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November 2016

thumbnailforxmasThe Sunningdale Christmas Celebration will take place on Friday, 25 November 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the junction of Chobham Road and the A30. Shops & businesses will be open late and you can enjoy a wide range of seasonal activities, refreshments and entertainment. TV presenter and local girl Kirsty Gallacher will switch on the lights. Click on the thumbnail image to the left for further details.
Posted October 26, 2016. Updated November 24, 2016.

thumbnailforsurgeryA Sunningdale Parish Council “Surgery” will take place on Friday 18th November, 2016 from 10.30am to 12 noon in the Community Room at The Pavilion, Broomhall Lane. Come and talk to us about what is important to you in your village. Click on the thumbnail image (above right) for further details.
Posted October 26, 2016.

M3 closure. The Woodlands Lane bridge over the M3 (between Windlesham and Chobham) is to be demolished. Therefore, the M3 between J2 and J3 will be closed to allow this work to take place. The closure will run from 9pm on Friday November 18th, 2016 to 5.30am on Monday November 21st, 2016. See this leaflet for further information.
Posted November 16, 2016.

RBWM Highways & Transport Newsletter for the current week (commencing November 7) can be found here. To view details of current and planned works on roads in the borough, including work being carried out by public utility companies, go to
Posted November 7, 2016.

Temporary Road Closure. The level crossing on the A30 in Sunningdale will be closed from 00.30 am until 06.45 am on Sunday November 6, 2016.  The A30 will be closed from the junction with Broomhall Lane to Ridgemount Road.
Posted October 25, 2016.

October 2016

Temporary Road Closure. The level crossing on the A30 in Sunningdale will be closed from 00.30 am until 06.45 am on Sunday November 6, 2016.  The A30 will be closed from the junction with Broomhall Lane to Ridgemount Road.
Posted October 25, 2016.

Job Vacancy – Village Venues Bookings Manager. To manage the bookings and day to day running of Sunningdale Village Hall. Full details of the post can be found on the Village Venues website.
Posted October 6, 2016.

RBWM Residents’ enewsletter. Sign up to the Borough’s residents’ enewsletter for updates on forthcoming roadworks, aviation, new projects and health care.
Posted September 27, 2016.

Temporary Footpath Closure. Footpath 13 which runs from its junction with Dry Arch Road to its junction with Beech Hill Road will be closed from Monday October 3, 2016 to Wednesday October 12, 2016 inclusive to facilitate landscaping, renewal of the Network Rail fence and associated works.
Posted September 23, 2016.


September 2016

Roadworks – Larch Avenue on Wednesday September 28, 2016. Installation of signs and posts.
Posted September 26, 2016.

ann-mcewanThe Best Allotment prize giving took place on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 immediately before the September council meeting. Ann (pictured on the right) and Roy McEwan were the 2016 winners. The full results, along with pictures of the winning plot holders and their plots, can be found on the Allotments page.
Posted September 15, 2016.

PCC online survey. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, is seeking your views on policing and crime to help inform his next Police and Crime Plan.

The Police and Crime Plan sets out the PCCs priorities and objectives for the Thames Valley. From this plan, the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police and other partners will develop their own annual service delivery plans.

If you would like to share your views and help inform the next Plan then please visit to complete the short survey.
Posted September 12, 2016.

santaThe Sunningdale Christmas Celebration will be held on Friday November 25, 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Preparations are already underway and further information will be provided when the plans are complete. Meanwhile, we are looking for volunteers to help out on that evening. Please contact Ruth Davies (Parish Clerk) on 01344 874268 or if you are able to assist.
Posted September 9, 2016.

7point5weightlimitLorry Watch. Over the last year or so, the parish council has worked with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to reduce the weight limit on the Chobham Road railway bridge for safety reasons. The limit is now set at 7.5 tonnes. Unfortunately, this is not preventing larger lorries from crossing the bridge, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.
Having taken advice from Trading Standards on what can be done to prevent this happening, we need to establish a lorry watch team which will monitor the lorries using the bridge, record the make, model and registration of overweight vehicles and report these to Trading Standards to follow up.
To do this, we need volunteers who are able to spend a couple of hours per day or per week as part of the team. If you are able to help, please contact Ruth Davies (Parish Clerk) on 01344 874268 or
Posted 9 September, 2016.


Picture courtesy of Bracknell News

Margaret Morgan receives the British Empire Medal for her services to the community in Berkshire. Margaret led the steering group that delivered the Neighbourhood Plan for Ascot and the Sunnings which was adopted in March 2014 when the electorate  voted to accept it by a landslide majority. See the article in the Bracknell News.
Posted September 8, 2016.

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of JULIAN GORINGE a casual vacancy now exists in the office of parish councillor for the Sunningdale Parish.

