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July 2015 News

We, the undersigned, wish the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to consider reducing the recently implemented 18 tonne weight limit on the Chobham Road railway bridge to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes.

We are concerned that the large lorries pose a safety risk due to the limited road width of the bridge causing the vehicles to cross the centre double-white line and limits visibility to on-coming traffic.

Download the form to sign here.

Signatures will be presented to RBWM cabinet on 28 July 2015. Forms returned to Parish Council, Broomhall Lane by 9.30am on 27 July or scanned to


The Parish Council celebrated the accomplishment of Heathermount boys, Josh Giddens (pictured below) and Jack Wise, who had completed three and two years work experience respectively. The boys have been working with Graeme Kennedy every Tuesday learning the range of tasks involved in keeping the Recreation ground and the cemetery in good order.  The Parish Council has greatly benefitted from their hard work, while the boys have grown in confidence and skills.  They leave Heathermount to go to  college in the autumn.  Picture below shows Graeme making a presentation to Josh.

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School holidays begin on 22nd July.  

Daytime Leisure will be bringing a bouncy castle, slide and play golf to the park on the following days: 11, 18, 22, 25, 28, 30  July and every Tuesday and Thursday in August until end of August.  The Parish Council is pleased to offer this extension of our play facilities by partnering with Daytime Leisure who take full responsibility for insurance and supervision of the children.

Charters Tennis are holding summer holiday session on the tennis courts in Broomhall Recreation from Monday 27 July to Friday 28 August.
10 am – 12pm 5-9 year olds (£12 per session (£9 with discount).
1pm – 3pm  10 years upwards.

Full information email:
Phone 01256 463673 or visit


 This year the panel of judges looked at the Sunningdale Parish Allotments and awarded as follows:

 1st             Pat Bond                   Plot 31a

  2nd           Mary Alexander       Plot 4

 3rd             Daphne Evans           Plot 30

 Highly Commended:
Glen & Robert Couper   Plot 30a
Julie Henley-Wilkinson and Warren Wilkinson Plot 27

Geoff Newis  Plot 34b
Pam & David Stanley  Plot 40
Diana Vernon-Smith & Jeanette West  Plot 45

The Best Newcomer:   Nihal Gunersekera Plot 6

Highly Commended Newcomer:  Lucy & Dave Williams Plot 43

Ascot Volunteer Bureau is a small local charity that provides transport to medical appointments for the elderly residents of Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale. Increases in its workload means that it has an urgent requirement for additional volunteer drivers. Have a look at its website for further details if you may be interested.


BEN Lynwood Fete and Vintage and Classic Car Rally on 4th July from 12.30pm – 4.30pm at the Recreation Ground.  

For further details on the Summer Fete please email or call 01344 298137. Or visit

June 2015 News

New walks leaflet for Sunningdale available to download here.

A new weight restriction of 18 tons has been installed along the Chobham Road to prevent large lorries and construction traffic coming through the village.

Weekend 13 and 14 June – Magna Carta celebrations. See the RBWM website for full details.

Royal Ascot (Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June). Expect traffic congestion and closure of roads in that period. For more information go to:

BEN Lynwood Fete and Vintage and Classic Car Rally on 4th July from 12.30pm – 4.30pm at the Recreation Ground.  
This is a family fun-packed with day which has huge appeal as there is something for everyone. Amongst the array of stalls will be children’s activities, birds of prey display, companion dog show, live music, food and refreshments, cakes and vintage iced tea and many other attractions. This year there will also be an unmissable special display of one historic manufacturer’s range of vehicles and vintage cycle display.

For further details on the Summer Fete please email or call 01344 298137. Or visit




May 2015 News

The Parish Council has unanimously elected Anne-Catherine Buxton as Chairman. Anne-Catherine brings much experience in running charity operations and organising committees. She joined the Council in 2014 and has taken on a number of key projects. Three other Councillors, Robin Booth, Rosemarie Nash and Lilly Evans go forward elected unopposed. Valerie Pike is a new elected Councillor. Council has co-opted Michael Burn and Yvonne Jacklin to Council as from 26 May 2015, and Mary Sayer with effect from 9 June 2015.

