THc ascot fundraising group

Do you have some spare time to volunteer for a good cause or just unwanted items you would like to give to charity?  The Ascot Fundraising Group for Thames Hospicecare would like to hear from you: -
Can you donate second hand books for a book stall?  Stand with a fundraising tin for an hour? Come up with some questions for a quiz night? Run a stall or event of your own with a percentage of proceeds to THc? Donate clothes or unwanted items to our Sunninghill shop? Knit an xmas pudding (pattern provided)? Help to promote one of our events? Email us with a fundraising idea! 

If you would like to join our mailing list for events in the area that support Thames Hospice, please email your name and contact details to   We will send you details of quiz nights, fashion shows, theatre nights, fayres etc.  If you would like to volunteer, whether its a one-off or more regular, any time you have is precious to us for this worthwhile local cause.  Contact Melanie Trapnell at or phone 01344 876414.


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Please contact Nicky Pardo for further information . Ascot Charitable Trust raises huge amounts of money for local and national charities, mainly with the Annual ACT Ball.

 Ascot Charitable Trust needs your help in supporting  amazing charities:

 The ACT  May Ball is a great black tie event that promises to be a glittering evening with superb entertainment and some unique auction prizes. 

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The Chavey Down Residents Association is open to all residents of Chavey Down, organises socials, campaigns on village issues and organises outings for village senior citizens. Contact Ruth Timbrell on 01344 882068

CDA 50th AGM

Click on the photos to enlarge them The Chavey Down Asociation held their 50th AGM on  Friday 27th April 2013. Approx 70 members including former committee members and founder members were present. Jacquie Lovell the Chairman gave an excellent report and was voted in for a further term as was the vice Chairman Colin Yates.  Adrian Hoare once again was elected Tresaurer and Ruth Timbrell Secretary. Tracey Green Newsletter editor. the remaining committee voted in en bloc.  On display was an exhibition of local material  by Ruth Timbrell including billheads of village traders, outings, parties, Ascot Priory and many photographs.  Among the maps displayed was the 1890/5 map of the Great Western Railway which was planned to run from the Great Western Station in  Windsor to Ascot. This involved compulsory purchase of property and land and it is quite possible that bearing in mind how long this would take the Great War would have stopped all such enterprises, although some work did start in Winkfield at the rear of Locks Ride.   The evening ending with a cheese and wine party.

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Steve Saunders is the RBWM Community Warden covering Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, offering support with  anti social behaviour and community events.

Pictured, L to R: Sue Duncan (Director of Nursing), Jacqueline Clark (CEO), Lady Catherine Stevenson (Patron), Dee Boley.      Please click on the photos to enlarge them    

Thames Hospicecare  (THc) (based in Ascot and Windsor) is celebrating its 25th anniversary  with the launch of a new Hospice-at-Home service.  An extra £315,000 will be needed and the Hospice at Home Appeal  was launched by its Patron  - Ascot’s Lady Catherine Stevenson, former High Sheriff of Berkshire  (pictured) , on Friday March 30th 2012.  The Appeal  has already attracted match funding from a local benefactor and is off to a flying start with a generous donation.

Thames Hopsicecare (THc)  want to keep patients at the heart of their service , supporting  people to die in the place of their choice, whenever possible. Hospice at Home aims to employ three specialist nurses,  providing care and support  all day all year.  The target is to do this for 120 patients at home  by the end of 2012/13 , rising to  200 by the end of 2014/15.  Chief Executive,  Jacqueline Clark   said: “This is taking out into the community , everything we are known for doing here at the Hospice”.  THc already cares for around 1,000 people a year.

Lady Stevenson said: “Thanks to medical advances over the last few decades, people are living longer with terminal illnesses . But this presents us with a new challenge – ensuring there are resources to support people effectively during this time. I’m in no doubt about the important role of Thames Hospicecare plays in the area and am delighted to be Patron of their new appeal. I hope you will get behind it and support this absolutely vital community service.”  Lady Stevenson then officially launched the Appeal with a substantial  donation of her own!


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  East Berkshire Magistrates run talks suitable for community groups and schools

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Ascot & Sunnings NP :: Development   

The Neighbourhood Plan for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale  was adopted by the Royal Borough on 29th April 2014. This means that it’s now become part of the Borough’s Development Plan and its policies must be taken into account when deciding on planning applications in this area.

Former Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group leader, Diana Tombs,  explained there were three areas where a Development Group could now be useful = working on the projects described below, monitoring how they are being used,  and helping to interpret the Neighbourhood Plan policies - as and when they are used in Planning decisions and Appeals.  She said it is also important to add weight to the representations which are currently made by the Parish Council,  the Borough and SPAE  (Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs) as 'numbers count'.

The Neighbourhood Planning process is new (stemming from the 2011 Localism  Act) and there is no precedent for what happens to the Neighbourhood Plan or the team which worked to produce it, after adoption. Those in the field are now  watching with interest, what impact the N. Plan will have on the current high level of Planning Applications in the Ascot area.

Anyone who would like to work on these topics, monitor the Plan, or help respond to Planning Applications, should e-mail


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Ascot Neighbourhood Watch 

Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association, the umbrella body in the area including those parts of North Ascot in Bracknell Forest, takes part in various crime prevention initiatives, offers members security devices at huge discounts, holds quarterly meetings at which local police report to the community and guest speakers talk on various crime issues. The Association also publishes a quarterly four-page newsletter with all the latest crime prevention news and advice


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

Join the Swinley Fun Run on September 13th 2015


 SPAE ::  AGM 2014 

   SPAE, the Society for the Protection of Ascot and Environment, campaigns against too much development in the Ascot area. Too many luxury flats being built ? Too many trees being cut down ? Do something about it -  join SPAE. SPAE has been heavily involved in preparation of the Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan. Full details are at or call SPAE chairman, Patrick Griffin  on 01344 620375.

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CELEBRATING GOOD DESIGN IN OUR AREA | The general public in this area know of the Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs (SPAE) mainly because we object to planning applications and appeals – but as our members understand we are not against all development.   Far from it – and from 2016 we intend to be more visible in a different and very positive way.

We are launching an annual Award – called the Good Design Award - to promote, encourage, and celebrate excellence in building design in our area. A wide variety of buildings will be eligible from new builds to conversions or extensions, private dwellings or commercial, industrial or farm buildings, as long as they have been built within the area that SPAE covers – Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Winkfield.

We believe that the Award scheme will help us to achieve some very worthwhile aims:

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