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Christmas in July 2019

158 families celebrated Christmas early on Sunday (July 14th) at a fantastic festive party organised by Sebastian’s Action Trust.

Almost 700 people from families living in Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire went to Christmas in July at the world famous Ascot Racecourse.

The fun-filled afternoon is organised by the Trust every summer, for the many families Sebastian’s Action Trust supports, bringing Christmas forward so that the families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions can celebrate Christmas early.

Sadly, for many families, Christmas is a time of sadness rather than joy, so through Christmas in July, Sebastian’s Action Trust aims to put the magic and sparkle of the festive period back into their lives.

Read more: Sebastian's Action Trust | Christmas in July 2019 at Ascot Racecourse


Pictured Above: Guest Speaker Ben Ajayi-Obe

On Monday 15th July, Charters School in Sunningdale hosted  their annual Sports Presentation Evening, an event that recognises the dedication and sporting achievements of students throughout the school.

Ascot Fire Brigade Trust, who have a long-standing relationship with the school, once again awarded four £1000 bursaries to talented athletes to support their sporting careers.  These awards make a huge difference and this year went to Ethan Donovan, Stanley Ratcliffe, Matt Dean and Ben Searle.

NK Fitness also award two bursaries as they are keen to expose young athletes to the strength and conditioning support that has historically been the preserve of elite pathways. This year the support was given to Sienna Rutherford and Toby Jackson.

Throughout the night, many awards were given to a range of students whose dedication, resilience and achievements have continued to keep sport at the centre of school life at Charters.

The individual winners of the Sports Personality of the Year award were: 

Read more: Charters School | Annual Sports Presentation 2019

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   Hundreds of local residents enjoyed the OUTDOOR Cordes Hall Cinema on Saturday13th July 2019. This superb community event , organised by the team which brings us the monthly Cordes Hall Cinema, was held in the field behind the St. Michael's Church,  Sunninghill.  Prosecco corks popped and the crowd picnicked until dusk fell and Bohemian Rhapsody began - a truly great film which had the audience singing along. It was a magical setting, with the almost- full moon as background. The atmosphere was such, it felt like being part of the Live Aid crowd at Wembley in 1985! The sharper-eyed members of the audience will also have noticed the International Space Station passing overhead . Truly an evening with something for everyone and  a significant sum of money will have been raised to continue the excellent renovations at the much-loved Cordes Hall!

The Cordes Hall Cinema will be back next summer but, meanwhile the next Cordes Hall Cinema will be on September 7th. CLICK HERE

Read more: Magical Community Evening at Cordes Hall Outdoor Cinema


On Wednesday 17th July, Charters School in Sunningdale held the annual Celebration of Achievement Evening, which this year was sponsored by a number of local businesses.  The event celebrates the progress and achievements of students not sitting public exams during the current academic year and Ascot Grange, Dormy House Care Home, Ascot Racecourse, Londis of Sunninghill and Coworth Park each sponsored a year group’s prizes.  Certificates, cups and special awards for both academic achievement and effort were awarded by Ms Ellie Wallace, Chair of Trustees.

The event, which is always exceptionally well supported by parents and staff, is one of the school’s most prestigious events and is a wonderful opportunity for all those connected with Charters School to recognise the hard work and dedication of the students. The addition of the sponsors really added an extra dimension to the proceedings as each company delivered a short speech before their year group received their awards, allowing the audience to hear how well regarded the school is viewed throughout the local community.

Students were also selected for awards for their contribution to school life. The school recognises that students make progress all the way through their school career and develop skills in many areas; this is reflected in the number of the awards presented to students for their contribution to school life. 



Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council   By Election in the Ascot Ward has resulted in the election of Barbara Hilton.


Ascot Brass a 30 piece concert Brass Band, who are now in their 14th successful year. It is a registered charity and perform many concerts for good causes. However, the band members have agreed it is time to be putting on their own concerts, with selected soloists, and excellent choirs, and so  are exploring the best method of seeking a single sponsor or a number of sponsors. Naturally, maximum exposure would be in evidence at each concert.

Any individuals, or companies that enjoy the sound of a good brass band, and can help  with this objective, please email malcolm@surefootservices.co.uk  to discuss its potential.

Malcolm Brown,  Sponsorship Manager, Ascot Brass




The Trustees and Governors are delighted to announce that after an extensive and rigorous recruitment process, Mrs Joanne Smith has been appointed to take the helm of leadership from Mr Karl McCloskey, as Principal of The Marist School, from 1st September 2019. 

Mrs Smith is an established leader within the education sector and can draw from a breadth of teaching experience, both in the UK and abroad.  Her career to date has covered senior schools and all through schools, state and independent and is a Senior Examiner for AQA.  She is an advocate of ‘Experiential Learning’, ideal for developing the emerging outdoor education curriculum in The Marist’s wonderful grounds.

Ann Nash, Chair of Governors said: “We were pleased to have three outstanding final candidates, all of whom were available to commit to us in our timescale.  Mrs Smith impressed us at each interview she attended and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning was apparent from the minute we met her.  Her passion for excellence, in particular academically, was clear and following the summer handover, we believe she will lead the school with strength and conviction from day one.”

Read more: Announcement of New Principal for The Marist School, Sunninghill