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LISTEN TO HIM

2 July 2018 


The Celebration of the release of the new album "Listen to Him" by John Church and Stuart and Juliet Epps that took place at Holy Trinity on Friday 29 June raised a magnificent £2,000 for the church funds. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic evening.


AN EVENT YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS

22 June 2018 


An event you won’t want to miss! Everyone welcome.

The Media Hub is celebrating its 5th birthday at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 27th at the Bel and the Dragon in Cookham. We are the South East’s largest networking group for media professionals, so if you haven’t attended one of our meetings yet, do come along.

We are delighted that BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Dotun Adebayo, MBE is going to be our guest speaker. Dotun will be talking about his career as a radio presenter and writer to Media Hub member and former 5 Live colleague Helen Foster.

After Dotun’s presentation, there will be the chance to mingle, enjoy some of chef extraordinaire Ronnie Kimbugwe’ s canapés and relax and listen to music from Acoustic Soul. With the smooth, hypnotic music of Renee Cullen on vocals, Steve Hopwood on guitar and former "Mean Red Spiders" keyboardist Rob Strachan, it will definitely be a night to remember.

To celebrate this special occasion, we have decided to support a cause close to our hearts - a charity called Partners For Change Ethiopia (www.pfcethiopia.org), which helps children in poor communities. Media Hub Founder Sarah Parfitt and her family have been helping the charity since 2013, and Sarah has travelled to Ethiopia on three occasions.

Holy Trinity C of E School and the village of Cookham have raised more than £28,000 to support the community of Gende Tesfa in eastern Ethiopia, which is a PFC Ethiopia project. Thanks to the generosity of people in this area, we have been able to fund a sports ground, the Breakfast Club and small business training for 100 mums and dads in Gende Tesfa.

Over 230 children at Gende Tesfa School are currently going to school on an empty stomach. Every penny from every ticket sold at the Media Hub’s 5th birthday will help transform lives. By purchasing a ticket for £20, you will be funding breakfast for six children for a week.

Our guests will include the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, the Bishop of Reading, who was a Trustee for the charity and Mulugeta Gebru, the head of the charity in Ethiopia. BBC presenter and journalist Michael Buerk, whose reporting of the famine in Ethiopia in 1984 inspired the Band Aid song, Do they know it’s Christmas?, will be sending the Media Hub a special video message. Michael is currently filming with John Sergeant otherwise he would have attended our event.

A big thank-you to all of the businesses and individuals who are helping to make June 27th a night to remember, including the Bel and the Dragon, Carillion Communications, the TV Training Academy, Mah Images, Caroline Field Photography and Rachel Sellman.

Whether you are a Media Hub member or a friend of Partners For Change Ethiopia, do come and join our Media Hub 5th birthday celebrations. For further information, please contact Sarah Parfitt: sarah_parfitt@mail.com. Mob: 07900 4117 15. Do join our Media Hub Facebook page if you haven't already: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MediaHub/

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation to save Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club, click here 


RUN AWAY SUCCESS

16 June 2018 


Over a staggering £8,000 was raised at Cookham Rise School's Interior Design Sale on Saturday 9th June. It was an absolute must for anyone looking for designer curtains and fabrics at ridiculously low prices. Some fabric and curtains are still available if you are interested. Contact Lisa Peters lisapeters@cookhamriseprimary.org Another sale is planned soon.

Many of you will be aware of the Saving New Brainstorm School initiative. Started in 2016 by Lisa Peters and the children of Cookham Rise Primary School, the project is looking to build a new school for their pen pals; 200 orphaned children in Kampala, Uganda. Every single penny raised from the sale will go directly into funds for the new build.

FANTASTIC RESULT!

 


MUM BOSS: VICKI PSARIAS

8 June 2018 


Vicki Psarias will be speaking at the Media Hub at the Bel & the Dragon in Cookham on Thursday 14th June at 8pm. She is a blogger, vlogger, author, filmmaker, TV director and founder of one of the biggest blogs worldwide, Honest Mum®, Vicki lives in Windsor. You can read an interview with Vicki click here.

