Hear ye Hear ye! The Crier is always looking for things to shout about! Feel free to submit your Thoughts, Poems, Photos, Requests or anything you like to thecrier@cookham.com


16 December 2015  

Edward (age 4) just adored spreading his own jam at the Stanley Spencer Christmas Tea Time and also did a very lovely colouring of a Stanley Spencer image. This event runs to 3rd January 2016.  

Please click for details.


15 December 2015  

The Cookham Society is calling for nominations for its 2016 Design Award.  The Award is available for buildings, extensions and landscape schemes completed in Cookham in 2015.  The Award is for excellence and follows the guidelines in the Cookham Village Design Statement.
Nomination forms have been circulated with the latest Society Newsletter but may also be obtained from the Hon. Secretary, Kirsty Ward, Englefield, Poundfield, Cookham SL6 9RY (kirstytyce@hotmail.co.uk), to whom completed forms should be returned. The last date for submitting completed forms is 9th January 2016.  The winner will be announced at the Society's AGM in March 2016


9 December 2015  

Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr Fiona Hewer has written to Rt Hon Theresa May expressing grave concerns about the negative impact that certain aspects of the new Crossrail service will have on Cookham. 

Click here to see the letter


4 December 2015  

In 1955, Christmas Day fell on a Sunday. Whereas nowadays churches commonly hold their carol services before Christmas, the norm in that time (with which Holy Trinity had always complied) was to hold the carol service on the Sunday after Christmas. Sixty years ago Reverend Michael Westropp, the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, thought that was just too long to wait to celebrate the Christmas story. He decided that Holy Trinity would hold its service on Christmas Day. Unsupported by the PCC and considered madness by many, only about 7 people braved a cold evening to attend that first Christmas Day Carol Service. A man with ideas ahead of his time and not one to be scared off easily, Reverend Westropp persevered and commissioned wrought iron candle stands (made by Cookham residents Den Gale and Eddie Smyth) so that the service could take place by candlelight. And so, little by little, ‘Carols by Candlelight’ on Christmas Day caught on and grew in popularity. Just like those original candle stands, this unique Cookham tradition has endured for sixty years. No other church in the country holds a carol service on Christmas Day evening and it is still surprising to many that Holy Trinity functions beyond Christmas Day lunchtime and that anyone comes at all!

Again this year the collection is in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice and, as for the last three years, the collections for Holy Trinity’s three carol services (Advent, Christmas and Epiphany) will be combined.

All are welcome for this special part of Christmas in Cookham. It is a unique way to start your Christmas celebrations, rather than finish them. 

Holy Trinity Church





3 December 2015  

The Cookham Society is looking to co-opt new members onto the committee.  In particular we are looking for volunteers to be:-

Membership secretary (proficiency in using spread sheets required)

Minute secretary

We are a cheerful and enthusiastic group of people from a wide range of backgrounds.  Join us and become actively involved in your local community. Help make a difference to where you live!
For more information please contact: Evert Groeneweg on 01628 851003 gwenevert@btinternet.com or Lysette Penston  on 01628 473862 or l.penston@yahoo.com"

Click here for the latest Cookham Society newsletter with information on their Christmas cards.


2 December 2015  

Catie Sharples who runs a Natural Health Clinic in Lower Road Cookham and concentrates on homeopathy and scenar therapy is now offering a Drop-in Clinic on Wednesdays from 3pm - 6pm. You can just drop in without an appointment and the charge is just £15. This is an ideal opportunity for people to try out natural remedies at a very low price.

Catie Sharples, BA, BSc, RSHom

Sulby Cottage, Lower Road, Cookham  SL6 9HW

tel. 01628 530302   www.catiesharples.com 


29 November 2015  

The Cookham Arts Club is exhibiting at the Gallery at Elizabeth House in December, making a great opportunity to find a very special gift for someone.  The show, titled 'Original Art at Christmas', offers original art at affordable prices. There are paintings for sale, unframed works and cards.

The Gallery will be open weekdays 9am to 3pm (but please avoid noon to 1pm) so there's plenty of time to find something unusual for that special present this Christmas, and the exhibition will continue to the end of January.  The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise SL6 9BS.
Photo shows members of the Arts Club at the exhibition hanging: (l to r) Simoné Bonner, Satu Vartiainen, Joanne Nicholl and Jean Smithson.


26 November 2015  

The Stanley Spencer Gallery is seeking to recreate the joy of family tea time with our special event, Stanley Spencer’s Christmas Tea Time, running on most Thursdays to Sundays from 28th November to 3rd January.

Tea time was an indispensable part of Stanley’s day for family togetherness, sparkling discussion and the sharing of daily experience and values.

Visitors are invited to explore the internationally acclaimed exhibition, The Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer, at the Stanley Spencer Gallery and follow up with Christmas Tea Time at the Teapot Tea Shop, where one of the options will be the heaps of bread and jam so much loved by
Stanley. Both locations are offering concessionary rates to make the outing especially attractive for the Christmas season.

For children, activity sheets and colouring are free of charge at both locations.

Tickets from the Stanley Spencer Gallery or on-line (click here)

Click for further detail.


