EXHIBITION HAS INTERNATIONAL REACH
Stanley Spencer ‘Paradise Regained’ Exhibition HAS INTERNATIONAL
at the Stanley Spencer Gallery have been delighted at the level of
interest shown in the new Summer Exhibition, Paradise Regained, which
explores Spencer’s struggle on
returning from the Great War to regain his artistic vision.
set in Spencer's beloved Cookham are displayed alongside depictions
of poignant wartime memories. Wonderful, monumental Spencer works,
loaned by the Tate, are included with paintings loaned by private owners
and others selected from the Gallery's own major collection.
newspapers have given excellent coverage to the Exhibition, which has
also been featured in the Wall Street International magazine. Visitors in the first two weeks of the Exhibition have
included travellers from Europe and as far afield as USA and Australia.
a current Visitor Survey, the Gallery has been variously described as an
‘intimate gem of a gallery’ and a ‘national treasure’.
Chairman of the Trustees, Stuart Conlin, said, “It is fantastic
that our new Summer Exhibition has had such a positive reception.
We are also proud to be contributing to the local economy by
bringing visitors to Cookham”.
Gallery’s website www.stanleyspencer.org.uk
includes an informative video covering some of the thinking behind the
exhibition and previewing certain of the exhibits.
of the most remarkable stories told within this Exhibition concerns this
tiny copy of Travoys
with Wounded Soldiers Arriving at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia,
The original painting was Spencer’s officially
commissioned war picture, his largest work to date at that time.
It is currently on display in the Imperial War Museum.
9.5 x 15.5cm copy was created in the autograph album of a small girl,
Gwyn Pinder-Brown, who presented it to the Gallery in 1987.
The sketch is extraordinary
- for its
miniaturisation, its accuracy in relation to the original painting, its
use of watercolour as opposed to the oils of the original, and its
evidence of Spencer’s sheer kindness, in having gone to all this
trouble for little Gwyn’s autograph album
SARAH AND RACHEL IN THE LONDON MARATHON
Cookham mums, Sarah Parfitt and Rachel Harding, attempt their respective
marathons at the weekend, they will be fundraising for Holy Trinity C of
E School (in Cookham) and Cookham Nursery.
world's leading independent publisher of children's books, Walker Books
has agreed to donate a book for each of the 52.4 miles the two
run, and the TTS-group, which provides educational items to schools,
will be donating some footballs and other balls if they complete their
Philpott, a spokesperson from Walker Books, said that she thought that
running a marathon in support of literacy was “a brilliant idea”,
and added that her company supported any initiative which encouraged
children to read, and to foster a love of reading from an early age.
am always so impressed with people who have the enthusiasm, dedication
and will-power to put in the time and effort to train for marathons,
especially people who fit it around having kids! I wish my mum had done
something like this when I was little,” she said.
won her London Marathon place in the ballot
at the Cookham Running Club Christmas party. Although this will be
Sarah’s 13th marathon as a “fun runner”, her last one
was 3 years ago. She has been following a 12 week programme:
the training in with my work and family commitments has meant quite a
few 5.30am starts, but I am used to that as a mother. I have really
loved doing my long training runs with Rachel and other friends, and the
track sessions with Paddy McGrath at Braywick on a Thursday night. The
support we have received from the Cookham Running Club has been nothing
short of amazing,” she said.
Keynes (May 5th) will be Rachel’s first ever marathon,
having been a keen runner for 5 years, and wanted to give herself a huge
personal challenge: “I wanted to see whether I could actually do it
and to see what running 26.2 miles feels like. I now know that it’s
going to be painful but I know I will get
around, and am looking forward to crossing the finish-line.”
you would like to sponsor Sarah and Rachel, please go to: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cookhammarathonmums
FIRST CHURCH HOLIDAY CAMP
response as the details for Cookham’s first church holiday camp are
football, drama, Bible-readings, a magic-show and a children’s disco
are just a few of the activities on the menu at Rocky’s Plaice Fish
and Chip Shop Holiday Camp in Cookham this summer. It will run daily
from 9am to 3pm from Monday, 28th July to Friday, 1st
August at Holy Trinity Church Parish Centre.
fun-filled activities week, which will introduce children aged 5-11 to
the Christian faith, is the first of its kind in the village and is
being organised by the Benefice of the Cookhams. The camp will be set in
an imaginary fish and chip shop and will be interactive and full of
coordinator Christine Taylor says that the holiday camp is based on
other similar projects like Lighthouse which children absolutely love.
