CAKES ARE IT
Wilcocks from Cookham Village, who creates yummy cakes, was voted the
best cake maker by Jane Asher at The Times newspaper Cake Bake off
this week. Lindsay's cakes all use natural ingredients, including
"Superfoods are definitely the way forward and love cakes are
about to shake and vibrate this planet. How
happy I am to be able to promote a new way of feeling and looking
great, just by eating love cake....... "
If you want Lindsay
to make you a cake see her website
and give her a call.
BIT OF SNOW
These photos were sent us
by a cookham.com reader who lives in Canada trying to say that they have
more snow problems than we do.
click on photo for
DEAN POST OFFICE TO CLOSE
The Post Office have been told by the
owner of Cookham Dean Post Office Stores that she is looking for a date
to close the Post Office in the building in Bigfrith. Several ideas have
been put forward for an alternative facility. There are various criteria
regarding security that need to be met for any new facility. The Post
Office would like to remain in Cookham Dean and so would be delighted if
someone can suggest a new position for it.
SANDBAGS FOR THOSE IN THE FLOOD PLAIN
Royal Borough households identified as being in the flood plain are
eligible to take up the offer of subsidised grab bags to use in the
event of flooding. Thanks to a Royal Borough subsidy, residents can save
up to £10 off the retail cost of approximately £30. The offer runs
until 31 March and applies to the first 1,000 applications.
order or find out more visit www.globehuggersemergencysupplies.co.uk/flood_kit.htm
flooding information visit www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/sdop_community_flooding_information.htm.
LEAD FLASH-ER / UPDATED
Football Club was not the only place to receive unwanted attention from
the thief of their lead from the Club's roof, as there was an even
bigger theft of 120 feet of lead from the Pinder Hall roof recently.
There is obviously someone around who is desperate enough to risk life
and limb scaling roofs for scrap metal.
One suggestion put forward is the possibility that our thief uses a
wheelie bin to transport his booty away to his lair.
If anybody has seen somebody acting in this suspicious manner then
please get in contact before this person causes more damage.
person has caused a lot of distress in the village, and this 'person'
deserves to pay the price for his actions, please be vigilant. If you
see anybody working on a roof in Cookham please Challenge them, ask them
who they are and who they are working for.
PROJECT VISITS COOKHAM
Kedida Project commenced last year and is well underway. Many village
organisations and lots of individuals in Cookham contributed to this
worthwhile initiative. The Kedida project has been such a success that
to show appreciation to the people of Cookham, a local benefactor from
the Region has financed the airfare for the development manager,
Wondayehu Gedamu, employed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, to come to
Cookham to express their community's gratitude and show and explain what
has been achieved with the funds we raised. He will be at the Coffee
morning and cake sale at Cookham Rise Methodist Church from 10.30am on
Saturday 24th January.
Gedamu will provide a project update to the Congregation of Holy Trinity
Church at its 1100hrs service on Sunday 25th January. This will be
followed by a presentation at around noon in the Parish Centre (opposite
the church) to other members of the Cookham community who are unable to
make the 1100hrs service.
the last 2 years the Cookham community, facilitated by Holy Trinity
Church and in conjunction with Christian Aid, raised £27,000 to help
install a safe, secure water supply to the region of Kedida. (a
population of c.60k) in Ethiopia.
The money that Cookham raised was triple matched by the EU development
agency so in effect over £100,000 was used to finance the project.
ARTISTS' WORK WANTED!
Festival is coming on April 24th until May 4th!
an opportunity to take part in this exhibition for all young
at GCSE level and above.
will be hung in the Cookham Library throughout the Cookham
during normal library opening times for everyone to admire.
you need to do is call me to book your bit of wall. There is no
first come first served. I will limit it to two pieces per
to give everyone a chance.
can be anything from drawings, paintings or 3D and should be
appropriately for the medium.
not consider entering anything which needs to be sent away for
to all young artists studying at school or college and living in
to hear from you!
Dorrington 01628 541700
DEAN POST OFFICE MAY HAVE TO CLOSE
The people who operate the Cookham Dean
Post Office have had a nasty shock today, the Electricity Company have
not been paid so they are threatening to turn of the supply in four
weeks time, if the bills are not paid. It is very urgent that another
premises is found which can be used by the Post Office. Two places have
been suggested one being the room attached to St John the Baptist Church
and the other the empty bungalow next to Carmonta.
AT WESTWOOD GREEN
The Forbes family in Westwood Green have
not had a very happy start to 2009, their house, in which they have
lived for many years, caught fire last night and is badly damaged. It is
hoped that they will be able to get things sorted out and the family are
soon back in their home.