24 November 2015  

Several of the Gallery volunteers journeyed to deepest Wales last Saturday to join Shirin Spencer (Stanley's daughter) for the celebration of her 90th birthday. Despite her great age she still bounces around more like a nine-year-old and additionally spoke lucidly at length without any notes. She clearly still plays a very active role in her community where she is loved by all. Typical of her generosity she refused the idea of any gifts but instead invited representatives of all her favoured charities to set up stall in her church and accept contributions. Here she is joined by younger sister Unity for a nice cup of tea!


18 November 2015  

Journalist Sarah Parfitt and her son, Joshua recently took part in the Cookham Twinning Association trip to Saint Benoit with 12 others. So what was it like?


At the end of October, my eight-year-old son, Joshua, and I headed off to Saint Benoit in western France with the Cookham Twinning Association. Ironically, almost 600 years ago to the day, on Friday, 25th October 1415, the Battle of Agincourt took place culminating in a major English victory against France and ultimately in a divided Europe. 


   As we crossed the Channel to Saint Malo, Joshua and I reflected on how lucky we were to live in a more united Europe in the 21st Century. We also chatted about all the adventures we were about to have during our culturally and linguistically-enriching, action-packed four days. With kids in the school holidays, the fun factor is key –  il doit être amusant!


   We have been involved with the Cookham “jumelage” for the last two years, and have maintained close contact with our lovely French family – Marie-Anne, Christian, Lucie (18), Theo (16) and Baptiste (11), whom we personally nominate as France’s best ambassadors!  It is wonderful to see how the family friendship has burgeoned over the last couple of years.


   No sooner had Joshua and I walked through the door than he and Baptiste were playing on the Xbox and exchanging stories. Joshua couldn’t believe his luck! He had no idea that nerf-gun mania had spread to France or that he and our French hosts’ children shared a passion for the Rugby World Cup. A reminder that despite living in different European countries, there is more that unites us than divides us.


   Highlights of our visit included a welcome party hosted by our French hosts with a jazz band from Saint Benoit, a visit to the French theme-park Futuroscope and a trip to La Rochelle and Ile de Re where Joshua claims to have tasted “the best ever calamari and chips”. We also sampled some other French culinary delights, took some wild photos and Joshua had a cherished game of footie on the beach.


   One other great aspect of the trip is that we got to practise some French and pick up some new words and phrases from, as Joshua put it, “real French people”. It was about his age that I discovered the insatiable joy of learning a foreign language, a window to a wider world. My French is rather rusty now, but I still get really excited about using it. Every linguistic conquest is empowering.


If you are reading this, and are interested in hosting a French family next October, don’t procrastinate! It will be a life-changing experience.  We have the scrapbook and a suitcase of memories to prove it! Please contact Keith Le Page and find out more: 07715 161 069. À bientôt


17 November 2015  

On Saturday 14th November The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, accompanied by Jenny Drew on piano, performed at Eton College School Hall for the benefit of Elisabeth House Day Centre Cookham. The concert was organised by the Rotary Club of Cookham Bridge. The audience who filled the Hall was treated to an eclectic programme of classical and Welsh songs, as well as songs from shows and the First World War in which the audience participated with great enthusiasm.

At the invitation of the choir young rising musicians from the Cookham area also featured accompanied by their mentor Jean Garrett: Stephanie Foster (soprano), Alexander Garrett (cello) and Claire Murphy (saxophone).

Compère Geraint Lewis dedicated the poignant song ‘AnfonafAngel’ (Guardian Angel) to the people of Paris and the audience observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the massacre.
Musical Director Edward-Rhys Harry conducts the London Welsh Male Voice ChoirThe concert was attended by The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Mrs Eileen Quick and her Consort, Rev. John Quick. After the main performancethe Chairman of Elizabeth House Glenn Maybury thanked the Choir and the Rotary for their support. Rotary Club President Diana Phipps presented tokens of appreciation to the soloists, Compére and musical director Edward-Rhys Harry. The concert ended with a rousing chorus of the Welsh national anthem: Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.


7 November 2015  

The latest exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House features local artist Nick Kennedy, returning to the gallery with his latest work entitled 'Islands of Colour'.  This exhibition includes the results of time spent staying on the Greek island of Thassos and on Lanzerote.  Thassos and other Greek islands are favourite locations for Nick, especially their coastlines. The colours and light in these beautiful locations influence him to produce vibrant, expressionist paintings which have been popular in the past at the gallery.


The exhibition opens on Monday 2nd November and runs to Friday 27th November.  Nick will have a private reception between 5pm and 8pm on Saturday 7th November 2015 to which you are invited.


The Gallery at Elizabeth House is open weekdays 9am to 3pm - and will be open each weekend of the exhibition on Saturdays (10am to 4pm) and Sundays (1 to 4pm), except Saturday 21st.  It is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, SL6 9BS.


3 November 2015  

‘OUTSTANDING’ staff and pupils at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, Cookham, are celebrating after gaining the highest possible result in their latest Ofsted inspection.

The village school, situated in School Lane, was deemed as ‘requiring improvement’ when the last government inspection was carried out just two years ago. But in a remarkable turn around, it scored top marks in every category when Ofsted inspectors visited the school last month and its pupils were said to be “invariably polite and courteous” and to “enjoy school and love learning”.

