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Ascot Racecourse  |  Royal Ascot 2022 will run from  June 14th to June 18th 2022 


Surge testing has started in the GU47 0 postcode area of Bracknell Forest, to help try and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant locally.  

The council is urging all residents over the age of 11 (Year 7) who are living or working in the GU47 0 postcode area to come forward for a COVID-19 PCR test from now until 30 June, provided they are not showing symptoms. An interactive map is available to find out if your address is included.

This will allow us to identify cases, advise self-isolation when necessary and contain the spread.  This includes people who have had the vaccine as well as those who are doing regular lateral flow testing. If you have had a positive PCR test in the past 90 days, you do not need to come forward for testing. 

The surge testing will also apply to staff and pupils at all the borough’s secondary schools and colleges, as well as staff at all primary schools. Primary school children do not need to take part unless they attend Binfield CE Primary School where there has been a number of cases. 

The GU47 0 postcode was prioritised for surge testing based on high infection rate but low vaccine uptake. Low vaccine coverage further increases the risk of transmission and serious disease.  

Testing sites will be open until 30th June at: 

  • Pyes Acre car park (8am to 2pm   3pm to 8pm)
  • Sandhurst Memorial Hall car park (8am to 2pm   3pm to 8pm)
  • Owlsmoor Community Centre car park (8am to 8pm)
  • Bracknell Leisure Centre (2pm to 8pm)
  • Morgan Recreation Ground car park (8am to 8pm on 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30 June)

Please walk to a site where possible as parking will be limited.  Remember there may well be queues, so please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring water and a face covering.

Read more: Covid | Surge Testing in Bracknell Forest


His Highness Sheikh Hamad Al Thani was presented with a gift following the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes, thanking him and his family for 10 years of support for Royal Ascot through QIPCO Holding.

Sir Francis Brooke, Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, presented a bronze of Roaring Lion on behalf of the Ascot Authority and all at Ascot Racecourse.

The bronze captures the moment Roaring Lion won the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in 2018, a hugely significant success for Sheikh Hamad, his family and the whole Qatar Racing team.


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HH Sheikh Hamad Al Thani presentation after 10 years of support for Royal Ascot


Isobel Butler, aged 17 from Ranelagh School, is the first ever winner of the Ascot Racecourse fashion design competition and has seen her digital design brought to life by internationally renowned fashion designer Zeynep Kartal and British milliner Beverley Edmondson.

The competition was part of the Ascot Racecourse Supports schools engagement programme and was supported by Samsung, Ascot’s technical supplier.

 Students from Charters School in Sunningdale as well as Brakenhale School and Ranelagh School in Bracknell were given a Samsung Flipchart and tasked with creating an outfit, complete with hat, that could be worn in the Queen Anne Enclosure at Royal Ascot 2021.

The winning design was selected and created by Royal Ascot designer, Zeynep Kartal and the hat made by Farnham-based milliner, Beverley Edmondson.

Isobel will wear her design to the final day of this year’s Royal Meeting on Saturday, 19th June and she will be co-presenting trophies for the penultimate race of the week, the Golden Gates Stakes at 5.35pm, accompanied by Ascot Racecourse Supports Racing Ambassador, Ryan Moore.

Drew Rogers, Senior Product Manager at Samsung UK, said: “It’s fantastic to see the unique and stylish designs from the students brought to life through our Samsung Flip technology.

Read more: Royal Ascot Fashion Competition Winner

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The Arts Society Englemere  (Ascots evening Arts Society) | Young Arts Initiative

Schools are showcasing their art in South Western Railway stations across the network, supported by local Arts Societies. This is part of an initiative to inspire young people to engage with the arts and to promote and encourage their interest.

The Arts Society Englemere has gathered artwork from local schools and it is now on display in the ticket hall at Bracknell Station.  The initial displays are by students from Harmans Water, Garth Hill and Ranelagh Schools, and will be on display until the autumn.

The display at Sunningdale station was launched by TAS Englemere in July 2019 and, having been interrupted by Covid restrictions, has now been refreshed with work from Hall Grove, St Michael’s Sunninghill and Woodcote House, Windlesham.

The programme is open to schools for all age groups, and the displays will be changed three times a year to enable a range of schools to participate.

Read more: The Arts Society Englemere (Ascot’s Evening Arts Society) | Schools Art Exhibition

A number of football legends will be attending the launch of Red Card to Racism at Pazzia , London Road, Sunningdale, from 7pm on June 22nd, and staying to watch England’s final group game against Czech Republic won the big screen.

And the author of Red Card to Racism will be there on the night to sign copies of his books, together with the football legends

The global Black Lives Matter campaign has given greater exposure to the extent and insidious nature of the structural and systemic racism that exists in all strata of our society and has provided renewed impetus to the urgent need to challenge and eradicate racism in all its forms and wherever it is found.

Sadly, sport has not been immune from this, especially so in the case of football. For too long, there were attempts to hide and mitigate racist attitudes and actions within the game, but thanks to the growing profile and visibility of black and minority ethnic (BAME) players both past and present - Viv Anderson, Cyrille Regis, Jimmy Carter, Les Ferdinand, Pat Nevin and Ruud Gullit to name just a few - and almost three decades of education and campaigning led by Kick It Out, attitudes have changed. However, now is not the time to be complacent - there’s still a great deal left to do.

Read more: Football Legends at Pazzia Book Signing & Euros Match Screening | June 22nd 2021

TSB bank, Ascot branch, 21 High Street, SL5 7JE closed on June 10th  2021. While this is very disappointing for Ascot's  to TSB’s customers in Ascot, the Federation of Sub Postmasters  reminds us that alternative banking provision is available to local residents at post office branches nearby.
The nearest post offices to the closing TSB bank, Ascot branch are:

1. Brookside PO,  140-142 New Road,  Ascot, SL5 8QH
2. Sunninghill PO, Kings Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, SL5 9AA
3. Fernbank Road PO, 1 Warren Row, Ascot, SL5 8HN

Each of these branches offers banking services - including deposits, free cash withdrawals and balance checks, as well as offering face-to-face access to government services, bill payment, foreign currency, travel insurance and, of course, postal services. There are currently 2,000 free-to-use ATMs installed across the UK post office network also.
Post offices are proving vital to retaining people’s and business’s access to cash as the banks continue to desert the high street in order to cut costs and increase their profits.
Every post office plays a vital role within the heart of the local community. Post offices provide a reliable and essential service which has continued at a high standard across the whole of the UK throughout the pandemic.