CARETAKER FOR PINDER HALL
The Pinder Hall would like to give a
big welcome to the Hall's new caretakers Anna and John Oliver, who
currently live in Cookham. John and Anna will be moving into Bank
House this week with their children. Joanna and Jonathon Yeats,
the previous caretakers, who were well known in Cookham, have
moved to Wycombe as Joanna's diagnosis of MS was making it
difficult for her to continue looking after the Hall. Good luck to
Jonathon and Joanna in their new home and welcome to Anna and
John. Anna can be contacted on 01628 819054 if you have any
questions about the Pinder Hall.
Cookhamites were devastated to learn of the sudden death of Andy
Millar, (who lived on High Road), on Wednesday 21 October. Andy was
very much the heart and soul of the Cookham Dean Cricket Club
along with lots of support from his family and he also used to be
a keen member of Marlow Rugby Club. He was always there to help,
with a big smile on his face and Cookham will be a little less
bright without him. Anyone who knew Andy would agree it was a real
privilege to know him and he will be sadly missed. The
funeral will be on Tuesday 3 November, Holy Trinity Church,
at 2.30pm. All welcome, and please don't feel you need to wear
black. The family have asked for no flowers, but donations
to the Marie Curie Cancer Care in recognition of the care they
gave to Andrew's sister. This can be done at the church on
Tuesday, or through the funeral directors, F.G Pymm & Son 65
Moorbridge Rd, MAIDENHEAD SL6 8LT Berkshire (01628 623822)
Cookham.com offers heartfelt
condolences to his wife Helen and Andy's family.
FROM THE WOODS
Thank you to all those who
attended 'Music from the Woods' and who gave so generously. This
short recital by Victoria Wood, Jonathan Wood & Sara Wood at
Holy Trinity Church on Sunday 18th October raised £703.32
in a retiring collection for Rendezvous at Elizabeth House (a
meeting place for people with dementia and their carers).
NEW ART GALLERY OPENS AT ELIZABETH HOUSE
a brand new Arts Venue in Cookham.
the Gallery at Elizabeth House takes advantage of the
additional space at Cookham’s older people’s club following
the recent extension to the building on Station
Hill. the Gallery
will present the work of the best of our local artists, with a
programme of exhibitions during the year allowing artists to
present their own work or to come together for joint exhibitions.
All paintings are for sale with a commission going to
an exhibition by the Cookham Arts Club through the summer, the
Gallery will have its official opening on Saturday 31st October
with a new exhibition featuring many of the artists who will have
solo shows over the next two years.
The organisers plan to have a new exhibition every two
times are mornings on weekdays (9.30 to 11.30am) and 10am to 4pm
on Sundays (the first Sunday opening is on 1st November).
is welcome at the official opening on 31st October when the
Gallery will be open from 10am to 4pm.
And there are refreshments if you go between 11.30 and
new gallery joins the Holy Trinity Parish Centre in providing
space to showcase (and sell) the work of the many talented artists
in our community.
Lynne Williams for more information on 01628 819224 or email her
here for website.
POUND VOUCHER OFFER
Hair & Beauty, in Cookham Arcade, would like to
welcome all their customers to their new stylist Rachael.
If you call and book now,
Laurence will offer you a 10 pound voucher for your next visit.
here for Laurence's website
BRIGGS & CO NOW IN COOKHAM
Nigel Briggs and Co have now come
to Cookham High Street.
Click on their leaflet for a
OFFER FOR COOKHAM.COM
to a recent Which? survey some 60% of adults in the UK do not have
a will and 35% of respondents over 65 who do not have a will feel
they do not need one. But in reality the impact of dying without a
will can be devastating for your nearest and dearest.
Joyce is the local representative for Probate Solutions, a
nationwide company offering a wide range of will writing and
estate planning services. Probate Solutions has recently carried
out a national TV advertising campaign. He is offering readers of
Cookham.com a free consultation and e-book called “What
happens if you die without making a will” to help guide people
through the key issues.
a will means that you can ensure your hard earned assets pass on
to the people you want – if you die without a will then the
strict rules of “intestacy” apply and you have no say in who
gets what. And if you have no surviving relatives the government
gets the lot! Trusts can be used to minimise inheritance tax and
guard against losing your house to pay for care fees. Within a
will you can define who you would like to be guardians for your
children, rather than leaving it to local social services to
decide, and even create a living will – properly called an
Advance Directive – to define what medical treatment you are
happy to consent to.
Dean resident David, 49, has spent sixteen years working in the
City, latterly as a senior manager with the London Stock Exchange.
