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13 March 2018 

It was with sadness that Cookham.com heard of the death of Jean Stretton. Jean was well known in Cookham and had lived here for many years. She had been a member of the Parish Council since the 1970s when she was also a member of the Cookham Society for which she was a founder member. Recently she had been living in Berry's Road in Cookham Village where she had moved from Cookham Rise. She was very interested in the history of Cookham and has written various articles about the village including the history of the Pinder Hall which can be seen on their website www.pinderhall.org.uk She has always been very active in Cookham and was often seen at the various events around the village.

Condolences go to John her husband and her family. Information about the funeral are not currently available.


9 March 2018 

At its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 8th March the Chairman of the Cookham Society, Mr Evert Groeneweg, announced that the winner of the  Society’s Annual Design Award for 2018 was Orchardfields, a newly extended and refurbished dwelling in Bigfrith Lane, Cookham Dean.  Heighway Associates, of Marlow, were responsible for the design.

 The Chairman noted that the Award had been granted in recognition of the excellence of design achieved in meeting the` principles enshrined in the Cookham Village Design Statement. The Society’s assessment was made in consultation with the renowned architect Professor Robert Adam, DipArch RIBA FRSA,  and  concluded that:

“the  Award is given  for the  extension and renovation of a 1920s Tudor style half-timbered house in an open location in Cookham Dean. This is a large extension but fits in well with the existing building, maintaining a low-key approach. The exposed timber features provide continuity and care has been taken to ensure consistency throughout, including the door and window frames.  Seamless continuity with a sometimes unfashionable early-twentieth-century style is unusual and the result is an attractive building which integrates well with the unique green setting and rural character of Cookham Dean (see  Cookham Village Design Statement,  p.58).”

He added that the standard of entries this year had been high and the selection of a winner had not been easy.   However the Society was delighted to show through the Award that the Society is happy to encourage new high-quality construction, while continuing to oppose developments which are considered inappropriate. 

Mr Groeneweg  then invited the President of the Society, Mr John Bowley, to present the Award Certificate to the representative of Mr and Mrs Spray, the owners.  On presenting the certificate Mr Bowley added that a  blue ceramic plaque would follow in due course.


6 March 2018 

Cookham residents Richard James (left) and Justin McCarthy (right)are teaming up to bring people in the area a new course in public speaking. They will be presenting a two-evening programme called 'Speak Out!' which is aimed at presenting the basics of public speaking to anyone who has a message to deliver.
Richard has been an actor for over twenty five years and is currently on a national tour of the world premiere of David Walliams' 'Awful Auntie'. He will be introducing the basics of voice and body and exploring how we can use both to create a confident and interesting presentation.

Justin is the lead trainer at Saxon Coaching and a communications expert. He will be showing how structure and the use of rhetoric can keep your audience engaged, as well as exploring how to answer difficult questions.

'Speak Out!' is aimed at business professionals and those who simply want to feel more confident when speaking in public; from presentations and pitches to Best Man's speeches and motivational talks, if you have a message, 'Speak Out!' can help.
Part 1 Tuesday, 17th April
Part 2 Tuesday, 15th May
Part 1 Tuesday, 19th June
Part 2 Tuesday, 17th July
For more details including venue, times and prices, you can visit www.Facebook.com/SpeakOutCourse or find ticket details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/richard-james-amp-justin-mccarthy-16825357793


5 March 2018 

Unfortunately, due to the snow we had to delay our bags to school campaign for Gende Tesfa (Ethiopia) until Wednesday, March 14th.

We are still hoping to collect lots of second hand clothes.

If you could spread the word, that would be wonderful.  PFC Ethiopia Ambassador Helen McLean is coordinating this campaign at Holy Trinity (I will be in Senegal next week).

I attach a photo of Helen's daughter Cleona, who is also an Ambassador.

Please do get in touch with Helen hmclean4@icloud.com if you can help.

It's vital that we raise much needed funds for Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club - just £3.10 will give a child breakfast and some support at the Breakfast Club for a week.


28 February 2018 

Grease is being performed at the Theatre Royal in Windsor and at these performances the lead role of Sandy Dumbrowski will be played by Cookham’s very own Lucy Fuller.

Lucy was a pupil at Cookham Dean C of E School and Newlands Girls School.

She is now pursuing her dream at full time Performing Arts School in Reading.

Tickets are selling fast - especially the matinees, so come along if you can and support some very talented young people from our local area.

Click here for more information



15 February 2018 

Cookham's Billy the Gardener was pleased to discuss his growing gardening business with our MP, Theresa May MP. And yes, she has his business card and number 0777 252 7837


3 February 2018 

Emma Nevins Massage Therapy will be giving treatments in Elizabeth House in Cookham every Monday between 10am and 2pm from 19 February 2018. There are special rates for registered members and volunteers of Elizabeth House but all are welcome. Please call 07850214079 or email info@emmanevins.co.uk for more information or to book an appointment.'


22 January 2018 

Thank you to all of those involved in Holy Trinity Church’s three carol services (Advent, Christmas & Epiphany) and to everyone who gave so generously to the retiring collections.

A combined total of £1780.11 was raised for Thames Hospice.

Advent Carols by Candlelight = £440.15

Christmas Day Carols by Candlelight = £904.24

Epiphany Carols by Candlelight = £435.72


10 January 2018 

Village Of The Year which Cookham entered last year will start transmitting on the 15th January 2018 on Channel 4. Unfortunately Cookham did not actually get through to the finals.

Details of all transmission times are below – with  COOKHAM being on - Friday, 26 January 2018

All shows will then be available online via All 4 .

You can also go online on Facebook  and Twitter, using the hashtag #villageoftheyear (but please do not let on how far you got in the competition until it is broadcast).

Thank you from everyone at Reef Television, and we hope you enjoy the show.

Heats:  Weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4.

Western Zone Semi Final: Saturday 20th January 2018 | 8pm

South East Zone Semi Final: Saturday 27th January 2018 | 8pm

Central Zone Semi Final: Saturday 3rd February 2018 | 8pm

Northern Zone Semi Final: Friday 9th February 2018 | 3pm

Grand Final: Saturday 10th February 2018 | 8pm


6 January 2018 

A welcome coffee for Lulu Martinet with other au pairs in the area and members of Cookham Twinning Association at Costa. Lulu comes from St Benoit in France which is Cookham's twin village.

If you are an au pair in the area and would like to catch up for a coffee, please email Lucie: martinet.lucie@yahoo.fr or join the Cookham Au Pair Network Facebook page. 

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