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DR NICOLA STINGELIN COMES TO COOKHAM

17 May 2015  


Conducting medical research in Africa is deeply political:  people are dying needlessly, but Africa cannot afford to pay; international global pharmaceutical companies are being asked to produce the drugs at cost and tax payers in developed countries are being asked to foot the bill.

 

The vast majority of this work goes well.  But for the more problematic cases, ethicists, driven by Human Rights, are brought in to use their analytical skills to advise governments and non-governmental agencies (NGOs) such as Oxfam and Nuffield which diseases to prioritise, where to allocate their money, how to conduct their research and how to price the drugs.

 

In the May Elizabeth House Talk, Dr Nicola Stingelin, talked about these complex, moral issues and how any research done in the field had to respect cultural and religious sensibilities, local stakeholders and be both beneficial to and useable by the communities directly involved. 

 

Nicola argued for a democratic debate.  Who should decide?  The erudite audience responded with equal spirit and the debate ranged from the move from ‘pure research’ to the lack of accountability of private institutions and the broader issue of Human Rights post WW2.


OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE

13 May 2015  


Tuesday 12th May 2105: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! And this afternoon at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham was no exception.

 Historian Dr Kathryn Ferry took us on a fun packed outing to the British seaside, inspired by Stanley Spencer’s iconic painting of Southwold, which is on display at the Gallery’s current Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer exhibition.

Looking at both the content and the context of the picture, we saw how the bathing machine evolved from horse-drawn medicine cart to the brightly coloured beach hut that commandeers one corner of Stanley’s beach scene.

Kathryn described the Cookham artist as taking “the laziness of the deckchair to its full potential” in the painting, a far cry from the deckchair’s origins as an uncomfortable upright wooden chair.

Sunbathing, a new trend in the late1930’s, takes centre stage in Southwold. Swimming was all the rage too, highlighted by the row of woollen bathing suits at the forefront of the painting.

But this picture “tells us as much as it is not telling us”, according to Dr Ferry. There are no modernist style holiday camps here, no hint of the ocean liner aesthetics so popular with beach architecture of the time at Blackpool, Brighton and Margate, “no sense of an alternative seaside”.

Timeless, sparkling sea and warm sunshine are the order of the day in Southwold but as Gallery Custodian Chrissy Rossenthal said after the fascinating talk “it really is amazing the avenues Stanley can take you down.”

And on a cold and rainy day in Cookham you need go no further than the Stanley Spencer Gallery for a warm, sunny trip to the seaside!


LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

9 May 2015  


As part of the excitement of the General Election on Thursday, Cookham was also voting for both Parish and Borough Councillors. 

For the Borough Council the three Conservative candidates were elected. Two of these Richard Kellaway and M-J Saunders had represented us previously, Richard Kellaway was mayor for 2014-2015. A new Conservative candidate was Gerry Clark.

The Results can be seen at http://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200394/election_results/411/borough_election_results_2015_-_by_ward/4

The Parish Council has three wards, in Cookham Dean and Cookham Village there was no vote required as only the right number of candidates stood. In the case of Cookham Rise, eleven candidates stood for just nine places. Eight Lib Dem candidates got elected and one Independent. Six of those elected had been on in the Parish Council during the last term. There are three new Councillors, Eileen Bune, Christine Doyle and Laura Tull all who stood as Lib Dems. Mike Wellman who was also on the Parish Council did not make it this time, while neither did Ian Wernham who stood for the first time as an independent and is new to Cookham. 

The results can be seen at

http://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200394/election_results/412/parish_council_election_results_2015/3


LASER CLINIC COMES TO COOKHAM

7 May 2015  


Do you need to have that mistaken tattoo removed? Or perhaps those thread veins, stray hairs or age spots zapped? Wendy has set up the Laser Clinic in the Arcade in Cookham Village and will be opening on Saturday 9th May with a complimentary glass of bubbly. There is also an initial 25% discount offer on any treatments. http://www.lasercookham.com/

JON OXTOBY HONOURED BY CHIEF SCOUT BEAR GRYLLS

1 May 2015  


On 26th April, Jon Oxtoby, a 26 year-old Scout was honoured  by Chief Scout and international adventurer, Bear Grylls, at Windsor Castle as he received his Queen’s Scout Award. Bear was joined by Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, who is the cousin of HM The Queen.

