Choral Society are hosting 6 sessions of Find Your Voice from
Thursday 11 February to Thursday 18 March led by Christian
Goursaud a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court
cost of the 6 sessions with be £36 and will be held in the
Wesley Hall, Methodist Church, High St, Maidenhead from 8-10
further information and to sign up contact
01628 822886, Trisha 01628 416980, Anne 01189342109
below gives a taste of what will be covered.
Primal sounds, Scales/arpeggios, Notation/Monophony
in Parts: Simple two and three part music Singing in
Parts: Simple four-part music
choral skills I: Musical awareness/Listening II:
Balance/Phrasing III: Tricks of the Trade
Studies: Renaissance Baroque, Romantic/Twentieth
AND HOME MADE CAKES
lonely in here. Where are you?
exhibition of paintings by artist Pat Shenstone is on at The
Gallery at Elizabeth house. On Sundays there are free refreshments
and it is manned by local artists. It is a great time to visit so
why not pop in whilst out for that Sunday afternoon walk?
is most happy to give you a guided tour of the exhibition and
explain some of the stories behind the paintings.
support this local enterprise which in turn raises funds
for Elizabeth House.
Shenstone offering visitors home made cakes.
YOU LIKE A CHALLENGE?
YOU LIKE A CHALLENGE?
YOU ENJOY TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES?
YOU INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING YOUR LEADERSHIP & CITIZENSHIP
YOU BE AGED BETWEEN 18 & 24 ON 25th JULY 2010?
Bridge Rotary Club
is seeking a suitable candidate to sponsor on this year’s RYLA
(Rotary Youth Leadership Award) programme. Candidates have to be
aged between 18 and 24 by the start of the course and be available
to attend a week’s course (25th – 31st
week is spent at Rhos-y-Gwaliau in mid-Wales, an outdoor centre
staffed by highly qualified professionals.
purpose of the course is to develop and/or extend self-confidence,
self-awareness and team building and leadership skills in young
year Cookham Bridge Rotary Club sponsor candidates who tell us it
is one of the best weeks they have ever had and usually ask if
they can go again!
information can be found by following the link below:
visit (click here)
Interested? Then email Di Gare at:
firstname.lastname@example.org using RYLA as the reference.
YOU MEMORABILIA OF COOKHAM NURSERY?
Nursery School is celebrating its 60th birthday in 2010
and staff are calling on former pupils to provide photographs and
other memorabilia to help roll back the years. With a 1950s-themed
garden party planned in May, the school’s head teacher, Judi
Charters, is encouraging anyone with a connection to the nursery
during its 60 year history to get in touch with memories of the
time they spent there. “It would be great to receive pictures
and such like,” says Judi. “We are hoping for a good response
so that we can hear memories of the past and celebrate six decades
in the life of this wonderful nursery.” Please email email@example.com
or write to Cookham Nursery School, Station Hill, Cookham,
Berkshire SL6 9BT.
YOU WANT A COOKHAM DEAN VILLAGE SHOP?
and hear about the Village Shop
on from the successful retention of the Post Office, the committee
moved on to look at the possibility of re-opening a shop in the
village. We have now reached the point where we are ready to share
the results of our investigations with you.
will be a meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd
March at which you will be able to hear all about the proposal for
re-opening a village shop in Cookham Dean.
is really important that many people attend as the attendance will
be taken as the measure of support for the whole concept of
re-instating a village shop.
the meeting we will explain how you will be able to help the
you are not able to attend but do support the concept of having a
village shop in Cookham Dean, then I would welcome an e-mail from
you underlining your support.
of the Post Office Shop Committee
A GREETINGS CARD FOR AMNESTY
along to the Cookham and Maidenhead group Greeting Card writing this
Sunday (17th January)
from 3 - 5 pm at Mike’s house, “Old Pinkneys”,
Lee Lane, Pinkneys Green.
Amnesty Greeting Card Campaign is a good opportunity to
express our support directly to prisoners and others who are
suffering human rights abuses around the world. Everyone
is welcome, especially new members, so come along, write some
cards and enjoy some tea, cake & chat. Please
bring non-religious greeting cards or postcards with you.
(Postage is cheaper for small cards!)
you would like to write greeting cards at home, go to www.amnesty.org.uk/gcc.
