OUTRAGE AT CAR PARK RACKET DURING FLOOD
Villagers are up in arms after the owners of a village car park fined
four teachers for parking there during the floods. The central village
car park in Station Rise is owned by a shareholding company called PCM
UK Ltd. During the recent
Moor floods, Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School in school had
to close for a day since staff, pupils and parents could not readily get
to the school. Subsequently the Executive Head, Dave Rooney, encouraged
the staff to leave home early (6.30 am for some) to get into the village
and walk through the Pound, over the Causeway so the school could open
on time. He suggested they park their cars near the village station.
Four of them used the car park and were consequently fined £60 for
exceeding the time limit. “These teachers arrived in the dark and
returned in the dark and did not notice the
restriction signs which are not displayed well,” says Peta Bee, a
parent governor at the school. “They are staff who travel from outside
Cookham and who don’t know the area well. It is outrageous that they
are being fined for their attempts to help the village’s children,
especially when fees for car parks run by RBWM were waived during the
floods.” Chris Harris, also a governor at Holy Trinity, says attempts
to get the four tickets waived have been blocked at every stage. “We
thought that, in the exceptional circumstances, and the fact that the
community and the teachers had pulled together so well to overcome the
flood difficulties, they might relax their views, but apparently not,”
Around 30 au-pairs,
including one from Japan, turned out for the social gathering at the
King's Arms on Sunday. The pub resembled the United Nations with young
people from lots of different countries, including Poland, Romania,
Germany, Spain and New Zealand.
Host-mum and journalist, Sarah Parfitt said: "I organised
this get-together for my new au-pair Leire, who arrived in the UK last
week. I wanted to make her feel at home and ensure that she didn't
feel isolated. I don't think that's going to happen now! I
actually booked a table for eight people initially and was worried
that no one would come because of the floods, but I have
been thrilled by the response."
If you are an au-pair living in the area and would like to meet other
people from the group, please contact Leire: email@example.com
or phone Sarah Parfitt: 07900 4117 1
With thanks to Jacob
With thanks to Nick Read
ACROSS MOOR CLOSED
Police, in consultation with the Royal Borough, closed the Moor Road
on Monday 6 January. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the
Causeway. Drivers who use a road closed by the police are
committing an offence and also invalidate their insurance. Emergency
vehicles and other vehicles in a genuine emergency can use the
Causeway. Community wardens are in attendance for the time being.
Flood Warden tells me that the river is now on the tow path in parts
by Cookham Bridge, on the Cookham side. It was also beginning to
breach on the Bucks side this morning.
River at Cookham Lock is now up to 1.05m (upstream gauge). The
EA 3-day forecast is for the level of flood risk to increase tomorrow
and Wednesday, so I'm not expecting a let up any time soon.
remains on EA Flood Alert (Flooding is possible, be prepared), but
because property flooding is expected in Bourne End, Bisham and Little
Marlow, those areas are now under a Flood Warning (Flooding is
expected. Immediate action required).
information is available from
Floodline 0845 988 1188
SESSIONS AT RAINBOW
COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL OFFERS MORE SESSIONS,
PARENTS MORE FLEXIBILITY
Pre-school in Cookham is now offering a Tuesday morning session from 14th
January, with the option of staying for lunch, giving parents in the
community more flexibility.
welcomes children from the age of two until they start school. They meet
in the Wesley Hall - which provides a bright, warm, friendly and safe
environment for young children – and means the Tuesday morning mums
and toddlers group would run in the church instead.
The pre-school children also enjoy
outdoor play in the garden, where there is a covered sandpit, climbing
frame and raised beds for growing vegetables and flowers.
Team leader Lorraine Brown says: ‘We are delighted to be adding
an extra session to our week – we are responding to the needs of our
families, which are really important to us. We pride ourselves in
providing a stimulating, caring and happy environment in which children grow
in confidence and independence and learn through different play activities.
All staff are parents themselves and are very experienced in working
with young children, and we look forward to meeting any newcomers.’
Sophie Morris, a Maidenhead
mum of two boys, says: ‘I could not have wished for a more wonderful
pre-school for my sons. I felt completely at ease leaving my eldest
there for the first time - the staff are so welcoming, experienced and
friendly, I can’t sing their praises enough.’
Cookham mum of two Sarah
Rodi says: ‘My daughter, Mya, loved going to Rainbow. Her imagination
and creativity developed in leaps and bounds, and she formed firm
friendships with the other children and the dedicated and caring staff.
I loved the flexible sessions and the community feel. I am now certain
my youngest daughter, Ayda, will enjoy Rainbow when she starts there
To arrange a visit, please email Jill Gavin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone the team leaders, Lorraine and Allison, on 01628 533150.
Rainbow meets at the Wesley Hall, Lower Road, Cookham Rise on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm and on Tuesdays and Fridays from
Club is available every day, it runs from 12 to 12.45pm.
FROM COUCH TO 5 KM in 6 WEEKS
Cookham Running Club's latest 'Couch to
5km' course starts on Wednesday January 15th at 7pm. The course
is held weekly over 6 weeks and is intended to be a fun introduction
back to running or to the sport for the first time. It doesn't matter if
you haven't laced up your trainers for decades, we guarantee you will be
running 5km after 6 weeks - and, more to the point, enjoying it. What's
more, you will be slimmer, fitter and healthier to boot!
The club’s beginner courses are lead by experienced UK Athletics
qualified coach and former Irish international runner, Paddy McGrath.
More details about Paddy can be found at www.paddymcgrathrunning.com
and more info about Cookham Running Club is at www.cookhamrunningclub.com.
