E-mail: berniclittleboy@hotmail.com

Hope in Depression will run a support course one evening in January 2020 at South Ascot Church Hall .

Radnor House Surgery & Ascot Medical Centre now offers a 21st century method of consulting a GP. I tried it and found it to be pleasanter, quicker and much more satisfactory, than a traditional consultation!

On their website Home page, click on the blue strip ‘Consult Our Doctors Online

You’ll be offered a wide range of conditions to click on. Or type your condition into the Search box and more detailed options will appear. I typed in rash and the drop-down menu offered me ‘hives’,   ‘urticaria’ and so on . This was very helpful and you feel you're getting somewhere quickly.

At this point we are also offered three options on what kind of consultation we’re seeking:

This is an example of how very well designed this system is. At an early stage, the doctor knows what the patient is trying to get out of the consultation. (It might be an idea to state this up front, in face to face consultations?)

Read more: 21st Century GP e-Consultations in Ascot | A Review

E-Mail: abctoread@btconnect.com   Websitewww.abctoread.org.uk

Volunteers are needed urgently, in the Ascot and Sunningdale area, by the charity - ABCtoRead - which helps children see the fun in learning to read. Full training given. Contact details above.


Please click on poster to enlarge it


SMART  - Help for Adults With Drugs or Alcohol Concerns- are at the Trax, Mill Ride, Off Fernbank Road, North Ascot SL5 8JW, on Wednesdays, 10am - 11am  Call  01628 796525
E-mail :  contactwam@smartcjs.org.uk

Who could benefit from this service?


Read more: Adults With Drugs or Alcohol Concerns | SMART

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at St.Michael's Church Hall, Church Lane, Sunninghill, on Wednesday evenings at 8.15pm

E-mail: terrie.hall@alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk  or call 07516 165647

Alzheimers Dementia Support is a local charity,  commissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to offer free of charge Dementia Awareness Training in the community, to residents and people working in the Borough. Volunteers needed. For more information please  see  www.alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk.

EVENTS AT KING EDWARDS Hall, King Edwards Road, North Ascot, SL5 8PD |

· Singing For Pleasure - Friday's 10.30am-12pm

· Moves & Grooves Tea Dance 3rd Thursday 2pm-4pm~

· Seated Exercise with SMILE - Thursday mornings - Refreshments at 10.30am followed by 45 minutes seated exercise, at 11am




well baby clinic ascot

E-Mail: Rebecca.reeves@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

There are sometimes 1 and sometimes 2 of us ladies from the Breastfeeding Network who run the breastfeeding support group alongside the Health visitor weigh in session.  You don’t need to weigh your baby to see us you can just pop along, we are usually set up in a corner.



Ascot Freegle

Ascot Freegle is part of a new online re-use network called Freegle formed in the UK as a friendly alternative to Freecycle.

In just six days since Freegle was formed, 143 local groups like ours – 28% of former Freecycle groups and representing over 664,000 members (32% cent of the total UK Freecycle membership) – have moved to the new co-operative umbrella organisation, and many more groups are expected to follow us.

Freegle which means Free Giving, Locally, Easily, offers greater freedom for us to organise the way we work to suit local needs, without the rigid management hierarchy imposed by The Freecycle Network.

The UK has been a big player in Freecycle’s global network accounting for approximately one quarter of all re-used household items saved from landfill, and with more members per head of population than any other country.

There are already millions of people in the UK who offer unwanted household items for reuse by others, rather than dumping them. The new site Freegle is open to everyone who wants to do their bit for the planet - just visit www.iloveFreegle.org.

Read more: Ascot Freegle - Successor to Freecycle

ascot volunteer bureauThe Ascot Volunteer Bureau, which matches volunteer drivers with people who need lifts to appointments, can be contacted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, 10 am - 12noon. Local trips cost £4, longer trips have a 45p per mile mileage rate. Visit www.ascotvolunteerbureau.org.uk  Call 01344 625520.  See ARTICLE ON THE AVB

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.

