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MEDIA HUB WITH DOM UNSWORTH MBE
The Cookham Hub has now been meeting
at Bel and the Dragon for ten years. On Thursday they celebrated a
festive Media Hub with Dom Unsworth MBE from Resource Production as
their last Hub of the year.
A fantastic guest speaker, speed networking & some mouth watering Bel & The Dragon canapés
it was a fun evening.
Dom Unsworth MBE is
The Media Hub
Networking led by Gemma-Leigh James
her to see a short video
last few days there has been traffic chaos in Cookham Village and across
Cookham Bridge. Drivers have been taking hours rather than minutes to
complete their journeys.
It seems it happened because Scottish
and Southern Energy has been carrying out traffic light repairs on the
Cookham Bridge and Openreach was carrying out roadworks at the
junction between the High Street and Sutton Lane. It seemed that RBWM
were not able to do anything about the problem. People were even more
annoyed as it appeared that there seemed to be no one actually working
on either site. At one point someone actually moved one of the traffic
lights so it was facing a wall and relieved the traffic jam. Councillor
Mandy Brar did her best to try and sort things out with RBWM.
Everyone will be very relieved that
the temporary traffic lights have now all been removed today.
NOW OPEN IN MARLOW
8am on 19th November, Mayor Richard Scott cut the ribbon to open the new
Lidl in Marlow on the old Waitrose site. As you might expect there was a
large queue waiting to get in, and it seemed everyone was initially
piling into the bakery section
LEAVES THE PINDER HALL
Denis Boothman, who has been on the Pinder
Hall Executive Committee for forty years, has decided it is time to hang
up his boots. Denis was actually born the same year that the Pinder Hall
was built and he has always been very close to the building and spent
many hours looking after it. People were sometimes worried to see him
clambering onto the roof. As a goodbye and thank you to Denis, the executive
committee gave him a garden bench with a thank you plaque. Denis is
leaving he Committee at the same time as the Caretaker, Viktoria, is
also leaving. Viktoria is returning to Hungary, to be with her family
and will be missed by many of the users of the hall. Emrah and Lisa
Cesme are taking over as Caretakers on 1 November 2022.
UP THE RAILWAY
There are ten days of disrupton while
Cookham railway line is refurbished. Workers are there twenty four hours
a day with no trains. The railway crossing is also close from 8pm until
TURKEYS ON COUNTRYFILE
staff at Copas Turkeys have found a unique way to overcome the problem
of fireworks frightening their turkeys - by putting its 38,000 of them
through a tailored fireworks training programme.
Adam Henson dropped in on King's Coppice Farm in Grubwood Lane, Cookham
Dean, to see how it all worked as part of an autumn special which has
been aired on BBC One.
Copas Jnr explained that the bangs and fizzes can panic the birds,
which could result in them attacking and injuring one another.
preparation for November 5, fireworks are let off during the day to
help them grow used to the sights and sounds of the displays.
tests are then transitioned into the night time and staff are always
on hand to ensure the gobbling group stay calm and composed.
VOGEL'S CALENDAR 2023
Vogel a Cookham photographer has launched his annual wildlife calendar,
with all proceeds going to charity for next year’s edition.
has revealed his 2023 calendar, titled British Wildlife, featuring
pictures of wildlife predominantly in the local area, including Widbrook
and Battlemead Commons.
month of the 2023 calendar is sponsored by a different organisation,
allowing Mick to donate all of the proceeds to Flame Spirit, a
children’s charity in his hometown of Netherton in Merseyside.
laughed at the idea of being ‘mad’ for getting out of bed when some
would be getting into it on holiday, and added: “It’s the best time
in the morning as it’s just me and the wildlife.
think all of the roe deer at Battlemead all know me now. They don’t
even run away anymore, they just stand there and go ‘oh here’s Mick
year, Mick asked for twelve sponsors which covered the cost of the whole
calendar. This means that every single penny of every calendar sold is
going to Flame Spirit.
2023 calendar is available to buy from Hillcrest Stores in Hillcrest
Avenue, Cookham, for £12.50. Mick is also happy to post calendars for
the same price plus postage and packaging.
get in touch, contact @MickVogelPhoto on Twitter or Mick
Vogel Photography on Facebook.
The King's Arms opened on 5 October after undergoing the
stunning makeover. The 16th century coaching inn officially started
pulling pints again. Originally called the King's Head until Charles I
lost his, the pub then became the King's Arms. The pub even had its
own currency and a few coins can still be found.
