E-Mail: abctoread@btconnect.com   Websitewww.abctoread.org.uk

Volunteers are needed urgently, in the Ascot and Sunningdale area, by the charity - ABCtoRead - which helps children see the fun in learning to read. Full training given. Contact details above.


Alcoholics Anonymous meets at St.Michael's Church Hall, Church Lane, Sunninghill, on Wednesday evenings at 8.15pm

E-mail: terrie.hall@alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk  or call 07516 165647

Alzheimers Dementia Support is a local charity,  commissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to offer free of charge Dementia Awareness Training in the community, to residents and people working in the Borough. Volunteers needed. For more information please  see  www.alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk.

Read more: Alzheimers | Dementia Support | Windsor & Maidenhead


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E-Mail: Rebecca.reeves@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Unfortunatly the Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead drop-ins have had to be suspended due to the Corona Covid 19 crisis. Should you require breastfeeding support please contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline, 0300 100 0212, available 9:30am - 9:30pm.

There are sometimes 1 and sometimes 2 of us ladies from the Breastfeeding Network who run the breastfeeding support group alongside the Health visitor weigh in session.  You don’t need to weigh your baby to see us you can just pop along, we are usually set up in a corner.



Ascot Freegle

Ascot Freegle is part of a new online re-use network called Freegle formed in the UK as a friendly alternative to Freecycle.

In just six days since Freegle was formed, 143 local groups like ours – 28% of former Freecycle groups and representing over 664,000 members (32% cent of the total UK Freecycle membership) – have moved to the new co-operative umbrella organisation, and many more groups are expected to follow us.

Freegle which means Free Giving, Locally, Easily, offers greater freedom for us to organise the way we work to suit local needs, without the rigid management hierarchy imposed by The Freecycle Network.

The UK has been a big player in Freecycle’s global network accounting for approximately one quarter of all re-used household items saved from landfill, and with more members per head of population than any other country.

There are already millions of people in the UK who offer unwanted household items for reuse by others, rather than dumping them. The new site Freegle is open to everyone who wants to do their bit for the planet - just visit www.iloveFreegle.org.

Read more: Ascot Freegle - Successor to Freecycle

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Covid 19 - Limited Service Now Available

The Ascot Volunteer Bureau, which matches volunteer drivers with people who need lifts to appointments, can be contacted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, 10 am - 12noon. Local trips cost £4, longer trips have a 45p per mile mileage rate. Visit www.ascotvolunteerbureau.org.uk  Call 01344 625520.  See ARTICLE ON THE AVB

E-mail: karen.fowler@theathenanetwork.com

The Athena Women's Network , Ascot online businesswomen's networking meeting next month on Thursday 8th October 12-2pm.

Visitors are joining us as Members on the strength of our online meetings and we are launching new groups online each month to add to our 130+ UK-wide! It has never been more important to stay connected and to take advantage of the support we offer in The Athena Network.


· open networking between midday and 12.20
· virtual business card shuffle
· networking strategy talk
· one minute introductions from the floor
· business development topic talk
· let’s talk business from the floor – for referrals, contacts, testimonials, 1-2-1 meetings
· 2pm meeting close
· informal networking

Read more: Athena Women's Online Business Networking | 2nd Thursday

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Society has much to offer sufferers from the disease. For more information visit www.bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000



Public Health England has launched the next phase of the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign, providing tips and advice to help parents and carers support children and young people's mental wellbeing. To find out more visit Better Health or for a range of resources to support children and young people's wellbeing visit the Bracknell Forest PH Portal.


Bracknell Foodbank doesn't think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. The Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Please call 03 444 111 306 to speak to Bracknell Citizens Advice who are referral partners of Bracknell Foodbank and will be able to issue you with a food voucher if necessary.

Additional help may also be available from Bracknell Forest Community Hub on 01344 266911 or email community@theark.org.uk

The Bracknell Forest Domestic Support Service, charges £9 per hour and can be contacted on 01344 383516 or 07518 749889 or e-mail domsupport@bfva.org



Bracknell Open Learning Centre is currently closed, however, staff have been undertaking work to ensure the safety of colleagues and visitors when the centre re-opens.

Safety measures include a one-way system around the building with the use of hand sanitiser on entry and exit.  There will be no access to the first floor of the centre, but there will be ample signage to follow throughout the building to help with the one-way system on the ground floor. There will be a limited number of people permitted into the building and the appropriate social distancing measures will be in place. No refreshments will be available, although visitors will be welcome to bring their own. Regular cleaning will take place throughout the day.