Judging the school as ‘outstanding’ in every aspect, the inspectors described Holy Trinity as “a happy and welcoming place with learning at its centre”. They praised the school’s executive principal, Dave Rooney, and senior leaders, led by head teacher Anna Smith, for bringing “about rapid and significant improvements since the previous inspection.”
Yasmin Thorn-Davis, chair of governors at the school, says all involved were filled “with a mixture of humility and pride” at the news. “Our school sets high standards and ensures maximum impact for all of our pupils to make excellent progress,” says Thorn-Davis. “We would like to thank all our stakeholders, but particularly our marvellous pupils for putting Holy Trinity firmly back on the map.”

The 9-page report rated the quality of teaching and learning, personal development and behaviour along with outcomes for pupils at Holy Trinity as outstanding. Early years provision was also given the highest praise with the inspectors noting that “children quickly settle into the Reception class and learn the school routines and how to get along with each other.”

Dave Rooney, executive principal, says: “I'm extremely proud of the entire team. This report recognises the exemplary work and commitment to providing the highest quality of education for all. The school has a clear vision and ambitious plans for the future. I'm excited at the prospect of getting my head down and working hard with the team to create an even better school- a centre of excellence in the heart of Cookham.”


30 October 2015  

An elderly lady had to be taken to hospital by air ambulance this morning when a bin lorry crashed into the wall at the dentists' building at St Anne's House. It seems the lady was hit by the gate which must have been thrown into the air, she is seriously injured and was taken to the John Radcliffe by air ambulance..

The road at Station Hill had to be closed while the police investigated the accident where there were five police cars checking out the incident. The road has since been re-opened.


27 October 2015  

At last we can let you all know that a cheque has been sent to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for £2150 which was raised at the Elvis evening back on September 25th.  Sorry it has taken so long to reach the final amount but all the bills have now been paid and we want to thank you all again for supporting us and just joining us for such a fun evening.  Hope  you all enjoyed yourselves and
even though I always say NEVER AGAIN who knows what will happen in a couple of years!!
Val Julie Lou and Matt


26 October 2015  

Joy O’Farrell, a Maidenhead and Cookham resident for the last 54 years died on 26 October aged 86, following a chest infection.  Joy and her husband Gerald, a book dealer who died in 2008, moved to Maidenhead in 1961 to a riverside home near Boulters Lock and remained there until the 1980s when they moved to a cottage in Cookham beside Holy Trinity Church. Joy worked in the juvenile rheumatism department at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital at Cliveden.

Joy was chairman of Maidenhead Oxfam in the 1970s, securing the lease of the shop and helping to organise the annual summer fete. She was also active in the local Amnesty International network, CND and Cookham Labour Party.  Joy featured in a couple of BBC television documentaries made by her son John O’Farrell, (the author and former Labour Party candidate for Maidenhead). She had articles published in a number of magazines, including a feature on Swan Upping at Cookham. She is survived by her children Sally, Pat, John and Ann. Her funeral will be at Holy Trinity Church in Cookham; details from F.G. Pym and Sons.  Donations to Oxfam and Amnesty International.


24 October 2015  

Due to massive interest from customers and residents to make life easier in the run up to Christmas ......from October 27th to December 30th 2015 you can redirect your online delivery parcels for collection to :

Seconds Out & New Too ,
High Street ,

for collection on Tuesdays to Saturday's between 9am and 6pm (or by arrangement) for the fee of £10 per collection.

Telephone 01628 850371 or email jaynemilburn62@gmail.com or mobile : 07764 949590


22 October 2015  

The Cookham Festival is a celebration of the Arts; a rich mix of music, drama, comedy, art, exhibitions and talks created and curated by the community in which we live.
We are now planning the next Festival which will be in May 2017.
From sculpture to Shakespeare, from pottery to poetry, the Festival is all about Cookham showcasing , developing or discovering a range of artistic talents.

  • Do you have an idea that you would like to see included in the next Festival?
  • Do you belong to a group that you would like to see perform, an artist you`d like on display?
  • Can you offer a venue for an event – a barn? A coach-house? A garden?
  • Do you want to take an active part in the Festival?

Get in touch! Phone 01628 525371, email us at info@cookhamfestival.org.uk or add your suggestion on the Cookham Festival 2017 Discussions section of the Cookham.com website.

Alternatively send the information below to Malcolm Stork, The Fir Trees, Maidenhead Road, Cookham, Berks. SL6 9DF.

Please contact me about the Cookham Festival. My suggestion is:...
Contact tel / email address: 


20 October 2015  

Cliveden Hotel has been awarded the AA's ultimate accolade for hotels, England's "Hotel of the Year 2015". The award recognises the efforts of the whole team at Cliveden and also the hard work that has been put in to restoring the hotel over the last two years and the world class service Cliveden offers. The accolade was awarded at the AA Hospitality Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London where a veritable Who’s Who of the hospitality world were in attendance.  The AA Hospitality Awards are considered to be the industry’s own ‘Oscars’ and is one of the unique times when the hospitality industry come together to recognise the achievements of the nations’ best hoteliers, restaurateurs and publicans.  


19 October 2015  

Unity Spencer, Sir Stanley Spencer's daughter, attended the Henley Literary Festival earlier this month to talk about her memoir, Lucky To Be An Artist, she astonished the audience by bringing out the doll depicted in the famous 1937 Spencer painting Hilda, Unity and Dolls and the mystery behind it. You can read about what she had to say by clicking here. 