Up to the 1960s the King's Arms was a hotel and it was possible to
have a jug of beer on your table, as well as having to stay there.
The King's Arms on the
High Street, Cookham is currently undergoing a refurbishment and will
reopen next month, with a whole new look, on 8 October 2022.
The general manager Charlotte Harrison who first worked in the pub in
2006 revealed she can't wait to show off the "amazing new
Charlotte said: “I started my career at The Kings Arms back in 2006,
before returning as General Manager in 2021 so the pub really does mean
a lot to me! "At The Kings Arms, we have an enthusiastic team that
truly cares about our guests, and we are all so excited to welcome
guests old and new and show off the amazing new look.”
OXFAM FAST 2022
Barbara Walmsley. who lives in High Road,
is again doing her "fast" for Oxfam. This is the 37th year of
Barbara's "fast". In days gone by Barbara would stand outside
Sainsbury's to do her fast, but she now has a cardboard friend who
stands outside Sainsbury for her. However she will still be collecting
outside Sainsbury on October 14, 15 and 16 and is hoping to beat last
year's total of £15,900 for Oxfam's 80th birthday.
You can give a donation by sending a
cheque to Barbara Walmsley, Spindlewood, High Road, Cookham SL6 9JT or
on line at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barbara-walmsley7
and donate there.
As someone said "Everyone deserves
those little luxuries. You know food, water that sort of thing!"
The Cookham Dean Fête took place on
Saturday 17th September. It was a beautiful day and there was a good
crowd of people enjoying the afternoon.
The Horticulure Society had a large
amount of different items that could be entered for their Flower and
There were lots of stalls and in
addition there were animals and fun for the children. Another really successful
SETS UP GARDEN SERVICES
Claire Howell has set up a new company that provides garden maintenance
and border design services. She says ‘I am a passionate RHS qualified
horticulturalist based in Cookham in Berkshire.
in collaboration with the owner I provide garden care and consultancy
services for people who love their gardens. I work with sustainability
and wildlife in mind.
am RHS level 3 qualified and my passion for plants and design has led me
away from a career in the corporate world to follow my dreams of working
in horticulture. I also offer 'handyman' services during periods of wet
or inclement weather.’
The Fruit Fields in Cookham have a maize maze open this summer.
There is a fun strawberry themed game inside and chances to win prizes!
You can book tickets to visit through their website www.thefruitfields.co.uk.
Open Tuesday-Sunday until September.2022.
Timmy Mallett has arrived home from his
epic trip around Great Britain. He cycled all round the edge of the
country. He started from Kent via Paddington in March and is now home
again after nearly five thousand miles cycling. He has done short videos
every day of the places he was cycling through and has met hundreds of
people, many of whom have been following Timmy around the Britain and
listening to his updates on social media. He stayed in many different
places including with friends, B&Bs and some lovely hotels, several
of which where offered for free. He has also been painting the many
places he has passed through. He used water colours and acrylics due to
the weight. They were all shipped home for mounting and copying so he
could offer them for sale. Timmy is going to find it strange not having
to plan a cycling trip daily now he is home, but he probably will still
be seen with his bike around Cookham.
BOROUGH IN BLOOM
Congratualtions to David
Colthup for winning the Borough in Bloom Competition.
David with Councillor
Congratualtions to Carol
Aislade for winning the runners up Royal Borough in Bloom competition
Carol Aislade and
Councillor Mandy Brar
OF MARTIN COKER
Cookham Parish Council member and key figure in the community has passed
away aged 75.
Martin Coker was a parish councillor for 22 years. He was also a Lib Dem
canvasser and was involved in a great number of groups, organisations
and committees. Martin passed away on July 14 after receiving care at
Thames Hospice. Martin had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in
2014 and fell ill in 2019. The funeral service is on July 30 at 10.30am
at St Edmund Campion church.
He was school governor of Cookham Rise Primary for around 20 years and
was chairman of the Cookham Flood Committee.
A train enthusiast, Martin was a member of the Marlow-Maidenhead
Passenger Association, which lobbies to improve services and facilities
for passengers. He was very much at the heart of Cookham and will be sorely
OF RICKY LONMON
So many people in Cookham must feel
sadness on hearing of the death of Ricky Lonmon on Thursday 14 July
2022. Ricky was so part of Cookham. A member of the choir since he was a
boy, where he got involved in so may areas of the village with his love
of music and was a member of Holy Trinity choir. Many people will have
met him in the Nat West in Cookham which was opposite Elizabeth House.
