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Robert Ellison is celebrating 40 years at Chapman’s the Ironmongers in Sunninghill High Street.   WEBSITE

Pictured Above : Robert  Ellison - Taking Over in 1980 !

On the 30th August 1980 Robert started work at Chapmans in Sunninghill as a 23 year old. 40 years ago.  He knew very little about the business of ironmongery. 

He was lucky to inherit the existing staff : Jim Watts who was in his late 70's and had joined the firm just after the end of the First World War and Gertie Russell  - a lady in her 80's who spent the day whistling under her breath. It was later discovered that she was Robert's Grandmother's first cousin!

They must have thought , who is this boy trying to run this business without much of an idea.....They were right .  But he was popular; one reason being that  he doubled the staff wages in his first week.  Robert says:" I will add that they were earning 44p an hour at the time.  I, on the other hand, had to half my wages in order to allow the business to grow." 

"I also kept on, the existing Saturday boy - Lino Temis  - a local school boy whose Italian parents lived in Sunninghill. His mother used to make pizza for lunch occasionally, which was wonderful as it was authentic and homemade."

"It was these staff who taught me the ropes of this business and gave me my grounding". 

Robert soon learnt and enjoyed the village and kept the shop name  - as it had been known as Chapmans since 1895.  The hard work paid off.  And he took the view that the customer would always come first, . At Chapmans you would stop and attend to the customer regardless of what you were doing, always remembering it's they who are paying your wages !

Even in those days there was plenty of competition; every village and town would have its own hardware shop. There were" Do It All" and Wicks- type businesses, even then. Robert's  attitude to these were that there are customers who would always use these shops, but there were customers who would rather use an excellent local shop like Chapmans.  And he made shopping there a pleasant experience , encouraging customers to return.

The village itself has changing drastically over the past 40 years . In 1980 there were two butchers, a fishmongers,  a gas showroom, a bank, two greengrocers, three newsagents and only one restaurant! Toni International, and Matthews, were the hairdressers. Gudge Ward was the barber - an elderly man who had the shakes!  In complete contrast to today's street, there were no cafes and no estate agents.

Recessions have come and gone and Chapmans has pulled through the other side. Robert concludes: "I always have felt that being a village, Sunninghill doesn't experience the peaks in boom times, but doesn't then have the lows either.  And here we still are, after this unprecedented COVID-19.  But, that's another story for another time.....

Pictured Above : Robert  and Denise Ellison -! Covid Safe in 2020


Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured: sandcasting the Stabilisers. Papplewick sends team into the Lion’s Den:  Three Year 7 boys from Papplewick School are competing in a 'Dragons Den' competition for preparatory schools, organised by Monkton Combe School, near Bath.  Three year 7 boys: Ryan Cho, Vedant Dudraj and June-Ho Chung will be attending an inaugural event on 8th March called 'Into the Lions Den.’

Read more: Papplewick Sends Team Into Lion's Den

papplewick day and boarding prep school in ascotOfsted report rates Papplewick School as “outstanding” : A recent inspection report by Ofsted of Papplewick School has rated the overall quality of the school as “outstanding,” and commented: “Pupils are respectful, confident and articulate.”

The Ofsted inspectors looked at every aspect of the school and rated all areas very highly.  The report goes on to say: “Everyone takes a pride in the school, staff work hard and long to achieve and maintain the highest standards for the pupils. These factors result in outstanding outcomes for the boys,” and: “Many times through the inspection, staff and boys referred to the school and boarding as a family.”

Tom Bunbury, headmaster at Papplewick, said: “We’re delighted.  This report confirms that all the hard work put in by the entire teaching and administrative team at Papplewick both pays off for the boys, and produces outstanding results for the school.”

The full report can be seen at: and at (Ofsted link).



Salmon Harvester Properties Ltd. (SHP) has let a 3,269 sq ft floor in its 2 Queen’s Square office building on Ascot Business Park.

A 10-year lease has been granted to Loyalty Angels Ltd who trade as Bink providing an app which automatically collects and displays loyalty card points and offers. The rent is £25 per sq ft.

Salmon Director Pat Mahoney said: “The rent achieved reflects the high quality of the space and its excellent location.  We now have only one more floor to let in 2 Queen’s Square to achieve full occupancy of that building.”

The modern grade A offices at Ascot Business Park are available to occupiers to rent or to purchase as income-producing investments. Sizes range from 1,667 sq ft up to 14,200sq ft.

Strutt & Parker and Campbell Gordon advised SHP with Loyalty Angels representing themselves.

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