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


28 November 2017 

A short while ago we received a mail from a nice chap called Roger Hicks who lives near Honiton in Devon. He had acquired a couple of old pictures that had been bought at auction, but he did not want the pictures themselves, he just wanted to use the frames that they were in. To his surprise when he removed the back boards from the frames he found hidden behind the pictures two old Cookham Dean photos - they are amazing - one displays the team with the Maidenhead & District League Trophy and the other one looks like the lads got all dressed up to celebrate their success - looking at the team shirts I would guess the pictures were taken in the 1920s - but they could be earlier and in fact one or two Black armbands and the kit itself suggest 1910 -1914 ? we are not sure though, but what a generous thing it was by this gentleman to send the photos back to where they originated from after all this time. 


If you recognise anyone in the photo perhaps you can get in touch and share the names or stories about any of the people as this would be very interesting.


15 November 2017 


She was one of the most popular characters on Channel 4’s Gogglebox sofa until she quit the show in the summer and now she is turning her hand to pantomime. We are delighted to announce that TV celebrity Sandra Martin will be our special guest at the Media Hub in Cookham on Tuesday, 21st November.

In an evening not to be missed, the charismatic grandmother, who hails from Brixton in South London, will be in conversation with Gemma Alexander, a Breakfast presenter from Marlow FM who also co-runs the TV Training Academy at Pinewood.  Sandra will be sharing many anecdotes from her colourful life and career and be giving us an insider’s view on what it was like working on Gogglebox.

“I am really looking forward to meeting Sandra,” says Media Hub founder Sarah Parfitt. “Gogglebox is a very interesting phenomenon – who would have thought that a reality show where we watch people reacting to the previous week’s telly would make such compelling viewing? But it does.”

Sandra will be playing the Spirit of the Ring in the pantomime Aladdin at the Pearce Suite Theatre, at the Magnet Leisure Centrefrom December 9th until December 31st alongside CBeebies presenter Nisha Anil who will be Princess Jasmine.

“I have no stage nerves, I love cameras!” says Sandra, who was a comedian before appearing on Gogglebox. “It’s only five years ago that I started doing stage work and, apparently, I’ve got a built-in talent. I love the crowds, I love entertaining – I’m an entertainer – a born entertainer!”

The Media Hub is the south-east’s leading group of media professionals and includes producers, directors, writers, bloggers, actors, photographers, media trainers and consultants. Previous guest speakers have included Theresa May, Princess Esméralda of Belgium and film producer Charlotte Windle-Mikkelborg.

Sarah Parfitt says: “When we had our first gathering back in June 2013, we had no idea how many freelance media professionals there were in the area, many of whom work remotely from home. Although we all very connected because of Social Media these days, there’s nothing like a face to face catch-up. I am incredibly grateful to the businesses which have made the Media Hub the success it is today – the Bel and the Dragon, Carillion Communications, The TV Training Academy and Mah Images.

“I love how supportive all the members of the Media Hub are,” says Gemma Alexander. “There are always great speakers and you can learn from their success and everyone is always happy to share advice. I always come away from their events with new connections, ideas and opportunities.”

For tickets ckick here 


14 November 2017 

Joshua has teamed up with Keith le Page in the hope of becoming a Chess Grand Master one day. They decided that Costco was a good training ground.


3 November 2017 

Embroidery and watercolours at Elizabeth House re-opening exhibition

Plus adult and children's workshops

The Gallery at Elizabeth House reopens next Monday 6th November following a major refurbishment in the building.  The new show sees the return of the Windsor & Maidenhead Embroiderers' Guild, alongside watercolourist Martin Dutton.  Martin's work is exquisite, showing detailed buildings and landscapes, whilst the embroiderers bring extraordinary creativity and colour to their craft.  Well worth a visit.


You can get to see them this Sunday (5th) if you book into a workshop that day (10am to 3pm): there's still time to book.  It's for adults wanting to try out - or improve their skills at - machine embroidery.  There will also be a mini (‘Make a fish on a stick’) embroidery workshop for children aged 8 and above on November 11th from 2 to 3.30pm.

All equipment and materials will be provided for the latter workshop but places must be booked.  Email membership@wmeg.org.uk to book a place on either workshop.

The exhibition is open each weekday 9am to noon and 1 to 3pm and also over the weekend of 11th/12th November - 10am to 1pm and 4 to 5.30pm on the Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.  You can see it through to Friday 1st December.


The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.


25 October 2017 

Have fun while getting fitter!  Free FLexercise class in Cookham Dean on 2nd November.


On 2nd November, local fitness teacher, Pauline Clark, invites you to attend a free FLexercise class in Cookham Dean Village Hall from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. 


FLexercise combines core and body strengthening with movement to music. Low impact and suitable for all ages, no previous dance or exercise experience is needed, and participants work at their own pace.


