Hear ye Hear ye! The Crier is always looking for things to shout about! Feel free to submit your Thoughts, Poems, Photos, Requests or anything you like to thecrier@cookham.com


29 May 2016 

There are six days to go until the Blenheim Palace Triathlon and Cookham's Sarah Parfitt has been in training.. As she says "Yikes! Fortunately, I have a "partner in crime" - Joshua is going to do the Junior Duathlon and our team name is "Keen as Mustard".

As many friends know, I am an Ambassador for a fantastic charity called PFC Ethiopia, so we're raising money for Gende Tesfa School. Cookham's current fundraising total is an amazing £9,129.54 (WOW!). We have already built a sports ground and funded the Breakfast Club at the school and also constructed water-points in the village, but Joshua and I would like to make that £10,000 so that we can change more children's lives. If you would like to make a donation, however small, here is the link:

The last 4 or 5 weeks have been a steep learning curve for me - I have been trying to learn how to do the crawl and I have swum in a lake in a wetsuit for the first time. My friend Bridget King has also introduced me to "the joy" (!!) of a road bike and clip-in pedals! Thanks Bridget. Good luck to Paul Harris and Gerald Cooper who are also doing Blenheim too. Caroline Field and Renee Cullen - wish you could be there next Saturday!


26 May 2016 

Just when the police were putting out warnings about ensuring that land was protected from "visitors", they arrived on Cookham Moor. Let's Rock the Moor which happened last Saturday was being cleared up so the track to Marsh Meadow had not been blocked off, so several caravans and cars took the opportunity to Park on the Moor. The National Trust looked on and wrung their hands. It is just hoped they will move on before the Scout Fair in a couple of weeks time. Unless they are put off by the dog walkers and the crowds at the Crown before that.


20 May 2016 

A packed audience in the Stanley Spencer Gallery on the evening of 12th May 2016 learned how the enchanting roofs of old Cookham are soon to be on exhibition in Australia and also how the diminutive Stanley Spencer had to gaze upwards to paint a sunflower.

These beautiful paintings and many others, most unseen for more than half a century in the UK, are to be exhibited at Carrick Hill Museum and Gallery in South Australia from 3rd August to 4th December, 2016.

The Loan Exhibition of Contemporary British Art in 1935 was the original event which led to the paintings of Stanley Spencer going to Adelaide and to Carrick Hill. This exhibition caused a sensation and the Carrick Hill owners, the Hayward family, formed a particular fascination with the work of Stanley Spencer. Following a series of connections and coincidences, many of Spencer’s paintings were subsequently purchased in Australia and remain there to this day.

Richard Heathcote, Director of Carrick Hill, talked about the forthcoming exhibition, which will feature Spencer’s flower and garden paintings. The exhibition is to be accompanied by an educational programme regarding Spencer, including a book and a documentary film. Filming for this is to take place in the Stanley Spencer Gallery towards the end of this month.

Gallery Chairman, Stuart Conlin commented ,” This is a most significant part of ‘The Year of Stanley Spencer’, the details of which are on our website. Carrick Hill is our Cultural Partner and we were delighted to receive such an entertaining and illuminating account from Richard Heathcote.. We look forward to the filming later this month”.


14 May 2016 

On May 13th 2016 the competition was launched at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham. As part of the Cookham Festival 2017,  the Cookham Festival has linked up with the Stanley Spencer Gallery to organise an International Poetry Competition. on the theme of Sir Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs.  There will be three judges Professor Peter Robinson from the University of Reading, poet Jane Draycott and Carolyn Leder, trustee and curator of the Stanley Spencer Gallery. 

Why not write a poem? Click here for more information on entry – closing date for the competition is 30th September 2016.


11 May 2016 

Cookham Running Club’s website has had an overhaul and re-design as it continues to attract more and more new visitors. The popular club now has around 150 members, including a flourishing junior section that is challenging for major honours in league and championship athletics events. At senior level, the club caters for everyone from the complete beginner to top level age group runners, some of whom have competed for Great Britain. There are many social events including regular club handicap races on the Moor and Summer barbecues. The club’s Facebook page, Cookham Running, was set up a month ago and already has almost 250 followers. You can visit the new website at www.cookhamrunningclub.com


8 May 2016 

Over 100 people came along to our launch event. It was heartening to see the level of support for the campaign, including from Theresa May, MP. But the work has only just begun.....

