GARDENS' SCHEME SPRINGS INTO LIfE
was a full house at Lea Barn in Cookham Dean for last Thursday's launch
of Cookham's Wild About Gardens Awards. WildCookham supporter Pam Campin
announced the Awards with the help of local Wildlife Trust expert Hilary
The self-assessment awards scheme - a pilot scheme which it is hoped to
spread across other Maidenhead parishes in future years - encourages
garden owners in the Cookhams to take account of 25 possible features
under four headings related to wildlife support - food, shelter, water
and general garden management. You can download the assessment form at
www.wildmaidenhead.org.uk/wild-about-gardens or collect a copy from the
Stationery Depot in Cookham Rise. Depending on the number of features in
a garden, bronze, silver and gold awards are on offer - all to be
presented in October.
Pam and Hilary stressed the importance of gardens to supporting our
biodiversity, given the dramatic fall in diversity overall following
increasing urban development and intensive agricultural practices.
Cookham, Pam said, can show the strength of its community, and its
commitment to making Cookham a wildlife-friendly community, by making a
real success of the new scheme. She also stressed that the awards
criteria are a great way to get some simple ideas about how to encourage
Cathy Costello, on 01628 485246, can be contacted for more information
about the awards.
to r) Pam Campin, Hilary Phillips, Cathy Costello and David Norris)
MAKES THE FRENCH PRESS
Timmy Mallett is half way through his
journey to Santiago de Compostela. He has been making the most of his
mammoth cycling trip by painting pictures of the various scenes he has
come across on the way.
He has even made the French press. Click
- A COMMUNITY THAT IS PROUD OF ITS WILDLIFE
Easter behind us and Spring in the air at last, it's time to get busy
making our gardens fit for wildlife. First step is to come to
WildCookham's meeting next Thursday,
12th April, to hear about Cookham's Wild About Gardens Awards
launched this month, and to get useful ideas and tips from Hilary
Phillips of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. The Awards will
be presented later this year to local garden owners based on the number
of wildlife-friendly features in your garden - and you have between now
and the end of June to submit the very simple self-certification form.
can also get full details about the Awards at the meeting and join up if
there's been a lot of interest in the Awards and the organisers hope
that we are on the way to making Cookham a Community that's Proud of its
details of the meeting are on the WildCookham Meetup site (https://www.meetup.com/
WildCookham) or email email@example.com
to confirm you plan to attend.
Jean Stretton's funeral will be held on 4th
of April at the Parish Centre next to Holy Trinity Church. It will be at
DEAN SPRING CLEAN
On Saturday 7th
April, the Cookham Dean Village Club are getting together with The
National Trust and as many Cookham based organisations as we can raise,
to have a 2 hour litter pick. Meeting up at 9:45 at the Village
Hall and returning for refreshments at mid-day, we hope to get enough
people involved to cover the whole of Cookham Dean.
We would be very
grateful for all the support people are able to provide to help make
this event a great success. Primarily, this would be by just turning up
on the day to help collect litter from allocated zones. We will
provide most of the equipment needed but would advise pickers to bring
their own sensible gloves.
ON THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Timmy Mallett is taking on a mammoth cycle
ride from Cookham to Santiago de Compostela in Spain following the route
of the pilgrims. He is planning to reach Cookham's twin village St
Benoit which is on the route by this weekend and will be staying with
the Mayor. He has already stayed with a group of nuns in a flatlette,
for the grand cost of ten euros a night.
He has had many people offering him
support, including Theresa May MP and French President Emmanuel Macron,
also Bear Grylls and Professor Brian Cox, plus many others.
You can see Timmy's progress on his
website at http://timmymallett.co.uk/track-timmy/
LUKE'S COPIES COOKHAM
It looks like St Luke's School Maidenhead
is copying Cookham. (See below). St Luke's have given Brainstorm School
a selection of bright
yellow kit, trainers, letters and gifts. Great minds think alike.
NEW BRAINSTORM SCHOOL
FROM COOKHAM TO KAMPALA! An incredible
surprise from an incredible couple! Frank and Julia Cronin from Cookham
are in the slums of Kampala! Today they made a surprise visit to New
Brainstorm School. Mr.Nickolas and the children were so excited to meet
them They are going to visit the children again on Monday - this is so
truly wonderful - we had no idea they were going. I feel so proud of
them both - way to go guys!
OF JEAN STRETTON
was with sadness that Cookham.com heard of the death of Jean Stretton.
Jean was well known in Cookham and had lived here for many years. She
had been a member of the Parish Council since the 1970s when she was
also a member of the Cookham Society for which she was a founder member.
Recently she had been living in Berry's Road in Cookham Village where
she had moved from Cookham Rise. She was very interested in the history
of Cookham and has written various articles about the village including
the history of the Pinder Hall which can be seen on their website www.pinderhall.org.uk
She has always been very active in Cookham and was often seen at the
various events around the village.
Condolences go to John her
husband and her family. Information about the funeral are not currently
COOKHAM SOCIETY DESIGN AWARD 2018
At its Annual General Meeting on Thursday
8th March the Chairman of the Cookham Society, Mr Evert Groeneweg,
announced that the winner of the Society’s Annual Design Award
for 2018 was Orchardfields, a newly extended and refurbished dwelling in
Bigfrith Lane, Cookham Dean. Heighway Associates, of Marlow, were
responsible for the design.
