OFF FOR SPENCER
and Imogen Downes with Carolyn Leder standing in
front of Spencer’s portrait
celebrate the current exhibition and the hat worn by Daphne Charlton in
one of the paintings, the Stanley Spencer Gallery invited visitors to
wear their finest Easter bonnets, stylish hats, fashionable
fedoras or comfy caps from now until Easter Monday.
arriving at the Gallery in a hat was invited to choose a
postcard from the collection of over fifty Spencer paintings to
take home with them.
to Gallery Trustee and author of the new exhibition catalogue Carolyn Leder:
“The woman Stanley
painted wearing the hat was ebullient, vivid, larger than life andit is a
brilliant idea to recognise that with a ‘hatastic’ event for
the Easter holidays.“
the way are Imogen Downes from Cookham Dean Primary
School and her sister Ursula who made their fetching Easter hats at
school on the last day of term. They learnt about the
tradition of wearing a new or fancy hat at Easter, with everyone in
the school making their own hat. Says Imogen:
love the detail in the flower on Daphne’s hat and
in the flower postcard I have chosen too.”
find out more about the new exhibition An
Artistic Affair: Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton you
can visit www.stanleyspencer.org.uk
VISION AT ELIZABETH HOUSE
The Cookham Festival comes to the
Gallery at Elizabeth House in May with an exhibition of work by
well-known local artist Mandy McAllen. Under the heading 'One
Artist, Three Visions', Mandy is showing mainly landscapes,
representing some of the different media in which she works -
watercolours, acrylic on canvas, and collage with acrylic - and
including a mixed media and recycled piece entitled
"Florence", inspired by a recent visit to the city.
Mandy will be on hand at the Gallery on
Sunday 21st May, between 10am and 1pm, to discuss her work. And
the gallery is open, as usual, between 9am and 3pm, with a break
between 12 noon and 1pm, Mondays to Fridays. The show opens on
Tuesday 2nd May and continues beyond the Festival to the end of June.
IN FAME AT THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR
very own Lucy Fuller starred as Carmen in FAME the iconic musical at
Theatre Royal Windsor last week.
Lucy stole the show with her rendition
of 'In LA' in the second act and along with a great cast of mains and
young dancers and singers, gives the audience a fabulously uplifting
Lucy is a student at Newlands Girls
School who only found her voice age 11 when she won Battle of The
Bands at Cookham Dean School, when she 'blew the audience away' with
her rendition of Cristina Perrys - Jar of Hearts.
YOU TO THE CO-OP MEMBERS
House has received £5,292.04 from Co-op members and customers.
Cookham’s club for the over 60s was one of more than 4,000 causes
across the UK who have benefited from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund
and are making a difference in their communities.
remit of the award was that the funding had to be for a community
project rather than specifically for Elizabeth House members”, e
xplains manager Miriam Blazey. “We noticed that many people sat
on the benching outside in the sunshine but this is now 16 years old! We
will replace it with a new seating, keeping the memorial plate from the
original one and add some extra seating under the Hope statue. We will
also upgrade the lines and the entrance and exit signs.
aim is to encourage people to think of Elizabeth House as a place to sit
and take a breather on a walk, and to ensure that people using the car
park for community events can enter and exit more safely”.
will have fond memories of the village’s own community radio station, Cookham FM,
which was on air for three highly successful periods in 1997, 1999 and
organisers of the three Cookham FM projects raised
donations from the community to fund the programmes.
After Cookham FM 2006 some
£8,000 remained in the fund and this was placed in a secure account to
provide initial funding for anyone wishing to organise the next CookhamFM.
10 years there have been no proposals to run another local community
radio station in Cookham and the trustees have to decide whether
the cash fund should now be wound up and the money allocated
to other charitable community causes in Cookham. Before taking such
a decision, the trustees recognise that the money was raised with the
intention of running a local radio station and invite proposals from the
community to use the fund to reactivate Cookham FM.
you would like to consider using the fund to organise the next Cookham radio
station, a truly exciting and worthwhile community project, please
Secretary, The King’s Hall Trust, The Parish Office, Churchgate, Cookham SL6
by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OPENING AT ELIZABETH HOUSE GALLERY
latest artist to adorn the walls at the Gallery at Elizabeth House is
holding an open house there this Saturday, 8th April. Lydia
Pierce is local, and a member of Cookham Arts Club and Maidenhead
Painting Club and her Colourscapes
exhibition features a set of vibrant and expressive images of forest,
sea, mountains and buildings. The exhibition is from 3rd to 28th
April, with weekday opening from 9am to 3pm (closed between 12 and
1pm). All are welcome to Lydia's special open event. The
Gallery at Elizabeth House is on Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS, near
FERRY OPENS TO LOCAL APPROVAL
popular Cookham pub nestled on the banks of the River Thames, has
welcomed hundreds of guests through its doors in a series of special
preview events following a major refurbishment.
