FOR ELIZABETH HOUSE
Elizabeth House has a bottle tombola at
the Cookham Regatta on 5th September and we need your bottles!
We'd really appreciate getting any bottles for this, especially alcohol
but not just. If you can spare one please drop it in to Elizabeth
House as soon as possible and help our local day centre.
GATHERING TO REMEMBER JULIETTE
well known face in Cookham and also a well known artist in Britain,
Juliette Palmer RBA who lived in the Pound with her husband Dennis,
sadly died on 2 August. There will be a Gathering to Remember Juliette
on Thursday 20 August 2015 at 1.30pm
Parish Centre SL6 9SP
(Close to Cookham Church
and the bridge)
or donations to RSPCA or Save the Children to
E Sargeant &
Son Funeral Directors
BISHAM ROUNDABOUT CONSULTATION
a cookham.com reader
may well be aware that a consultation is currently open for potential
changes to the A404 Bisham roundabout. Two out of the three options
add traffic lights to the junction, but option 2 has some far-reaching
effects on traffic flows in the West side of Maidenhead, Cookham Dean,
and Bisham. If you live in or drive through those areas, you will be
affected if it goes ahead!
Unfortunately, the consultation document describes the option poorly,
so that the impacts of this change are not at all clear. It describes
it as a Left In, Left Out junction with no right turn from Bisham. It
says nothing about changes to the A308 in the leaflet, nor is there
any recognition of any traffic impacts other than Bisham. You have to
read the full document to find any information at all.
DEAN MEMORIAL - SEEKING YOUR VIEWS
may well have wondered why work has not progressed on the Cookham Dean
War Memorial, which was scheduled to commence following the Cookham
answer relates to the complexity of this particular War Memorial and
the process of reaching of final agreements with the War Memorials
Trust, who are providing the major part of the Grant.
the Grant of £30,000, covering in the order of 65% of the cost of the
works, has been firmly awarded, there was a genuine, heartfelt,
non-rancorous difference of opinion in relation to certain aspects of
the work to be undertaken. All
such differences needed to be resolved before a contract could be
placed for the work.
most important issue was the question of the World War 2 plaques fitted
to the upper plinth on the east and west elevations of the War Memorial.
The Parish Council’s proposal had been that all bronze plaques
should be removed because they were ‘enforced’ solutions to problems
of unexpectedly rapid weathering, in which rather detrimental low-cost
options had been selected in relation to the quality that might be
expected of such plaques. This
view was held by the architect and the stone masons, and the Parish
Council concurred with it.
War Memorials Trust, however, held the view that, because in the case of
the WW2 plaques in particular, there was no ’original engraving’
beneath these, they needed to be treated as ‘original’ in a way that
the WW1 plaques did not. Therefore,
they should remain present, even though they had not been the preferred
option at the time the decision was made to install them.
direct quote from the Parish Council Minutes (Nov 1946) was given on
page 5 of our Proposal, as follows.
Dodds reported that he had been in touch with a stonemason who gave the
opinion that the stone was too weathered to be engraved with further
names. The best proposition was to engrave on inset bronze
War Memorials Trust have now very carefully considered this matter
further in discussion with Historic England and have reached the
conclusion that we may proceed with removal of the WW2 plaques, and with
re-engraving the WW2 names, but subject to our using that part of the
already-available funding contributed by others for this purpose.
Such a solution is entirely acceptable to the Parish Council,
since the balance of funding has already been provided by the Borough
Council and by the community.
it was also suggested by the Trust that we might wish to make a final
check on the view of residents and we do feel this is appropriate as
these matters are very sensitive.
War Memorials Trust state their position in the following words:
fully appreciate that, aesthetically, you may feel the WW2 plaques
detract from the appearance of the war memorial, but this cannot be a
consideration for the parameters of this funding scheme.
plaques are legible, they are performing their intended function and, by
their very existence, tell the continuing story of the memorial and the
community it represents. They are part of what gives the memorial its
historic interest and communal value. For these reasons, we would
strongly encourage you to keep the WWII plaques rather than replace
Parish Council is happy to take any community views into consideration
on this matter, and we would ask anyone who wishes to express a view to
contact the Parish Clerk by 14th August on 01628 522003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
is back by popular demand on Friday 25th September 7pm 11pm
tickets are available now from me. I have kept the price the same
as two years ago at £20 which is great for a 2course meal, Elvis
entertainment, raffle and licensed bar.
All proceeds go to LEUKAEMIA & LYMPHOMA RESEARCH so please come
and support a good cause and have a fun evening.
Please ring Val Eckett on 01628524561 or 07751453732 alternatively you
can e-mail: val.eckett@hotmail
co.uk for tickets.
here for poster.
STREET COMES TO COOKHAM
Mariette Grant has joined forces with a new laser clinic in Cookham to
offer private medical consultations and cosmetic procedures. Dr Grant,
who lives in Marlow, offers aesthetic treatments including Botox, filler
injections and thread facelifts as well as private GP appointments,
joint injections, travel vaccinations, mole checks and skin tag removal.
