Author Archives : Nicky Jones


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2017 The Sculpture Garden

With over three thousand visitors and a healthy sales sheet, this year’s Sculpture Garden must be rated a resounding success. Over 120 exhibits from 31 sculptors were artfully arranged around the beautiful Odney Club grounds by the The Sculpture Garden’s curator, Lucy Irvine. The weather played a major part in determining numbers of visitors: from […]


2017 Festival Jazz Eucharist

Cookham’s Holy Trinity Church Eucharist service was transformed on Sunday 14th May with the introduction of jazz before, during and after the service. Parishoners were welcomed to the Festival Jazz Eucharist by Cookham’ favourite jazz band – the Fabulous Shirt-lifters, who added a joyous note as the church filled up. During the service the boys, […]

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2017 Strictly Cookham and Tea Dance

REVIEW OF THE STRICTLY COOKHAM DANCE PROGRAMME   After having run a Beginners Ballroom and Latin class at two Cookham Festivals I decided to broaden the scope and offer classes in other forms of dance at the 2017 festival. I also changed the time of the classes to the evening to give working people the […]


2017 Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition Winners

The Judges of the competition are delighted to announce the results of the competition as follows: The Don and Jill Cawthorne Prize, with a cash prize of £2,500 Rosie Jackson – “The Heaven That Runs Through Everything” The Stationers’ Company Award, with a cash prize of £500 Ross Cogan – “Zacharias and Elizabeth” The Maidenhead […]

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2017 Gala Concert: Serenade

The pews of Holy Trinity Church in Cookham were filled with local people who had come to enjoy this final concert in the 2017 Festival. Some of them might have been in the audience 50 years ago when the Festival series started, and they certainly included the Wood family, who had heard the Mozart piece […]


2017 The Name Game

Or Guess the name of the caterpillar at the Crazy Tea-Party at the Tarrystone   When the Cookham Knit and Natter Group came up with the idea of dressing the Tarrystone again for the Cookham festival’s 50th anniversary, it was a golden opportunity to add a little bit of fun to the proceedings. Visitors to […]

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2017 Cookham’s Place in the Movies

Cookham’s Place in the Movies   The festival’s film night on the 16th May in Cookham Dean Village Hall recalled memories of famous names and heart throbs from the big screen. In the first part of the evening, Richard Poad, a local expert and Chair of The Maidenhead Heritage Centre, took the audience on a […]


2017 The John Lewis Design Legacy

The John Lewis Design Legacy: Talk by Camilla Honey   Camilla Honey explained to a sell-out audience at the John Lewis Heritage Centre that she was responsible for the design and creation of the Heirloom children’s clothes collection on sale at John Lewis stores. Heirloom is a premium range aimed at 4 to 14 year […]

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2017 An Evening with Ross Kemp

I wanted to go to this event from the minute I heard it was being held as part of the Festival. However, when I thought about it, I didn’t really know much about Ross Kemp. Like many people, I just thought of him as ‘that guy who’s a bit of a thug on East Enders…with […]


2017 Peeps Into Panto

“PEEPS INTO PANTO” – SUPPER AND ENTERTAINMENT   Three events for the price of one! Guests first had the opportunity to sip a drink as they browsed through the comprehensive collection of Cookham Pantomime memorabilia. “John Brookes hasn’t changed a bit in all those years”. “My God, there’s James in the Chorus!” “They made an […]


2017 Festival Arts Hub

The Festival Arts Hub Over the weekend of 13th/14th May, the Parish Centre was transformed into a hothouse of artistic endeavour covering a wide range of different art activities that had been specifically selected with adults and children in mind. Four local professional artists ran a series of engaging, hands-on workshops and 80 festival goers […]

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2017 Glass, Architecture and Art

Glass, Architecture and Art: Talk by Kirsty Brooks Kirsty Brooks enthralled her full-house audience with her knowledge, enthusiasm and talent as she took them through a whistle-stop tour of the evolution of glass making from the Romans to present time. She explained that this evolution massively accelerated following the revolution that was the manufacture of […]

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2017 Flower Festival

The Flower Festival celebrating fifty years of the Cookham Festival was a truly amazing experience. Fifty golden display titles were chosen either to reflect the celebration, selecting items from the programmes through the fifty years, recognising the poems and plays, authors and artists, Cookham institutions, cricket, panto, Tarrystone, Cantorum, Elizabeth House, Rock the Moor and […]