We understand that both Oakford Homes and  Berkeley Homes will be submitting their applications for development very shortly.
In the meantime, we are always looking for ideas from people who are able to offer some practical help as the campaign ramps up. Attached is a document offering some suggestions to get you started however, in particular we are looking for people to act as a representative for their road to help distribute leaflets and be a key contact for both the Save Poundfield group and your neighbouring houses. If you think you are able to help with this or in any other way then please let us know confirming the road or roads you would like to represent poundfieldprotection1@gmail.com 
Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and please don't forget to spread the word and encourage your friends and family to register their support at: www.savepoundfield.co.uk


5 May 2016 

The Cookham Reach Sailing Club defibrillator has been installed and is now fully operational.  It’s on the river bank outside the club.  It’s there for every river user and everybody in the Cookham community.


4 May 2016 

Bourne End Mum Silvana saw the award winning Mum2Mum Market being pitched on Dragons Den in February.

Inspired by the the opportunity to help mums buy children’s items at massive discounts and earn an income whilst working around her family commitments she decided to bring the pop up market to Pinder Hall Cookham in June.

Mum2mum market nearly new sales provide an opportunity for parents to sell on and recycle their outgrown baby clothes and equipment to other families. 

With at least 20 mums selling at every mum2mum market there is a huge choice of baby and children’s items for sale.  All goods for sale must be in excellent condition and sellers keep 100% of their proceeds on the day.


Goods for sale range from large items such as prams, cots, toys, books, baby equipment as well as clothes from newborn to age six.

Local mum Silvana will be launching mum2mum market in Cookham at the Pinder Hall.

Silvana says ‘I heard about mum2mum market on Dragons Den and thought it was a brilliant idea.  I am so excited to be giving local parents the opportunity to buy great quality second hand and sometimes new goods or make some cash from their outgrown children’s stuff.’  

The first Mum2Mum Market will be held at The Pinder Hall Lower Road , Cookham Rise, Berkshire SL6 9EH June 11th 2016 at 14:30 to 16:30.

Admission is £2 on the door, children free, and free admission after for the last half hour of the sale.  Full information at www.mum2mummarket.co.uk


You would be most welcome to come along to a mum2mum market to see for yourself what it is all about!


1 May 2016 

The Save Poundfield launch was held yesterday Saturday 30 April. The organisers said:

 "Huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend the "Save Poundfield" launch yesterday. There were over 100 people in total who came along. It was heartening to see the level of support for the campaign, including from Theresa May who did a sterling job! You may spot yourself on the attached photo (yes, even the sun came out for us, for a while at least)! Please look out for reports of the launch in next week's "Maidenhead Advertiser" and "Bucks Free Press".

We understand that Berkeley Homes will be submitting their application for development within the next couple of months and you will receive a further email in the near future from us giving you more information as to how you can help to oppose this.

In the meantime, we are always looking for ideas from people who are able to offer some practical help as the campaign ramps up. This could be in lots of ways, but some examples are: delivering leaflets, displaying banners, publicity, fundraising etc.

If you are able to offer to do any of this or have some ideas and thoughts of your own then we would love to hear from you so please do get in touch via this email address. poundfieldprotection1@gmail.com 

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and please don't forget to spread the word and encourage your friends and family to register their support at: www.savepoundfield.co.uk "


28 April 2016 

On Tuesday, May 10 2016 6:30pm - 8:15pm Cookham Dean Football Club will be crowning a superb season  in the Final of the Berkshire Trophy Cup. They will be playing AFC Aldermaston, the Thames Valley Premier League Champions, at the: Madejski Stadium on the A33 in Reading. A very small entrance fee is payable on the gate at the Madejski Stadium and Parking is plentiful at the ground and that is Free.

