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 on: June 23, 2017, 02:49:37 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
From Sophie Dyer (Police staff, Comms , Forcewide)

If you have a moment, please let us know your thoughts about the area where you live or work.

The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete and your responses are very important to us.

 on: June 23, 2017, 02:37:45 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
22/6  Thursday 10 a.m. / 4 p.m.  Laggan Road.  Burglary.  Thieves climbed over a rear garden fence to access the property.  The owners returned to find the bottom glass panel in the back door smashed.  Untidy search of the bedrooms.  Not known if anything stolen.
20/6 – 21/6  Tuesday 9 p.m. / Wednesday 11.30 a.m.  College Avenue.  Black paint sprayed along a car.
21/6  Wednesday 10 a.m. / 8.40 p.m.  North Town Moor.  Black paint sprayed along a car.
18/6 – 21/6  Jonathan Court.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS.  Searched.  Cash and SAT NAV stolen.
21/6  Wednesday 10.35 p.m.  Camden Road.  A witness reported a man smash a car window, reach in and grab something and run off.
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
‘For more information follow this link:
FIRST a scam email into my police inbox !
It comes from the Package Recovery Unit, addressed to ‘Dear Esteemed Customer’ !  Apparently, I have a package / diplomatic pouch awaiting my collection.  It comes from the ‘European Financial Authorities’ and is highly classified !  It therefore needs my very urgent attention and should be dealt with promptly.  There is a large amount of cash involved !  Do I want to travel to Italy to collect it, or would I like them to deliver it to me………If I do, can I please supply them with full details !!!
NEXT from Malcolm the Sainsbury’s scam email:
It is addressed personally to Malcolm, it says that he has not claimed his gift card, despite being contacted recently.  The email goes on to say that he needs to do this immediately to avoid losing it, by clicking on the Link !!
NEXT another one from Malcolm:
This time, unaddressed from Audi.  As part of their promotion, he has won $900,000.00 !  Can he please let them have his full details to progress the transfer of funds !!
NEXT a phone scam from Rob:
At lunchtime today, I received a call from ‘Brian’, representing ATOL.  He told me that I was owed a refund on a fully inclusive holiday taken during the last two and a half years !
He asked if I was aware of this and I told him that I was aware of scams, before hanging up. His number came up as 0161 7110478 which has been subject of numerous Google enquiries.  No doubt I will now be pestered for some time to come !
The advice as always with these calls – just put the receiver down and disconnect them !  It is not rude to do this, while they are speaking !
Any conversation, means it is a real telephone line (the numbers for the calls are randomly computer generated) and a live number – with someone on the end of it that responds.  You may not fall for this particular scam, but the line is real with a potential victim attached.
A number of burglaries that take place in the summer months, entry is gained through insecure windows and doors, especially at the rear of the property.
Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.
Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.
Sheds :
Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.
Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
Ensure all tools and equipment is locked away when not in use.
High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
A shed alarm can also be installed.
Please register your valuables at
Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.
Going on holiday:
Make your home look occupied.
If you're out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.
Ask a neighbour if they don't mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied.
Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.
Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc
Leave important documents and valuable personal items with other family members or a bank.
Double-check that you've locked all windows & doors. Set your burglar alarm

 on: June 23, 2017, 12:44:57 PM 
Started by chiko7831. - Last post by chiko7831.
Good points!  I wasn't living in Cookham when the other planning attempt was made, but have heard the rumours.

The Village Design Statement is important, but it doesn't carry the legal weight in planning terms and therefore isn't given the full credit it deserves, despite the hard work that went into creating it.  A Neighbourhood Plan however would have legal weight and has to be considered at planning hearings and by the Planning Inspectorate.  If a NP was to be created in Cookham, it would build on the VDS. 

Neighbourhood Planning is NOT political.  Politics is an ever changing scene, and in a month's time could be a completely different scenario.The first step in creating a NP is a village consultation and discussion.  The stuff happening with the Local Borough Plan is in the background but should have no effect on local community engagement and consultation.   This is an opportunity for local residents/business owners/workers etc in Cookham to have a discussion and a say about planning in the village.  It won't stop development, and it won't suit everyone but if done properly it will have local support. 

We can throw out hands it the air, and say 'its no good' with a 1000 reasons why it shouldn't be attempted.  Nevertheless house prices are increasing in the Borough with many priced out of the market.  It wasn't long ago that there was a post on FB from someone who couldn't find a house to rent with their dog (most rentals won't accept pets) and increased rents, so were faced with having to give their dog to the Dogs Trust.  There's plenty of discussion on here about parking, the chicken farm, Poundfield etc etc, things happening in the Borough which could be addressed in a Neighbourhood Plan.

