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Halloween evening keeps the spirits up

(7 November 2002)

Article by Sue Mahoney

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There were no tricks – but plenty of treats – at the Cookham Society’s “Haunted Cookham” evening last week.  Held at Pinder Hall on Halloween night, the sell-out event combined ghostly stories with good food and drink to keep the shivers at bay.

Good food and wine in a ghostly atmosphere

Guests of honour were Robin and Val Bootle, co-authors of “The Story of Cookham.”  The audience of about 70 people enjoyed a selection of French cheese, baguettes and wine, whilst listening to Robin talk about some of the famous ghosts associated with Cookham.  He told of Herne the Hunter and the White Lady, both of whom have been seen on several occasions in the Whyteladyes Lane/Kennel Lane area.  

Robin Bootle talks about the ghosts of Cookham

Robin’s talk was followed by a quiz, with questions about ghosts from literature, film and history.  During the evening, members of the audience were able to share their local knowledge of supernatural occurrences, and were invited to contribute to a forthcoming book on the subject.

Sally Lloyd-Parry, with her daughter Georgie, who had organised all the food, wine and decorations

The next social event to be organised by the Cookham Society is the Christmas dinner and dance, held jointly with Cookham Twinning, on Saturday 30 November.  Tickets, at £30 each, are still available from Liz Kwantes: 01628 525130 or Sue Mahoney: 01628 810341.

Bill Spicer looks after the bar

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