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19 February 2019 - Mental Health in Young People at Pinder Hall

20 February 2019 - A Talk on Bumblebees

21 February 2019 - Open Minds - The Teenagers Debating Group

21 February 2019 - Cookham Medical Centre Closed for Training - 12.30-6.30pm

22 February 2019 - Elizabeth House Quiz Evening

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 on: February 07, 2019, 11:03:31 PM 
Started by Chinch - Last post by Chinch
Thank you, I have done that.

 on: February 07, 2019, 12:44:33 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Cookham Dean Cricket Club
invites our friends and neighbours to join us at the Clubhouse
Monday 25 FEBRUARY @ 19.30
to view plans for the new pavilion

Ricketts Field, Whyeladyes Lane,Cookham SL6 9LF

 on: February 06, 2019, 10:10:39 PM 
Started by Chinch - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
If you want to send me your email to I can probably get someone else to contact you too who is knowledgable about Cookham.

 on: February 06, 2019, 08:44:51 PM 
Started by Chinch - Last post by Chinch
Hi James, Thank you for your kind reply to my e-mail. Yes, my Grandmother would have been older at that time. It's strange as the verses in the book are fairly religious in content but all very loving so not the kind of thing you might expect in a children's home so I am struggling a little. I know her Mother went on to marry and have another Daughter but I don't think she kept my Grandmother who I know spent her adult life in Birmingham. How she came to be there is a mystery. I don't know of the process involved in those days in placing a child in a home and if they may have been sent further afield? I have tried everywhere I can think of but no joy, unfortunately. Thank you again for your help.

 on: February 06, 2019, 07:49:59 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST:  We need some help !
We placed a successful bid with The Army Covenant some time ago, to put on 4 ‘Food Academy’s’.    These are early intervention / youth Diversion schemes.  We draw the young people in, with an intensive 6 week cooking course and then support them, as they learn that they can achieve much more than they believed possible.  We ask all our partner agencies and schools in the area, to nominate / refer 12 students, who are underperforming, suffer from low self-esteem, ADHD, high performing Autism, part of families suffering from Domestic Abuse, young carers, victims of bullying, anything where those young people need and would benefit from some additional support.  We have a brilliant team of volunteers who attend each of the 6 sessions, supporting, encouraging and helping them, sometimes working one to one with them, until they feel able to take the next step on their own.
We made a YouTube clip made with the assistance of the Chief Constable which sets it out very clearly:
Each Course finishes with a four course Banquet cooked by the students, for local invited guests, which include, the High Sherriff, the Chief Constable, the PCC, Deputy and Assistant Chief Constables, the local Area Commander, the Mayor and Mayoress, local councillors, heads of all the youth agencies and of course, the students’ families.
The next Banquet, will be held on Saturday 16th March, in the prestigious top floor restaurant, at The Windsor Race Course.  The Race Course have fully supported this initiative from the beginning, making their dining and cooking facilities, available to us.  Unfortunately - their top chefs are working elsewhere, on the night of the Banquet - so we need the help of some volunteer chefs out there, to work with the students, to produce the four course Banquet !
The meal consists of possible a soup - not yet decided.  A roasted chicken dish, with fancy vegetables and choux swans !
This involves prepping the ingredients for 80 guests on Friday evening 15th March between 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. and then coming in on Saturday at 2 p.m. to start cooking dinner.
Friday, it is more willing hands on deck.  Saturday, is more challenging.  The kitchens at the Race Course are on separate floors.  Our Course Chef, Graham Alston, provided by The Windsor Lions, will manage the main course, but we need chefs to over-see the start and desert.
Our volunteers will be working with and supporting the students.  They are extremely competent and could possibly easily manage, as they have already completed 3 banquets, but we want to make sure everything runs like clockwork, to support the students, their families and make this an experience they will never forget.
Have you worked in a professional kitchen, with the relevant catering equipment and can assist at the Banquet ?  Can you come in on the Friday and help with the prep ?
If you can help, please contact me at:
RBWM Community Wardens, Clive Dent and Dave Lee at their Safer Internet day at Barclays Bank, High Street, Maidenhead on Monday.  It was very well attended.

5/2  Thursday 2 p.m.  The householder received a call from someone purporting to be a bailiff.  They said they owed £3,000.  If they didn’t pay up immediately, she would be arrested !
There is a reason I say - JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN, IF IT IS AN UNSOLICITED CALL.  These calls can be very distressing !
4/2 - 5/2  Wednesday 10.30 p.m. / Thursday midnight.  Stafferton Way.  Store broken into - Hole cut in the fence to gain access to the yard.  No access gained to the building.  Items stolen from the yard.
6/2  Wednesday 8.20 a.m. / 10.40 a.m.  Car Park, Grove Road.  Car passenger window smashed - Digital camera stolen.
3/2 - 4/2  Sunday 8.30 p.m. / Monday 8.30 p.m. Shurlock Road, , Waltham St. Lawrence. Car and Van broken into on driveway.  Valuable wellies and shooting ear defenders stolen.
4/2  Monday 7 p.m. / 8.15 p.m.  Pub car park, Littlefield green.  Car rear windscreen smashed - 2 suitcases, a rucksack and a handbag stolen.  The Aggrieved was about to go on holiday !
4/2  Monday 7 p.m.  Club Car Park, Odney Lane X 2.  1.  Car rear windscreen smashed- overnight bag stolen.  2.  Car passenger window smashed - MACBOOK AIR, PURSE and contents stolen.
5/2 - 6/2  Tuesday 11 p.m. / Wednesday 5 a.m.  Alwyn Road.  Van break - tools stolen.
4/2  Monday 10.35 a.m.  Beaumont Close.  Car keyed.