So the way I see it, the alternative is to be proactive, have a lively discussion about the village we live in and what its future looks like.  For this reason I believe Cookham should have a NP and we've started this survey to see what local people's views are.

 on: June 23, 2017, 10:33:41 AM 
Started by chiko7831. - Last post by CLIPPER
Couldn't agree more!

Its a joke at the cost of the Cookham's character being eroded... and as someone said to me the other day.... 'what a RAT run' the Cookham's have become.

 on: June 22, 2017, 11:21:46 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Cat
Can anyone recommend a local carpenter please?
Not a large job - just hanging two internal doors.
Thank you

 on: June 22, 2017, 09:05:50 PM 
Started by FionaBeaumont - Last post by FionaBeaumont
Desperately seeking tabby with white paws. Male.
Went missing on June 7th from Switchback Road North Area.

Any information or sightings please call Biddy on 07790 648863.

Please note: this is not my cat, I don't want to give the impression I have a habit of losing animals.

 on: June 22, 2017, 03:44:20 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
CONNECTING COOKHAM Monday July 17th 2017 2.30pm and 7.30pm

You are invited to the Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, to hear about an exciting new project ‘Connecting Cookham'. This will potentially provide information for local residents and visitors alike, sharing our history, our treasures and our commerce.

Led by the Gallery you will see a demonstration of how we can create village Wi-Fi ‘zones’, accessed by smartphone, with information loaded and controlled by us. The Gallery are hoping to create a 'zone' under Cookham Bridge which, once logged on to, will inform about Stanley Spencer and how important this particular area was to him - with images of his many paintings, audio clips and directions about how to visit the Gallery. No internet connection is needed.

The potential for other village zones is immense and limited only by our imaginations. The War Memorial zones could contain information about the men commemorated. Redundant phone boxes could contain village history and photographs, details of accommodations and eating options. Our wonderful Commons could display flora, fauna and walks....our farms their history and produce. All available on controlled sites which the host updates as required. Imagine a visitor standing on the spot and accessing what we choose to share with themThis is not a small project, and needs much thought. It requires a steering group, financial outlay and a community effort. Come to the Gallery (sessions at 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm) to hear more and offer your suggestions. You have been invited as you might be interested to be a ‘zone’ host, a content provider, project enabler, funder or otherwise a supporter of this wonderful area which we all enjoy and cherish.

For entry to the Gallery you are asked to fill in the form below and bring it with you. An indication of your likely attendance (and at which session) would be appreciated in reply to this email.

Hope to see you there...

Chrissy Rosenthal Connecting Cookham

Please fill this in and bring it to the Gallery for admission. Monday 17th July 2.30 or 7.00. Please bring one per person.

NAME ............................

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 on: June 22, 2017, 02:14:05 PM 
Started by BurtieBurton - Last post by Jabber
Still has a hygine rating of just 3 out of 5....

 on: June 22, 2017, 12:44:38 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Residents and visitors to the Royal Borough are invited to celebrate the opening of the council’s new extension to Ockwells Park, Thrift Wood on Sunday 25 June.

The 86 acre addition in Maidenhead will be officially opened by the Mayor, Cllr John Lenton, at 11am and a day of activities at the park will run from 10am-2pm.

The new Thrift Wood park area can be accessed from the current entrance to Ockwells Park off Ockwells Road or through three new entrances situated along the bridleway between Holyport and Cox Green.

The council’s sports development team will host many family friendly activities throughout the day including health walks, yoga and orienteering, an exciting ‘Mini Beasts exploration activity and Nordic Walking sessions.

Visitors will be able to walk around the £725,000 investment with qualified walk leaders sharing fascinating facts about the ancient woods and delightful wildlife.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “I have visited the area several times already and am really looking forward to celebrating at the official grand opening on Sunday.

“We know how important green spaces, parks and countryside facilities are to residents’ lives and this is a fantastic addition that we have already received very good feedback on.”

The Mayor, Cllr John Lenton, added: “The Mayoress and I are looking forward to opening this wonderful new park with its imaginative facilities. We are looking forward to watching residents, including our new granddaughter who lives in the area, enjoy the adventures that Thrift Wood will offer.”   

The park and café will be open as usual this weekend.

 on: June 21, 2017, 09:48:54 PM 
Started by chiko7831. - Last post by Watchman
Village Design Statement... the Cookham Plan... a Cookham Neighbourhood Plan....whatever next?!

Being utterly cynical.....  What's the point?

Dudley and his lackeys might browse through the findings and then go off and do exactly what THEY want to do,
and more likely than not, it will be totally opposite to the opinions of and statements from local residents.

We have yet to receive any explanation for the recent "green belt" building plans that were exposed by the sacked councillor.
Don't hold your breath!

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