The painting Hilda, Unity and Dolls can be seen at the Stanley Spencer Gallery current exhibition located in Cookham Village.


16 October 2015  

The Cookham Society is pressing the Royal Borough to ensure the Poundfield area in the village is kept free from development in its new Local Plan.  The Society has sent a formal request to the Borough that the Poundfield site be designated a Local Green Space under recent government guidance.  It has also set up a petition supporting the request and is urging as many people as possible to sign, since it believes the issue is crucial in defending the character of Cookham.  Local people can sign up on the Borough’s website at: http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/Poundfield. They can also sign a petition sheet which will be made available by representatives of the Society outside  the Railway Station and by Barnside Motors from 10 am to 5 pm on 16th and 17th October.


13 October 2015  

Tom Denniford retired as Cookham Society chairman at yesterday evening’s meeting, after several years of hard work supporting the many projects in Cookham..  Tom's place has been taken by Evert Groeneweg (pictured), who has lived in Cookham for some years, while Lysette Penston has taken on the role of vice-chairmanship.

Tom say "The Society is in good shape, with membership at record levels, which underlines its continuing relevance to local people, and I have been delighted with the initial response to our current campaign to get the Poundfield area identified as a Local Green Space in the review of the Borough’s local plan."


9 October 2015  

Cookham Rise Primary School in High Road have received the Golden Award for Cookham in Bloom. They were presented with the prize by Councillor Fiona Hewer chairman of the Parish Council. The school also won the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Award for their eco friendly gardening area. The Mark Mattock's Cup is a prestigious prize awarded to the primary school, within the area of Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire. A lot of the thanls went to Julie Armstrong, who is a teaching assistant at the school, and has worked tirelessly with the children to create a really eco friendly environment. Children even grow vegetables, fruit and flowers that are used in school meals or are taken home by pupils. They also have compost bins, water butts and a hedgehog kennel.



8 October 2015  

The Elvis Night was a great success and I hope everyone had a really good time It was such a great atmosphere and I think I can safely say Pinder Hall was rocking. Scott Elvis really does make sure we all join in and he is always such fun.  The food was apparently delicious I didn't actually get round to eating anything  and only managed one bottle of water and half a glass of red wine!!  Still well worth while as we have made at least £1500 for Leukaemia (now called Bloodwise) and as soon as I receive the bill for the catering which I am still waiting for I will update the website with the final amount.  Thank you all for supporting Leukaemia.


Val Julie Lou and Matt Eckett


5 October 2015  

As you may or may not be aware a working committee was formed 6 months ago in accordance with a directive from the Parish Council .
The aim of the committee was to analyse sustainability and growth of businesses and the vitality of Cookham High Street .

We have been and continue to work on a selection of ideas aimed at promoting footfall,accessibility and vibrancy of our High Street.
One of the main ideas we have been collaborating on is the creation of a Cookham website that is aimed at increasing tourism and trade and provides each individual business with an opportunity to promote their services .

We are delighted to announce the creation of www.beinspiredbycookham.com in association with The Chartered Institute of Marketing who have sponsored the project.


2 October 2015  

Cookham is to have a new reporter for the Cookham pages of the Maidenhead Advertiser. Grace Witherden. Katie Mercer the current Cookham page reporter says "It is with sadness that I must let you know that I am no longer the Cookham reporter at the Maidenhead Advertiser. It’s most definitely nothing personal, and I promise it is nothing to do with the anticipated stench from the (possible) future chicken farm!. There has been a bit of a re-shuffle at ‘Tiser Towers and as a result, I will now be reporting on Slough news for the Slough Express. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to know this lovely village and made me feel welcome.  It’s been short but very sweet!."

Grace has been at the Advertiser since August, but was previously just covering Maidenhead news. She can be reached on 01628 678236. Please do let her know of any news, events, issues or stories that you would like covered in the Advertiser.


30 September 2015  

The October exhibition at The Gallery, Elizabeth House features another group of local artists.  The Wednesday Group describes itself as "an untutored enthusiastic group of some ten painters, part of the Maidenhead Painting Club, who give each other support, encouragement and challenge in order to further our talents and the enjoyment of our art. We also laugh a lot and have fun!"

They comprise a range of style and media, including oil and acrylic, and the show will display recent works by the group members.  And look out for their treatments of light and water.  As with several of the gallery's recent exhibitions, this latest show is a clear demonstration of the abilities of our many local amateur artists - and an inspiration to others to take it up!

The exhibition opens this weekend (3rd and 4th October) and later weekends from 10.30am to 3.30pm - and weekdays between 9am and 3pm until Friday 30th October.  The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.

 The artists will hold an open evening on Saturday 10th October
  between 5 and 7pm, to which all are welcome. 


29 September 2015  

Jan Wickens, who is well known in Cookham for her pilates and yoga classes, has set up the Cookham Studio in Whyteladyes Lane which is purely for her classes. The Studio has  heated flooring, is  fully equipped and even has a sedum roof. So if you want to join a session give Jan a call. www.pilatesandyoga.co.uk


22 September 2015  

Cookham Reach Sailing Club has launched a project to raise £2,000 to install a defibrillator on the tow path by the club.  The defibrillator will be there for the benefit of all river users, club members and the whole Cookham community 24/7. 

click here for more information


18 September 2015  

Thousands left the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead during the Great War, never to return. One of the enduring legacies we have of their sacrifice is the names on 200 war memorials in Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding villages.

