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:  www.thameshospice.org.uk/ashortfilmaboutus

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


Ten Year 10 students at Charters School in Sunningdale have taken part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, a competition which aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry. The competition is designed to be accessible to Year 12 students, taking them significantly beyond the syllabus and encouraging them to think about science in the way they would at university.

Mrs Julie Goodley, Subject Leader for Chemistry said, “These students have worked in their own time and after school to learn the A Level specification to enable them to take part in this competition. It is a remarkable achievement that they are able to compete at this level and it demonstrates their resilience and diligence.  One student, Edward Rivers, achieved a silver certificate, placing him in the top 10% nationally.  This accomplishment, extraordinary in its own right, is even more impressive when taking into account that Edward is only in Year 10.”




Pictured: 41 Club National President Dave Campbell and his wife Pauline with Ascot 41 Club Chairman Richard Audsley and his wife Caroline.

50 Years of Fun and Fellowship in Ascot | 

Ascot Round Table, founded in 1967, held a very successful and enjoyable ‘boys night out’ to celebrate ‘50 years of Round Tabling in Ascot’ at the Berystede Hotel on Monday 27 March.

 It held its second celebration at Mill Ride Golf Club on Saturday 8 July and this time all the ladies were invited too!

 Over 90 guests attended this very successful event – mostly present and past members of the club with wives and partners- on a sunny July afternoon. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful lunch followed by a good old cockney sing song to celebrate the success of the club which, over the years, has raised over £1 million for local, national and international charities, organisations and individuals. Members of the club have also given over 100,000 hours of their spare time over the last 50 years to help in the local community and to raise funds for those in need.


Read more: Ascot Round Table | 50 Years of Fun & Friendship in Ascot

New homelessness strategy goes before cabinet

The first part of a long-term strategic plan to increase homeownership by creating affordable housing and helping residents out of homelessness is due to be considered by the council.

A new homelessness strategy will go before the Royal Borough’s cabinet on Thursday 28 September. It is the first document in a three-step strategy to help residents onto the housing ladder.

The council has already committed to encouraging developers to provide 30 percent affordable housing in future developments but the emerging Borough Local Plan and Supplementary Housing Document (Affordable Housing) will build on this, creating a borough for everyone.

The Royal Borough will sign up to meet central government’s 10 Gold Standard challenges to reduce homelessness as the first step in an approach to secure affordable and appropriate accommodation for every resident.

The Homelessness Strategy 2017-22 lays out how the council will reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation and increase prevention services.

Cllr Ross McWilliams, deputy lead member for policy and affordable housing, said: “This is just the first step in an overarching scheme to support residents into homeownership and improve the supply of affordable housing across the borough.

“We will enable people to support themselves wherever possible in finding a more suitable home.

“We want homeownership to be open to every resident and this is the beginning of a broad plan to achieve that. “By meeting the government’s Gold Standard we will ensure our service is best placed to help families avoid homelessness.

“We are focussing on early intervention and prevention to reach people before they find themselves in a crisis.

"In 2016 the council helped 1,518 households avoid homelessness, but there is still more to do and our strategy will build on the good work we are already doing."

Read more: Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead | Homelessness Strategy

A whopping £850.51 was raised at a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday, 9th September by boys and their parents at Papplewick School in Ascot.

Cakes, samosas and homemade breads galore were donated by generous supporters and sold like hotcakes, leaving only a few crumbs to be swept up.

The money raised will allow MacMillan to pay for 30 nurses to spend an hour each, helping people and their families living with cancer receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “On behalf of MacMillan: well done everybody who supported us by baking cakes and for their generous donations. Particular thanks to the Parents of Papplewick team for manning the stall on the day. And well done to the Year 7 boys who never miss a sales opportunity and took cakes to parents watching rugby on the sidelines!”

Next Open Morning:   Saturday 4th November 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m   Visit:  www.papplewick.org.uk 

Read more: Papplewick Raises Tasty Sum for Macmillan

On 16th and 17th October, Year 7 students at Charters School in Sunningdale participated in African Drumming workshops run by Inspire Works.  The dynamic workshops were an excellent and flamboyant practical introduction to the energetic style of West African drumming, with students showing real interest and enthusiasm.

Inspire Works brought over 30 djembé drums which students used.  They were taught a traditional piece as practiced in West Africa, and there were opportunities for improvisation, solos, and development in ensemble playing.  Several other African drums are demonstrated as part of the workshop.

Mr Mike McKenna, Director of Music at Charters School said, ‘It is always really exciting when professionals visit Charters School and run these workshops. It’s been a fantastic experience for pupils who have enjoyed performing on authentic instruments and learning more about West African Drumming and its culture. They have already done some African Drumming in their lessons and it will be interesting to see how they progress following the workshop.’