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St.Georges'Ascot :: Choir at St.Paul's 2015 

St George’s School Choir performs at St Paul’s Cathedral

The Chapel Choir of St George’s School Ascot performed at the highest level this week at one of the country’s most prestigious venues.

The twenty-four strong choir travelled to London for Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 16 November.  This is an annual event for the school and gives the girls the chance to exhibit their best music.  The fully gowned Choir performed a range of pieces from Howard Goodall, Stephen Darlington, Francis Jackson and St Georges’ own Director of Music, Ian Hillier.

St George’s Chaplain, Rev Jennifer Sistig, also took part in readings at the service, and parents of the girls came to swell the already large congregation of worshippers.  In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last weekend, Ian Hillier said that it was good to see so many people “gathered for prayer, peace and meditation, reflecting on the week’s dreadful events.

Sixth Form Choir-member Emma Cunliffe, described singing in the famous cathedral as “such a privilege and an amazing experience which will stay with me for life"

Ian Hillier said of the performance: “It is always an amazing experience, acoustics and architecture to match any music.”

The Choir were thrilled to be singing again in St Paul’s and look forward to returning next year.

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  Pictured: Robert Ellison Outside Chapman's Ironmongers

Chapmans The Ironmongers in Sunninghill is celebrating 120 years of continuous trading on the same site during 2015.The shop is a landmark in the area with people travelling miles to visit.

 Since 1895 when an original part of the current premises sold traditional ironmongery this independent family business has grown and progressed into what many customers call “An Aladdin’s cave”.

Originally run by the Chapman family the current owner Robert Ellison is celebrating 35 years running the business, and   has shaped the business into the success it has become today .It offers traditional type of service whilst keeping up to date with current trends and 21st century needs. It now offers a wide range of cookware, electrical products a water softening salt delivery service as well as the core products associated with the ironmongery and hardware trade.

Robert is helped in the shop by his family and a friendly, efficient band of staff. In 2003 he extended the shop bringing it more up to date and enabling the business to offer a wider more attractive range of products taking it straight from the 19 century into the 21st. The business has been a great success and is held in high affection by local residents.

Chapman’s is situated on the High Street in Sunninghill which incorporates Chapman’s Courtyard. This now houses Inspirations Gift shop, Sunninghill Play Centre, Treacle Café, photographers Artis Studio and The Stock Exchange Dress Agency.





To celebrate Royal Ascot, Ascot Racecourse has produced an online collection of more than 90 stories delving into the people and traditions - past and present - that make the Royal Meeting an event like no other.



The collection, named 'Like Nowhere Else', is broken into four sections - Racing, Style, Pageantry and Fine Dining. Each section gives the reader a glimpse into the personalities, anecdotes and history that make the Royal Meeting so special and features some of the most iconic moments in the racecourse's prestigious history.




Read more: Royal Ascot | Online Collection of Stories

Momentum awarded £2,000 for refurbishment project in Ashford and St Peter’s Paediatric Oncology Ward | The Hospital Saturday Fund awarded £2,000 cheque as a direct result of Momentum’s application last December as part of their on-going ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ work.    Zenaid Richards from the Hospital Saturday Fund presented the cheque to Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Chairman, Aileen McLeish and patient Oscar Hesketh-Williamson.

 Chairman, Aileen McLeish said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Momentum to enhance the healing environment for our young patients.  We are very thankful for the £2,000 from the Hospital Saturday Fund, which will go towards Momentum’s current project to improve the facilities in Little Oaks Ward that is likely to cost in the region of £50,000.  The improved facilities will include a chill out area for the patients, new bays for better privacy for patients and a small staff office for dealing with sensitive information and difficult phone calls.”

Momentum is the official charity for Little Oaks, which enables the hospital to improve the ‘healing environment’ for children with cancer or life limiting conditions.  Nikki Howard, Momentum’s Fundraising Team said: “Working in collaboration with Ashford and St Peter’s Little Oaks Ward, Momentum are making use of the ‘Enhancing Healing Environment’ campaign to do just that for the young patients in this ward.”

 Zenaid Richards from the Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to donate this sum of money to such a great project that will be appreciated by so many young people who have had their stay in hospital brightened up by these improvements.”




The Royal Borough has a number of Parking Consultations under way , which affect roads in Ascot and Sunninghill. For example see pdf of Bouldish Farm Road below. The Council is considering changes to parking in various locations, in response to requests from residents. See


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Seven times world snooker champion Stephen Hendry was the surprise guest who opened the St Francis Catholic Primary School fair on Sunday (June 28). Stephen then played snooker against some of the parents and pupils of the school to give them a truly memorable day.

He was joined at the fair by Councillor Eileen 'Dee' Quick, who has just been confirmed as the new mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

They were both welcomed to the school by Headteacher Mrs Jane Gow who said the school's pupils, parents and friends were hugely grateful to Stephen and the Mayoress for giving up their time to support the school. “The grey weather on Sunday couldn’t dampen the  enthusiastic reception for our guests and we all had a terrific day.”

As well as the chance to show off their snooker skills the guests at the fair also had the excitement of a bouncy castle, go-karts, a fire engine, disco and face-painting.

Scots born Stephen Hendry became the youngest professional snooker player in 1985 aged 16 and in 1990 he was the youngest-ever World Champion at the age of 21. He went on to win many major titles and was snooker’s world number one for eight consecutive years between 1990 and 1998 and again in 2006/2007. In May 2012 he retired from the sport to focus on his commercial interests but he remains a commentator for BBC snooker.

St Peter’s  Hospital will open a new Memory Café  at Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 0PZ, on  Wednesday 20th May 2015, 3 - 4pm at the  Medical Unit Seminar Room, Level 4 (Duchess of Kent Wing).


The new Memory Café offers informal support and advice for anyone worried about their loved one’s memory loss.  It is primarily aimed at supporting families and carers of patients suffering from memory loss (for example from dementia), who are staying in hospital.


The Café will be open once a month on designated days and is a brand new initiative to support those caring for a loved one with memory loss.