She offers the treatments at The Laser Clinic Cookham, in Cookham High
Street. The clinic opened in May and also offers the following laser
treatments: tattoo removal, hair removal, age spot and thread vein
removal and carbon skin rejuvenation. The laser treatments are performed
by Wendy Lynch, who owns The Laser Clinic Cookham. Dr Grant says “I
had been working as a GP in Henley for 5 years when I decided to do more
freelance ophthalmology work at Harley Street as well as cosmetic
procedures and private GP consults. I came across the Laser Clinic in
Cookham firstly to have treatment for my thread veins. Wendy and I got
talking and we decided that our different treatments would really
complement each other and we also have the same approach to bespoke
Wendy adds “Mariette and I really believe in the one-on-one
client-based approach. We won’t be hiring staff – clients will
either be seen by myself for laser treatments or by Dr Mariette for her
cosmetic and medical treatments. We also believe in charging affordable
prices for highly professional treatments. Local residents will no
longer have to travel into London to get their moles checked or for
laser or cosmetic treatments.”
The clinic has recently been awarded accreditation by Save Face – an
independent national register of safe cosmetic practitioners.
More information about treatments and prices can be found on the
clinic’s website: www.lasercookham.com
US YOUR FAVOURITE RECIPE
Hazel Powell and Christine Taylor would
love to receive favourite recipes from Cookham Cooks for a cook book
to be published in time for Christmas. The book will be sold
locally to help raise funds for Holy Trinity Church activities. The
recipes can be for starters, mains, sides,desserts,cakes, biscuits,
dips and drinks can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to
the Parish Office, Church Gate, Cookham SL6 9SP. A snap shot of
the cook would also be welcome to include in a photo montage inside
HOUSE VOTED SAINSBURY CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Cookham’s much-loved centre for the over 60s voted in store and online
to make Elizabeth House their preferred charity of the three shortlisted
To the delight of
centre manager Lynne Hatch, Sainsbury’s Maidenhead announced that
their customers had chosen Elizabeth House as their local charity of the
year. “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to make
their vote count”, she said.
“We are now working
together with Sainsbury’s on fundraising activities for the year
FOR STAN OUR LOCAL MAN
Bank of England are looking for depth and breadth of
contribution to British values and the visual arts. Stanley
Spencer’s contribution was truly astonishing - from British
landscapes, gardens and architecture, to much-loved depictions of human
joy and anguish, to magnificent and renowned religious scenes, to
iconic paintings from two World Wars. He was truly one of the
greatest painters of the 20th Century.
here to Vote and some more information
DATE SUNDAY 19TH JULY.
IT’S A LOCAL THING TOO. IMAGINE THE PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND
BENEFIT TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY IF STANLEY WERE TO BE CHOSEN.
don’t think, ‘OK but someone else will do the voting’. YOUR
VOTE IS NEEDED. CLICK LEFT AND IT’S ALMOST DONE.
Year 10 boys from Claire's Court School, Maidenhead, visited the Stanley
Spencer Gallery on Tuesday 7th July and immediately set up this
wonderful polling station to support the choice of Stanley Spencer on
the new £20 banknote.
TRINITY SCHOOL SEND SIGN TO ETHIOPIA
who visited the
community of Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia to set up a community
journalism project for Partners For Change Ethiopia, and as a result forged
a link with Holy Trinity School in
Cookham has picked up the sign
from Damar Signs to send to Ethiopia.
Trinity School had a special assembly yesterday because Mulugeta Gebru,
the head of the charity is visiting from Ethiopia. He will take the
sign back to Ethiopia.
Gebru - head of the charity in Ethiopia, Pete
Jones - the man with the beard and the moustache; Mrs
Nicol - teacher with short hair; Sarah
Parfitt - lady with blonde hair
thanks to Emmy Costa for the photographs
Afterwards a Brain Storming session
was held on Gende Tesfa and Holy Trinity link at Costa.
YEAR SERVICE AWARD FOR ANTHEA
1 to 7 June was National Volunteer Week and Thames Hospice held a tea at
Dorney Lake to celebrate the contribution that many volunteers have made
to their organisation. One person to receive an award was Anthea Webb,
who lives in Cookham Dean and is Chairman of the Cookhams Fundraising
Group. Anthea received a 20 year award for a number of roles she has
undertaken over that time, including serving as Chairman of the Trustees
at Thames Hospice. This was very well deserved.
Hospice is looking for volunteers to join the support group. At present
they are holding three events a year as well as a few committee meetings
to organise these events. They would welcome anyone who loves cooking or
just getting involved. If you are interested please telephone Anthea
Cookhams Fundraising Group hold several fund raising events during the
year, the latest being a talk and lunch in May.
The speaker was Frances Noble, Head of Jewellery for Bonhams
Oxford who gave a fascinating talk and advised those attending about the
historical background and value of their jewellery. Over £1500 was
raised which will help Thames Hospice provide invaluable services to
those with life limiting-illnesses in our area.
AND CHIPPY NOW OPEN
After a very long wait the fish and chip
shop in the Parade opened today. It was originally the Butchers owned by
Roy Gigg and shared with Deliciously French who have now moved to next door to the
Cookham Surgery. Welcome to My Cod.
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'.