 

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement. This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

 

Jon is one of nearly 500 Scouts to be receiving a Queen’s Scout Award at this annual event.  Commenting on his achievement, Jon said: “Working for my Queen's Scout Award has been such an incredible experience and I’ve learnt so much along the way. When I joined Cubs I was a painfully shy child, and I can honestly say without my varied Scouting challenges and adventures I would not be the man I am proud of being today.

 

“The best part of working for my award was spending three months travelling through the Americas, linking local Scouts there with groups back in the UK and enabling youngsters across the world to feel part of a united Scouting family. For the community service element of my award, I also supported teenage Scouts who were working to become Young Leaders. It was fantastic to be involved in their journeys and in nurturing the next generation of Scout Leaders.”

 

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much. They are huge inspirations to the other 550,000 Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that both Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”

 

The event at Windsor coincides with The Scout Association’s announcement of its largest ever revamp of its youth activity programme. The Movement is launching 165 new and updated badges, making up a total of 250 age-appropriate badges for its youth membership (6-18 yrs). 


SARAH'S LAST MARATHON

30 April 2015  


Sarah Parfitt from Cookham ran her last London Marathon on Sunday. Sarah said  "Running connects me to the euphoria of life.".

 

My 14th and last ever marathon and what a beautiful finale it was despite ending up in A and E and having three stitches at the end of it!  The thought of not experiencing the elation of completing a marathon again feels almost like a bereavement – it is going to leave a huge void in my life, but life goes on, and I am sure there is another sporting challenge just around the corner.

 

The London Marathon is quite simply the best day of the year in our beautiful capital city -   a record 38,000 runners tackling a 26.2 mile course around many of the city’s landmarks. The support and goodwill from the crowds is phenomenal.

 

Despite all the doom and gloom in the news, marathon day reminds us of our shared humanity – people united in their passion for running, strangers helping each other out, some even crossing the finish-line #handinhand this year. Whether you’re running for a PB or for a charity you believe in, completing the 26.2 mile course is no easy feat.

 

I am so glad that I took part yesterday. Having been told after an MRI a few months ago that I had torn the surface cartilage in my knee-cap (“chondral damage to the medial facet of the patella”) and that I should abandon my marathon training-plan, I agonised over whether to still take part. In the end after consulting my surgeon, I decided to do it as a celebration, and also to raise money for Gende Tesfa School in Ethiopia which I visited last month for Partners For Change Ethiopia, an amazing charity which helps children living in very poor communities in Ethiopia:

Given my injury, I thought that I would need to walk or skip around the course, but in the end, I surprised myself and jogged all 26.2 miles in 4 hours 21 minutes which is a long way from my PB of 3 hours 44 but then, this was always going to be a different marathon experience for me. It was never going to be about the time and it was #AllAbouttheChild.

 

I was swept around by the atmosphere and the live music. I absolutely loved it! For the first time ever, I ditched my walkman and was energised by the crowds and the sound of thousands of feet pounding the streets of London. If the going got tough, I remembered the video clip which Gende Tesfa School sent me over the weekend:

 

The only time I stopped during the race was at Mile 7, when I dropped my running-beans, bent over to pick them up, and a fellow runner accidentally flattened me to the ground. It was completely my fault not his, but I was in a different zone and wasn’t thinking clearly. Adrenalin carried me around the course and it was only at the end of the race that I realise I had cut my knee quite badly. I ended up having 3 stitches at High Wycombe Hospital last night. On a plus note, I fell on my good knee!