Contact: sidneynewell@aol.com more information can be found on the Club's web site www.cookhamdeanfc.co.uk 

Photo at last weekend's Cup Semi Final victory when Cookham Dean Football Club beat Tilehurst side Westwood United 3-2 to reach the Final


14 April 2016 

Keith Jenkins is running for Asthma UK in the London Marathon on 24th April. This year they contacted him at the last minute as they had had runners drop out.

Keith says "I have asthma which is well controlled but I have had an asthma attack in the past and it was a very scary experience. Since I’ve been fundraising for Asthma UK I have met a number of people who have really bad asthma and have also met people who have lost loved ones to asthma. Asthma affects so many people both here in the UK and around the world, most people know somebody with asthma."

Keith lives in Cookham and does a fair amount of running, often with his border collie Fleet. Besides running the London marathon he is also running ‘Race to the King’, a double marathon (52 miles) along the South Downs Way with 5412 feet of elevation on the 25th June http://www.racetotheking.com/ and then three weeks later he is following this with a 100km ultra along the Ridgeway in ‘Race to the Stones’ which is on the 16th July http://www.racetothestones.com/

Keith's fundraising site is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Keith2016 if you want to support him.

Stephen Fry has prepared a fundraising video for Keith Click here 


10 April 2016 

The 2016-17 WEA Maidenhead time table is now available for anyone who would like to book a session. They are running a third film course in Cookham Dean this year. 


Ann Danks is giving a series of classes on The Art of Stanley Spencer: Sacred and Profane for the WEA in the Autumn. 


The course explores the extraordinary world of this  most original twentieth century artist. Famous for portrayals of biblical events taking place in his native village of Cookham, Spencer was also an official war artist and a fine painter of landscapes and portraits, whose colourful personal life inspired a revolution in the painting of the nude.


6 meetings and 1 visit on Tuesdays, starting 20 September

Fee: £57.40 Venue: St Joseph’s Centre, Cookham Rd, SL6 7EG.


The course is sure to be popular – so please book early to secure your place.  For information about WEA Maidenhead, other classes and booking, please look online or pick up a brochure from the Cookham station, The Stationery Depot or from Cookham library.


7 April 2016 

Last night Jayne from Seconds Out and Adam from the Rose Boutique asked the Parish Council how they could help Cookham High Street to continue to look its very best at Christmas this year. They said "It’s such a fabulous scene for Residents and visitors, it would be dreadful if we could not replace the lights that are a decade past their sell-by-date."


Borough Cllr M-J Saunders said "Cookham is far from alone. Across the Borough, including in Windsor and Maidenhead, the opportunity to give Residents and businesses a lift at Christmas has needed help.  RBWM has recognised this need, providing financial or practical support to help High Streets across the Borough offer inspiring Christmas displays.


And now the Residents, visitors and businesses in Cookham High Street will benefit from this support.  The Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Simon Dudley, and the RBWM Finance Officers have today added Cookham, with an allocation of £15,000 to help adorn the High Street with new Christmas lights and decorations.  The remaining funding required will be contributed by the High Street businesses and local Residents.


There is a wealth of experience across the Borough in how best to present local Christmas displays, including the Maidenhead Town Manager, Steph James, who works closely with the town and its businesses with a programme of inspiring events, including the new Christmas lights last year. I’m sure the dedicated organisers of Cookham’s celebrations will be liaising with Steph and other experts in Windsor and elsewhere to dress Cookham in its very best at Christmas."


1 April 2016 

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has confirmed that sleeping policemen will be installed in the Dean to help enforce the new 30 mph limit imposed last year.


The announcement will give many local residents the hump, not least because there has been little or no consultation on the plan. 

Nine of the Vertical Deflection Devices, as they are officially known, will be installed along Church Road and between Woodlands Farm and the Lower Road.  A further three will be laid on the gravel road surrounding the Old Cricket Common if the first phase is judged a success.


A spokesman for the Royal Borough’s Highways Department confirmed that lengthy talks have taken place with the organising committee of the annual Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix. “All their carts go faster than 30mph, but unfortunately we can’t change the speed limit for just one day - the Department of Transport don’t even have a box for us to tick for that on their intranet.”


