EVENT YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS
event you won’t want to miss! Everyone welcome.
Media Hub is celebrating its 5th birthday at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June
27th at the Bel and the Dragon in Cookham. We are the South East’s
largest networking group for media professionals, so if you haven’t
attended one of our meetings yet, do come along.
are delighted that BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Dotun Adebayo, MBE is
going to be our guest speaker. Dotun will be talking about his career as
a radio presenter and writer to Media Hub member and former 5 Live
colleague Helen Foster.
Dotun’s presentation, there will be the chance to mingle, enjoy some
of chef extraordinaire Ronnie Kimbugwe’ s canapés and relax and
listen to music from Acoustic Soul. With the smooth, hypnotic music of
Renee Cullen on vocals, Steve Hopwood on guitar and former "Mean
Red Spiders" keyboardist Rob Strachan, it will definitely be a
night to remember.
celebrate this special occasion, we have decided to support a cause
close to our hearts - a charity called Partners For Change Ethiopia (www.pfcethiopia.org),
which helps children in poor communities. Media Hub Founder Sarah
Parfitt and her family have been helping the charity since 2013, and
Sarah has travelled to Ethiopia on three occasions.
Trinity C of E School and the village of Cookham have raised more than
£28,000 to support the community of Gende Tesfa in eastern Ethiopia,
which is a PFC Ethiopia project. Thanks to the generosity of people in
this area, we have been able to fund a sports ground, the Breakfast Club
and small business training for 100 mums and dads in Gende Tesfa.
230 children at Gende Tesfa School are currently going to school on an
empty stomach. Every penny from every ticket sold at the Media Hub’s 5th
birthday will help transform lives. By purchasing a ticket for £20, you
will be funding breakfast for six children for a week.
guests will include the Rt Revd Andrew
Proud, the Bishop
of Reading, who was
a Trustee for the charity and Mulugeta Gebru, the head of the charity in
Ethiopia. BBC presenter and journalist Michael Buerk, whose reporting of
the famine in Ethiopia in 1984 inspired the Band Aid song, Do they
know it’s Christmas?, will be sending the Media Hub a special
video message. Michael is currently filming with John Sergeant otherwise
he would have attended our event.
big thank-you to all of the businesses and individuals who are helping
to make June 27th a night to remember, including the Bel and
the Dragon, Carillion Communications, the TV Training Academy, Mah
Images, Caroline Field Photography and Rachel Sellman.
you are a Media Hub member or a friend of Partners For Change Ethiopia,
do come and join our Media Hub 5th birthday celebrations. For
further information, please contact Sarah Parfitt: email@example.com.
Mob: 07900 4117 15. Do join our Media Hub Facebook page if you haven't
you are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation to
save Gende Tesfa Breakfast Club, click
Over a staggering £8,000 was raised at
Cookham Rise School's Interior Design Sale on Saturday 9th June. It was
an absolute must for anyone looking for designer curtains and fabrics at
ridiculously low prices. Some fabric and curtains are still available if
you are interested. Contact Lisa Peters firstname.lastname@example.org
Another sale is planned soon.
Many of you will be aware of the Saving
New Brainstorm School initiative. Started in 2016 by Lisa Peters and the
children of Cookham Rise Primary School, the project is looking to build
a new school for their pen pals; 200 orphaned children in Kampala,
Uganda. Every single penny raised from the sale will go directly into
funds for the new build.
BOSS: VICKI PSARIAS
Psarias will be speaking at the Media Hub at the Bel & the Dragon in
Cookham on Thursday 14th June at 8pm. She
is a blogger, vlogger, author, filmmaker, TV director and founder
of one of the biggest blogs worldwide, Honest Mum®, Vicki lives in
can read an interview with Vicki click here.
MOVEMENT OF LIGHT
House, Cookham, is delighted to be showing the vibrant watercolours
of Polish artist Agata Szymaniec from 11th June - 13th July.
Agata Szymaniec is
a watercolour artist based in Wallingford and born in 1978 in Katowice,
Poland. An inveterate traveller, her inspiration comes from the
movement of light. "The moment when paper absorbs the water
with every touch of the brush - from a strong feeling translated into
light, from a straight line into a mysterious wash - it is so powerful
and magical. I present the dynamic of life in the city where I
try to capture atmosphere, mood, light, colour and obviously people
who are in the middle of my artwork. Painting with watercolour is an
illusion, a spectacle where I create the story, catch the feelings and
stop the audience for a moment to convey emotion, optimism, warm
atmosphere or even mysterious moments.”
come and see Agata's work during the usual opening hours of Elizabeth
House i.e weekdays from
9am to 3pm with a one hour break from
noon. The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, SL6 6PE
- ST BENOIT TWINNING 2018
the dates Saturday 20th October to Monday 22nd
October when Cookham will be welcoming visitors from St Benoit,
continuing the annual Twinning exchange started in 1993.
planned in the full couple of days include a skittles evening at the
Greyhound in Eton Wick on Sunday evening, a trip to Oxford including the
Bodlean Library, Sheldonian Theatre and Exeter College on Monday, and a
social evening and Indian meal at Cookham Dean Cricket Club. Anyone can
participate in one or more of these events.
helps us to learn about other countries, in this case France, both
through visits that show aspects of local and national life, and general
conversations between visitors and hosts. Visitors stay in family
environments and informality is the order of the day.
knowledge of French is useful but certainly not essential as there are
several English speakers in the St Benoit group. However if you want to
brush up on your French language skills, this is a good opportunity to
Cookham Twinning team are currently looking for hosts to accommodate our
visitors – if you’d be interested in doing this please contact Keith
Le Page (email@example.com).