Based on a tried and tested system, Flexercise which will help to energise and strengthen your whole body.  Developing good posture and correct body alignment, and mobilising muscles and joints to encourage full range of movement, the system will improve your fitness, energy and mobility.


Flexercise is welcoming, friendly and fun, and I hope you can join me on 2nd November at 2.30 pm, at Cookham Dean Village Hall.



24 October 2017 

In April 2012 the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham was broken into and a painting that had been lent to the Gallery was stolen. In June this year the Met Police found the painting in the home of a Kingston man who was a known drug dealer. The painting was found under a bed there, well wrapped up. The individual has been given a long prison sentence.


24 October 2017 

It is Cookham Twinning's turn to visit our twin village St Benoit in France this year. A group of Cookhamites have been there from this weekend and are probably having a wonderful time. 




17 October 2017 

Val Eckett, organiser of the Elvis Night for Leukaemia at Pinder Hall, says "I have now sent off a cheque to Bloodwise (which is the umbrella name for all blood cancers) for £2100. and have ask for it to be used for

research into Leukaemia and Lymphoma.  It will also  be added to Rons Forget Me Not fund. 

We did have a great night Scott - as Elvis - was as usual brilliant joining in everything from serenading various people helping with the raffle

and generally making the evening good fun for everyone.   I  certainly couldn't do it without my family Julie, Lou and Matt and their other  halves

as well as all my fab friends who turn up and then help out as well.  Thank you to all of you.

Will there be another one in 2019 ..........who knows ..........just watch this space.


2 October 2017 

A team from Cookham Rise School...staff, parents, children and pets (mostly dogs! took part in the Maidenhead Boundary Walk on Sunday 1 October 2017 which they completed. CONGRATULATIONS to the team.


22 September 2017 

COOKHAM Running Club junior coach, Peta Bee, has been shortlisted for a major athletics coaching award. Peta, who founded the club in 2010 and added a junior section 4 years ago, is shortlisted in the British Milers’ Club Coach of The Year award 2017 both for her achievements both as a coach and for services to coach education as the Performance Editor of Athletics Weekly magazine. She writes twice weekly in The Times newspaper about fitness, nutrition and sports science. 

The British Milers’ Club was founded in 1963 and has been instrumental in supporting the careers of many GB international athletes and Olympians. Other coaches shortlisted alongside Peta for the award include Geoff Wightman, who coached son Jake to an IAAF Diamond League victory and a semi-final place in this year’s IAAF World Championships 1500m, and James Thie, coach to 5 British internationals and a UK senior champion.

Cookham Running Club now has around 100 junior members who amassed 16 county representative vests between them this year. Peta works alongside Paddy McGrath, a former Ireland international, and six other coaches to plan training and guide the youngsters. “I am very surprised and honoured to find my name in such impressive company,” she says. “My passion has always been to get more children enjoying the sport of athletics and getting the best out of themselves. There’s no greater reward than watching them improve and have fun.” For more information about Cookham RC junior and senior sections, visit www.cookhamrunningclub.com


19 September 2017 

The Gallery at Elizabeth House opened its doors to the Cookham & Maidenhead Art Trail last weekend and welcomed around 100 visitors.  The exhibition by the local Wednesday Group continues to 6th October and has a further special weekend opening this Saturday, 23rd September from 10.30 am to 1pm.  Otherwise it's the usual weekday opening times (9am to 3pm with a break between noon and 1pm).  Call in to see some great landscapes as well as more abstract work.  The works are for sale with commission going to Elizabeth House.


Photo shows two Wednesday Group members, Gill Warren-Price (left) and Tess Marsh, with their work.


13 September 2017 

Have you ever thought of joining in with Cookham's visit to our twin village St Benoit in France? A group of Cookhamites will be going to St Benoit, near Poitiers, on Saturday 21 October to Tuesday 24 October 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity of making friends for life not only in France but also Cookham. Your only cost is actually travel to and from St Benoit and you can possibly join up with other visitors. Twinning is open to any age, families and individuals and you will stay with our French hosts. You will be assured of a wonderful few days. 

If you would like to know more contact Keith le Page keith_le_page@hotmail.com



7 September 2017 

Countryside has been selected by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to be the council's joint venture partner to deliver a multi million pound regeneration of Maidenhead town centre.

You will be able to view the prospective plans in detail, learn more about the wider vision from the development team, including architects , as well as giving your feedback on the plans for improving the town centre.

On Thursday 14 September  3.30pm - 7pm, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 12.00pm - 5pm.

At: Unit 43 (opposite H Samuel next to Poppies) Nicholsons Shopping FCentre, Maidenhead.