He added: “The Gravity Grand Prix committee promised they would come back to me with alternative plans, but sadly it would seem they have done nothing, so we need to impose traffic calming measures of our own. To do nothing is not an option, because we cannot be seen to be condoning speeding.


“It really doesn't matter if your cart is powered by gravity or a jet engine, anyone going over 30 mph will be breaking the law and can expect points on their licence. The committee was warned last year that if they didn’t act to prevent speeding, then the council would have to step in and do it for them.”     


Responding to the comment, GGP committee member Peter Bartlett said: “This year we have made plans to introduce a chicane, as well as a ramp to celebrate leap year. The council have jumped the gun on this and imposed a solution no one wants. They should have given us more time to present our alternative proposal, which has far more local support.”


Celebrating its tenth year in 2016, the Gravity Grand Prix has become a popular local event, which sees up to 30 hand-built carts travel down Church Lane, powered by nothing more than gravity and the cheers from the crowd. This year will see the total contributions donated to charity top the £100,000 mark.


This year’s Gravity Grand Prix will be held on Sunday 11th September at 1:30 pm. The event is always in need of volunteers, so if you feel you can help please look at the volunteering section on the web site www.GravityGrandPrix.co.uk 


31 March 2016 

COOKHAM Running Club is staging the latest of its hugely popular Couch to 5km courses in April. The 6-week course, lead by qualified running coach and former international runner Paddy McGrath from
Cookham Dean, starts on Wednesday April 6 with the focus on fun and fitness. Paddy has put almost 200 local people through the beginner running programme over the last few years and none of the participants has yet failed to complete a 5km run at the end of the course. 

To sign up, please email paddymcrun@btinternet.com or call 07714 950748. The course costs £40 for 6 weeks including email and phone support, a full scheduled, guaranteed fat-burning, lots of fun and new friendships. Only a few places left, so sprint for it! More information about Paddy at www.paddymcgrathrunning.com and www.cookhamrunningclub.com


30 March 2016 

The Cookham Society’s annual Design Award has been given to Cookham Dean Primary School garden. The garden was a community project designed by Hannah Wilson and Catherine Downes who both sit on the PTA.

The Award Certificate was presented to Ms Wilson at the Society’s AGM on 10 March by the Society’s President, John Bowley. 

The garden, which opened in June 2014, includes a sensory bed, wildlife border and herb garden.  In its assessment for the Award the Society noted that the garden is designed to enable all age groups of pupils to participate with appropriate plantings. It has common areas as well as nature zones to encourage specific types of wild life - it even has "meat eating well" to demonstrate the work of carnivorous plants. The whole garden has been created as a school project with considerable input from parents and others. It represents many of the elements central to the Cookham Village Design Statement: it has been sensitively and imaginatively designed; it involves the community at many levels; it enhances an area which would otherwise have been neglected; and it provides an aesthetically pleasing facility for the education of children to encourage them to be considerate of the environment


20 March 2016 

As part of the campaign to clean the streets for the queen’s 90th birthday volunteers from Dean Rise WI spent an afternoon collecting rubbish on Friday March 4th.


Five bags of rubbish were collected from the station car park and the shops in the parade.


Mary-Lou Kellaway said:” We found a lot of cigarette butts on the floor which are very difficult to tidy up. We really need more cigarette butt disposal bins. We also picked up a lot of bottles.


Some people stopped to ask if we were on community service, which was quite funny. We had to explain to them what we were doing. A lot of people came up and thanked us. People appreciated it.”


Dean Rise WI has now become a registered “adopt a street” group. Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk for details.



19 March 2016 

It’s that time of year when we produce the Cookham Medical Centre Patient Questionnaire on behalf of Cookham Medical Centre. 

Please do complete it, and encourage other members of your household to do so too. Your views help make change happen:  


The Cookham Medical Centre is committed to continuously improving the service it provides to its patients. This short survey is designed to raise awareness and is particularly relevant to current developments in the NHS. The results of this questionnaire will be analysed by the PPG committee and all comments are treated in confidence. 

This questionnaire is for patients of Cookham and their carers and is separate from the Friends and Family Test. Please pass this on to any carers that are caring for Cookham patients, but are not patients at Cookham themselves. 