A Heritage Lottery Funded project, a team from the Royal Borough has been working with residents of all ages to uncover the stories of the people who gave their lives. Cookhamite Marta Makowska has been doing research on the soldiers on the Cookham First World War memorials for the  project.  

There are several talks and walks that have been organised. Click here to see the brochure.


16 September 2015  

Cookham will now have its very own Independent Funeral Directors G.L. Skinner & Sons at Westbury House, Lower Road.
Gary Skinner, who is the owner of the new premises and his team are there to serve the community and would very much like you to feel free to call in for a chat and say hello.
A Macmillan coffee morning is planned on Friday 25th September from 10am – midday.  Inspired Goodbye Bereavement cards will also be on sale. Everybody is welcome.


10 September 2015  

The Gravity Grand Prix is Cookham’s second best attended event each year. We are now in our ninth year. In the last few years it has attracted over 2,500 to a free family afternoon charity event in Cookham Dean. On Saturday 13th September it starts at 1:00 pm. Never heard of it well just enjoy this video on www.Gravitygrandprix.co.uk 

It starts at 1:00pm and ends with the winner presentations at around 4.30pm

The event is entirely run by volunteers as are the 30 entrants who have built their soapbox karts to run down the road. 

The event is supported by local businesses. The Jolly Farmer and Uncle Tom Cabin pubs will be having live music after the event. 

We all give our time freely enabling us to donate all of the revenue (less costs) to charities and good causes. The main beneficiaries are the Air Ambulance who have from previous Gravity Grand Prixs received over £70,000.

There is a lot of fun to be had for families and what is one of the few free family days out. 


8 September 2015  

It is with great sadness that cookham.com heard of the death of Gordon Harris from Cookham Dean on Sunday 31st August. Gordon lived  in Cookham all his life and loved the village. He remembers collecting Tom and Geoffrey Copas from school when they were children. Gordon could often be seen driving around in his Toyota pick up which he used to help out Geoffrey Copas. Gordon had been a member of the Parish Council for many years and was chairman of the Footpaths and Open Spaces sub Committee. He was very keen on Cookham in Bloom and used to go round the village tidying up before judging took place. He had an allotment in Cookham Dean, although he was not quite organic much to the consternation of his green allotment neighbour. In 2013 the Harris-Woodbridge Nature Reserve was set up west of Alleyns Lane allotments, in honour of Gordon and Pat Woodbridge for their services to the Parish Council. The Nature Reserve can now be used by schools and youth groups. Gordon was one of the true characters that makes Cookham such a vibrant place to live and will be sadly missed. Condolences go to to his wife Jean and his family. His funeral will be held on Monday, September 21, at 2.30pm at St John the Baptist Church in Cookham Dean.


2 September 2015  

The South Chiltern Gardening Group run trials each year which are currently organised by Cookhamite Liz Kwantes. This year Liz decided to have Courgette Tromboncino, Tomato 100s and 1000s and Electric Daisies. The Tomato 100s and 1000s  is advertised as “probably the world’s most prolific tomato” and seems to have taken over trialists ' greenhouses, even the outside ones were enormous. The Electric Daisies, which are edible. taste like a jolt of electricity with a touch of citrus candy and can be used for cooking. One trialist said "my mouth started to tingle and my lips went sort of numb, then the taste changed and it was sort of a sweet taste. The whole experience must have lasted about 3 minutes. It was an electric moment”. Its traditional use has been in treating toothache, mouth ulcers & sore throats for centuries. The courgette have been described as Triffids by some trialists. They grow upwards rather than outwards and produce some very impressive courgette as can be seen in this photo of Liz.


25 August 2015  

Elizabeth House has a bottle tombola at the Cookham Regatta on 5th September and we need your bottles!  We'd really appreciate getting any bottles for this, especially alcohol but not just.  If you can spare one please drop it in to Elizabeth House as soon as possible and help our local day centre.


13 August 2015  

A well known face in Cookham and also a well known artist in Britain, Juliette Palmer RBA who lived in the Pound with her husband Dennis, sadly died on 2 August. There will be a Gathering to Remember Juliette on Thursday 20 August 2015 at 1.30pm at Cookham Parish Centre SL6 9SP (Close to Cookham Church and the bridge)


Normal dress please


Flowers or donations to RSPCA or Save the Children to

E Sargeant & Son Funeral Directors

12-13 Colonnade

High Street

Maidenhead SL6 1QL


11 August 2015  

From a cookham.com reader

You may well be aware that a consultation is currently open for potential changes to the A404 Bisham roundabout. Two out of the three options add traffic lights to the junction, but option 2 has some far-reaching effects on traffic flows in the West side of Maidenhead, Cookham Dean, and Bisham. If you live in or drive through those areas, you will be affected if it goes ahead!

Unfortunately, the consultation document describes the option poorly, so that the impacts of this change are not at all clear. It describes it as a Left In, Left Out junction with no right turn from Bisham. It says nothing about changes to the A308 in the leaflet, nor is there any recognition of any traffic impacts other than Bisham. You have to read the full document to find any information at all. 

Please click here to take a look at the leaflet which explains clearly what option 2 entails and feel free to spread the word


4 August 2015  

Residents may well have wondered why work has not progressed on the Cookham Dean War Memorial, which was scheduled to commence following the Cookham Festival.