The centre plans to open for limited bookings in August 2020 and a full Community Learning programme will be running from September 2020. Keep an eye on  webpage www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/community-learning and the Facebook page www.facebook.com/bracknelladultlearning for more updates

The Bracknell Open Learning Centre Facebook page continues to grow and it’s here that you can receive updates, news and useful information about the centre and Community Learning courses.  There is also a new Family Learning Resources Group linked to this page and this private group has been set up to enable sharing of learning resources with families.  If you are interested in keeping up to date with news from the Open Learning Centre and Community Learning please visit www.facebook.com/bracknelladultlearning and give us a like!  If you would like to join our Family Learning Resources Group and access teaching materials and interesting ideas to keep your child occupied this summer, please go to the main page as listed above and look for the Family Learning Resource Group and send us a request to join.


The Bracknell Open Learning Centre Facebook page continues to grow and it’s here that you can receive updates, news and useful information about the centre and Community Learning courses.  There is also a new Bracknell Open Learning Centre Family Learning Resources Group linked to this page and this private group has been set up to enable sharing of learning resources with families.  If you are interested in keeping up to date with news from the Open Learning Centre and Community Learning please visit www.facebook.com/bracknelladultlearning and give us a like!  If you would like to join our Family Learning Resources Group and access teaching materials and interesting ideas to keep your child occupied this summer, please go to the main page as listed above and look for the Family Learning Resource Group and send us a request to join.

E-mail: Bracknell.ucc@nhs.net


Bracknell Urgent Care Centre, deals with minor injuries, x rays, blood tests and much more, ususally open from 8am to 8pm, is west of Ascot, at  RG12 9RT.

During Corona Covid Crisis

If you have an appointment within the departments of  Bracknell Healthspace building linked to RBH or Frimley Hospital please call 01344662915

For Urgent Care including Injuries please call 01344 551100

For Blood testing department call 01344 662933

For X Rays please call 01344 662928.


The Bracknell & District Citizens Advice Bureau are now offering monthly help at King's Corner Surgery on Wednesdays (call to make an appointment), Sunninghill and also every Tuesday, 10am to 12 noon at the Ascot & District Day Centre in Bagshot Road, Sunninghill.

Corona Covid 19 Virus Crisis : 

  • Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East have set up 'Hear for you', a call service for the elderly which offers emotional support and practical help if needed 01753 497888. 

 Click on the link for more information on Age Concern in East Berkshire - https://www.ageconcernsabe.org.uk/

A selection of mental health helplines and websites recommended by the NHS:

  • NHS advice - How to avoid catching or spreading germs and when to seek medical help
  • PHE advice - Daily updates, signs and symptoms, current risk level
  • Government updates - Daily updates on the outbreak 

WEBSITE    E-Mail    hello@dawnbradlycoaching.co.uk   Call 07984 954304

NLP ::  Life Coaching

Dawn Bradly has a Diploma in Life Coaching with NLP and can help with confidence and self-belief, work-life balance, relationships, anxiety and weight loss. Make a life change and achieve your goals. 

For further information please contact: sl@easttowest.org.uk  or 01784 438007 or visit the WEBSITE

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Tel: 078819 66986     E-Mail: ahmer_mughal@hotmail.com

Elite Tutors are professional and  experienced tutors, established over 15 years , offering private tuition in Maths, Sciences and English at GCSE, IGCSE , AS and A2 level in the Ascot & Sunningdale area.





E-Mail: fleetlinefreedom@gmail.com       WEBSITE:  www.fleetlinefreedom.co.uk    Jane Richardson 07703124330

Fleetline Freedom is a family run,  private hire business, based in Sunninghill, near Ascot.  We are focused on meeting the needs of wheelchair users, disabled people,  those with restricted movement or additional needs.
You can travel in your wheelchair or we can safely transport your mobility vehicle.

We have a winch for heavier chairs and scooters.  Space for up to 4 passengers in addition to a wheelchair passenger.
Shopping trips, Doctors or hospital appointments, airport or ports, days out, unaccompanied minors, or any other trips. We’ll take extra care to make your journey as seamless and comfortable as possible.

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Call: Vanessa on 07990 683647 or e-mail: vanessadurham9@gmail.com

Enjoy French lessons in the comfort of your own home .

All ages, tuition up to GCSE & common entrance or just pure freestyle conversation with some grammar thrown-in for older pupils.

Price; £40 per hour

Friends in Need runs (every other Wednesday]  in South Ascot Church Hall, Church Road, South Ascot,  2 - 4pm . For more information contact Louise  on 0796437651

CLICK ON this link for  TH Shops  CLICK HERE for new Thames Hospice Furniture Shop in Maidenhead 

The new Thames Hospice Home furniture store in Maidenhead offers a wide range of discounted household items, including kitchenware, beds, sofas, dining room tables and wardrobes. The showroom is bigger than many high street furniture stores, and we welcome visitors to browse the variety of donations on offer.