Couch to 5km courses cost £40 for the 6 weeks and include:
. 3 month free trial membership of Cookham Running Club
(affiliated to England Athletics)
. Entry to a 5km event at the end of the course
. Discount at Runners' Retreat, Marlow
. Online support and back-up from Paddy
The club has had great feedback from the courses that have been held so
far - most people astounded at the progress they have made in such a
short time. Many of the graduates have become addicted to running and
regularly enter races, despite having thought they were born 'not to
If you are interested in either this or the 'improver' running course
(held on Tuesday evenings), please get in touch with Paddy at email@example.com
or on 07714 950748 asap as places get booked very quickly and there is a
maximum of 8-10 per group.
CHOIR URGED TO REST THEIR VOICES
choir urged to “rest their voices” as they embark on marathon
school choir have undertaken a busy week of performances starting with
the Cookham Village Street Fayre. The choir performed a medley of carols
including an ensemble with Michael Buble tribute act, ‘Mitchell’.
award winning choir followed the performance with a recital for the
residents of Elizabeth House Day Care Centre which was extremely well
a production for parents at the Carols and Mince Pies evening, Tuesday
singing practice and a Carol Service at St John The Baptist Church in
Cookham Dean, it was a demanding schedule for the 37 strong choir.
carols we chose were jazzy versions of the traditional Christmas songs
and the children really enjoyed learning them because they were
something different. I did however have to urge the pupils to rest their
voices when they could, to cope with the demanding week” said Music
and Drama Director, Mrs Jami Castell.
SANTA SHOWS UP AT MEDIA HUB
fourth and festive Cookham Media Hub – a
monthly gathering for media professionals in the area - took place on
Thursday 12th December.
lively networking event, set up by Parfitt Media and
MumsaboutCookham.com to bring
media types together, was held at the Bel & the Dragon pub in
Cookham and those who attended were treated to complimentary seasonal
canapés by chef Ronnie Kimbugwe.
by Mohammad Sabahi click for larger image
this month’s festive meeting, the two Cookham-based journalists, Sarah
Parfitt and Sarah
Rodi, who set up the hub, organised for a ‘secret santa’ to arrive
and the attendees had to
guess who it was to win a prize! BBC TV editor Charlotte Serpell discovered
the truth and won a Pizza Dreams Café voucher, so the surprise Father
Christmas took off his hat and beard to reveal he was Mayor Andrew
Jenner. ‘Santa’ proceeded to give all the media members a gift,
courtesy of Costa Coffee.
like to thank Andrew Jenner for being a brilliant sport and a perfect
Santa – we appreciate him making the time to come along - and also
Pizza Dreams Café and Costa Coffee for
providing the fantastic prizes, which went down really well. A brilliant
night was had by all,’ says Sarah Rodi, Editor of MumsaboutCookham.com.
are also very grateful to Ronnie and James and the team at the Bel &
the Dragon for hosting the Media
Hub every month. We couldn't wish for a better location - delicious
food, friendly staff and such a beautiful setting!’ added Sarah
Parfitt, a freelance radio producer, media
trainer and consultant.
‘hub’ has attracted more than 40 members since they launched the
monthly gatherings six
months ago. The popularity of the ‘hub’ shows there’s a hive of
diverse talent in the area, as those present range from film producers,
to print journalists, broadcasters, PRs, graphic designers, actors and
editor Jill Paul, who attended the event, says: ‘The Media Hub has
been a great way to
expand my contacts in the area and each meeting has been good fun. I
would recommend it to other locals who work in the media.’
next three Cookham Media Hub meetings will be at 8pm on Thursday, February
13th and March 13th at the Bel & the Dragon.
Media Hub is so much fun and a useful networking tool for those in the
is a dynamic forum for swapping ideas with like-minded people,’ says
Sarah Parfitt. ‘Any media professional is welcome to come along to the
next free event.’
by emailing your details on our Facebook Cookham Media Hub page, or by emailing
BYE FIRE STATION
It is a final goodbye to the Cookham Fire
Station which has been situated at the end of Berries Road since the
second world war. It is being knocked down and will be replaced by a
single dwelling house.
here for a sort video. with thanks to Paul Strzelecki
MEDICAL CENTRE QUESTIONNAIRE
Cookham Medical Centre Patient Questionnaire is now available, and would
really like to have feedback from as many people as possible. CLICK
Dagnall (Practice Manager) says: “At a time when resources are ever
more restricted and patient demand is rising, it is vital for the
medical centre in designing its service that you tell us what is
important to you about the service that we deliver now - the good things
that we do, as well as those that you would like to be different. We do
listen.” The action plan (and progress made against it)
can be seen on the website.
questionnaire has been prepared by the Patient Participation Group in
conjunction with the medical centre to ask the questions that we believe
are important to you. Last year we had a good response, but we’re
looking for a much bigger response this year. We would appreciate it if
you could take a few minutes to complete it online, and all members of
your household are also welcome to do so. We welcome any feedback (there
is space at the end of the questionnaire) and please get in touch if you
have any questions. The closing date for the questionnaire is 31st
copies are available in the Medical Centre or at Cookham Pharmacy if you
would prefer to complete it on paper, but please complete it only once,
either online or on paper. (Online is better for us, it saves us time
and money, if you are able to choose.)
The Gallery at Elizabeth House
closes the year with the third in its sequence of shows celebrating
the work of local arts clubs. Our very own Cookham Arts Club
opens its exhibition 'Art
at Christmas' tomorrow (Saturday 30th November) with works in a
mix of media and at very affordable prices - the ideal opportunity to
find an unusual gift for Christmas.
are invited to call in tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am for refreshments
to meet some of the artists
do pop in if you can.
The exhibition runs till the end of January. Opening
times are Saturdays 10am to 4pm (10am to 1pm on 21st December) and
weekdays 9.30 to 11.30am. Weekdays only during January.
