Community warden night time economy scheme to stay

The Royal Borough’s night time economy (NTE) enforcement pilot scheme, introduced last summer to allow community wardens to be on patrol overnight at weekends, will continue.

The wardens patrol parts of Maidenhead, Ascot, Windsor and Eton between 7pm and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. 

They are there to assist in the management of the night time economy and to help improve the experience for residents and visitors. They do not act as surrogate police officers.

Since the pilot started in July 2015 just under 700 licensing compliance checks and 301 environmental protection investigations have been undertaken. The NTE team has also gathered evidence and reported 143 issues through to the council’s licensing team for further investigation and possible formal enforcement.

The scheme will be reviewed again in early 2017.

Read more: Ascot High Street Night Patrols Success

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Pictured: New Endometriosis UK Awareness Ambassadors. Caption: New Surrey Endometriosis Awareness Ambassadors from clockwise top left, Alison Smith, Cherry Bwalya, Rebecca Wylie and Rebecca Brown. 

Local volunteers join endometriosis awareness drive 

A team of Surrey-based volunteers has been recruited by national charity Endometriosis UK (EUK) to help raise awareness locally about endometriosis, a life changing condition which is estimated to affect one in ten women in the UK.

Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition and as prevalent in the UK as diabetes and asthma. Symptoms include severe pain during or between periods, long, heavy and irregular periods, painful bowel movements, pain in the bladder and pain during or after sex. Fertility may also be affected and extreme fatigue is common. There is no cure.  However, the condition is manageable and timely diagnosis can save women from many years of living in constant pain and ensure better health outcomes.

Supporting EUK’s South East Regional Development Officer, Janet Crowe, the team of new EUK Awareness Ambassadors will be helping to:

Read more: New Local Endometriosis UK Awareness Ambassadors

 See the new Ascot area Facebook PageAscot People  - a forum for comments about local issues, recommendations and selling - men and women.

Ascot People is a Group for the People of Ascot to discuss what is good in the area, what things they like and trades people they can recommend. Sell personal items once a week (Monday) and advertise businesses on the last day of the month. 

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Pictured: (L-R) : Simon Russian, development manager for Legal & General on behalf of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership; Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for Economic Development and Regeneration; Gordon Scott, head of region, M&S ;Andrew James, Project Director, Mace

MARKS & SPENCER TOPPING OUT | This week, The Lexicon reached its next milestone with the ‘topping out’ ceremony for its Marks & Spencer store.

Topping out is a traditional building celebration which marks the last piece of material being put in place at the top of a structure, in this case, on the new Marks and Spencer store at its tallest point.

Read more: Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration | Milestone Reached | M&S Topping Out

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Pictured: Students from Charters with Mr Richard Pilgrim (Co-Headteacher), Mr Adam Afriye (MP for Windsor) and Mr Alan Carr (Development Ambassador at Charters School).

Conservative MP, Adam Afriyie, recently visited Charters School in Sunningdale to see how the PiXL Edge initiative is helping prepare students for life after they leave the school.

PiXL Edge is an innovative national framework for secondary schools and sixth form providers that is becoming increasingly well-known and respected around the country. Conceived and developed by Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher at Charters School, the practical plan develops skills and attributes identified by employers as being important when students move into employment or further education within a validated qualification.

Read more: Adam Afriyie MP Visits Charters to see PiXL Edge in Action

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Actors from privileged backgrounds dominate film and television, but Charters School in Sunningdale has embarked on a quest to make acting accessible to students from all areas of society. The school has created “School Act”, a series of acting workshops that are free of charge, in the hope of identifying talented individuals who could have a bright future on stage or screen.

The actor Max Bowden recently visited Charters School in Sunningdale to host the first workshop focusing on TV Acting. Max, who has appeared in 'Waterloo Road' and 'Casualty' worked with students from all key stages during the workshop and was very impressed with the acting ability, commenting that “It was a very interesting group who listened and took everything on board. There is some serious potential at Charters.”

Read more: Charters School | Access to the Arts Initiative | 'School Act'

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Photographed by Poppy Harris and pictured left to right are: Marcus Gayle (ex Wimbledon), Paul Kapila (owner of Tablespoon), Bijan Sedghi (business adviser/lawyer) and Harry Harris.

Local sports author, Harry Harris  and friends, appeared to sign his new book - 'Jose -Farewell to the King' at the Tablespoon, Chobham Road,  Sunningdale, on February 26th 2016