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20 May 2018 

(From Cookham Reident Stuart Epps)

We are very pleased and  proud to announce the forthcoming release of our album "Listen to Him "

This has been an amazing journey with our co - contributor and amazing lyricist John Church .

We are about to promote the Launch, including an evening at holy trinity Church on the 29th June .

We will be playing the album and talking about its making .
All proceeds for the sale of the album and the evening are going to the Church restoration fund .

Would be very grateful if you could help promote it on Cookham.com and any other way you might think of .
Tickets are already available at the church office and at the stationers .
All details on the poster attached .

Here is a trailer to give you some idea of the album content .



18 May 2018 

Cookham's world biodiversity expert to speak at WildCookham event - 11th June

Cookham-born Nigel Stork is a leading world expert on biodiversity and he returns home in June for a WildCookham event on the subject.  His talk,  'Biodiversity: the local response to a global crisis', will be in the Odney Club's Sir Peter Miller Centre, courtesy of the John Lewis Partnership, with the added attraction of a chance to see the club's grounds and also enjoy a guided tour around them.

Nigel, brother of Cookham Festival chairman Malcolm, now lives in Australia and was most recently Dean of Research for Sciences at Australia’s Griffith University before retiring and being appointed Emeritus Professor at the university. His particular field of study has been insect biodiversity patterns in forests across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia as well as Australia. He also served on the UK National Biodiversity Committee and was a lead author of the 1994 UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

He will bring this exceptional experience to his talk and will relate it to more local issues – for example, urban biodiversity, public parks and golf courses – all of which is highly relevant to our own local challenges.

Register to attend at www.meetup.com/WildCookham/events/250481077/ or by emailing lpeperell@f2s.com.  If you want the guided tour you can register at the Odney Club from 6pm: spaces are limited. The bar in the Sir Bernard Miller Centre will be open from 6pm to 7.30pm, so come and make an evening of it!

There will be no charge for attending the event but a donation to Wild Maidenhead and WildCookham funds will be welcome.


13 May 2018 

Thanks to a generous benefactor, a coachload of members, volunteers and staff from Elizabeth House went to Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire in April for lunch and wandered around the gardens. 


We arrived, had a quick coffee and then visited the onsite museum full of old brewery memorabilia, farming and village life – with a few surprises!  Who knew that sheep and goats could have little welly boots for their feet? 

Returning to café, we enjoyed an amazing roast chicken dinner, apple pie and cream and tea or coffee, then spent time shopping, visiting to the old church to see the stained glass windows or walking in the grounds. There is so much to see at Waterperry Gardens that members have asked to come back for a longer visit later in the year.


12 May 2018 

Definitely the best Quiz in town (on the night)


Regular quizmaster John Sykes put the general knowledge of Elizabeth House supporters to the test with his challenging and well-researched questions. 


Trustee Jill Cruse and helpers cooked and served a delicious meal and Bernadette Clark (pictured) sold raffle tickets on the night. 


This fundraising event raised over £1,625 for Cookham’s much loved day centre.



13 April 2018 

Want to dance your way round the ballroom? Now is the time to learn!

Following the success of her present Beginners Ballroom and Latin class which has now graduated to become an Improvers class, Penny Bysshe, a professional Ballroom and Latin teacher and a Cookham resident, is starting a new Beginners Ballroom and Latin class at the Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham Rise on Friday 8th June 6.30-7.30pm. The class will run every Friday until 20th July and after the summer break will start again at 6.30pm on Friday 14th September. Couples and singles are welcome and the cost is £7.50 per person.

The dances taught at the classes are the Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango, Cha-Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive.

Penny already runs two Ballroom and Latin classes on Friday evening at the Pinder Hall, one for Improvers and one for those who know the basic steps and want to learn a bit more. If you would like to start the Beginners Ballroom and Latin class on June 8th or one of the classes already running please contact Penny Bysshe on 01628 526819.


13 April 2018 

There was a full house at Lea Barn in Cookham Dean for last Thursday's launch of Cookham's Wild About Gardens Awards. WildCookham supporter Pam Campin announced the Awards with the help of local Wildlife Trust expert Hilary Phillips.