The former teacher and Sunday School leader explained why she had got
involved with the project: “Christianity
is important to me as I believe it provides a good foundation in a
hectic world - a place of peace and hope.”
have been overwhelmed and delighted by the support they have received so
far from the local community. More than 16 businesses and organisations,
including Dave the Disco, the Pro-Direct Soccer Academy, Stageworks,
Little Samurai, the Bel and the Dragon, Cookham Running Club and
Immortal Fitness are donating goods and activity sessions.
Sarah Parfitt and Sarah Rodi, who founded the Cookham Media Hub, have
been coordinating the publicity and sponsorship for the event:
response from local businesses has been amazing. As well as introducing
children to Christianity, the holiday camp is going to be a celebration
of community. It is an inclusive event and open to everyone. So come
along and support it and encourage your children to ditch their Xboxes
and iPads for the week and get active!” said Ms Parfitt.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on
Monday, 14TH April at the Stationery Depot in Cookham, and
there are only 60 spaces available. A voluntary donation of £30 per
child per week is suggested. However, the organisers don’t want to
exclude any child whose parents can’t afford it, so will
accept any donation or none if in some cases this is necessary.
team is still looking for a few more parents and carers to help out
during the week. If you are happy to donate a couple of days of your
time, please contact Chris Harris: email@example.com
or phone: 01628 533201 or
07786 272 136
press enquiries, call Sarah Parfitt on 07900 411715, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
organisers wish to thank the following sponsors for their generosity:
Dave the Disco. CSQ Limited Managing Consultants, The
Pro-Direct Soccer Academy, The Bel and the Dragon, Stageworks, Immortal
Bootcamp, The Samurai, Fitness Group, Country Stores, The Niche Gift
Shop, Maceys, The Handmade Cake Company, The Cookham Media
Hub, Patrick Ashe, the magician, Cookham Running Club, Africa Turns
Green, Mums About Cookham, Parfitt Media
JAMES IN WORDS APART THEATRE COMPANY
actor Richard James is to return to Pinder Hall with Words Apart
Theatre Company on Friday 2nd May with two of his one act plays, 'Bill
& Ben' and 'The Dreaming'. The first play concerns writer Ben
Jonson being jailed for the murder of an actor, only to be visited by
a rather famous playwright who you might just recognise. The second
concerns two men who wake up in a room they don't recognise with no
idea how they got there or even who they are!
As Richard and his fellow actor Dean Laccohee live some distance
apart, they learn all their words apart (hence the company name), only
coming together for a couple of days' intensive rehearsal as the
performance dates approach. Pinder Hall is one of three venues the
theatre company are playing in the first week of May. When they last
played Cookham they sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Tickets are £10 and now on sale at the Stationery Depot, Cookham, or
by emailing email@example.com
GRAND PRIX ORGANISERS ACCLAIM COURT RULING
Kaffirs of Cookham Dean were celebrating last night after a court
granted an interim injunction which they hope will reduce the danger of
‘flashmobs’ of visitors swamping the village this summer.
ruling will prevent social media including Facebook and Twitter from
directing responses to the online search term “Gravity Grand Prix”
to websites hosted outside Cookham.