And if you’d like to join Cookham Twinning and get involved in the
weekend’s activities in part or full, please contact Membership
Secretary Stephanie Diggon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
TO HIM" ALBUM LAUNCH
Cookham Reident Stuart Epps)
are very pleased and proud to announce the forthcoming release of
our album "Listen to Him "
This has been an amazing journey with our co - contributor and amazing
lyricist John Church .
We are about to promote the Launch, including an evening at holy trinity
Church on the 29th June .
We will be playing the album and talking about its making .
All proceeds for the sale of the album and the evening are going to the
Church restoration fund .
Would be very grateful if you could help promote it on Cookham.com and
any other way you might think of .
Tickets are already available at the church office and at the stationers
details on the poster attached .
Here is a trailer to give you some idea of the album content .
WORLD BIODIVERSITY EXPERT
Cookham's world biodiversity expert
to speak at WildCookham event - 11th June
Nigel Stork is a leading world expert on biodiversity and he returns
home in June for a WildCookham event on the subject.
His talk, 'Biodiversity: the local response to a global
crisis', will be in the Odney Club's Sir Peter Miller Centre,
courtesy of the John Lewis Partnership, with the added attraction of a
chance to see the club's grounds and also enjoy a guided tour around
Nigel, brother of Cookham Festival chairman Malcolm, now lives in
Australia and was most recently Dean of Research for Sciences at
Australia’s Griffith University before retiring and being appointed
Emeritus Professor at the university. His particular field of study has
been insect biodiversity patterns in forests across Europe, the
Americas, Africa and Asia as well as Australia. He also served on
the UK National Biodiversity Committee and was a lead author of the 1994
UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
He will bring this
exceptional experience to his talk and will relate it to more local
issues – for example, urban biodiversity, public parks and golf
courses – all of which is highly relevant to our own local challenges.
Register to attend at www.meetup.com/WildCookham/events/250481077/
or by emailing email@example.com.
If you want the guided tour you can register at the Odney Club from 6pm:
spaces are limited. The bar in the Sir Bernard Miller Centre will be
open from 6pm to 7.30pm, so come and make an evening of it!
There will be no charge for
attending the event but a donation to Wild Maidenhead and WildCookham
funds will be welcome.
TO WATERPERRY GARDENS
to a generous benefactor, a coachload of members, volunteers and staff
from Elizabeth House went to Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire in April
for lunch and wandered around the gardens.
arrived, had a quick coffee and then visited the onsite museum full of
old brewery memorabilia, farming and village life – with a few
surprises! Who knew that sheep and goats could have little welly
boots for their feet?
to café, we enjoyed an amazing roast chicken dinner, apple pie and
cream and tea or coffee, then spent time shopping, visiting to the old
church to see the stained glass windows or walking in the grounds. There
is so much to see at Waterperry Gardens that members have asked to come
back for a longer visit later in the year.
QUIZ IN TOWN
the best Quiz in town (on the night)
quizmaster John Sykes put the general knowledge of Elizabeth House
supporters to the test with his challenging and well-researched
Jill Cruse and helpers cooked and served a delicious meal and Bernadette
Clark (pictured) sold raffle tickets on the night.
fundraising event raised over £1,625 for Cookham’s much loved day
TO DANCE YOUR WAY ROUND THE BALLROOM?
to dance your way round the ballroom? Now is the time to learn!
the success of her present Beginners Ballroom and Latin class which has
now graduated to become an Improvers class, Penny Bysshe, a professional
Ballroom and Latin teacher and a Cookham resident, is starting a new
Beginners Ballroom and Latin class at the Pinder Hall, Lower Road,
Cookham Rise on Friday 8th June 6.30-7.30pm. The class will
run every Friday until 20th July and after the summer break
will start again at 6.30pm on Friday 14th September. Couples
and singles are welcome and the cost is £7.50 per person.
dances taught at the classes are the Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango,
Cha-Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive.
already runs two Ballroom and Latin classes on Friday evening at the
Pinder Hall, one for Improvers and one for those who know the basic
steps and want to learn a bit more. If you would like to start the
Beginners Ballroom and Latin class on June 8th or one of the
classes already running please contact Penny Bysshe on 01628 526819.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
or join the Cookham Au Pair Network Facebook page.