The vacancy will be filled by election if, within fourteen days of the date of this notice, any ten local government electors for the said parish/ward of the parish submit a written request to the Returning Officer, Town Hall, St. Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.

In computing the fourteen days, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday, or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded.

If no such written request for an election is received by the Returning Officer within the time specified, the vacancy will be filled by co-option by the Parish Council, Dated September 5, 2016.
Posted September 8, 2016.

June Martin MBE (left) received the award from Linda Carter

June Martin MBE receives the Margarette Golding Award for her services to the community. June, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, was a key individual in the setting up of the Ascot District Day Centre in Sunninghill and Ascot Volunteer Bureau; both organisations help the elderly residents of Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Ascot. She was chairman of both, for 14 years and 20+ years respectively, and is the lifelong president of the Day Centre.
Posted September 2, 2016.

Temporary Road Closure. The level crossing on the A30 in Sunningdale will be closed from 11.30 pm on Monday September 5, 2016 to 5.30 am on Tuesday September 6. The A30 will be closed from the junction with Broomhall Lane to Ridgemount Road.
Posted September 1, 2016.

The AGM of Sunningdale Village Hall will take place on August 30, 2016 in the Small Hall, starting at 7pm.
Posted August 28, 2016.

Printed copies of The Official Guide to Sunningdale 2016 have been freely distributed to all households.

OfficialGuide2016CoverPageThumbnailThe online version is now available on this website on the official guide page. It can also be accessed by clicking on the the thumbnail image on the left. Beware that, even though it is compressed, it is a large document, weighing in at 22MB.
Posted on August 28, 2016.


July 2016

JaneBrettJane Brett has been co-opted onto the parish council, bringing the number up to 10 councillors, which is a full complement. Here is a brief profile written by Jane herself.
“My parents are locals so I was born and raised in Sunningdale, attending Holy Trinity School before going on to Windsor Girls’ School.  Afterwards I moved away to attend art college and then worked in London and Brussels before I returned to the area in 1987.  I moved back to Sunningdale in 2006 and live in Clarefield Court.  I love the countryside and volunteer for Surrey Wildlife Trust.  I help survey the wildlife on Chobham Common and clear gorse and other scrub so the heathland remains.  I am also a keen walker and most weekends I have a walk either on the common, in Windsor Great Park or around Sunningdale. I would like to see Sunningdale retain its village identity whilst also having the amenities needed for the local community to thrive in the long-term.”
Posted July 14, 2016.

The Planning Meeting which was scheduled for August 2, 2016 has been cancelled.
Posted July 11, 2016.

Charters Youth Club Summer Activities. This flyer gives details of activities during the summer holidays at Charters.
Posted July 5, 2016.

plot2aBest Allotment 2016. There were two stand out plots this year. In a split decision, as they say in boxing parlance, Ann and Roy McEwan just beat Geoff Newis to first prize. Pam and David Stanley were 3rd, while Caroline Rutherford won Best Newcomer. The full results can be found on the Allotments page.
Posted July 4, 2016.

Picnic in the Park

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The slideshow above contains a belated selection of pictures from last month’s Picnic in the Park to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Posted July 1, 2016.

Anne’s Bench. Anne Martin, the parish council clerk from 2007 to 2016, retired at the end of May. Council commemorated her tenure with the installation of a bench at the recreation ground.

Posted July 1, 2016.

New service to support unpaid carers. You may be aware that the Berkshire Carers Service ceased to operate at the end of March 2016. RBWM’s new service for supporting unpaid carers is supplied by The Ark Trust Ltd through its Signal project. See the Signal website for further information and read its welcome newsletter.
Posted July 1, 2016.

June 2016

ndNick Dawson. We are sorry to hear of the recent death of Nick Dawson after a short illness. Nick became a parish councillor in 2006 and was appointed vice-chairman of the council in the following year. He remained in that position until he retired from the council early in 2015. Nick’s working life was spent in the education field. He and his twin brother Tim acquired Sunningdale Preparatory School back in 1967 and ran it for 38 years.
Posted June 13, 2016.

vintage-vehiclesThe Lynwood Fete & Vintage Vehicle Rally 2016 will take place at Broomhall Recreation Ground on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The fete will open to the public at 12.30pm. The vintage and classic car rally will start at Ascot Racecourse, go through Windsor Great Park, and finish at the Rec. Entry to the fete is £2 per person, free for under 14s.
Posted June 1, 2016.

amParish Clerk. Anne Martin retired at the end of May. Anne has fulfilled the role of Parish Clerk since 2007, helping to complete many projects during her tenure. The council thanks her for all her hard work over the years, and it wishes her an enjoyable and fruitful retirement.

RuthDaviesThe successor to Anne is Ruth Davies. We all congratulate her on her appointment, and wish her every success in this challenging role.
Posted June 1, 2016.