You can send cards up to 31 January 2010.
contact details are:
01628 630375 email:
FIRST EVER RUNNING CLUB
LOCAL JOURNALIST Peta Bee is
launching Cookham's first ever running club as part of the
national Run In England scheme to attract newcomers and returning
runners to the sport. Peta, who writes a weekly fitness column in
The Times and has degrees in sports science as well as being a
qualified running coach, says that nobody is too slow to join the
groups which will run at 9.30am on Saturdays from Station Hill
Deli and at 6.45pm on Tuesday evenings from Peta's house in
Station Road. More runs will be added if there is enough
interest. "Don't think you are too unfit to come along
as even those who can barely break into a slow trot are catered
for," says Peta, a former winner of the UK Fitness
Professional of the Year award. "The idea is to get fit and
have fun while we run along different routes in and around
Cookham." Running is one of the best - and cheapest - ways to
get in shape as it burns calories faster than most other sports
(up to 550 an hour) and the only equipment you need is a pair of
trainers. Each run will cost £2 and, if you decide the club is
for you, there's an annual subscription of £20 to the Run In
England Scheme that entitles you to a new running top, water
bottle and log book. For details check out www.runinengland.co.uk
or contact Peta on 07703 534030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ARK ANNUAL BALL
Noah's Ark Annual Ball, their annual fund-raising event,
consisting of a three-course meal, prize
auction and live music courtesy of the Fabulous: MEAN
RED SPIDERS is being held on Saturday 13th March 2010
7.30pm - Dinner 8pm Carriages 1am, at Moor
further details or to book tickets please contact Erika Lewington
01628 471731 or email@example.com
make up a table of eight or buy individual tickets. We
look forward to welcoming you at the ball to help support your
YOGA CLASSES AT PARISH
Parish Centre is going to have yoga classes every week from 9
January 2010. Jeff Phenix and his wife Jennie run Phenix
Yoga and will be Jeff will be running the classes each Saturday 10am to
11.15am. The classes cost £8 each or £39 for a block of 6. You can try
your first class for £1 as a taster. If you want more information
Phenix on 07870 569 466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
also look at their website www.phenixyoga.com
for more details. All levels are welcome.
- CLERK TO COOKHAM PARISH COUNCIL
COOKHAM PARISH COUNCIL
APPOINTMENT OF PARISH CLERK AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER
SCP 30 - 34 £24,646 - £27,849 pro rata (30 hours)
Cookham Parish Council invite applications to fill the role of
Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer. You will
need to have the ability to gain an extensive knowledge of local
government law and finance, together with the necessary skills in
communication and organisation of Council affairs. You will be
responsible for the satisfactory implementation of Council
decisions and the delivery of Council services including planning
decisions, Cookham Cemetery, allotments, the Alfred Major
Recreation Ground, play area, street lighting and management of
footpaths and open spaces within the parish. You will also be
expected to take responsibility for the legal handling of all
parish finances in preparation for rigorous internal and external
The successful applicant will be expected to hold or obtain either
the Cert Ed (Local Policy) or CILCA qualification.
For further information and an application pack please telephone
01628 522003 (9am – 1.00pm) or email to: email@example.com
An Application Pack may be obtained electronically from http://www.cookham.com/cookhamnow/parishcouncil/parishclerkad/parishclerk.htm
Please send completed applications to:
Mrs Janet Wheeler, Clerk to the Council, Cookham Parish Council,
Council Offices, High Road, Cookham Rise, Berks. SL6 9JF.
Closing date: Monday 18th January 2010.
photo from the Friendship Christmas Lunch held on Sunday 6
December 2009 which was held for forty five people at the Cookham
Dean WI Hall with three turkeys very generously donated by Tom
Copas. With thanks to Marion Elly and Lorna Sykes for organising
A very good time was had by
TOWN HALL MEETING
BABA the superstar winners of the
Euroduck song contest are the latest and most notable objectors to
the granting of a licence for the performance of live music and
the sale of alcohol on Cookham Moor this coming May.
"We were at our most creative composing on the tranquil and
beautiful island of Viggso said Benny Anderssen one of the two
"We know that the Cookham heritage is equally treasured
and it would be profligate to risk its exposure to a public
"Conservation, preservation and enjoyment are the priorities
of the National Crust, the site owners. Let it stand by its duty
to hold the land in trust for the village" added Bjorn
Ulvaeus the other "B" boy.
"Environmental matters have become my first priority"
said bandmate Anni-Frid Lyngstadt. "Like many others, we
princesses are early-to-bed persons".
The much admired Agnetha Faltskog denied rumours of romance adding
"preparations for 'Marlow Mia!' leave no
"The roadshows invaded my privacy and affected my family. Studio
recordings I prefer and I cherish the generations!"
The application will be considered in Desborough 2/3, Town Hall,
Maidenhead on January 7th at 10 a.m.
