DEAN SPEED PETITION
To all residents and visitors to
welcome the recent reduction of the speed limit in Dean Lane
from 40MPH to 30MPH, however the placement of the new road signs
has highlighted that the speed limit in the residential area of
Cookham Dean is currently at the National Speed Limit. We
believe that allowing speeds of up to 60MPH in this area which
has many families, young people, elderly people and horse riders
creates an unnecessary risk to life. In an area with few
pavements and street lamps where many people choose to walk to
the school, church or pub we believe that a more appropriate
speed limit for our village would be 30MPH. We have written to
the Traffic and Safety Management Team at the Royal Borough of
Windsor of Maidenhead and they have replied confirming that they
do not currently have any plans to change the speed limit in our
village. The changes to the speed limit in Dean Lane came about
as a result of public petition and therefore if you could
also sign the petition at:
simply requests that "We, the undersigned, request that a
30MPH speed limit is introduced to the roads in the
residential area of Cookham Dean." There is also a link
to my website which includes a map showing the proposed 30MPH
careful who you answer the door to this evening as you may find some
bogey men, devils, ghosts and things that go bump in the night on your
doorstep wanting something to eat.
were some qhostly apparitions wandering around Cookham for Halloween
looking very spooky.
careful not to refuse them a treat as they look like they would not take
NO for an answer. Particularly that
little red devil with his sharp trident.
a larger image click on the photo
IN WHYTELADYES LANE
accidents occurred in Whyteladyes Lane today. In both cases someone was
hurt. The first was a car turning right off the Maidenhead Road hit a
pedestrain from Westward Green and the second one took place at the bend
in Whyteladyes Lane where the new houses are being built where a car
coming up the hill came over the white line in the middle to avoid the
workmen's vans got hit by another car and then wrote off a car parked at
the side of the road. The driver who was pregnant was extremely
main problem seemed to be icy roads which had not been gritted. Several
people opposed the new houses on the bend in Whyteladyes because of the
potential for accidents there in icy conditions as it seems now water
runs across the road at this point.
WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
19th October saw a gathering of one thousand guests at London's
Grosvenor Hotel to see Cookham's Malik's win the award of Best Restaurant
in the South East, as part of the British Curry Awards. The evening was
compèred by John Culshaw of Dead Ringers fame and the whole thing was
filmed to be shown on BBC at a later date.
Malik and his wife
Farhana played host
to 30 invited guests including Sir Clive Woodward, Heston Blumenthal,
Christopher Biggins, Zoe Tyler, Camilla Dallerup, Lizzie Cundy and
Gerald Ratner, along with
Malik’s entourage of close family and friends.
has also won this award in both 2005 and 2006. Sadly his new restaurant
in Gerrards Cross got pipped at the post this year, but fingers crossed
YOU WORRIED ABOUT FLOODING?
Wednesday 15th at Pinder Hall,
Cookham, there is a flood fair from 12noon to 8pm, this event is
extremely important to local residents, yet is hardly known about, even
this week in the Advertiser, you would need a
magnifying glass to find out about it.
in Cookham are under threat of loosing there Lock and Weir keeper, it is
imperative that residents find out what plans are in place for their
encourage all your readers to go along on Wednesday, they are entitled
to information about their safety, also they should have a say in their
to the Environment Agency should be asked and answered; the event will
also be attended by the fire and police force.
Twinning is getting ready for the visit from our French visitors from
Cookham's twin, at the end of this month. Pat Cairney who is a qualified
French teacher, is offering French lessons to anyone who would like to
join in. The cost is £3 a session and take place at Pat's house in
Lower Road. If you would like to join in the fun phone Pat on 01628 523067.
OF ROB BOND
Cookham.com has learnt of the very sad
death of Rob Bond, from Grange Road, last week. Rob thought he was on
the road to recovery after suffering from cancer of the oesophagus.
Our sympathies are with Alison his wife and his children Charlie, George
and Daisy. The funeral will be at Slough Crematorium on Friday 10the
CO-OP IS OPEN
over a year of refurbishment Budgens in Furze Platt has emerged as the
Co-op. There were balloons, dancing children, lots of shoppers, free
nibbles and a general festive feeling around with many of the old
Budgens staff coming to work for the Co-op. Although there is the same
floor space the layout is much airier and it seems that an extra aisle
has been squeezed in. The Chemist next door was offering a twenty per
cent discount just for the day and said they were very glad that the
Co-op had finally opened. However it was too late for the Pet Shop who
have gone into liquidation and their stock is slashed in price.
CHAMPIONSHIPS WON BY COOKHAM SCOUTS
Congratulations to the first
Cookham Scouts Dragon Boat team - they won the National Youth
Championship at Longridge on Saturday 28 September. A mixed team
of Scouts, Explorers and Leaders beat 13 other teams from all over the
country to win the event. With every race down the course, the
team got faster. Well done on a huge achievement. The date
for defending their trophy is Saturday 26th September 2009.