 

When I first embarked on my first London Marathon in 2003, I had no idea that my fun-running career would take me all over the world and be the trigger for so many new adventures and friendships – Berlin, Vienna, New York, Kathmandu, Tiberius, Zurich, Cardiff and seven London Marathons. As a child, I believed that I was useless at sport, but over the last 12 years, I have achieved things which I never thought was possible – for instance, being the second woman across the line at the Kathamdu Marathon back in 2005. I now know to quote Sport England that #thisgirlcan.

 

I would like to say a very big thank-you to Cookham Running Club and the BBC Running Club and for all their support. Steve Wehrle, the former chairman of BBC Running Club, who is now 67, completed his 50th marathon yesterday! I would also like to thank the friends and colleagues who taken the trouble to come out and support me or sponsor me over the years. I will come and watch you next year! Most of all, I would like to thank my wonderful husband Damian and my gorgeous boys Josh and Jack for their love, patience and understanding.

 

If you feel like a running challenge in 2016, I would definitely recommend doing the London Marathon. Whether you do it in 3 hours or 7 hours, it will empower you – I guarantee that if can conquer your doubts and fears, your legs will do the rest.

 

For me another marathon continues, I have raised £3, 133.25 (including £400 in cheques)  so far for Gende Tesfa School but need £6000 for fund a Breakfast Club and play-area. Please do get in touch if you can help or know someone who can!
Mob: 07900 4117 15

LOOKING FOR COOKHAM HISTORY

29 April 2015  


The Maidenhead Heritage Centre are holding an event aimed at finding out more about Cookham local history during WWI. On Sunday 10 May from 9.30am to 1pm at Cookham Library in High Road, they will have an army of volunteers and Museum specialists available for locals to bring in anything they have that’s around 100 years old, from the home front or the military effort. We’ll photograph or scan the objects and record their stories on audio.

 

The photo shows Mike Armitage (left) project volunteer, and Malcolm Lock (Chairman of the Friends of Windsor Museum) looking at a find brought in by someone at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

 

While they wait, the Berkshire Family History specialists will be on hand to help visitors research their family history free of charge.

 

The results will be part of museum archives at the Maidehead Heritage Centre and the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, and will be used on our project website too.

 

They have already begun running these and uncovered some wonderful stories but we know Cookham is likely to have some very special additions to our collection of stories.


MBE FOR SUSAN FLOHR 

22 April 2015  


Susan Flohr from Sutton Road Cookham was honoured last Tuesday, 14th April, by the Queen when she was given an MBE at Windsor Castle for her services to people with dyslexia over the last twenty five years. One of Susan's children was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1990 and this led her to offer her services to helping those with dyslexia through the British Dyslexia Society. She is now their Helpline and Policy Manager. Since her first child was diagnosed with dyslexia it was found that her other four children also had it as well as herself and her husband. Congratulations Susan.

DOG POO IN COOKHAM 

15 April 2015  


A cookham.com reader saw this rather unwelcome sight down at Odney wier.


SARAH TO RUN THE MARATHON 

14 April 2015  


Sarah Parfitt is running the London Marathon on April 26th for a fantastic charity called Partners For Change Ethiopia. Due to an injury, she has been advised to stop running after that. So this will probably be her 14th and  last ever marathon! She says " I will probably need to jog and walk or even skip some of it! My only goal is to raise lots of money for PFC Ethiopia and make it a memorable day."

 
Sarah went to Ethiopia for PFC Ethiopia in March and set up a community journalism project there. www.diaryofamarathonmum.wordpress.com
 
Michael Buerk has recorded a Radio 4 Appeal for the charity and it will be broadcast on Sunday (April 19th). Sarah recently recorded this with him. 
 
Sarah is donating all of the money she raises to the playground and the Breakfast Club to help the school at Gende Tesfa. Nearly every family is affected by leprosy so every penny counts.
 