Gravity Grand Prix is an open event and we have no control over numbers,
despite our very reasonable suggestion that the Parish Council sets up
checkpoints.” said Mr Bartlett, one of the event organisers.
are concerned that the event could be overwhelmed with outsiders once it
gets out on Twitter and Facebook. We want to keep it local, and our
advice was that the only way we could legally stop them was through
trade mark law. We have now successfully restricted the use of the
Gravity Grand Prix trade mark outside of Cookham,” he added.
ruling was delivered by Mr Justice Thumbs QC in the London City and
court accepted the “Infinitus
est numerus stultorum”
accepting that the Kaffirs own the unregistered intellectual
property rights in the phrase “Gravity Grand Prix”.
court accepted that the term should be given full trade mark status
because the Kaffirs have used the phrase as a ‘trade mark in
display’ for over seven years. The term is also recognised by the OED,
in the same way as ‘Formula One’.
new status gives the Kaffirs, as owners of the trade mark, rights to
how, when, where and who can use it. With immediate effect, any
online search for the term ‘Gravity Grand Prix’ originating outside
Cookham will receive a message saying ‘316 Error. Page not available
Intellectual property withheld’.
Gravity Grand Prix is a free family day out with its own special
atmosphere, and we want to keep it that way” explained Mr Austen,
another member of the organising committee. ”We have limited
parking and toilet facilities, so we want to encourage people who live
nearby to walk here. We are also asking locals to use their own toilet
put it bluntly, we don’t want people from Marlow to drive up to the
Dean, park their car, enjoy the day and contribute nothing more than
their effluent.” A visibly emotional Mr Austen continued: “I have
this need to control the crowd and the interlopers don’t listen, Most
of them don’t realise how strict I am, because they have never been to
the Boxing Day Games. They’re just too lazy to get up.”
chair Mr Webb said: “We are pleased that the law has recognised that
these social networks need reining in. We did consider issuing new
advantage cards to all residents in Silver, Gold and Black - one for
each of the Cookhams. This would have allowed us to identify
undesirables very easily, but the plan was rejected on the grounds of
for Twitter and Facebook were unavailable for comment. The judge
declined to shake hands at the end of the case.
full transcript of the ruling can be seen on www.gravitygrandprix.co.uk
This is almost believable Infinitus
est numerus stultorum = infinite
are the number of fools. Justice
Thumbs declined to shake hands at the end of the case.
The April exhibition at the Gallery at
Elizabeth House features a well-known local artist who is sadly moving
away from the area. So this will be Gail Dorrington's 'Swan
Song' show, opening on Monday 31st March and continuing till Friday
In line with the theme of the show, the works comprise many of Gail's
local paintings on and around the river. Gail brings a great sense
of colour and movement to her work, in particular picking up the water
reflections on the Thames. She has been one of the most successful
exhibitors at the Gallery so this is a great opportunity to see (and
buy) one of her works before she moves to Devon.
Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
Normal opening times are 9am to 3pm weekdays. More
information at www.thegalleryatelizabethhouse.org.uk.
PLANT TO BE NEW VICAR OF THE COOKHAMS
2014 the four Benefice Church Wardens the Patron, the Bishop of Reading
and two representatives of the
Maidenhead and Windsor Deanery spent ten hours interviewing and
assessing three outstanding candidates for the position of the new Vicar
of the Cookhams. The decision was to offer the position to Nick Plant
the current Associate Priest, A search to fill Nick's current role will
the best to Nick for his future as the new Vicar of the Cookhams.
DEAN FOOTBALL CLUB LOTTERY
Football Club are raising much needed club funds but with a difference -
the CDFC 200 Lottery gives any one who enters the chance to win the
Holiday of a lifetime courtesy of Club Chairman Jimmy Bennett - a two
week holiday in Marco Island Florida is up for grabs and another £2000
click on the link for more details http://www.cookhamdeanfc.co.uk/club/News/view/822835
If you or a friend would like to enter there are several ways to pay -
you might chose to pay on-line or by visiting the clubhouse on a match
please contact Vice Chairman Martyn Sid Newell firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information, you will be helping our 135 year old club to carry
OFF THE POUNDS
HAS sprung and what better time to put on your trainers and take up
running? The next of Cookham Running Club’s hugely popular Couch to
5km courses, lead by top coach and former international athlete Paddy
kicks off on March 12. Over the 6-week course, particpants are guided
from walking/slow jogging to running 5km. Cost is £40 for the course
which includes entry to the 5km, discount at Runner’s Retreat shop in
Marlow and free trial membership of Cookham Running Club. Contact Paddy
on 07714 950748 or email@example.com
to reserve a place. But hurry, as each course fills up faster than you
can tie your shoe laces!
