August 2020 | Local Opera Company, Opera Piccolina is generously sending opera to our homes, from their homes - specifically   the Marriage of Figaro. Produced by Opera Piccolina , Soloists reprise their roles from a recent production in their own homes and come together to perform the Finale to Act IV of Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro"

  CLICK HERE to go directly to their You Tube production

Some of the singers from Opera Piccolina, (many of whom the regular audience will know and recognise!) have come together from their own homes to present this mini performance!  They want to let their loyal audience know that they haven't forgotten us and very much hope that we can all get together again soon.

Keep in touch; they have further ideas in the pipeline for later in the year, if this situation doesn't go away! 
With all our best wishes      Jayne, Nick, Jordan, Helen, Sandra, Michel and Jeremy    General WEBSITE   


CLICK HERE to make a donation to add to the Scouts' efforts

1st South Ascot Scout Group | Beavers & Cubs raise over £4000 in variety of sponsored tasks during lockdown..


During lockdown, Beavers and Cubs from the 1st South Ascot Scout Group have been meeting virtually each week. However, this hasn’t stopped several of the Beavers and Cubs undertaking a variety of tasks to raise money to refurbish their 90 year old scout hut. The hut has no heating or insultation; it has holes in the walls and roof and needs re-painting. 1st South Ascot Scouts is a thriving group and would like to have heating, insulation, new external cladding as well as redecorating the interior. We also hope to open the scout hut to more users within the community so more people can enjoy the space.

William Jones was silent for 24 hours, which is no mean feat for a 9 year old, raising £1000. Brothers Oliver (9) and Leo (7) Jones also managed to stay silent for a full 24 hours raising £227. Sam Brown (10) cycled 50 miles raising £2400. Isaac Richardson (8) cycled 100km and raised £418. These 5 boys raised over 10% of the fundraising target with their incredible efforts as well as being given the District Commissioner’s Award in recognition of their endeavour.

Fiona Jones, Group Scout Leader, said “It’s fantastic that the boys have decided for themselves to fundraise to refurbish the scout hut. I’m very proud of them for taking an interest in improving the hut not only for them to use but for many future generations of Beavers, Cubs & Scouts.”

Read more: Local Beavers & Cubs Raise over £4000 During Lockdown

RBWM are making changes to garden waste collections to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly.

From 17th August, garden waste will be collected in the same vehicle as recycling waste. The vehicle is split-backed so the waste goes into separate compartments. This means that for some garden waste subscribers, your collection week will change. If this is the case, you will receive a letter with details of the changes before 17th August.

For information on the green waste service or to apply, please click here

Weekly bin collections resuming from 17th August |  Weekly household waste and recycling collections will resume from Monday 17th August in Ascot and the Sunnings. RBWM is taking the opportunity to review collection routes to make them more efficient and environmentally friendly.

These changes mean that for some residents, your bin collection day will change. Residents who are affected will be contacted with further information and confirmation of your new collection day prior to Monday 17th August.

The current routes were planned in 2005 and since then the council have seen an increase of 9000 homes across the borough, meaning that not all routes are as efficient as possible. The new routes will ensure that vehicles are travelling shorter distances incorporating the increased number of homes and spreading the workload more equally across crews.

Councillor Donna Stimson, lead member for environmental services, climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, said: “We are happy to be able to return to weekly waste collections following a period of alternate weekly collections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: RBWM | Weekly Bin Collections Resume from August 17th

sebastians action      For further information please email Sarah Challis, at

Sebastians Action :: Christmas in July 

Sebastian’s Action Trust is inviting community groups, schools, businesses and organisations to get involved in this year’s annual ‘sponsor a child for Christmas’ campaign.

Every year, Sebastian’s Action Trust - a charity based in Crowthorne that supports families of seriously-ill children and young people - organises a fantastic Christmas party. 

Hundreds of people attend, and for families facing an uncertain future with their seriously-ill child, the day creates a wonderful opportunity for precious memories to be made.

It costs around £30 per child for the Trust to create a spectacular party, full of festive sparkle. Among the many attractions families will enjoy are Christmas themed arts and crafts, a face painter, a sensory area, petting farm, disco, BBQ, and the chance to meet real reindeers. And of course, all of the children who come along will receive a special gift from Father Christmas.

In the lead up to the Christmas party, we encourage everyone to get into the festive spirit and make a donation to enable us to make it a day for our families to always remember.

If you would like to organise a fundraising event rather than making a direct donation, we would love for you to contact us with your ideas. We can give you all the support you need to make as much as possible contributing towards this fantastic festive occasion.

To find out more about Sebastian’s Action Trust’s Sponsor a Child this Christmas Campaign, email or call (01344) 622500.

Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust | 'Sponsor a Child for Christmas’ Campaign


Charters School Says Goodbye to Much Loved Headteacher  | After eleven very successful years as Headteacher at Charters School in Sunningdale, Mr Richard Pilgrim will be retiring this summer.

He joined Charters as a Physics teacher in 1984 and was swiftly promoted to a Head of Year role three years later. In 1992 he became Head of Science and his appointment as a Deputy Headteacher took place in 1999. Following the retirement of Marcia Twelftree in 2009, Richard undertook the pioneering role of Co-Headteacher alongside Martyn Parker until Martyn’s retirement in August 2018. Since then he has led the Sunningdale school as sole Headteacher, cementing the school’s reputation as a beacon for academic excellence in the local area.

Popular with parents and much loved by students, Richard has always been keen to nurture the talents of every student, both academically and pastorally, resulting in some memorable highlights during his thirty-six years at the school. His creation of the PiXL Edge scheme, a framework for developing and accrediting students with the personal attributes that are essential for employability and life, is one example of this and has been adopted by hundreds of schools throughout the county.

Read more: Charters School | Headteacher Richard Pilgrim Retires

Mrs June Martin MBE, D.Pharm. , lifetime President of the Ascot District Day Centre in Sunninghill, who has done a vast amount of work to support the Ascot- area elderly, died at her home in North Ascot on July 3rd. Her funeral was held at Easthampstead Crematorium on July 20th.

June, who had a deep and compassionate understanding of a carer's responsibilities, set up Saturday Plus at the Ascot District Day Centre, to offer respite care- an outing for the frail and a break for their carers, at the weekend.   Of all her many achievements, Saturday Day Care Plus was perhaps the one she was most proud of. 

June only retired as Chairman of the Ascot District Day Centre Trust, after 14 years in the post, at her 80th birthday, but then took on the role of lifelong President. Until recently, she continued to play an active role in  Saturday Day Care Plus,   And even until last year, she was still to be found, working as a judge at the Annual Sunninghill Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race, on New Year's Day, come rain or shine, helping raise funds for the Day Centre .

She was part of the founding team at the Day Centre, back in the 1970’s. She explained: “It was local GP, Dr Chandler’s dream when he retired. I was a pharmacist with some experience of day centres and he called a group of people together, held meetings over three years and started a lunch club, to demonstrate the need for one,” she says, “It was a huge success, with local people meeting each other for the first time since they were at school.”

Read more: Mrs June Martin MBE Lifetime Day Centre President Dies at 94