9 August 2017 

It’s about a month since the 100 year old Lime tree at the junction of Alleyns Lane and Dean Lane was felled because of damage to it’s tree roots.  You’ll remember that the drainage contractors dug a trench across the small green and through the Lime’s fine network of roots, and then they cut straight through the electric mains.  South East Electricity had to come in to repair, and they caused more damage to the root system as they were trying to reconnect us to the network – hence we lost the tree.  The drainage contractors were required to apply for permission from the RBWM (as the landowners), to dig the trench and, in doing so, they should have been given a Root Protection Area (RPA) to map out a safe dig.  There are questions regarding what was requested, issued and followed in this process, and the RBWM planning enforcement team started an investigation.  We have a single point of contact in the RBWM and I have asked three times now for an update of their investigation - with no further information yet.

However, better news is that the missing memorial plaque has been located – rescued by one of the neighbours opposite, so we will be able to replace this when the time comes.  The owner of Reddaways has also been consulted on what to replace the Lime tree with, and after help from the Cookham Wildlife Supporters, has settled on another deciduous tree called a Wild Service tree.   It is a native tree but rare now, and has both flowers and fruit.  So it will provide interest all year round and be an excellent habitat for nature.  The fruits are called “Chequers” and are only edible after a process called “bletting” (freezing to you or I) but they can also be made into an alcoholic drink.  These fruit are thought to have given rise to the (general) pub name of “The Chequers” and it makes you wonder if there were more Service trees in this area at some time, thus giving us our own “Chequers” pub, further down Dean Lane.

I also want to share with you the kindest offer that we all have received.  I had an email from a lady whose husband is an expert wood carver.  He has offered to carve something "for the village" from a piece of the felled tree.  I approached the RBWM immediately, but was so disappointed to hear that the wood had all been disposed of, and they suggested that it was not ideal for carving.  This however, is the response from someone who really knows:

“Thank you again for your reply and it is very sad that the wood has gone as it would have been a lovely use of the tree as a memory for the village. It was just an idea that my husband had and was willing to do for the village he in no way wanted to make another issue of a very tragic situation. 
Just so that you know I have photographed a page from one of my husband's books on wood. Lime has been used for centuries by the revered carvers in history. It has lasted hundreds of years in many prominent buildings such as St Pauls Cathedral and Hampton Court. We really do not want to make an issue about this but my husband knows his woods which was why he suggested it the minute I told him about the tree. There is an element of it rotting slightly quicker than some other woods but there are pieces of lime sculpture in this country that are in beautiful condition that are over 700 years old. The tree has gone and so it is no longer possible but we did not want you to be told that it would not have been a good to use for a sculpture.
If you do want to something to mark the tree in any way please let us know. 


It is such a lovely thought and I was really upset that we could not pursue it – unless any of you have any ideas as to how we may progress?  I don’t suppose that anyone, anywhere picked up a lump of tree trunk? 

Photography show at the Gallery at Elizabeth House: the power of digital

27 July 2017 

Our next exhibition at Elizabeth House opens on Monday (31st July) and features work by 16 of the best local photographers. You will see a wonderful range of landscapes and other subjects, mainly taken in the Thames Valley but extending to Italy, Iceland and the Far East. The exhibition runs till 1st September.

In addition to the usual weekday opening hours (9am to 3pm) there is a special open evening next Tuesday 1st August, from 7 to 9pm, to which all are invited.

All the images are captured, processed and printed digitally, demonstrating how - in less than twenty years - digital photography has equalled film and the darkroom in the clarity of images and longevity of prints. Although none of the selected images were taken on a phone, there is no reason why a smartphone, used thoughtfully, cannot be used to produce exhibition-quality pictures. The low cost of entry to digital imaging has led to a surge in membership to the best camera clubs, including our local Maidenhead club. So come and be inspired!

The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.


18 July 2017 

A farewell party was held last Wednesday at the Cricket Club to say goodbye to Barry the Cookham Station Master of eighteen years.

Barry said 'A big thank you to everyone who came to the cricket club on Wednesday, to make my retirement party so special. I am so grateful for the gifts,cards and very generous donations.

I will always have fond memories of my time at Cookham Station.'


9 July 2017 

Comedian Maureen Younger was the special guest at the Media Hub 4th birthday celebrations in Cookham last Wednesday. She shared lots of colourful anecdotes about gigging on the mainstream urban and gay comedy circuits in the UK and incredibly also gigging in German in Germany.

"Becoming a stand-up comic has also brought home to me how entrenched certain stereotypes and assumptions are and I always welcome any opportunity to knock those on the head," said Maureen, who grew up a strict Presbyterian working-class enclave in North London and then discovered her passion for different cultures while working in Austria, Spain, Germany, France and Russia.