Sarah is hoping to raise at least £2,000 on April 26th. She still has a long way to go! www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Parfitt1

ELECTION ROAD SHOW 

13 April 2015  


Theresa May MP with three other candidates and Andrew Peach presenter BBC Radio Berkshire take part in the election road show programme this morning in Maidenhead High Street.



COOKHAM COUPE FOUND AFTER MISSING FOR 37 YEARS

13 April 2015  


From an Exhibitor of a Vintage Car at the Classic Car Show on Saturday 18 April 2015. Does anyone remember Zoe Shepherd? (webmaster@cookham.com )

On Saturday I will be bringing a 1935 Ford V8 Coupe de Luxe to the Classic Car Show at Cookham Dean Cricket Club.  It originally belonged to local GP Dr Shepard and lived in Cookham Dean until 1978. I knew it as a boy growing up in Cookham and dreamt of owning it. I finally tracked it down last year and bought it.


In October 1935, Cookham Dean GP Dr Robert Shepard went to the Motor Show in London and bought a new black Ford V8 Coupe de Luxe that was on display. Local Ford agent A W Heywood of Market St Maidenhead delivered it to him in December, after painting the wheels and side panels cream, as the doctor thought the black too sombre.
 
In 1940, Dr Shepard died from injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder at his home Lynwood (next to the Jolly Farmer), leaving a 42 yr old widow, Zoe.  The coupe remained in the Coach house at Lynwood for the duration of the War.

In 1950, Zoe briefly put it back on the road but realised she couldn't afford to run it.  However she loved the car and refused to sell, keeping the dream of one day driving it again.
 
I met Zoe in 1962, through my best friend John Brice. Sitting in the kitchen of his home in School Lane, his mother Mary said 'You car-mad boys need to meet Zoe and see her car'.   The car was beautiful with only 19,500 miles on the clock, but beginning to look a little neglected.  We volunteered to clean it up, so we two 13yr old schoolboys spent our summer holiday washing, polishing, tyre-pumping, etc to get the car running and back to its former glory. And getting slap-up teas with home made cake.  But we left water in the radiator and the infamous winter of '62/'63 struck.  Said to be the coldest since the 1750s, everything in the country froze, including the Ford's engine.  I suspect John's father Ernest got a lot of flak for not supervising our activities.  And we were no longer welcome for tea.
Zoe never got it back on the road and in 1978 finally gave in to the inevitable and it was auctioned by Sotheby's for the amazing (for then) price of £5000.  And it promptly disappeared - no one in the old car hobby knew where it had gone. I knew about the sale but, as a mortgaged-to-the-hilt 30yr old, could scarcely raise £50.

About 20 yrs ago, I realised I probably could afford to buy the coupe, if I could but find it! But the trail was cold. I found the Sotheby's consultant who took the winning bid - the buyer was an American, Bill Bass. But no one recognised him as a collector or classic car dealer.   Then Bill Bass died, and the Coupe surfaced for sale in Chicago. An Englishman brought it back to the UK, had the engine rebuilt and then offered it to me.  I carried on the careful sympathetic recommissioning work, so with new radiator, fuel tank, brakes and tyres it now runs beautifully, but still has its original interior and paint.  Amazingly, when I saw it in 2014 it had only done 152 miles in the intervening 52 years; Bill Bass had never managed to fix the damaged engine properly

I have now done about 500 miles in it,  every one with a big stupid grin on my face.  Total mileage from new is just about to hit 20,200.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre have an archive of Dr Shepard's business & professional papers which Zoe left for the benefit of the village, but sadly nothing personal such as photos.  I would love to know if anybody has anything personal relating to the Shepards.  Someone cared enough about Zoe on her death in 1987 to have her buried directly opposite Lynwood and erect a beautiful memorial stone.

NATIONAL TRUST IMPROVEMENTS AT COOKHAM MOOR

2 April 2015  


The National Trust and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are working in partnership to improve the car park at Cookham Moor. The car park has high levels of usage and floods regularly, and thus is a challenge for the National Trust to maintain. Although repairs are usually carried out twice a year, the surface always deteriorates over the winter. Recognising this challenge, the Royal Borough has stepped in and provided funds to help improve the surface for local users.