YEARS OF HILLCREST STORES
Harry and Mandy
Brar are celebrating twenty years of their general stores in
Hillcrest Avenue. Mandy said she cannot believe how fast the time
as gone and would like to thank all the wonderful customers whom
she has got to know over the years.
TENNIS AND CROQUET DAY
Dean Annual Charity Tennis and Croquet Day
Players, Guests and Sponsors,
is time to think of Summer – lunch on the lawn, a nice bottle of
wine, butterflies fluttering by – and the sound of tennis balls
on racquets and mallets on croquet balls.
29th Tennis and Croquet Day will be held on the 27th
year we raised £1500 for local charities and with your support we
hope to raise a similar sum this year,
put this date in your diary and talk to family and friends to
encourage them to take part.
will be delighted to see our regular players again and are keen to
welcome new participants.
you do not play tennis, an introduction to croquet will be
available just before the main event and complete newcomers are
have two spaces on our five member organising committee so if you
are a long term resident of Cookham and would like to put
something back into the village, or if you are new to the area and
would like to be involved in something local, we would be
delighted to hear from you.
contact Ed Gallagher - 01628 528480 or Nick Dennis – 01628
483365 or Pauline Howe-Davies – 01628 628228
here for photos of the 2009 event
GIFTS OF CURRY
of Cookham’s Day Centre for the over 60s at Elizabeth House were
given a heart-warming, festive treat yesterday when a sumptuous
meal was provided and served by the owner and staff of the local
from Shaahs in Cookham dished up specially prepared, mild yet very
tasty, dishes such as Manchurian Murghi – creamed chicken in a
special Manchurian sauce, plain rice and Sag Malai (Spinach and
Cream, Sag Panir (Spinach and cheese), followed by Shaah’s
famous homemade sweets. At the end of the meal, one particularly
enthusiastic resident was heard to ask, “Can we have this every
is our small Christmas gift to the people of Cookham for the warm
welcome that have given us since we opened in the Autumn’ said
Mr Shah. ‘we served around 24 meals and it was a pleasure
meeting the members and staff’ ‘We have also decided to give
away a bottle of good champagne to all customers booking a table
of four or more until the end of the year’
Salter – Elizabeth House Cook said ‘The members were all most
appreciative, they enjoyed it very much indeed - most of them had
second helpings and a few even managed thirds! The staff
were delighted that there was also enough left for us to try these
OF MARY DONNELLY
Donnelly, who lived in Cookham for many years in High Road, died
on Sunday 13th December aged 98. Mary was well known in Cookham
particularly as she was married to Henry Donnelly who at one point
was a Lib Dem Parish Councillor, District Councillor and County
Councillor. Although Henry was the front man he was very much
supported by Mary who had suffered a stroke thirty years ago.
Although Mary was from Yorkshire she had made Cookham very much
her home, although recently she had moved to a care home in Kent
to be near one of her daughters.
Mary's funeral will be in Cookham
Dean Church on Monday 21 December at 1pm. This will be followed by
a finger buffet at the Kings' Arms in Cookham Village, all those
attending the service are invited.
thanks to Ben Aston
visiting party to the National Lottery paused
at the random number generator. The
guest's phone rang.
his hosts to allow him to take the call, “It's
Downing Street on the line” he reported.
am told that the Heavenly Office wants the date set for my Son's
birth. They don't think that it should be left to his mother,
and I have the usual diary
problems. Last week
was completely filled by the creation, and
next week, aeons earlier than expected there
is global survival to be decided at Copenhagen.”
we help?” responded his hosts. “The
generator could select a date chosen by chance. It
needs only the button to be pressed.”
button was pressed and the visitor brightened on seeing a date
“25th December will do well
enough. Unpredictability can be a prelude to miraculousness.
I will signal to the three
heads of state I particularly want to be there. But
there is still accommodation to think of”.
WATERFOWL ADVICE AND LIAISON SERVICE
The Waterfowl Advice and Liaison Service (WALS)
by Ben Aston
A report of the November 2009 committee meeting.
The complaint by a goose that a referral to Milton Keynes or to
other distant place would constitute an unreasonable interference
with her migratory pattern.
Decision: that she be offered re-routing to the
Wildfowl & Wetlands
Trust at Slimbridge.
A duck reported difficulty of choosing her surgeon rationally
without knowing either his name or the success of his/her
Decision: ornithological surgeons be served
portions of unidentified
hung game with libations of wine of uncertain provenance.
A complaint (by the same goose) that the use of a buzzer and a
sequence consultations constituted a breach of avian rights.
Decision: that the availability and readiness of a willing
vet be indicated by playing episodes from The Archers.
Assessing the quality of service provided by the wildfowl
Decisions: to award the practice three quacks out of
five and to winter in North Africa.
