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Ascot Racecourse has announced prize money for Royal Ascot 2021  will be  £6 million over the week – a 66% increase on the £3.61m offered in 2020. The Royal Meeting will take place from 15th to 19th June and the full order of running with race values for the extended programme announced in January is attached.

The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, which takes place in July, will be run for £875,000 (2020: £400,000).

Guy Henderson, Chief Executive Officer at Ascot Racecourse, said:

“In 2020 we had hoped to offer record prize money of more than £8 million at the Royal Meeting. In the event the pandemic made that impossible and we have now spent nearly a year racing behind closed doors with trading income down 80%. This year’s prize money of £6 million represents 75% of what we had originally planned for 2020.

“With restricted attendances in 2021 and pandemic insurance cover no longer available, the business will need to absorb a significant loss this year in order to deliver our wish to support the industry with the most prize money that we can prudently afford. Whilst Covid-19 has knocked back our long term financial trajectory by several years, our aim is to make the largest steps we can towards getting prize money levels back on track as soon as possible.

“Without owners we would have no racing. We are very grateful for their commitment and thank them for their support. We look forward to being able to increase prize money further as soon as it is possible for us to do so.

Read more: Royal Ascot Week | £6 Million Prize Money Announced

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

Pictured Above: Christo Brand

For the last week of the school's full remote programme this term Papplewick boys and families, staff and friends were privileged to listen to a thought provoking talk from Christo Brand a South African former prison guard who became one of several warders responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela both at Robben Island and later at Pollsmoor Prison. The two men developed a great lifelong friendship based on mutual respect and trust for each other.  By the means of 'Teams' he took the audience on a journey through childhood memories to Mandela's release and election as South Africa's President.

Read more: Nelson Mandela Warder Talks to Papplewick Pupils


As part of the roadmap to leave lockdown, Charters School in Sunningdale is preparing to welcome its students back to school after offering mass Covid19 testing for staff and students.

Two testing centres have been created in the main hall and gymnasium to enable the school to carry out testing for two year-group bubbles per day. Parents have been sent links to book individual time slots for their children. Year 11 and Sixth Form students will be tested on Monday 8th March and those receiving a negative result will return to the classrooms the following day. Years 10 and 9 will be tested on Tuesday 9th, with those in Years 7 & 8 taking their tests on Wednesday 10th.

Read more: Charters to Welcome Students Back After Mass Testing

Windsor charity to host national youth climate talks ahead of UN global summit


Cumberland Lodge | YOUNG people from across the UK, including pupils from local secondary schools, are gearing up to take part in a youth climate conference this month, convened by Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

Held online to maximise participation, the conference aims to enable young people to express their climate ideas, visions and expectations and feed them directly into the international ‘Pre-COP26’ Youth4Climate summit in Milan this September, ahead of COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.

Up to 100 participants are expected to take part in the Cumberland Lodge conference, Climate Futures: Youth Perspectives, with four interactive sessions between 9 and 17 March, exploring:

  1. Education for sustainability (9 March)
  2. Green business and careers (11 March)
  3. Climate adaptation and eco-anxiety (16 March)
  4. Democracy and grass-roots activism (18 March)

 Young people aged 17 to 25 – from a broad spectrum of schools, universities, organisations and backgrounds – will have the chance to collaborate with policymakers and civil servants, charity representatives and activists from the UK and abroad, community practitioners and academics.


Read more: Cumberland Lodge to Host National Youth Climate Talks


LVS Ascot is delighted to announce that their Sports Department has won the Independent Schools Association 2020 Award for Outstanding Sports (Large Schools Category).



The LVS Ascot - Independent, Day & Boarding, Infant, Junior & Senior Schools & Sixth Form, London Road Ascot.



Pictured Above| Progress at Heatherwood Hospital | February 2021  | View From King's Ride Entrance Road

The new NHS hospital at Heatherwood will provide six top-of-the-range operating theatres, a range of outpatient services and up-to-date diagnostics in a superb new building set into woodland.

 The new hospital will include:

  • Six operating theatres
  • 48 inpatient beds plus 24 day case cubicles
  • General surgery, antenatal, paediatric and physiotherapy services
  • One-stop clinics, including breast and urology
  • Enhanced cardiology diagnostics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Private patient facilities





The Royal Borough has moved a step closer to net carbon zero emissions, following adoption of the Environment and Climate Strategy for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The strategy was created following the council’s environment and climate emergency declaration and builds on its vision to create a borough of opportunity and innovation.

A series of community workshops were held along with an eight-week public consultation on the draft strategy.

The strategy sets out the council’s vision and strategic framework to achieve our net-zero-carbon-emissions target. It is made up of four strategic themes: 

  • circular economy - more sustainable resource use, increasing recycling rates and supporting less resource-intensive lifestyles
  • energy - reducing consumption, decarbonising our supply of energy and increasing local renewable generation
  • natural environment - supporting biodiversity, health and wellbeing
  • transport - reducing the need for carbon intensive travel by encouraging walking and cycling, as well as investing in digital infrastructure
Read more: Royal Borough Moves a Step Closer to Net Zero Carbon Emissions