BROOKE-TAYLOR TO BE QUIZMASTER AT RAINBOW QUIZ
Rainbow Pre-School Quiz at Pinder Hall on 8th December has got a
celebrity quizmaster. Having just finished recording
‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ in Preston, Tim
Brooke-Taylor, who lives in Cookham Dean has kindly agreed to ask the
questions. The quiz is fundraiser for outdoor equipment at
are £10 per person and include a fish and chip supper. Don't
miss out on this fun-filled evening - buy your tickets now from Kathy
Rickman: 01628 522797 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A HEALTHIER NATION
SAYS WE NEED TO TARGET THE YOUNG TO BECOME A HEALTHIER NATION
was shocked by the latest research into liver disease this week, which
showed that it is on the increase and that we are faring a lot worse
than most of Europe. We hold the future of the nation’s well-being in
our hands. If we are to fight alcoholism and obesity, we need to start
by giving our young people a healthier message, so that we can change
this cycle,” says Sima Stannage from Sima’s Action Kids.
are becoming a nation of couch potatoes and need to encourage our
children to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. With our rushed lives,
it’s so easy to drive to school rather than walk and eat convenience
foods rather than encouraging kids to eat their five a day. But we have
to stop this worrying trend now.”
Stannage, who holds an MSc in Exercise and Health Behaviour specialising
in children, was responding to findings in the chief medical officer’s
annual report. It suggests that liver-disease deaths in the under 65s
have gone up 20 per cent in a decade, but that most major causes of
liver disease – obesity, alcohol abuse and undiagnosed hepatitis
infection are all preventable.
have one of the worst obesity rates in the world apart from the States
and can learn a lot from our European brothers and sisters,” says Ms
Stannage who has been working in the health and fitness industry for 20
years. “We need to incorporate more exercise into our daily routines
like they do in Northern Europe with their cycle-ways and adopt the
Southern European diet. We have adopted the worst of both lifestyle
habits in the UK.”
tips for inspiring the next generation:
Make exercise part of your
daily routine and do more family activities like trips to the park and
Encourage your children to
have a healthier diet and eat their five a day
Moderate your alcohol
consumption and send children the right message.
Christmas Delights at the Gallery at Elizabeth House.
have just opened our Christmas Show at Elizabeth House, featuring the
work of Cookham Arts Club.
The exhibition offers a range of artists, styles and media and at very
affordable prices. So do call in to have a look - and you might
find the perfect present.
show is open weekdays 9.30 to 11.30am and on Saturdays 10am to 1pm
with a break over Christmas/New Year.
Cookham Arts Club exhibition will run to the end of January but we
switch things for one weekend - 1st
and 2nd December - to feature the work of Saturday
Ceramics. This group
was formed by several former ceramics
students from Reading College and now consists
of experienced potters and sculptors as well as some beginners; they
meet every Saturday at the ceramics studio at Reading
College to create their own work. They had a very successful group
show at The Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley last year and one
member Julie Adlard is a past exhibitor at Elizabeth House and will be
showing her paintings as well as her ceramics. You are strongly
encouraged to call in over the weekend of 1st/2nd December between
10am and 4pm to see the work and maybe pick up a gift for Christmas.
usual, Elizabeth House receives a commission on all sales.
TO KITTY HITCHENER
Hitchener, who was well known throughout the Cookham, sadly died on 8
November, while she was staying with her family in Herefordshire. Kitty
was involved with all sorts of activities in Cookham, including the
Cookham and Cookham Dean Horticultural Society, the Womens' Institute,
Cookham Dean Church and the Thames Valley Hospice.
There was a service for Kitty on Saturday
17 November at 10.30am at Cookham Dean Church.
DANCES AT BLACKPOOL
Penny Bysshe from
Cookham has just been to Blackpool
for the Imperial Society Finalists Competition for dance held at the
Winter Gardens. To qualify to compete you have to have reached the final
in a regional competition. Penny danced the Tango and was delighted to
come second. Last year she did not get past the first round!
husband, competed with his teacher Zoe and was very pleased to come
first in the Waltz. Penny and Peter also danced in the couples
competition and were very pleased to get through to the finals and come
fifth in the Foxtrot.
