I wonder if I might ask
for some help with something we are going to do with the Cubs.
We are planning to run Zoo!
Not a real zoo, of course, but they will design posters and put them up
from 11 to 18 July.
For most, they will do this outside their own homes but we have some who
do not live in the village and I wondered if there was anybody with an
alternative location we might be able to borrow. It does not need to be
a home. A shop window or similar place would work. So long as it could
be seen from outside the premises.
If others want to join in, we will be happy to welcome them but please
get in touch first as we have divided the village into continents and
each will have its own animals. We also don't want to duplicate
PHARMACY STARTS TO SELL STATIONERY
The Pharmacy in Lower Road, Cookham is
starting to store stationery. This should be a great help for Cookham
sparticularly ince the Stationery Depot closed down.
NAJOR ALLOTMENTS TRASHED
People were horrified by the damage caused
by vandals on Friday night at the Alfred Major allotments. There
was a lot of damage to plants structures, and a greenhouse on a
neighbouring property, residents said it is appalling. Two or three boys
were seen when someone heard the smash of glass. Such things as compost
bins, arches, netting and tool boxes and general structures were
damaged. Beans were pulled down and the bamboo sticks destroyed. A water
tap was broken off so water poured out and the water could not be turned
off. Plants were trampled and the whole area was laid waste for no
apparent reason. It seemed like a totally mindless action.
DEAN VILLAGE FETE 2020
The 2020 Cookham Dean Village Fete, due to
be held on
Saturday 12th September, has regrettably had to be cancelled in
view of the continued Government restrictions related to the Coronavirus
Pam Forrester, chair of the organising committee, said: “Apart
from the logistical issues of effective social distancing in both indoor
and outdoor attractions, the fete committee had to consider significant
financial costs including insurance, medical cover and road closure,
which need to be paid well in advance, as well as potential late
cancellation payments. It would not have been possible to cover such
losses in the event of a late cancellation. The fete
committee very sadly therefore felt that they had to cancel this
recognises this means that the numerous charities supported by the fete
will not benefit from it this year. The main charities which had been
chosen for the 2020 fete are listed below. If you would like to show
your support for the wonderful work they do, please visit their main
websites as below to find out more about the work they do and how you
can get involved or donate:
Brett Foundation (supports the homeless in RBWM): thebrettfoundation.org.uk
Action Windsor & Maidenhead Young Carers Service:
of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead: samaritans.org
DASH Charity (supports families and individuals who experience domestic
abuse in RBWM): thedashcharity.org.uk
(promotes awareness of breast cancer amongst young people): coppafeel.org
Pam Forrester commented: “We know that this fun community event
for all age groups will be sorely missed, particularly in these times of
social isolation. We look forward very much to welcoming everyone back
to the fete on Saturday 18th September 2021.’’
SPENCER CLOSED BY COVID-19
doors to the Stanley Spencer Gallery closed due to the coronavirus
pandemic the volunteers who run the art museum have turned their
attention to creating a virtual exhibition space.
the gallery’s website www.stanleyspencer.org.uk
mand its social media channels people have been able to view Spencer’s
paintings in exhibitions that have been updated every two weeks.
have included the artists paintings which chart the Easter story, and a
walk around Cookham, with Spencer’s works depicted alongside
contemporary photographs of the places he painted.
half term the gallery has a ‘Colour in with Stanley project, for
children and adults, where line drawings of Spencer’s works can be
downloaded from the website to colour in.
of the Management Committee, Robert Kottler said “It was a big
disappointment that this terrible virus arrived just at the point where
we were about to open the door on our new summer exhibition, but luckily
I work with an energetic team of people, who immediately decided to turn
disappointment into an opportunity.”
exhibition, which is entitled ‘Love, Art, Loss The Wives of Stanley
Spencer’ is expected to run into next year.
KEMP VISITS ELIZABETH HOUSE
Ross Kemp has had
programmes this week looking at Britain's Volunteer Army on BBC One It
featured appearances from the kind-hearted people giving up their spare
time during the coronavirus pandemic.This included the work of Elizabeth
House shown on 20 May and available on iPlayer.
Some photos of the celebrations for the
75th Anniversary of VE Day. Here are some photos of Westward Green
celebrations with thanks to Josephine Crabb.
A MARATHON IN YOUR GARDEN
mum ran her London marathon in her garden (Sunday 3 May 2020), raising
over £2,600 for the local food bank.
