Ashford and St Peter’s Staff Member is awarded a BEM for their work during Covid-19

Pictured Above: Maciel Vinagre

Maciel Vinagre, Assistant Manager Hotel Services at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 for services to the NHS during Covid-19 with a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Maciel first joined the Trust as a cleaner at Ashford Hospital in 1997 and later that year was promoted to supervisor. He worked in that role for 2 years, before starting an external role where he worked at the Trust on occasion until 2002. He re-joined the Trust in 2011, in his current role as Assistant Manager Hotel Services, where he manages the Housekeeping and Catering Services.

He has an essential role within the Trust and leads the housekeeping team, but during the pandemic, he worked closely with the senior team and brought innovative ideas and solutions to new problems faced during this time.

Maciel also worked closely with the Infection Prevention Control team to enhance the cleaning regimes by introducing new technologies to his current team, and by employing external teams made up of ex-soldiers. The external team were brought in to help carry out “fogging” in both clinical and non-clinical areas by using a new revolutionary product which had long-lasting and anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and they worked through the nights to help protect staff and patients.

 Maciel was also recognised by members of staff at Ashford and St Peter’s for his the support he offered his team during the first peak of the pandemic, particularly after he sadly lost a member of his team to Covid-19. He arranged a memorial for the member of staff which gave some comfort to the family and friends.

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Residents can now sign up for an Advantage Card online | Residents can now sign up for or renew their Advantage Cards via the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s website.

The signup and renewal services were temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Advantage Card is only available for Royal Borough residents and gives exclusive discounts and offers at more than 200 local businesses and council services. 

Councillor Samantha Rayner, deputy leader of the council and lead for resident and leisure services, said: “The Advantage Card gives our residents access to fantastic discounts from all sorts of organisations, right across the Royal Borough.

Read more: Residents Can Now Sign up for an Advantage Card Online


Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital | New Program launches for Better Nutrition in Care Homes in North West Surrey

A new training program called the Better Nutrition in Care Homes (BeNCH) Project has been launched in North West Surrey to help improve the assessment and nutritional management of residents in adult care homes.

The BeNCH Project was set up by Janet Brewer, the Care Home Support Dietitian at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with CSH Surrey.

As part of the project, Janet will be holding virtual training sessions for care home staff in North West Surrey on a number of different topics. The training is for all staff working in these care homes to help them understand good nutrition and increase their awareness around how they can support residents with their nutritional needs.

The project launches with training on Malnutrition and Food First. This session aims to improve knowledge and understanding of the use of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) to identify care home residents who may be at risk of malnutrition, and encourages ‘Food First’ principles to help manage or prevent malnutrition.

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Thames Hospice, one of the UK’s largest and busiest hospices, opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art facility on the 12th October 2020, welcoming its first patients and visitors.

Surrounded by eight acres of stunning landscaped gardens by Bray Lake near Maidenhead, the new Hospice will lead the way in palliative and end-of-life care, offering the highest standard of compassionate care and support to thousands of patients and families facing a terminal illness every year.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice, said: “After more than four years of meticulous planning and construction, coupled with a challenging year, we are thrilled to open this incredible facility for our community.

“Our new Hospice will enable us to provide unrivalled care and support to even more local people who urgently need our services now and for generations to come.”

The new facility was designed by KKE Architects with significant input from the Hospice’s Doctors and Nurses.

Read more: New Era for Hospice Care as Charity Opens State- of -Art Facility

Papplewick School, Windsor Road, Ascot.   For further information, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or

Papplewick boys in final of Berkshire Young Singer of the Year competition Papplewick year 7 pupil, Ruzgar Takmak, performed in the Classical section of the Final of Berkshire's Young Singer of the Year on Saturday 3rd October and despite very fierce competition was commended for his beautiful performance of Lascia Ch'io pianga by Handel.

The event was held as part of the Windsor Festival and was streamed live. 

Papplewick old boy George Brattle also competed in the Folk Section of the Final.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said “ I am so proud of both boys, their talent is quite outstanding.”



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Pictured Below: Covid cases in Ascot & Sunnings, October 25th

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the RBWM council, said: “Last week given our borderline status and likely projected increase in cases I asked government to consider whether it was appropriate or not for us to move into high-risk tier two. Since then the rise in our number of cases has slightly abated, but the potential for underlying infection remains extremely high. As a result, and based upon the data before us, in discussions with government we have requested to remain in tier one for now pending further review, to which the government has agreed. However, our numbers are such that we remain on the cusp of tier two and all the additional restrictions on our lives this would bring. We must not be complacent. We must continue to follow the guidance. We must stop the spread. Doing this may help us avoid tier two.

We will keep the situation under constant review and any decisions on further restriction will be based upon data, the expert advice of our dedicated public health professionals, and liaison with government. The Royal Borough is now regularly publishing local data so that residents can see and appreciate the trends that are guiding our decision making.

Read more: Royal Borough Stays in Tier 1


            Cumberland Lodge   To make a reservation, please call 01784 220521 or email


The historic Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park is offering fine dining experiences for parties of up to six, on selected evenings through until Christmas.

 Enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner prepared by renowned chefs, using the finest locally sourced and seasonal produce, served by candlelight in one of the Lodge’s atmospheric dining rooms.

 £65 per person (incl VAT)

 To make a reservation, please call 01784 220521 or email

Overnight accommodation with a full English breakfast is also available – please enquire for rates and details.

There is ample free parking on site. In line with Government guidance, dinner guests who are not staying overnight are required to leave by 10pm. Cumberland Lodge is fully Covid-secure and has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation mark from VisitBritain.

All bookings will help to support the charitable work of Cumberland Lodge, which empowers people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division. Cumberland Lodge is dedicated to promoting more peaceful, open and inclusive societies. You can find out more at

Read more: Fine Dining at Cumberland Lodge Till Christmas 2020