Penny said "It
was a long day. We arrived at 9.30am and the competition went on all day
and did not finish until 10.30pm."
photo shows Penny dancing the Tango with her professional teacher Neil
here to see some more photos of Penny
OF COOKHAMITE SID EDWARDS
Edwards 95 years old died in Wexham Park Hospital on Tuesday 23rd
lived in Cookham from 1939 after his marriage to Lucy Robinson. He was
in the Royal Artillary during the war, was at Dunkirk and did 5 years
in Burma. He lived in Cookham all his life and had a painting and
decorating business. He also loved his time at Elizabeth House
where he enjoyed their lunches.
His funeral is on Monday 5th November
2012 at Slough Crematorium at 11.00 am.
The photo is of Sid with his grand
daughter Sam at her wedding this summer.
HALLOWEEN AT HERRIES
There were some scary ghouls and witches
at Herries School Halloween Party last Saturday 27th October.
(click on photos for large image)
ROCK THE MOOR NOMINATED IN UK FESTIVAL AWARDS
are delighted to be nominated in the Best Small Festival category
in the UK Festival Awards – these are the Oscars of the Festival
Industry. We want to encourage as many people as possible to vote for us
and need your help!
can vote for us at:
Lets Rock The Moor in the Best Small Festival category. We are
trying to be included in the Best Family Festival as that really is what
we are about. More to follow on that as and when…
information can be found at:
WARM FUTURES PROJECT
Transition Maidenhead are running a
project to help people install renewable heating systems in our homes
such as Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps.
Expressing an interest in the project gives you access to grants that
are expected to be in the range of £1,000 - £4,000 depending on which
technology you are interested in. The project is area based so you need
to be in Maidenhead and the surrounding areas such as Cookham, Hurley,
White Waltham, etc.
The systems will need to be installed by 31st March (or just after)
using one of the project's chosen installers- who are themselves
providing discounts on the installations.
on the web site by 15th November
to qualify for a grant of an expected £1000-£4000.
Almost thirty budding
actors took part in an audition at Pinder Hall yesterday for a
production of Richard III, due to be staged as part of next year's
Cookham Festival. Local actor Richard James, who is heading up the
project after last year's successful 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', put
them through their vocal and physical paces before giving them an
opportunity to work on scenes from the play - and they all went home
with parts! Will this be the largest cast ever assembled on the stage of
Pinder Hall for their performances, 9th - 11th May?
here to see some pictures
DAY AT HERRIES
year’s Science Day theme is all about healthy lifestyles. The
school will start the
day by watching Quantum Theatre perform a play entitled ‘Personal
Best’. The children will then take part in practical
workshops to investigate why we need to stay active, how to ensure
that we have a balanced diet and what makes a drink healthy.
All of the children from Reception to Year 6 will be involved
with Science Day, and practical activities will range from
hula-hooping, to starch testing and and a great deal in
COMMENTS FROM PUPILS ABOUT SCIENCE DAY
Kate Hipkins- Year 6 - "Mrs Taylor is very creative and we do a
lot of experiments at our school, so our lessons are always very
lively. In fact we learn far more about science by carrying out
new experiments than reading text books. Science Day is always great
fun as we always learn something new."
Kento Nakai - Year 6 - "I like science because I am really
interested in outer space and animals."
Sabrina Carter - Year 6 - "Mrs Taylor is a great teacher -
in fact she's the best teacher ever. You learn so much and she's
BARD IS BACK
Following the huge success of 2011’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the People’s Shakespeare is back to encourage local people to tread the boards. For the Cookham Festival 2013, they are to stage Shakespeare’s Richard III at Pinder Hall. Cookham actor Richard James is heading up the production and promises a show ‘of epic proportions’. He explains ‘This production came about after a series of Shakespeare workshops over the summer. I have always wanted to play the part of Richard but when we were approached to stage the play for the Festival, it was decided I should share the part with another actor to get as many people involved as possible.’ Nick King, who played Oberon in their last production is to share the role with Richard, each playing the hump backed King for two performances. ‘All the other roles are up for grabs,’ explains Richard, ‘and there are plenty to suit all ages and abilities.’