After the presentation at the Bel and the Dragon in Cookham, Media Hub members were invited to have a social catch up with other industry professionals, whilst enjoying some of the canapes. There were birthday cakes galore on offer thanks to Cutsie Cakes and the Bel and the Dragon.

"I thoroughly enjoyed talking about MY Comic Life. It is always interesting to see the take of other people from what has happened in your life and the different ways your experiences resonate with people. Not forgetting that all the cake on offer was definitely an added bonus," said Maureen.


2 July 2017 

As you may have heard, Barry Haines is retiring after helping the community at Cookham Station for 19 years. Barry didn't just do his job - he excelled at it. He was the friendly face at the start of a long day in London for many commuters or a family day-out and he was on first-name terms with many of his customers. In short, Barry exemplified a level of customer service rarely seen these days and he will be missed by us all.

A farewell evening is being arranged for Barry at Cookham Dean Cricket Club on Wednesday July 12th from 7pm. Do come along! The Stationery Depot in Cookham is organising a collection for him, and a large card has been left in Costa for people to sign. Come on Cookham - let's get Barry's retirement off to a good start!


29 June 2017 

WiFi is now live across the town centre of Maidenhead, so whether you live in the town or are just visiting, look for RBWMFreeWiFi and get online for free!


7 June 2017 

This weekend 12 members of Cookham Running Club will be taking part in the gruelling 160 mile Wolfpack Relay from Twickenham to Cardiff. 
It is the UK's longest point to point non-stop relay on foot. Armed with just a map and a compass they will heading west from Twickenham just after 3pm, up the Thames Valley, across the Chilterns, the North Wessex Downs, over the Severn Bridge before working our way across South Wales to the centre of Cardiff. They hope to arrive in Cardiff around 5.30pm on Saturday if everything goes to plan.
We will be raising money for two amazing charities - Prostate Cancer UK and PFC Ethiopia which helps children in poor communities in Ethiopia (www.pfcethiopia.org). 
You can find more information here: http://www.wolfpackrunning.com/latest-info


30 May 2017 

At the current exhibition at the Stanley Spencer Gallery, there is a celebrated portrait by Spencer of his lover Daphne.   She is wearing a jaunty hat in the painting and there was a replica for visitors to try on during the Cookham Festival.   There was also a replica of the straw hat featured in another of Stanley’s paintings  Adele Weiner tries both of them on.


26 May 2017 

It seems that travellers are back again on Marsh Meadow after their visit last year. It seems that they were previously camped at Wooburn Green and had been moved on. The police appear to be checking on the situation.

Some more information can be seen on the Cookham Discussions.


24 May 2017 

Brent Tyler has has just launched his book called  ‘Cookham To Cannes.’ on 13th May 2017. As the title suggests, the book opens in Cookham and goes on to tell the story of how Brent and his wife, Debbie come to live and work for the rich and famous in the south of France.


19 May 2017 

On Sunday 14th May at the Odney Club there was a fun-filled day, singing pop, rock and music from the shows, culminating in an informal short concert for friends and family at 4pm. Under the musical direction of Russell Scott, the workshop was for singers of all abilities. Russell has 35 years of experience and gave tips and tricks for vocal technique, blend and balance.


18 May 2017 

Come along to this fun mask making workshop followed by a ceremony in the Wild Wood, Cookham Dean on Saturday 20 May 2017 to speak on behalf of nature. Adults and children over 9 welcome. 10.30am - 1.00pm. Tickets £8 from Cookham Festival box office at the Stationery Depot.

What would the natural world say? A chance to share our hopes and fears for the natural world and other species. 

As part of Cookham Festival we are running a creative workshop and ceremony to help people make connections with nature and speak on nature’s behalf. 

During the workshop and ceremony we will:

· Let a nature being choose you
· Make a mask to represent that nature being
· Speak on behalf of your nature being

A nature being might be an animal, tree, river or any aspect of the natural world that you are personally drawn to. We will make masks to wear, then parade in silence with drumming to Quarry Wood for the nature speaking ceremony (15 minute walk).

Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available at the hall. This is for adults, plus accompanied children of 9 years and over are welcome. Limited to a maximum of 25 people. All tickets £8 - tickets must be purchased in advance as this is a Cookham Festival event. This will be a very popular event so please secure your ticket as soon as possible. Booking details can be found here - http:// www.cookhamfestival.org.uk/


17 May 2017 

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, was asked last week who was her favourite artist by sixth formers from Claire's Court, Maidenhead. She replied that it was Sir Stanley Spencer who has done many paintings of Cookham where he also lived.


The Prime Minister has been lent a Stanley Spencer painting for No10 Downing Street, to enjoy.  