Read more: ASPEN - Ascot Peace Education Network

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Society has much to offer sufferers from the disease. For more information visit www.bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000

The Bracknell Forest Domestic Support Service, charges £9 per hour and can be contacted on 01344 383516 or 07518 749889 or e-mail domsupport@bfva.org


The Bracknell & District Citizens Advice Bureau are now offering monthly help at King's Corner Surgery on Wednesdays (call to make an appointment), Sunninghill and also every Tuesday, 10am to 12 noon at the Ascot & District Day Centre in Bagshot Road, Sunninghill.

WEBSITE    E-Mail    hello@dawnbradlycoaching.co.uk   Call 07984 954304

  ad_dawnb2.gif - 28.63 kb

NLP ::  Life Coaching

Dawn Bradly has a Diploma in Life Coaching with NLP and can help with confidence and self-belief, work-life balance, relationships, anxiety and weight loss. Make a life change and achieve your goals. 

For further information please contact: sl@easttowest.org.uk  or 01784 438007 or visit the WEBSITE

Click to enlarge poster

First Aid courses run at the Red Cross Centre, King's Ride, Ascot, usually seven weeks long. For details of the next course, call 01344 627377

E-Mail: fleetlinefreedom@gmail.com       WEBSITE:  www.fleetlinefreedom.co.uk    Jane Richardson 07703124330

Fleetline Freedom is a family run,  private hire business, based in Sunninghill, near Ascot.  We are focused on meeting the needs of wheelchair users, disabled people,  those with restricted movement or additional needs.
You can travel in your wheelchair or we can safely transport your mobility vehicle.

We have a winch for heavier chairs and scooters.  Space for up to 4 passengers in addition to a wheelchair passenger.
Shopping trips, Doctors or hospital appointments, airport or ports, days out, unaccompanied minors, or any other trips. We’ll take extra care to make your journey as seamless and comfortable as possible.

ad_jane2.jpg - 82.81 kb


Call: Vanessa on 07990 683647 or e-mail: vanessaduram9@gmail.com

Enjoy French lessons in the comfort of your own home .

All ages, tuition up to GCSE & common entrance or just pure freestyle conversation with some grammar thrown-in for older pupils.

Price; £40 per hour

Friends in Need runs (every other Wednesday]  in South Ascot Church Hall, Church Road, South Ascot,  2 - 4pm . For more information contact Louise  on 0796437651

CLICK ON this link for a list of TH Shops


cordes hall sunninghill

There is a new Heal Yourself Yoga & Fitness class – focusing on helping you to improve your fitness, flexibility and mental health, at the Cordes Hall on  Thursday evenings from 6.15 to 7.15pm.  For more information contact Lucie on 07717 377017.



WEBSITE   E-Mail: Patrick@HouseHandyman.co.uk

Home handyman offers free advice and reasonably priced consultatins for home and garden improvements in Ascot, Sunningdale, Berkshire

Please click on the poster  to enlarge it 

The Kitchen'  at The Hope Centre offers complimentary lunch and snacks and a chance to meet friends in the village .  Volunteers from all the local churches  offer free soup and toasties, cake, tea & coffee and a good chat . Everyone is welcome to come along, especially those in the community who would like to meet others and have a chat. The Kitchen will be open every Monday between 10am-2.30pm. For more information contact Annie on 01344 626118. For more information please visit our website at www.sunningdalebaptist.org.uk

The Kitchen at the Hope Centre

Picture  ++++For more information about the Joanna Simpson Foundation , visit http://www.jsfoundation.org.uk/  

The charity transforms the care, support and protection of children affected by domestic abuse and homicide

or e-mail   info@jsfoundation.org.uk 

Telephone :
0203 143 3841

Please click on the poster  to enlarge it Joanna Simpson Foundation :: Wentworth Ball