An open audition is to be held at the Pinder Hall on Sunday 21st October from 2 until 4pm
for the production which begins rehearsing in January. ‘Don’t worry about the word audition, though’, continues Richard, ‘Nobody will be asked to read from a script they may never have picked up before. Rather, it is an opportunity for any potential cast to audition me to see if I can enthuse them about the project. We’ll be taking a brief journey through the history of the time, then move onto some acting exercises and vocal warmups, a similar approach to our last production, so people can see just what rehearsals will hold.
More details can be found at www.cookhamshakespeare.co.uk
Richard's credits include roles in the forthcoming films Foster with Toni Collette and Ioan Gruffudd and Great Expectations opposite Helena Bonham Carter, both released in November. He is most well known for playing regular and recurring roles in several children’s tv shows including The Mysti Show and My Parents Are Aliens and will feature in a forthcoming episode of CBBC’s MI High.
ZOOM ZOOM COMES TO HERRIES
writer and mother of two, Emmeline Costa-Wagner is a frequent visitor to
the Monday Stay and Play sessions at Herries. She recently attended the
first special Zoom Zoom Zoom session there and wrote this report:
was a very large turnout at the special Herries Stay and Play session on
Monday 1st October despite the non-stop rain and the autumn
chill in the air. It was the largest I have ever seen as a mother of two
who visits there regularly. It seems that “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” was the
highlight of this morning’s session. Juliette Tieku-Smith aka Julie
Zoom enthralled all of us – mothers, a few fathers and all the
children, with her vibrant, energetic and fresh musical play session.
She offered a lot of interaction, a fresh take on traditional nursery
rhymes and lively guitar and keyboard sounds performed by her assistant.
At the beginning of the session, the children were given the opportunity
to try on dress-up hats and admire themselves in the mirror afterwards.
There was a bit of puppetry and some bubbles thrown into the festive
sing and play session. More mellow songs were sung and enjoyed to wind
down the session with everyone, especially the children, seemingly
relaxed and not too tired. It was a very enjoyable and fun sing and play
session for both mums and toddlers/babies and the friendly, cosy
atmosphere at Herries added to the feel good factor. “Zoom, Zoom,
Zoom” will be at Herries every Monday, starting at 9:30am, till the
end of the school term. At the end of every “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”
session, parents and carers can socialise over a cup of tea or coffee
whilst the children have the opportunity to play, making this
stay-and-play group unique and relaxing for everyone.
you would like to go to Herries for one of these
special Stay and Play sessions, the cost is £5 per child, £3.50 for
siblings and babies under 9 months are free. Refreshments are free!
SPENCER LIVED HERE
students at Priory School in Slough have made a delightful film which
follows the four Cookham primary schools as they take part in a project
which was run by the Stanley Spencer Gallery as part of its 50th
here to see the film
Local artist Gail
Dorrington returns to the Gallery at Elizabeth House this weekend for
an exhibition of her work from 29 September until 16th November 2012. She's had great success at previous
shows at the Gallery so well worth a visit. As she modestly puts
it, 'I am exhibiting some of the works I have produced over recent
years and which remain in my studio'. There will be local
scenes, a range of other works and lots of colour.
As usual the Gallery is
open weekdays between 9.30 and 11.30am. It will also be open on some
Saturdays, starting tomorrow (29th September) and again on 6th
October, 3rd November and 10th November. The exhibition
closes on 16th November.
here for more information
SPOOKTACULAR HALF TERM COURSE
THE SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN HALF TERM
This fun and spine-chilling four days of phangtastic acting,
thrillering dancing and ghoulish singing for 6-12 year olds will end
in a spooktacular performance to family and friends on the final day
of the course.
Run by SOTA's highly experienced and CRB
checked teachers; we promise your children will have a 'wail' of a
Location: Herries Preparatory School,
Dean Lane, Cookham, SL6
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm daily
Dates: Mon 29th October - Thurs 1st
3:30pm performance on 1st November
GRAND DAUGHTER MEETS TIGGA
Jen Roll sent us these
lovely photos of her grand daughter who is doing a gap year in the Far
East. (click on photo for larger image).