OF THE GOLDEN RAFFLE
Another successful Christmas Fayre was
held at Moor Hall on Saturday 23 November. The Golden Raffle was won by
one of the ladies on the Thames Valley Adventure Playground stall.
The Trustees of Elizabeth House wish to thank everyone who bought raffle
tickets and everyone who supported the Fayre and made it such a success.
MEDIA HUB GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
Cookham Media Hub is going from strength to strength with between 15
and 20 journalists and media professionals attending each of the meetings. Founders,
Sarah Parfitt and Sarah Rodi are extremely pleased with the way
it is going so far.
have been delighted by the response we have received to this
initiative, which is essentially a monthly, social catch-up for
freelance media professionals," said Ms Parfitt.
and I have been surprised by the range of media professions out
there! Some of our members are print and broadcast journalists and others
are involved in marketing and PR, but we have also been
approached by people working in more unusual roles. For example, a
musician who composes music for TV advertisements and programmes has
contacted us this week and we also received an enquiry from a
horse-racing media specialist recently, so there is a huge range out
final meeting for 2013 will take place at Bel and the Dragon
at 8pm on Thursday 12th December and the organisers are a
promising a few festive surprises! If you would like to come
along, can you let Sarah Parfitt and Sarah Rodi know by this
Friday (22nd November). You can register on the Cookham Media Hub
Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning her on:
07900 4117 15.
PAINTING CLUB AT THE GALLERY
Gallery at Elizabeth House continues their celebration of local art
groups with a short exhibition, opening this Saturday16 November, by
the Maidenhead Painting Club. It's the Club's Thursday Evening
workshop members and they will be showing a selection of works in
exhibition is on for two weeks only, closing on Friday 29th November.
Opening times are Saturdays 10am to 4pm and weekdays 9.30 to 11.30am.
local Cookham Arts Club is up next, exhibiting at the Gallery from
30th November through December.
NEW LOOK CLIVEDEN
Cliveden hotel opened its
doors on Monday evening 11 November to recognised food connoisseurs to
launch their totally new look for their dining room, including Tom
Ketteridge from the Michelin star pub, the Hand and Flowers, in Marlow.
Cliveden has recently been taken over and the new owners have employed
the Michelin star chef André Garrett. Although André loses his star on
moving and so will be looking to obtaining one for Cliveden. The Terrace
dining room has been totally redesigned with the rather ugly red walls
and the artificial books gone. One of the menu options on offer
was a tasting menu with eight courses, some of which one could dream
about for a long time afterwards they were so delicious. Anyone
considering a special lunch or dinner will be blown away by the new
look, outstanding food and ambience.
PIZZA AT STATION HILL CAFÉ
café teams up with Artisan Pizza operator to add wood fired pizzas to
Station Hill Café in Cookham has entered into a joint venture with Wood
Fired Pizza operator Pizza Dreams, which will see a new wood fired pizza
oven installed in the café and delicious pizzas added to the menu. The
oven will be capable of reaching temperatures of 800 degrees and cooking
pizzas in just 90 seconds. The café will continue to offer coffees,
breakfasts and lunches in the daytime and will be re-‐named
Pizza Dreams Café. It will open in the evenings and Sundays too. Fine
Italian Wines will be available by the glass and bottle. Takeaway pizzas
will be available for collection. Pizza Dreams are well known on the
festival and street food circuit having successfully catered for the
masses at events all across the country from their restored Citroen H
van and converted vintage horse trailer. Locally, Pizza Dreams wood
fired pizzas have been enjoyed by thousands at Penn Festival in
Buckinghamshire and this year’s Lets Rock The Moor in Cookham.
The Tarrystone Players of Cookham have a
treat in store to cheer our dark November evenings - comedy double
bill, with supper, “The Book Club of Little Witterington” and
“Little Grimley Presents Strictly Sex Factor (on ice)”. The first
play gained success at the Maidenhead Festival Winning Best Comedy and
Best Set awards. The cast are excited to welcome the author of the play,
Joan Greening, who is to be a member of the audience on Saturday 23
November. This will be the first time Joan has seen this work performed.
The second play is guaranteed to bring tears of laughter to your
eyes when popular figures such as Simon Cowell, Bruce Forsyth and Philip
Schofield are parodied as Little Grimley prepares an unmissable
‘talent’ show. For this play they are seeking to acquire a pair
of roller skates, size 6, as a loan or donation. If you can help please
call 01628 529988.
The Tarrystone Players hope for another sell-out performance, like
‘Calendar Girls’ in November 2012, and charitable donation as
a result of these performances will be in memory of member Marianne
Stork and go to the refurbishment of the Church windows at Holy Trinity
The Double Bill will be performed on 21, 22, 23 November at the Pinder
Hall in Cookham tickets £12.50 include a ploughman’s supper.
Phone 01628 522486 to book your tickets!
A FRIEND OF THE SURGERY
The Cookham Patient Participation Group
has an email group called 'Friends of the Surgery', which at present has
215 members. We are looking to increase the number in this group (there
are 7,800 patients at the Cookham practice), in order to represent all
ages and all interests. We use the group to canvass opinions on
services, advertise events or news, or simply spread information or
concerns very fast. We would welcome a larger number of people in this
group. We won't inundate you with emails - a couple a month at present,
but you will be alerted to any health information evenings that might
interest you, as well as information about all aspects of health and
changes at the surgery as they arise. Please email email@example.com
to join the group and keep in touch with the surgery (N.B. you
must be a patient of Cookham Medical Centre). We’d like your voice to
be heard in Cookham!
MEDIA HUB A HIVE OF TALENT
The third Cookham Media Hub – a
monthly gathering for media professionals in the area
took place on Thursday 10th.
October. The lively event was at
the Bel & the Dragon pub on Cookham High Street and those who
attended were treated to complimentary canapes.