The answer relates to the complexity of this particular War Memorial and the process of reaching of final agreements with the War Memorials Trust, who are providing the major part of the Grant.


Although the Grant of £30,000, covering in the order of 65% of the cost of the works, has been firmly awarded, there was a genuine, heartfelt, non-rancorous difference of opinion in relation to certain aspects of the work to be undertaken.  All such differences needed to be resolved before a contract could be placed for the work.


The most important issue was the question of the World War 2 plaques fitted to the upper plinth on the east and west elevations of the War Memorial.  The Parish Council’s proposal had been that all bronze plaques should be removed because they were ‘enforced’ solutions to problems of unexpectedly rapid weathering, in which rather detrimental low-cost options had been selected in relation to the quality that might be expected of such plaques.  This view was held by the architect and the stone masons, and the Parish Council concurred with it.


The War Memorials Trust, however, held the view that, because in the case of the WW2 plaques in particular, there was no ’original engraving’ beneath these, they needed to be treated as ‘original’ in a way that the WW1 plaques did not.  Therefore, they should remain present, even though they had not been the preferred option at the time the decision was made to install them.


A direct quote from the Parish Council Minutes (Nov 1946) was given on page 5 of our Proposal, as follows.

“Mr Dodds reported that he had been in touch with a stonemason who gave the opinion that the stone was too weathered to be engraved with further names.  The best proposition was to engrave on inset bronze plaques.  …”


The War Memorials Trust have now very carefully considered this matter further in discussion with Historic England and have reached the conclusion that we may proceed with removal of the WW2 plaques, and with re-engraving the WW2 names, but subject to our using that part of the already-available funding contributed by others for this purpose.  Such a solution is entirely acceptable to the Parish Council, since the balance of funding has already been provided by the Borough Council and by the community.


However, it was also suggested by the Trust that we might wish to make a final check on the view of residents and we do feel this is appropriate as these matters are very sensitive.


The War Memorials Trust state their position in the following words:


“We fully appreciate that, aesthetically, you may feel the WW2 plaques detract from the appearance of the war memorial, but this cannot be a consideration for the parameters of this funding scheme.

 The plaques are legible, they are performing their intended function and, by their very existence, tell the continuing story of the memorial and the community it represents. They are part of what gives the memorial its historic interest and communal value. For these reasons, we would strongly encourage you to keep the WWII plaques rather than replace them.”

The Parish Council is happy to take any community views into consideration on this matter, and we would ask anyone who wishes to express a view to contact the Parish Clerk by 14th August on 01628 522003 or cookhamparishcouncil@outlook.com


4 August 2015  

ELVIS is back by popular demand on Friday 25th September 7pm  11pm tickets are available now from me. I have kept the price the same as two years ago at £20 which is great for a 2course meal, Elvis entertainment, raffle and licensed bar.

All proceeds go to LEUKAEMIA & LYMPHOMA RESEARCH so please come and support a good cause and have a fun evening.

Please ring Val Eckett on 01628524561 or 07751453732 alternatively you can  e-mail: val.eckett@hotmail co.uk for tickets.


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27 July 2015  

Dr Mariette Grant has joined forces with a new laser clinic in Cookham to offer private medical consultations and cosmetic procedures. Dr Grant, who lives in Marlow, offers aesthetic treatments including Botox, filler injections and thread facelifts as well as private GP appointments, joint injections, travel vaccinations, mole checks and skin tag removal. She offers the treatments at The Laser Clinic Cookham, in Cookham High Street. The clinic opened in May and also offers the following laser treatments: tattoo removal, hair removal, age spot and thread vein removal and carbon skin rejuvenation. The laser treatments are performed by Wendy Lynch, who owns The Laser Clinic Cookham. Dr Grant says “I had been working as a GP in Henley for 5 years when I decided to do more freelance ophthalmology work at Harley Street as well as cosmetic procedures and private GP consults. I came across the Laser Clinic in Cookham firstly to have treatment for my thread veins. Wendy and I got talking and we decided that our different treatments would really complement each other and we also have the same approach to bespoke client care.”

Wendy adds “Mariette and I really believe in the one-on-one client-based approach. We won’t be hiring staff – clients will either be seen by myself for laser treatments or by Dr Mariette for her cosmetic and medical treatments. We also believe in charging affordable prices for highly professional treatments. Local residents will no longer have to travel into London to get their moles checked or for laser or cosmetic treatments.”

The clinic has recently been awarded accreditation by Save Face – an independent national register of safe cosmetic practitioners.
More information about treatments and prices can be found on the clinic’s website: www.lasercookham.com


19 July 2015  

Hazel Powell and Christine Taylor would love to receive favourite recipes from Cookham Cooks for a cook book to be published in time for Christmas.  The book will be sold locally to help raise funds for Holy Trinity Church activities.  The recipes can be for starters, mains, sides,desserts,cakes, biscuits, dips and drinks can be emailed to hazel.powell@live.co.uk or sent to the Parish Office, Church Gate, Cookham SL6 9SP.  A snap shot of the cook would also be welcome to include in a photo montage inside the book.


15 July 2015  

Supporters of Cookham’s much-loved centre for the over 60s voted in store and online to make Elizabeth House their preferred charity of the three shortlisted candidates.