On Sunday 3 May, Louise
Ferriman, a personal trainer and mum of four from Furze Platt in
Maidenhead, ran 26.2 miles, or 524 laps of her garden, raising money
for Foodshare Maidenhead. She was running for five
hours and five minutes.
on her challenge, Louise said: “I made a bit of a miscalculation
with the laps and realised a day before that I had to complete 524
laps rather than 416! But I was determined to do it for all those
people out there who need the help of our local food bank, to support
the amazing work that FoodShare Maidenhead does and also to celebrate
our local key workers.
I came up with the challenge I had hoped to raise £500 for the
charity, so to have raised over £2,600 is incredible - thank you so
much to everyone who has sponsored me and cheered me on from the
sidelines, and to my family who have supported me through the whole
Gee from Foodshare Maidenhead said: “We are incredible grateful to
Lou for her amazing fundraising efforts. The money will make a huge
difference to FoodShare Maidenhead.”
addition to raising money for Foodshare Louise has been taking
nominations for local key workers, carers and charity workers who are
working tirelessly to help and protect others at this time.
explained: “The less well known, unsung heroes and charities need
support too. So £250 of the sponsorship money has been allocated to
team up with local business, Brown Paper Packages, to hand deliver a
well-being box to 10 nominated local key workers and carers as a small
token of thank you and appreciation from us all.”
IS STANLEY PAINTING?
Chrissy Rosenthal has
designed a special front page for the Stanley Spencer Gallery website. I
am sure you will agree that it really has captured the time we live in
and Stanley would agree.
OF GRAVITY GRAND PRIX FOUNDER
Peter Bartlett, founder of the Gravity
Grand Prix which is held in Cookham Dean every year has sadly died. He
set up the Gravity Grand Prix in 2007 after seeing a similar idea in the
West Country while on holiday. It became more and more popular each year
it was run with some wonderful soap box designs. Peter who was a member
of the Cookham Dean Cherrypickers will be very much missed.
TO A GOODIE
is digesting the very sad news about Tim Brooke-Taylor who died
last week from Coronavirus. He and his wife Christine had lived
in Cookham Dean for many years.
Media Hub said "we were honoured to have him as our special guest
at our Christmas Media Hub at the Bel and the Dragon in 2018".
was a true gentleman! Our thoughts are with his family and friends
this Easter weekend.
photos were taken by
photographer Caroline Field.
VIRTUAL GRAND NATIONAL
Well done to everyone
who took part with Devine Flowers in the virtual Grand National The
profits with Adam’s extra donation came to £325 and have been sent
off to make a difference and support NHS through NHS Charities Together.
We are delighted to announce our first
ever Most Giganticus Writing Competition! Open for entries from 13th
April to children in the RBWM catchment in key stage 1, 2 and 3. The
title must include the word 'Little' and have a Roald Dahl-esque
Gobble-funk word. Fantastic prizes! See our website for the full list of
dos and don'ts and get your kids writing!! https://www.thelittlebookshop.info/
The NHS is desperately
in need of scrubs. Does anyone have a sewing machine, and are able
to volunteer to make them up as soon as soon.
A call was put through via Thames Valley Police for volunteers.
If you’re able to help:
HELP THE THAMES HOSPICE
the last few days the Hospice has been making enormous efforts to assist
in the fight against Covid-19 by preparing their beds to take the most
vulnerable cases, taking on staff, and reorganising the way they look
after their traditional patients. They feel passionately that they
should help in this action but all this effort is unfunded. I therefore
bring their letter below to your attention and hope you can help. Any
donation however small will help enormously. The text below includes a
donate link which you can use.
These lovely done by The Autism Group last
yeary will be hidden around Cookham in the next few days.If you find one
take a photo and send it to email@example.com
or post it on Facebook Cookham Rocks https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=cookham%20rocks&epa=SEARCH_BOXand
then rehide the stone somewhere else.
HALL PLANT SALE MOVES TO THE CRICKET CLUB
Vernon & Linda
Brown who run the Pinder Hall Plant Sale set up their plant sale at
Cookham Cricket Club on Whyteladyes Lane, as Pinder Hall had to
close its doors. They had all their lovely Mother’s Day
planters and baskets and loads of veg plants.
This was great news as
Sunday was the day for people to collect their pack of plants made
possible through the WildCookham Let’s BEE Friendly scheme for
Cookham Rise residents (https://lbfcookhamrise.blogspot.com/).
It was also great news for Vernon who depends on the sale as an
important part of his business and who has been really supportive of
the plans to encourage local residents to do something for local
It is unlikely that
Vernon will be able to continue coming to Cookham for a while due to
the Coronavirus rules.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
from Sarah Parfitt
Happy International Women's Day
I am thinking all our Ethiopian sisters in Gende Tesfa this morning -
mums like Fatuma, who live with the crippling scars caused by leprosy in
very difficult circumstances.