Until very recently he looked after the Cookham Voluntary Service'
telephone line where he so efficiently organised to get people to
medical appointments at hospitals and medical centres in the area. He
would throw himself into shows at the Pinder Hall and other facilities
and was always there to help and get involved in everything that was
happening in Cookham. Timmy Mallett included Ricky in his selection of
Portraits of Cookham characters that he did for the Queen's Golden
Jubilee in 2002.
Ricky will be sorely missed by all
those who knew him and remember his friendly, happy character. Our
hearts go out to Patrick, his partner of many years. Goodbye Ricky, you
will always be part of Cookham.
OWNERS OF COOKHAM POST OFFICE
Sivalingam and his wife have
taken over the Cookham Post Office in Lower Road as of 27 June 2022,
Niranjankumar says "Hello
Cookham , me and my wife have taken over the Cookham post office from
today so please wish us well and pop in to introduce yourself. We are
looking forward to serve you all.
By the way whole of this week is going
to be training period ,we will only be open from 9 -5ish. So don’t
follow the website opening time and let all you friends know to avoid
any disappointments. looking forward to meet you all."
FOR TENNIS (OR CROQUET)
Sunday (26 June) was the Charity Day for
the Tennis and Croquet event in Cookham Dean as a start for Wimbledon. A
lovely sunny day with food and drink to boost up the sportsmen and the spectators.
SCOUT FAIR 2022
annual Cookham Scout Summer Fair. was help on the Moor again after Covid
and storms shut it down in the last years.
There was Food, drink and ice cream along with music the dog show, games
stalls, clothes stalls, gift stalls bric-a-brack, also a silent auction
and some hunky firemen.
There was the Arena with Mr Magic Hat, Children's obstacle
course/games, Rob Castell music, the Dog Show and the SL6 Band
Although it was a bit damp there were lots of people and lots of dogs
dogs for the popular dog show, with Ross Kemp at the micrphone. Click
here for some photos.
with Milo, winner of the Agility Group
JUBILEE FLAG ON VIEW AT AGE CONCERN SHOP
The Cookham Age Concern shop in Cookham
Rise is proudly displaying the flag that so many people signed at the
Jubilee Street Party on Sunday. Drop in and have look.
MALLETT ON PAGEANT BUS
The amazing Pageant along the Mall on
Sunday 5 June 2022 included a 1980s' bus. To be seen on the bus was
Timmy Mallett from Cookham. Afyerwards he met Sir Chris Hoys the Olympic
biker and talked to him about biking as Timmy is currently
circumnavigating Great Britain by bike. Timmy has got to Scotland, but
came back to Cookham for the weekend, so he could celebrate the Queen's
here for Timmy on the Bus
Some secret person is helping Cookham
celebrate the Jubilee by creating this wonderful letterbox topper at
Westwood Green. The Queen will be impressed!
OF DAVID ASHWANDEN
is very sad to hear of the death of David Ashwanden. David had been
part of the village most of his life along with his sister who had her
portrait painted by Sir Stanley Spencer. David fought for the Cookham
environment over the years and was Chairman of the Cookham Society
from 2004-2008. He was often seen manning the Society's
"tent" at Cookham events. His family had lived in Moor
Cottage off School Lane in Cookham Village for forty years and he
loved the view of Cookham Moor, David then moved further down School
Lane. David will be missed by many people.
The funeral ill be on Monday 13th
June at 3.00pm
Cordelia and her family have asked us to let you know that the funeral
will take place on Monday 13th June at 3.00pm. The service will be led
by Fr David.
The Drum Workshop gathered together at the
Pinder Hall on Saturday 14 May for the Cookham Festival. The video shows
the children's session.
COCKTAIL CLUB GIN WINS MAJOR AWARDS
Cookham Cocktail Club Gin No.5 has won two
awards at the largest gin competition in the world.
The Cocktail Club Gin No.5 was launched
very recently by Julia Herd and Stephanie Maher in December 2021. The
duo also offers bespoke cocktail tasting for those who like to make
their own at-home cocktails and this was launched in March this year.
The gin was awarded two different
accolades at the Gin Awards 2022. It won the world’s best new
contemporary gin and the best English contemporary gin.
The gin is made up of 11 different
botanicals and features a kick from black and pink peppercorns,
cinnamon, and cardamom. This is balanced with yuzu peel and
blackcurrant, which makes for a unique and refreshing sipping gin.