OF TOAD HALL
A hundred years after the publication of
Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, John O'Farrell returns to the
Berkshire riverbank of Grahame's childhood to explore the relationship
between the author and his son Alastair and some of the themes and
imagery of this classic tale. It is Grahame's 100th Anniversary, so we
may hear some more on Cookham.
here to hear the programme available until 7 October 2008
The Cookham Crier has just learnt of the
death of Raymond Nash on 25th September 2008 aged 79 years.
Raymond was well known and lived in
Cookham Dean all his life.
His funeral will be held at St John The Baptist, Cookham Dean on Thursday
2nd October at 11.00 am.
IS ON THE CRICKET GROUND?
are the visitors at Cookham Dean Cricket ground with Dave
Stringer? The Cricket Club felt that they needed some advise on
their ground as it was thought that there was room for improvement,
although some of the comments about the state of the ground were not
quite so complimentary. To try and get a first class facility the
Cricket Club have asked a Lord's groundsman to come and tell them how
they can improve the field, so Cookham can have grounds to be proud of.
We are not sure if the dog was an assistant groundsman or not.
GRAND PRIX TO BE ON "ODDBOX"
TIMMY ON "THIS WEEK"
This has been a week for Cookham on radio
and television. Starting off with Holy Trinity on Radio 4 on Sunday.
Timmy Mallett was on BBC's This Week
and last weekend's
Gravity Grand Prix is included in the BBC's roundup of funny news
stories 'The Oddbox'. You can see it here:
The Oddbox is also shown on Breakfast
at the weekend as well as on the News Channel. It also goes out on BBC
World News and on World News America which is transmitted on BBC
GRAND PRIX ON THE BBC
Wonderful weather and the crowds flocked
to the second year of the Gravity Grand Prix to be help in Cookham Dean
with 22 teams taking part.
After the enjoyment of the first year people came flooding back for the
fun of the Grand Prix. Even the BBC were there and were busy videoing
the fun and was shown on BBC News Channel yesterday evening. It will be
available for seven days at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7615838.stm
here to see the video from the Maidenhead Advertiser
It is hoped that it will also feature on
this week's Oddbox programme.
The winners were:
Fastest kart: 1. Team Jolly 2. Dolly (Forge
Motors) 3. Dill the Dog
Best turned out kart and crew: 1. Sheila's Wheels 2. The Bugatti Babes
3. Flower Power
Best novelty Kart: 1. The Exterminator 2. Passing Wind 3. Bar
Sponsorship amounts has yet to be
Congratulations to the organisers.
TRINITY CHOIR TO BE ON RADIO 4
Holy Trinity choir will be featuring on BBC
Radio 4's "Something Understood" on Sunday morning (14th
September 2008) It is on Radio 4 at 6.05am and then repeated
at 11.30pm. The programme is being presented by Andrew Motion and
features an anthem called "Deep within Me" which is from
the choir's most recent CD, "That Cookham Sound". The
choir is absolutely delighted to have been chosen.
"The Cookham Sound" is
still available (Price: £10) Some people may have heard choir's
recording of "In dulci jubilo" which was included
by Posy Simmonds on Desert Island Discs last July.
COMES TO BUDGENS
The Co-operative has announced it will
begin trading from the food store premises, previously occupied by
Budgens, in Maidenhead’s Shifford Crescent from October. The store is
being transformed with a £500,000 refit, which will create more than 20
The 5,600 sq feet shop, which is owned by The Co-operative
Group, was destroyed by fire in 2007, while operated by Budgens. Work
has now begun on rebuilding the store.
All 13 Budgens personnel will transfer their employment to
The Co-operative Group and more than 20 new staff will be
recruited in the coming weeks.
The consumer-owned Co-operative will bring added value with
its promotional offers and share of profits scheme.
“Following positive negotiations with Budgens, we hope to
be open for business in Shifford Crescent as soon as possible. We
look forward to welcoming customers to our new Co-operative
store,” said Co-operative Group regional chief officer
“As the country’s leading community retailer we can
offer local shoppers a comprehensive range of products, competitive
prices and excellent promotions,” added Mark.
Cookham Regatta, which takes place on 6 September, origins date back to 1882. It was a big event involving
skulls, punts, Canadian canoes, plus a parade of boats. The entertainment
included a tradition of good music with military bands. In 1890 a record
10,000 people attended. The Regatta is celebrated in some of Stanley
Spencer's famous paintings of Cookham life. After 48 years the last of the
early Regatta series was held in 1930 having been overtaken by other
competing events such as Henley.
the Cookham Regatta was revived by a group of local enthusiasts with the
aim of " Fun for all the family" and to raise money for charity.
The Cookham Bridge Rotary Club has been involved, since the inception. It
now runs the event together with the Marlow Thames Rotary Club.
you want to see photos and a video of the 2007 Regatta click
year the Notting Hill Carnival included a Cookhamite, Penny Bysshe, with
her daughter Julia. Penny had been burning the midnight oil to make her
magnificent costume and was wondering if she would ever finish it in
said that she was on her feet for seven hours, dancing around the route,
often just dancing on the spot, which was very tiring, but great fun,
the only problem was that there was not a loo in sight.
is now having a well earned rest and putting her feet up to rest them
after the exciting weekend.
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