The theme in Sunningdale, as with the nation as a whole, is continuity and change, steady management of resources, while watching out for every opportunity to enable positive change for our community. Anne-Catherine says “We have the makings of a great team going forward who will look after Sunningdale’s best interests”.

There remain two vacancies to bring Council to its full complement of ten Councillors and we welcome names coming forward at this time.

April 2015 News

GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS MEETING Thursday 30 April at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale.  Your opportunity to meet the candidates for the Parliamentary elections on 7 May.


Sunningdale Parish Council is a non-political Council dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the village.  Seven people have put their name forward, and this being less than the ten vacancies, the seven will be elected unopposed on 7 May.  The Council must then co-opt to fill the 3 remaining vacancies.

The Parish Council meets once a month to take decisions affecting all aspects of life in the Parish, establishing policies for action, and deciding how much will be raised and spent on behalf of the community. It is responsible for spending public money lawfully and achieving the best value for money.

There are rules on the eligibility of residents to stand for the public office of Councillor.  If you are interested please contact us or read more under Parish Council and Elections.

The new tennis and refreshment Chalet opens for business on 1st April

The Village Hall Operations team take up residence in the office to the side of the Pavilion on 1st April.   Come and see us.

3rd April A Wildlife in Ascot talk on “Voles” by Prof Pat Morris, world expert on small mammals, at 3pm in Sunningdale Parish Offices.  Everyone is welcome

9th April – the deadline for receipt of applications to become a Parish Councillor at the May 7th election.  Ask for more details.

Charters Tennis Holiday Coaching Easter holiday coaching 7 – 17 April at the Recreation Ground          10 am – 12pm (5 years to 9 years)  1pm – 3pm (10 years upwards) £12 per session.  Application forms in the Parish Office

Community Garden We have had a “standard” winter, neither too cold, nor too wet, nor too mild. Early outdoor sowing and planting of hardy crops could do with slightly warmer daytime temperatures than we are experiencing at the beginning of March. We only have garlic planted so far, which actually went in during the autumn. Weather permitting, here are some possible spring jobs on your plot. posted 2 March 2015

March 2015 News

New Chalet at the Recreation Ground The drainage work having been completed, the new Tennis and Refreshment Chalet has being constructed.  It will open for business on 1 April.  It is paid for from S106 Developers Contribution. Posted 20 March 2015


Annual Parish Meeting 25 March 2015 at 7.30pm The APM took place on 25 March hosted by DeVere Venues at Sunningdale Park. Our guest speaker Christine Weightman spoke on “Origins of Sunningdale: Broomhall Nunnery”. We had a good community evening with contributions from the Chairman, Christine Gadd, our Borough Councillors, reports from Holy Trinity School, Charters School and the Police.

To catch up on what was said please find attached the Chairman’s report.   Posted 27 March 2015


February 2015 News

Some 2015 dates for your diary
Annual Parish Meeting on March 25th; General and Local Elections on May 7th; Lynwood Fete on July 4th; and the Sunningdale Area Carnival on September 13th.
posted February 4th, 2015.

Charges for 2015-2016.
Council has agreed that there will be no increase in burial costs or in the rate for hiring the Community Room in the forthcoming financial year. The annual allotment rent for a standard plot will increase by 50p, taking it to £16.
posted February 5th, 2015.

Allotment rents for 2015-2016
Rents are now due. Payments should be received from plot holders by Monday March 2nd, 2015.
posted February 14th, 2015.

Berkshire Carers Service newsletter
The latest newsletter (February – April 2015) is now available. It can be downloaded here.
posted February 14th, 2015.

Ascot Area Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter (February 2015)
This is currently being delivered to local residents. It includes important information on the closure of the Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association, but not of Neighbourhood Watch. The online version can be viewed here.
posted February 22nd, 2015.

RBWM’s Recycling Guide
Printed copies of this guide were delivered to households in February 2015. Here is the online version.
posted February 27th, 2015.

