From Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th November, twenty-eight Year 9 and 10 students from Charters School in Sunningdale, kept the tennis matches moving smoothly at the ATP Champions Tour at the Royal Albert Hall. The students were chosen as 'ball kids' to ensure that the players had enough balls to serve and that they got new ones quickly when needed.

As well as meeting players including Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis & of course the “Court Jester” Mansour Bahrami, one of their students was invited to play a point against Emma Raducanu! It was one of highlights of the event and was posted on the BBC's Twitter feed.

Read more: Charters School Student Steals Show at ATP Champions Tour Tennis




BFC  highways and transport team is looking for residents’ feedback regarding the services the council provides or are involved with in the Borough.

There are six independent surveys covering the following topics:

  • Accessibility
  • Tackling congestion
  • Public transport
  • Road safety
  • Highway maintenance
  • Walking and cycling

Each survey will only take a few minutes to complete but your feedback will be invaluable in helping us to understand how you feel about our services, and help to inform decisions about roads, cycling, bus services and public transport in Bracknell Forest.

To get involved and take the surveys, please visit the website. You have until 28 February 2022 to take part.

Innovative grant schemes to build business resilience |Residents and businesses in the Royal Borough will benefit from an innovative approach to supporting the local economy using the remaining Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

A grant is being offered to eligible businesses in the borough who either create a new or extended Advantage Card discount on a product or service.

Two levels are available - £5,000 for businesses offering 20% to 39% off, and £10,000 for a discount of at least 40%. Applications can be made until 31 March 2022, funding permitting.

Applications are open to a wide range of business, including business coaches, marketers, web designers, accountants and virtual assistants who are well-placed to help build business resilience, keeping a flow of local spend and helping to develop new partnerships in the Borough.

Read more: Innovative Grant Schemes to Build Business Resilience

The Creative Arts Faculty at Charters School has a rich back catalogue of knock-out school productions, and this week the Sunningdale school was delighted to welcome back audiences for the first time since before the pandemic.

More than 100 students from Years 8 to 13 took part in Legally Blonde the Musical, which played to a packed house for four performances from 24th November 2021.

The cast began rehearsing in September to become the well-loved characters from the Reese Witherspoon classic, learning not just lines but also energetic dance routines and a highly sophisticated musical score.

Read more: Charters Pupils Delight Audiences With Legally Blonde Production


First Gigaclear customers live in Ascot with exclusive 400Mbps ‘try before you buy’ offer...

Gigaclear, the UK’s largest rural full fibre broadband provider, is offering residents in Ascot the opportunity to take a free six-month trial of the company’s 400Mbps service which will allow residents to try the service free for six months before having the option to buy.  

The broadband provider has already connected its first customers in Ascot with this exclusive offer which is nine times faster than the UK average. 

Nick Rawlings, Chief Marketing Officer said; “The difference with a full fibre connection really is staggering and we want to be able to demonstrate that. We have put together this amazing offer to allow all Ascot residents in our network to give it a try for FREE and see for themselves. With more people relying on a strong, stable connection and more devices than ever being connected to the internet, we are confident that users will want to keep the service after their free trial. However, at the end of the six months, if you aren’t thoroughly blown away, there is no obligation to stay with us.” 

Read more: Exclusive Ascot Gigaclear 400Mbps ‘try before you buy’ offer

White Ribbon campaign calls on everyone to stand together to end male violence against women

Partners in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead are calling on everyone to stand together against male violence, abuse and harassment towards women, as we mark White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Thursday 25th November).

As 16 days of national activism get underway, the Royal Borough, the Dash Charity and other partners are launching a campaign asking everyone in the community, including all men, to make the White Ribbon promise to “never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence towards women”. Visit 

The White Ribbon campaign will also raise awareness on social media of the valuable partnership work in the Royal Borough to help keep both women and men safe, the support available to victims, and the several ways people can report and get help if they are scared, threatened, or abused.

Read more: White Ribbon Campaign Launched

Charters School in Sunningdale is very proud to be launching a fundraising campaign which really embodies their school motto of Unity Respect Excellence.

There are several unseen students at Charters who are battling long-term medical conditions that prevent them from attending school, and they are raising funds to buy an AV1 Robot so that these children have a chance to be heard and included in day-to-day activities.

With the help of one of their past students, Bayley Prickett, who is now studying Film Studies at university, a wonderful parent and some incredible students, Charters has created what they hope is a fundraising film that people will want to share with their friends. They hope that the film fills you with a similar feeling to the one you may get when you watch a John Lewis Christmas advert, and that it will inspire people to donate to this wonderful initiative.

Each Robot costs £3240 and the school hopes that the local community will donate and give the Gift of Friendship this Christmas.

The Film can be watched here

 Charters School