The self-assessment awards scheme - a pilot scheme which it is hoped to spread across other Maidenhead parishes in future years - encourages garden owners in the Cookhams to take account of 25 possible features under four headings related to wildlife support - food, shelter, water and general garden management. You can download the assessment form at www.wildmaidenhead.org.uk/wild-about-gardens or collect a copy from the Stationery Depot in Cookham Rise. Depending on the number of features in a garden, bronze, silver and gold awards are on offer - all to be presented in October.

Pam and Hilary stressed the importance of gardens to supporting our biodiversity, given the dramatic fall in diversity overall following increasing urban development and intensive agricultural practices. Cookham, Pam said, can show the strength of its community, and its commitment to making Cookham a wildlife-friendly community, by making a real success of the new scheme. She also stressed that the awards criteria are a great way to get some simple ideas about how to encourage wildlife.

Cathy Costello, on 01628 485246, can be contacted for more information about the awards.
















(l to r) Pam Campin, Hilary Phillips, Cathy Costello and David Norris)


6 April 2018 

Timmy Mallett is half way through his journey to Santiago de Compostela. He has been making the most of his mammoth cycling trip by painting pictures of the various scenes he has come across on the way.

He has even made the French press. Click here.


5 April 2018 

With Easter behind us and Spring in the air at last, it's time to get busy making our gardens fit for wildlife.  First step is to come to WildCookham's meeting next Thursday, 12th April, to hear about Cookham's Wild About Gardens Awards launched this month, and to get useful ideas and tips from Hilary Phillips of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.  The Awards will be presented later this year to local garden owners based on the number of wildlife-friendly features in your garden - and you have between now and the end of June to submit the very simple self-certification form.

You can also get full details about the Awards at the meeting and join up if you wish.

Already there's been a lot of interest in the Awards and the organisers hope that we are on the way to making Cookham a Community that's Proud of its Wildlife!

All details of the meeting are on the WildCookham Meetup site (https://www.meetup.com/ WildCookham) or email lpeperell@f2s.com to confirm you plan to attend.


30 March 2018 


Jean Stretton's funeral will be held on 4th of April at the Parish Centre next to Holy Trinity Church. It will be at 1pm.


22 March 2018 

On Saturday 7th April, the Cookham Dean Village Club are getting together with The National Trust and as many Cookham based organisations as we can raise, to have a 2 hour litter pick.  Meeting up at 9:45 at the Village Hall and returning for refreshments at mid-day, we hope to get enough people involved to cover the whole of Cookham Dean.  

We would be very grateful for all the support people are able to provide to help make this event a great success. Primarily, this would be by just turning up on the day to help collect litter from allocated zones.  We will provide most of the equipment needed but would advise pickers to bring their own sensible gloves.


21 March 2018 

Timmy Mallett is taking on a mammoth cycle ride from Cookham to Santiago de Compostela in Spain following the route of the pilgrims. He is planning to reach Cookham's twin village St Benoit which is on the route by this weekend and will be staying with the Mayor. He has already stayed with a group of nuns in a flatlette, for the grand cost of ten euros a night.

He has had many people offering him support, including Theresa May MP and French President Emmanuel Macron, also Bear Grylls and Professor Brian Cox, plus many others.

You can see Timmy's progress on his website at http://timmymallett.co.uk/track-timmy/ 


20 March 2018 

It looks like St Luke's School Maidenhead is copying Cookham. (See below). St Luke's have given Brainstorm School a selection of  bright yellow kit, trainers, letters and gifts. Great minds think alike.


19 March 2018 

FROM COOKHAM TO KAMPALA! An incredible surprise from an incredible couple! Frank and Julia Cronin from Cookham are in the slums of Kampala! Today they made a surprise visit to New Brainstorm School. Mr.Nickolas and the children were so excited to meet them They are going to visit the children again on Monday - this is so truly wonderful - we had no idea they were going. I feel so proud of them both - way to go guys!


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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