Free support for businesses on how to comply with new food labelling law | Businesses are being offered free advice and support by the council on how to comply with a new food labelling law, helping to protect consumers with allergies while ensuring traders are prepared for the change.

Natasha’s Law comes into force nationally on Friday 1st October. It is named after 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died in July 2016 after suffering an allergic reaction to sesame seeds, an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packed baguette.

The legislation will make it mandatory for any business that produces Pre-Packed food for Direct Sale (PPDS) to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list. This is food which is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers and is in the packaging before it is ordered or selected.

Read more: Free Royal Borough Support on New Food Label Law

Papplewick School, Windsor Road,  Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or  OPEN MORNING



A dozen choristers at Papplewick School had barely passed their audition for First Choir in the first week of Michaelmas term before they were whisked off to St Andrew’s church, Sonning to join a large choir for a special service dedicating the new organ at St Andrew’s and also marking the retirement as Director of Music there of Chris Goodwin who is staying on as Papplewick’s Director of Chapel Music.   The congregation had voted for their ten favourite hymns; the boys were able to join in with gusto, helping out with descants too. There were four choir anthems and the boys formed the top line of Choir 2 in Parry’s famous “I was glad”. The preacher at the service was Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and the donors board thanking those who had helped fund the new organ was unveiled by former Prime Minister Theresa May. 

Headmaster, Tom Bunbury said "The boys worked extremely hard for this - it was a wonderful sing and I was delighted to award them with Headmaster's commendations for their excellent work, we are fortunate to have Chris as our Director of Chapel Music - the choirs aspire to very high levels."

Read more: Papplewick Choir at Sonning Church Dedication Service

Papplewick School, Windsor Road,  Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or


Papplewick U10 and U11 teams were thrilled to be back on the pitch again and their great team spirit showed when they won the Ardingly and Hall Grove Prep Schools Tournaments respectively last week, and the U10 team doubled their success by winning the Charterhouse Tournament as well.  The U11 team also progressed to the final of the Charterhouse Tournament but were pipped to the post on that occasion by Eagle House.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster said “It is so encouraging to see the boys back on the football pitches and displaying such excellent team performances resulting in two great tournament wins after only two weeks back at school– I look forward to watching their progress throughout the season.” 

Read more: Papplewick Football Season Gets off to Grand Start With Tournament Win

Papplewick School, Windsor Road,  Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or


The Papplewick community is back with a vengeance, and after a long enforced period of being apart it was time to gather together and have some fun on Saturday- all in the very best of causes.  Traditionally run by PoP (Parents of Papplewick) - this particular event is made into a 'bake sale' rather than making it ALL about the sweet stuff - and quiches, breads, samosas, sausage rolls to mention a few sold out within minutes and that is without even mentioning the delicious cakes.

Headmaster, Tom Bunbury said " I am always in awe of the standard of baking at this event and have to say the boys do seem to flock to it at high speed after Chapel ! My huge thanks goes to the PoP team and am delighted to say £1376 was raised for this hugely worthwhile charity."


Read more: Bumper Macmillan Coffee Morning at Papplewick

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Library Service starts new chapter with expanded home delivery service and revised opening times

The Royal Borough’s libraries are starting an exciting new chapter this month – thanks to closer partnership working between the council and communities to deliver sustainable and accessible services that meet residents’ needs.  

All 11 permanent library buildings are staying open under revised operating timetables, agreed with parishes and partners, and informed by patterns of service usage, that take effect from Monday 27 September. Accessibility of the service is further bolstered by an expanded Select and Deliver/Home Library Service led by dedicated local volunteers. 

Thanks to opportunities identified through an extensive public consultation earlier this year, residents will continue to benefit from a comprehensive and efficient library service that meets people’s needs, drives aspiration and remains available to everyone, including the most vulnerable.

Read more: Royal Borough Libraries Launch New Chapter



ASPH Trust transforms training through Virtual Reality and Innovation  | Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first hospitals in Surrey to launch a Virtual Reality (VR) training and education resource.

Our vision is to provide an outstanding experience and the best outcome for patients and the community we serve. At the heart of this lies our strategy to develop the Trust as a centre of training excellence, which has been accelerated by the new ways of working that were adopted during the pandemic. As well as creating new collaborative models and training tools, the Clinical Education team have expanded their simulated education facilities by installing a fully immersive Simulation multi-room suite within the Education Centre at the St Peter’s site. In doing so it has becoming one the first hospitals in Surrey to upgrade to this world-class facility.

This innovative equipment allows the user to experience and respond to real-life situations in a safe and educative environment. At the touch of a button, users can be transported to a variety of settings with 360° imaging within the suite providing an all-round multi-sensory experience for learning. Users can be trained to prepare for real life emergencies including scenes of  road traffic accidents, operating theatres, or on the London underground, just to name a few.

Not only has this revolutionised the way we can offer our simulated education to healthcare workers, it has opened up a whole world of considerations of how we could use it as part of staff wellbeing, patient rehabilitation, a sensory stimulus or how it can be shared with our local community such as with schools and our partners including ambulance and local GP services. 

Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive at Ashford and St Peter’s, said: “I am so excited about our ambition to become the centre of training excellence and this is one of the key milestones in that journey. Installing this world-class equipment will enable current and future generations to receive outstanding training as well as benefiting the wellbeing of our patients and the community.”


Read more: ASPH Trust Transforms Training Through Virtual Reality and Innovation


THE NEXT ROUND OF FUNDING IS OPEN !!!   £100,000 available to support Thames Valley communities...

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Matthew Barber, is today launching a £100,000 fund to support community groups across the Thames Valley.
The Community Fund is intended to support voluntary and community groups that help to prevent crime and keep communities safe.
Money for the scheme comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, and is created from the proceeds from the sale of items seized from criminals that cannot be returned to their rightful owners.
Organisations from across Thames Valley can apply for either a micro grant (under £1,000), or larger grant (over £5,000) for projects that support one of the PCC’s ‘Police and Criminal Justice Plan’ priorities:

Read more: Cash for Crime Prevention Community Groups