To complete the survey online, please go to:


Paper copies will be in the surgery soon, please help us get a good response by letting any other patients know they can take part. 


16 March 2016 

Friends gathered at Elizabeth House to bid a fond farewell to Lynne Hatch after seven years of devoted service to Elizabeth House, Cookham’s centre for the over 60s.


John Bowley vice chairman of the trustees presented her with gifts and flowers from her friends and colleagues.  He paid tribute to Lynne:  “She always welcomed visitors to Elizabeth House with a smile and a big hug and always worked well beyond the call of duty.  We will miss her valuable contribution and her big heart.  And we will see Lynne again when she returns from her holiday in Costa Rica.”


Lynne replied: “These last seven years had been the most magical of my career.  I knew the job was for me when I first saw the advertisement and I felt  instantly at home from my first day at the Centre”.  In the day room, surrounded by well-wishers, Lynne’s parting advice was “Enjoy the moment”.




8 March 2016 

When They Get Older – continues to do its job providing a really useful and independent site for anyone with ageing and elderly family and friends.

Its taken us on a journey which has resulted in the launch of Joseph PIp. A frozen ready meal range, delivered to your door throughout Bucks and Berks.

We have become aware of a large demand for really tasty, specially designed meals for the senior palate. Meals where everything is in one place: protein, carbohydrate and vegetables. And where you don’t have to prepare all the parts separately. There are products on the market that offer this approach, but they are more at the school dinners’ end of the market. We believe that seniors deserve better than that. Of course you can buy tasty, premium ready meals from the supermarkets. But they are not designed as a suite of meals that provide choice for seven days a week.

And so another leg of the journey began as we went in search of the best cooking skills to deliver our vision. Our search literally took us country wide from Yorkshire to Devon to Nottinghamshire. Our journey brought us round and back again and finally we are proud to be working with local cook Mark Robertson. Together we have developed a delicious range of 16 dishes that can be eaten every day of the week. Using our insights into the senior market and Mark’s culinary skills we have developed a menu that gives us great pride.


1 March 2016 

On World Book Day (March 3rd) pupils from Holy Trinity C of E School in Cookham will be dressing up as their favourite book characters and also doing a sponsored #leap4africa (a longjump). 


28 February 2016 

Cookham will be leaping for Africa tomorrow to raise money for two African schools and to make the most of their extra day this Leap Year. You are invited to join in the fun. The two key events are:
1) Through the day, locals will be attempting the Leap of Faith at Longridge - this involves climbing a 13 metre pole, balancing on a small platform and then jumping onto a trapeze. People can jump from 8am and 9.30pm. Beth Morris who is in #teampaloma on #theVoiceUK and lives in Maidenhead is supporting #leap4africa. Here is footage of her recent successful jump:
For Longridge booking enquiries, please phone Gerald Cooper or a member of the team: 01628 483 252.
2) Cookham Rise School in Cookham will be doing a sponsored star-jump and doing their #leap4africa on Monday, February 29th. For further details and photos, please phone Deputy Head Richard Rhodes during school-hours on: 01628 520961.
We would like  people to come down and do the Leap of Faith at Longridge (Marlow) between 8am and 9.30pm tomorrow 29 February. Online bookings close at Midday today (Sunday, February 28th), but people can turn up on the day and pay £15. http://www.longridge.org.uk/portfolios/leap-of-faith/
 All funds raised will be donated to Gende Tesfa School in Ethiopia (through the charity Partners For Change Ethiopia): www.pfcethiopia.org.and the New Brainstorm School in Ethiopia: ttps://www.facebook.com/Brainstormcookham/


19 February 2016 

Berkeley Homes have recently secured an interest in a site at Terry’s Lane and Poundfield Lane, Cookham.

The Public Exhibition will be held at:
Venue – Moor Hall Conference Centre, The Moor, Cookham, SL6 9QH
Time – Wednesday 24th February 2016 between 4pm and 7.30pm

Representatives of Berkeley Homes will be there to answer questions. For further information, please call our Office on:
01753 784 400 or email david.jacobs@berkeleygroup.co.uk
We look forward to discussing our proposals with you.

