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 on: February 25, 2021, 05:21:49 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
We want to transform Royal Borough Libraries in a way that responds to the changing needs in our communities and the positive changes and different delivery methods we’ve been able to experiment with in response to the pandemic.

We have undertaken a review of the service and have put forward proposals to reshape it in a way that builds on the good work already taking place in terms of digital development, community engagement and volunteering.

Libraries are a statutory service but it is up to local communities to determine how that service is delivered and how it should be shaped.

The financial pressures on the Council are now greater than ever and very difficult decisions have to be made in order for the council to deliver a balanced budget, which it is required to do by law. Council tax cannot be raised above a nationally set level without a local Referendum. In the light of this, the library service is required to make £292K in savings.

Please read

Summary of Impact on Physical Provision.

The full strategy document: Library Transformation Strategy and related appendices.

Reduction Proposals.

The consultation will be open until Friday 30 April 2021.

Implementation is proposed to commence between Wednesday 1 September 2021 and Friday 1 April 2022.

Click here to have your say

 on: February 24, 2021, 07:12:14 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police

I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.

I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -

24/2  Wednesday midnight / 4 a.m.  Denmark Street.  The owner was at home asleep when he received texts from his bank to say there had been unusual expenditure on his account.  The front door is rarely locked and someone had been in and stolen a laptop and bank cards.  The aggrieved opened the tracker software on the laptop, which showed it nearby.  He phoned the police who attended that location, where 2 men had used the bank cards and were found in possession of the items.  2 men were arrested on suspicion of burglary.  Ref. No:  43210077460
23/2  Tuesday 3.45 p.m.  King Street.  Locked up bike stolen.  A luminous green BMX bike.  Ref. No:  43210076851
23/2  Tuesday 5.10 p.m.  Supermarket Car Park, St Cloud Way.  Locked up bike stolen.  A teal and black bike.  Ref. No:  43210077171







Hi Jeff

Yet another scam.  It says it’s from the “Royal Group”.

It says they tried to deliver a parcel, but there was no-where safe to leave it.  We must click on the LINK to book another delivery date.  To make it sound authentic, there is a lot about organising delivery, standing away from the door, wear a mask etc. etc.

A friend of mine yesterday thought it was real and got scammed.  She had to close her bank account !!



Thanks Charmian.  As we are isolating, many of us are increasingly buying online, so there is always a possibility, we are waiting for one or more deliveries at any one moment !!!  This is the perfect time for scammers !

NEXT: From Mike:

Hi Jeff,

Not sure if I am being picked upon but here is another !

It is from ‘One Drive’.  It says I have a message from someone, I have not opened.  To open and read the document – Click here !!!

I did not !

Without your emails, I am sure I would have fallen for this one, so thank you.

All the best

Thanks Mike.  Some days with all the scam emails, texts and phone calls – I am in a spin and it becomes really annoying.  The scammers – usually someone from a call centre, does reap the whirlwind !
Fortunately, due to the pandemic, most of us are living very simple, slower lives at the moment, not going out apart from for exercise, so the scam messages, are more obvious and stand out.  If we were busy and frenetic, it would be easier to fool us !!!

NEXT: From Nina:

Hi Jeff,
Please can you kindly advise me ?  A family member received a mobile message today at 3 p.m.  It says it’s from West Border - Welsh Police who are investigating them.  They want their name and NI number.  They are to press 1 and then 2.

I think it’s a scam – is it ?

Much appreciated

Kind regards


Yes – it is a standard scam.  The local Police in Wales, would surely know their name, if they were being investigated ?  That immediately helps identify the message as a scam – it has been sent to thousands – they haven’t a clue who has received it, so need the name and details, if they respond !!

NEXT: From Bruce:

Hi Jeff,

We had an email this morning from the "Billing Department at BT. Com"

It requested name, credit card details, sort code etc..

I have alerted BT fraud department via my home phone, as it is clearly a scam. Please advise others in our group


Many thanks Bruce – I will – and have !  Anything asking for your name, is an immediate giveaway !  The BT Fraud department will be grateful you let them know as they will investigate and try to block the IP address of the computer which sent it.