ZOOM ZOOM COMES TO HERRIES
something very special happening at Herries Preparatory School in
Cookham Dean on Monday, 1st October at 9.30am. Juliette Tieku-Smith aka
Julie Zoom from Zoom Zoom Zoom
will be dropping into the weekly Stay and Play session and giving mums,
carers, toddlers and babies the chance to experience one of her animated
music sessions free of charge and then stay for a cuppa and catch-up
is a mother of two from Taplow with a passion for music. She set up Zoom,
Zoom, Zoom this year after finding some of the music classes she
attended a bit twee:
“My parents are Ghanaian. I wanted to instill that love of music in my
children, but after doing the baby and toddler circuit, I couldn’t
handle another verse of Wheels on the Bus!”
seems that Juliette is not alone in wanting a different kind of music class
– over the summer, families flocked to her classes at Norden Farm.
“We had children singing, jiggling, wiggling and giggling!”
she says. During her lively
music classes, children are encouraged to chant rhythmic rhymes, play
with finger puppets, dress up, show everyone their groovy moves and even
“jam out on percussion”.
is the perfect venue for Zoom,
Zoom, Zoom,” she says. “With
its rich cultural heritage and its warm, family atmosphere, it
reminds me of my own primary school and I have very fond memories of
All of the
staff and pupils at Herries are looking forward to welcoming Zoom,
Zoom, Zoom to the school next week: “Our Monday Stay and Play
sessions are already a tremendous success, and we feel that next
week’s structured, musical session will provide our young guests with
the opportunity to take part in something new, exciting and
educational,” says Head teacher, Sophie Green.
recognise that parents, carers and children enjoy the social element of
our Stay and Play sessions, so we will be inviting everyone to stay for
refreshments afterwards on Monday. It’s always a great opportunity for
us to meet local families too.”
OXFAM FAST 2012
of you may know this is Oxfam’s 70th anniversary
and it is my 27th fast.
Since my heart operation last year I have to take pills every day and I
am told not to eat could be very nasty so reluctantly I have decided
that Barbara, my Boxfamcardboard friend, will have to do the
fasting while I will sit with her at Sainsbury’s in Maidenhead for 32
will happen on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and
Sunday 4th of November and I am hoping it
will be a bumper collection. Sponsoring me beforehand is very
easy. Send a cheque made out to Oxfam to “Spindlewood, High
Road, Cookham SL6 9JT, drop a donation in if you are passing,
give on line (www.justgiving.com/Barbarawalmsley),
or phone 01628-522255 to make other
arrangements. Please let me know if the donation can be Gift
miss the pre-fast Coffee Morning at 10-30pm at Holy Trinity
Parish Centre on Wednesday 24th 0ctober
when the acclaimed author Claire Tomalin is going to talk
about her latest book on Dickens which has received rave reviews.
are from The Stationery Depot or ring 01628-628829
and every penny goes to Oxfam.
to celebrate Oxfam’s 70th birthday by
changing the lives of those who need our compassion and practical help.
You couldn’t do a more wonderful thing.
WRITES HER FIRST BOOK
Costa from Cookham has just had her first book published as a
Kindle edition. It is called Scorpio Moon and is a contemporary romance
thriller revolving around love, magic and time travel. The story is set
on the east coast of South Africa, Emmy's original home, in the
subtropical city of Durban, during a time of great change.
Emmy has her book on Amazon
click here at a cost of £1.96. Emmy would love it if you have
time to read it and give her some feedback or put a review on Amazon.
A little background on Emmy. She was
born and raised in Durban, South Africa, to German & English
immigrant parents. She emigrated to Germany twice and then to moved to
England. She now lives in Cookham with her husband of nine years and two
beautiful children. For twelve years she worked in various offices in
Durban, Germany and finally England. Her first book, "Scorpio
Moon," was e-published on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. She has
a Bachelor of Science Degree, enjoys writing, painting/drawing, a little
blogging and photography whilst being a full time stay-at-home
mother/housewife and e-publisher.
was a good turnout for the Cookham au-pair gathering at the
King's Arms last night. Eleven au-pairs from France, Germany,
Spain, Sweden and Hungary turned up, and had a fun evening.