16 May 2017 

Cookham Dean FC have a massive game of Football on Saturday 20th May so if Rock The Moor is not your thing then why not pop over to Reading to support the local football club in their quest to win the Berkshire Trophy at Reading FCs magnificent Madejski Stadium.
Cookham Dean as Cup holders face the newly crowned League Champions Reading YMCA in the Thames Valley Premier League's showpiece cup Final this weekend as the Cookham lads try to halt YMCA's amazing unbeaten run at Reading FCs Madejski Stadium.

The Reading side won the Thames Valley League with a record total of 70 points for the season - while the two sides also met recently in the Maidenhead Nolfolkian Cup which YMCA won 3-1  at York Road despite Cookham Dean taking the lead in front of a bumper crowd.


However Cookham Dean's Cup pedigree is extremely good and the team lifted the Trophy for the forth time in their history last season and will be keen to keep a grip on the Cup and they will not be relinquishing that hard earned title easily.


Cookham Dean will be wearing their traditional Red and Black kit for the final while YMCA will wear Blue for the TVPL's match of the season


Fixture details

Saturday 20th May

BTC Senior Cup Final

Cookham Dean v Reading YMCA

Venue: The Madejski Stadium, Reading FC 

Kick Off 2pm (The gates open from 1pm)


12 May 2017 

After visiting the Caterpillar’s Crazy Tea Party at Tarrystone let the party fun continue and visit us at the Stanley Spencer Gallery.

In our current exhibition, there is a celebrated portrait by Spencer of his lover Daphne.   She is wearing a jaunty hat in the painting and we have a replica for you to try on.   We also have a replica of the straw hat featured in another of Stanley’s paintings if you fancy something a little less formal.    

Pose with the hats on and take selfies.  We have a ‘Hats off to Spencer’ wall at cookham.com where you can post your photos too. Send your selfie to webmaster@cookham.com

Have fun and hope to see you at the Gallery soon!


3 May 2017 

The Cookham Festival comes to the Gallery at Elizabeth House in May with an exhibition of work by well-known local artist Mandy McAllen.  Under the heading 'One Artist, Three Visions', Mandy is showing mainly landscapes, representing some of the different media in which she works - watercolours, acrylic on canvas, and collage with acrylic - and including a mixed media and recycled piece entitled "Florence", inspired by a recent visit to the city.
Mandy will be on hand at the Gallery on Sunday 21st May, between 10am and 1pm,
to discuss her work.
And the gallery is open, as usual, between 9am and 3pm, with a break between 12 noon and 1pm, Mondays to Fridays.  The show opens on Tuesday 2nd May and continues beyond the Festival to the end of June.  The Gallery at Elizabeth House is on Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS, near Cookham Station.


27 April 2017 

Ursula and Imogen Downes with Carolyn Leder standing in front of Spencer’s portrait 


To celebrate the current exhibition and the hat worn by Daphne Charlton in one of the paintings, the Stanley Spencer Gallery invited visitors to wear their finest Easter bonnets, stylish hats, fashionable fedoras or comfy caps from now until Easter Monday.  


Anyone arriving at the Gallery in a hat was invited to choose a postcard from the collection of over fifty Spencer paintings to take home with them. 


According to Gallery Trustee and author of the new exhibition catalogue Carolyn Leder:  


“The woman Stanley painted wearing the hat was ebullient, vivid, larger than life andit is a brilliant idea to recognise that with a ‘hatastic’ event for the Easter holidays.“


Leading the way are Imogen Downes from Cookham Dean Primary School and her sister Ursula who made their fetching Easter hats at school on the last day of term.   They learnt about the tradition of wearing a new or fancy hat at Easter, with everyone in the school making their own hat.  Says Imogen: 


“I love the detail in the flower on Daphne’s hat and in the flower postcard I have chosen too.”


To find out more about the new exhibition An Artistic Affair: Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton you can visit www.stanleyspencer.org.uk



25 April 2017 

The Cookham Festival comes to the Gallery at Elizabeth House in May with an exhibition of work by well-known local artist Mandy McAllen.  Under the heading 'One Artist, Three Visions', Mandy is showing mainly landscapes, representing some of the different media in which she works - watercolours, acrylic on canvas, and collage with acrylic - and including a mixed media and recycled piece entitled "Florence", inspired by a recent visit to the city.

Mandy will be on hand at the Gallery on Sunday 21st May, between 10am and 1pm, to discuss her work.  And the gallery is open, as usual, between 9am and 3pm, with a break between 12 noon and 1pm, Mondays to Fridays.  The show opens on Tuesday 2nd May and continues beyond the Festival to the end of June.


23 April 2017 

Cookham's very own Lucy Fuller starred as Carmen in FAME the iconic musical at Theatre Royal Windsor last week.
Lucy stole the show with her rendition of 'In LA' in the second act and along with a great cast of mains and young dancers and singers, gives the audience a fabulously uplifting theatre visit.
Lucy is a student at Newlands Girls School who only found her voice age 11 when she won Battle of The Bands at Cookham Dean School, when she 'blew the audience away' with her rendition of Cristina Perrys - Jar of Hearts.


