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Pupils at independent day and boarding school LVS Ascot, on London Road, Ascot, are celebrating after two of the school’s budding young artists won awards in the Independent Schools Association’s London West Art Competition.

Year 13 student, Evelyn Chen, won the Key Stage 5 drawing competition, with her pencil study, and Abhishek Gurung, scooped first place for his evening dress, in the Key Stage 5 textiles category. Abhishek has since graduated and is now studying at the London College of Fashion.

London West is one of seven Independent Schools Association (ISA) regions across the UK, and Evelyn and Abhishek’s work will now be submitted to the National Finals, which are usually held in conjunction with the ISA’s Annual Autumn Study Conference, but this year will take place online in February 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Read more: Young Artists from LVS Ascot Win Regional Awards

A wooded site in Coombe Lane, with a Right of Way across the rear of the site is up for auction on December 15th  - CLICK HERE for Auction details


Ascot Wildlife have identified a Wildlife Corridor (See lines on map above)  which runs along the stream, just to the west of this land. CLICK HERE for more information. The map also shows important trees.

Read more: Coombe Lane | Woodland Auction Site


Each year, more than 250,000 students from over 3000 schools across the UK take part in a series of Maths challenges organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, (UKMT). The aim of the challenges is to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

Our Sixth Form students have recently taken part in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls and we were delighted to hear that Grace in Year 13 had attained a score placing her in the Top 25% of all participants in the Challenge, which is an outstanding achievement. Grace said, "I was surprised and delighted by my results. This has given me a lot of confidence and I am now applying to study Mathematics and Statistics at University"

Miss King, Charters’ UKMT Coordinator said, "We would like to congratulate Grace on her outstanding performance on the recent UKMT Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. She did a fantastic job and achieving a spot in the top 25% of all participants in the U.K. is an outstanding achievement and one of which Grace should be very proud"


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Local Samaritans volunteers prepare to support anyone struggling this Christmas | Christmas will be a tough time for some, even without a global pandemic to deal with, say Samaritans, and the local branch is playing a key role in the round-the-clock service of listening support.

The charity’s latest research reveals that being separated from family and loved ones over the Christmas period is one of the biggest concerns facing callers.  

New research with more than 1,400 of the charity’s volunteers found around a quarter who took part in the survey (27 per cent) have, over the past three months, spoken to people who were feeling concerned about their well-being over Christmas and the winter period.

The volunteers at Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch, which is based near Larges Lane, Bracknell, have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure their vital service is available at all hours for anyone who needs help. They will be there throughout Christmas and New Year to make sure there’s someone there to listen, in confidence, and for free, to anyone who is feeling alone or struggling this festive season.

Chris Lindsey, branch director and listening volunteer, shared why this is so important.

Read more: Local Samaritans Offering Support This Christmas


Hundreds of Thames Hospice supporters took to the outside on Sunday 6th December 2020 for the charity’s annual Santa Dash.

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 and beyond.

As the annual festive fun run was unable to take place at Swinley Forest this year, supporters were invited 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: Santas Seen Dashing Around Berkshire in Support of Local Hospice




- Turnover up 6% due to a strong performance from fine dining at Royal Ascot and Ascot Racedays, a full year’s income from the Bet With Ascot operation and increased income from broadcast and media rights;

- Further investment and capital expenditure in racecourse facilities including a new public address and sound system throughout the racecourse; the second phase of an eight-year box refurbishment programme; further investment in the wayfinding project; a new external escalator providing access to the parade ring and the continuation of the comprehensive Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) programme now that the Grandstand is over 10 years old;

Read more: Ascot Racecourse | Financial Results 2020

A new Government backed scheme aimed at supporting the most vulnerable families with children and individuals will begin operating in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in December.

The scheme, which will run from 1st December 2020 to the 31st March 2021 and includes the Easter school holidays, provides more than £200,000 in new funding for the council to build upon the support already provided during the pandemic.

Most of the money will be used to provide vouchers for food to cover the Christmas, half-term and Easter school holidays for those children in the borough who qualify for free school meals. 

In addition, the council is making a proportion of this fund available to local foodbanks and other voluntary and community groups to help their efforts to get more support to vulnerable families and individuals in the Royal Borough.

Councillor Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for adult social care, children’s services, health and mental health, said: “This new funding is a welcome boost to support those who need our help the most, and help has never been more needed than it is now.

“The council is the organisation that’s best placed to coordinate local efforts to ensure the appropriate winter support is provided. We will be working with schools, colleges and nurseries, along with charities, voluntary groups and local health and social care practitioners to identify those most in need this winter.

Read more: RBWM New Winter Support Scheme launches