Sayonara Luxton, one of the borough councillors for the Sunningdale Ward, has been appointed Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The  swearing-in ceremony took place at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday, May 24. Sayonara has been a borough councillor since 2007, and she was deputy mayor of the borough last year.
Posted May 28, 2016.

Sunday 12 June  Picnic in the Park
To Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday
3.30 to 5pm at the Recreation Ground
with inflatables and face-painting
Bring your own picnic & enjoy!

FREE Tickets from Holy Trinity Church
or The Parish Council Office

Organised by Holy Trinity Church and Sunningdale Parish Council,
also Sunningdale Baptist Church.
Posted May 6, 2016.

May 2016

Annual Parish Meeting
This year’s meeting will be held on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 7.30pm. The venue is Lynwood Care Village, in the Berkshire Suite, Cedar Lodge. Attendees may park outside Lynwood Court.
The theme of the meeting will be Save our Sunningdale.

The draft minutes of last year’s meeting can be viewed here.
Posted on May 4, 2016.

Advanced notice:  Sunday 12 June  Picnic in the Park
To Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday
3.30 to 5pm at the Recreation Ground
with inflatables and face-painting
Bring your own picnic & enjoy!

FREE Tickets from Holy Trinity Church or The Parish Council Office.

Organised by Holy Trinity Church and Sunningdale Parish Council,
also Sunningdale Baptist Church.
Posted on May 6, 2016.

Election of Police and Crime Commissioner
As you are probably aware, this election will take place on Thursday May 5, 2016. If you have been struggling to find any information on the candidates who are standing, click on this link.
Posted on April 30, 2016.

Support for unpaid carers
You may know that the Berkshire Carers Service ceased to operate at the end of March. RBWM has now awarded a contract to The Ark Trust who also provide the support service in Bracknell Forest. Here is the RBWM press release.
Posted on April 30, 2016.


April 2016

Plan to install traffic lights at the junction of Chobham Road and Broomhall Lane

The Parish Council has objected to the scheme to upgrade the junction of the Chobham Road and Broomhall Lane junction with traffic lights.  Please find the letter here.

Posted 6 April, 2016

Car-parking charges delayed

Cllr Bathurst, Councillor for Sunninghill and S Ascot, writes:   “I am pleased to be able to report that these will not now be implemented immediately, as first proposed.  There will instead be a short delay of about two months.  This time will allow us to consult with local residents as well as the business community and the parish councils.  Feedback from this will be used to adjust the parking charges to make them as fair as possible and to maximise convenience to residents.”

Petition to: scrap charges for car parking at the A30 car park in Sunningdale and Queens Road car park in Sunninghill – on RBWM website.            Deadline to sign up by: 21 June 2016

Posted 5 April, 2016

 Recruitment of Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

The council seeks to appoint a Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer due to the imminent retirement of the current post holder. Further details can be found here. Alternatively, ring the Clerk on 01344 874268. The deadline for applications is 9am on 11 April, 2016.

Posted 1 April, 2016

Changes at the Rec.

Work at Broomhall Recreation Ground over the autumn and winter period included:


  • a new toddler area with sand pit
  • the installation of several pieces of play equipment, including a new climbing frame, RockNBowl,  Cobra Seesaw and Dragon Challenge, all paid for from S106 Developers’ Contributions
  • the creation of a path across the Rec for people who walk towards the woods, to join with the existing path to the shops/station
  • the replacement of the Groundsman’s garage / storage area
  • the addition of a canopy between the pavilion and the Groundsman’s garage.


Posted 1 April, 2016

Monika’s Refreshment Chalet

A reminder that Monika’s Refreshment Chalet at the Rec. has opened for the season. She has added health snacks to her normal stock.

Posted 1 April, 2016



March 2016

Petition to: scrap charges for car parking at the A30 car park in Sunningdale and Queens Road car park in Sunninghill – on RBWM website.

We the undersigned petition The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to scrap charges for car parking at the A30 car park in Sunningdale and Queens Road car park in Sunninghill.               Deadline to sign up by: 21 June 2016


February 2016

Road Closure down Bedford Lane:   Saturday 13th February 01.00 to Wednesday 17th February 2016 23:59 hours. From the A30 London Road to its junction with Coworth Close.

