sebastians action trust 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

Call (01344) 622500 or email 

CLICK HERE for forthcoming Designers Sale & Lunch 



We find ourselves in unprecedented times in respect of the Coronavirus pandemic. Our foremost priority is always the safety and protection of our people- our beneficiaries, our staff, our volunteers and our supporters. In view of the latest and ever evolving advice from the Prime Minister and NHS England to avoid social gatherings, work from home where possible and abandon travel plans we have taken the decision to close The Woodlands and The Bluebells from today and have instructed our staff to work from home. Consequently, all respite breaks, day visits, events and activities across both sites have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Fundraising efforts have also been considerably impeded- Bas Books will also close today and fundraising events and challenges are cancelled or where possible postponed until later in the year.

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. We appreciate that with the directive to impose isolation on those at greatest risk our beneficiaries will need us more than ever but we will find alternative ways of supporting them without face to face contact. We will make every effort to alleviate feelings of isolation, offer appropriate support and help maintain resilience in the face of the considerable challenges this situation has created. Should you wish to make contact with anyone at the Trust please email directly or alternatively contact and a member of our team will respond in due course.






In August the UK Government published proposals to overhaul the planning system with the aim of speeding up development and building more new homes.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said “These once in a generation reforms will lay the foundations for a brighter future, providing more homes for young people & creating better quality neighbourhoods and homes across the country. We will cut red tape, but not standards, placing a higher regard on quality, design and the environment than before. Planning decisions will be simple & transparent, with local democracy at the heart of the process.”

Most of the attention has centred around the proposed streamlining of the planning process but also announced were new targets for new house building based on a different method of calculating the need. The government intends to set a target of 330,000 new homes to be built each year compared with the current target of 270,000. SPAE is concerned about the possible implications of this because developers currently fall well short of the current target. It is well known in corporate life that if performance to a specific metric is falling considerably short of target the last thing to do is to INCREASE the target and make it HARDER to achieve. We believe that one likely consequence will be for the undesirable feature of so called “landbanking” to increase – where developers sit on land that they have acquired in the hope of achieving higher prices further downstream.

The table below gives an illustration on our local area. You can see clearly not only that the targets have been considerably increased but RBWM and Bracknell Forest have failed to meet the current targets over the last five years by some margin.


Planning Authority

Average Delivery (last 3-years)

Current Standard Method

Proposed New Standard Method

Increase / Decrease


Bracknell Forest


















West Berkshire






Windsor and Maidenhead











Source: Lichfields




SPAE, the Society for the Protection of Ascot and Environment, campaigns against too much development in the Ascot area. Too many luxury flats being built ? Too many trees being cut down ? Do something about it -  join SPAE. SPAE has been heavily involved in preparation of the Ascot & Sunnings Neighbourhood Plan. Full details are at or call SPAE chairman, Patrick Griffin  on 01344 620375.

CELEBRATING GOOD DESIGN IN OUR AREA | The general public in this area know of the Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs (SPAE) mainly because we object to planning applications and appeals – but as our members understand we are not against all development.   Far from it – and from 2016 we intend to be more visible in a different and very positive way.

We are launching an annual Award – called the Good Design Award - to promote, encourage, and celebrate excellence in building design in our area. A wide variety of buildings will be eligible from new builds to conversions or extensions, private dwellings or commercial, industrial or farm buildings, as long as they have been built within the area that SPAE covers – Ascot, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Winkfield.

We believe that the Award scheme will help us to achieve some very worthwhile aims:

Read more: Society for the Protection of Ascot & Environs | SPAE

For ongoing information and updates on events please visit the Facebook page

CLICK HERE for details of 10th Anniversary Dinner at Berystede - April 3rd 2020

See below for photographs of some of the many Hope Trust fundraising adventures over the past decade.

The Hope Trust , who are holding a Cowes to Cowes sponsored walk later this year, will also hold a celebration dinner in the Acanthus Restaurant at the Berystede Hotel , on April 3rd 2020, to mark the Trust's 10 years of local charitable fundraising (£140,000 to date!). Tickets will be an extremely reasonable £50, to include a three-course dinner, glass of fizz and a half bottle of wine.  email

The Hope Trust's entry in the Sunninghill New Year Fancy Dress Wheelbarrow Race 2020, was designed to promote a Sponsored Walk, to be undertaken by the Trust in August this year. Training walks have commenced! Already 20 participants have signed up to walk from Cowes to Cowes – hence the costumes!

The ferry was designed to replicate a Red Funnel Ferry, which will transport the walkers from Southampton To Cowes; The chief executive of Red Funnel Ferries has very kindly offered to sponsor the Hope  Trust ; hence the superb model of the 'Cowes Castl' ferry, complete with roll on roll off lorries,  which cruised to victory in the Wheelbarrow Race 'BEst Fancy Dress' competition. The 'cows' will be staying at The Garlic Farm, near Sandown on the Isle of Wight, which has lots of accommodation, including Yurts!!

