MURDERS BEING FILMED IN COOKHAM DEAN
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
PACKED WEEKEND FOR BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS
cubs and scouts from across Cookham and Maidenhead have taken part in
an action-packed weekend of activities.
annual Beaveree was held at Altwood School on Saturday, March 7,
allowing youngsters to try their hand at crafts, cookery, competitions
and other events.
raised £750 in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service,
with 1st Maidenhead Sea Beavers winning a trophy for their efforts to
Cubs held a flag competition, with rounds in compass knowledge,
mapping, knots, a Lego challenge and an obstacle course.
to be outdone, a number of Scouts competed in a cross-country race
around Pinkneys Green.
and MAD Ferrets volunteered their time to make all the events
Parkins, Maidenhead Scouts district commissioner, said: “I estimate
over 230 of our young people did some scouting today.
exception, everywhere I look I see children of all ages and abilities,
joining in and having fun.
things are happening in Scouting.
A SPRING IN YOUR STEP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for
BATON REACHES BERKSHIRE
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.
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.
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.
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’.
FRUIT BATS TO FRUIT FLIES
John Church and chef Ronnie
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.
guests attended the event at the Bel & The Dragon, Cookham and
enjoyed the talk which was followed by a very lively discussion.
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.”
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).
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.
YELLOW LINES IN SUTTON ROAD
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
ART HELP HEAL THE TRAUMA OF WARTIME EXPERIENCE?
Spencer Gallery is seeking to be in touch with people
a special interest in the beneficial effects of art following
traumatic combat experiences.
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.
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
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
We will be creating a Compendium of your thoughts on this
will make sure you receive a copy of the resulting document.
present exhibition is followed, from 2nd April, by a particularly
wide-ranging assembly of Spencer works entitled 'The
Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer'.
Courtenay-Smith, Custodian at the Stanley Spencer Gallery,
TO RUN THE MARATHON FOR ETHIOPIA
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.
AT COOKHAM RISE HELP UGANDAN STUDENTS
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.
for details of how to get involved.
MINIBUS COMMUTE COOKHAM - LONDON
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.
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
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.
RUNNERS RACE TO SUCCESS
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.
SLATER, right AND SARAH WALKER GETTING THEIR PRIZES.
HONOUR CHARLES ELLY DL LAUNCHES ELIZABETH HOUSE MONTHLY TALKS
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.
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.”
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.
dates are 11 May; 8 June; 14 September; 12 October; and 9 November.
more information please email Stephanie Diggon email@example.com
TO MYSELF AND COOKHAM'S COOKHAMNESS
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
Gallery. Tickets £7.50 from Maura Carr on 01628
530181 or from the Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, SL6
CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SERVICE
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
ARTS IN THE CLASSROOM
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.
here for more information about the project.
COACH OPENS ELITE ACADEMY FOR VILLAGE YOUNGSTERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
call call 01189 581556
TO AUDREY AND TONY
was with sadness that Cookham.com learnt of the recent deaths of Audrey
Springate and Dr Tony Diment.
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.
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.
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.