When I first met Fatuma five years ago,
she was trying to survive and feed her children by collecting firewood
all day and only earning the equivalent of a couple of dollars from it.
Life was incredibly challenging, and yet Fatuma showed
incredible resilience. I am pleased to say that thanks to your support
and the small business training Fatuma has received from PFC Ethiopia,
she now has her own fruit and vegetable business and is also supporting
other women in Gende Tesfa through the community organisation. Can you
help us to reach out to more women like Fatuma and their families in
Gende Tesfa on International Women's Day? We want to offer around 30
women there the chance to have small business training and also support
their children at the Breakfast Club in 2020:
Junior Golf Taster
Thanks to all the families who attended
our Junior golf taster session last Saturday.
We got really lucky with the weather?
If you know of any children/families
who would be interested in attending any of our future sessions please
get in touch on the number below.
NAIL AND BEAUTY OPEN IN COOKHAM
new Nail and Beauty Salon is opening in Cookham. The Opening date is
Thursday 12th March 2020. Opening hours: 9.30am-6.30pm
have special offers for everyone.
Special Weekend 12th-14th
for our first 100 customers
Drink and Food all day
GLAM Nails&Beauty, shop 2 Pockett Yard, High Street Cookham. SL6
Manicure/ Shellac Manicure:
Hot Stone Pedicure:
Acrylic Nail Full set:
Anna who runs Glam Nails and Beauty says "Hygiene and sanitation
are very important and we always make sure everything safe and
sanitised before using. Our aim is to provide customers a warm,
friendly environment but a professional approach."
details can be found on their Facebook Page.
In spite of the residue of hurricane
Dennis a group of hardy Cookham residents joined in the Community Litter
Pick. There was a big thank you from Cookham Parish Council, to
all those who attended the Community Litter Pick as part of the Keep
Cookham Tidy scheme on Monday 17th February. A great turn out and effort
resulting in 14 black bags of rubbish from the Station Car Park and
surrounding areas in addition to bigger items, a bike, ironing board,
flat screen TV, microwave and blender. Pictured are some of the
With thanks to Carol
Aisladie and Christine
Countrystore are now not just offering a
good selection of Vegan products but are now continuing to make Cookham
as sustainable as possible! They now stock reusable Bathroom and
Multipurpose cleaner as well as Antibacterial Sanitiser..
All you have to do is buy a bottle in
your first purchase and then once you run out, bring it in and refill
it at the eco-station in-store.
Countrystore plan to roll out a wider
variety of products in a similar format but need our customers to get
behind the cause, to make it possible!
FOOTBALL COMES TO COOKHAM
everyone we just wanted to share the great news that Cookham Dean
Football Club have been successful in their application to start a new
FA (Football Association) funded girls WildCats centre from April 2020
onwards. Qualified football Coaches
Nick Philips and Emily Sherwood will be the primary coaches with David
Bell also helping to get the ball rolling. Please feel free to spread
the news to those who may be interested. Timings and venue are still
to be confirmed, but girls of the ages 5-11 can participate to begin
with. Any questions about this then please contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dean currently run seven Junior sides which are almost entirely made
up of boys, although one of the Under10s teams is mixed with both boys
and girls in the team, The Club hope to be increasing the amount
of football training and matches on offer for youngsters in the very
near future as the popular Junior section at CDFC continues to go from
strength to strength
COMES TO COOKHAM
You may have heard Ramblings on BBC Radio
4 on Thursday afternoons with Clare Balding, where she takes a walk in a
beautiful area of the company with some others and chats. It seems
unbelievable that someone must have said 'I have had a wonderful idea,
lets have a programme where we have Clare walking around beautiful areas
of the country and we will have it on radio!' Claire came to Winter Hill
for her latest Ramblingswith Olympians Steve Backshall on Winter
Hill. Clare obviously likes this area as she was at Cliveden at the end
of last year giving a talk. She brought her dog with her so she could
walk through the grounds after the talk.
MALLETT'S BOOK SIGNING
Timmy Mallett was in the Little Bookshop
signiing his new book on his cycling ride on the Camino from Cookham to
Santiago de Compostella, which he did in 2018. An excellent read.