(click on photo for larger image)


8 February 2016 

The Cookham Dean Charity Tournament will take place on Sunday July 3rd, using private courts in some of the beautiful gardens in and around Cookham. This annual event raises money for a number of local charities but is also great fun, and many people enter every year. All standards of player are welcome; everybody gets the chance to play against several different opponents, and there are trophies for the overall winners.

You can enter as a pair or on your own (in which case the committee will match you up with another player to play as mixed doubles). If you get your entry in early  you will qualify for a reduced entry fee (see below); the  entry fee is also reduced for anybody who has not entered before. In addition, if you organise a whole court of eight people for either tennis or croquet, you can enjoy a free bottle of Prosecco while you play.

Standard entries£20
Early bird entries (before May 31st)£18
First time entries£15
Regular players with a first time partner£30 per pair

More information and entry forms are available on the website, www.cookhamdean.net .


6 February 2016 

What a great evening the Echoes of Big Band gave everyone on Friday 5th February at the Methodist Church. and what a fantastic achievement raising £440 for the community of Gende Tesfa in Ethiopia. 


5 February 2016 

Following the initiative led by Cookham Parish Council, we are pleased to report
that RBWM have re-assessed the designation of parts of Cookham as a rural areas.

Until recently, certain eligible businesses in Cookham were able to apply for a rebate on their business rates as Cookham was considered a rural area. Under national guidelines, this benefit was removed based on the fact that Cookham’s total population was over 3000.

Cllr M J Saunders was able to encourage RBWM to consider Cookham as 3 separate areas. which meant that, in terms of population, Cookham Village and Cookham Dean still fall within the specified criteria.

We therefore hope that businesses in the two villages will investigate this opportunity to reduce their costs.

Cookham Parish Council will continue to support local businesses in an effort to maintain facilities and an active environment for the Community. We will welcome any enquiries for further information on tel 01628 522003 or office@cookhamparishcouncil.org.uk


4 February 2016 

Jan Wickens has opened a beautiful Pilates and Yoga Studio in Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham. Their will be Pilates, Hatha and Restorative Yoga and PureStretch. With the New Year she is hoping to welcome all those who would be interested in coming to some of her new classes. 

Jan's website is http://www.pilatesandyoga.co.uk


2 February 2016 

Pat Shenstone's architectural work gives us reflections of colour, pattern and form with the architecture of Italian churches offering a visual confusion that sits alongside a modern reworking of spaces with glass.  Pat’s other subjects are more domestic. Patterned cups and saucers against patterned cloths and large flowers that are painted with an emphasis on shape and pattern are recurring themes in the paintings.
Pat has recently moved from Maidenhead to spend time in a new home in Derbyshire though retaining her local base.  Following the opening event on 6th February, the exhibition continues to 1st April – open weekdays between 9am and 3pm, with a break each day between noon and 1pm.
The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise , SL6 6BS .


1 February 2016 

Thank you to all those who attended and who gave so generously following Holy Trinity Church's three Carols by Candlelight services for Advent, Christmas Day and Epiphany. The total raised from the collections, in aid of Alexander Devine Children's Hospice, was £1,345.


31 January 2016 

From Cindy Barnes - Cookham Wildlife

I have to share this as I’ve just come back from seeing yet another amazing Starling murmuration at Otmoor RSPB reserve near Oxford.  It’s about a 40 minute drive from Cookham but when you get there allow another 30 minutes to walk from the car park to the viewing areas.  They started gathering tonight about 4.45 with a few, very large and spectacular murmurations and by 5pm it was all over and they’d roosted. It’s also very wet there so if you go wear wellies.  Well worth a visit. You need a clear, dry evening so check the forecasts.

Click here for some more information about Otmoor from the RSPB


27 January 2016 

Have you ever been told that you’re just too sensitive?  Maybe you feel emotions much stronger and for longer than others.

