Parents have rated Village End, Creche, Nursery, Pre School & Mini Camp, in Ascot, as one of the Top 20 nurseries, out of 2,014 early years settings in South East England. 

The top twenty nurseries in South East England have received an award from the leading day nurseries reviews site,, with the award based on the nursery’s reviews from the children’s families and carers. The nurseries were rated on overall standard, facilities and outside space, learning, resources and equipment and ICT, care, activities, staff, food and nutrition, management, cleanliness, safeguarding as well as value for money.

Amanda Hopkins, reviews manager of, said:  “We would like to congratulate Village End, Creche, Nursery, Pre School & Mini Camp on being rated by parents as a top nursery in South East England. Being chosen as one of the best nurseries by family and carers of children that attend the setting is a huge achievement.

“This year has been a huge challenge for nurseries, many of whom were offering childcare to vulnerable and keyworker children during lockdown and have now opened up fully, giving parents and children that vital return to ‘normality’.

“We hope these awards will boost the spirits of nursery staff and give parents valuable guidance in choosing the right nursery for their child.

“Reviews of our Top 20 nurseries show these settings stimulate and nurture children, enhancing their social and emotional wellbeing as well as their learning.”

Read more: Parents Rate Ascot Nursery as One of Top 20 Nurseries in South East England


Lockdown has been a challenging time for many but at Rebekah’s Dance School we have managed to keep busy with over 1000 classes on zoom from March 2020.

As the country went into Lockdown on March 20th so Rebekah’s Dance School immediately went to online classes from Monday 23rd March continuing students dance training.  To help parents out during this time Rebekah’s Dance School offered all students five weeks FREE classes from April – May having both morning and evening classes available.  This was enabling children to keep active and add structure to their lives whilst being home schooled.  Zoom classes proved to be very popular with both students and adults.  The School was able to offer a full timetable of ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Acro as well as a stretch and conditioning class.  Adults also continued with their classes in Ballet and Tap.  Whilst this was a challenging time for both students and their parents with limited space in their homes everyone found a space be it kitchen, living room or bedroom.  The students at RDS have shown amazing commitment to their online lessons even with some parents converting garden sheds Into a dance space!

Pictured Above: Bella, Photography by Rolf Evans

Read more: Dancing Successfully Through Lockdown




In less than two months Bracknell Forest residents will be able to take advantage of a new food waste recycling scheme, as part of the council’s plans to help tackle climate change and reduce its impact on the environment.

With collections starting from 1 March 2021, residents of houses will be able to recycle all their food waste including cooking oils and leftover pet food. Food waste will then be collected from its outdoor caddy and taken to an anaerobic digestion plant where it’s made into energy and fertiliser.

To get started, residents will receive the following between 25th January and 26th February 2021:

  • a black 23 litre outdoor caddy
  • a silver 5 litre indoor caddy
  • one roll of 50 green plastic indoor caddy liners
  • service leaflet that includes collection schedule

Households should open their caddies as soon as they receive them as there is important information inside, such as how to use the service and a new waste collection schedule.

Housing strategy consultation launches

A public consultation has launched asking Royal Borough residents for feedback on the council’s draft five-year housing strategy, which will be presented to Cabinet in February. 

The six-week consultation will allow residents to have their say on the strategy, which sets out plans to ensure that everyone in the borough can access suitable and affordable accommodation, along with housing-related support for those who need it.

The draft strategy was initially consulted on with councillors and partner organisations, including homeless charities and housing associations. It has been developed around three key objectives; delivering new homes, promoting health and wellbeing and supporting vulnerable residents to obtain and sustain appropriate accommodation.

Councillor Ross McWilliams, lead member for housing, communications and youth engagement, said: “The Royal Borough is a great place to live so it’s understandable that there has been an increasing flow of people moving here.

Read more: RBWM Housing Strategy Consultation Launches

There is a recent planning application (20/03418/FULL) in the Green Belt, adjacent to the public footpath from Woodside to Cheapside near the Great Pond in Windsor Great Park near Cheapside. Link to location: . This application is to build a film set which will be there for 5 years and be used for filming for several weeks a year. For more information and to comment please follow this link:

The deadline for comments was January 15th.  

Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council  Response

Application 20/03418 – Land Adjacent to the Drawrey, Windsor Great Park. Change of use of land for construction of film set and use of associated land for parking and storage purposed for a 5 year period. Sunninghill and Ascot Recommendations: Summary: Our parish council strongly objects to the proposed development. It is clear from the submissions that the applicant has: a. Significantly underestimated the harm the development and its accesses will do to the Green Belt, biodiversity and users of the popular footpaths affected by the proposals The applicant claims that: “when considering what is permissible there will be very little harm to the area through traffic, noise or environmental impact from the filming activity and associated vehicle movements” and hasn’t presented an environmental statement to support this view, contrary to NP/EN4.2. b. Over-estimated the economic benefit of the facility which will only be used for between 12- 15% of the 5 years it will be in place, and is largely self-contained.

Read more: Planning Application for Film Set in Great Park | Cheapside | Woodside

Local health services join forces with Waitrose to help protect local people from COVID-19 | Bracknell and Ascot health services have joined forces with Waitrose to help protect local people from COVID-19.

Waitrose has donated the use of its Sports and Leisure Centre at its head office in Willoughby Road, Bracknell, for the roll-out of the COVID 19 vaccine in the community, through a GP-led service which went live this morning (22/12). The leisure centre is usually used by Waitrose Partners but has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Fiona Slevin Brown, Executive Managing Director for Bracknell Forest and a COVID-19 vaccinator herself, said: “On behalf of my colleagues in the NHS, I would like to personally thank Waitrose for their kind donation which has allowed us to kick-start the roll-out of our COVID-19 vaccination programme in the community.

Read more: Local Health Services Join Forces with Waitrose to Help COVID-19 Vaccinations



Message sent on behalf of Chief Superintendent Robert France, Gold Commander for Thames Valley Police’s response to Coronavirus.

“As you will all be aware here in the Thames Valley and nationally we have now entered a period of lockdown to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus.

“Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support throughout the pandemic and your continued support of us and other emergency services by following the government legislation and guidance and staying at home to stop the spread, save the NHS, save lives and protect everyone in our communities.

“We all have a duty to stay at home unless there is a valid reason not to be there. The full details of what you can and can’t do during lockdown are contained on the government pages -

Read more: Thames Valley Police | Lockdown Statement