ACTION KIDS MIXING WITH THE STARS
KIDS MIXING WITH THE STARS AT THE UK’S BIGGEST DANCE FESTIVAL IN
LONDON THIS SUNDAY
of Berkshire’s leading children’s entertainment companies, Sima’s
Action Kids will join
the likes of dance
icon, Darcey Bussell and take part in the Move It dance festival
at Earl’s Court this Sunday. The event, which is in its ninth year, is
expected to attract more than 20,000 avid dance-fans from all over the
founder, Sima Stannage took her children, Natasha and Chloe to Move It
as a Mothering Day present for herself last year, and is delighted to be
donning her dancing shoes and performing on stage this year:
overwhelmed by the buzz and energy at the event last year. I am thrilled
to have been asked to share the Sima’s Action Kids experience with
other dance fans. It’s going to be fantastic which is why I am taking
my whole family with me!”
says that her daughters, Chloe and Natasha are going to be her
“special helpers” on the day. She will also be joined by her niece
who performed in Olympic Opening ceremony in 2012: “My children, like
me, love dance and enjoy the way you can express yourself through dance.
It’s such a portable skill and you require very little equipment –
just some music which inspires you and a suitable space. We just want to
share this passion with others!”
It organiser, Nathalie Flaxington says the team has introduced special
classes for the under 16 market and Sima’s Action Kids is perfect for
that category: “Sima’s class will be a lively and dynamic session
for the under 12s, focussing on fitness in a fun and enjoyable way. Here
at Move It, we feel that it’s really important for kids to learn how
to stay fit at an early age.”
to the event organisers, there will be something to suit everyone’s
dancing taste at the festival. Visitors
will be able to choose from a staggering 240 classes from all genres of
dance and for all abilities during the 3 day dance event which runs from
Friday, 7th March until Sunday, 10th March.
Move It festival will mark the start of Sima’s Action Kids’ 2014
tour: “It's the first time I have taken on such a mission but I am
very excited. I just need to work hard to ensure that all my events are
fun and dynamic.”
interviews please phone Sima Stannage on: 07956 993 439. For more
information about Move It, please go to: http://www.moveitdance.co.uk/
A VIP PACKAGE FOR LET'S ROCK THE MOOR
Win an amazing VIP
package to Lets Rock The Moor 2014 - The Ultimate 80s Festival - with
Absolute Radio and Sanctum Hotels.
Tune into Absolute Radio running next Friday on Absolute Radio March 7th
7pm the offer is:
2 x Pairs of VIP Tickets to the event.
PLUS a room for two at the luxurious Sanctum on the Green Hotel in
Cookham Dean - winner of "Best Country House" - World Luxury
Hotel Awards 2012 & 2013. PLUS you'll also get a Meet & Greet
with ABC - meet Martin Fry in person, have your photo taken with him, a
glass of bubbly and a Let's Rock! 2014 goody bag which will include a
Lets Rock 80s Volume 1 CD signed by Martin, a Let's Rock! 2014 tee-shirt
and a souvenir programme.
This event is almost sold out, so don't miss the opportunity to see our
biggest line up yet! Buy your tickets today by clicking on the BOOK
Let’s Rock The Moor! returns for its 6th year on Saturday 17th May
2014 in Cookham, Berkshire. With a fabulous line-up of artists to
bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed day of general
80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this Family Friendly
New for 2014 is our Changeover Party which includes an array of
entertainment during those dull band changeovers, including our new
"BigScreen Sing", DJ's from Absolute 80s, other Entertainers
and TV legends to keep the party going for the whole day!
Tons of attractions to keep the children happy, such as our new free
Bigtopmania circus, a super funfair including water rides and soft play
areas, as well as children’s entertainers from BBC/ITV, Let’s Rock
The Moor! offers the perfect day out for all the family. Multiple bars
and a wide range of quality food outlets, selling everything from
hotdogs to Maliks’ award-winning Tandoori, means every taste is
catered for. Luxury toilets will also be available for those that like a
little bit of festival luxury plus a new, fantastic VIP package.
