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Special Appeal:  Bonnie has gone missing, please can you help us to find her?

Bonnie was rehomed from the branch and has recently gone missing, please can you help in our appeal to find her?

Bonnie is approx 10 months old, mainly white with a bit of tortoiseshell and is micro chipped. She is semi feral and so is very shy and nervous, and likely to avoid contact with people. Bonnie went missing from her home in Ascot, in the area

to the west of Cheapside Road, between London Road and New Mile Road around the middle of August.  Bonnie is very sweet, and closely bonded with her brother, who is missing her very much.

Please can you keep a look out for her, and should you see any sightings of her then contact our Lost and Found Officer, Penny Pouncey on email: pennypouncey@aol.com or contact the branch on telephone number 03453 714 212, or

email:  readingeastcp@hotmail.com

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Harry Darbyshire is confident that he has made a very smart move in his career and he is now encouraging local Ascot motorists to follow suit.

The keen sportsman has become the first dedicated smart sales specialist at Mercedes-Benz of Ascot following the recent addition of the iconic brand at the London Road retail outlet.

The launch of smart at Mercedes-Benz of Ascot comes after the new smart fortwo and forfour models were unveiled earlier this year. Sixteen years after the original smart arrived in the UK, these latest versions are better-equipped, more spacious and refined and offer an enhanced driving experience.

Available with a 999 cc petrol engine with 71 hp and a turbocharged 898 cc petrol engine producing 90 hp, the new smarts can achieve up to 68.9 mpg (combined) and with CO2 emissions less than 100 g/km are road tax exempt.

At 6.95 metres, the latest fortwo boasts the smallest turning circle in its class and can even outmanoeuvre a London cab, whilst the four-seater forfour can accommodate a considerable 975-litre cargo and loads measuring up to 2.2 metres in length when not transporting passengers.

 

Read more: Smart in Ascot

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Pictured: Mimo Sandford with Headmistress- Rachel Owens.

ASCOT RIDERS GAIN TOP RESULTS AT GCSE |  St George’s in Ascot gained some outstanding GCSE results today.  51% of all exams were graded A* and A, 80% were A*, A and B and 95% were graded A*-C.  In addition, the school has added 7.2 grades per pupil in terms of value added since last year (2014) and on average St George’s adds 6.2 grades above their predictions.

Imogen Sandford (16)  has achieved some outstanding GCSE results gaining 9 A*s and 2 As – a total of 86 points.  Imogen is a keen rider and is competing at Pony Club Open Level 5, the highest standard in the UK.  She has come fifth in the country for Eventing and eighth for Dressage and also qualified in Show Jumping in the Pony Club National Championships.  Imogen has also passed her Pony Club B Test Examination with her examiner commenting that she was one of the strongest candidates they have ever examined.  She aims to qualify or the Open Novice U18 Championships this season and is qualified to event at FEI 1* (international level) with 1.20m show jumping and 1.10m cross country. Imogen volunteers teaching and working in stable management at her Pony Club and is running 10km to raise money for Brooke, an African charity which sends vets out from the UK to help care for donkeys used for transport and farming in Africa.  Imogen has just completed her work experience with Simon Knapp, veterinary surgeon to the Queen, at Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic.st.georges school ascot

 

 

 

Read more: St.George's School Ascot | Top GCSE Results !

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Pictured: Nicole Wright will study Psychology at Lincoln, Lily Clay will study an Art Foundation degree at UCA Farnham, Dan Horvarth, (On Lily's back!) will study Psychology at Southampton and Zoe Macdonald will study History at York.

Mr Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher, said, "This year’s results have brought lots of happiness to our final year students.  There are some tremendous individual performances of which they, and the school, can be proud.  Overall, we have bettered last year’s excellent figures by a significant margin, especially the number of higher grades being awarded.

Our students, staff and parents deserve great credit. Particular thanks go to everyone who was at school at 6.30am today to celebrate.

We wish all our students well as they embark on their chosen courses and hope that they will all join our thriving alumni group, Charters Connect.”

