Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council is urging local residents who have historically used the land off Coombe Lane for walking and recreation, to contact us with evidence of use dating back at least 12 years.

Councillors are very aware of how deeply concerned many local residents feel about the situation at Coombe Lane woods and are using every available avenue  to lawfully object to various activities taking place.
The matter will be placed on the next Parish Council meeting agenda so that we can receive a report from RBWM, advising us on the next steps and options available. In the meantime, we are assisting RBWM in collating data from local residents who can confirm that they have walked in the woodland for more than 12 years.
Please email with any evidence you may have, as this will enable us to prove that a Public Right of Way has existed through the land for several decades. 


Anyone concerned about the felling of local trees out of hour, should  call the report Line : 01753 853517



Cookery and Food Technology is an incredibly popular part of the curriculum at St George’s School,  Ascot. The development of a new bespoke cookery room has, therefore, long been planned to grow on the success and continuing demand for food education and cookery skills provided under the auspices of a Leith's approved cookery programme. 

Last term’s period of enforced quiet at St George’s provided the ideal opportunity to get to work! An existing large classroom has been redeveloped to create an exciting, modern space with seven cooking stations and capacity for fourteen pupils to work. There is, in addition, a teacher's work station where pupils will be able to watch demonstrations, supported by televisions and overhead cameras to ensure the girls can observe technique in detail. The school has consciously chosen to use eco-friendly induction hobs within the design of each station both to minimise energy usage and also allow for the use of renewable energy in keeping with St George’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. In terms of aesthetics, St George’s colours have been applied throughout and pupils will see grey cabinets with a splash of red for a very contemporary feel!
 The development of this new space has also enabled the School to repurpose the former Cookery room for much needed domestic staff changing rooms and toilets. This will be a welcome addition for our Support Staff behind the scenes, significantly improving their working conditions and alleviating a number of identified 'pinch points' particularly in the context of Covid safety.
During lockdown, many from across the St George’s community have gathered each Friday evening, under the expert tutelage of Mrs Jones, our Leith's trained teacher, to cook supper together online. The huge popularity of ‘Friday Feasts’ showcases the tangible way in which Cookery, as a skill, builds and strengthens community, facilitating that sense of connection with one another that is central to the St George’s ethos. Girls, staff and families alike, are thrilled that the new Cookery and Food Technology Room is ready for action at the start of this Summer Term.



The students have been working alongside Lara Carr, a postgraduate research student from Royal Holloway University of London, to conduct research into the processes by which an organism senses, interprets, integrates, and regulates signals from within itself. In a series of tutorials, the students explored interoceptive and emotion models and the role of the brain in these processes. Their PhD tutor explained the interaction between interoception and emotion processing and encouraged the students to examine the differences in processing of those with clinical disorders. The programme culminated in each student completing an independently researched essay which was graded against university marking criteria.

The students graduated from the Scholars Programme on 6th May and were presented with certificates my the Headteacher, Mr John Fletcher.

Miss Beth Lawson, Head of Biology at Charters School said, “Every student has shown impressive dedication, curiosity and enthusiasm. Their work was highly praised and recognised as exceptional by course leader Lara Carr. All twelve participants have been a credit to their school and should be very proud of their achievements.”



The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead have been elected during a short virtual ceremony at the council’s annual meeting.

Councillor John Story has been re-elected Mayor and will continue in the role until May 2022 with Councillor Gary Muir also continuing as deputy.

Councillor Story was initially elected as Mayor in December after last year’s meeting was postponed due to COVID-19 and he will now complete a full term of office.

He will be supported throughout by his wife, Mrs Barbara Story.

Read more: Royal Borough Mayor and Deputy Mayor Elected


Thames Hospice is absolutely thrilled to announce BAFTA award-winning documentary maker, actor and author, Ross Kemp, has agreed to become an official Ambassador of Thames Hospice.

As a local resident and fervent supporter of the Hospice, Ross dedicates huge amounts of his time to promote the work of the charity.

Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chief Executive, said: “We are so honoured to have Ross on board as our Hospice Ambassador. His support makes an incredible difference; he brightens up so many lives and always injects a real buzz and excitement amongst our patients, staff and volunteers when he visits us.”

Read more: Ross Kemp Becomes Ambassador of Thames Hospice

South Ascot Village School pupils swap the school run for a school walk | South Ascot Village School is taking part in an award-winning behaviour change scheme to help more pupils walk to school.  

From 4th May 2021, South Ascot Village School will be taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.  

Over half of South Ascot Village School pupils regularly walk to school, but the school hopes to increase this further. When running WOW, schools see an average 23 per cent increase in pupils walking to school and a corresponding drop in car use; reducing congestion outside the school gates, increasing safety and helping in the fight against air pollution – all whilst children benefit from being more active.

With WOW, pupils log their daily journeys to school each day on the WOW Travel Tracker tool. Those who walk to school at least once a week for a month earn a WOW badge, with 11 to collect across the year.

Each year, the 11 WOW badges follow a new WOW theme, all of which are designed by pupils in Living Streets’ annual badge design competition. This year’s theme is INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD and will take WOW pupils on a year-round journey through time and across the globe, celebrating some of the greatest inventions ever created.

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets says:

“Walking to school is an easy way for children to fit more activity into their day. More children walking to school means fewer cars around the school gates - making them safer and cleaner places....

Read more: South Ascot Village School Pupils Swap School Run for School Walk



A KEEN runner has set himself a target of 100k to raise funds for his local branch of Samaritans.

Steve Butler, of Wokingham, has decided to use his sport in support of Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts.

He said: “Assuming we don't count school sports days, I think I've been running for about ten years.

Read more: Runner Plans 100k for Local Samaritans