Two local companies have come together to give pre-school children the opportunity to try their hand at straw bale gardening, an innovative trend which is growing in popularity and proving a successful plant nurturing method. PartyBales® are based in Winkfield Row, and are specialists in hay and straw bale hire, providing bale seating and bale decoration at events, weddings, parties and festivals. PartyBales® are keen to demonstrate the versatility of hay and straw bales and donated straw bales to Little Muddy Boots, a gardening and nature club for pre-schoolers and toddlers based in Ascot and Warfield. Little Muddy Boots was founded by Hannah Brewer, as a result of her passion for promoting outdoor play in the early years. Playing and learning together outside stimulates a child's creativity, supports problem-solving skills, boosts their immune system and most importantly can help create precious childhood memories.

Read more: Pre Schoolers Sample Straw Bale Gardening !

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals  named as a Top Hospital for 2016 | 

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2016, an accolade awarded to the 40 top performing Trusts (as measured by CHKS), for the fourth time in a row.

The Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of over 20 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.

The Trust’s Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am so proud of colleagues across the Trust who all work so hard together to make this happen.  This shows the amazing commitment of our staff to win this award four years in a row!”

 The CHKS Top Hospitals programme awards were held in London on 10th May and were attended by over 200 guests including leaders from across the healthcare sector including: NHS England, health care sector regulators, and acute Trusts.

Read more: St.Peter's Rated a Top Hospital 2016

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Ashford and St Peter’s hospital goes ‘Inner Space’ to diagnose patients with small bowel conditions! | Recently, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals   launched a new procedure called Capsule Endoscopy. This uses state of the art technology going ‘inner space’ to diagnose abnormalities in the small bowel, where traditional endoscopes and colonoscopes cannot reach.

This amazing new device involves the patient swallowing a pill sized camera, which then travels through the stomach and intestine taking many images of the bowel. Being very clever it can adjust how fast it is clicking and taking pictures by identifying how fast or slow it is moving through the bowel. These images are transmitted via Bluetooth to a device worn by the patient on a belt. They are then downloaded onto a computer and subsequently reviewed by a Gastroenterologist.

Patients who have undergone the procedure have commented, “Had no problem with it [the procedure] whatsoever”, “very easy process”, “absolutely no discomfort”, brilliant”.

Read more: St Peter’s Hospital Goes ‘Inner Space’ to Diagnose Small Bowel Conditions!

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A public consultation exercise is underway on the future of Shorts Yard off St George’s Lane, Ascot. Members of the team from Shorts Yard are on hand to discuss alternatives for the site and answer any questions you may have.

The very helpful exhibition - which shows a suggested development of around 65 houses on the Green Belt site,  is in the large foyer at St George’s School on St George’s Lane at 10am until 2pm on Saturday 21st May. Your  suggestions and feedback on the future of the site, which has operated for many years as a successful waste management business,  will be very welcome.
Alternatively, if you cannot attend or wish to discuss matters separately, members of the public can contact Patrick Clark on 07860 921 065 or by email at

Sunninghill Data Analysis

Overall summary

  • Aircraft on the easterly departure route (CPT) are flying higher, while aircraft on the westerly departure route (MID) are flying lower.
  • The number of departing aircraft through the gate on easterly operations has remained broadly similar over the years, although there’s been a slight decrease in more recent years.
  • The number of departing aircraft through the gate on westerly operations has reduced since 2005.
  • There are now more A380s operating on the MID route than in 2013 (approx. 1% of all departures).
  • Flight structures have returned to how they were before the trials.


Read more: Heathrow Community Noise Forum | Conclusions on Consultants' Report

Following several petitions and a 'large number of complaints'  from residents and businesses in Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, the Royal Borough is 'delaying the changes for at least a year'

Click  on to see the petition against levying more charges (scrapping 2 free hours) for the car park on Queen's Road in Sunninghill and also changes at the A 30 Sunningdale Shoppers Car Park.

There was fury and disbelief amongst traders and shoppers in Sunninghill village, over the scrapping of the two free hours in the Queens Road Car Park (pictured below) from April 4th.

As shown in the photo, the new parking tariff would have meant that parkers would have had to pay(50p with an RBWM Advantage Card) instead. Beyond the two hours, charges would remain the same .

Read more: Victory Over Ascot, Sunninghill & Sunningdale Car Park Charges

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Pictured:  Boys from Papplewick School, Ascot, Presenting  Cheque to Annie Hoddle of Sebastian's Action Trust.

Boys from  Papplewick School , Ascot, handed over a cheque for over £9,000 to Annie Hoddle, Schools Liaison for Sebastian’s Action Trust on 26th May.

The money was raised by boys, their parents and staff for the school’s annual sponsored walk on 24th April in Windsor Great Park. Sebastian’s Action Trust is a Berkshire-based charity which has created the UK's only purpose-built facility offering respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together. The boys visited the house, called The Bluebells, in the Hampshire village of North Waltham, where they presented the cheque to Annie Hoddle.

There is also a family outreach hub in Slough, Berkshire, providing a welcome drop-in centre for families of seriously-ill children, enabling them to access advice, guidance, advocacy, counselling and therapeutic support in order to address some of the critical issues they face on a daily basis.

Next Open Morning:   Saturday February 1st 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m   Visit: 

Read more: Papplewick Pupils Raise Huge Sum For Sebastian's Action Trust