A Level Headline Figures:

 

A*-B

54%

A*-C

81%

A*-E

99%

 

 Number of A Level students: 199

 

Read more: Charters School | Superb A Level Results 2015

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 The Hope Trust Production, The Mockado raises £3033 for the refurbishment of Sunningdale Village Hall and the cast donate almost £2000 to the Kerith Centre Foodbank.

The recent production The Mockado, performed at the Sunningdale Village Hall to packed houses of over one hundred attendees on both Friday and Saturday night, raised in excess of £3000 for the Village Hall refurbishment programme. The show, a contemporary version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Mikado, re written by Peter Harris, was received with great amusement and the audience enjoyed participating in some of the better known songs.

Read more: The Hope Trust's Mockado Raises Huge Sums for Charities

 www.sunninghillandascotparishcouncil.co.uk     The Courtyard, Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JF   E-mail:   sunninghill.ascot.parish.council@rbwm.gov.uk   Call: 01344 630141 

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The Parish Council  Allotments in Cheapside  were judged on 13th July by Paul Craven, Head of Grounds Maintenance and Facilities at Winkfield Parish.

 The winner of the Michael Hunter Shield was Mike Moody and runner up Liz Sim. They are pictured with Allison Sharpe Chairman of Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council

  

Read more: Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council | Allotment Shield Winners 2015

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Pictured: Thames Hospice Retail Director Julie Rowley, Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice’s CEO, and actor and comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor toast the relaunch of Thames Hospice Home

CHARITY HOMESTORE RELAUNCH NETS OVER £11K ON OPENING WEEKEND |Rain didn't dampen the relaunch of Thames Hospice Home, as sales reached a record £11,000 in two days.

At noon on Friday, 24th July, Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE, The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Eileen Quick, and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie, cut the ribbon on the newly revamped, Thames Hopsice furniture and homeware store, in Tinkers Lane, Dedworth.

The store was packed with supporters - some queuing from 11am - who were treated to a 10% discount on all goods as well as refreshments as they browsed - including a slice of bespoke Thames Hospice cake.

More than £5,000 was generated on homeware and household items sold on the Friday, and over £6,000 on Saturday.

 

Read more: New Charity HomeStore Off to Flying Start

  Next phase of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Borough Local Plan consultation now live – residents, businesses invited to have their say!

Residents, businesses and other interested parties are invited to have their say in the second round of public consultation on the Borough Local Plan, now  (July 2015).

A series of mini consultations are taking place from now until November. All responses received will be fed into the preparation of a Second Preferred Options Borough Local Plan which will then be consulted on in November.

 

 

Read more: Next Phase of Royal Borough Local Plan Consultation (2)

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In May Coworth Flexlands' staff and pupils, along with the Nation, were delighted at the safe arrival of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. A beautiful congratulations card was designed by Year 5 girls and sent to the Royal couple. This week the school were excited to receive a thank you card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Earlier this month during Royal Ascot week, Year 2 took the traditional afternoon out to see the Queen on her way to the Ascot Races. A spot in Dukes Lane is secured with a midday arrival. The children enjoy a picnic and run around while waiting to see the Queen at 1345 change from her car to carriage on her way to Ascot. There is always a bet on what colour the Queen will be wearing – dark blue Wednesday 17th. A very happy day.    

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On the look out for blooming marvellous gardens |   ENTRY FORM

 Green fingered gardeners can be nominated for the annual Royal Borough Garden in Bloom competition that started earlier this month.

 The competition is held every year and recognises the efforts of those who have beautifully tended front gardens or a garden area that is visible to the public from a road or footpath.

 Residents can nominate any individual private garden, groups of gardens or community gardens before the competition’s closing date in late July.

 Ward councillors will then start working their way around local streets and selecting the best maintained front gardens for a Garden in Bloom certificate and rosette. A runner up and finalist for each ward will also be selected.

 Cllr Claire Stretton, principal member for culture and communities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the contribution our green-fingered residents make to the Royal Borough through their beautiful gardens.

 “I encourage the whole community to get involved by nominating friends and neighbours who have particularly impressive gardens.