Read more: Joanna Simpson Foundation | Ascot

 Web: https://www.kumon.co.uk/ascot/    E-Mail: ascot@kumoncentre.co.uk     T: 07730 475272


Kumon will offer a free trial lesson, from February 1st to 29th 2020

Kumon Maths South Ascot Village Hall

 Webhttps://www.kumon.co.uk/ascot/    E-Mailascot@kumoncentre.co.uk     T07730 475272

Kumon provides Maths and English instruction to help students achieve above school grade level through self-learning,

at South Ascot Church Hall, Church Road, South Ascot , SL5 9DP,  weekdays 3.30pm.

Kumon |  Private Tuition | Maths & English | South Ascot Hall


Kumon will offer a free trial lesson, from February 1st to 29th 2020

Kumon Maths South Ascot Village Hall


The Ascot Kumon Centre offers a friendly and welcoming environment. There are students from many local schools who attend each week to study the Kumon maths and/or English programme. Each student has an individualised route through the programme which allows them to work at the most suitable pace for them.


Website:  www.sayinggoodbye.org


The Mariposa Trust holds 'Saying Goodbye' services for those who have lost a baby.

WEBSITE  Email : Ansa.Khan@bucksmind.org

MIND Buckinghamshire, Friends in Need , is running Mindful Meditation  at Lynwood Retirement Village, Sunninghill, Ascot, on Wednesdays.

New! Mindfulness Meditation Guided Practice and Discussion Classes in Ascot |  You are warmly invited to join Friends in Need, in association with Bucks MIND,  for guided mindfulness meditation and discussion sessions , at "Woody's", Woodland View, Lynwood Retirement Village, Rise Road, Sunninghill, Ascot SL5 0AJ, every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 to 4pm. These sessions are offered by MIND free of charge, on a drop-in basis, so you can attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. Please note the guided practice will start at 3pm. Mindfulness practice is a skill that can be learnt, like any other skill. Practising mindfulness involves cultivating the ability to be aware of your present-moment thoughts and feelings with a non-judgmental attitude of kindness towards yourself and whatever it is that you are experiencing. Practising mindfulness can improve your capacity to cope with whatever life throws at you – we cannot always control what happens to us but with mindfulness we can develop the capacity to choose how to respond to it, rather than just reacting to it. Mindfulness helps us to realise that thoughts are just thoughts - we do not have to "believe" our own thoughts any more than we have to believe some else's thoughts! The guided practice is done seated in a chair and will begin with a progressive muscle relaxation exercise, followed by whole body deep relaxation, designed to help you develop greater capacity for present-moment self-awareness, and with that the capacity to free yourself from being controlled by unhelpful and habitual negative thought patterns and their concommitant behaviours.

Read more: MIND Buckinghamshire Friends in Need | Mindful Meditation | Lynwood | Wednesdays

On 23rd September 2019 the new Windsor & Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association was formed and inaugurated, with Valerie Pike as Chair and seven Committee members consisting of NHW Coordinators, Thames Valley NHW Multi-Scheme Administrators, local Councillors and longstanding residents. 
The aim of the Association is to encourage participation in NHW in the Windsor & Ascot parish areas, with a particular focus on increasing safety for residents, preventing cybercrime and assisting our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.  
The areas covered by the Association are: Windsor Inner, Eton & Eton Wick, The Clewers, Dedworth, Oakley Green, Old Windsor, Datchet, Horton, Wraysbury, Ascot, Cheapside, Sunningdale and Sunninghill. The Association has a Facebook page: fb.me/WindsorAscotNHW.
Residents of these areas are encouraged to join the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association by signing up on www.ourwatch.org.uk, using their postcodes to find the most appropriate NHW scheme to apply to become a member of. 
For more information please contact the Vice Chair and Scheme Administrator for Windsor & Ascot NHW, Colin Meads, at pc180f@gmail.com ”.


