of Play Idol
the Tarrystone's Play Idol Event at Pinder Hall, Cookham, which
culminated on Saturday evening 5th April in an exciting finale, the
Winner, not only overall, but for the 3rd night in a row, was Green
Favours, by Frank Vickery, starring Jonathan Yates and Jean Hedger.
Green Favours is a lovely play - a
tense, 'will they, won't they' romantic comedy set in an
This means that Jonathan and Jean will
be repeating their winning performance at the Maidenhead Drama
Festival at Norden Farm on 2nd May, where, it is hoped, many of the
people who so kindly (and wisely) voted for them, will support their
Director Sue Kidd was absolutely
thrilled with the outcome as was Tarrystone Chairman, Richard James whose
idea it was to present the Play Idol format.
Many audience members commented on the
varied programme which the Tarrystone presented over the successful 3
night run, and enjoyed the opportunity of selecting a winner, not only
were they treated to 3 totally different plays, but with 2 intervals,
catered for by Watersmeet Events, run by Louisa Holdford who,
amazingly, also starred in the first of the 3 plays.
We really want to fill the Crowne Plaza
Ball Room for our celebratory Spring Ball, so far 200 people have
booked tickets and we have room for an additional 70. So if
you've not booked would you please - it won't be the same without
To remind you we have a live band,
Bonhams are running an auction and we have some fabulous prizes,
including flights, holidays, unique memrobillia and coaching sessions
from Olympic rower Greg Searle and extreme kayakist, Shaun Baker.
The ticket price includes a 3-course meal, half a bottle of wine and a
welcoming drink, with the evening starting at 7.15pm.
We will keep speeches to a minimum but
do want to take the opportunity of showing for the first time our
development plans for Longridge, which we are all very excited about.
Tickets are £65.00 or a table of 10 is
The ticket price includes a £10.00
donation towards our development plans and we have offered all schools
and youth groups such as Guides and Scouts that if they sell a table
they make take the donation for their own fundraising - so if you
where able to sell the final 7 tables - that could be £700.00 for
your groups funds!
Although with 200 people it will be a
great event, it will be even greater with 270 - so get on the
phone/email and book your ticket.
for the Price of One
As Thursdays are traditionally the
quietest of their three-night runs, the Tarrystone
Players have decided to go the extra mile to entice you in to their
inaugural 'Play Idol' performance this week...
If you quote '2 for 1' at the Stationery
Depot when buying your tickets between Tuesday and Thursday this week,
you'll get just that! Two tickets for the price of one! That's TWO
tickets for a tenner (offer
applies Thursday night, 3rd April, only).
So now, like Sue Roberts in the picture
(taken during rehearsal), you can have your cake AND eat it...
Celebration Cake Shop in Arcade
April, Lisa Slatter is planning to open a new shop in
Cookham Arcade. The shop is
called Celebration Creations and will be a celebration cake shop.
There will be top quality celebration cakes for all occasions,
hand made chocolates and greetings cards and helium balloons.
Celebration Creations, Unit 6, Cookham
Arcade, High Street, Cookham, Berks. SL6 9TA.01628 525433 http://www.celebrationcreationsbylisa.co.uk/
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to the Cookham Market
nearly fifty years the Cookham Market which used to be the WI Market is
leaving its venue at the Pinder Hall in Cookham. The last Market will be
on Friday 18th April 2008. The market was on every Friday morning come
rain come shine and will be very much missed by the regulars who so
enjoyed the variety of fresh produce available.
The Market is not closing down
completely however and will be opening its doors on the first Friday of
each month starting on 1st May 2008 at the Bourne End Community Centre.
hardy audience braved the distinctly un-Spring like weather for the
Tarrystone Players' presentation of some Spring Poems at the Parish
Centre on Sunday. They were treated to some wonderful poems from the
Players under the expert direction of Ann Greenwood and Ros Joynes. A
new venture for Cookham's award-winning amateur stage company, 'Spring
Poems' was split into three parts featuring poems from Shakespeare,
e.e cummings and John Clare amongst others on themes of life,
love (and lust!) and rebirth. The readers featured faces old and
new to Tarrystone, including Peter Hughes, Catherine Arnold, Michael
Johnson, Lynne Smith and Joanna Yates. We were even treated to some
poems from audience member Gilly Williamson and reader Jonathan Yates,
who joined the crowd for some lovely cake and coffee after the event.
