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!
The Ascot Charitable Trust raises huge amounts of money for local and national charities, mainly with the Annual ACT Ball. Visit the ACT website at www.ascotcharitabletrust.org.uk
The Ascot Charity Ball at Ascot Racecourse 2008
The Ascot Charitable Trust, together with patrons Ray & Lisalynn Bowdery, recently held a ‘cheque presentation’ luncheon at The Berystede Hotel in order to donate the proceeds from their annual Ascot Charity Ball to five delighted beneficiaries.
(Above) Nicky Pardo, Alan Carr, Anne Hoddle, Rebecca Smith of the NSPCC, Lisalynn and Rae Bowdery, Ronnie Wilkie and Sayonara Luxton and the £25,000 cheque for the NSPCC
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.
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!
What next for our local Neighbourhood Plan | - A open event was held on Wednesday 2nd July at the Old Paddock Restaurant at Ascot Racecourse.
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'.
There was some discussion about overlap in the remit of these various public bodies, but Diana Tombs assured the gathering that the Development Group (a re- incarnation of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group) had a unique role to play. The elected authorities are constrained in what they can do and SPAE has a mandate to represent its members. The Development Group can represent the wider community view, as long as there was call for it to do so, she explained. Patrick Griffin, Chairman of SPAE, confirmed that the two groups would work together, in a complimentary way.
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.
The next step is for the Development Group committee to analyse the comments made on the July 2nd exhibition (concerning the topics described below) and organise the new crop of community volunteers.
Anyone who would like to work on these topics, monitor the Plan, or help respond to Planning Applications, should e-mail
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
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 www.spae.org or call SPAE chairman, Patrick Griffin on 01344 620375.
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