only in this country, but overseas.
ASPEN, the Ascot Peace Education Network, began meeting prior to this country’s last conflict, euphemistically termed by the UK media Gulf War 2. It has been constituted as an independent voluntary organisation. It aims to build upon the tremendous concern felt by everyone about the war in Iraq. People worldwide, particularly the young, have woken up with a renewed intention to engage In peace building, by resolving conflict, and the group aims to actively promote peace and understanding through educational visits to schools, informed debates, entertaining neighbours with hospitality teas or lunches so improving relationships where we live. The group meets formally every quarter and plans to invite experienced peace activists to inspire us. Strictly speaking it is not a Christian only group although many of its members worship at All Saints Church. It is not a political organisation only humanitarian. If you wish to join you will be most welcome. Contact Mrs. A Yarwood 01344- 621167.
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK to achieve the shared aim of securing a better future for wildlife.
BBOWT was founded in 1959 (as the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Naturalist Trust - BBONT) by local ecologists who could see the extent of harm being done to the wonderfully rich natural environment of the three counties. For over 50 years we have worked with local people to make Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire richer in wildlife.
BBOWT currently has about 54,000 members and more than 1,300 active volunteers. It is thanks to our members and volunteers that we are able to keep going - we do not receive any core governmental funding. Our income comes from a range of sources including grants, legacies, business support and charitable trusts donations, but most important of all are our membership subscriptions......
The Winkfield Bell Ringers are a very active group, based at St.Mary's CoE Church, Winkfield, near Ascot. The group ususally performs at a Christmas concert in the Church and raises funds for charity with appearances at Christmas shopping venues and similar. For hand bells call 01344 861282 or , for tower bells, call 01344 886087.
Montgomery of Alamein Court, Cumberland Close, Bay Road, Bullbrook,RG12 2NE.
Meetings at 7pm till 9 30pm 3rd Thursday of Sept, Oct, Nov, Feb, March and April. Plus Christmas lunch in Dec and AGM in May.
LET’S SHATTER TWO MYTHS ... YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE BERKSHIRE ANCESTORS TO BENEFIT... Many with no local ancestors draw actively on society products and services.... AND YOU DON’T NEED TO LIVE IN BERKSHIRE Plenty of members live far beyond its borders, some live overseas.
The society delivers resources and activities to meet the needs of people like you; people researching into families across the UK and overseas (and in Berkshire too). Would these services be useful in your research?
Ascot's nearest choral group is Bracknell Choral Society, which performs three major concerts each year. We meet on Wednesday evenings in term time at Ranelagh School and are a very friendly crowd of some 100 singers. Come and try us! We have just ended our 50th Anniversary Year, having performed with several world-renowned soloists (eg: Dame Emma Kirkby, Andrew Foster-Williams). We start rehearsing for Brahms' 'Requiem' on January 4th - new singers are always welcome! www.BracknellChoral.org.uk
The Bracknell Forest Society enjoys talks on a range of topics, including archaeology, at Jocks Lane Community Hall, 7.30 - 9.00pm. All Welcome - Admission Free. For further information call 01344 423440 or www.thebracknellforestsociety.co.uk
Chavey Down WI meets at St.Martin's Church Hall, Church Road, Chavey Down, usually on Monday evenings. New members are welcome. The group enjoys interesting speakers, outings and social events. Call Janey on 01344 883854 or 01344 882184
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Budding young cooks required: Mini Masterchefs offers engaging cooking classes for pre-school children. The classes encourage them to have fund whilst making delicious recipes that are brilliant even for the fussiest eaters.
Children will learn about food through touching, tasting, experimenting and enjoying cooking in a happy secure environment, promoting early years development along the way.
During the hour-long class, every child will have their own tools and an apron as getting a little bit messy is considered part of the whole experience! They cook with a variety of fresh ingredients and talk about how they are grown and where they come from.
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New members are very welcome to join Creative Sewing, with Sally Beer, 10am -12 noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, at Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield. The sessions are suitable for all levels of sewing experience. The fun classes are a great mixturs of people wishing to run a sewing business, hobby sewers, social sewers and people working on one off projects. Sally also does private tuitionCall 01344 882528.
The Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series is held in the Hamilton Building's Haldane lecture theatre, usually on Thursdays at 1pm
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EDFAS is a Member of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies
We are a local NADFAS group which meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except August & December) at : St George’s School, St. George’s Lane, Ascot at 7pm for 7.45pm
There is time for socialising followed by a lecture given by one of the highly recommended NADFAS lecturers. They cover a broad range of subjects including Art, Architecture, Sculpture, Porcelain, Silver, Furniture & Music.
We also organise a number of visits each year to places of interest such as Country Houses, Royal Palaces, Galleries, Museums & Gardens plus short tours in the UK and overseas city tours which have included St. Petersburg, Madrid and Dresden & Istanbul.
In addition we hold a Summer and Christmas social event each year.
This is a relatively new branch of the Society and is very friendly and always pleased to welcome new members. If you think you may be interested in ‘testing the water’, please contact: Richard Audsley on 01344 883106
For more information (including programme for the year). Also see our website: http://www.englemere-dfas.org.uk/
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The Yateley Angling Academy operates at Trilakes Country Park, catering for all ages, providing tackle, bait and licenses. Contact the Centre at 12 - 16 The Parade, Yately, Hampshire, GU46 7UN 01252 861955 or visit www.yacacademy.co.uk
Learn French with Chloe's Language Club for toddlers on Thursdays, in Ascot - Cranbourne and Ascot Heath Schools and Edith Rose Nursery; £5 per session . £5 per session. First session free! 01344 890208.
Giovanna's Italian cookery club runs at Sunningdale Village Hall. Giovanna's Adult Cookery Classes run for a 4 week courses..
