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

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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 fundraising@sebastiansactiontiontrust.org 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

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Decluttering your home? Sebastian’s Action Trust is opening a second charity shop and is appealing for donations of good quality household items including furniture, working lamps, DVDs, books, all pre loved, as well as new children's toys.



Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust Needs Donations for New Charity Shop

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Brants Bridge update from East Berks CCG JULY 2020

East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has this week announced that the Brants Bridge minor illness and injury service in Bracknell will continue to be suspended for another three months.

In April, East Berkshire CCG made the decision to temporarily suspend the minor illness and injury services at the walk-in centre. This decision was made in response to COVID-19, the changes in service demand and the most effective use of available clinical resource across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) at that time. These challenges still very much exist.

During this time the focus has been to keep patients, families, carers and staff safe and supported. The continuation of the suspension of walk-in same day services in East Berkshire for another three months is in line with this. It maintains the maximum safety of patients and staff as we continue to manage the pandemic. It makes sure that anyone urgently requiring treatment gets the care they need in the best possible way.

You can read the full update on the CCG's website. 

Read more: Brants Bridge Urgent Care Centre Continues Covid Closure

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Pictured Above: #StyledWithThanks winners from left to right. Most Elegant: @satoko.bonton. Most Uplifting: @mrs_gaskett. Most Original: @helengoesofftherails. Children's Category: Esmae aged 7)

Royal Ascot 2020 proved the catalyst for £400,000 in fundraising activities with the racecourse's own #StyledWithThanks programme contributing £166,000.

The racecourse's direct fundraising benefitted: The National Emergencies Trust Relief Fund, NHS Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.

The #StyledWithThanks campaign saw thousands of fans around the world dress up and share their photo on social media with prizes being awarded to the Most Elegant, Most Uplifting and Most Original entries as judged by a panel of fashion industry experts. Photos posted during the week will be turned into a giant rainbow mosaic image tribute which will become a permanent installation at Ascot Racecourse.

In partnership with the British Hat Guild and the wider millinery and fashion worlds, an online auction of rainbow-themed hats generated £24,000 and the campaign was given a £30,000 boost when Royal Ascot Champion Jockey 2020, Frankie Dettori, signed and donated his commemorative '70th Royal Ascot win' saddlecloth to the auction.

Read more: Royal Ascot | #Styled With Thanks Raises Huge Sum for Charity