January 2015 News

Fit for Life
Fit for Life is an RBWM project whose aim is to encourage individuals to be more active. The project will run for 3 years with a grant from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund (via the National Lottery Funding). Fit for Life Week, which will run from January 17th to the 25th, will allow residents to sample activities across the borough. In Sunningdale, Charters Leisure will offer Gym while Lynwood will have Aerobics for the over 50s. Both are free. Check the precise details in the leaflet (obtainable from the parish council office) or by looking at the website.
posted January 6th, 2015.

Blacknest car park re-opens
blacknestcarparkVirginia Water Lake walkers who use this car park may like to know that it has now re-opened after being closed for three months while major renovation work took place. The tariffs and methods of payment are now the same as the main car park on the A30. The car park is now known as Virginia Water South.
posted January 11th, 2015.

All About Local Councils.
This booklet gives simplified explanations about the role and work of local councils and their councillors, explains the electoral process and provides a number of case studies, highlighting the work of a selection of local councils. Click here to browse the online version.
posted January 25th, 2014.

December 2014 News

picasion.com_bd41aa7aacba46ebc868455dd3da9eafChristmas Celebration.
The annual Christmas Lights event took place on 28 November. We were blessed by fine weather, so the crowds came out to enjoy the hospitality of the shops in Sunningdale and to see Sir Bruce and Lady Forsyth switch on the lights. Sir Bruce entertained the crowd by doing an impromptu Q&A session including the inevitable question on the Christmas edition of “Strictly”. The other star of the show was Martha Collison, from the Great Bakeoff show, who decorated biscuits with the children in Fegos, while other children enjoyed seeing real reindeer and talking to Father Christmas. The children from Holy Trinity and Sunningdale Schools came to sing for us and bring on the Christmas spirit.The Parish Council was delighted to work with all the traders in Sunningdale, many of whom were open and laid on the mullied wine and pies for us all to enjoy.
posted December 31st, 2014.

Free Trees
The Borough is giving away 5,000 free trees on a first come, first served basis. There will be 800 available at Broomhall Recreation Ground from December 8th until December 24th, 2014. To pick up a tree, along with a stake and a shrub guard, simply cut out the voucher on P.31 of the latest Around the Royal Borough newspaper and present it at the Rec. The tree species available are native, both to enhance the underlying character of the area and to benefit wildlife. The Borough has produced guidance on what species will do well on which soil type. Click on the map where your house is to find out. Further information about the offer can be found here.
posted December 4th, 2014.

Sunningdale Park
Owned by HM Government, it has been the home of the Civil Service College and later the National School of Government since 1950. The site at present continues to be operated by our partners, De Vere Venues. At present the Government Property Unit is looking for potential opportunities for the future of Sunningdale Park. An information event was held at Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, 3rd – 4th December to update local people on the Development Opportunity Brief, which can be accessed from the front page of this site.
posted December 4th, 2014. updated December 18th, 2014.

Waste collection schedule
Changes to the waste collection days over Christmas 2014 and the public holiday periods in 2015 can be found here.
posted December 4th, 2014.

RBWM to extend green garden waste service
This service has been working at capacity recently. However, the Borough is to extend the service from February 2015. Details can be found here.
posted December 17th, 2014.

Recycling real Christmas trees
After the celebrations Christmas trees can be left at Broomhall Recreation Ground between Monday January 5th and Monday January 19th, 2015. They will be removed, shredded and composted by the borough. Please remove all decorations. This facility only applies to real trees, not to artificial ones, of course.
posted December 1st, 2014.

Registering to vote
There will be various votes during 2015, including local elections and the General Election. Please ensure that you are registered to vote. It is now possible to register online. Read the web page on IER (Individual Electoral Registration) for further information.
posted December 2nd, 2014.

How to become a parish councillor
Some councillors will be retiring in 2015. If you are interested in becoming a councillor then read this article from the Electoral Commission, and contact the borough or the parish council by email.
posted December 2nd, 2014.

The Community Garden
November was a wet month with approximately 50% more rain than the 30 year average for November (1981-2010). This has limited the opportunities to work on the plot. Weather permitting, here is a list of possible winter jobs on your plot.
posted December 5th, 2014.