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28 January 2015  



Not-to-be-missed fascinating elements of still unpublished letters from Stanley Spencer to his niece Daphne, 1950 - 59.  Dr Harvey reveals intriguing insights, as Spencer muses on his own habits, lifestyle and progress, also revealing his ‘Cookhamness’ and his sense of humour. Tuesday 17 February at 13.30 in the Stanley Spencer Gallery. Tickets £7.50 from Maura Carr on 01628 530181 or from the Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, SL6 9SJ.


26 January 2015  

The collections taken at Holy Trinity Church's Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Carols by Candlelight services came to a total of just over £1,700 for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service. Thank you to all who attended and gave so generously.


19 January 2015  

In 2014 six museums in the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead area embarked on an exciting project which aimed to enhance museum leaning in schools. Six museums were involved partnered with eight local schools including Cookham Dean C of E Primary School. One of the museums is the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham High Street, where students can experience visual arts. Not only does the Stanley Spencer Gallery offer talks, guided tours and walks around Cookham showing where Spencer painted some of his works, but also resources include a loan box, large illustrated and laminated boards, a PowerPoint presentation on the life of Spencer, books and archived material available to view, a child’s gallery activity sheet, postcards, prints and exhibition guides. It is also possible to consider bringing a Spencer work to a school/college by special arrangement and subject to security requirements.


Click here for more information about the project.



16 January 2015  

A leading local football coach who works with teams at each of the Cookham primary schools is launching an elite academy for school years 2-7. Sean Kelleher, who has guided pupils at Holy Trinity C of E, Cookham Dean and Cookham Rise schools for several years will oversee the Pro-Direct Academy at the new 3G pitches Furze Platt Senior School where selected youngsters will get the chance to train with expert FA/UEFA qualified coaches every Friday evening. “We run a similar centre in Reading where we have seen many young players signing for professional clubs including Chelsea, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Reading and Brentford,” Kelleher says. One of his protégées is Matt Philips currently playing with Queens’ Park Rangers and the Scottish international side. “Our Furze Platt centre aims to attract local young players that have a real passion for developing their football while playing for their local team,” Kelleher says. “We really want to enhance football quality in the local area.” Trials will be held on Jan 23rdand 30th Jan at 5.30-7pm at Furze Platt Senior School. For details and to register, contact carly.markham@prodirectsocceracademy.com or call call 01189 581556


6 January 2015  

It was with sadness that Cookham.com learnt of the recent deaths of Audrey Springate and Dr Tony Diment. 

Audrey died on New Year's Day and her funeral will be at St John the Baptist on 14 January at 11.30am. Audrey had motor neurone disease.  Audrey was well know in Cookham Dean and had been a founder member of Cookham Twinning in the early 1990s, when she went on the first trip to see if Cookham should be twinned with them. She married Cookham's poet, Mike Springate, in 2005 after the death of her husband. 

Tony died at the weekend from a brain tumour. Tony was a great athlete and loved playing golf also skiing, scuba diving, fishing and sailing. He was chairman of Maidenhead Golf Club for the last three years. He was also Black Belt First Dan in Shotokan Karate. Tony received a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from St Mary College, London and went on to work for various organisations at the forefront of technology. When he married his wife they moved to Marlow and then on to Maidenhead. He loved traveling and worked hard at improving his French. He was a member of Cookham Twinning and had visited Cookham's twin town St Benoit in France and had also hosted French visitors who had come to Cookham. In addition he was involved with many other charities including the RNLI, RBL and Cancer Research. He also gave Judith support in the many charities in which she is involved.

One tribute to Tony summed him up as ‘a gentleman and a gentle man, capable of demonstrating both passion and patience, a kind and generous man who achieved much throughout his life’ and he  will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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