The Box Office is now available for the Players' next full production,
'Play Idol' at the Pinder Hall, 3rd-5th May, tickets available from
the Stationery Depot, Cookham.
the St Marks Campaign
The Maidenhead Advertiser has
set up the Who Cares Wins campaign for a minor injuries unit
at St Mark's Hospital.
They are calling on everyone to throw their weight behind the
fight for a better deal for the Maidenhead-based hospital.
Maidenhead MP Theresa May believes the town would benefit from
a minor injuries unit. It would mean patients would no longer
have to trek to Wexham Park, Slough or Heatherwood Hospital in
Ascot for this type of non-emergency care, such as a twisted
here for a petition
Box Office is now open for the Tarrystone Players' spring
production, 'Play Idol'.
a competition to choose which play we put forward for this year's
Maidenhead Drama Festival', explains Tarrystone chairman, Richard
James. 'We're presenting three one-act plays and the audience gets
to choose the winner!'
three plays are 'Green Favours' by Frank Vickery who wrote the
Tarrystone's last production 'Loose Ends', 'Don't Mention the Dream'
by Damian Trasler in which an am dram group try to choose their next
play and Richard's own 'There's Something About Bernard'.
our audience's help,' says Richard, 'perhaps we can repeat our
recent successes at the festival, where we have won awards over the
last two years.'
for the Play Idol event, which runs at the Pinder Hall from 3rd -
5th April, are £10 (including supper) from the Stationery Depot or
by calling Lynne Smith on (01628) 520989. The photo shows Jonathan
Yates and Jean Hedger in rehearsal.
is great activity outside Spencers in the Pound with traffic lights and
men in fluorescent coats digging up the road.
No they are not starting
on the Poundfield gyratory system, it seems that they are installing a
zebra crossing with the help of Timmy Mallett.
Tarrystone Players are ushering in the new season with a
performance of Spring Poems at the Parish Centre in Cookham from 3pm
on Sunday the 16th March. 'It's the perfect antidote to Sunday lunch!'
says Tarrystone chairman Richard James. 'Entry is free and light
refreshments will be available, so come along, enjoy some wonderful
poems and have a cup of coffee with us!'
Poems at the Parish Centre, March 16th, 3pm.
Who at Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity has now got
its own marketing video. On the
video the main people who run Holy Trinity church explain what they do
and what they like. It opens with Billy Mallett telling us he is a bell
ringer and he does it for the money and the weddings. The Vicar then
tells us he likes to go running by the river and preach sermons on
subjects people know about. “I like to preach sermons on bands people
know about like song lyrics, slogans on T shirts, things like that’. I
preach sermons on texts like Pink Floyd….If I could ask God a question
I would say what have you done with my hair then?” There are
several of these little talks from Charles Walmsley, Katie Sharples and
Sara Wood who talks about her favourite music and her favourite time,
which is Friday night with the choir boys!! Church warden Catherine Doe
and Colin Jackson another church warden who likes gardening, Ryan the
curate who tells us that he is 30, likes a good dinner party, a fine
wine, goes to the gym a lot at the moment is very muscley and also that
he does not like to shave too much (there is a close up of him rubbing
his stubbly chin) and others. The video begins and ends with a very nice
shot of the church with snowdrops waving in the foreground and the sound
of the choir singing in the church in the background.
a Look at the Video
Society Reply to the Cookham Plan
The Cookham Society have
drafted a reply to the Cookham Plan. This was carried out by a small
working group on behalf of the Society. A copy of the reply has been
mailed to all their members with an attached questionnaire so feedback
to the Society's suggestions can be returned to get the general feelings
of members. The results will be discussed at the Society's AGM on 13th
here to see the reply
The One Show Coming to Cookham
BBC's the One Show will be
filming in Cookham this coming week on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th
February. The show is doing a programme of a trip up the Thames and
wanted to include something on Wind in the Willows. They are hoping to
film Herries School where Grahame is suppose to have written Wind in the
Willows and also plan a trip in a rowing boat. Just hope that they don't
The One Show is on BBC1
television weekdays at 7pm.
of Promises Launched
There is a new
fundraising service which is free to use and has been launched this
week by Roland Peters who is based in Cookham. "Auction of
Promises" is a new free website which lets people auction good
turns to raise money for small charities and local organisations.
Roland decided to develop the site after helping local clubs run
fundraising auctions and thought there was an opportunity to launch a
service online. Already several charities have signed up to the service.
The link to the new site is:
or contact Roland on firstname.lastname@example.org