If any other au-pairs, who are working in the area, would like to attend
future social events, please contact one of the following people:
Saioa (Spain) - 0788 104 8526 - email@example.com
Judit (Hungary) - 0758 525 3117 - firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ronja (Germany) - 0744 915 4478 - email@example.com
COMMONS FESTIVAL WALKS
Maidenhead and Cookham Commons, part of the National Trust, are
running the Walk the Commons Festival from 13th October to 1st
November where they are inviting people to join their rangers over 4
weekends to walk all the National Trust land across Maidenhead and
Cookham Commons. The four walks are
Moor to North Town Moor
and Tile works to Maidenhead Thicket
and Tile works to Winter Hill
Hill to Cookham Moor
On the last walk
there is a ceremony to recognise everyone who has completed the four
walks. The distances are between two and three miles. The rangers have
been planning the walks and you can see some photos they took on their
audience of nearly 200 people greatly enjoyed an outstanding evening
of music from the Albrecht String Quartet (led by Alexandra Wood)
and Victoria Wood (clarinet). The concert raised just over £2,500
towards the repair and restoration of one of Holy Trinity Church’s
south-side windows (as part of the ongoing Holy Trinity Church
generous individuals sponsored the instrumentalists, in order to
maximise the profits from the concert. The organisers are very
grateful to them for their support and also to Adam Devine (of
Cookham florist ‘Devine’) for his sponsorship of the concert.
ON BBC RADIO 3
professional violinist, Alexandra Wood, will feature on BBC Radio 3's In
Tune programme on Thursday 6th September. Alexandra is a member
of the innovative musical ensemble Counterpoise , who
are guests on the radio programme ahead of their collaboration with
Eleanor Bron in
an enterprising words and music event at London's National Gallery on
Friday evening. The programme starts at 4.30pm. Alexandra will be
performing in Cookham on Sunday 9th September as leader of the Albrecht
String Quartet in Mozart in Cookham (7pm). Tickets are
still available for this concert from 01628 522593, from Stationery
Depot (Station Parade, Cookham) and on the door on Sunday.
part of the gallery's 50th anniversary celebrations a very successful
Art Activity Day for local children took place on Monday 30 July 2012.
The event took place initially in the
gallery and then continued at Holy Trinity CE Primary School which is
very close by. The school proved to be an ideal venue and we are very
grateful to Holy Trinity School for the use of their facilities.
day was organized by Anne Brown, art and education consultant with the
support of Ted Payne who is also an art and education consultant.
In the gallery the children were guided
to identify and then drew interesting characters within the works on
show. Following this observational drawing session the children began
sculpting figures representing the characters from which they had chosen
Anne carefully guided the children
through the process of creating their own figures and at the end of a
most enjoyable day there were very impressive results (see photographs).
At the conclusion of the session the
children had not only enjoyed the works of Sir Stanley Spencer but had
become expert sculptors. We have received messages from the families of
the children concerned asking for more days such as this as the children
had such a great time and haven't stopped talking about it!
PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION-JOANNA YATES
The Gallery at Elizabeth House's special Jubilation!
exhibition we are delighted to welcome local artist Joanna Yates back
to the Gallery at Elizabeth House. Joanna will be showing a wide
range of her work - watercolours, acrylics, photography and weaving -
including her exquisite botanical studies. You can see much of
her work on her new website - www.fidgiti.com.
It's a short exhibition, starting this Saturday (18th August) and
continuing to Saturday 1st September - so be sure to call in soon.
Gallery, on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, is open weekdays from 9.30 to
11.30 and Saturdays between 10am and 4pm.
RUNNING CLUB BBQ
The Cookham Running Club
committee organised a fantastic BBQ at the Cookham Dean Cricket
Club last Friday 10th August 2012.
Peta Bee does a great job at motivating people of all levels each
week, so if you are interested in joining in, the Club always welcomes
new members (including walkers!).
With thanks to Lauren
Hamilton for the photo - click on photo for larger image.
SUMMER TO REMEMBER FOR SIMA'S ACTION KIDS
August 2012 (updated 14 August 2012)
Chakaveh from Maidenhead has been chosen to take part in the Olympics
Closing Ceremony on August 12th.
2012 Olympics have made the whole country proud, and have made us all
realise how much we have to offer as a country,” says Sarah. “I
can’t wait until Sunday!”