Some people are highly sensitive (HSP). This is a normal character trait that 15-20% of people are born with and is characterised by 4 things:

1. Depth of processing – You think about things deeply, things like the meaning of life and your purpose.
2. Easily over stimulated and overwhelmed – You may be more easily stressed by noise, by lights, chaotic situations, deadlines, or too many people.  
3. Strength of emotions and empathy – You feel emotions deeper and for longer than most people. You have considerable empathy for others and often know intuitively what other people need.
4. Sensory sensitivity – You’ll notice subtle changes in the environment like the texture and colour of objects in someone's home or a perfume. You might be very sensitive to noise.

The HSP trait has been validated by major research studies. If you think this sounds like you, take the short test on Dr Elaine Aron’s website. http://hsperson.com/test/ 

Knowing that you are an HSP can be a huge relief as many people feel that they just don’t fit in. The sense of overwhelm that many HSPs feel can lead to depression and anxiety.

Come and join the new group meeting for HSP to learn more about the trait.  This is being run by counsellor and HSP specialist Cindy Barnes

February 13th 2016 in the WI Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  £10 to cover the room hire. Hot drinks and biscuits will be offered.

Please sign up and register via Meetup


Or email cindy@cindy-barnes.com for more details.


18 January 2016 

The Cookham Society is calling for nominations for its 2016 Design Award.  The Award is available for buildings, extensions and landscape schemes completed in Cookham in 2015.  The Award is for excellence and follows the guidelines in the Cookham Village Design Statement.

The closing date for nominations for the Cookham Society Design Awards has been extended to 23 January. Forms can be obtained from our Secretary ( Kirstytyce@hotmail.co.uk ) or Pablo Dubois (Pablo@dubois.me.uk).   


17 January 2016 

Peter Finlan passed away on the 3rd January 2016. Peter lived in Cookham as a child and his married life in Popes Lane Cookham Dean. His family have many wonderful memories of time spent in the villages which some of you may share. He was a wonderful man and contributed to many activities in the Cookham community.  He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Jill, his three children and four grandchildren. Thank you for all your kind words and support at this time. Peter’s Thanksgiving service will be at St John the Baptist church at 3.15pm on the 29th January. Donations to the British Heart Foundation care of Pymms and son. We are looking into donating a defibrillator which will be housed in Pinder Hall in memory of Peter.


12 January 2016 

Tony Austin, President of Cookham Dean Cricket Club died just before Christmas and will be sadly missed by the Cookham community.

Tony was a member of the Club for 30 years, a fast bowling all- rounder and more recently a long serving Chairman and in his final year as President.

During his 10 years as Chairman he oversaw a radical transformation in the Club’s facilities and the Club’s rise from the lower echelons of the Chiltern League to the Home Counties Premier League. Tony was a well-liked and respected figure throughout the local cricket community having previously played at Slough and Marlow Park and served as Chairman of the Julian Cup competition. Tony will be much missed and thoughts are with his wife, Lesley and sons Christian and Alexis and family. 

There will be a Memorial Service for Tony on Friday January 15th. at 12pm at Holy Trinity Church-Cookham Village.

Tony's family have asked that rather than flowers.... for donations to be made to Tony's charity WWW.Newlifecharity.co.uk .

Arrangements have been made for these donations to go via Skinners Funeral Directors Lower Cookham Road Cookham-just before Pinder Hall.

Parking at the Church is not available but we have been able to secure the following options please.

1.The Odney Club have very kindly granted access to their 2 sites in Odney Lane....The Grove on the left and Odney itself. They have asked if we can use The Grove first please followed by Odney itself.

2.Maliks Car Park-please leave the first 4 spaces on the right as you enter free please for their lunch time customers-feel free to use the rest of the car park.

3.Berries Road- beyond Vicarage Close-+Vicarage Close itself. From these 2 roads access to the Church is via a wooden door at the end of Vicarage Close.

4.Andy +Sue Finlan are very kindly running a shuttle service from CDCC to the service and back to CDCC after for those who wish to leave their cars at the Club. These will leave at 11.15am to Holy Trinity.

If parking at CDCC-please leave the area free by the mini conifer hedge on the right as we will need this reserved for when the family arrive.

5.Given the current weather we don't know as yet whether we can use the paddock-I will know more by Wednesday and send another email.

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