18 April 2017 

Elizabeth House has received £5,292.04 from Co-op members and customers.  Cookham’s club for the over 60s was one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who have benefited from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund and are making a difference in their communities.


“The remit of the award was that the funding had to be for a community project rather than specifically for Elizabeth House members”, e xplains manager Miriam Blazey.  “We noticed that many people sat on the benching outside in the sunshine but this is now 16 years old! We will replace it with a new seating, keeping the memorial plate from the original one and add some extra seating under the Hope statue. We will also upgrade the lines and the entrance and exit signs.


“Our aim is to encourage people to think of Elizabeth House as a place to sit and take a breather on a walk, and to ensure that people using the car park for community events can enter and exit more safely”. 


7 April 2017 

Cookham residents will have fond memories of the village’s own community radio station, Cookham FM, which was on air for three highly successful periods in 1997, 1999 and 2006.


The organisers of the three Cookham FM projects raised donations from the community to fund the programmes.


After Cookham FM 2006 some £8,000 remained in the fund and this was placed in a secure account to provide initial funding for anyone wishing to organise the next CookhamFM.


After 10 years there have been no proposals to run another local community radio station in Cookham and the trustees have to decide whether the cash fund should now be wound up and the money allocated to other charitable community causes in Cookham. Before taking such a decision, the trustees recognise that the money was raised with the intention of running a local radio station and invite proposals from the community to use the fund to reactivate Cookham FM.


If you would like to consider using the fund to organise the next Cookham radio station, a truly exciting and worthwhile community project, please contact: 


The Secretary, The King’s Hall Trust, The Parish Office, Churchgate, Cookham SL6 9SP.

Or by e-mail to: kingshall@cookham.com


3 April 2017 

The latest artist to adorn the walls at the Gallery at Elizabeth House is holding an open house there this Saturday, 8th April.  Lydia Pierce is local, and a member of Cookham Arts Club and Maidenhead Painting Club and her Colourscapes exhibition features a set of vibrant and expressive images of forest, sea, mountains and buildings.  The exhibition is from 3rd to 28th April, with weekday opening from 9am to 3pm (closed between 12 and 1pm).  All are welcome to Lydia's special open event.  The Gallery at Elizabeth House is on Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS, near Cookham Station.


31 March 2017 

The popular Cookham pub nestled on the banks of the River Thames, has welcomed hundreds of guests through its doors in a series of special preview events following a major refurbishment.

The Ferry on Sutton Road has undergone a significant investment that has given the popular eating and drinking spot a more colourful, contemporary and relaxed feel.

Over the last week hundreds of local residents and business guests were welcomed to enjoy a complimentary meal from the brand new menu and provide feedback at a series of preview events.

The team showcased a brand new seasonal menu featuring mouth-watering dishes including Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken and Caramelised Fig and Whipped Goat’s Curd Pizza. 

Garry Peacher, General Manager at The Ferry, comments: “The Ferry provides a hub for the local community and is the perfect spot for friends and family to get together, so we are excited to continue to do this with new, improved surroundings.

“It’s always daunting asking for feedback when there has been such an investment but the response from the local community has been absolutely fantastic on both the refurbishment and the new menu. I want to encourage anyone that hasn’t visited for a while to pop in and check out the changes – I’m sure they won’t be disappointed!”  

The makeover at The Ferry has given the bar and restaurant a lighter and brighter feel, with sanded floors and bold colours in furnishings. The function room, which is in the oldest part of the pub, has been completely refurbished with modern seating and stylish lighting, creating more flexible space for guests to enjoy a meal or hire exclusively for a private function, the perfect space for business or pleasure. 

The pub is now reopen to guests. Visit www.theferry.co.uk or www.facebook.com/TheFerryCookham for more details.


25 March 2017 

The new Stanley Spencer Gallery Summer Exhibition will be opening on Thursday 30th March 2017 until 1 October 2017. Entitled "An Artistic Affair" it is based on the affair  between Sir Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton.


Ebullient, vivid, larger than life, Daphne features in a remarkable series of drawings and paintings by Spencer inspired by their affair, many of which are on display here.  Previously unrecorded material makes this new exhibition as refreshing as it is revealing


Daphne Charlton was a compelling character who professed to have ‘no inhibitions at all’.  


She was eighteen years younger, and married when their affair began.


After divorce from his first wife and the fiasco of a failed second marriage, Stanley found a liveliness and spontaneity in Daphne that wasto be a great source of inspiration.