“During my time at the Exchange I managed a number of projects
providing financial tools to private investors and stockbrokers,
including a Probate Calculator product which was developed in
conjunction with HMRC. Since leaving the City I have completely
re-trained as a legal advisor specialising in Will Writing and
of us know we should have a will but somehow never get round to
doing it. The service I offer makes the whole process as simple,
quick and easy as possible. I will visit you in your own home for
a free non-obligatory consultation to get a thorough understanding
of your wishes. At this
stage I will run through the various options and if you wish, take
down your detailed instructions. Approximately ten to fourteen
days later I will return at a time to suit you, to run through
your documents with you, and get them properly witnessed. People
living in the Cookham area will often have significant inheritance
tax liabilities when they die due to the high value of property,
and we can help mitigate against this. Typically our costs are
significantly lower then a solicitor with a single will costing
just £90, and, as specialists who only operate in this field, our
knowledge and expertise are second to none. At all times we
operate a highly professional service with absolute discretion.”
obtain your free copy or to arrange a free home consultation
or call 07551 686028.
FOR COOKHAM DEAN SCHOOL
Dean Primary School launch their new website on 2nd
October. It can be found at www.cookhamdean.rbwm.org.
The website is for anybody interested in the school – including
prospective and existing parents, our staff and members of the local
website contains all sorts of useful information about the school
– ranging from diary dates to admissions details, from curriculum
details to who does what on the governing body.
schools have had a website for some time but in a small school such
as Cookham Dean finding the time to create a website can be
hard. One of our parent governors, Judith White, took on the
challenge and has spearheaded what has now become our Communications
Committee. Judith has worked with the Royal Borough which has
provided the tools to build the site free of charge. These
tools are simple to use without any need for programming and so the
website can be kept updated by staff or even children within the
school. This launch is phase one – we have lots of ideas for
developing it even further in the future.
RESIDENT PUBLISHES BOOK
new paper-back book called ‘Ivy Lodge’ has just been
published by Broomhill resident, Robin Cruse. It is loosely based on a
true story which tells of the tragedy and happiness that befalls the
owner of a Victorian house. Ivy Lodge is owned by a music
professor who has everything in life, except that is, an heir. After
many years, the arrival of his first child is imminent but disaster
strikes and he is doomed to spend the rest of his days alone, or is he?
the cover picture, Robin approached friend and neighbour, David Colthup
who is organist and choirmaster at St John’s, Cookham Dean. David’s
artistic talents are well known and his skill at reproducing
architectural gems on paper is there for all to see on the book cover.
Robin said, ‘I gave David a description of the house exactly as it
appears in the book and he came up with this superb drawing precisely as
I imagined Ivy Lodge would have been. I’m thrilled with the
result.’ Copies of the book are available now. Call 01628 530068 or go
for details. Buy
it from Amazon click here.
AND THE HIGH SHERIFF
talented soprano, Genevieve Usher, from Cookham Dean gave a concert
last Saturday at Dorchester Abbey for the High Sheriff of
Oxfordshire. There were five performers, G & T (Genevieve, another
soprano called Tamara and their accompanist) and a pianist friend of
the High Sheriff. They raised a massive £7,500 for young people's
charities. Genevieve says "I just couldn't resist the dress! (or
the photo with me of the High Sheriff in his outfit!)".
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ON THOSE BLUE SUEDE SHOES
Val Eckett's husband Ron died of leukaemia
five years ago. Val says "I try to do a fund raising
event for Leukaemia Research every two years and am holding another
Elvis night on Friday 6th November at Pinder Hall at 7pm, for a two
course meal to be served from 7.30p.m. There will be a bar selling
wine and beer as well as soft drinks, The tickets are the same as 2
years ago at £15 per person people can either buy a table of 6
or 8 or individually and I would make sure they were introduced to
other people who have come on their own. "Elvis" will
be doing one session after the meal then we hold the raffle and he
will be doing another session and it should be finishing around
,who is actually our Elvis, is very popular and it is because I had
such a lot of feedback from so many people asking when I was arranging
another one that I decided to keep to the same format
His repertoire is fantastic ranging from ballads to rock and roll and,
of course, a lot of songs from all his films - he really does sound
like the real thing and everyone joins in dancing and singing -
OPENS IN THE HIGH STREET
Friday Emma Crawley opened Grays in the High Street. She says
"The opening was fantastic some great people came and were very complimentary
about the shop, which was lovely, also a wonderful lady from the BBC
has put the shop on her blog.
The basis for the shop is that most of
the pieces are one offs and I am not going to repeat them just in
order for people to feel special about what they have bought.
In October I will be closing the shop
for two days to put in the Christmas collection, which I will have a
pre view evening for.
The collection I have at the moment
ranges from £2.50 upwards and this is an ethos that I will always
have in each collection."
Good luck to Emma. Click
here to see her website.
GRAND PRIX ON BBC ODD BOX
Gravity Grand Prix that took place last weekend in Cookham Dean can be
seen on BBC Odd Box, part of the Chris Moyle's show. Several of the
twenty four contestants are shown racing down Church Road.
here to see the video
Cookham now has a one-off magazine
devoted to the village, packed with interviews, pictures and
features. It is a lovely, glossy picture of the Cookhams.
