Pictured: Beautiful baby Freya Locke in her cot aged 99 days.

The Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) team has introduced a new way of keeping in touch with parents of babies being treated at St Peter’s Hospital. vCreate is a secure video messaging service that enables staff in Neonatal units to send photo and video updates to parents of premature and sick babies, for times when they are unable to be with their baby in the unit.

The NICU at St Peter’s Hospital started to use this platform in March and the team have been delighted with the way it has assisted them to keep parents in touch with their babies. vCreate has been especially effective during the past few months and has really helped the team to engage and communicate with parents during the COVID-19 visiting restrictions.

The team recently sent their 1000th photo update of beautiful baby Freya Locke who was photographed in her cot at 99 days old-her parents were extremely emotional when they saw this and cried (happy tears!) upon receipt......

Read more: St Peter’s Hospital | New Ways of Keeping Patients in Touch With Families


Charters School’s receives Grant from Prince Philip Trust | Charters School in Sunningdale has recently received a grant of £1,100 from The Prince Philip Trust Fund, to support the purchase of laptops or tablets for students who do not have appropriate IT equipment at home. The new equipment will then be loaned to those students most in need so that they can access online learning from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The grant was agreed following a Zoom Trustee meeting on 13th May which was chaired by HRH The Earl of Wessex. In total, £20,000 is being distributed 50:50 by The Prince Philip Trust Fund and The Royal Albert Institute Fund.

Dame Marcia Twelftree, Trustee from The Prince Philip Trust Fund and ex-Head Teacher of Charters School, said: “Schools across the Royal Borough are doing a great job, rising to the challenge of helping their pupils to continue their education online during this difficult time.  However, there are a small number of pupils who simply cannot access that education because of the lack of IT equipment at home. We hope that this grant will help prevent some children from being left behind in their learning, and provide a resource for schools that they can continue to use in the future.”






Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce a raft of arrangements and benefits for Owners ahead of next week's Royal Meeting.

An online Racing Hub has been set up which will house the Turftrax live feed to real time weather data and going stick readings plus, during racedays, access to a live 360 degree Parade Ring camera feed which will pick up every horse as it walks around the Parade Ring.

Ascot's official photographer will take pictures of every horse in the Parade Ring for owners to access post-event. Trainers and jockeys are very welcome to film / Facetime pre and post race debriefs with owners on their smartphones.

Also available on the Racing Hub will be the full sectionals from every race, courtesy of Ascot's Official Timekeeper, Longines. Both ITV and Sky Sports Racing will show sectional times on screen.

On Sunday, Sky Sports Racing will be filming a behind the scenes piece with Clerk of the Course, Chris Stickels, in the Weighing Room and Parade Ring area. A link to this will be sent to owners, and indeed horsemen generally, via the ROA and respective industry bodies in advance of racing. 

Read more: Owners at Home Set for Virtual Royal Experience

Lower speed limits, new cycle routes and wider footpaths could be seen in the Royal Borough if the council is successful in securing funding from the government’s Emergency Action Travel Grant.

Indicative allocations for the first stage of funding show that the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead could receive £140,000 from the Department of Transport with the potential for additional funding later this year.

The funding is being provided by the government to enable the council to use pop-up and temporary interventions to create an environment that is safe for both walking and cycling within areas that may become congested and where social distancing requires changes to local infrastructure.

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, says: “We are seizing this opportunity and have been working at speed to identify potential schemes.  We still have further work to do before the £140,000 is allocated, but I expect that the we will start implementing the proposed schemes before the end of June.

“The measures we are considering will help towards re-opening the town centre as well as supporting our climate change strategy which goes to Full Council later this month.”

Schemes that could potentially be carried out in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead include:

  • Introducing 20mph zones in Maidenhead and Windsor town centres
  • Widening footpaths in some of our town centres
  • Introducing cycle parking in various locations across the borough

The Department of Transport have a total of £250 million with £225 million provided directly to local transport authorities and London boroughs, while £25 million will help support cycle repair schemes.

The £225 million allocated to local authorities will be released in two phases. The first tranche of £45 million will be released as soon as possible so that work can begin at pace on closing roads to through traffic, installing segregated cycle lanes and widening pavements.

The second tranche of £180m will be released later in the summer to enable authorities to install further, more permanent measures to cement cycling and walking habits.

Ascot residents urged to pledge their support online as revised application for new health centre is submitted to local council. 


Residents are being urged to pledge their support online for a new health centre to be built in Ascot, next to Ben Lynwood Village, halfway between Sunningdale and Sunninghill.

This follows the submission of a revised application to the Planning Department of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on 23rd April 2020.

A large number of people have already voiced their support for the planning application to build the health centre; however residents are now being asked to show their support online in one of two ways:

Comments on the application can be made via the council’s website at http://publicaccess.rbwm.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=Q98HV1NIHGA00&activeTab=summary (click on the ‘comments’ button). Equally, email the council at planning.maidenhead@rbwm.gov.uk

In doing so, residents should quote planning application number 20/00969/FULL, together with their name and address. The deadline for all submissions is 25th May 2020.

More than a hundred residents attended a public event in October last year where the latest plans for the health centre were shared.

Local resident, 75-year-old Jackie Bailey from Ascot, said: “I fully support the need for a new health centre as it’s for the local community.”

She added: “It’s something I feel very strongly about and it would be an utter disgrace if we wouldn’t have it done.”

The proposed build forms a part of a wider Ascot Plan, which is to modernise primary and community care for local residents over the coming years and continue to improve on the health outcomes for local people.

Read more: Ascot & Sunnings Residents Urged to Pledge Online Support for Revised Health Centre Plans


The Countess of Wessex supports ‘Nourish our Nurses’ with visit to St Peter’s Hospital |  

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, spent the morning volunteering for NHS voluntary group ‘Nourish our Nurses’ and meeting nurses and midwives at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on Tuesday 12th May to mark International Nurses Day. The day coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12th May 1820.

‘Nourish our Nurses’ was founded by Jo-Ann Airikkala and comprises a small team of sixteen volunteers who have undertaken a supreme fundraising effort to raise over £45k; £29k via their GoFundMe page and a further £17k from Virgin Radio’s NHS Auction.

Read more: Nourish our Nurses | The Countess of Wessex Visits St.Peters

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Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council is working in tandem with local churches and organisations to provide a Covid 19 Support Hub.