“I know all the councillors really look forward to seeing the results of all the hard work residents put in to their gardens.”

  The Royal Borough has a range of schemes residents can sign up to so they can help make their local area look better.

 

Read more: Nomination Sought for Garden in Bloom 2015

  Ben Smith-Bannister from Papplewick School, Ascot won the National Prep Schools Javelin Title on Wednesday, 24 June at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Ben, who is in Year 8, won the National Preparatory Schools Championships Under 14 javelin, with a throw of 36.25m. In third place going into the final round, his was the last attempt of the competition and he threw a personal best by nearly three metres.

“We’re really proud of Ben,” said Tom Bunbury, headmaster at Papplewick School.  “He’s practiced hard and we’re delighted that his efforts have been rewarded.”

Read more: Papplewick Pupil WIns National Javelin Title

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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. 

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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.

Please click on the photos to to enlarge Ascot Rotary Club : Ambulance Cuddlies   Pictured:  Tony Love of Ascot Rotary Handing Over Some Cuddlies to Ambulance Staff

The Rotary Club of Ascot delivered another consignment of 100 Cuddly Toys to the Bracknell Ambulance Service this week, part sponsored by Waitrose at Sunningdale through their 'Community Matters' programme.

 

The Toys are placed on the ambulances in the Bracknell and Ascot area to be given to traumatised young children. This may be as a result of their being sick, injured or upset due to accident or an accident to one of their parents with the child in the ambulance. The staff give the toy to those children going through particularly difficult times.

 

The ambulance itself, the uniformed medical staff the possible presence of police can all lead to a very traumatic experience for a young child. The gift of a soft toys helps to redirect the child's attention away from the more serious nature of the event and help to calm the situation down. The general feedback is that the toys have been found to be very effective over the past few years that the project has been running.

 

The dogs, of four different designs, are dressed in 'T' shirts with the Rotary logo printed on the front and the Ambulance Service logo on the back.

 

Julia Kelsall of the South Central Ambulance Service says that she would like to thank the Rotary Club of Ascot for their support and their contribution to the SCAS which is much appreciated. Ascot Rotary Club : Ambulance Cuddlies Pictured: Julia Kelsall – Duty Officer at Bracknell Ambulance Station, Alan Rawlinson – Ascot Rotary Club President and Rotarian Tony Love , With medic Nick Carter at the wheel.

 

 

 

 

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 Royal Ascot 2015 ENJOY AND SHARE MORE THAN 90 STORIES BEHIND THE ROYAL MEETING THROUGH AN ONLINE COLLECTION OF ROYAL ASCOT STORIES

 

 

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

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Pictured:  Freddie Garner, Year 5, this year’s winner of Papplewick’s Got Talent, celebrating his success

Papplewick’s Really Got Talent this year! |   The stage was set at Papplewick School in Ascot and the audience waited with anticipation as the 2015 Papplewick's Got Talent competition prepared to begin.

  Many acts auditioned, but only eleven boys got through to the final. There were bands, magicians, comedians, dance acts, poems, singers and musicians. From boys in Year 2 right up to Year 8, all took to the stage one by one to impress the audience and the judges - Rhys Thomas, year 6 form teacher, Laeticia Langue, French teacher and Ed Shires, Head of English - with their vast array of talents.

 With the judges torn as to who should lift the cup, the debate was long. The final decision was that the school’s own John Bonham (Led Zeppelin drummer), Freddie Garner in Year 5, played hard enough and with so much talent that he should reign champion for the year.

“Well done to Freddie, and all who took part,” said headmaster Tom Bunbury. “The event was certainly enjoyed by all and proved beyond doubt that Papplewick really does have Talent.”

 

Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway  A petition has been launched to  ask The Crown Estate to permit access for a cycle route through their land, to create a Greenway Leisure route from Crowthorne through to Windsor via Ascot.

As the biggest landowners in the area, the petition urges the Crown Estate to provide a safe cycle route through their land, for families and children wishing to cycle from Windsor Castle to Ascot, Bracknell (The Lookout) and Crowthorne (Windsor ABC).