The networking event, sponsored by
Parfitt Media, Mums about Cookham and the Bel and the Dragon,
brings together various media types to share information and
ideas.Two Cookham-based journalists, Sarah Parfitt and Sarah Rodi,
launched the monthly gatherings and the popularity of the
‘hub’ shows there’s a hive of talent in the area, as those
present ranged from film producers, to print journalists,
broadcasters, PRs, graphic designers, actors and marketing
consultants. They even had a graduate looking for work experience
who had traveled all the way from Malmesbury in Wiltshire to be
there! Emma De Ujfalussy, owner of Laurus PR, who attended the
event, says: ‘The Media Hub
is a great opportunity to meet other local media professionals in
the area, make new friends,
share news about the industry and network in a relaxed, fun
last two Cookham Media Hub meetings of the year will be at 8pm on
Thursday, 14th November and on Thursday, 12th December at the Bel
and the Dragon. ‘The Media Hub is so much fun and a useful
networking tool for those in the industry. It
is a dynamic forum for swapping ideas with like-minded people,’ says
Ms Parfitt, a freelance radio producer, media trainer and
consultant. ‘Any media professional is welcome to come along to
the next free event.’
by emailing your details on our Facebook Cookham Media Hub page, or by emailing
Bibby from Cookham did it (along with 91 other ladies)! She took part in
the Women v Cancer Challenge in Cuba. She said "the biggest
challenge was the heat – cycling for 6-7 hours a day on tarmac without
any shade in temperatures 30°+ and high humidity. However, the
landscape more than made up for it, and Havana is a fascinating place.
If you have not visited, then I strongly recommend it!
over £2,500 – and as a group they totalled over £285,000 (plus gift
aid)! The 3 women’s charities that benefit – Jo’s
Cervical Cancer Trust, Ovarian
Cancer Action and Breast
Cancer Care - are all relatively small and this fundraising
is a very important part of their income that they use for supporting
research groups and most importantly, cancer sufferers and their
can contribute to Ellinsin's fund at http://www.justgiving.com/Ellison-Bibby
PERFORMANCE FROM COOKHAM RUNNING CLUB
Girls from left Emily Taylor West, Lana Wallis, Caitlin Murray, Holly
Running Club members produced some fine performances in the club’s
first outing in division 2 of the Chiltern Cross Country League at
Cassiobury Park, Watford (October 19).
to tremendous packing, the Under 13 boys team of William Taylor West,
Freddie Yuill and Sonny Lewis finished in 2nd place in Div
2, just 7 points behind top club Bracknell AC. Cookham’s Under 13
Girls were 6th team thanks to the efforts of Emily Fisher
and Jess Devereux.
the highly competitive Under 11 age groups there are no divisions.
Great runs by Lana Wallis (32nd) and Emily Taylor-West (56th)
backed by Holly Bird and Caitlin Murray to place 12th team
out of the 37 clubs. In the U11 Boys race, injuries meant a 3rd
scorer was missing yet fine runs by Sam Hayes (33rd
overall) and Joseph Haselhurst (36th) suggest a high team
placing in the next event.
races were tough, taking them out into woods for distances of 6km
(women and 8km (men), but Cookham’s runners fared well with Ibet
Allan in 17th place and Sarah Walker coming home 28th.
- Lana Wallis 9.30
- Emily Taylor-West 10.11
- Holly Bird 12.46
- Caitlin Murray 12.47
Sam Hayes 8.09
Joseph Haselhurst 8.12
Emily Fisher 14.14
Jess Devereux 15.01
team Div 2
William Taylor-West 10.19
Freddie Yuill 10.45
Sonny Lewis 11.40
Max Yuill 12.04
Alex Brown 12.57
Alastair Kenton 14.39
Harry Cormack 14.40
team Div 2
Ibet Allan 30.47
Sarah Walker 32.59
Kelli Dickinson 43.02
Sue Gauld 44.28
Tina Scanlon 44.35
team Div 2
Adam Burke 47.38
James Dickinson 49.15
Gerald Cooper 55.17
FOR DIANA DORS COOKHAM LINKS
Payne who lives in Walsall is researching Diana Dors who lived in the
Maidenhead area. He has done an enormous amount of research and has
found out information about the blonde bombshell from people all over
You can contact Ian with any
information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on image to read about the search
for Diana Dors' Cookham links
WALK BY JANET STREET-PORTER
Cookham Walk by Janet Street-Porter was sent to cookham.com by one of
our readers. They said "this was a gem of a find yesterday,
just as I was about to throw my Daily Mail TV magazine in the recycling
bin. Enjoy and quite apt really as we’ve been talking about it all
over the past few months/weeks.
Click on image for a larger version.
EVENING A GREAT SUCCESS
Thank you to everyone who came to the
Elvis evening - we made just over £2000, which
will be added to the Forget me Not Fund for Ron at Leukaemia and
Lymphoma Research. I hope
you all enjoyed yourselves it certainly was a noisy evening but no complaints as far as I know. Big
thankyous to all who helped me organise the night and
help clear up - who knows maybe I will do another one in 2015 - watch
OPENS ITS ART TO COOKHAM
The Slough Art Society comes to the
Gallery at Elizabeth House for the first time this month with an
exhibition opening today, Saturday 12th October. Now more than 70
years old, the Society is bringing a show reflecting the varied talents
of the group, across a range of media. As well as its 'home'
exhibitions, the Society (http://sloughartsociety.webeden.co.uk)
has successfully exhibited at recent Art on the Street exhibitions in
Maidenhead and looks forward to impressing Cookhamites with their work.
Next Saturday, 19th October, the Society is holding an Open House at
Elizabeth House with refreshments - between 12 noon and 3pm. You
are very welcome to come to this.