Copies are being sold for local
charities, price £1. You can pick up a copy at The White Oak, Camlet,
Barnside Motors, Elizabeth House and other outlets.
Or if you would like to use it to
raise funds for charity, contact the editor on 07881 558027 or email
Emma Crawley is about to open a shop in
Cookham, High Street called Grays selling gifts and furniture. Emma
has taken over the building where Pinks used to be. She plans to
launch her shop on Friday 18th September 2009 at 9 am. Good luck
Grays High Street Cookham Berks SL6
9SQ Tel 01628 526007.
OF KEITH LANGLEY
Many people have been extremely shocked to
hear of the death of Keith Langley in a car accident in Surrey on August Bank
holiday Monday. His car was involved in a head on collision at around
3.45pm on the Lightwater bypass when another car came across the central
reservation and hit both his car and another one. Sadly Keith died at
the scene and his sister in law died later in hospital. His wife Tina
was taken to Frimley hospital where she is in intensive care.
Cookham.com extends their sympathy to the Langley family after this
here for article from Bucks Free Press
here for article from the Maidenhead Advertiser
is the 24th year and, yes, I
am still enthusiastic enough to sit at Sainsbury’s in Maidenhead for
32 hours collecting and to fast for 38 hours so you can be inspired to
give me money for Oxfam! This will be on OCTOBER 30th, 31st AND
Oxfam still needs your donations but what can be achieved with them is
as impressive as ever. Just
£5, for instance, provides a mosquito net for someone like Priscilla
from Zimbabwe, who recently received a net from Oxfam.
As she says, “Mosquito nets are very expensive and anyway, even
if we could afford them, they’ve not been available here.......I’m
very happy Oxfam has come to distribute nets.
They can help to prevent malaria which is a killer disease.
Nets can help protect my family.” Or
by pooling our money together, as you do by supporting Oxfam, we can
achieve things like building a well in Mali for communities in one of
the driest parts of the world. Children
in the school are happy getting water now, it’s a lot easier than when
they used to spend hours fetching
dirty water from the nearest river.
The cost of providing safe clean water like this for 800 people? About £4,000 or £5 a head.
a ceremony in London in July organized by The Institute of Fundraisers Oxfam
won 2 awards. One was for
The Best Business/ Charity Partnership and it was given for the
Oxfam/M&S £5 voucher
scheme, (which has so far raised 1.8
million pounds), and the second one was for The Volunteer Fundraiser of
the Year which I won. I
felt very humbled, honoured and absolutely amazed!
Thank you for helping me to win this prestigious award, given
partly for my efforts with the fast, and for supporting me so generously
and willingly over the years.
can send a donation to me at “Spindlewood”, High Road, Cookham
SL6 9JT, pop it in if you’re passing, pay
on line at Justgiving (http://www.justgiving.com/BarbaraWalmsley
) or phone me on
01628-522255 to make alternative arrangements.
As I’m sure you know up front
payment helps me so much.
This year I am really sorry that I can’t visit my many local
sponsors. I have a
foot condition which has been steadily more painful over the
months and the cure, I am told, is rest.
(As you can imagine I’m very bad at that but to prevent lasting
damage I am having to cultivate some good old fashioned sloth much
against my will, wrap my foot up in frozen peas and a wet towel, and be
year the final total was over £16,500.
What a wonderful thing it would be if we could exceed that amount
to help more people like Priscillia and her children.
you for your kind encouragement in the past.
It is difficult for me to describe to you how much it means to me
and, more importantly, to those who benefit from your generosity.
FATHER NICK PLANT
Sunday, 6th September, the
Benefice of the Cookhams
is celebrating the arrival of Father Nick Plant. He will be licensed by
the Bishop of Reading at a Benefice Eucharist at 6.30pm at Holy Trinity
Church. Do come along and join in the welcome.
Nick was previously the Assistant Priest at St Nicolas church so he
already knows the area.
welcome to Father Nick.
our correspondent embedded at Cookham 21/8/09
The UFO seen over Cookham has been identified as an Unidentified Flying
Duck (UFD). Greetings have been exchanged and a written memo of
understanding signed, penned by the quill used a hundred years ago
to write the letter to The Times in defence of natural bathing at
Permission was given to paddle in Cookham Weir but some sensitivity was
advised in the use of Hedsor Water in view of the terms of the Court of
Appeal's decision to maintain Public Rights of Navigation through that
stretch of water.
Our visitors displayed swimming trunks as proof of their friendly
intentions and undertook to respect the susceptibilities of riparian
Apologies were proffered for the absence of a bathing hut and it was
explained that with the contested closing of the Parish Bathing Fund
its rebuilding had not been possible.
Enoblement was suggested as an appropriate civic recognition to honour
these epic astroducks, should this power remain with the Monarch
following the reform of the Second Chamber now being debated.
The reply was launched into space this being thought more certain than
routing it through the Single Unitary Authority.