 
Due to the car park being on Common Land the National Trust cannot lay a permanent tarmac surface and therefore have to use ‘softer’ options that degrade quickly.
“We realise it can be frustrating for local residents that the surface always seems in a poor condition,” says Rachel Forsyth, Lead Ranger for the National Trust. “We will be working closely with the Royal Borough to develop a longer term solution to provide a more durable car park surface.”
 
The work will begin on Monday 13 April. Parking provision will be reduced during this time to allow works to occur but efforts will be taken to minimise disruption. The National Trust will complement the improvements to the surface by installing new benches, planting and signage later in the year.
 
Maidenhead and Cookham Commons covers 842 acres and was donated to the National Trust by local residents in 1934. Today, the Trust spends around £90,000 a year conserving and maintaining the landscape.
 
Rachel explains “For us, conservation is absolutely key in all of the work that we do, and having the support of the Royal Borough at Cookham Moor means we can focus more of our resources on this.”
 
The National Trust and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are working in partnership to improve the car park at Cookham Moor. The car park has high levels of usage and floods regularly, and thus is a challenge for the National Trust to maintain. Although repairs are usually carried out twice a year, the surface always deteriorates over the winter. Recognising this challenge, the Royal Borough has stepped in and provided funds to help improve the surface for local users.
 
Due to the car park being on Common Land the National Trust cannot lay a permanent tarmac surface and therefore have to use ‘softer’ options that degrade quickly.
“We realise it can be frustrating for local residents that the surface always seems in a poor condition,” says Rachel Forsyth, Lead Ranger for the National Trust. “We will be working closely with the Royal Borough to develop a longer term solution to provide a more durable car park surface.”
 
The work will begin on Monday 13 April. Parking provision will be reduced during this time to allow works to occur but efforts will be taken to minimise disruption. The National Trust will complement the improvements to the surface by installing new benches, planting and signage later in the year.
 
Maidenhead and Cookham Commons covers 842 acres and was donated to the National Trust by local residents in 1934. Today, the Trust spends around £90,000 a year conserving and maintaining the landscape.
 
Rachel explains “For us, conservation is absolutely key in all of the work that we do, and having the support of the Royal Borough at Cookham Moor means we can focus more of our resources on this.”


JEREMY CLARKSON ENTERS THE GRAVITY GRAND PRIX

1 April 2015  


Popular TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is to enter the annual Gravity Grand Prix in Cookham Dean.  The much-loved host of Top Gear will build and pilot a vehicle of his own design after being entered into the event by his family.

Clarkson’s appearance is expected to see the 2015 Gravity Grand Prix, taking place on September 13th, draw larger crowds than ever to line the 700m course and cheer on up to 30 teams taking part. 

Peter Bartlett, one of the event organisers, revealed that he had been approached by Clarkson’s wife, who believes the star will benefit from having a new interest after his recent unexpected bout of gardening leave.

Bartlett revealed: “The way she phrased it is that she is “sick of having him at home”. He doesn’t help with the housework, and she hopes a project like this will keep him occupied.” 

Bartlett added: “I was very impressed by Mrs Clarkson’s attention to detail and her commitment to health & safety.  She was particularly interested in the hairpin curve we call ‘widow-makers bend’, and kept me talking for ages about what could potentially go wrong if Jeremy isn’t properly briefed.”

Clarkson will be driving his own creation, the Mini Fracas, which superficially closely resembles a Mini Cooper but with more of a punch.

Paul Webb, chair of the Gravity Grand Prix, committee said: “We are desperately short of entries this year, so Mr Clarkson will be made most welcome. We have made arrangements to ensure the catering staff keep him supplied with hot food however late the hour.”

The Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix is easy to enter, with all the details at www.GravityGrandPrix.co.uk.  Entrants have plenty of leeway in their design, and one of the highlights of this year’s event promises to be a dodgem car called Fun Fair Dismissal.


MIDSOMER MURDERS BEING FILMED IN COOKHAM DEAN

27 March 2015  


Midsomer Murders is in its second day of filming in Cookham Dean in the Church Road area. Cookham Dean has been used for Midsomer Murders in the past. Also it is a popular area for filming of other programmes too. The  Cookham Dean WI Hall has been used for a comedy series and Cookham Village often sees filming taking place.

ACTION PACKED WEEKEND FOR BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS

19 March 2015  


Beavers, cubs and scouts from across Cookham and Maidenhead have taken part in an action-packed weekend of activities.

 

The annual Beaveree was held at Altwood School on Saturday, March 7, allowing youngsters to try their hand at crafts, cookery, competitions and other events.

 

Beavers raised £750 in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, with 1st Maidenhead Sea Beavers winning a trophy for their efforts to collect £154.

 

 

The Cubs held a flag competition, with rounds in compass knowledge, mapping, knots, a Lego challenge and an obstacle course.

Not to be outdone, a number of Scouts competed in a cross-country race around Pinkneys Green.

 

Explorers and MAD Ferrets volunteered their time to make all the events possible.

 

 

Graham Parkins, Maidenhead Scouts district commissioner, said: “I estimate over 230 of our young people did some scouting today. 

"Without exception, everywhere I look I see children of all ages and abilities, joining in and having fun.

 

"Amazing things are happening in Scouting.


PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP

18 March 2015  


COOKHAM Running Club is starting the next of its hugely popular couch to 5km courses on Wednesday April 22nd. The 6-week evening course, lead by top coach Paddy McGrath, is aimed at complete beginners or those who want to resume running after a lay-off. More than 200 people have graduated from the club's beginner programmes in the last two years and everyone who has completed the course has managed to run 5km at the end. Cost is £40 which includes race entry, weekly schedules and online support. Contact Paddy McGrath on paddymcrun@btinternet.com for more information.

CENTENARY BATON REACHES BERKSHIRE

17 March 2015  


In this, the centenary year of the Women’s Institute, from town to countryside, coast to coast, Women’s Institutes around the UK are welcoming and passing on the Federation Link Baton. As it makes its way to the Royal Albert Hall on 4th June for the Centenary Annual Meeting of the WI.

 

Since January the Baton has journeyed around England and Wales and in April it is passing through Berkshire, resplendent on it’s Centenary Cushion designed and made by local WI member Ruth Daniel.  

 

On April 13th the three Cookham WI’s will welcome the Baton at a celebration tea in the Cookham Dean Cricket Club Pavilion. Special guest will be Mayor Richard Kellaway whose wife, Mayoress Mary-Lou Kellaway is a long standing member of Dean Rise WI.

 

Annie Panton, of Dean Rise WI, said: ‘We are delighted that this occasion is being celebrated in Cookham, where we have three branches of the W.I. We are all looking forward to the next century of the W.I. and its continuing inspiration to women around the world’.


FROM FRUIT BATS TO FRUIT FLIES

16 March 2015  


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Dr John Church and chef Ronnie

 

Dr John Church, entertained guests on Monday at the Elizabeth House Monthly Talks held at the Bel & The Dragon, Cookham. John is a British doctor who was born in Uganda,  the son of medical missionaries, who worked in hospitals in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya in the sixties and seventies, and witnessed first hand many of the historical events of these emerging independent African states. His medical work ranged  from helping polio victims in Uganda prior to Idi Amin’s reign, or saving the lives of those caught in the Rwanda genocide.  More recently John has pioneered the use of dogs in diagnosing cancer and his talk outlined  his latest research  on the use of  fruit bats and fruit flies in medical diagnosis.

 

Thirty guests attended the event at the Bel & The Dragon, Cookham and enjoyed the talk which was followed by a very lively discussion. 