The exhibition continues to Friday 15th November and will be followed by
a two-week exhibition by Maidenhead Painting Group.
The Gallery is at Elizabeth House, Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
It is open 9.30 to 11.30am weekdays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.
Full details of the Gallery's artists can be found at www.thegalleryatelizabethhouse.org.uk
SECTION FOR COOKHAM RUNNING CLUB
COOKHAM Running Club's
newly formed junior section had an impressive first outing at the
Under 14 Junior Park Run in Saville Gardens, Windsor on Sunday October
6. William Taylor West, 12, finished in second place in 7:51 closely
followed in fourth by another of the club's under-13 age group
runners, Tom Giddings who recorded a time of 8:31. Frank McGrath, aged
8, displayed a fearsome finishing kick to finish 6th boy in 8:42, one
second ahead of Cookham's Sam Hayes (10). Ollie Walter and Alastair
Kenton also had fine runs in their first races for the club. The girls
were equally competitive in the race with Emily Taylor-West (10)
finishing third girl in 8:55 and Devan Gibson (10) coming in 23rd girl
in a field of almost 80. Cookham's senior runners were also in fine
racing form with Bridget King finishing second in the Black Park 5km
(21:03) while Kelli Dickinson and Caroline Trowell both ran personal
best times in the Reading 10k (58:57 and 60.01 respectively). To join
the club visit www.cookhamrunningclub.com
RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY
30th November, Charlotte Brunton will be holding a family quiz night at
Pinder Hall, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust - a charity very close to
her family's heart after losing her teenage cousin to cancer. Doors open
at 7.15pm, for a 7.45pm start. The cost is £4 per adult for Cookham
residents, £5 for non residents, and children are free.
You can bring your own alcohol, teams of 8 and can be made up on the
night. Contact Charlotte on email@example.com
for more information and tickets - can be bought on the night. All
profits will go straight to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Charlotte has given herself the challenge of running the London Marathon
in April for Teenage Cancer Trust. She says anything anyone can give
would be greatly appreciated - donations can be made at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/charlottebrunton
UGANDA'S LEADING GORILLA VET
School invites you to meet Uganda’s leading gorilla vet in October
the past year, the pupils at Herries Preparatory School in Cookham Dean
and Cookham Rise School have been helping a very special charity called
Africa Turns Green, which showcases
the work of African green entrepreneurs who are protecting their
charity was founded by Séverine
Dieudonné, a Belgian freelance
producer at the BBC. Over the course of the last year, Ms Dieudonné
has been visiting pupils at both schools, updating them about various
innovative projects across the African continent. They include an
Ethiopian entrepreneur who makes shoes from recycled car tyres, and
another green organisation in Burkina Faso which empowers disadvantaged
women by teaching them farming skills and enrolling them in educational
goal in life is to build bridges between different cultures and inspire
people to set up their own eco-friendly companies by sharing success
is giving me the opportunity to do just that,” said Ms Dieudonné.
its close collaboration with Africa Turns Green over the last year,
Herries School is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a very
special event for the charity at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 15th
which is open to the entire community and will include
African-themed songs sung by Herries pupils.
of Uganda’s leading gorilla vets, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, who won
the Whitley Gold Award in 2009, will be giving a presentation about her
ground-breaking work to protect indigenous wildlife. Her grassroots,
non-profit organisation, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH),
which links public health with the conservation of mountain gorillas has
won worldwide acclaim:
share 98 per cent of our DNA, which means that they can catch human
diseases and also pick up antibiotic resistance from us,” says Dr
Kalema-Zikusoka. “If we are serious about protecting the health of our
gorillas and the health of local communities, we need to have a more
joined-up approach. Most gorillas are facing extinction in Africa, so
the situation is very serious.“
Green, Head teacher at Herries, spoke about the importance of the
school’s relationship with the charity: “It is so important for our
pupils to forge links with particular charities and in this instance we
have been able to also educate the pupils about the causes in Africa
that this charity supports. We are very much looking forward to this
fundraising event. ’
event is being coordinated by journalist and media consultant, Sarah
Parfitt: “It has been a real privilege to organise this event. I have
been to Africa on a number of occasions, and also work with colleagues
from Africa at the BBC World Service.”
the African continent, visionary green entrepreneurs such as Dr Gladys
Kalema-Zikusoka are working on innovative projects and acting as
catalysts of change for their continent. Africa Turns Green is giving
them a voice and inspiring future generations of entrepreneurs not just
at a pan-African level but globally,” she added.
Turns Green is very grateful to Herries, Parfitt Media, Thomas Franks
ltd, Living Streams, ISOMOSYS, the Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar,
Ustarvideo, Mah Images, Hive Industries, the Bel and Dragon and writer,
Emmy Costa for sponsoring the event. The charity would also like to
thank its recently appointed Ambassadors, Julie Armstrong and Lisa
Peters from Cookham Rise School for their dedication and hard work.
for the Africa Turns Green event are £10 per person – the ticket
price includes a complimentary glass of wine and canapés. They can be
purchased from the school office at Herries School in Cookham Dean. Ph:
01628 483 350 or via the Africa Turns Green website:
ABOUT COOKHAM LAUNCH
Mums About Cookham launch was a huge success on Friday, 27th September. More
than 100 mums and tots took part in the event at Cookham Dean
All of the children's entertainment went
down well (Sima's Action Kids, Mucky Monsters and the Hartbeeps) -
all of the local businesses volunteered their time which was
staff, parents and pupils at Holy Trinity C of E School in Cookham would
like to thank all of the local businesses who so generously sponsored
their school disco last Thursday. The Reception and KS1 pupils all had a
seemed to have a terrific time dancing to the music and joining in the
games which Dave the Disco so expertly led,” said Deputy Head, Anna
Smith. “The children enjoyed a delicious early supper of hot dogs and
cake and were delighted to be sharing the occasion with Cheeky
of the organisers of the event, Sarah Parfitt said that she and fellow
mums, Karen Wray and Tricia Phillips had been amazed by the support they
had received: “No fewer than eleven local businesses helped us with
the event by donating goods or services – this speak volumes about the
tremendous community spirit which exists in Cookham and the surrounding
disco raised £420 for Holy Trinity School. All proceeds from the event
will be used to buy new equipment for the pupils.