The famous Spencer Scrapbook drawings began at the outset of their affair and the artist was to keep them for reference for the rest of his life. Daphne features largely and we can see her going about everyday tasks from dressmaking to cutting Stanley’s nails and Fetching Shoes (on loan from a Private Collection).


The Woolshop 1939 (on loan from Tate) was the first painting to be derived from a Scrapbookdrawing.  In the picture, the high-spirited, curvaceous Daphne, with a mane of fair hair, is buying wool, assisted by a diminutive Stanley.  Spencer’s love of pattern and repeated motifs is seen in the bales of cloth on the shelves, and the convoluted skeins of wool that appear to take on a life of their own.  


The Scrapbook drawing and painting are displayed together for the first time.  


This exhibition also juxtaposes for the first time the decorative blouse, jaunty black hat and Chinese bowl (on loan from Burgh House & Hampstead Museum) with Spencer’s celebrated portrait of Daphne 1940 (on loan from Tate).


There is a brief encounter between Stanley, Daphne and Stanley’s first wife Hilda, in Village Life, Gloucestershire 1940 (on loan from The Cheltenham Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council); a Dig for Victory poster designed and signed by Spencer and Daphne; self-portraits by George and Daphne Charlton and more.


Gallery Trustee and renowned Spencer expert Carolyn Leder is the author of the exhibition catalogue (An Artistic Affair: Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton, fully illustrated, 64pp, price £8).  She knew Daphne Charlton well, shared her confidences and much enjoyed her pithy turn of phrase. 


When Daphne visited the Stanley Spencer Gallery in 1974 to see Village Life,Gloucestershire, she commented:


‘I seem to come to “life” in the Stanley Gallery (sic) surrounded by his works andexperiences.’


The affair between Daphne and Stanley began in 1939 and lasted until 1941 but they remained in touch for the rest of his life.  Exhilarating and exciting, this Artistic Affair is every bit as vibrant and vivid as the woman who inspired it.


17 March 2017 

Bel & the Dragon has won the Best Premium Food Offer Award at this year's Publican Awards. TV Presenter Jonathon Ross handed out the prizes. Bel and the Dragon were commended for its high end twists on pub classics, such as their Duck Shepherd's Pie and Roast Suckling Pig.


11 March 2017 

Dates for Cookham Running Club's latest and hugely popular beginner running courses have just been announced. These sell out extremely quickly, so please book promptly to ensure a place. All of Cookham RC's coaches are experienced runners and qualified with England Athletics. Price includes email feedback, schedules and coach accompanying you to a 5km event at the end of the course.

Hundreds of runners have now completed the course - none has yet failed to complete the 5km at the end. Could it be you next?

Evening couch to 5km with PADDY McGRATH: Starts 19th of April at 19.00 pm in the Alfred Major Rec. 6 week course. Cost £48.
Contact: paddymcrun@btinternet.com

School run/Morning couch to 5km with SARAH WALKER: Starts 21st of April at 10:00 am in the Alfred Major Rec. Cost £48.00
Contact: sarahwalker.home@gmail.com

COMING SHORTLY! Advanced running courses with SARAH WALKER. These will be held on Wednesday mornings and will introduce elements of hill running, fartlek sessions etc.


7 March 2017 

The next meeting of Cookham Wildlife Supporters is on Monday 20th March at 7.30pm and it brings the prospect of the coming balmy days of summer to take us out of our winter blues.  The topic is 'Our Local Butterflies' and the talk will be led by local  lepidopterist David Fuller.  David is a born and bred Maidenhead man whose interest in butterflies began in the 80s, joining  Butterfly Conservation and serving on several committees. Over the years he has seen all 59 of the British butterflies via holidays and trips to other counties and he says that he still gets a thrill when seeing the first sightings each year - a sensation which he is bound to convey to his audience.  He will also be helping the group in its survey work in the Cookhams.

As well as talking about the wide range of butterflies we can see locally, David will giving us tips on how to encourage butterflies into our gardens, building on what we have learnt at the Supporters' February talk about the National Gardens Scheme.

You can find further information, including the venues for our meetings, by signing up at https://www.meetup.com/Cookham-Wildlife-Supporters/  This will also ensure you get the regular newsletters.


2 March 2017 

At its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2nd March 2017, the Chairman of the Cookham Society, Mr Evert Groeneweg, announced that the winner of the  Society’s Annual Design Award for 2017 was The Niche, a new dwelling on Spade Oak Reach.

According to the Society’s assessment:

The Niche follows closely the guidelines established in the Cookham Village Design Statement (VDS) for new development in its area and is an excellent example of a new house which makes a positive impact on its environment.  Its design was based on minimising energy usage: heat required for hot water and space heating is provided by a heat pump which utilises a simple heat exchange unit submerged in the adjacent river Thames.  In addition to high specification insulation further energy saving is made by a ventilation system that captures heat from extracted air and recirculates it throughout the rooms with fresh, filtered air. The Niche benefits from its own potable water source, and has a drainage installation that treats, filters and returns cleaned water to the river. It provides a high level of comfort and space with ample natural light and harmonises well with its river-fronting neighbours.