On the same site is our Donation Centre, where people can drop off any furniture and items to be sold across our charity shops. Every penny we make at the Home store goes directly towards running the Hospice.

Visit us

Unit 9/10,  Reform Road Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8BY  Call: 01753 847304

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Book a free furniture collection, click the green button below or call 01753 866303


Read more: Furniture Mart & Other Shops | Thames Hospice Fundraiser

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There is a new Heal Yourself Yoga & Fitness class – focusing on helping you to improve your fitness, flexibility and mental health, at the Cordes Hall on  Thursday evenings from 6.15 to 7.15pm.  For more information contact Lucie on 07717 377017.



  E-Mail: Patrick@HouseHandyman.co.uk

Home handyman offers free advice and reasonably priced consultatins for home and garden improvements in Ascot, Sunningdale, Berkshire



The Kitchen'  at The Hope Centre offers complimentary lunch and snacks and a chance to meet friends in the village .  Volunteers from all the local churches  offer free soup and toasties, cake, tea & coffee and a good chat . Everyone is welcome to come along, especially those in the community who would like to meet others and have a chat. The Kitchen will be open every Monday between 11am-2.30pm. For more information contact Annie on 01344 626118. For more information please visit our website at www.sunningdalebaptist.org.uk

Read more: Hope Kitchen | Sunningdale | Mondays

Picture  ++++For more information about the Joanna Simpson Foundation , visit http://www.jsfoundation.org.uk/  

The Joanna Simpson Foundation charity transforms the care, support and protection of children affected by domestic abuse and homicide

or e-mail   info@jsfoundation.org.uk 

Telephone :
0203 143 3841

Joanna Simpson Foundation :: Wentworth Ball

 Web: https://www.kumon.co.uk/ascot/    E-Mail: ascot@kumoncentre.co.uk     T: 07730 475272

Whilst the Centre is closed due to the Corona virus, Katie is offering a postal service to all the students.

Kumon  :: Ascot

 Kumon Maths South Ascot Village Hall 


WEBSITE  Email : Ansa.Khan@bucksmind.org

MIND Buckinghamshire, Friends in Need , is running Mindful Meditation  at Lynwood Retirement Village, Sunninghill, Ascot, on Wednesdays.

New! Mindfulness Meditation Guided Practice and Discussion Classes in Ascot |  You are warmly invited to join Friends in Need, in association with Bucks MIND,  for guided mindfulness meditation and discussion sessions , at "Woody's", Woodland View, Lynwood Retirement Village, Rise Road, Sunninghill, Ascot SL5 0AJ, every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 to 4pm. These sessions are offered by MIND free of charge, on a drop-in basis, so you can attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. Please note the guided practice will start at 3pm. Mindfulness practice is a skill that can be learnt, like any other skill. Practising mindfulness involves cultivating the ability to be aware of your present-moment thoughts and feelings with a non-judgmental attitude of kindness towards yourself and whatever it is that you are experiencing. Practising mindfulness can improve your capacity to cope with whatever life throws at you – we cannot always control what happens to us but with mindfulness we can develop the capacity to choose how to respond to it, rather than just reacting to it. Mindfulness helps us to realise that thoughts are just thoughts - we do not have to "believe" our own thoughts any more than we have to believe some else's thoughts! The guided practice is done seated in a chair and will begin with a progressive muscle relaxation exercise, followed by whole body deep relaxation, designed to help you develop greater capacity for present-moment self-awareness, and with that the capacity to free yourself from being controlled by unhelpful and habitual negative thought patterns and their concommitant behaviours.

Read more: MIND Buckinghamshire Friends in Need | Mindful Meditation | Lynwood | Wednesdays

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode. 

Read more: Neighbourhood Watch - Ascot Area

RBWM :: Childrens services

Ascot & Sunnings residents  now have a brand new local information website where they can find out about services for children and families across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The new web address is: www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk and users will need to update their favourite bookmarks as the old site will no longer be available.

The new look website has been created by Achieving for Children, who deliver children’s services on behalf of the Royal Borough, to offer a more user-friendly format and replaces the existing Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer site (www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer).

After a complete review of the former site and using best practice from the successful Kingston and Richmond AfCInfo/Local Offer, local families now have an up to date web channel to help them access information and services.

Kevin McDaniel, Director of Children's Services - Achieving for Children, said:

Read more: New RBWM Local Information Website for Children and Families.

If you're feeling stressed and anxious and would like help, contact talkingtherapies@berkshire.nhs.uk , call 0300 365 2000 or visit www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk

2020 | Talking Therapies Stress Less Workshops are FREE four week workshops running one evening per week from 6.30pm – 8pm across Berkshire. The workshops teach strategies to support managing stress including learning ways to manage worry, feelings of panic and sleep.