big thank you to:
Dave the Disco, Country
Stores, Vibe teaching, Maceys, the Teapot, Vanilla, the Magnet Leisure
Centre, Odds Farm, the Handmade Cake Company, Allied Bakeries and the
Fruit Market in Bourne End
DEATH OF MARIANNE STORK
September 2013 (updated 4 October)
Stork passed away on 26 September 2013 at the age of 63 in Wexham Park
Hospital after a short illness. Marianne
was an integral part of the theatrical and musical community in Cookham
since moving to the village in 1977.
Her passion for singing and performance made her a well-known
personality in the area.
was born in Derbyshire and spent her early years in Buxton – she was
very proud of her Derbyshire origins.
She showed great ability even as a small child and, at the
earliest opportunity, she joined an operatic society.
It was not until her parents moved to Leicester, however, that
she took any serious singing lessons, which in turn led to a scholarship
to the Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of
Music), studying voice as her principal instrument.
Following an operatic tour in Germany, where she played a
principal part in Britten's Peter Grimes, she was invited to join
Opera North. A letter lost
in the post could have seen her continue in opera with Opera North, but
fate dealt its hand ...
talent was quickly recognised and, during her early 20s, she became in
demand with theatre groups around the country.
She toured extensively performing principal roles in the major
Theatres with such stars as Dora Bryan, Russell Grant, Dickie Henderson,
Mark Wynter and Arthur Askey. Whilst
touring with the cast of Dad's Army in 1976 (playing, amongst other
roles, the part of Pyke's girfriend) she sang in an Andrews Sisters Trio
together with Pauline Stork, with whom she struck up a firm friendship.
A year later, she married Pauline's brother, Malcolm.
Having moved to Cookham, where she and Malcolm started a family,
she spread her talent and passion to the local music and drama scene.
contribution to the community since has been significant.
A regular fixture in Cookham's annual pantomimes, her roles
varied from Principal Girl in early days to more comical characters in
latter years. She will
probably be best remembered for her humorous roles, such as the
well-meaning if lovably incompetent “Fairy Nuff”, where she combined
her well-honed acting and singing skills with a natural comic timing to
the years she worked with many local groups with whom she shared her
professional knowledge, enthusiasm and sense of fun.
Her particular passion was small-group cabaret performances,
predominantly for local groups and charitable causes.
She and Malcolm formed a quarter of “The After-Eights” and
Marianne had particular success in bringing a uniquely funny
interpretation to the work of Val Rice.
As a singer, she was a founder member of Cantorum Choir but was
equally at home performing songs from the musicals or jazz.
Beyond her stage performances Marianne was a constant support to
other local performers. Singing and coaching lessons with her were very
popular where she ensured that every pupil left inspired and always
was a shining star in the local community and a great friend to all who
knew her touching so many lives with her vibrant personality, kindness,
concern for others and generosity. But most of all she was a loving
wife, mother and grandmother, Marianne leaves behind Malcolm, her
children, Philippa and Jonathan, and two grandchildren, to whom she was
funeral will be on Monday 14th October at 2:30pm in Holy
Trinity Church to be followed by a private cremation service at the
Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham. No flowers please but if people would
like to make a contribution to the window renovations in Holy Trinity,
we know that Marianne would approve. Thank you.
ON ALL YUMMY MUMMIES!
Action Kids will be one of a trio of entertainers at the Mums About Cookham launch at Cookham Dean Cricket Club this Friday,
providing her infectious high-energy dance routines, games and fun. She
will be joined by Mucky Monsters and the Hartbeeps.
a real pleasure to be invited to help kick-start this fantastic new
business venture. I am a busy working mum myself, juggling work, social
and family commitments and this website is just what I need,” said Ms
Stannage. I hope to see some of my
regular "action kids" at the launch and
meet lots of new faces too. It will be a great way of celebrating the
start of the school new year.”
founder and inspiration behind Mums
About Cookham is Sarah Rodi, a Cookham-based journalist and mother
of two, who saw a gap in the market for a glossy lifestyle website for
wanted to give mums of new-borns to teens a chance to keep up to date on
local news, while enjoying a bit of “me time”, ogling the latest
family-friendly destination or new pair of boots in the Lifestyle Lounge
Sarah hopes that the
launch of Mums About Cookham
will be a celebration of motherhood and a chance for mums to catch up,
whilst their children have fun and enjoy the entertainment:
I began to think about a launch do for my website and what activities
would draw mums - and children - in, I knew I had to have Sima there.
The kids wouldn't miss a session with her for the world! I know she'll
help to make my launch a huge success,” said Ms Rodi who first saw
Sima at the Big Friday Chill last summer.
“When I first saw Sima
at the Crown last August, I was amazed at how quickly she managed to get
the kids involved, all up and dancing. I've since seen her at various
children's parties and each time I've noticed how engrossed the children
are. They love what she does, and it's easy to see why. Her sessions are
jam-packed with entertainment, fun songs and activities.”
launches at 3.45pm on Friday, 27th September at Cookham Dean
Cricket Club. For editorial or advertising queries, please contact Sarah
Rodi : firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone:07815 841 041. For interviews with Sima, please phone: 0795 699
WILL BE OFFERING ALL FAMILIES WHO ATTEND THE LAUNCH A 10 PER CENT
DISCOUNT ON ALL FUTURE PARTY BOOKINGS.