BOOK IS PUBLISHED
Cookhamites will remember Beryl Schirn who was so active in the village
and sadly died last year. One of Beryl's aim had always been to improve
the health and well-being of people with asthma, for which she raised
thousands of pounds. She had been working on a book in a room full of
papers, which was in the editing stage. Her husband Brian, who still lives in
the same house in Cookham, has completed editing, designed and organised the publishing
of the book, so it is now available for Christmas.
fascinating and scrupulously researched book traces two interlinked
stories. First there is the story of asthma, sometimes a silent killer,
along with the support for the medical battle to understand it, control
it and, ultimately to cure it. Side by side runs the tale of the
unflagging energy, imagination and commitment of the individuals who
dedicated their time and attention to the charities which funded so much
research which has brought our understanding of asthma from being
‘caused through nerves’ to seeing it as a physiological disease,
with control in our hands and a cure much closer.
had been involved with the then Asthma Research Council in her fight
against asthma since 1973 both as a charity member and a mother of a
child with asthma. She describes her involvement starting with the
formation of a branch of the charity, The Friends of the Asthma Research
Council, further involvement as vice-chairman of the Asthma Society
& Friends of the Asthma Research Council, later as a Trustee of the
National Asthma Campaign for nine years and finally as Vice-President of
Asthma UK, the final form of all these charities.
sales of this book are being donated to Asthma UK and ‘Breathing
Easier’ is available at £18 paperback, £25 hardback (plus postage
and packing) through The Wordsmith Press, either phone 0845 0039454 with
credit card details or via the web: http://www.wordsmithtm.co.uk/wordsmith_press.php
From a Cookham.com reader
The banner advertising the Cookham
Society Victorian Fair has been hanging in the High Street for about a
month now. I don't mind banners being put up for a Charitable
cause - I am assuming that the proceeds of the Fair do go to Charity -
but I do object to them being left up for more than 2 weeks after the
event has finished. If I find it annoying I am sure others do
also - if it happens often then it may well be that the Council will
decide to require permission to hang one. For example,
Cookham Regatta always put their banner up 2 weeks prior to the
event and take it down the day after the event - why can't the
Cookham Society do the same?
Reply from the Cookham Society -
"We have been trying to organise for the banner to be taken down,
but are unable to do it ourselves. We hope it should be taken down
Also, while I am in complaining
mode what about the various roadside advertising signs that
appear with more and more frequency. I'm not bothered about
the ones for local events, provided they are removed promptly, it is
the ones for purely commercial purposes I dislike. For example
the one at the Bridge for Cookham Jewellers has been there for
the best part of a year and a twin has now been spawned opposite
Heavens Ley. The blackboard advertising the Crown at the Bridge
has now happily disappeared.
The yellow signs put up by various
builders to point the way to new housing no longer survive more
than a few days thanks to somebody - not me - who has apparently taken serious
umbrage and removes them in the dead of night. Any ideas as
to the identity of the "Phantom Sign Remover of Old Cookham
Timmy Mallett is out of the jungle he is able to start painting again.
He was filmed painting a jungle camp scene on the balcony of the hotel
yesterday by a camera crew, he painted the camp from his memory. The
photo shows the partly completed painting.
Timmy brought back loads of the bark
in which the jungle dinners were wrapped when they were let down on a
rope. The bark would have been thrown away, but Timmy kept it,
and it is now dried out, so he is able to use it for the bark details
on the trees.
LEAVES THE JUNGLE (Updated)
Timmy Mallett left the jungle today after a head to head eating and
drinking contest with Brian Paddick in the Last Chance Saloon.
The first drink was a purée of
cockroaches, with some live ones as decoration. It was a very close
finish but Timmy forgot to slam his glass down when he had finished and
say blah. However Timmy won the second one The third one was a
penis colada which he lost by a split second. The fourth was eating a
live sand worm which must have been a couple of feet long and he just
could not get it down in time. Considering Timmy is a vegetarian he did
not do badly.
Timmy says he loved the jungle and
found lots of things to do including making hats out of undergrowth for
the other contestants. A brilliant contestant. WELL DONE TIMMY.
a Celeb Ditty..Get Us Out of Earshot
Girls had Isues ... Their Bullying Came from Jealousy
SECOND FAVOURITE FOR JUNGLE CROWN
Timmy Mallett has now spent a few days in the jungle and triumphed
yesterday with gaining twelve stars towards food for the contestants.
Although it did seem that some of them were not that thankful for the
leg of wild boar that he had won them. The entrance of Timmy seems to
have livened up the group which had become somewhat boring and did not
have the spark of previous years.
- Timmy is Star of the Bushtucker Trial (with video)
Mallett second favourite for jungle crown
get Timmy out of there
Blasts Simple Timmy