Alternative route: for westbound users via Bedford Lane, Church Road, B383 Station Road, B383 Broomhall Lane and A30 London Road.  For eastbound users, the diversion will be by this route reversed
There is a Parking review of the streets in the Old Village with the proposal that double yellow lines are drawn on many of the corners to prevent dangerous and inconsiderate parking.   The map showing the yellow lines is here.    PN 1640 – 1404 Sidbury Close Church Lane Sunningdale

You must give your answers to this consultation by Sunday 28 February by going to
There is a consultation concerning the installation of a zebra crossing in Chobham Road, Sunningdale which will be located approx. 48 meters south-east of the centre of the junction with A30.
Chobham Road crossing  to see the scheme.  You have until Friday 26 February to respond in writing to:
H.Jones, Highways and Engineering,
Town Hall,
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Or on line:

Nottingham Knockers operating in Sunningdale

The chap that organises them, is not interested whether or not they actually sell anything.  That is not the purpose of the exercise.   He supplies them with a bag of obviously cheap, substandard household cleaning products, worth say £35 in total.  At the end of the day, they have to hand him this amount.  Anything more they make, they can keep.   The aim is to locate, elderly vulnerable women (mainly), who live alone and are easily parted from their cash.  They are willing to part with cash, for what both parties know, are rubbish products – they are gullible / able to be manipulated.  Out of this group, they must find out who, has large amounts of cash stored in the house !

That is not as hard as it sounds !
The amount charged, usually amounts to a note.  If you hand them loose change from a purse, your house number and address, will not be recorded.  If you hand them a crumpled note from a purse – again – you will not be recorded.  What they are looking for is someone, who takes a few minutes to go and get that note and when it is handed over, it is crisp, flat and unused.  A clear indication, it has been removed from a pile of notes stored somewhere in the house.  The next thing they will do, is smell it.  If it smells musty from a drawer, it has been there some time and there is possibly, loads of it !

A definite address to record.
The lads themselves, take no further part in the scam, they hand over the list of potential addresses and are paid a small some, for each one, in addition to the cash they keep.

  A lad knocks on your door:
Look out through a window.  If you see they have a large bag over their shoulder, you wave them away.  You then phone vulnerable neighbours, to let them know and tell them, not to answer the door either.  Phone the PEC on the 101 number, explain that you have Nottingham Knockers in the road.  Some areas are not familiar with this local term, so you can add – the young lads going door, to door selling household products.

  1. If you answer the door – you only use these words – I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY, GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.  THEN FIRMLY, BUT POLITELY CLOSE THE DOOR – AND PHONE THE PEC, ON THE 101 NUMBER.  Everyone across the Thames Valley, uses these same words.  When they hear them, they will know, not to bother with your road, as everyone is likely to be aware.
  2. YOU DO NOT ENTER INTO ANY FURTHER CONVERSATION.  They have had some minor training – their practised Spiel in how to get a response from you – a sob story for example – trying to pay back to society / making their way / making an honest living.  They have been known to show a card, saying they are deaf / dumb etc.  Most are not true.  It is to gain your sympathy – to establish how gullible you are !
  3. WHY NO CONVERSATION ?  We have all been brought up to be polite and respond, to any question asked.  ‘I tried the house next door, but there was no reply’ ?  ‘No, they are on holiday in the Caribbean for the next 6 weeks’ !  ‘No, they have very high powered jobs in the City and never get home before 9 p.m.’ !!!!!  It is all too easy.
  4. Be prepared to give a good description of the young lad, when you phone the PEC on the 101 number.  The police will always go out to have a word with them and check, whether or not they have the legal and appropriate ‘Pedlars Certificate’.  99% do not, but have a self prepared document, which they will say, is as good.  The police may have to locate them, 25 / 30 minutes after your phone call, when they could be several streets away, the description is therefore vital.  Just look at how detailed David’s is above – that is what we need !!!

Just to add, because we have really hammered this message home to the elderly, they are much more alert and aware of this problem and are doing the right thing.  It is the next age group down – 45 / 60, who are now vulnerable, because they never think it could happen to them and they are fully capable, of dealing with anything.  These lads are doing this, day in and day out ….. .and ……….are good at it !

January 2016

RBWM is conducting a consultation on introducing a 7.5 tonne weight limit along the Chobham Road.  You are invited to reply to three questions.  The deadline has been extended to 22 January. We urge you to respond.  Go to and in the search box type Chobham Road. Click on the first item which is the consultation. The consultation response form is high-lighted.

Q1  Do you agree with proposals to introduce the 7.5 tonnes weight limit as shown on the attached plan.
Q2  Please Indicate where you live/home postcode
Q3 Do you wish to make further comments with regards to this scheme?
Responses must be received with the Borough by extended deadline Friday 22 January 2016.  Click Here for the form.

If you are accessing from a tablet or iPhone the link may not work. Please go to  and then search Chobham Road. That will get you to the consultation.

Charters Road Closure between 21.00 hours  and 06:00 each day
from Monday 11th to Wednesday 20th January 2016

Charters Road from its junction with the A30 London road north westwards to its junction with Dry Arch Road, and Dry Arch road for its entire length.  Reason: to facilitate Openreach works access to underground structure – new customer connection.

Alternative Routes for southbound users via Rise Road, B383 Broomhall Lane and A30 London Road.  For northbound users, the diversion will be by this route reversed