He requested the Society’s President, Mr John Bowley, to present the Award Certificate.  Mr Bowley then presented the Certificate to Mr Carl Leighton-Pope, owner of the property, which had been designed by Mr Trevor Bownass, FRICS, of Marlow.

This is the 4th year of the Award scheme, which is designed to demonstrate that the Society welcomes developments which are in keeping with the essential character of the village. It consists of a Certificate, signed by the President and the Chairman of the Society, and a Blue Ceramic Plaque for display on the building. Further enquiries to: Pablo Dubois (pablo@dubois.me.uk) T. 01628 521002.


26 February 2017 

Bird man, Brian Clews, wonders if any one in the area collects unusual game birds? A resident of Lower Road photographed an all-white (possibly even albino) Pheasant in his front garden yesterday, seemingly oblivious of passing pedestrians and traffic. This might suggest the bird was used to people and may have escaped if a local aviary was perhaps damaged in Storm Agnes the day before. Brian says "I can't recall a record of such a specimen in Berkshire before (though Oxford and Warwickshire county records show sightings in recent years.)"..


5 February 2017 

We hung the latest exhibition at the Gallery yesterday. It's by the pupils at Holy Trinity School in Cookham village and I have to say I was truly impressed by it.  The school has been working hard through January to produce this and the teachers selected the five best from each of the seven classes and much of this work would look good in an exhibition of modern or naive art.

There is a mix of collage, painting, drawing, pastels, each class taking a different look at 'Capturing Cookham - Images from the Village'. It's definitely worth a visit. 

The show runs from this Monday 6th February to Friday 3rd March and the Gallery, at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS, is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.  You can visit during the usual Elizabeth House opening hours (9am to 3pm weekdays with a one-hour break from noon).


26 January 2017 

The collections following Holy Trinity Church’s three Carols by Candlelight services (for Advent, Christmas Day and Epiphany) raised a total of £1891.08 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all who attended and gave so generously towards the wonderful work carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support.


17 January 2017 

In preparation for the Cookham Festival Exhibition  “Peeps into Panto” Fifty years of Pantomime in Cookham, Jean Hedger and the team are looking for memorabilia which you may might have.

You may have appeared in front of the footlights or worked backstage. You may have been part of the scenery and props, costume or music making teams. Perhaps you or one of your family wrote or produced a Cookham pantomime.

Please search your attic to see if you have something you could lend for the exhibition. It could be as small as a ticket or as big as Cinderella’s coach!

CONTACT Jean Hedger  01628 603204
Email:       Jeanhedger@gmail.com



13 January 2017 

Many people from Cookham will have been saddened by the death of Brent, who has run Brent de Clippers in Cookham Rise for many years. Brent died last Saturday 7th January 2017.

His daughter Louise has said that a lot of people have asked about the funeral, but it seems that Wexham Park Hospital have got a log jam producing death certificates, particularly as Brent died at a weekend. She will let us know the funeral details when she finally obtains a copy.


10 January 2017 

Anyone with a liking for things French is invited to join Cookham Twinning’s social evening and AGM at the Jolly Farmer, Cookham Dean on Monday 20th February, starting at 7.30pm.

Once we’ve dealt swiftly with the business of the Twinning AGM, we’ll order food from the excellent kitchen of the Jolly Farmer, and partake in a light-hearted French quiz.

Following on from the successful visit to Cookham in 2016, we’ll be able to provide background to the Twinning visit to St Benoit in France that we’ll be making this year on October 21st-24th (Autumn half-term). St Benoit is in a beautiful setting, near the ancient town of Poitiers, and close to the Futuroscope theme park.

There’s no need to book for the social evening, just come along, although it would be helpful if you can drop an email to keith_le_page@hotmail.com so that we have an idea of numbers. All are welcome – bring friends!


7 January 2017 

Annette Garnham is planning to set up a Winter Wanderer Social Walk and is looking for people who may be interested. Annette aims to initially choose routes that will be pram and paw friendly of between 30 and 60 minutes duration. There will be no charge for the walks and should be a great opportunity to meet other Cookhamites. The first walk is on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 suitable for all fitness levels. Meet at 13:50pm for 14:00pm departure at Cookham Railway Station (outside ticket office). Just turn up. The walk should take about 60 minutes. 

Annette had a trial on Tuesday with one other person. She said "we both had a great time getting to know each other and enjoying the glorious weather we were lucky enough to get." 

Here are some photos of the walk.

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