The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Link Group offers support for people with self destructive behaviour, anxiety, depression,  impulsiveness and relationships. Contact the NHS Berkshire Complex Needs Service. Call the 0790 989 3123. 

For information about home services such as  gardening and landscape, general maintenance,  electrics, plumbing and heating, visit www.anchorathome.co.uk


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PACTThere is a recognised shortage of 10,000 Foster Carers in the UK. PACT, founded in 1911, is also known as the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work inc. We are a registered charity working to improve life chances for children. The focus of our work is within Berkshire, including the Ascot area, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and aims to build and strengthen families.

We are an approved Adoption and Fostering Agency. We have a history of finding safe, loving families for children in care. Here are a few facts about Fostering:
1.    Did you know you don’t have to be married to become a Foster Carer?
2.    You don’t have to have children already although you do need to have experience of caring for children.
3.    Did you know you get paid a Fostering Allowance of £335.70 a week to be a Foster Carer which is tax free and won’t affect any other benefits?
4.    Most of the children who need fostering are known as ‘hard to place’ children, they will usually be 8+ years of age.

Fostering is a hard but very rewarding job. If you think you might have what it takes to become a Permanent Foster Carer or you want to find out more then contact PACT now on 0800 731 1845 e-mail fostering@pactcharity.org 


 Public Speaking Club on Wednesdays at Jagz, Station Hill, Ascot.

Do you dread giving presentations at work?  Do you start to shake when asked to stand up and talk to a room full of people?  Does your heart start to pound waiting for your turn to introduce yourself in a meeting?

Toastmasters can help you.

Find out what Ascot Speakers can do for you

When: 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesday of each month - arrive no later than 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start

Where: Jagz @ The Station Inn, Station Hill, Ascot, SL5 9EG

Contact: info@ascotspeakers.org.uk   web: www.ascotspeakers.org.uk

Windsor SpeakersEveryone is a bit afraid of speaking in groups or in public, some just hide it better than others! Do you think it would be a good thing if you were able to speak more confidently or improve your skills?
There’s a safe place you can achieve this and learn to become a better speaker, expressing yourself more freely and feeling in control rather than the other way round.

Windsor Speakers is a ‘non-profit’ club that meets two evenings a month where members get to practice and improve their public speaking in an organised, safe and supportive environment. It’s part of the Toastmasters International organisation that has over one million members worldwide.

We have all walks of life from housewives to business people to tradesmen to students. Ranging from accomplished speakers to absolute beginners.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday every month at Gardeners Hall, 213 St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DR. If this is something you might be interested in then pop along one evening to take a look and see what it’s all about. You’d be welcomed.

To find out more go to www.winspeak.co.uk

So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise. The SMILE programme is an exercise and activity club for you if you're over 50. You can enjoy SMILE memberships, SMILE sessions, Half Century Club and SMILE hikes at locations all around the Royal Borough and take away an 'At Home Workout' book to supplement your sessions.



LAST year more than 90    Samaritans volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch answered 20,781 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national suicide prevention charity. Overall, 21,007 volunteers responded to 5,331,295 calls for help in the UK and Republic of Ireland*.

Samaritans’ volunteers are ordinary people, who dedicate time every week to provide a safe space for anyone struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them.

Volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts are also involved in outreach work, for example giving talks, visiting schools, and supporting the neighbouring branch at Reading in running a Listener scheme with a local prison where they select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential, emotional support to other inmates.

Sally, director at the local branch of Samaritans, welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the difference their volunteers make in their local community.


Read more: Samaritans | Ascot Area

Sufferng from stress? Prepare for the forthcoming Advent season www.careforthefamily.org.uk/survivestress

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 Sebastians Action Trust  has raised money to build a house where children with life limiiting illnesses  and their famiilies can enjoy holidays . For more information about the trust and forthcoming events, click on http://www.sebastiansactiontrust.org/

Read more: Sebastians Action Trust | Holiday Home for Children With Life Limiting Illnesses & Their Families

  Silverline is a confidential, free helpline offering information, friendship and advice for older people, open every day and night of the year. There is no question too big, no problem too small and no need to be alone.


Calls are free: 0800 4 70 80 90  or from a mobile at local rate  0300 4 70 80  For more information go to www.thesilverline.org.uk

FACEBOOK        Slimming World runs sessions at Ascot Heath School, Rhododendron Walk, North Ascot,  at 5.30pm in addition to the 7.30pm.




Slimming World meet at Holy Trinity School, Station Road, Sunningdale, on Mondays , 5.30 and 7.30pm . For more information contact Marelise on 07778 672624  E-Mail  mareliseslimmingworld@gmail.com



E-mail: berniclittleboy@hotmail.com

Hope in Depression will run a support course one evening in January 2020 at South Ascot Church Hall .