Don’t miss out on this ultimate retro blast!
EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY
March exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House features local
artist Satu Vartiainen. The show opens on 3rd
March and continues through to 28th March.
Finnish-born Maidonian , Satu lived many years in Paris where she
started to learn about art, drawing and painting. She attended
d’Art Martenot art school for a couple of
years before moving to England.
loves modern semi-abstract paintings but also enjoys old Masters and
all kinds of artworks. Her
own style is somewhere between figurative and abstract and the media
used is mainly acrylic on canvas or MDF board.
writes, “When starting a new project I think of a subject and draw a
couple of lines on canvas, choose colours and painting tools and then
it just happens. I paint until I’m satisfied with
the composition , the balance, the colour combination and most of all,
until the painting is a pleasure to look at”.
is an active member of Cookham Arts Club. She has
taken part in several exhibitions locally and in France and has had
four of her paintings published in art magazines. This is her third
FLOODS GO ON
Thanks to Steve Clark for some photos of
the floods taken on 16 February.
here to view them
the event that Cookham Village is again totally cut off by road, Holy
Trinity Church will run an emergency service to help people who are
stranded and unable to reach the outside world.
you need any shopping doing, or a prescription collecting from the
pharmacy, please get in touch with the church and ask for help. You can
do this in one of three ways:
E-mail your name, address and the things you need to the
following special e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop off a note with your details and a list to the Parish
Office at the Parish Centre, Church Gate, Cookham.
Phone the Parish Office (01628 529661) and leave your name
address and phone number. The office will not take any details of your
needs, but will pass on your message for a volunteer helper to contact
the church obviously cannot help with any problems related to actual
flood defences, road closures or safety issues, if you do have a concern
arising from the floods and would like to speak to someone,
‘phone the Parish Office and leave a message. We cannot guarantee to
resolve every issue but we can try.
are reminded that Cookham Voluntary Services (01628 523839), based at
Elizabeth House, provides a transport service for all patients of the
Cookham Medical Centre who, for whatever reason, do not have access to
their own transport to reach appointment at the Medical Centre or at
hospitals or clinics.
NEEDED FOR CRICKET CLUB VISITOR
'Cookham Dean Cricket Club are
currently looking for accommodation in the village for a Zimbabwean
overseas player , during Summer 2014 (early May until early September)
We are very much a community cricket club, playing on Whyteladyes Lane
near the intersection with High Road
We cater for all abilities, with three sides on Saturday playing league
cricket, along with friendly sides on Sundays and even an over-45s side.
We also have hundreds of colts playing and training throughout the week
A lot of sides in our league import one player from overseas to boost
their side, and last season we brought over a 21 year old Zimbabwean
from Bulawayao, which was a resounding success. Not only did his
performances on the pitch help , but he was also constantly on hand to
coach youngsters and help our groundsman around the club.
If anybody would be prepared to open up their home to another young
(under 23) lad from Zimbabwe, then the club would be delighted to hear
from you, and of course offer cash in exchange.
Please contact Ben Millar on 07854 218194, if you feel you may be able
to help, or offer any suggestions
LAUNCHES LUNCH TIME LATIN CLUB
roads lead to Rome for pupils at a Cookham Dean school as they don togas
for their new lunchtime Latin club.
School is keen to get children interested in the classical language and
has set up the Latin club which is open to Herries pupils in Years 4,5
and 6 and runs on a Monday lunchtime. The
children will learn the basics of the Latin language and culture.
Sophie Green said,
"It's a fantastic opportunity for our pupils. As well as gaining an
understanding of an ancient civilisation, knowledge of the Latin
language can improve a child's literacy and help them to decipher tricky
English words. Pupils in the group are also already starting to make
connections between French and Latin and they are so pleased with
themselves when they spot a connection. The children are really enjoying
the classes, particularly the ones that involve dressing up in Roman
TRINITY HELPS HOSPICE
The Advent, Christmas Day and Epiphany
Carol Services at Holy Trinity Church raised a total of £1526.87 for
Helen & Douglas House (providing hospice and palliative care for
children and young adults in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties).
Thank you to all who gave so generously.