A Museum for Cookham
(28 May 2006)
with thanks to Richard Poad
Here in the Cookhams, we have an extraordinary variety of local history, from Saxon parliaments to cartoon films at Moor Hall, from boat-building at Quarry Wood to aeroplanes landing on Cockmarsh in the 1930s. But realistically there is unlikely ever to be a Cookham Museum to explain all this; luckily Maidenhead Heritage Centre’s area of interest includes the Cookhams and all the villages which surround the town.
13 years the Heritage Centre’s volunteers have been serving the entire
local community; there have been talks to Cookham cubs and brownies,
reminiscence sessions at Elizabeth House and exhibitions with lots of
Cookham content. But until
now there has never been enough space to do full justice to local history.
Out of the blue, 12 High Street, next to The Bear, has
come onto the market and its location is absolutely perfect, the building
itself almost ideal. Here we
can preserve and celebrate local history for years to come.
Maidenhead Heritage Centre appeal has been running for 3 weeks and has
raised over £310,000, including donations from local celebrities
including Michael Parkinson and from an increasing number of Cookham
people. But the deadline for
raising another £650,000 is June 21st,
after which the owner will put the building on the open market.
If everybody who thinks that local history matters offers financial support, the appeal target can be reached. Don’t delay! Please dig deep and make a pledge today – make a big enough one and the Heritage Centre could be renamed in your honour!
make a pledge, just email your name and address and amount pledged to
Heritage Centre chairman Richard Poad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember that making a
GIFT AID donation increases its value to the appeal by 28%!
Please email Richard if you would like any further information
about the project.
For further information phone 01628 780555
or visit their website
For further information phone 01628 780555 or visit their website
Where can I find the Maidenhead Heritage Centre?
At the High Street end of King Street, between the Methodist Church and the market. Nearest car parks: Broadway and West Street.
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