 

The petitioners feel this is important as there is currently no safe link for leisure cyclists who would like to travel between the towns of Windsor, Ascot, Bracknell and Crowthorne. It is also also quite difficult to get from Windsor to Ascot via public transport.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway would provide safe routes for new cyclists to use in the local area. It would encourage families and leisure cyclists to get outside and enjoy their community.
In addition school students need safer cycle routes to and from school. Schools adjacent to Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway could reduce traffic congestion by incorporating the Greenway into their school cycle routes.
The Windsor ABC Bicycle Greenway will enhance cycle safety, reduce local congestion, protect local biodiversity and support local businesses. To sign CLICK ON THE PETITION.

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Coworth Flexlands School is very pleased to announce the new violin peripatetic appointment of Maestro  Luigi Suvini, (Violin Performing & Composition Diploma, Milan; PG RCM & GSMD;  Diploma, British Suzuki Institute). Maestro Suvini  teaches the violin using the Suzuki  Method. Created by Japanese violinist , Dr Shin’ichi Suzuki, the method is based on the notion that  all children can learn to play a musical instrument the same way they learn to speak their native  language. Hence, it is known as the ‘Mother Tongue’ method.

 

Dr.Suzuki believed children learned their mother tongue through  ongoing listening, copying, trying and repeating.  The same principles are applied to learning the violin: the children listen to CDs of  the Suzuki repertoire, and repetition forms a key element in the learning process.   Parents are encouraged to attend the occasional lesson so they can support, enthuse and  reinforce the lesson  techniques whilst also sharing and celebrating the success and enjoyment of their child as he or she  learns.  Many famous violinists started on the Suzuki method, including Nicola Benedetti, Hilary  Hahn, Julia Fischer, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell and Arabella Steinbacher, to name but a few!

 

Claire Glover, Head of Music and Performing Arts,  enthuses : “The Suzuki Method is a new  approach at Coworth Flexlands School. We are very excited to have Maestro Suvini, and I believe our budding violinists will love his passion, gentleness and dedication

 

to nurturing the best from them.”

New ‘Kickback’ Book Parcels for Youngsters in Care

Young people from the Royal Borough who are in care will soon receive specially tailored book parcels thanks to a new initiative devised by people who used to be in the care system.

 

The Kickback Gives Back scheme launched on Tuesday 23 June and replaces the Letterbox books for children in care scheme that ran for 11-19 year olds.

 

The new scheme will see book parcels sent to children in care that take into account an individuals’ interests and reading age instead of the child receiving a standard parcel of books for their sex and age. The book parcels are addressed to the child personally. This new scheme will now provide books from birth-19 years.

 

This idea came from Kickback, the children in care council for the Royal Borough, and the Positive Activities for Children in Care Group.

 

Read more: .New ‘Kickback’ Book Parcels for Youngsters in Care

Click on the photo to enlarge it  Evie of Ascot  ::  Scoliosis Operation Appeal    Evie is 13 years old girl (left in the picture), living in Ascot, attending the Marist School in Sunninghill. Last year she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis of the spine. She urgently needs a specialist operation that can only be performed in America and the operation will cost over £150,000.
Evie's friends have launched a campaign to raise as much money as  they can, to pay for the operation. You can help by making a donation a
www.gofundme.com/vwhjhs .   An amazing £6,700 has been raised in the first week!.. And keep a look out for local, fundraising cake sales and other events! Watch this space !
 

ITV are making a forthcoming program specifically on aircraft noise to be broadcast next month...As part of this, they’re looking to construct a video montage of anti-social flights to feature in the program.
Specifically looking for low/noisy/disturbing early morning and late night flights. Ideally with a voiceover saying something like “I’m here in (town/village], its [XXYY] o’clock and here’s the [WWTT] flight to [KKLL destination] coming over…. etc.”
If you already have any clips like this, or you were able to capture any between now and Friday lunchtime, you can you email them to murraybarter@hotmail.com who is offering to compile them and send them on to the program along with some other requested information

Please click on the photos to to enlarge Ascot Rotary Club : Ambulance Cuddlies   Pictured:  Tony Love of Ascot Rotary Handing Over Some Cuddlies to Ambulance Staff

The Rotary Club of Ascot delivered another consignment of 100 Cuddly Toys to the Bracknell Ambulance Service this week, part sponsored by Waitrose at Sunningdale through their 'Community Matters' programme.