The Chairman noted that the Award had been granted in recognition
of the excellence of design achieved in meeting the` principles
enshrined in the Cookham Village Design Statement. The Society’s
assessment was made in consultation with the renowned architect
Professor Robert Adam, DipArch RIBA FRSA, and concluded
“the Award is given for the extension and renovation
of a 1920s Tudor style half-timbered house in an open location in
Cookham Dean. This is a large extension but fits in well with the
existing building, maintaining a low-key approach. The exposed timber
features provide continuity and care has been taken to ensure
consistency throughout, including the door and window frames.
Seamless continuity with a sometimes unfashionable
early-twentieth-century style is unusual and the result is an attractive
building which integrates well with the unique green setting and rural
character of Cookham Dean (see Cookham Village Design
He added that the standard of entries this year had been high and the
selection of a winner had not been easy. However the Society
was delighted to show through the Award that the Society is happy to
encourage new high-quality construction, while continuing to oppose
developments which are considered inappropriate.
Mr Groeneweg then invited the President of the Society, Mr John
Bowley, to present the Award Certificate to the representative of Mr and
Mrs Spray, the owners. On presenting the certificate Mr Bowley
added that a blue ceramic plaque would follow in due course.
Cookham residents Richard James (left)
and Justin McCarthy (right)are teaming up to bring people in the area
a new course in public speaking. They will be presenting a two-evening
programme called 'Speak Out!' which is aimed at presenting the
basics of public speaking to anyone who has a message to deliver.
Richard has been an actor for over twenty five years and is currently
on a national tour of the world premiere of David Walliams' 'Awful
Auntie'. He will be introducing the basics of voice and body and
exploring how we can use both to create a confident and interesting
Justin is the lead trainer at Saxon Coaching and a communications
expert. He will be showing how structure and the use of rhetoric
can keep your audience engaged, as well as exploring how to answer
'Speak Out!' is aimed at business professionals and those who simply
want to feel more confident when speaking in public; from
presentations and pitches to Best Man's speeches and motivational
talks, if you have a message, 'Speak Out!' can help.
Part 1 Tuesday, 17th April
Part 2 Tuesday, 15th May
Part 1 Tuesday, 19th June
Part 2 Tuesday, 17th July
Unfortunately, due to the snow we had to
delay our bags to school campaign for Gende Tesfa (Ethiopia) until Wednesday,
We are still hoping to collect lots of second hand clothes.
If you could spread the word, that would be wonderful. PFC
Ethiopia Ambassador Helen McLean is coordinating this campaign at Holy
Trinity (I will be in Senegal next week).
I attach a photo of Helen's daughter Cleona, who is also an Ambassador.
Please do get in touch with Helen firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can help.
It's vital that we raise much needed funds for Gende Tesfa Breakfast
Club - just £3.10 will give a child breakfast and some support at the
Breakfast Club for a week.
Grease is being performed at the Theatre
Royal in Windsor and at these performances the lead role of Sandy
Dumbrowski will be played by Cookham’s very own Lucy Fuller.
Lucy was a pupil at Cookham Dean C of E School and Newlands Girls
She is now pursuing her dream at full time Performing Arts School in
Tickets are selling fast - especially the matinees, so come along if you
can and support some very talented young people from our local area.
here for more information
DISCUSSES GARDENING NEEDS
Cookham's Billy the Gardener was pleased
to discuss his growing gardening business with our MP, Theresa May MP.
And yes, she has his business card and number 0777 252 7837
THERAPY AVAILABLE AT ELIZABETH HOUSE
Emma Nevins Massage Therapy will be
giving treatments in Elizabeth House in Cookham every Monday between
10am and 2pm from 19 February 2018. There are special rates for
registered members and volunteers of Elizabeth House but all are
welcome. Please call 07850214079 or email email@example.com
for more information or to book an appointment.'
COLLECTIONS FOR THAMES HOSPICE
Thank you to all of
those involved in Holy Trinity Church’s three carol services (Advent,
Christmas & Epiphany) and to everyone who gave so generously to the
combined total of £1780.11 was raised for
Carols by Candlelight = £440.15
Day Carols by Candlelight = £904.24
Carols by Candlelight = £435.72
- VILLAGE OF THE YEAR 2017
Of The Year which Cookham entered last year will start
transmitting on the 15th January
2018 on Channel 4. Unfortunately Cookham did not actually get
through to the finals.
of all transmission times are below – with COOKHAM being on -
Friday, 26 January 2018
shows will then be available online via All
can also go online on Facebook
using the hashtag #villageoftheyear (but please do not let on how far
you got in the competition until it is broadcast).
you from everyone at Reef Television, and we hope you enjoy the show.
Weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4.
Zone Semi Final:
Saturday 20th January 2018 | 8pm
East Zone Semi Final:
Saturday 27th January 2018 | 8pm
Zone Semi Final:
Saturday 3rd February 2018 | 8pm
Zone Semi Final:
Friday 9th February 2018 | 3pm
10th February 2018 | 8pm
COFFEE FOR LULU MARTINET
welcome coffee for Lulu Martinet with other au pairs in the area and
members of Cookham Twinning Association at Costa. Lulu comes from St
Benoit in France which is Cookham's twin village.
you are an au pair in the area and would like to catch up for a coffee,
please email Lucie: firstname.lastname@example.org
or join the Cookham Au Pair Network Facebook page.