Peoples Choice Design competitionMembers of the public are  invited to vote for favourite new build and voters could win a year’s membership of the  National Trust. Ascot Business Park has been shortlisted. Click on 'Read More' below to see photos of the other three shortlisted buildings.
Royal Borough residents have been invited to vote for their favourite new local building – from a shortlist of four – in a newly introduced category in the borough’s Design Awards.

The building receiving the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award. All voters will be entered into a draw to win tickets to the awards ceremony in January and those who vote for the winning scheme will also be included in a draw to win a year’s family membership of the National Trust.

The four properties are:
Ascot Business Park – Has been developed and transformed the area to the south of Ascot Railway Station

44 Old Ferry Drive, Wraysbury – Modern replacement dwelling in a residential area and on the floodplain

Little Upton, Upton House School, Windsor – New purpose-designed nursery school building within the grounds of main school replacing temporary classrooms. The site is within a conservation area

The Odney Club, Cookham
– Redevelopment of former training centre within grounds of Grade ll listed building to provide a new conference centre, linked to converted outbuildings. The site is within a conservation area.

Residents can vote online at , at council offices or by sending their vote to Planning Policy, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF. Voting is open until Friday 24 December.

Read more: People's Choice Award - Ascot Business Park Shortlisted

Proposed changes to make home to school services more consistent are being considered by the Royal Borough’s cabinet.

The series of 10 measures – which have already been put to the public in a consultation – come as the council looks to bring its provision more in line with national legislation.

Among the planned changes is the removal or reduction of certain discretionary subsidies, on services from Holyport village and across Windsor, for pupils who do not meet the statutory eligibility criteria.

Changes also include a pilot independent travel training scheme and personal transport budgets which would be paid directly to families to help cover the cost of getting their children to and from school.

Read more: Planned RBWM Changes to Make Home to School Transport Fairer

Please click on photo to enlarge it.


If magician Dynamo had been at the Papplewick School MacMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday, 24th September, you might have thought he had just performed one of his illusions, to see how quickly the cake and cream teas disappeared!  

Through eating cake, drinking tea and coffee and having a catch up with their chums, Papplewick’s parents managed to raise a staggering £683.13 for MacMillan Cancer Support. 

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “This is an amazing amount, especially as we're a school of only 200 boys. A huge thank you to each and everyone who came along to our MacMillan Coffee Morning. We would also like to thank those who donated cakes and all who helped set up, clear away, make and serve the afternoon teas. Many thanks also to our chef Paul Beard and his team who prepared the cream teas and cakes.”

Last year the funds raised at Papplewick’s MacMillan coffee morning paid for 35 MacMillan nurses to spend an hour talking with and listening to people who had just received the devastating news they had cancer. 



 The Rotary Club of Ascot held a Presentation Dinner at Mill Ride Golf Club , following the highly entertaining New Year Wheelbarrow Race in Sunninghill on January 2nd 2017. Winners of the 'Most Sponsorship Raised' prize - the Hope Trust and Red Barrows (Winners of the Best Fancy Dress) were at the dinner to receive their trophies .

President Andrew Vallance passed a cheque for £900 to Sandra Scott of Thames Hospice, (which was the rounded-up  50/50 share of the collection made by the Rotary Club, supported by the David Jones Jazz band, outside Waitrose Sunningdale on Fri/Sat 2&3 December 2016). 

A separate fund raiser from the Wheelbarrow Race allowed the presentation of £7000 to the Ascot Day Centre from the proceeds of the race, by the club president  on behalf of the Rotary Club of Ascot

Follow them:  Facebook barrowrace@barrow_16 and on    Twitter:  @sunninghillwheelbarrowrace

 E- email to robin pickup on   07949813893 


Last year Thames Hospice was very fortunate to be able to work with world-renowned film company, Special Treats, who generously donated their time, free of charge, to create an inspiring short film about Thames Hospice. We hope this film will help promote the reality of hospice life to benefit the work of all hospices across the country.

The film is on the Thames Hospice  website:

This film features many local people who work for TH and whom they care for. Please take a moment to watch the film and share it on your social media channels and via your website if appropriate.



Thames Hospice is thrilled to announce the release of ’A Short Film About Us’, created by world-renowned Broadcasting and Media Production Company, Special Treats.

The team at Special Treats, who have worked on countless box office hits, including Bond and Star Wars, generously donated their time, free of charge, to create a truly inspiring short film capturing the essence of Thames Hospice and challenging the myths surrounding hospice care.

Read more: Thames Hospice | ’A Short Film About Us’



Charters School Year 9 students were very pleased to welcome Raul d’Oliveira from Inspire Works and his Samba Workshop.  Raul introduced the Year 9 students to the Samba explaining the culture surrounding Samba as well as the different instruments and rhythms involved.

All Students in Year 9, as part of the Music curriculum, are provided with the opportunity to listen to and perform music during these workshops. Samba differs from a lot of Western music, with its exuberant performance and complex, fast-paced rhythms.  The instruments the students used were called: Surdo, Repique, Ago-go, Ganza and Tamborimes.  The pupils had a great time and were on their feet dancing to the rhythms whilst playing their instruments.

Read more: Charters School | Year 9 Samba Workshops