 

The Toys are placed on the ambulances in the Bracknell and Ascot area to be given to traumatised young children. This may be as a result of their being sick, injured or upset due to accident or an accident to one of their parents with the child in the ambulance. The staff give the toy to those children going through particularly difficult times.

 

The ambulance itself, the uniformed medical staff the possible presence of police can all lead to a very traumatic experience for a young child. The gift of a soft toys helps to redirect the child's attention away from the more serious nature of the event and help to calm the situation down. The general feedback is that the toys have been found to be very effective over the past few years that the project has been running.

 

The dogs, of four different designs, are dressed in 'T' shirts with the Rotary logo printed on the front and the Ambulance Service logo on the back.

 

Julia Kelsall of the South Central Ambulance Service says that she would like to thank the Rotary Club of Ascot for their support and their contribution to the SCAS which is much appreciated. Ascot Rotary Club : Ambulance Cuddlies Pictured: Julia Kelsall – Duty Officer at Bracknell Ambulance Station, Alan Rawlinson – Ascot Rotary Club President and Rotarian Tony Love , With medic Nick Carter at the wheel.

 

 

 

 

  MayDay Fair :: Carnation Hall Ascot This year’s Winkfield MayDay Fair , which took place at Carnation Hall yesterday (May 4th)  was opened by Rev Catherine Blundell, who is taking up a new post in Wiltshire at the beginning of June.  It was a relief to see the sun shining first thing and it remained that way throughout the event. We had just finished clearing up when it started to rain. There was a great variety of stalls;  regulars such as  Chavey Down W.I., Ascot Horticulture & John Harrod selling his honey; charities such as Warfield Riding for the Disabled, Cat’s Protection & Pineridge Dog Sanctuary; demonstrations by Started by Nature Finished by Hand - Wood Turner Paul Nesbitt and Grandson Alfie aged 11;  Brownies and Guides with their tombolas, crafts and games; Gifts stalls, health and beauty and taster sessions of Pranic Healing; Refreshments – Cranbourne Primary School PTA were in the hall with their variety of refreshments and Old Windsor Scouts returned with their BBQ. The ladies from the Royal British Legion in Cranbourne had a cake stall.  Basil & Crew, the pet corner, were as usual very popular and Sheryl Beach was there with her swingboats and other rides and games.  We were entertained by the children of Winkfield St Mary’s doing their maypole dancing.  Gill Harbut the previous head of the school returned to teach the children and they put on a fabulous display at 2pm. We had people picnicking on the grass making the most of the weather! It was a great atmosphere and so lovely to see the village community getting together for a fun day out. As a non-profit making event surplus proceeds (usually £1000+) will be given to local charities/projects, including the new Chavey Down War Memorial. It is one of the few villages in the UK without a memorial to soldiers from the first and second world wars. A big thank you to local businesses who gave prizes or donations, Winkfield Parish Council for their continued support and use of Carnation Hall & Grounds & the May Day Fair committee that consists of Wendy French, Janey Bethune- Williams, Angela Michie, Lynne and Lynn Jenkins, Jane Hodgson, plus Mel Woods who gives valuable assistance to the committee and to our regular Fair Announcer Terry French.  With volunteers dwindling we weren’t sure if the fair would take place this year so a huge thank you to  those who responded to our plea for help in the lead up to the event and on the day. It made a huge difference. We are already planning next year’s event! If you would like be involved with next year’s fair either as a stallholder or volunteer please email mayday@winkfieldrowfair.org or call 01344 883528. MayDay Fair :: Carnation Hall Ascot

 

Read more: Popular Winkfield MayDay Fair 2015

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