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28 October 2009 

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.


27 October 2009 

Many 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, Cookham
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.


26 October 2009 

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).


18 October 2009 

There’s 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 Elizabeth House.


Following 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 months.


Opening times are mornings on weekdays (9.30 to 11.30am) and 10am to 4pm on Sundays (the first Sunday opening is on 1st November).


Everyone 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 2.30pm.


The 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. 


Contact Lynne Williams for more information on 01628 819224 or email her at elizabethhouseadmin@cookhamcommunitybay.org.uk  


Click here for website.


16 October 2009 

Laurence 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.

Click here for Laurence's website


15 October 2009 


Nigel Briggs and Co have now come to Cookham High Street. 

Click on their leaflet for a larger image.


10 October 2009 

According 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.


David 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.


Writing 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.


Cookham 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 Estate Planning.”


“Most 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.”


To obtain your free copy or to arrange a free home consultation e-mail david.joyce@probatesolutions.co.uk or call 07551 686028.


2 October 2009 

Cookham 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 community.


The 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. 


Many 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.


2 October 2009 

 Click for larger imageA 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?

For 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 to www.mopmountain.co.uk for details. Buy it from Amazon click here.


28 September 2009 

 The 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!)".

(click on photo for large image)


21 September 2009 

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 11.30pm

Scott ,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 -

he wanders round the tables singing and serenading as he goes - all good fun.

click here for more information


20 September 2009 

Last 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.


18 September 2009 

The 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.

Click here to see the video 

The Cookham Magazine

10 September 2009 

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 debra.aspinall@hotmail.co.uk 


9 September 2009 

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 Emma.

Grays High Street Cookham Berks SL6 9SQ Tel 01628 526007.


7 September 2009 

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 terrible accident. 

Click here for article from Bucks Free Press

Click here for article from the Maidenhead Advertiser


7 September 2009 

This 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 NOVEMBER 1st.


Sadly 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.


At 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.


You 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 patient! )


Last 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.


Thank 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.


Barbara Walmsley


4 September 2009 

On 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. 

Father Nick was previously the Assistant Priest at St Nicolas church so he already knows the area.

I big welcome to Father Nick.


21 August 2009 

from 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 Cookham.

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 residents.

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.

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