21 year old journalism graduate is used to performing – she has been
one of Sima’s Action Kids crew for 7 years and regular entertains
children around the Royal Borough. Sarah, who is Sima’s niece,
attended Redroofs Theatre School part-time from 3 to 18.
family and I are so proud of Sarah,” says Sima Stannage, founder of
Sima’s Action Kids. “Like her aunt (!), she’s bubbly and
energetic, so I am sure she will do a great job on Sunday.”
very dedicated at whatever she does – she started rehearsing for this
back in April. I
am sure all the hard work will pay off. She’s been sworn to secrecy so
Sunday is going to be a surprise for me too!”
as soon as she leaves the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Sarah will be
getting ready for the final Big Friday Chill at the Crown in Cookham on
Friday, 17th August from 3.30pm.
Sima and Sarah will be providing some high-energy dance
entertainment from 4pm, and there will also be a bouncy-castle and
everyone on a high after the Olympics, this promises to be a very
special Big Friday Chill,” says Sima.
is the second Big Friday Chill event in Cookham. The first one took
place at the Jolly Farmer in Cookham on Friday, July 20th and
was a big success.
are excited about our event at the Crown, “ says Sima, who has been
working in the health and fitness industry for 20 years and has an MSc
in Exercise and Health Behaviour. “It is one of the most stunning
locations in Cookham, and I am sure that the sun will come out for us
and make it a memorable afternoon.”
£6 per child ( price includes entertainment and kids' tea). Places are
limited so, please phone the Crown to book on: 01628 520163
a picture of Sarah Chakaveh (journalism graduate) and member of Sima's
Action Kids) at the Closing Ceremony last night. She will be taking part
in the Big Friday Chill at the Crown in Cookham this Friday from 3.30pm
and will come dressed in her Olympic outfit! If you'd like to bring the
kids along, there will also be a bouncy castle and a kids' tea. Tickets
are £6 per child (including a kids' tea)- if you'd like to come along,
please ring the Crown to reserve a place: 01628 520163.
ALTERNATIVE TARRYSTONE PLAYERS CALENDER 2013
the Tarrystone Players
ladies and gentleman, the very brave and gorgeous ladies of the
Tarrystone Players have put their reputations on the line to rally to
the cause and feature in a racy calendar in aid of Leukaemia &
Lymphoma Research and MDS Patient Support, which will be freely
available at a Village fete near you very soon (not to mention one or
two local stockists).
have to tell you that this calendar has turned out better than any of
us could have dreamed thanks to the hard work of our fantastic
photographer and the fine spirit of our gorgeous lady members!
Make sure you don't miss out - these calendars are going to go like
IN GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
member, Lucy Deacon (do you remember her from 'Background
Artistes' and as the inimitable DollieTM
the Tarrystone Festival entry 'Outside the Box'?), has managed to bag
herself a role in the what proved itself to be the Greatest Show on
Earth - yes, the Olympic Opening Ceremony! Sounds like she had
the time of her life which was an incredible spectacle! Thank you,
Lucy, for madly waving the Tarrystone flag.
Lucy for managing to be part of such a wonderful experience.
MASTERCHEF COMING TO COOKHAM DEAN
Masterchef is being filmed in Cookham Dean on Wednesday 22nd August
2012. The filming will take place from 7am-6pm at the following
YOU HELP WITH THE GRAVITY GRAND PRIX?
A request from the
organisers of the Gravity Grand Prix
upset about not being a Games Maker at this year’s Olympic Games will
be pleased to know that they have a second chance to shine by making a
contribution to the success of another world-class sporting event.
The organisers of The
Gravity Grand Prix are still looking for volunteers to help on Sep 9th.
There is no uniform, no pay and very little thanks.
If this looks like
the job for you and you are available, even for three hours or so,
please send your details and availability to Peter Austin. firstname.lastname@example.org
DVD NOW AVAILABLE
from Seconds Out says she has now received the DVD of highlights
of the Cookham Jubilee Street Party filmed by a local professional.
They are £5 each and available from Seconds Out, The Nailway Station,
Devine Boutique and also Pike Smith & Kemp on Lower Road.
There are 250 copies available.
SHOP OR GALLERY?
part of the 50th Anniversary events Ann Danks gave a talk on Monday 23rd
July about the building which now houses the Stanley Spencer Gallery,
formerly a Wesleyan Chapel attended by Stanley Spencer as a child.
