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FIRST EVER SUMMER HOLIDAY CHURCH KIDS' CAMP IN COOKHAM

4 August 2014 


"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. 

If 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..."


REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR

2 August 2014 


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 location.



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.  


CHURCH HOLIDAY CAMP STARTS TODAY

28 July 2014 


click on photo for larger image

 More 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:

 

 Mums About Cookham
Cookham Running Club
Cookham Rise School
Africa Turns Green
The Bel and the Dragon
Stageworks
Immortal Bootcamp
Dave the Disco
Pro-Direct Soccer Academy
Country Stores
Maceys
The Handmade Cake Company
CSQ Ltd
The Samurai Fitness Group
The Niche Gift Shop
Artist, Nicky Hislop

       


SWAN UPPING

20 July 2014 


(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!


COOKHAM WILDLIFE

18 July 2014 


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.


JUNIORS COMPLETE THEIR FIRST SESSION

12 July 2014 


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


COOKHAM COPAS TURKEY TROT

11 July 2014 


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.

There are 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.

For online and postal entry details visit www.cookhamrunningclub.com and don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cookhamturkeytrot


WOW, What a Night!

2 July 2014 


From the organisers of the Cookham Media Hub's First Anniversary

 

Wow! 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/



COOKHAM LOCATION IN NEW FILM

19 June 2014 


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 
See  http://www.cookham.com/cookhamnow/thought/images/film.pdf

for when the film making were featured in My London Lifestyle magazine - the release date was pushed back from 3rd March to 23rd June due to issues with the DVD duplication company, but the rest of the article rings true.


LOVELY BOATING WEATHER AT THE SAILING CLUB

15 June 2014 


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.


IS THAT A BABY OWL?

10 June 2014 


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??


GRANTS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

7 June 2014 


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 them.”

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.

 

 

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