Ferry on Sutton Road has undergone a significant investment that has
given the popular eating and drinking spot a more colourful,
contemporary and relaxed feel.
the last week hundreds of local residents and business guests were
welcomed to enjoy a complimentary meal from the brand new menu and
provide feedback at a series of preview events.
team showcased a brand new seasonal menu featuring mouth-watering dishes
including Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken and Caramelised Fig and
Whipped Goat’s Curd Pizza.
Peacher, General Manager at The Ferry, comments: “The Ferry
provides a hub for the local community and is the perfect spot for
friends and family to get together, so we are excited to continue to do
this with new, improved surroundings.
always daunting asking for feedback when there has been such an
investment but the response from the local community has been absolutely
fantastic on both the refurbishment and the new menu. I want to
encourage anyone that hasn’t visited for a while to pop in and check
out the changes – I’m sure they won’t be disappointed!”
makeover at The Ferry has given the bar and restaurant a lighter and
brighter feel, with sanded floors and bold colours in furnishings. The
function room, which is in the oldest part of the pub, has been
completely refurbished with modern seating and stylish lighting,
creating more flexible space for guests to enjoy a meal or hire
exclusively for a private function, the perfect space for business or
pub is now reopen to guests. Visit www.theferry.co.uk
for more details.
SPENCER AND DAPHNE CHARLTON
new Stanley Spencer Gallery Summer Exhibition will be opening on
Thursday 30th March 2017 until 1 October 2017. Entitled "An
Artistic Affair" it is based on the affair between Sir
Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton.
vivid, larger than life, Daphne features in a remarkable
series of drawings and paintings by Spencer inspired by their affair,
many of which are on display here. Previously unrecorded material makes
this new exhibition as refreshing as it is revealing
Daphne Charlton was
a compelling character who professed to have ‘no
inhibitions at all’.
was eighteen years younger, and married when their affair began.
divorce from his first wife and the fiasco of a failed second marriage, Stanley found
a liveliness and spontaneity in Daphne that wasto be a great
source of inspiration.
famous Spencer Scrapbook drawings
began at the outset of their affair and the artist was to keep them for
reference for the rest of his life. Daphne features largely and we
can see her going about everyday tasks from dressmaking to cutting
Stanley’s nails and Fetching
Shoes (on loan from a Private
Woolshop 1939 (on loan from Tate) was the
first painting to be derived from a Scrapbookdrawing.
In the picture, the high-spirited, curvaceous Daphne, with a mane
of fair hair, is buying wool, assisted by a diminutive Stanley. Spencer’s
love of pattern and repeated motifs is seen in the bales of cloth on the
shelves, and the convoluted skeins of wool that appear to take on a life
of their own.
The Scrapbook drawing
and painting are displayed together for the first time.
exhibition also juxtaposes for the first time the decorative
blouse, jaunty black hat and Chinese bowl (on loan from Burgh House
& Hampstead Museum) with Spencer’s celebrated
portrait of Daphne 1940 (on
loan from Tate).
is a brief encounter between Stanley, Daphne and Stanley’s first
wife Hilda, in Village
Life, Gloucestershire 1940 (on loan
from The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council); a Dig
for Victory poster designed and signed by
Spencer and Daphne; self-portraits by George and Daphne
Charlton and more.
Trustee and renowned Spencer expert Carolyn Leder is the author
of the exhibition catalogue (An
Artistic Affair: Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton, fully illustrated,
64pp, price £8). She knew Daphne Charlton well, shared
her confidences and much enjoyed her pithy turn of phrase.
When Daphne visited
the Stanley Spencer Gallery in 1974 to see Village
Life,Gloucestershire, she commented:
seem to come to “life” in the Stanley Gallery (sic) surrounded
by his works andexperiences.’
affair between Daphne and Stanley began in 1939 and lasted until 1941
but they remained in touch for the rest of his life. Exhilarating
and exciting, this Artistic Affair is every bit as vibrant and vivid as
the woman who inspired it.
& 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