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 on: Today at 03:32:56 AM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
Just to say that we have arrived safe and sound on Rarotonga, and enjoying the Maori hospitality. I have been Drone flying and  gathering more video and still material.
So once again have a Merry Christmas.

 on: Today at 03:30:22 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
Just to say that we have arrived safe and sound on Rarotonga, and enjoying the Maori hospitality. I have been Drone flying and  gathering more video and still material.
So once again have a Merry Christmas.

 on: December 14, 2017, 07:35:39 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.
To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.
Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.
Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.   
Pre-paid credit cards
Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.
Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.
If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.
How to protect yourself:
Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.
What to do if you’re a victim:
If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.
The information contained within this alert is based on information from gathered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).  The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this type of fraud. The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.

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 on: December 13, 2017, 11:34:39 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster


SCP 30 - 34 £26,822 - £30,153 pro rata (30 hours)

Applications are invited to fill the role of Clerk to the Council and Responsible Financial Officer. Working with elected Councillors, the Clerk plays a leading part in implementing policy, delivering local services & developing new projects.

The role involves dealing with local planning applications and managing community facilities including Cookham Cemetery, Allotments, Recreation Ground, Footpaths and Streetlighting.

Excellent communication skills are required for regular dealings with members of the public, local groups and organisations and liaison with the Borough Council. Applicants will need the ability to gain an extensive knowledge of local government law and finance, and the organisation of Council affairs.

Ideally you will hold, or be willing to undertake, the CILCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) qualification. Proficient IT skills (preferably including experience of social media) are also required.

The hours of work are 8.30am – 1.30pm Mon-Fri and Tuesday evenings. For further information and a job description please telephone 01628 522003

To apply please send a CV and handwritten covering letter to:
Mr Mark Hollands, Clerk to the Council, Cookham Parish Council, Council Offices, High Road, Cookham Rise, Berks SL6 9JF.

Closing date: 12:00 Friday 5th January 2018.

 on: December 13, 2017, 11:29:45 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
A new map setting out the Royal Borough’s recommendations on how to shape local democracy has been approved by council.

The map, showing a new network of electoral ward boundaries, was drawn up by a cross-party working group and will now be submitted to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

The commission will collate all responses to their public consultation and use them to create a new draft warding pattern for the borough in February 2018. This new pattern will be subject to another round of public consultation.

Cllr Ross McWilliams principal member for housing and communications chaired the working group.

He said: “We believe this map sets out the best way to retain electoral equality in the borough over the coming years and ensure every resident’s voice is heard equally.

”Our warding pattern keeps communities together while ensuring the number of residents each councillor represents is bought back into line.

“This was not an easy job and I’d like to thank everyone who gave up their time to make our submission the best it could be.

“I hope the hard work we put in will be reflected in the commission’s map next year.”

Full Council voted to approve the maps submission with 29 votes for, five against and six abstentions at a meeting on Tuesday, 12 December.

If this electoral review was not carried out some ward councillors would represent 30 percent more residents than the average borough councillor by 2023, triggering an automatic review.

The review will balance the number of residents each councillor represents and improve efficiency at the council.

Every councillor was given the chance to meet with officers to help them understand community identities and issues across the borough.

In the Royal Borough’s submission ward names have been preserved wherever possible or used to create names for new wards reflecting existing communities.

The commission was invited to carry out a review of the borough’s wards and has announced it is minded to recommend that the number of councillors be reduced from 57 to 43.

The new electoral arrangements will be in place for the 2019 local elections.

At present the Royal Borough consists of 23 wards; 13 three-member, eight two-member and two one-member wards. The council’s submission sets out a map of 19 wards comprising 14 two-member and five three-member wards.

 on: December 12, 2017, 12:51:59 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Countrystore will be open on Christmas Day from 9.00am until 1.00pm.

 on: December 11, 2017, 05:55:25 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Cliveden House Hotel are hosting a private firework display on Saturday 16 December to warn those with pets. It will be fired at approximately 18:00 and will last for 8 minutes.

 on: December 11, 2017, 03:20:08 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The Cookham Society is very pleased to see that Councillor Kellaway has put a motion on the Agenda for the RBWM council meeting on Tuesday 12 December backing our call for a half hour service throughout the day on the Branch Line. We hope that all the Borough Councillors back this motion.

 on: December 11, 2017, 02:05:51 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
We usually expect to sell lots of our christmas cards at the Village Street Fayre so yesterday was a big disappointment, as it was for everyone. Please help to support us by buying any remaining cards you need from our distributers. The cards are £5.00 per pack of 10 and on sale at Village Hardware, Hillcrest Stores, Brent de Clippers and The Odney Club.

Next year we plan to have a bigger selection of cards, using what we hope will be some amazing Cookham photographs taken during this winter from our members.

 on: December 10, 2017, 12:08:26 PM 
Started by FionaBeaumont - Last post by FionaBeaumont
I feel better about it now I know that you can park free if you are a member of the National trust, because I support and encourage their work, and that seems to make most sense.

I suppose I just hanker after the old days when Cookham was a smaller village, and not so much a tourist attraction.
But then again it is the history of the village that protects it at the same time.....hopefully.

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