AND THE BEAST
A TEAM OF women from Cookham Running
Club finished in first place at the notoriusly tough Helly Hansen
Beauty and the Beast relay event on September 21. The race, held in
West Wycombe park, is billed as the most gruelling event of its kind
and entails running a full marathon as a 6-person relay. The team of
Bridget King, Sarah Parfitt, Rachel Harding, Peta Bee, Ibet Allan and
Sarah Walker crossed the line ahead of all other women's teams and in
second place overall, beating all men's teams but one.
TURKEYS - A WINNER
the evening of Thursday 19th September 2013, Tom Copas of Copas Turkeys received
a lifetime achievement award at the British Turkey Awards in recognition
for a lifetime dedicated to growing happy turkeys!
the other awards Asda
was crowned retailer of the year for their turkeys for the fourth year
running. while Aldi won the best Traditional Christmas product.
ARE YOU GIRLS? WE NEED YOU!
Running Club’s new junior section has been inundated with boys, but
few girls. Now the club, which is affiliated to England Athletics, is
putting out a call for girls aged 10-15 to join the team by coming along
to try one of their free training sessions on Tuesday evenings and
Saturday mornings. “Nobody is too slow,” says coach Peta Bee. “And
the good thing about running is that the more you do, the better you
get.” Annual subscription is just £30 and includes a club top as well
as entry to races if you want to do them. More information is on the
club website www.cookhamrunningclub.com
or contact Peta on email@example.com.
STAY AND PLAY A GREAT SUCCESS
The free community Stay and Play session
at Herries had a great turn-out with around 20 children and their
parents and carers!
The Stay and Play sessions are being run
by a grandmother and daughter team - Sarah and Frances
The new 2013-2014 Definitive Guide to
Activities for the Under 5s in Cookham was also launched. This is a
collaborative project between Herries and Parfitt Media.
DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR UNDER 5s
Herries Preparatory School has
just launched the fourth Definitive Guide to Activities for the
Under 5s in Cookham at its Stay and Play session this morning. The
Guide for 2013/2014 was put together by journalist and media
consultant, Sarah Parfitt and Brian Harding, tactical marketing
manager from the Spectrum Group. Sarah
moved to Cookham three years ago with her husband and two young
children and she felt that it would help other parents if there
was one leaflet listing all the different activities.
here to view the Definitive Guide
The Guide will also be
available from the Station Hill Cafe and the library in Cookham
later this week.
artist Joanna Yates returns to the Gallery at Elizabeth House with a
new exhibition which opens next Monday, 9th September, and
runs to 11th October. Titled ‘An Extended View’, the
exhibition covers a range of media - watercolours,
acrylics, weaving and photo cards, including Joanna's stunning
botanical studies. And there’s something new – painting
bridal bouquets on canvas. This is a new venture which Joanna
hopes will capture the imagination of brides and their families.
to the Gallery on Saturdays will see Joanna at work and will have the
opportunity to discuss her approach. She welcomes commissions
and is always happy to discuss any personal requirements. You
can see examples of her work at http://www.fidgiti.com/
The Gallery is at Elizabeth House, Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
It is open 9.30 to 11.30am weekdays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.
Joanna's exhibition will also be open on two Sundays - 15th and 29th
September. Full details of the Gallery's artists can be found at
down by the river at Marsh Meadow in Cookham might have seen a very
large rodent. It was thought to be a coypu, but in fact it is actually a
capybara, normally found in South America. The largest rodent in the
world. The one in Marsh Meadow is called Jack and is owned by Lady
McAlpine, Jack seems to have escaped a few weeks ago and seems to be
making his way happily down river.
The photo of Jack was taken by Ann
Wilder (click for larger image) who says "We were boating on the
Thames today and moored our boat alongside the meadow next to the
Cookham Reach Sailing Club this afternoon and a capybara was grazing
close to the river, seemingly unperturbed by passers-by".
DESIGN STATEMENT (VDS) LAUNCH PARTY
exciting VDS Launch Event at the Odney Club on Friday evening, 20th
September, is planned to maximise the profile of the VDS and
combines helpful information with fun happenings such as the 'Cookham
quiz' and the 'Very Special Raffle'. The Event is being mounted
completely free of charge to Cookham residents, with the financial
support of the Royal Borough Council, the Parish Council and the
Cookham Society. The latter two bodies, as VDS Sponsors, have
supported the VDS both financially and in many other ways throughout
its long period of gestation.
at the VDS Launch Event include Tim Brooke-Taylor as a Cookham
Resident, the Mayor of the Royal Borough, Councillor Andrew Jenner,
and the Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Councillor MJ
Saunders. Mr Richard James will compere the Event and a further
VIP visitor will attend.
can also reserve a place FREE at the VDS launch - at the Odney Club - on
20th September by contacting Cookham Parish Council - at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01628 522003. Click
here for more details
Gallery at Elizabeth House is
staging an exhibition of photographs taken for the Cookham
Village Design Statement. The exceptional set of
images will be raffled at the launch of the Design Statement on 20th
September and you get your chance to see them between this
Saturday, 31st August, and the following Saturday, 7th September.
The photographer is Patrick Blake, a professional photographer and
Cookham Dean resident, and his images reflect the beauty and variety
of our local environment.
