Lunch for Life celebrates with love, laughter, and enjoyment

Philanthropy and fun joined forces at Lunch4Life’s recent charity ball held at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water.

Images courtesy PixeleroAileen Kean, Andrea Grima, Zara Redhead, Lorna Ponti, Jane Gales, Marian Reynolds, Helen Salmon, Mary Mitchell

The evening, celebrating Lunch4Life’s tenth anniversary, was a resounding success and raised in excess of £35,000 for the Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Fund and the Fight Breast Cancer Charity.

After a lively drinks reception, Lunch4Life Committee Chair Lorna Ponti welcomed the 200 guests into the Ballroom. She spoke eloquently about the aims of the charities, and the need for state-of-the-art equipment to improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Beginning the fun with a Heads & Tails game, the evening’s MC Duncan Newton presented the prizewinner with a voucher for a gourmet French meal for two at the 3 AA Rosette La Belle Epoch restaurant. Later, a raffle winner at every table collected a fabulous basket filled with Michel Roux champagne, chocolates, and other delights.

Ed Rising enthusiastically presided over a live auction that included something for everyone, from two dozen decorated cupcakes to an eleven-night stay in the Caribbean. Bidders also vied for an impressive range of silent auction prizes.

Justine Balmer entertained the guests during dinner, singing beautifully from inside a globe that was reminiscent of the bubble employed by Glinda in the Wizard of Oz. The night concluded as DJ Alton Edwards took to the stage, and the crowd filled the dance floor into the wee hours.

Lorna Ponti expressed her gratitude: "It’s always a fun evening full of love, laughter, and enjoyment. We are indebted to our generous donors and guests, who come up trumps year after year, making it possible for us to support these wonderful charities."

The Lunch4Life committee is made up of Lorna Ponti, Jane Gales, Andrea Grima, Aileen Kean, Mary Mitchell, Zara Redhead, Marian Reynolds, and Helen Salmon. Anyone wishing to make a donation or wanting more information can contact the committee through

Murder investigation team make significant discovery during search of Oxshott lake

Divers searching an Oxshott lake have recovered an item which could prove significant to the Surrey Police murder investigation into the death of West Molesey antiques dealer Robyn Mercer.

Photo courtesy: Surrey PoliceLooking for evidence: Divers at Littleheath Pond in Oxshott

The item was retrieved from Littleheath Pond by one of the team from Specialist Group International (SGI) which has been working with police at the water since Tuesday 18 October.

A diver made the discovery whilst scouring the bed of the lake Wednesday 19 October during the ongoing search for evidence in support of the inquiry into the 50-year-old mother’s brutal murder.

Other items of potential interest have been found.

Detective Inspector Paddy Mayers investigating said: "The items recovered are all potentially significant but clearly one of the recovered items may be crucial to the investigation. It is too early to say of how much importance they may prove to be and there remains a sizeable section of the pond still to be searched.

"Any retrieved objects will be thoroughly examined forensically to assess how or what importance they could have to the operation.

"Officers continue to work relentlessly to bring those responsible for Robyn’s horrific murder to justice. I’m again urging anyone who has information which has not already been shared with police to come forward.

"Please think of Robyn’s two children and the distress that they continue to face."

Anyone with information surrounding the death of Robyn, whose body was discovered outside a residential property in Walton Road, West Molesey just after 8.00am on Monday, 14 March, is asked to call 101 quoting Operation Zebu. If you do not want to leave your name the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

Black tie events in aid of Household Cavalry Foundation

Cllr Sayonara Luxton, this year’s Mayor of the Royal Borough Of Windsor and Maidenhead, is organising special fundraising events for the Household Cavalry Foundation.

The foundation was set up to care for the soldiers, casualties, veterans, heritage and horses of the Household Cavalry which is based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.

Two forthcoming black tie occasions:


• A three-course meal and book signing by Hollywood producer Dr Paul Hitchcock at Windsor Guildhall on Saturday 3 December at 7pm. Paul has worked on over 100 films including The Italian Job, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, the first two Mission: Impossible films, The Man in the Iron Mask and Phantom of the Opera. £50 per ticket


• Mayor’s Annual Charity Ball at Beaumont House, Old Windsor, on Saturday 6 May 2017 starting 7pm. Drinks reception, entertainment and dancing. £100 per ticket.

Cllr Luxton said: "Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so generously to the foundation so far. I greatly appreciate all the support we have been receiving and welcome the continued support as it will all go to help our servicemen and women who look after our country so well.