To the delight of centre manager Lynne Hatch, Sainsbury’s Maidenhead announced that their customers had chosen Elizabeth House as their local charity of the year.  “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to make their vote count”, she said.

“We are now working together with Sainsbury’s on fundraising activities for the year ahead.”


11 July 2015  

The Bank of England are looking for depth and breadth of contribution to British values and the visual arts. Stanley Spencer’s contribution was truly astonishing - from British landscapes, gardens and architecture, to much-loved depictions of human joy and anguish, to magnificent and renowned religious scenes, to iconic paintings from two World Wars.  He was truly one of the greatest painters of the 20th Century. 


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Please don’t think, ‘OK but someone else will do the voting’.  YOUR VOTE IS NEEDED. CLICK LEFT AND IT’S ALMOST DONE.



Enterprising Year 10 boys from Claire's Court School, Maidenhead, visited the Stanley Spencer Gallery on Tuesday 7th July and immediately set up this wonderful polling station to support the choice of Stanley Spencer on the new £20 banknote.


9 July 2015  

Sarah Parfitt who visited the community of Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia to set up a community journalism project for Partners For Change Ethiopia, and as a result forged a link with Holy Trinity School in Cookham has picked up the sign from Damar Signs to send to Ethiopia.

Holy Trinity School had a special assembly yesterday because Mulugeta Gebru, the head of the charity is visiting from Ethiopia. He will take the sign back to Ethiopia.


Mulugeta Gebru - head of the charity in Ethiopia, Pete Jones - the man with the beard and the moustache; Mrs Nicol - teacher with short hair; Sarah Parfitt - lady with blonde hair 


With thanks to Emmy Costa for the photographs

Afterwards a Brain Storming session was held on Gende Tesfa and Holy Trinity link at Costa.


6 July 2015  

From 1 to 7 June was National Volunteer Week and Thames Hospice held a tea at Dorney Lake to celebrate the contribution that many volunteers have made to their organisation. One person to receive an award was Anthea Webb, who lives in Cookham Dean and is Chairman of the Cookhams Fundraising Group. Anthea received a 20 year award for a number of roles she has undertaken over that time, including serving as Chairman of the Trustees at Thames Hospice. This was very well deserved. 

Thames Hospice is looking for volunteers to join the support group. At present they are holding three events a year as well as a few committee meetings to organise these events. They would welcome anyone who loves cooking or just getting involved. If you are interested please telephone Anthea 01628 482569.’

The Cookhams Fundraising Group hold several fund raising events during the year, the latest being a talk and lunch in May.  The speaker was Frances Noble, Head of Jewellery for Bonhams Oxford who gave a fascinating talk and advised those attending about the historical background and value of their jewellery. Over £1500 was raised which will help Thames Hospice provide invaluable services to those with life limiting-illnesses in our area.


6 July 2015  

After a very long wait the fish and chip shop in the Parade opened today. It was originally the Butchers owned by Roy Gigg and shared with Deliciously French who have now moved to next door to the Cookham Surgery. Welcome to My Cod.


3 July 2015  

In March Sarah Parfitt visited the community of Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia to set up a community journalism project for Partners For Change Ethiopia, and as a result of that visit a link was forged between Holy Trinity School in Cookham (which her two children attend) and Gende Tesfa School. Not only are the children from Gende Tesfa School from poor families, many of them have parents or grandparents who have been affected by leprosy:
When Sarah was given a London Marathon press-place - and having been told that due to an injury it would be her last marathon (she has done 14) - she decided to raise money for Gende Tesfa School. Some of the children don't have enough to eat, and so funding the Breakfast Club seemed an important project. she also took part in a PE class, and the facilities were very poor, so she also decided to raise money for a sports ground (for basketball, handball, volleyball and soccer facilities). https://diaryofamarathonmum.wordpress.com/

As of today, Sarah has now raised £5,100. The money has come from friends and family and from fundraising at Holy Trinity school  who have done several events to help me (the proceeds from the Christmas performance and a Swimathon). Sarah says " I am really ecstatic!".



On Tuesday, July 7th Mulugeta Gebru, the head of PFC Ethiopia in Ethiopia,  will be visiting Holy Trinity School in Cookham at 2.30pm.

Damar Signs in Wooburn Green have very kindly agreed to make a sign from Holy Trinity School to Gende Tesfa School which  will be transported to Ethiopia and proudy displayed in the sports ground at Gende Tesfa School.The Church Social Action Group in Cookham has decided to support PFC Ethiopia. 

Well done Sarah.


23 June 2015  

July at the Gallery at Elizabeth House

Don Currell - 1936 - 2011
A Retrospective of Watercolours

We are delighted to host an exhibition of the work of Don Currell who died in 2011.  Don was born in West Wycombe and had no formal art training, other than his time at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He inherited (along with his brother Richard) the gift of drawing from his father. He experimented with oils and pen and ink, but much preferred watercolour, which suited his more pastoral style. For the last thirty years of his life, he worked exclusively in watercolours. Landscapes, flowers, things that caught his eye and imagination - including aeroplanes - make up the Elizabeth House exhibition.


The exhibition is open 9am to 3pm weekdays from 29th June to 31st July.  The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.


