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Ascot Racecourse has confirmed the  prize money for Royal Ascot, 16th to 20th June 2020, at £3,680,000.

All eight Group One races will be run for £250,000 with no race at the newly formatted 36 race meeting (30 in regular years) run for less than £35,000.

With no early closing races operating this year, all races will close at the six-day stage and entry fees will be as normal, beginning at 1.25% for Group One races.

Guy Henderson, Chief Executive at Ascot Racecourse, said:

"2020 was set to be a landmark year for Royal Ascot prize money.  However, these unprecedented times have intervened.  We have sought to respond by producing an enhanced programme of racing this year to maximise opportunities to participate and which in its own way will deliver an exciting and memorable Royal Meeting.

"Some 70% of our annual income comes from public admissions, including hospitality, and producing in excess of three and a half million pounds in prize money in the current circumstances would not have been possible without the support and commitment of our wonderful Official Partners QIPCO and Longines, for which we are all deeply grateful and express our sincere thanks on behalf of everyone involved."

Read more: Royal Ascot 'At Home' | Running Order Announced | June 16th to 20th


Noah Evans is helping to raise money to buy fabric to make surgical scrubs for our wonderful NHS workers. Scrubs Glorious Scrubs is a voluntary sewing collaborative set up by very well-known Ascot resident, councillor and businesswoman - Lynda Yong  at Ascot Business Park, and now has 400 seamstresses up and down the UK making these essential and hugely in demand scrubs and bags for the contaminated scrubs to be put in at the end of the shift. They are in desperate need of fabric. With these bags, they can put all of their contaminated uniform in the washing machine when they get home without touching anyone or anything else.

Scrubs Glorious Scrubs, was set up by Ascot Fashion Workshop owner Lynda Yong to produce hugely in-demand scrubs for NHS staff, as well as bags to put the contaminated clothing .

Each set of scrubs costs £5 to make and the initiative was in desperate need of fabric.

CLICK HERE for SCRUBS GLORIOUS SCRUBS video, with founder, Lynda Yong


Scrubs Glorious Scrubs Fabric Print  designed by Tessa Semple

Read more: Scrubs Glorious Scrubs ! | It all Began in Ascot !


Charters School’s receives Grant from Prince Philip Trust | Charters School in Sunningdale has recently received a grant of £1,100 from The Prince Philip Trust Fund, to support the purchase of laptops or tablets for students who do not have appropriate IT equipment at home. The new equipment will then be loaned to those students most in need so that they can access online learning from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The grant was agreed following a Zoom Trustee meeting on 13th May which was chaired by HRH The Earl of Wessex. In total, £20,000 is being distributed 50:50 by The Prince Philip Trust Fund and The Royal Albert Institute Fund.

Dame Marcia Twelftree, Trustee from The Prince Philip Trust Fund and ex-Head Teacher of Charters School, said: “Schools across the Royal Borough are doing a great job, rising to the challenge of helping their pupils to continue their education online during this difficult time.  However, there are a small number of pupils who simply cannot access that education because of the lack of IT equipment at home. We hope that this grant will help prevent some children from being left behind in their learning, and provide a resource for schools that they can continue to use in the future.”







Children walking and biking to school

Parents and carers will be aware that the government has set out an aim for more children to attend school from Monday 1 June, if the conditions are right for them to do so.

In Bracknell Forest, schools are working hard to explore ways in which the government guidance might be applied so that more children can attend school. However, the following key points are very important for parents and carers to note.

It is not definite that more children can go to school from Monday 1st June. Do not send your child to school unless you have heard from your child's school that this will be possible, and what the arrangements will be.

Everything we are doing needs to be guided by the best possible evidence and science about keeping everyone - children and school staff - as safe as possible. That is our most important consideration.

Each school will need to individually assess their own situation. This means that some schools may not be able to offer the same level of provision, dependant on building space and staffing capacity.

Discussions are currently continuing between the government and the teacher unions and this may lead to further guidance, which we will need to take into account.

Schools will be in touch with parents as soon as they can about what arrangements might be possible. Please bear with us as this may take some time. In the meantime, our schools are all working hard to support children in their learning at home.

We must also be guided by the government, and will continue to update advice on this site and on social media.

This statement was prepared by:

  • Liz Cole, Head of Primary Headteacher Association, Bracknell
  • Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning
  • Debbie Smith, Chair of Headteacher Secondary Representative Group

Bracknell Forest :: Schools Reopening

Ascot residents urged to pledge their support online as revised application for new health centre is submitted to local council. 


Residents are being urged to pledge their support online for a new health centre to be built in Ascot, next to Ben Lynwood Village, halfway between Sunningdale and Sunninghill.

This follows the submission of a revised application to the Planning Department of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on 23rd April 2020.

A large number of people have already voiced their support for the planning application to build the health centre; however residents are now being asked to show their support online in one of two ways:

Comments on the application can be made via the council’s website at (click on the ‘comments’ button). Equally, email the council at

In doing so, residents should quote planning application number 20/00969/FULL, together with their name and address. The deadline for all submissions is 25th May 2020.

More than a hundred residents attended a public event in October last year where the latest plans for the health centre were shared.

Local resident, 75-year-old Jackie Bailey from Ascot, said: “I fully support the need for a new health centre as it’s for the local community.”

She added: “It’s something I feel very strongly about and it would be an utter disgrace if we wouldn’t have it done.”

The proposed build forms a part of a wider Ascot Plan, which is to modernise primary and community care for local residents over the coming years and continue to improve on the health outcomes for local people.

Read more: Ascot & Sunnings Residents Urged to Pledge Online Support for Revised Health Centre Plans


The Countess of Wessex supports ‘Nourish our Nurses’ with visit to St Peter’s Hospital |  

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, spent the morning volunteering for NHS voluntary group ‘Nourish our Nurses’ and meeting nurses and midwives at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on Tuesday 12th May to mark International Nurses Day. The day coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12th May 1820.

‘Nourish our Nurses’ was founded by Jo-Ann Airikkala and comprises a small team of sixteen volunteers who have undertaken a supreme fundraising effort to raise over £45k; £29k via their GoFundMe page and a further £17k from Virgin Radio’s NHS Auction.

Read more: Nourish our Nurses | The Countess of Wessex Visits St.Peters


Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council is working in tandem with local churches and organisations to provide a Covid 19 Support Hub.