On such a hot summer's night it was
great to see the Gallery so packed with people, who heard about the
changes that have occurred to the building over time, the activities
that have gone on within it and the people involved with it. The photo
shows a computer generated image of how the building may have looked as
the Wesleyan Chapel (with thanks to Ben Danks).
ADDITION TO SPENCER GALLERY ARCHIVES
research papers of the late Ken Pople, who wrote an acclaimed biography
of Stanley Spencer, have been donated to the Gallery archive by his son
David. Catalogued by Andy Daniels, a Spencer scholar who worked closely
with Ken, these important papers make fascinating reading and give much
background to the book.
See 'Archive' section of the the
Spencer website for full details. www.stanleyspencer.org.uk
Photo shows David Pople, Ann Danks
and Andy Daniels.
LOGS TO USE FOR FIREWOOD
cookham.com reader sent us this to explain what logs you can use on your
to burn: logs to burn
to save coal a turn
a word to make you wise
you hear the woodman's cries:
heed his usual tale
he's splendid logs for sale
read these lines and really learn
proper kind of logs to burn
logs will warm you well,
they're old and dry,
logs of pinewoods smell
the sparks will fly.
logs for Christmas time:
logs heat well;
logs it is a crime
anyone to sell.
logs will burn too fast;
scarce at all;
logs are goods to last
cut in the fall.
logs will burn like wax,
should burn them green;
logs will smouldering flax;
flame to be seen.
logs and apple logs,
will scent your room;
logs across the dogs
like flowers in bloom,
ash logs, all smooth and grey
them green or old,
of all that come your way
worth their weight in gold.
BIG THANK YOU TO COOKHAM NURSERY
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL
THE STAFF AT COOKHAM NURSERY FOR MAKING IT SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE FOR
LITTLE PEOPLE! JULY 2012
are some of the reasons why our children have loved
will miss the teachers when I leave - please can I invite them to my
next birthday party? I think they will miss me too and maybe even dream
like playing with the spiderman truck. I also enjoy driving the bike
like playing with my friends, chasing Joe, being on the monkey bars and
the teachers who love us.“
"What do you enjoy most about being at Cookham Nursery?"
love everyone at the Nursery because all the teachers are so nice to me
– Mrs Coleman is very kind, Mrs Clark made a rocket with me, Mrs
McGowan gave me some potatoes for tea which she grew in the Nursery
garden and all the lunch ladies are lovely. Oh yes, I also like going to
see James too (Jane!) in the school office and using the photocopier. I
will miss playing in the sandpit with Rowan because he’s my best
friend. When I go to Holy Trinity, I want to go to Cookham Nursery as
well. Is that OK, Mummy? I even prefer Nursery to Legoland, Mummy
because it’s so beautiful – really beautiful.”
like all the visitors who come to Cookham Nursery – the fireman, the
Indian dancers and the pilots. I also love the slide in the garden.”
like the garden, the climbing frame and the guinea pigs. I also like
sitting at the snack table and looking at the pretty lights inside the
Nursery. I love all my friends here too. Can I say goodbye to them
“Of course, you can. And we can visit them all when we take Curtis
(Lara’s younger brother) here.“
“I will miss my friends, running in the garden and Mrs Hirst
and Mrs Booth.“
"Will you miss your new school?“
"Yes, but I
want to stay at Cookham Nursery.“
like making insect houses and riding bikes.“
I go to Nursery, I have lots of fun making paintings. The grown-ups
help make sure that I do not get messy! I love going outside and playing
on the bikes.“
absolutely miss the trains and cars.“
“My favourite things about Cookham Nursery are playing with my friends and the Lunch Club. The best bit is that the teachers are always talking and I love talking!“
Ruby F (Elmer)
“I love to do threading and play with the shaped magnets and I will miss Mrs Coleman lots and lots and lots and lots...!“
“I will miss the lovely teachers and also running around in the
garden. My favourite things are the computers, Mrs Booth and the big tele (that’s what Jessica calls the smartboard!)“
“I like the slide and I’ll miss painting it.“
“I will miss all of it!“
“ I'll miss the climbing frames, they're easy peasy! But you can't climb them….”
“I liked the Stay and Play sessions, so I could show Tabitha all the Nursery garden houses.”
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