Gallery is open weekdays during normal Elizabeth House opening times
and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
the idea of lacing up your trainers to get in shape this Winter, but
don't know where to start? Cookham Running Club's latest Couch To 5km
Beginner course starts on Tuesday September 10. The 6-week course is
lead by club coach Paddy McGrath (www.paddymcgrathrunning.com)
who has trained international athletes to medal winning success. The
emphasis is on having fun while you get fit and you will slowly
progress from jogging/walking to completing a 5km at the end of the
course. An 'Improvers' course for those with a little running
experience starts on Wednesday 11 Sept for 6 weeks. Both courses cost
£30 and include a 3 month trial membership of Cookham Running Club,
weekly schedules and feedback and entry to a 5km at the end. For
details email email@example.com
or visit www.cookhamrunningclub.com
RUNNING CLUB WELCOMES JUNIORS
RUNNING CLUB is launching a junior section in September 2013. Since
its launch in 2010 the club has become a thriving club at senior and
veteran level and takes part in local road leagues and many other
races. This season members will be participating in the Chiltern Cross
Country League which offers age group races from Under 11 upwards. The
club would like to welcome boys and girls who are no younger than 10
and no older than 15 on August 1, 2013 to join their training groups.
Junior coach will be Peta Bee who has UK Athletics qualifications, a
degree in sports science and was a former international runner. She
will be supported by our other England Athletics-qualified leaders,
all of whom are CRB-checked. Training sessions
will be on Tuesday evenings 5.30-6.30pm and Saturday mornings at
10.30am Please email Peta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for details. Annual junior subscription, which includes EA
affiliation, coaching, race entries and a club vest is £30. More
information about the club is on www.cookhamrunningclub.com
LOVELY CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY BOOK
of all ages love stickers and the Stanley Spencer Gallery has had the
unusual idea of incorporating stickers and other activities into a
special booklet which is planned to engage children in the work of the
genius artist, Sir Stanley Spencer, and may well fascinate their parents
book features many of the artist’s major works and includes tasks such
as matching stickers to pictures, making patterns and drawings, and
adding ‘Think and Say’ comments in response to little questions
posed. The book takes the
child in a wholly absorbing way through some of the key features of
Spencer paintings, culminating in the task of creating a ‘Picture of
People I Love’, borrowing a few ideas from Stanley Spencer.
The book is suitable for children aged from 7 - 12, and can be
tackled by each age group in their own way. There are competitions for
‘Best Completed Activity Book’ and ‘Best Picture of People I
Love’, with a closing date of 8th November 2013.
book helps make the Spencer Gallery a lovely, low-cost, family-friendly
outing. It costs £2.50 and
there is also plenty of free material in the Gallery to keep children of
all ages happily occupied.
to see the extracts from the booklet and find out more.
MAGAZINE FOR COOKHAM MUMS
of online glossy lifestyle magazine for
– the ideal destination for yummy mummies wanting to live country life
to the full
along to the launch on Friday 27th September at
3.45pm. Parents enjoy a drink at the bar, while the kids get stuck into
a free Mucky Monsters and Sima’s Action Kids session.
Cookham-based journalist is launching a glossy lifestyle website for
local mums. Sarah Rodi hopes Mums about Cookham
will help women in the village and surrounding areas live
family life to the full.
a new mum who has recently relocated to Cookham from the city, I knew
the area had loads to offer, but it took me a while to discover the
various playgroups and activities, best days out and child-friendly
cafes – I found my way through recommendations by friends and
word-of-mouth. I wanted to create a website specific for mums in
Cookham, Marlow and Maidenhead, who are eager to get out and about and
make friends, and enjoy the precious early years as a parent,’ says
mum of two Sarah Rodi.
also wanted to give mums of newborns to teens a chance to keep up to
date on local news, while enjoying a bit of ‘me time’ ogling the
latest family-friendly holiday destination or new pair of boots in the
Lifestyle Lounge section. I have worked on national women’s magazines
for 12 years, so decided to use my skills to create a useful guide and
community hub for local mums like me. It’s a one-stop-shop for all
your needs as a glamorous mum.’
stylish site offers news stories, a what’s-on guide,
including fun family events, clubs and activities for all ages,
plus information on playgroups, schools, shops, restaurants, pubs
and other services. The Lifestyle Lounge includes fashion, health and
beauty, travel, recipes and home interiors, buggy walks, plus a lively
social forum for mums to chat, organise meet-ups, share tips and
sell baby goods or toys within the local community.
on 27th September 2013. The launch will take place at Cookham Dean
Cricket Club from 3.45pm, with free entertainment for the children by Sima’s
Action Kids and Mucky
Monsters. For editorial or advertising queries, please contact Sarah
Rodi on email@example.com or call
CHOSEN FOR WORLD'S LARGEST ART SHOW
Stanley Spencer’s painting Neighbours has been selected as one of the nation's favourite British works of art selected from a longlist from the UK's public collections and will be part of a vast exhibition, entitled Art Everywhere, that will go on display on thousands of poster and billboard sites across the UK from 12-25 August 2013. Neighbours painted in 1936 is part of the Barbara Karmel Bequest at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham and is currently on display in the Summer Exhibition Perspectives on Love. Stuart Conlin, Chairman of Trustees Stanley Spencer Gallery said ”We are delighted to be participating in Art Everywhere which will give an opportunity for people all over the country to appreciate the work of Spencer and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the Gallery to see the original oil painting.”
ADVERTISER COUNCIL NOTICEBOARD REPORT
the Parish Council have put in an application for planning permission
for a noticeboard on the Causeway and this was met with a certain
amount of opposition from residents. The planning permission was
accepted by RBWM on 31st July and was discussed by the Parish Council
at their meeting on Tuesday 6 August with several members of the
public attending. This was duly reported in this week's Maidenhead
Advertiser. The Parish Clerk wanted to point out an error in the paper
and said "I wish to point out that the picture attached to the
article about the proposed notice board in the Maidenhead Advertiser
dated 8th Aug is only a library picture and not indicative of the
correct photo should soon be available.
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