Come along and cook in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Just bring an apron, all ingredients and equipment will be provided! Please contact Giovanna on 07980 622706 or
The Bracknell and District Historical Society, many of whose members live in Ascot, was formed in 1971 and is a Corporate member of the Berkshire Local History Association. The Society holds a monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month, September to April, in Braybrook Hall, Makepiece Road, Bracknell at 7.45 for 8pm. The first meeting of the Autumn session is September 20 - for details go to www.ascotmatters.com/index.htm Subjects vary widely, from the Wessex Sound and Film Archives, to the History of All Saints Church, Ascot. The annual subscription is £10. Visitors are welcome (£2). For further information please telephone: Chairman, Jeff Wood, on 01344 883325, Treasurer, Geoff Moss on 01344 625700
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CLICK HERE for more info Take the reins | The Coworth Park, Ascot, equestrian centre welcomes novice and experienced riders from age four upwards. Riding lessons for adults start from £40 per hour, whilst our kids’ Pony Camp is a great way to keep your little ones entertained over the Easter holidays.
If you have any further queries regarding the Pony Club or any of their activities, please do not hesitate to contact the Equestrian team: on 01344 756763 or email
The Warfield Ladies Probus Club for retired professional and business women from Warfield and the surrounding areas enjoy lunch on the third Monday of the month at Mill Ride Golf Club in North Ascot. In addition to speakers at these lunches, there are theatre outings and other social events arranged for members. New members are very welcome. Please see our website www.wlpclub.co.uk for further details
In July the club holds a summer social with a fish & chip supper and a very relaxed atmosphere. This gives members who have not played before the chance to "have-a-go" with less pressure.
The club usually meets on the third Friday of the month at 8pm. Subscription: £10; Concerts: Members admission: £5.00 , Visitors admission: £6.00 . Amateur Nights: Members: £3, Visitors : £4.
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the piano or simply improve on existing skills? If so, daytime piano lessons are available locally in Warfield from an ABRSM qualified music teacher.
Lessons are competitively priced and tailored to meet individual needs. Students can be prepared for examinations or can learn for their own personal enjoyment. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome
For further information, please contact Cathy Custance on 01344 443190 or 07 910 910 220.
Everyone is a bit afraid of speaking in groups or in public, some just hide it better than others! Do you think it would be a good thing if you were able to speak more confidently or improve your skills?
There’s a safe place you can achieve this and learn to become a better speaker, expressing yourself more freely and feeling in control rather than the other way round.
Windsor Speakers is a ‘non-profit’ club that meets two evenings a month where members get to practice and improve their public speaking in an organised, safe and supportive environment. It’s part of the Toastmasters International organisation that has over one million members worldwide.
We have all walks of life from housewives to business people to tradesmen to students. Ranging from accomplished speakers to absolute beginners.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday every month at Gardeners Hall, 213 St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DR. If this is something you might be interested in then pop along one evening to take a look and see what it’s all about. You’d be welcomed.
To find out more go to www.winspeak.co.uk
Rock Choir in Ascot
LOVE SINGING? Ascot Rock Choir rehearse Mondays 7.30 - 10pm at the Cordes Hall, Sunninghill with NO AUDITIONS or requirement to read music! Everyone is welcome to join in with singing fun, feel-good songs in harmony with opportunities to perform locally and at bigger events such as the Ideal Home Show! So why not give it a try? Visit www.rockchoir.com to book your FREE taster! Singing really does makes you happy!
Rock Frog, based in Cheapside, offers outdoor activities such as climbing, caving, walking and kayaking, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2009. Rock Frog runs courses at the Earleywood centre in Bagshot Road, Sunninghill, as well other nearby venues. For full details visit www.rockfrog.co.uk
Royal British Legion, Cranbourne and Winkfield Branch, Women's Section,meets at the Legion Hall, Hatchet Lane, Cranbourne at 2pm on the first Thursday in the month, except August. New members welcome. Contact Wendy on 01344 890716.
The Cranbourne & Winkfield Royal British Legion has regular events including a Friday meet raffle, bingo once a mouth and quiz nights. Membership is available and open to all. The hall is the best in the area and is available for hire, with disco and catering available. Call 01344 886027.
At a loss on Tuesday evenings? Why not try short-mat bowls? We are a club of mainly retired people who enjoy a friendly game each week, at 7pm in Carnation Hall, Chavey Down. Why not join us to see whether it might suit you. For more information please ring 01344 882137 or 013 44 301158. or visit http://chartersshortmatbowlsclub.wordpress.com
For information about walks and rambles around the Ascot area please visit the South East Berkshire Ramblers Walks Programme http://sebr.org.uk/walksprogram.html
The Sunningdale and Ascot Camera Club was formed in 1982 to encourage interest in, and the practice of, photography in all its forms.
The Club is not a ‘closed group’ of specialist photographers,but an all-embracing amateur enthusiasts’ club. As a small and very informal membership, the Club draws together local amateur photographers at all levels of experience and ability, including absolute beginners. In fact, there is little our experienced members enjoy more than passing on their skills to newcomers.
The Club meets throughout the year, at All Saints Church Hall, London Road, Ascot at 8.00pm, on the first Thursday, of every month.
A very full programme of competitions, slide presentations, lectures by professional photographers, together with practical evenings, portrait nights, and an informal social evening held at an outside venue during the year, make for a very exciting and interesting time.
Or view our website http://sunningdaleandascotcamera.clubbz.com
The Sunningdale and District Gardening Association meets on the first Thursday of the month, 7.30pm at the Sunningdale Village Hall, Church Road. Regular activities include informative talks and demonstrations, monthly competition, annual outing, Spring and Autumn plant sales, and photo competition. New members are welcome. Call 01344 626121 or visit http://sadga.wordpress.com
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