EVER SUMMER HOLIDAY CHURCH KIDS' CAMP IN COOKHAM
"First Ever Summer Holiday Church Kids Camp in Cookham - it's a
week long and it costs £30". If you read that sentence a few
times and if you are a working parent you will probably think what I
thought - "BONUS" and you might even have done what I did
which was hotfoot it down to The Stationery Depot and buy a ticket. Read
on and I might be able to convince you that it will be worth it next
year when the organiser and her "glamorous assistant" are
persuaded that they really do have the stamina to do it all over again.
Not only did I buy a ticket for my 6 year old but I also volunteered to
be a group leader...This entailed making sure that eleven 6 year olds
got safely from the Parish Centre to the Paddock to the Church and back
again about 6 times a day for all the planned activities, supervising
picnic lunches and generally making sure that none of the littlies had
run off or were in tears for longer than thirty seconds.
you read that sentence a few times and if you are a working parent you
are probably thinking "That is mad - why did she do that?"
Honestly there were two reasons - one was a set of master
manipulation tactics from my six year old daughter - and the other was a
strong sense of wanting to give something to the church and to the
community in terms of time and effort not money.
When we needed the church last year at the time of a family
bereavement they were there for us so this was my opportunity to do
something in return. Just what a "something" I had no idea. No
idea of the sheer exhaustion at the end of every day, no idea of how
amazing it was to see children learning how to be part of a team or
apologising to each other when they did something wrong or helping each
other when they needed each other. And a reminder of how magical it is
to see elderly people teaching and helping young children. But I had no
idea how to mastermind any sort of group activity - being particularly
lacking in arts and crafts skills. I am also particularly lacking in
remembering anything about bible themes but was leading a daily 45
minute group session - HELP. But that arrived in the form of a friend
who teaches and who did a lesson plan for both of us for the first
couple of days with arts and crafts thrown in - my group were thrilled
to paint a polystyrene cup blue, glue on their cut out figure of Jesus
and colour him in, thread a ribbon through a hole in the bottom of the
cup and hey presto there's a cloud on the top with a personalised
message about The Ascension written on the back. Job Done. But that was
only 45 minutes. The rest of their day was filled with Games Time aka
rounders, tag rugby, football, beach volleyball, badminton and a kids
Boot Camp in the Paddock; Blue Peteresque arts and crafts in the Briggs
room and I mean properly amazing arts and crafts run by ladies who can
sew and make bracelets out of beads and help with making an aquarium out
of blue card, stick on glittery sea creatures, cut out decorated paper
fish, string them into twine fold the paper across, make a couple of
neat holes and then stick a straw in between to dangle the fish on.
RESPECT to those ladies.
There was quilting for the older ones, daily quizzes, Dave the Disco
for everyone (can someone please tell me where he gets his energy?) and
donated hotdogs choccie cake and ice lollies for lunch one day. There
was the "take a pile of newspaper and some sello and wrap your
chosen team member up" competition - very popular. There was junk
modelling and painting; designing and painting cloth panels for a
display, tag graffiti panels and my group made a large cardboard castle
from scratch. There was outdoor drama where the children learned how to
make different sounds for the weather, recite tongue twisters and
pretend to be goblins giants or witches and chase each other silly. The
organiser (who also runs the Sunday school at Holy Trinity) struck just
the right note of having fun, keeping things ticking along with no
accidents, being authoritative without being bossy and being
approachable without being a pushover. Hello, our kids need to see
people like this in action! And if there's a stampede for tickets next
year I'm going to be in that queue because I don't want kindness and
good manners and showing a bit of love to be old fashioned values I want
them to be values that kids know about now..."
THE GREAT WAR
Opening to coincide with
the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the Gallery at Elizabeth
House is staging an exhibition of the Stations of the Cross paintings
created for display in Cookham last Easter. The nine paintings,
each the work of a local artist, can be seen together at the Gallery
from Monday morning, 4th August and will be on show to mid September.
Each painting takes a theme from the Easter story and imagines it in a
First World War context. Several also put the scene in a Cookham
The Gallery will also open
specially next Saturday, 9th August, between 10am and 4pm. We
shall be serving refreshments (though no bully beef!) so do call in.
The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
Normal opening times are 9am to 3pm weekdays.
HOLIDAY CAMP STARTS TODAY
click on photo for
than 60 primary-aged children will take part in the Church Holiday
Camp at the Holy Trinity Parish Centre this week. The event has been
organised by Chris Harris and Christine Taylor. The Benefice of the
Cookhams and Parfitt Media would like to thank all of the volunteers
and the following sponsors for making the event possible:
Cookham Running Club
Cookham Rise School
Africa Turns Green
The Bel and the Dragon
Dave the Disco
Pro-Direct Soccer Academy
The Handmade Cake Company
The Samurai Fitness Group
The Niche Gift Shop
Artist, Nicky Hislop
(With thanks to Stuart
Conlin for the photos)
Swan Upping took place
this last week when there is a census of mute swans on the Thames. The
Worshipful Company of Vintners and the Worshipful Company of Dyers, were
granted rights of ownership by the Crown in the fifteenth century.
The boats arrived in Cookham on Tuesday
and there was a gathering of locals by the lock and also at the Ferry.
Actor Martin Clunes was also there and can be seen talking to David
Barber the Queen's Royal Swan Marker. A man not behaving badly!
A new group has been formed in Cookham
called Cookham Wildlife Supporters. It will be for local people taking
care of wildlife and sharing their passion and knowledge in a practical
and fun way.
