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Cookham Village Chistmas Charity Afternoon 

(3 December 2000)

The shops of Cookham Village were again open on Sunday afternoon 3 December for their special Christmas Charity afternoon to help raise money for local good causes. The event had been masterminded and organised by Alison Parry of Kid 2 Kid and was opened by Bill Wyman, in spite of a bout of laryngitis, who, some of you may remember, was a member of the Rolling Stones. He brought his two young daughters with him and helped the cause by selling his autograph.

Hanne Nielsen from Denmark collects an autograph from Bill Wyman

The festivities were opened at 2.30pm and these were followed by seasonal entertainment, carol singing, a wind band, a fair organ and a clown entertainer, plus a Victorian carousel for the children.  There were stalls selling  Cookham Society Christmas Cards, the Thames Valley Hospice had a tombola and the RNLI were selling cards and gifts. The RNLI stall took a record 247,  the best ever. 

Robina Cassie at RNLI Charity stall serving Bill Wyman's daughters.

There was also lots to eat, hot chestnuts were on sale, the 1st Cookham Scouts had a barbecue and there was mulled wine and mince pies.

A Clown entertains the many children

There was a special visit by Father Christmas arriving in the Cookham Fire Engine. It was noted that he sat inside rather than on top though. There was an excellent raffle, with lots of prizes. This was drawn towards the end of the afternoon, but before this Betty Bond gave a short talk and thanked Alison Parry for all her hard work in organising the afternoon and presented her with a bunch of flowers.

The organiser, Alison Parry (centre with tinsel!) and Bill Wyman (left)

5.30pm Cookham High Street was reopened after a very enjoyable afternoon. Even the weather was good 'much better than last year' someone was heard to say.

The Zephyr Wind Band Entertains

The main charities who will be supported this year are Elizabeth House, (the Day Centre in Cookham Rise), The Children's Society and the Cookham Medical Centre Donation Fund.  Thank you to Alison for making the afternoon so successful and also for all the people who helped make it happen, the shopkeepers, the entertainers, the Parish and Borough Councils, PPP Project Management, The Odney Club, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Cookham Fire Brigade, Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, Hitachi,  the National Trust, Pike Smith & Kemp, Fine Signs and the 1st Cookham Scouts, not to mention many more. An event Cookham of which Cookham should be proud.

Les Bullion, Cookham local police officer with a colleague joins in with the festivities

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