Jules and Stephanie have also developed
a gin sorbet with Agosti Gelato and they are currently working with
Moneyrow Beans to create a gin-espresso martini. Whilst the business
partners created the gin, it was distilled by nearby Henley Gin
Jules said “To be awarded not one but
two accolades, two months after launch in The World Gin Guide Awards is
absolutely mind-blowing.” The Cookham Cocktail Club Gin No. 5 has a
retail price of £42 and is suggested to be served over ice with a slice
of orange and some tonic water.
RESDIDENT, SARAH RODI, LAUNCHES NEW BOOK
Cookham resident, Sarah Rodi, has just
launched second book. Her lifelong dream was to write a romance
for Mills & Boon and so her dream has come true for the second time.
Sarah has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old,
romantic movies recommended by her grandad, or devouring love stories
from the local library. Sarah has been a journalist for twenty years.
Her new book is
OF COOKHAMS FOOTPRINT
Footprint launched their new project on Friday aiming to tackle the
environmental and climate crisis, They were joined by Theresa May
MP with this exciting initiative.
Saturday, the group held its first public event with a stand in Cookham
Rise, inviting residents to come and learn more about Cookhams Footprint
and how to get involved.
Strzelecki, Theresa May MP and Sue Teasdale.
COOKHAM GROUP WILL TACKLE THE ENERGY CRISIS
A new group launches in Cookham
this week to involve the local community in tackling the
climate and environmental crisis. Called Cookhams Footprint
the group will address all aspects of the crisis but it will
focus initially on energy.
Launching on the day that energy prices rise by 54%, Cookhams
Footprint’s founders aim to help residents avoid heat
escaping from their homes, save money, reduce climate change
emissions and, by encouraging local energy generation, improve
security of supply. A key part of their mission will be to
support families in fuel poverty.
“Consumers currently face a triple whammy of issues”, says
one of Cookhams Footprint founders Paul Strzelecki. “The
accelerating cost of living, the pressure of climate change
and the threat to security of energy supply force us to make
big changes. Action by the government and our local council is
crucial but real progress will only come if we make changes in
the way we run our own lives. We want our new initiative
to help Cookhamites do just that.”
Cookham’s energy use per household is already 50%
above the national average with households spending £5
million in 2021, or an average of £2000 per home - which is
likely to double over this year. “If people aren’t doing
anything about it now they will be wanting to soon”, Paul
says. “The good news is that the new pressure to cut
energy use will also help us to cut our emissions.”
Cutting energy use and preventing waste are the immediate
priorities. “We’ll be providing tips, sharing experience
and generally helping people through what can be a really
confusing journey”, says the group’s Sue Teasdale.
She adds, “Helping those most in need is our priority.
Cookham is a close knit and caring community, and hopefully
we’ll all come together to help and share advice.
We’re recruiting a team of local volunteers to be our Energy
Champions who help people through this difficult journey”.
The longer term aim is to make Cookham as self-sufficient in
energy as possible, with more households using solar, heat
pump and other technologies. A team has been set up to look at
larger scale community generation schemes based on solar,
wind, ground source and energy from the River Thames.
The group will work with the council and other bodies to drive
its programme forward with a target to reduce emissions by 50%
in five years and be among the lowest cost energy communities
in the country.
The group has made strong progress since meeting for the first
time in January. Now the need is for more volunteers to
lead and develop the programmes. “We want to involve
individuals and the more than 50 community groups across
Cookham, including our schools and churches”, Paul says.
Anyone wanting to learn more or get involved can contact the
group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGM was very well attended with some lively discussions and included a
fascinating talk by Dr Gabor Thomas about what may turn out to be one
of the most important excavations of its kind in the country, adding
further to Cookham's historical charms. For report and pictures see https://www.cookhamsociety.org.uk/agm
OF STANLEY SPENCER'S DAUGHTER
Stanley Spencer’s eldest daughter Shirin,
died peacefully last week at their home in Wales, aged 96. Although
frail she had only been ill for the last couple of weeks. The funeral
will be in Cookham. John is asking for no flowers please, but donations
in her memory to Amnesty International if any one wishes. All will be
welcome to a very simple funeral
Shirin‘s funeral which is now set for
Wednesday March 16 at 2 pm at Holy Trinity. More details later. John,
her son, says all are welcome….
Photo of Shirin at her birthday party