"I’m really excited about these upcoming events and would like to invite residents to buy a ticket, enjoy a fun occasion and at the same time help support our brave soldiers and their horses in their time of need.

"We are also on the lookout for donations of auction/raffle items and sponsorship, so if there is anything you can do to help please do get in contact."

To buy tickets, offer donations or sponsorship, or for further information email or call 01628 796223.

Further information about the Household Cavalry Foundation can be found at

Three charged in connection with theft of puppy in Claygate Christmas burglary

Three men have been charged following a burglary last December where a beloved cocker spaniel puppy was stolen from a family home in Claygate.

The 22-week-old puppy called Maximus was stolen after thieves broke into the family home in Red Lane at around 1pm on 19 December 2015. Thankfully he was later located and reunited with his family just in time for Christmas.

Mathew White, 21, of no fixed abode, has been charged with burglary dwelling and aggravated vehicle taking.

Rabbi Luaka, 18, of Hereford Way, Chessington, has been charged with burglary dwelling and aggravate vehicle taking.

Mark Caleb Flitton, 24, from Horley, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and handling stolen goods.

They are due to appear at Staines Magistrates Court on 9 November 2016.

Unique Rolex watch stolen in brutal Egham Burglary

Photo courtesy: Surrey PoliceStolen: Silver and green Hulk Rolex

The police are appealing for the public's help in finding a limited edition Rolex watch reported stolen following a burglary in Egham.

The watch is a very distinctive green and silver Hulk Rolex watch worth around £6,000 and has a birthday message engraved on the back.

It was reported stolen following a burglary at an address in Hummer Road in Egham on Thursday 29 September.

At around 6.50am the victim, a man in his 20s, woke to find two men in his bedroom with a knife demanding him to hand over his watch.

Following a struggle the men made off with the watch leaving the victim with injuries to his hands and head.

Detective Constable, Hannah Clarke, from North Surrey Criminal Investigation Department, said: "This was a terrifying incident which has left the victim understandably traumatised and we are determined to trace those responsible.

"The stolen watch was of great sentimental value to the owner and I am urging anybody who has seen the watch or knows of its whereabouts to get in touch with us.

"Alternately if you have any information in relation to the burglary or witnessed anything suspicious that morning please contact us immediately."

A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail until 2 November

Sunninghill man charged with fraud offences

A 28-year-old man has been charged with fraud offences following an incident in Sunninghill, Ascot.

Jimmy Chuter was charged with three counts of fraud by false representation.

The charges are in connection with three incidents in Ascot where elderly victims were targeted by a man claiming to have done work on their homes, which had not been done and demanded cash for this work.

Arts Week

Arts WeekBinfield, Warfield & Winkfield
The 12th Annual Binfield, Warfield & Winkfield Arts Week begins at the end of the month with over 40 free events on offer for all ages and this weekend sees the launch of the Ticket Booking - at 5.00pm on Sunday 9th October 2016. Go to for details

The purpose of the event is to immerse the general public in the appreciation of the arts, across the entire arts spectrum. There is a wealth of arts and crafts activity happening in Binfield Warfield and Winkfield and the organisers of Arts Week are proud to showcase some of the finest at this event.

Arts Week events include children’s animation workshops, pumpkin carving, guy making, theatre, music, adult silver making workshops, lectures, exhibitions and even a little bit of baroque music.

In 2016 some of the previous years’ most popular events make a welcome return such as Blunderbus Theatre for the under 7s but additionally there will also be some exciting new material such as Trash Percussion Workshops from the exciting Bang-On group.

To open the week there is another first, a concert by six under 17-year-old musicians who took part in the Rotary Club National Young Musicians Competition and to end the week will see Eton College music students with an organ recital and a capella singing.

A fabulous art and crafts exhibition will showcase more than 200 exhibits, with judging and feedback from Lorraine Zutshi, Senior Arts Lecturer at Bracknell and Wokingham College. The quality and range or work promises to be outstanding, with much of it available to buy.

The venues include Brownlow Hall and Whitegrove Community Centre in Warfield, St Peter’s Church in Cranbourne and Carnation Hall in Winkfield. There are also two venues in Binfield the Memorial Hall and Farley Wood Community Centre.

The 12th Annual Binfield, Warfield & Winkfield Arts Week is organised and funded by the Binfield, Warfield and Winkfield Parish Councils and runs from Sunday 23rd October to Sunday 30th October.

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