& THE DRAGON WIN BEST PREMIUM FOOD OFFER AWARD
Bel & the Dragon has won the Best
Premium Food Offer Award at this year's Publican Awards. TV Presenter
Jonathon Ross handed out the prizes. Bel and the Dragon were commended
for its high end twists on pub classics, such as their Duck Shepherd's
Pie and Roast Suckling Pig.
for Cookham Running Club's latest and hugely popular beginner running
courses have just been announced. These sell out extremely quickly,
so please book promptly to ensure a place. All of Cookham RC's coaches
are experienced runners and qualified with England Athletics. Price
includes email feedback, schedules and coach accompanying you to a 5km
event at the end of the course.
Hundreds of runners have now completed
the course - none has yet failed to complete the 5km at the end. Could
it be you next?
couch to 5km with PADDY McGRATH: Starts 19th of April at 19.00 pm in the
Alfred Major Rec. 6 week course. Cost £48.
run/Morning couch to 5km with SARAH WALKER: Starts 21st of April at
10:00 am in the Alfred Major Rec. Cost £48.00
SHORTLY! Advanced running courses with SARAH WALKER. These will be
held on Wednesday mornings and will introduce elements of hill
running, fartlek sessions etc.
IS COMING AND SO ARE THE BUTTERFLIES
next meeting of Cookham
Wildlife Supporters is on Monday 20th March at 7.30pm and it
brings the prospect of the coming balmy days of summer to take us
out of our winter blues. The topic is 'Our Local
Butterflies' and the talk will be led by local
lepidopterist David Fuller. David is a
born and bred Maidenhead man whose interest in butterflies began
in the 80s, joining Butterfly Conservation and serving on
several committees. Over the years he has seen all 59 of the
British butterflies via holidays and trips to other counties and
he says that he still gets a thrill when seeing the first
sightings each year - a sensation which he is bound to convey to
his audience. He will also be helping the group in its
survey work in the Cookhams.
well as talking about the wide range of butterflies we can see
locally, David will giving us tips on how to encourage butterflies
into our gardens, building on what we have learnt at the Supporters'
February talk about the National Gardens Scheme.
can find further information, including the venues for our meetings, by
signing up at https://www.meetup.com/Cookham-Wildlife-Supporters/
This will also ensure you get the regular newsletters.
SOCIETY DESIGN AWARD 2017
its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2nd March 2017, the
Chairman of the Cookham Society, Mr Evert Groeneweg, announced that the
winner of the Society’s
Annual Design Award for 2017 was The Niche, a new dwelling on Spade Oak
to the Society’s assessment:
The Niche follows
closely the guidelines established in the Cookham Village Design
Statement (VDS) for new development in its area and is an excellent
example of a new house which makes a positive impact on its environment.
Its design was based on minimising
energy usage: heat required for hot water and space heating is provided
by a heat pump which utilises a simple heat exchange unit submerged in the
adjacent river Thames. In addition to high specification
insulation further energy saving is made by a ventilation system that
captures heat from extracted air and recirculates it throughout the
rooms with fresh, filtered air. The Niche benefits from its own potable
water source, and has a drainage installation that treats, filters and
returns cleaned water to the river. It provides a high level of comfort
and space with ample natural light and harmonises well with its
requested the Society’s President, Mr John Bowley, to present the
Award Certificate. Mr
Bowley then presented the Certificate to Mr Carl Leighton-Pope, owner of
the property, which had been designed by Mr Trevor Bownass, FRICS, of
is the 4th year of the Award scheme, which is designed to
demonstrate that the Society welcomes developments which are in keeping
with the essential character of the village. It consists of a
Certificate, signed by the President and the Chairman of the Society,
and a Blue Ceramic Plaque for display on the building. Further enquiries
to: Pablo Dubois (email@example.com)
T. 01628 521002.
YOU SEEN A WHITE PHEASANT?
man, Brian Clews, wonders if any one in the area collects unusual game
birds? A resident of Lower Road photographed an all-white (possibly even
albino) Pheasant in his front garden yesterday, seemingly oblivious of
passing pedestrians and traffic. This might suggest the bird was used to
people and may have escaped if a local aviary was perhaps damaged in
Storm Agnes the day before. Brian says "I can't recall a record of
such a specimen in Berkshire before (though Oxford and Warwickshire
county records show sightings in recent years.)"..
We hung the latest exhibition at the
Gallery yesterday. It's by the pupils at Holy Trinity School in Cookham
village and I have to say I was truly impressed by it. The school
has been working hard through January to produce this and the teachers
selected the five best from each of the seven classes and much of this
work would look good in an exhibition of modern or naive art.
There is a mix of collage, painting, drawing, pastels, each class taking
a different look at 'Capturing Cookham - Images from the Village'. It's
definitely worth a visit.
The show runs from this Monday 6th February to Friday 3rd March and the
Gallery, at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS, is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.
You can visit during the usual Elizabeth House opening hours (9am to 3pm
weekdays with a one-hour break from noon).
collections following Holy Trinity Church’s three Carols by
Candlelight services (for Advent, Christmas Day and Epiphany) raised a
total of £1891.08 for Macmillan Cancer
Support. Thank you to all who attended and gave so generously towards
the wonderful work carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support.
- COOKHAM PANTOMIME MEMORABILIA
preparation for the Cookham Festival Exhibition “Peeps into
Panto” Fifty years of Pantomime in Cookham, Jean Hedger and the team
are looking for memorabilia which you may might have.
You may have appeared in front of the footlights or worked backstage.
You may have been part of the scenery and props, costume or music making
teams. Perhaps you or one of your family wrote or produced a Cookham
Please search your attic to see if you have something you could lend for
the exhibition. It could be as small as a ticket or as big as
CONTACT Jean Hedger 01628 603204
BRENT DE CLIPPERS
people from Cookham will have been saddened by the death of Brent, who
has run Brent de Clippers in Cookham Rise for many years. Brent died
last Saturday 7th January 2017.
His daughter Louise has said that a lot
of people have asked about the funeral, but it seems that Wexham Park
Hospital have got a log jam producing death certificates, particularly
as Brent died at a weekend. She will let us know the funeral details
when she finally obtains a copy.
TWINNING SOCIAL EVENING
with a liking for things French is invited to join Cookham Twinning’s
social evening and AGM at the Jolly Farmer, Cookham Dean on Monday
20th February, starting at 7.30pm.
Once we’ve dealt
swiftly with the business of the Twinning AGM, we’ll order food from
the excellent kitchen of the Jolly Farmer, and partake in a
light-hearted French quiz.
Following on from the
successful visit to Cookham in 2016, we’ll be able to provide
background to the Twinning visit to St Benoit in France that we’ll be
making this year on October 21st-24th (Autumn
half-term). St Benoit is in a beautiful setting, near the ancient town
of Poitiers, and close to the Futuroscope theme park.
There’s no need to
book for the social evening, just come along, although it would be
helpful if you can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
so that we have an idea of numbers. All are welcome – bring friends!
WANDERER SOCIAL WALK
Annette Garnham is planning to
set up a Winter Wanderer Social Walk and is looking for people who may be
interested. Annette aims to initially choose routes that will be pram and paw
friendly of between 30 and 60 minutes duration. There will be no charge for
the walks and should be a great opportunity to meet other Cookhamites. The
first walk is on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 suitable for all fitness levels.
Meet at 13:50pm for 14:00pm departure at Cookham Railway Station (outside
ticket office). Just turn up. The walk should take about 60 minutes.
Annette had a trial on Tuesday
with one other person. She said "we both had a great time getting to know
each other and enjoying the glorious weather we were lucky enough to
Here are some photos of the