RBWM :: Childrens services

Ascot & Sunnings residents  now have a brand new local information website where they can find out about services for children and families across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The new web address is: www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk and users will need to update their favourite bookmarks as the old site will no longer be available.

The new look website has been created by Achieving for Children, who deliver children’s services on behalf of the Royal Borough, to offer a more user-friendly format and replaces the existing Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer site (www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer).

After a complete review of the former site and using best practice from the successful Kingston and Richmond AfCInfo/Local Offer, local families now have an up to date web channel to help them access information and services.

Kevin McDaniel, Director of Children's Services - Achieving for Children, said:

Read more: New RBWM Local Information Website for Children and Families.

The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Link Group offers support for people with self destructive behaviour, anxiety, depression,  impulsiveness and relationships. Contact the NHS Berkshire Complex Needs Service. Call the 0790 989 3123. 

For information about home services such as  gardening and landscape, general maintenance,  electrics, plumbing and heating, visit www.anchorathome.co.uk


Eat Better, Run Faster with the  Online http://www.buycheap-pillsonline.com nutrition course at thee School of Health and Well Being. Invest in your health in 2017! Go to  www.healthandwellbeingschool.co.uk


PACTThere is a recognised shortage of 10,000 Foster Carers in the UK. PACT, founded in 1911, is also known as the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work inc. We are a registered charity working to improve life chances for children. The focus of our work is within Berkshire, including the Ascot area, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and aims to build and strengthen families.

We are an approved Adoption and Fostering Agency. We have a history of finding safe, loving families for children in care. Here are a few facts about Fostering:
1.    Did you know you don’t have to be married to become a Foster Carer?
2.    You don’t have to have children already although you do need to have experience of caring for children.
3.    Did you know you get paid a Fostering Allowance of £335.70 a week to be a Foster Carer which is tax free and won’t affect any other benefits?
4.    Most of the children who need fostering are known as ‘hard to place’ children, they will usually be 8+ years of age.

Fostering is a hard but very rewarding job. If you think you might have what it takes to become a Permanent Foster Carer or you want to find out more then contact PACT now on 0800 731 1845 e-mail fostering@pactcharity.org 


 Public Speaking Club on Wednesdays at Jagz, Station Hill, Ascot.

Do you dread giving presentations at work?  Do you start to shake when asked to stand up and talk to a room full of people?  Does your heart start to pound waiting for your turn to introduce yourself in a meeting?

Toastmasters can help you.

Find out what Ascot Speakers can do for you

When: 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesday of each month - arrive no later than 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start

Where: Jagz @ The Station Inn, Station Hill, Ascot, SL5 9EG

Contact: info@ascotspeakers.org.uk   web: www.ascotspeakers.org.uk

Windsor SpeakersEveryone 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

So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise. The SMILE programme is an exercise and activity club for you if you're over 50. You can enjoy SMILE memberships, SMILE sessions, Half Century Club and SMILE hikes at locations all around the Royal Borough and take away an 'At Home Workout' book to supplement your sessions.



LAST year more than 90    Samaritans volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch answered 20,781 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national suicide prevention charity. Overall, 21,007 volunteers responded to 5,331,295 calls for help in the UK and Republic of Ireland*.

Samaritans’ volunteers are ordinary people, who dedicate time every week to provide a safe space for anyone struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them.

Volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts are also involved in outreach work, for example giving talks, visiting schools, and supporting the neighbouring branch at Reading in running a Listener scheme with a local prison where they select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential, emotional support to other inmates.

Sally, director at the local branch of Samaritans, welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the difference their volunteers make in their local community.