There will be a dedicated sponsorship page set up in due course but, meanwhile, to find out more about The Sunningdale The Hope Trust , donations and further information can be found at

There is a great selection of further photos on the Hope Trust Facebook page  

Read more: Sunningdale Hope Trust | Providing Local Assistance

For information about community  activities and hall / venue hire  in Sunningdale, contact the Sunningdale Village Venues team by visiting:  To make or discuss booking Sunningdale Village Hall please call 01344 297250 or email
Visit to check availability.

Many groups who use the Sunningdale Village venues,  are offering classes online and on Zoom. Please see 





Following months of consultation, Thames Hospice has secured the option to purchase land to build a new 28-bed, purpose-built, hospice by Bray Lake in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - subject to planning permission.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice, said: “We have seen demand for all of our services increase year-on-year and we are at a point where we need to expand to meet the needs of our local community. Our current Hospice in Windsor is at maximum occupancy and we have up to 10 people per day waiting for much-needed care.  After reviewing a number of options to develop our existing site, we have concluded that it does not provide a solution to meet our future needs.

“A new purpose-built hospice would enable us to support more local people, through providing additional inpatient, outpatient and community services, building on the expert care delivered at our current facility in Windsor for almost 30 years.”

Dr Cecily Wright, Medical Director, Thames Hospice, said: “Demand for palliative and end-of-life care services is rising nationally and is set to continue for the foreseeable future. We are feeling the impact of this increase and are fortunate that Thames Hospice has the opportunity to develop a facility which will allow us to meet the needs of our local community.”

Thames Hospice has appointed KKE Architects to design the new hospice, specialists in this field. 



Thames Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Sarah Bissell. Sarah joins Thames Hospice from Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research charity.

Sarah’s career in fundraising spans 20 years, including roles at the British Red Cross, WWF and Daryl Upsall Consulting. She is also a Trustee for the Institute of Fundraising.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive at Thames Hospice, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Sarah’s calibre to lead our fundraising and marketing activities. She brings a huge wealth of experience and skills to the role which will be critical as we continue to raise £6 million towards the build of our new state-of-the-art hospice by Bray Lake.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Bissell said: “As a local resident I see the tremendous value of Thames Hospice to local families and I am hugely excited to be joining at a time when we need to grow our income and awareness significantly to meet the needs of the community across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.”

Read more: Thames Hospice | Windsor & Ascot

The Sunninghill Trust

CLICK HERE for Corona Virus Covid 19 Crisis Update on Local Support by Sunninghill Trust

The Sunninghill Trust - formerly known as  The Sunninghill Fuel Allotment Trust ,  operates in the Parish of Ascot & Sunninghill. E-Mail:

Please  visit our new website where  you can find all the information you  need to to apply for support from the charity.


The Sunninghill Trust - Supporting local residents in times of need. Covid-19 Coronavirus...

Read more: The Sunninghill Trust

Thames Valley Air Ambulance TrustAnthony Stevens presents a Cheque to the Air Ambulance, from the  Locks Ride Scarecrows

The Whirlybird Lottery raises funds for the Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance . You will receive a membership card with ten separate numbers, for each £1 stake. The computer then chooses winners who could receive up to £1000, every Friday, plus consolation prizes. To find out more, call 01628 511691 or visit   


Read more: Whirlybird Lottery | Thames Valley & Chilterns Air Ambulance

CLICK ON THIS LINK for more info  


Windsor and Ascot Driving Group for Disabled enables disabled people to learn how to drive ponies and to enjoy an outdoor activity with animals and other people.

Many disabled people, who would otherwise find it impossible to pursue an outdoor activity, have benefited from the recreational and social therapy that this pastime provides. It can help to improve co-ordination, muscle power and balance and provides an opportunity to meet people, make friends and have fun.

Our website is at:

Read more: Windsor & Ascot Driving for Disabled

Windsor  District Chamber of Commerce Windsor District Chamber of Commerce: If you are a commercial organisation, business, retailer, trader, or professional, in the Windsor District - including WINDSOR, ASCOT, ETON, SUNNINGHILL, SUNNINGDALE, OLD WINDSOR, or VIRGINIA WATER, then why not join the 'WINDSOR DISTRICT CHAMBER of COMMERCE'.  For full details  visit

The objectives of the Chamber are: 

To pursue its core activity as a business membership organisation, representing, serving, promoting and protecting the interests of its members throughout the community whether engaged in trade, commerce, industry or the professions.

To provide a common platform for the discussion, exchange and communication of views on all matters affecting members on subjects concerning trade, business and general welfare of the area as a whole.


Read more: Windsor District Chamber of Commerce

The Winkfield Parish Magazine online, edited by Mr. and Mrs. A Hodson,  is a very informative website- with information about community events, as well as listings for St.Mary's, St. Peter's and St.Martin's Churches. Visit

The parish magazine page is hosted by which is the website of the  ‘Friends of St Mary’s Winkfield’, registered charity 1162342 (FOSMW).  ‘Do join the Friends to help preserve our beautiful 700-year-old parish church!’