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More than £100,000 has been raised for Thames Hospice through the charity’s new overseas fundraising event - the Big Mountain Challenge.

The Big Mountain Challenge saw pro-riders and amateur cyclists take to the French Alps to raise money for the charity’s new hospice currently being built by Bray Lake. Riders conquered iconic Tour de France climbs, choosing from three different routes to suit everyone’s abilities.

Amongst the participants was actor James Phelps, renowned for his role as Fred Weasley in Harry Potter. He said: This was the best trip I have ever been on, and that’s saying something! Four days, 299km and it was fun from start to finish, and more importantly it was all for a great cause. I’m a newbie to cycling but everyone on the Big Mountain Challenge made me feel welcome. As soon as I crossed the line I signed myself up for next year!”

Read more: 'Fred Weasley' Joins Thames Hospice 'Big Mountain Challenge!

CLICK HERE for general RBWM Christmas parking info

Windsor Dials multi-storey car park will continue to offer temporary midweek parking until Tuesday 31st December, in addition to the existing weekend offering.

Until recently, the car park has only been available to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, but since 30th September spaces have been available seven days a week, and this is to continue until the end of the year.

The existing tariff will apply, including discounts for Advantage Card holders, and the car park is open 24 hours a day.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, lead member for culture, communities and Windsor, said: “We are delighted that Windsor Dials car park will offer additional parking through to the end of the year, and are happy that the space is being utilised fully.

“We look forward to Windsor being busy with the many Christmas events and wonderful shopping opportunities, and would like to thank Windsor Dials for helping to increase our parking on offer during this time.”

Windsor Dials is a pay-and-display car park with 250 spaces, including designated disabled bays. For more information, visit:

Councils tell government to review Heathrow expansion following climate change developments. | Local authorities opposed to Heathrow expansion say that changes in Government policy on climate change mean the case for a third runway should be reviewed urgently.

The national policy statement (ANPS) which included support for expansion at the airport was designated in June 2018 - at a time when the UK was committed to an 80 per cent reduction in emissions (by 2050).

In June this year following the advice of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) the Government amended the commitment to 100 per cent – the strengthening was based on ‘significant developments in climate change knowledge’.

Now campaigners say the same logic should be applied to the ANPS. Under planning legislation a national policy statement must be reviewed if there has been a ‘significant change in any circumstances on the basis of which any of the policy set out in the statement was decided.’

Read more: RBWM Tells Government to Review Heathrow Expansion


The Lexicon BRACKNELL  is delighted to announce the arrival of five new stores coming to the town centre before the end of 2019 – and just in time for Christmas!

First up, and stocking a range of books, toys, gifts, stationery and arts & crafts at discount prices, is The Works, located on Braccan Walk, next door to Vodafone – offering plenty of choice for the festive period and beyond.

Followers of fashion will welcome the addition of British womenswear clothing brand Phase Eight – ideal for women of all ages, offering outfits for special occasions, made from quality fabrics. Phase Eight, will join a number of popular fashion outlets on The Avenue.

Also joining the line-up is Silent Night, the UK’s most trusted bed brand. Leading the way in British bed making, earning the accolade of the UK’s most trusted sleep brand, the store will offer a range of beds, mattresses and bedding for the whole family. The new store will open its doors on Braccan Walk, next to Costa.

Read more: Five New Shops to Open for Christmas in the Lexicon

GMB members have drawn a line in the sand and crossing it into the private sector through the Trust creating a WOS is a step to far, says GMB Southern

GMB have called on Frimley Health Foundation Trust to halt the creation of a Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS) after confirming that the first round of strike dates by GMB members will be on the 18th and 19th of November. GMB members along with other health unions with affected membership will walk out for 48 hours.

The strike dates are the first in the fight to prevent Chief Exec Neil Dardis and Director of HR Janet King from privatising the NHS non clinical services which are being provided by over 1000 staff across the Trusts Frimley Park, Wexham Park and Heatherwood hospital sites.

Read more: GMB Confirms Strike Dates at Frimley | Statement

St.Francis Roman Catholic Church, South Ascot Over the weekend of 4th to 6th October, St Francis of Assisi Parish celebrated its Patronal Feast and the 130th Anniversary of the dedication of the church in Coronation Road, Ascot, Berkshire.


The 130 Fest culminated in the visit of Bishop Philip Egan to dedicate  a new stained glass window  celebrating the Ascot UCM’s 60th Anniversary, installed through their fundraising and through the generosity of a private donor, to celebrate reconciliation and peace between peoples and nations.

We were pleased to welcome our Mayor, Councillor Sayonara Luxton, Rev. Darrell Hannah from All Saints Ascot as well as members of the Union of Catholic Mothers who hosted the refreshments at their window blessing celebration (pictured above).

A mass of healing on Friday morning was followed by our evening celebrations in the St Francis School Hall opened by Fr Kevin Bidgood and our wonderful primary school choir, followed by entertainment from our Saturday and Sunday choir and musicians.

We celebrated our parish groups and ministries with an amazing display of stalls around the hall, from Children’s Liturgy to First Holy Communion and Confirmation , Little Franciscan Toddler Group to welcomers to hospitality and church cleaners, SVP to KSC, Secular Franciscan Friars to UCM and London Slough Run.

Read more: St. Francis RC Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary

The Lexicon is geared-up for a fantastic six weeks of special festive activities starting on Wednesday, November 13 2019, with the opening of LaplandUK’s first ever immersive retail store.

Now, people will be able to enjoy a taste of the enchanting world of LaplandUK within a town centre environment, with the creation of the magical Wishing Tree retail store.

In addition, visitors can book for an immersive story-telling experience, where Wish, the beautiful elf responsible for looking after Christmas wishes, tells the story of how the humble toy maker and his wife became known to all as Father and Mother Christmas.

Also, located in-store will also be an Elven post box giving shoppers the opportunity to post their letter to Father Christmas, including a special Christmas Wish.

Read more: Christmas Comes Early to the Lexicon