To buy tickets click here


 THE MOVEMENT OF LIGHT

3 June 2018 


Elizabeth House, Cookham, is delighted to be showing the vibrant watercolours of Polish artist Agata Szymaniec from 11th June - 13th July.

 

Agata  Szymaniec is a watercolour artist based in Wallingford and born in 1978 in Katowice, Poland.  An inveterate traveller, her inspiration comes from the movement of light.  "The moment when paper absorbs the water with every touch of the brush - from a strong feeling translated into light, from a straight line into a mysterious wash - it is so powerful and magical.  I present the dynamic of life in the city where I try to capture atmosphere, mood, light, colour and obviously people who are in the middle of my artwork. Painting with watercolour is an illusion, a spectacle where I create the story, catch the feelings and stop the audience for a moment to convey emotion, optimism, warm atmosphere or even mysterious moments.”  

 
Do come and see Agata's work during the usual opening hours of Elizabeth House  i.e weekdays from 9am to 3pm with a one hour break from noon.  The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, SL6 6PE 


 "COOKHAM - ST BENOIT TWINNING 2018

20 May 2018 


Mark the dates Saturday 20th October to Monday 22nd October when Cookham will be welcoming visitors from St Benoit, continuing the annual Twinning exchange started in 1993.

Activities planned in the full couple of days include a skittles evening at the Greyhound in Eton Wick on Sunday evening, a trip to Oxford including the Bodlean Library, Sheldonian Theatre and Exeter College on Monday, and a social evening and Indian meal at Cookham Dean Cricket Club. Anyone can participate in one or more of these events.

Twinning helps us to learn about other countries, in this case France, both through visits that show aspects of local and national life, and general conversations between visitors and hosts. Visitors stay in family environments and informality is the order of the day.

A knowledge of French is useful but certainly not essential as there are several English speakers in the St Benoit group. However if you want to brush up on your French language skills, this is a good opportunity to do so!

The Cookham Twinning team are currently looking for hosts to accommodate our visitors – if you’d be interested in doing this please contact Keith Le Page (keith_le_page@hotmail.com). And if you’d like to join Cookham Twinning and get involved in the weekend’s activities in part or full, please contact Membership Secretary Stephanie Diggon (stephaniediggon@hotmail.com).


 "LISTEN TO HIM" ALBUM LAUNCH

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 .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buGzwx78m38


COOKHAM'S WORLD BIODIVERSITY EXPERT 

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.
 


TRIP TO WATERPERRY GARDENS

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.


BEST QUIZ IN TOWN

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.

 


WANT TO DANCE YOUR WAY ROUND THE BALLROOM?

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.


WILD GARDENS' SCHEME SPRINGS INTO LIfE

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)


TIMMY MAKES THE FRENCH PRESS

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.


COOKHAM - A COMMUNITY THAT IS PROUD OF ITS WILDLIFE

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.


JEAN STRETTON'S FUNERAL

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.


COOKHAM DEAN SPRING CLEAN

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.


TIMMY ON THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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/ 


ST LUKE'S COPIES COOKHAM 

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.


SAVING NEW BRAINSTORM SCHOOL 

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!


DEATH OF JEAN STRETTON 

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.


THE COOKHAM SOCIETY DESIGN AWARD 2018 

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.

SPEAK OUT 

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

BAGS 2 SCHOOL 

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.


LUCY IN GREASE 

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

 


BILLY DISCUSSES GARDENING NEEDS 

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


MASSAGE THERAPY AVAILABLE AT ELIZABETH HOUSE

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.'


CAROL COLLECTIONS FOR THAMES HOSPICE

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


COOKHAM - VILLAGE OF THE YEAR 2017

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


WELCOME COFFEE FOR LULU MARTINET

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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