22 June 2015  

Luke Matthews who has been the Cookham page journalist of the Maidenhead Advertiser for quite a while now is moving on to a new role at the Advertiser. He is being replaced by Katie Mercer KatieM@baylismedia.co.uk 

Katie says "I’m very excited to start covering Cookham for the Maidenhead Advertiser and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.  Please do drop me a line any time at all with any news, events or issues big or small.  Feel free to pass on my contact details to anyone who might be interested in getting in touch."

Welcome Katie.


18 June 2015  

A triumphant weekend for Cookham Running Club culminated with an outstanding win for the club in the Purple Patch 10-person Marathon ‘26.2 Team Challenge’ in Maidenhead on Sunday, Ellie Gauld reports. Held at Braywick, the marathon relay featured some outstanding performances with the  A team, the Cookham Chargers, finishing first – convincingly ahead of last year’s winners, the ‘BA Flyers’. After the first leg, James Cotter brought the team home in 3rd place to hand over to junior member Sonny Lewis, 14, who had a tremendous leg and handed over the baton to Louise Ferriman in first place. Gary Knight brought the team home on the final leg in an impressive 2:53.2 with 12-year-old Sammy March’s time of 16:01 among the fastest leg times of the day. ‘Cookham Running Club’s B team, ‘The Also Rans’ finished in 03:59.53.


Cookham’s A Team collect their winners’ shields


16 June 2015  

Elizabeth House is one of three charities that have been nominated to become Maidenhead Sainsbury’s charity of the year for 2015/2016. If chosen, Sainsbury will help Elizabeth House to raise money and awareness in the local area.
They are launching a customer vote in-store and online; https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk during 15th – 28th June. Customers will have the chance to vote for their preferred charity of the three shortlisted. If you want to help Elizabeth House, Cookham’s Day Centre for the over 60’s, please vote for it at Sainsbury and also get your friends and family to do the same.


15 June 2015  

The Royal Barge Gloriana lead 200 boats from Hurley in Berkshire to Runnymede in Surrey over the weekend of 13 and 14 June to celebrate the eight hundred year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta was granted by King John on 15 June 1215, establishing that the king was subject to the law rather than being above it.

The Gloriana passed through Cookham on Saturday 14th June and stopped at Bellrope Meadow by the Sailing Club where Reverend Helen from Holy Trinity blessed the Queen's Barge.

Twenty three local people were chosen to relay the document including Mrs Claire Pearce. who is General Manager of Moor Hall. 

As the copy of Magna Carta was transported downstream, actors  recounted its story.

The event culminated with the unveiling of a 4m (13ft) bronze statue of the Queen at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.


8 June 2015  

Few would think of Cookham's Stanley Spencer Gallery as a place to encounter the work of Banksy, that most secretive and controversial of public artists, a modern art phenomenon, both painter and prankster, who prefers personal mystique and invisibility over the trappings of celebrity. Banksy has been described as 'the missing face from the gossip magazines' and 'the empty seat at the chat show'.

However, it was no surprise to the staff of the Stanley Spencer Gallery to be in the happy position of offering an evening on Banksy last Thursday. The key to this sold-out and much enjoyed evening was the distinguished Professor Paul Gough*, who has not only edited a recent book on Banksy**, but is well-known to the Gallery and a frequent speaker there, being also the author of several books on Stanley Spencer. These include 'A Terrible Beauty' an extensive study of British art of the Great War, and 'Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere', tracing the experiences and inspirations for Spencer's unique vision of peace and resurrection depicted on the walls of the Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere.

Despite the extreme differences in the character of Banksy's work and that of Stanley Spencer, several parallels were drawn between the two painters in the course of the evening. Professor Gough pointed particularly to the controversial nature of both artists in their own time and their determination to function 'by their own rules', even when this brought them into conflict with the authorities. For Banksy, this has perhaps been a lifetime experience - as street art and the creation of graffiti are usually 'not legitimate' and consequently the perpetrator must be especially skilled at evading personal detection. Spencer, equally determined to do things 'his own way', regularly raised eyebrows with the extraordinary nature of his work, but actual conflict with the authorities came intermittently. There are, for example, well-known instances of dispute beween Stanley Spencer and the Royal Academy, one involving the rejection of two of his paintings and another, a brush with the police for alleged obscenity.

Another remarkable parallel between the two artists is the way that both attracted astonishing numbers to exhibitions in their own localities. In 1958, despite his international repute (towards the end of 1955, a large retrospective of Spencer's work had been held at the Tate), Spencer chose to mount a very 'local' exhibition, simply to raise money for church funds. The exhibition soon, however, became a national attraction, drawing visitors and press from far and wide. Similarly in an extraordinary retrospective exhibition of Banksy's work held in Bristol in 2009, over 300,000 people queued day and night for six weeks, often in the pouring rain, to view the work of this fascinating artist.

Professor Gough told us of two questions that everybody asks in relationship to his book. "Have you actually met Banksy?" and "Does he know you are writing this book?" The answers to the first is "Possibly, but how would I know?" and to the second "Probably but why do you think it's important?" These and other frequently asked questions, he says, reveal a grudging respect for Banksy's role as a satirical spokesman on contemporary matters, and also the British fascination with the 'whodunnit'.

Professor Gough regaled an intrigued audience with a series of displayed Banksy works (see photos on page 3) amid the Spencer Gallery's own much visited current exhibition, 'The Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer'.

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