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Cookham Bells ring in the Festival 2017   A full peal was rung on Cookham bells to launch the first Cookham Festival in 1967. To mark the 50th anniversary the Cookham bells, now 10 in number, rang again on Saturday 13th May. The peal, which took 2 hours 58 minutes to ring, consisted of 5003 […]


2017 Come and Sing

Come and Sing with Russell Scott on Sunday May 14th saw a disparate group of over 30 people attending the Odney Club for a choral workshop. To achieve his ends Russell employs humour, anecdotes and above all an infectious enthusiasm for music. With this mixture he was able to create an amazingly professional sound. The […]

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2017 Brewing in Cookham

Cookham and its Brewing History: Talk by Keith Parry   After thirty years research experience in the agrochemical industry, Keith retired to develop his interest in history gaining a Diploma and then an M.Sc. in English Local History at Oxford University. His new research took him and his sell-out audience at Cookham Dean Cricket Club […]


2017 Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition – Poetry Reading

The Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition. Poetry Reading. Cookham Dean Village Hall, Friday 12 May. The competition attracted over 200 entries from not just all over the UK, but also from the United States, New Zealand, Australia and countries in Europe. The Judging Panel, chaired by Professor Peter Robinson and supported by poet Jane […]

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2017 Going For Gold

What an inspirational and motivational evening from Tom Aggar and Adrian Moorhouse! We were given great insight into the triggers, motivation and role models (and stubbornness!) that led these two sportsmen to set and reach their goals and win the ultimate gold medal. During this candid presentation in an intimate setting we learned of their […]


2017 The Hollow Crown

      Here’s what the audience of the People’s Shakespeare had to say about their ‘The Hollow Crown’ production…“We saw the original production of The Hollow Crown back in the 1960’s and so it was a real treat to travel a number of miles to see this production, which was every bit as entertaining […]

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2017 Nature Of Cookham Painting Competition

Cookham Library was chosen to host the entries for the Cookham festival’s painting competition. The resulting free exhibition showed what a huge wealth of creative artistic talent exists amongst us – with an extremely high standard of entries encapsulating every conceivable aspect of Cookham and its surroundings. Views from afar, from close up, beautiful scenes, […]


2017 Off The Wall

Celebrating the Cookham Festival’s 50th anniversary and kindly sponsored by The Shanly Foundation, the large and colourful art installation that graces Cookham Moor throughout the period of the festival has been created by students at BCA (Berkshire College of Agriculture). The brief was to ensure the completed work should have a high visual impact from […]

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2017 Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party

You’ve never seen the Tarrystone like it! The Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party has taken it over and you are invited to this close-knit, woolly family’s party. With no flat surfaces, the tea service and cakes tumble higgledy-piggledy – chaos reigns! The 50, caterpillar, tablecloth, crockery, cakes and flowers were all knitted or crocheted for the […]


2017 Exhibition: One Artist, Three Visions

The Gallery at Elizabeth House, Station Hill. SL6 9BS                                                                                                                                   Free entry An exhibition of paintings by Mandy McAllen in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. Mainly landscapes, this exhibition explores different ways of representing the colours, shapes and textures of places Mandy has visited […]


2017 Off The Wall an Art Installation

Sponsored by The Shanly Foundation Cookham Moor hosts this major art installation. Officially opening on Friday, 5th May, this is, literally, the biggest Art Event The Moor has seen in years! A striking celebration of 50 years of “Growing The Arts”, from the imaginations of BCA students, you really CAN’T miss this! – come and enjoy […]

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2017 Cookham Knit and Natter The Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party

Tarrystone, corner of Sutton Road and Odney Lane                                                                                                     Starts Friday May 5th You’ve never seen the Tarrystone like it! The Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party is taking over. Come and see this close knit, woolly family’s party until 22nd […]


2017 The Name Game

Tarrystone, corner of Sutton Road and Odney Lane   Free competition for all. Name the caterpillar at the Tarrystone Tea Party. The name we like most wins a prize!   Entry forms at The Sculpture Garden, Odney Club from 6 May.   Competition closes Saturday 20 May.