 

The series of monthly talks is a new fund raising initiative for Elizabeth House, the Cookham Day Centre for people over 60. The organiser Stephanie Diggon said “ The event on Monday raised £300 for Elizabeth House and it was a very convivial evening enjoyed by all.  Every year it costs £70,000 to keep Cookham’s much-loved day centre running.  After income from members’ subscriptions, lunch money, room rental and art commissions, the Centre has to fill a gap of £40,000 with fund-raising activities and support from local individuals and organisations, such as Bel & The Dragon.”

 

The speaker for the next talk, on Monday 11 May, is Dr. Nicola Stingelin MBA, MAE, MAS and her subject is Conducting Medical Research in Africa on ‘Neglected Diseases’ -  An Ethics Perspective. Nicola has held various research and lecturing posts at the University of Basel and other institution in different practical ethics fields,  specialising in research ethics in medical,  public health, business and environmental fields, (especially in the emerging sciences and technologies, including genomics).

 

Everyone is welcome, tickets are available from Elizabeth House and cost £15 to include a glass of wine and canapés.

 

      Future dates are May 11, 8 June; 14 September; 12 October; and 9 November. There is no meeting in April.


DOUBLE YELLOW LINES IN SUTTON ROAD

6 March 2015  


It appears that the Borough Council has stepped down on the plan to paint double yellow lines along Sutton Road from the High Street to past Black Butts. The step down is due to the number of people who have said NO to the proposal. The actual number is not yet available but should be seen http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/parkingconsult.htm next week.

CAN ART HELP HEAL THE TRAUMA OF WARTIME EXPERIENCE?

2 March 2015  


Cookham's Stanley Spencer Gallery is seeking to be in touch with people with a special interest in the beneficial effects of art following traumatic combat experiences.

Sir Stanley Spencer was deeply troubled on his return to his beloved home village of Cookham following the First World War.  Yet he went on in the immediate post-war years to paint many of his finest works. 

Strikingly, Spencer’s paintings relating to wartime experiences reflect largely positive thoughts, rather than distressing memories of battle.  He focused on steadfast non-fighting work, the courage of the wounded, the 'mountain and mules' seen in his Salonika war service years and 'joyful resurrections'.   He celebrated in paint, too, his return to a Cookham of tranquility and hope.

With just one month left of our current much-visited ‘Paradise Regained’ exhibition, which explores Spencer’s amazing post WW1 journey, we would invite anyone with thoughts or experience on the role that art can play in healing wartime experiences to get in touch with us.  We will be creating a Compendium of your thoughts on this matter and will make sure you receive a copy of the resulting document.  Please email shez@stanleyspencer.org.uk.

Our present exhibition is followed, from 2nd April, by a particularly wide-ranging assembly of Spencer works entitled 'The Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer'.

Shez Courtenay-Smith, Custodian at the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham


SARAH TO RUN THE MARATHON FOR ETHIOPIA

2 March 2015  


This weekend Sarah Parfitt travelled to Ethiopia to visit the community of Gende Tesfa. She takes with her a number of ‘gifts’ from Holy Trinity children to those children living in the village. She plans to run the London Marathon to raise money for the community.

All week Heron and Kingfisher Class have been writing accounts of ‘A Day in the Life of Holy Trinity School’ and taking photographs to show the children there how the school functions. They have even been making movies using the iPads and a special time lapse programme for Sarah to show those she meets.


PUPILS AT COOKHAM RISE HELP UGANDAN STUDENTS

28 February 2015  


After teaching assistant Lisa Peters visited the Brainstorm school in Africa in 2013, the children have been learning about the project and have established pen pals with the pupils thousands of miles away. 

When they learnt that the school will close down if £3,000 cannot be found for repairs, they quickly began to conjure up ways of finding the funds. 

Lisa explained that students have held sponsored silences and created a stall at the school's summer fete selling loom bands to donate to the cause. 