ON THE THAMES AND ZIMBABWE
our successful opening exhibition featuring a galaxy of
local artists we have a new show at the recently-opened Gallery
at Elizabeth House (on Station Hill, Cookham) starting this
Sunday, by talented artist Gail Dorrington. Gail lives
locally: she studied for a degree in graphic design and
illustration at the prestigious Central School of Art in London
and has worked as a book designer and illustrator. Her new show
features vibrant paintings in acrylic, water colour and coloured
pencil. Titled Here and There it's inspired by
travel and local scenes and personalities including her Zimbabwe
portraits and Reflections on the Thames series.
the works are for sale (Christmas is a'coming) and Elizabeth
House gets a commission from every sale.
Gallery is open weekday mornings 9.30 to 11.30 and Sundays 10am to
YOU WANT THE JOLLY FARMER?
year the landlady of the Jolly Farmer asked Joanna Yates to do a
painting of the pub. Joanna produced a work of art in
acrylic on canvas which took her two months to complete.
The painting can now be
seen on the wall in the restaurant area, which also now
serves as the Post Office a couple of times a week. Anyone
visiting the Jolly Farmer take a look and if you want a
Christmas present to remind someone of Cookham Dean, Joanna is
offering the painting for a special price of only £500.
George, a resident of Cookham Village, whose brainchild was the
Spencer Gallery in the 1960s, has produced her second book
entitled Stanley Spencer Remembered.
Spencer Remembered is
not only an anthology of people's memories of the artist it also
provides a glimpse into mid-twentieth century social history and
its effects on Cookham, Stanley’s home and the inspiration for
much of his work. Joan George recalls how, following the artist's
death in 1959, determined villagers fought for a Memorial to him
in Cookham- a village in heaven – as he described it.
modest beginnings selling postcards in the front room of Spencer's
birthplace, readers are shown how the campaign escalated up the
social ladder to Lord Astor, whose support the village gained for
the conversion of a disused village hall into a permanent memorial
gallery of the artist's works.
variety of some twenty people’s memories is enhanced by the
insights of Spencer's two daughters and the compiler's own
experience of her stormy interviews with the artist before finally
gaining his trust and later friendship.
with an open "letter to
", the reader is led through a series of Spencer-orientated
events between 1959 and 2009. The idea originated with
compulsion to write frequently to his beloved first wife,
Hilda, long after she had died.
Spencer Remembered aims
to supplement more learned works by revealing the humorous,
adaptable and sociable side of the artist, who on his own
admission, had many "selves". The book includes
photographs of the artist at work and in groups with family and
friends. It shows how Spencer, with so many unfulfilled dreams,
finally came to terms with reality in his own native village –
book is available from the
, Cookham for £6.00 www.stanleyspencer.org.uk
Bysshe from Cookham is seen here with Strictly Come Dancing
celebrity Jade Johnson, the track and field Olympic athlete and a
two-time Commonwealth Games and European Championship silver
medallist. Like Jade, Penny is madly keen on dancing, so
this was a rare opportunity to meet one of the Strictly celebs.
Jade is partnered with professional dancer Ian Waite and she has
been heard to have had some complaints about his jive.
it the athletics or the dancing that gave Jade those muscles?
BEST DRESSED MUMMY
was Halloween time at the Cookham Youth Club on Monday night and
there was a best dressed Mummy competition. Each team had to dress
one of their members up as a Mummy using rolls of toilet paper.
The result was it looked like the Andrex puppy had been let loose.
click on photo for larger image
MATCH IN MEMORY OF PAUL MOSDELL
1 November 2009
special match has been arranged on 30th December 2009 in the
Memory of former Cookham Dean player Paul Mosdell who passed
away at the age of 32 in September 2009. (click on newspaper
picture to read about Paul).
Paul who scored a goal for the Dean in the last ever Cup Final
at Readings Elm Park Ground in 1998 was due to marry his
fiancée Sarah in 2010 and the couple have an 18 month old son
Club are organising a raffle ahead of the day and any
local business's who would like to support the event can contact the
club through the web site www.cookhamdeanfc.co.uk
match will be a re run of the 1998 Reading League Cup Final when
Cookham Dean won a thrilling match against Wokingham side
Emmbrook with two goals in the last four minutes, the first of
which was scored by Paul Mosdell. The game was notable as the
last ever played at Elm Park before Reading moved to there
new Madejski Stadium.
December 30 2009
Mosdell Memorial Match
Dean (1998) v Emmbrook (1998)
Venue - Alfred Major Recreation Ground
Kick Off/ Noon