 on: February 06, 2019, 03:44:33 PM 
Started by Chinch - Last post by James Hatch
Back in the 1930,s I knew of a Ernie Stanmore that worked for Jack Gardener of The Mount and Lower Mount Farms. It is quite possible that he and his family were living in Dean View Cottages,
which were council houses at that time. The other local name I knew was Taylor, but that family were living in Black Butts cottages, down in the village. Children living in Dean View Cottages all walked down to Holy Trinity School in the village, There were no teachers there at that time with the names you mentioned. Mind you they could have been children she went to school with. Though you say between 1930 to 1934, she would have been between 15 and 19 years old, working in a big house or a shop maybe.

 on: February 05, 2019, 07:54:34 PM 
Started by Chinch - Last post by Chinch
Hello, I am new to this forum and wondered if there's anyone out there who may be able to help me in my search? I have been searching for my Grandmother who was born in 1915 in Colnbrook to a young single girl. I think my Grandmother was placed into a home as when she died she left an autograph book containing verses from various people including, "Mother", D. Stanmore, E. Taylor, A. Wheatly and Mrs J. Wallen all dated between 1930 and 1934. I understand her Mother lived in Dean View Cottages in 1920 . I wonder if the names I have mentioned ring a bell with anyone? Could they have been teachers in a school or do you know of anyone who had a member of their family who worked in a home in the area? I know it's a long-shot but would be grateful for any help. Many thanks.  Smiley

 on: February 05, 2019, 06:26:23 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The Association of British Riding Schools a registered charity at the heart of Riding and Equestrianism. Currently it is seeking two Trustees to join the Board, who in addition to an interest in the ABRS’s aims objectives, have experience, skills and expertise in any of the following areas: fundraising, business development, marketing, public relations, communications and technology.

This is a voluntary role, but Trustees can claim reasonable expenses.

Like many charities, the ABRS, relies on its trustees for leadership and support in its many areas of operation. Attracting potential trustees with the enthusiasm, motivation, interest and commitment to take on operational responsibilities is critical to the charity's sustainability and future growth.

In tandem with acting as a professional association for equestrian proprietors, our role is to raise standards of instruction and promote the welfare of horses and ponies.

Founded in 1954, the need for the ABRS grows day by day as rules, regulations and legislation become ever more complex, customers more discerning and demanding, and the recreational market within which centres operate more diverse.

If you think this could be for you, please send a current CV and a covering letter to ABRS Chair Hannah Mays or call 07761327382 or post to the ABRS, Unit 8, Bramble Hill Farm, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, Horsham. W. Sussex RH13 0RL

We would be delighted to have an initial informal chat with you.

 on: February 05, 2019, 11:54:19 AM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
As part of the Royal Borough’s gully maintenance programme, toad ladders have been repositioned ready for their migration in March.

Work was completed with the help of a dedicated team of toad patrol volunteers, Wild Maidenhead and VolkerHighways.

Research in 2016 by Froglife and the University of Zurich found that the UK common toad population has dropped by 68%, and with the Deerswood area in Maidenhead being home to one of the largest remaining colonies in the south of England, our conservation work is vital.

Cllr Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “Maidenhead is incredibly fortunate to have such a strong knot of toads and we must do all we can to preserve the population. The ladders will greatly assist their migration in allowing a safer journey.

“The Royal Borough is a beautiful area with much wildlife and nature that is hugely valued by our residents.”

Each spring, the toads’ journey to their breeding pond takes them across a number of roads near Ray Mill Road East, and they are prone to falling down drains, unable to escape.

The toad ladders were introduced in 2017 by Wild Maidenhead, with a hundred brought in, the largest installation of its kind in the country.

The January work undertaken by VolkerHighways cleared ladders that have become jammed with leaves and debris, keeping them free ready for their journeys in March.

Wild Maidenhead’s co-founder Jan Stannard said: “We were really grateful for the help given so willingly by VolkerHighways, led by David Horton, for this essential work.

“The crew were very helpful and patient and our volunteers, about ten in total, were very impressed with their kind and willing co-operation. A big thanks to the company and the crew for helping to conserve a declining species.”

 on: February 04, 2019, 08:01:35 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Tomorrow 5th Feb is ‘Safer Internet Day’. Barclays Bank in High St, Maidenhead are hosting an event on the first floor where staff and members of the Borough Scam Team will be offering scam advice to members of the public when using the internet.
The event is from 10am to 1200.
Clive Dent
Communities, Enforcement & Partnerships
Tel: 01628 685636
Mobile Number: 07855 517295

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