At a time like no other, while coping with the stress and strain of isolation due to the Corona virus, Hilary Mear of Ascot, hopes you will enjoy her little book and have a good laugh! And that  you will find the photos of the flowers and plants in her garden interesting.  The garden has provided much joy for over 45 years.  The two photos of poppies were taken at the Church -  St Michael & All Angels, Sunninghill.

For several years Hilary's friends have been forwarding amusing clips to her and she has now decided to gather them into a book and let them do some good! So, many thanks to all those friends who have contributed!

The profit from this book will support a shared Inner Wheel and Rotary charity – the New Thames Valley Hospice.  Hilary and her  husband, David, have been a members of Ascot Rotary & Inner Wheel Clubs for 30 years and love all they stand for.


Hilary is selling the book at £10 plus £1.50 postage and if, as she hopes, you would like to buy a copy, or indeed more than one- for friends who may be in need of cheering up, please email  with your name, email address and postal address.  The bank details will then be supplied, so you can make a direct bank payment or a cheque payment, if necessary.

On receipt of your order and payment, your book will be sent in the post    

Read more: 'Fun & Flowers' | Photos & Jokes | Thames Hospice Fundraiser

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Pictured Above | Cumberland Lodge Head Chef, Rob, Getting Freshly-Baked Pies Ready for Distribution

Cumberland Lodge working with Crown Estate to deliver ready-meals and groceries to elderly and vulnerable in Windsor Great Park | STAFF at Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park, have teamed up with the Crown Estate to prepare ready-made meals for more than 200 elderly and vulnerable people living in the Great Park and its immediate surroundings, as part of their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The first food deliveries from the Lodge are due to start this afternoon, Thursday 26 March 2020.

The charity’s long-standing Head Chef, Robert Szewczyk, who lives in the Great Park, has been co-ordinating the project with Sous-Chef Ross Brooks, who also lives on site.

The chefs have been busy preparing and freezing 900 meals, ready to be distributed from a series of food stations set up in the grounds of Cumberland Lodge, along with a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, bread and butter, and venison sausages.

The costs of the food are being met by the Crown Estate. The parcels will be collected by Crown Estate staff and delivered directly to people’s doorsteps, this afternoon.

Read more: Cumberland Lodge Working with Crown Estate to Deliver Food to the Park's Elderly and Vulnerable

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The Sunninghill Trust - Supporting local residents in times of need.  Coronavirus (Covid-19) is causing considerable concern to many people – be that uncertainty about the illness or the financial challenges that this will bring.
The Sunninghill Trust offers help in times of hardship, we want to remind local residents in Sunninghill, Cheapside and Ascot that we can provide financial support in difficult times.
If your family currently qualify for school meals, if you are elderly and isolated, if you are experiencing financial hardship or if you know someone that needs support then please get in touch.
Leave a message on the answerphone or email with your name, address and contact details and give a brief overview of your situation.
Phone: 01344 206320 (answerphone)
We will call you back on the number you provide  or Email:    With your name, address and phone number.
This service is confidential and available to residents of Sunninghill, Cheapside, South Ascot and Ascot Parish.

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