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
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/
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
Tuesday, July 7th Mulugeta Gebru, the head of PFC Ethiopia in
Ethiopia, will be visiting Holy Trinity School in Cookham at
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.
RETROSPECTIVE OF WATERCOLOURS
at the Gallery at Elizabeth House
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.
exhibition is open 9am to 3pm weekdays from 29th June to 31st
July. The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.
MATTHEW, HALLO KATIE
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."
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.
A Team collect their winners’ shields
HOUSE NOMINATED AS SAINSBURY'S CHARITY OF THE YEAR
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
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.
HELEN BLESSES THE GLORIANA
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.
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.
SUBJECT OF BANKSY
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'.