Thames Hospice     Tickets for The Massive Get Together go live today - people can access the event by donating just £10 to help 10 charities at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-massive-get-together.

 

THAMES HOSPICE UNITES WITH UK CHARITIES TO LAUNCH ONLINE EVENT ‘THE MASSIVE GET TOGETHER’ IN A BID TO RAISE OVER £500,000

 HOSTED LIVE AND ONLINE BY TV AND RADIO PRESENTERS GABY ROSLIN AND AMANDA BYRAM

FEATURING PERFORMANCES AND APPEARANCES FROM STARS FROM STAGE AND SCREEN INCLUDING 80’S SINGER SONGWRITER CHESNEY HAWKES, COMEDIAN NINA CONTI, SINGER NADINE COYLE, MUSICIAN MYLEENE KLASS AND SINGER SONGWRITERS SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR, JC STEWART, DONEL, CALLUM BEATTIE - AND MANY, MANY MORE

#TMGT  - WHEN CHARITIES UNITE, TO ENTERTAIN US ALL

For the first time Thames Hospice is uniting with a number of other UK charities to respond against the impact that COVID-19 is having on the charity sector by staging The Massive Get Together – an online charity event comprising celebrity entertainment, performance, prize draws and lots of laughs, in a bid to raise £500,000!

This special collaborative, relaxed, and fun variety event, the brainchild of one of the UK’s leading charities Volunteering Matters, will be hosted live from London by TV and radio presenters Gaby Roslin and Amanda Byram.

Streaming live and online on Thursday 17th September at 8pm to an anticipated audience of more than 20,000, these 10 incredible charities are inviting the nation to ‘take the night off’ and relax with them to enjoy their fun online event which promises to have ‘something for everyone’ - including no 1 hits, comedy, and surprise special guest appearances.

Read more: Tickets On Sale Now for Thames Hospice Fundraising Massive Get Together

ascot durning library

CLICK HERE to see Royal Borough's Consultation on Changing RBWM Library Opening Hours

The Ascot Durning Library (in upper Ascot High Street) SL5 7JF, 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are seeking your views on proposals to maintain a sustainable and resilient library service, which will continue to meet the needs of Royal Borough residents and library users while delivering essential savings for the Council.   However, they are proposing a reduction of 123 hours per week to opening hours across a range of libraries.

You can read the consultation document here  library_opening_hours_consultation

 

Closing date for the consultation is Monday 30th November 2020.

 

Read more: Ascot & Sunninghill Libraries | Public Consultation | Have Your Say!

Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park |   Guests flock to open-air performance of ‘Conference of the Birds’ held on Saturday 12th September, the grounds of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park were awash with the vibrant sounds and colour of Conference of the Birds, a new song-cycle for singers, instrumentalists and dancers by Danyal Dhondy, presented by the charity Cantata Dramatica.

Tickets sold out in advance, with a waiting list, and by 4.30pm the lawn at the back of Cumberland Lodge was full of socially distanced groups enjoying picnics. The show started at 5.30pm, as the sun was starting to set and birds flying back to roost over the Great Park.

The open-air performance was a fundraiser for the charity at Cumberland Lodge, which specialises in bringing people together, in dialogue, to tackle social divisions and help build more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

Conference of the Birds is a newly commissioned work, based on the 12th-century Persian poem of the same name, by the Sufi poet Farid ud-din Attar, ‘the Attar of Nishapur’. The music is inspired by Sufi mysticism and the improvisational styles of Indian classical music.

Read more: Guests Flock to Open-Air Performance of ‘Conference of the Birds’

Call for immediate action following waste collection issues | The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is bitterly disappointed in the waste and recycling collections service provided by Serco and is calling for immediate action to be taken.

Senior council officers held talks with Serco’s senior management this week to make it clear that the level of service has been unacceptable, and a drastic improvement is required immediately.

Councillor David Coppinger, lead member for waste, planning and Maidenhead, said: “We are incredibly disappointed in the level of service that has been provided since the return of weekly collections and insist that urgent plans are put in place to complete the rounds more efficiently, as the delays are unacceptable for our residents.

“We’re committed to providing an effective weekly collection service to our residents and will work with Serco in their review the current routes and make adjustments so that these issues do not continue in the future but we do need them to make the changes to their business in order for this to be resolved.

Read more: New Bin Collections Unacceptable Says Royal Borough

https://www.thameshospice.org/santadash 

 

 

Thames Hospice is calling on all supporters to kick off the festive season in style by donning a Santa suit and taking part in their own Santa Dash on Sunday 6th December 2020. 

Berkshire’s longest running Santa Dash is one of the highlights in the Hospice’s fundraising calendar and raises significant funds each year to support local people who need urgent hospice care over the Christmas period.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic the Santa Dash is unable to take place in Swinley Forest this year. Instead the Hospice is inviting supporters  to ‘do it their way’ and take on their own local walking or running route, covering a distance of either 3k, 5k or 10k, whilst adhering to the UK Government’s social distancing guidelines.

 

Read more: Do it Your Way in the Thames Hospice Santa Dash

Click on the Link for more information on the Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa Weddings

Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot has seen a 25% spike in enquiries after launching a series of flexible wedding packages created specially to help couples tie the knot following lockdown.  

Following its re-opening last month, the four star venue had responded to significant pent-up demand, and has re-shaped its offering to accommodate a range of wedding requests, creating a magical experience in a romantic and safe environment. 

In line with government guidelines, intimate ceremonies can now be held in front of a small group of family and friends, and the venue is offering the potential to hold this small ceremony now with a larger reception at a later date. These ‘Sequel weddings’ have been particularly popular with the venue, with wedding co-ordinators working closely with couples to plan not one, but two special days.  

Demand is also growing for ‘shift weddings’ which mean couples do not have to compromise on guest numbers, hosting one group of family and friends for the ceremony and another for an extended wedding breakfast the following day. 

Bookings for larger weddings in 2021/2022 are also on the rise, and the hotel is seeing increased bookings for up to 400 guests in its Windsor and Eton Suite. 

Read more: Rising Enquiries Prompts Ascot Venue to Unveil New Wedding Packages

During the time that Sunningdale Village Hall has had to be closed to classes and activities  the opportunity was taken to do a number of essential repairs and improvements to the Hall.
A damp issue between the small and large hall has been dealt with and the walls replastered and painted. The large hall, entrance lobby, kitchen,  toilets and exterior front windows have
all been redecorated and the window furnishings replaced.
In addition the hall has  a new logo (see above) and have new email addresses. All booking enquiries should be directed to:  SVH@sunningdaleparish.org.uk
and any enquiries about marketing  :  village.venues@sunningdaleparish.org.uk

Sunningdale Village Hall reopened to regular hirers on 1st September. To comply with the regulations required for the Hall to be Covid-19 secure a number of measures have been put in place:
• The Hall is being thoroughly cleaned each night and all class instructors will ensure that all regularly touched surfaces have been wiped down before their participants enter the Hall and again on leaving.
• Hand sanitizer dispensers have been put up by the entrance and exit to the hall along with a temperature check device.

Read more: New Improved Sunningdale Village Hall | Open Again & Covid Safe

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