FOR CHANGE ETHIOPIA
A great success this week for the swim
disco opened by gold medallist Adrian Moorhouse raised over £600 for
Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia. The money will pay to train mothers and also a
breakfast club for the disadvantaged children at the school in the
HOME CLEANING BUSINESS
We (David & Lynda Turner of School
Lane Cookham) have recently started an Eco Home Cleaning Business. We
use the best Eco Products and clean your house just like we would clean
our own. For more information please see our Facebook Page Cookham Eco
TO THE STATIONERY DEPOT
It will be with sadness that Cookham will
be saying goodbye to the Stationery Depot which as been in Cookham
Parade for the last eighteen years bailing us all out when we needed a
birthday card or a new print cartridge, not to mention selling tickets
for various events in Cookham.
As a thank you to Paul some people in
Cookham got together and bought a framed photo of the Causeway by Mick
Vogel on behalf of all the friends and customers of the Stationery
EXPRESS FULLY FUNCTIONAL
Well done to our new Cookham takeaway -
They are now fully functional and after
some hiccups on delivery timings they are now producing fantastic tasty
food in good time. Also if you go to Countrystore and buy a carrier bag
you will find a Malik's menu inside. It seems Malik's is well up on
their PR too. Malik it would be nice to have a name sign on your
The three Carol Services by
Candlelight for Advent 2019, Christmas 2019 and Epiphany 2020 at
Holy Trinity Church raised a combined total of £2178.67 for
Alzheimer’s Society. Thank you very much to everyone who attended
and who gave so generously.
AT THE PINDER HALL
Some of us may remember wrestling on TV
with Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks. Last Saturday LDN Wrestling came to
the Pinder halld so you could see it LIVE. It was a great success and it
is hoped they may come back. LDN Wrestling tours the country putting on
events the entire family can enjoy from theatres to town halls, and
stage well over 150 shows a year.
YEAR CLEAR OUT FOR ETHIOPIA
roll please... our New Year Clear Out for Ethiopia at raised £228.40
this morning. Our phenomenal Junior PFC Ethiopia Ambassadors collected
571 kgs of clothes, shoes and soft toys, which is 50 kgs more than
last time. Whoop whoop! Amazing teamwork. A big thank to everyone from
Holy School, Holy Trinity Church and Cookham Scouts & Cubs who
supported our campaign - and also to other neighbours and friends. But
the biggest thank you goes to Helen McLean for organising it. All of
the money will go to Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club.
MALLETT'S BOOK LAUNCH
In 2018 Cookham resident Timmy Mallett
braved the Beast from the East to cycle 2,500 miles from Cookham
to Santiago de Compostela in memory of his brother Martin, who was born
with Down's syndrome and had died just a few days earlier. This was a
journey of exploration, honouring Martin's outlook on life that everyone
can reach their potential. And so, with his painting gear strapped to
his bike, Timmy set off on his journey. He has know documented this in
his book, "Utterly Brilliant" which is being launched in
London tomorrow 16 January 2020. Well done Timmy.
book is available for sale from Amazon and is in their top ten new
with his brother Martin
EXPRESS TO OPEN 14 JANUARY
The new Malik's Express in Cookham Rise
will be opening on Tuesday 14 January 2020. It is based in the Parade,
Cookham Rise and takes over from the old Indian take-away. It should be
a great asset to us all. Malik will be having an initial 'trial' month
and then will start full delivery after that.
FESTIVAL APPOINTS NEW CHAIR
Trustees of the Cookham Festival are pleased to announce that Derek Bond
has taken up the role of Festival Chair-person. Derek is well-known in
the village having first managed the John Lewis Sir Bernard Miller
Centre at Odney and then the Partnership’s Winter Hill golf club and
also from the Festival’s People’s Shakespeare – most memorably as
Falstaff in the 2015 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. An
employee of John Lewis for 48 years, 20 of which were in this area,
Derek brings considerable managerial expertise to the Festival Team. As
a marketing events manager, Derek was responsible for a large number of
high-profile marketing and hospitality events, including: The BBC Good
Food Shows, Hampton Court Music Festival, Cheltenham Literary Festival,
English Heritage Concerts, Blenheim Palace and Gatcombe horse trial and
numerous agricultural shows, including The Royal Show at Stoneleigh.
Cookham Festival is a cornerstone of our Community life here in Cookham
and I am very much looking forward to helping it grow and prosper in the
years to come” said Derek. “Our next Festival will be May 2021 and
as ever, we are looking for people to help. We have a fantastic
leadership team but we need more help, particularly with music, drama
and visual arts event management”. If you think you can help in any
way, please contact me through email@example.com”.
Cookham Festival is a biennial celebration of the Arts. It is a local
festival run by and for the people of Cookham and our surrounding
communities. It is by far the largest community activity held within the
village and, with more than 15,000 visitors over the Festival period, it
is a major event on the regional arts calendar.
PICKERS RAISE £640