She said their determination has been unwavering and that they had been the ones inspiring her not to give up.

Pupils have written letters appealing for help from anyone who can hold fundraisers or donate to help save the school from closure.

Brainstorm has until the end of April to raise the money.

Email julieandlisa@btinternet.com for details of how to get involved. 


POTENTIAL MINIBUS COMMUTE COOKHAM - LONDON

25 February 2015  


We are a long established local business, and we are looking to introduce a new service to Cookham Residents using existing infrastructure but in a different area to our core business.

 

In late March 2015, early April, we are looking to start two minibus services commuting between Cookham and London.


Timing, costs, and pickup points will be confirmed once we find out what the people from Cookham want. However, it will not be worse than the existing annual commute cost of £2,908.


What do you get: a confirmed seat 52 weeks of the year Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) for an early morning commute to London (circa 6.00am) and return (circa 6.00pm).


We own three minibuses with 14 dedicated seats, and two jump seats in the front cab with the driver. We would only be selling 14 seats for each service, using the jump seats so we can offer a limited flexibility.


The buses day job is to carry precious cargo of school children and as such are maintained beyond legislative standards, and our drivers have enhanced annual DBS checks.

 

To talk to us, please either use our discussion address on www.cookham.com which is: cookhamminibus or alternatively email us at cookham.minibus@gmail.com. We look forward to your input.


COOKHAM RUNNERS RACE TO SUCCESS

24 February 2015  


Five members of Cookham Running Club, all coached by head club coach and former Ireland international Paddy McGrath, featured prominently in the Maxifuel Hot Chocolate 10km race at Dorney Lake on Saturday February 21st. Gary Knight finished 3rd man overall, just failing to break the 40 minute barrier with a time of 40.08 with club mate Jim Cotter in 7th position in a time of 41.48. Duncan Bulgin also had a strong run to come in 15th (45.25). In the ladies event Anna Slater took 2nd place in 44.11 and Sarah Walker 3rd in 45.53.

 ANNA SLATER, right AND SARAH WALKER GETTING THEIR PRIZES.


HIS HONOUR CHARLES ELLY DL LAUNCHES ELIZABETH HOUSE MONTHLY TALKS

13 February 2015  


His Honour Charles Elly DL gave the inaugural Elizabeth House Monthly Talk on Monday. Forty guests attended the event at the Bel & The Dragon, Cookham and enjoyed the talk on Law vs Justice which was followed by a very lively discussion.  Charles  had a distinguished legal career,  in practice as a solicitor at Reynolds Parry Jones in High Wycombe, he was President of the Law Society and went on to become a circuit judge before retiring.

 

The series of monthly talks is a new fund raising initiative for Elizabeth House, the Cookham Day Centre for people over 60. The organiser Stephanie Diggon said “ The event on Monday raised over £350 for Elizabeth House and it was a very convivial evening enjoyed by all.  Every year it costs £70,000 to keep Cookham’s much-loved day centre running.  After income from members’ subscriptions, lunch money, room rental and art commissions, the Centre has to fill a gap of £40,000 with fund-raising activities and support from local individuals and organisations, such as Bel & The Dragon.”

 

The speaker for the next talk, on Monday, 9 March, is John Church and everyone is welcome. Tickets are available from Elizabeth House and cost £15 to include a glass of wine and canapés.

 

Future dates are 11 May; 8 June; 14 September; 12 October; and 9 November.

 

For more information please email Stephanie Diggon stephaniediggon@hotmail.com 


TALKING TO MYSELF AND COOKHAM'S COOKHAMNESS

28 January 2015  


LUNCHTIME LECTURE

 

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.


DEVINE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SERVICE

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.

CREATIVE ARTS IN THE CLASSROOM

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.

  


FOOTBALL COACH OPENS ELITE ACADEMY FOR VILLAGE YOUNGSTERS

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


GOODBYE TO AUDREY AND TONY

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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