They plan to have local events and activities such as guided walks and
talks, run practical campaigns and initiatives to enrich habitats and to
offer wildlife advice and build a community of interest through a
dedicated wildlife forum on cookham.com.
They are being supported by both the
National Trust and the Woodland Trust.
Click on article blow to read what the
Maidenhead Advertiser says.
COMPLETE THEIR FIRST SESSION
THIRTY JUNIOR members of Cookham Running
Club completed their first session on the fantastic new track at Little
Marlow on Tuesday. Around 25 club members (and several newcomers) turned
up to test the impressive-looking green surface that is part of a £40
million sports re-development plan by Bucks County Council. Club
chairman, Gerald Cooper, confirmed this week that he has successfully
negotiated an ongoing agreement for the club to use the venue
exclusively on Tuesdays 5-7pm. Club coaches Paddy McGrath and Peta Bee
will be there during those times and both junior and senior members of
the thriving club will train there. “It’s a brilliant facility,”
says Paddy. “We are very lucky to have it on our doorstep.” Anyone
interested in joining should visit www.cookhamrunningclub.com
COPAS TURKEY TROT
Are you up for the most exciting
challenge ever faced by villagers on October 12th 2014? Then come and
join 100s of others in the UK’s most authentic Turkey Trot race,
organised by Cookham Running Club and hosted by Copas Turkeys and the
Copas Partnership on their beautiful private farmland and trails in
Cookham. Open to runners of all abilities, the undulating course takes
in our stunning local views across the Chilterns towards Windsor
Castle as runners wind their way through fields and along trails.
free-range turkey hamper prizes for first man and woman home in the
5mile race and commemorative ‘buffs’ for all finishers.
Senior 5 mile
race open to all runners aged 16 and over. Entry limit 400.
Junior 1 mile
race has prizes for the first 3 in the 8-11 category and first 3 in
the 12-15 category. Entry limit 100 per age group.
and postal entry details visit www.cookhamrunningclub.com and
don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cookhamturkeytrot
What a Night!
the organisers of the Cookham Media Hub's First Anniversary
What a night! My colleague Sarah Parfitt and I hosted the Media Hub's
first birthday last week and we had a fantastic evening.
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who
helped to make the evening a success - our members, our sponsors and the
Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead,
Richard and Mary Kellaway. As always, James Molier and his team at the
Bel and the Dragon did us all proud!
A big thank you to Claire Pearce and her colleagues at Moor
Hall for the superb technical support, to Angela Robson, Mike Golding
and Pete Jones from PFC Ethiopia for such a moving presentation, to
Nelmarie Rennison for the stunning cake, to Renee Cullen and Oier for
the exquisite music, to Neil Mellon from Purinto for your attention to
detail and professionalism with the flyers and the agenda, and to
Mohammad Sabahi from Mah Images for the photos.
If you work in the media, we look forward to welcoming you
to our next events on September 11th and November 27th. We will be
posting more information about those events on our Facebook page in the
next few weeks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MediaHub/
LOCATION IN NEW FILM
The debut of the feature film Echo
Restless is being released on Monday 23 June. One of the
film's locations was Cookham at Barnside Motors petrol station.
£950 has been raised through a
successful crowd-funding campaign on indiegogo. The film was shot over
two weeks with a minimal crew
BOATING WEATHER AT THE SAILING CLUB
The Cookham Reach Sailing Club said
"We had a fabulous Open Day on June 7th. After a really wet
start to the day the sun came out and everything went according to
plan in the afternoon. We had a record number of people
attending and we think as far as we can tell a record number of
people joining the Club as a result. A number of our guests said
that they had spotted the event on the Cookham.com web site so
a big thank you to you from the Club.
THAT A BABY OWL?
A Cookham resident in the Maidenhead Road
area of Cookham says that "My husband built an owl box a few years
ago, it is high in the trees in our garden This year we have had a Tawny
owl nesting and a baby, not sure if there is more than one. We thought
they had flown as we did not see them in the box for the last couple of
nights. The parent tended to sit at the front, but last night the baby
was sitting at the front while the birds around were causing merry hell.
We are so pleased that they nested but the question is, will they come
back to the box at night and treat it like home or will they disappear??
FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
Many Royal Borough residents and
businesses affected by the winter floods have taken advantage of the
Council continues its commitment to help flood victimsfunding available
to help them recover from the worst flooding the borough has experienced
since 1947 – and the council is reminding those who haven’t that
there is still time to apply.
Two funds in particular have attracted high levels of applications:
Business Support Grant – 23 applications received, total awarded £59,000
Repair and Renew Grant – 112 applications received from 28 March to
date, of which 14 have been referred for approval to the next stage.
Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for finance and deputy leader, said:
“We want to encourage residents and businesses affected by the floods
to submit their applications for funding. Claims can be submitted until
the end of September so there is still plenty of time.
“We want to do all we can to ensure that residents and businesses have
all the help and support they need in order to get back on track. The
repair and renew fund can help residents make their property more robust
in case of future flooding so I would urge people to submit their
applications. I would also encourage residents to talk to their friends
and neighbours affected by the flooding about the support available to
The online form is available at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/news_flood_update.htm
and the closing date for submission of all applications is Tuesday 30
September to ensure sufficient time for the works to be carried out
before winter; applications submitted after this date may be considered
depending on circumstances.
The council’s flooding page also contains information on what other
support is available.
If anyone has applied online and not yet received a response, they
should contact the council’s customer contact centre on 01628 683800.