Read more: Samaritans | Ascot Area

Sufferng from stress? Prepare for the forthcoming Advent season www.careforthefamily.org.uk/survivestress

sebastians action trust 





 Sebastians Action Trust  has raised money to build a house where children with life limiiting illnesses  and their famiilies can enjoy holidays . For more information about the trust and forthcoming events, click on http://www.sebastiansactiontrust.org/

Read more: Sebastians Action Trust | Holiday Home for Children With Life Limiting Illnesses & Their Families

  Silverline is a confidential, free helpline offering information, friendship and advice for older people, open every day and night of the year. There is no question too big, no problem too small and no need to be alone.


Calls are free: 0800 4 70 80 90  or from a mobile at local rate  0300 4 70 80  For more information go to www.thesilverline.org.uk

FACEBOOK        Slimming World runs sessions at Ascot Heath School, Rhododendron Walk, North Ascot,  at 5.30pm in addition to the 7.30pm.




Slimming World meet at Holy Trinity School, Station Road, Sunningdale, on Mondays , 5.30 and 7.30pm . For more information contact Marelise on 07778 672624  E-Mail  mareliseslimmingworld@gmail.com



Further details can be seen at   http://careersspringboardbracknell.org.uk/about-us/

The first Autumn session will be at the Open Learning Centre on Friday September 6th.

Looking for a new job?  Finding it tough?

  • Could you tell a prospective employer about yourself and why they should employ you in just one minute?
  • Could you handle an asynchronous video interview or an array of psychometric testing now used by many recruiters?
  • How do you respond to being asked what your greatest weakness is?

Difficult isn’t it?  With low levels of unemployment and employers crying out for staff,  you would have thought that finding a job would be a doddle. But finding and applying for the right job in the 21st century can be tough.  If you are middle-aged, and having to look for a new position, in the wake of an employer closing, relocating or reorganising, it can be even worse. Redundancy can be as traumatic as coping with bereavement or divorce.  Job hunting can be challenging and confusing

Since 2006, funded by local authorities, Parish Councils and a charity foundation, Careers Springboard Bracknell has succeeded in helping executives, managers and professionals back into work.  Practically-focused presentations by volunteers with a wide range of experience at senior levels, and as consultants, cover many topics relevant to finding a new role with confidence.

Read more: Springboard Bracknell | Professionals Job Seekers Support

SSAFA Forces Help is a national welfare charity helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families, including widows and widowers in need. Those eligible are people and their families who have served a minimum of one paid day in any of the Armed Forces and their Reserves, including those who have done National Service. The Association can provide practical, financial and emotional support to both serving and ex service people, who may find themselves in crisis.   Further information on the assistance which SSAFA Forces Help can provide, can be obtained at www.ssafa.org or by contacting Central Office on 020 7403 8783.  For people in the Ascot areas the contact number is  01753 862307.

St Peter’s  Hospital has a new Memory Café  at Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 0PZ,  at the  Medical Unit Seminar Room, Level 4 (Duchess of Kent Wing).


The new Memory Café offers informal support and advice for anyone worried about their loved one’s memory loss.  It is primarily aimed at supporting families and carers of patients suffering from memory loss (for example from dementia), who are staying in hospital.


The Café will be open once a month on designated days and is a brand new initiative to support those caring for a loved one with memory loss.

The Sunningdale Carers Group meets the Pavilion at Broomhall Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale on the second Tuesday of the month at 2pm.  Attendance is free.

Welcome to Thames Valley Alert: Community Messaging

Thames Valley Police are committed to involving the community in the policing of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. We believe that by improving the flow of information between the community and its police we can all make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti social behaviour.

This site provides an invitation for you to participate in the exchange of information with Thames Valley Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other community groups. You do not need to join a specific watch scheme but you may find that there are like minded residents or businesses in your area who would welcome your support.

If you live or work in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or Milton Keynes, you are invited to register now to become a registered recipient of messages of information, crime alerts or witness appeals local to the area in which you live or work in a way that suits your needs and lifestyle by email, text or telephone. Register now to Thames Valley Alert.

As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also learn about those in your community subject of anti social behaviour orders, help identify suspected or wanted criminals from the Gallery pages or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.