NEXT: From Tony:

Hi Jeff

Just received a pre-recorded call from ‘Amazon Prime’, saying that my card had just been debited by £399.99.

I am an Amazon Prime member, so could have been fooled.

As soon as I heard the start of the message, I blocked immediately, so did not hear it all.  I presume I would have been asked to press something and the enter account or card details etc..

Pease circulate


Tony mentioned the mobile number from which the robo-call was made.  These are always fake, to hide a real international number.  The scammers have software, to display a local number, if you have call display.  PLEASE – everyone do what Tony did – as soon as you hear the content of the call, cancel and block it !!

NEXT: From Nigel – a warning message he received from a neighbour on ‘NEXTDOOR’ !

This morning I received a call from Internet provider, without mentioning a company name, nor who that is.

The message said that I’m about to be cut off, because of illegal activities.

The message then gave an option - to contact one of their executives, to sort out the problem – Click Here
I didn’t of course.



NEXT:  A Windows scam message from Stephanie

It simply says that Microsoft has not had any response from various messages they have sent – consequently they will be closing her account.

To prevent this – she needs to click on the link immediately to rectify the situation if she want to continue to use her account !!!  If she doesn’t – they will close her account without her permission !


 on: February 24, 2021, 06:47:54 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by Roger
I hear that Lidl may be taking over the Waitrose building in Marlow.

 on: February 24, 2021, 06:42:06 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Hi Cookham Forum.
We left two scooter’s at Alfred major, Cookham play park on Saturday and found one but the other one has been taken.
It was a black micro scooter (3 wheels)
Appreciate a long shot but wondered if you could put a post out please or guide where best for local lost and found.
Kind regards
James briggs

 on: February 24, 2021, 04:15:35 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Afternoon all hope everyone is keeping well.

I am looking for two players to mentor/coach till the end 2021 with the option to extend for another year. I have experience working with elite centre and academy players both in a team and one to one setting. I’m a FA qualified outfield and goalkeeper coach with relevant safeguarding and first aid qualifications. Mentoring will include outdoor coaching sessions (after lockdown has been eased), analysis of video footage of matches if available and virtual theory sessions.

If your son or daughter is between the ages of 12-16, playing at elite centre or academy level and you are looking for extra support or coaching get in contact now for more information. At the moment there is only the opportunity for 2 players max so please get in contact if you’re interested as soon as you can.  If you have any questions feel free to give me a call!


 on: February 24, 2021, 02:21:09 PM 
Started by Cookham v Coronavirus - Last post by Cookham v Coronavirus
MORE than 100 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours in Berkshire.

Public Health England has reported 102 lab-confirmed cases across Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough, and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Tuesday, February 23, at 4pm, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 53,338, according to Public Health England.

CLICK HERE for the latest news in Reading

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 16 cases, 10,402 total
Bracknell - 4 cases, 6,756 total
Wokingham - 17 cases, 7,774 total
West Berkshire - 16 cases, 6,016 total
Slough - 39 cases, 14,446 total
Windsor and Maidenhead - 10 cases, 7,944 total

There have now been 4,134,639 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 - a daily increase of 8,489 cases across the country.

The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

Reading - 86.5 (Compared to 139.1 on Feb 15)
Bracknell - 92.2 (Compared to 141.2 on Feb 15)
Wokingham - 54.3 (Compared to 92.9 on Feb 15)
West Berkshire - 98.5 (Compared to 124.3 on Feb 15)
Slough - 224 (Compared to 246.8 on Feb 15)
Windsor and Maidenhead - 69.3 (Compared to 107 on Feb 15)

In today's national coronavirus news:

Boris Johnson has said he is "very optimistic" that he will be able to fully remove all of England's coronavirus restrictions on June 21 but warned "nothing can be guaranteed".

The Prime Minister urged the nation to be "prudent" by continuing to follow the rules after publishing his road map to gradually lift the third national lockdown over the coming months.

Facing criticism from some Tory MPs over the pace of change, Mr Johnson said he was "hopeful" that all legal controls can be removed on the final date earmarked in his four-step plan.

Mr Johnson also announced that senior minister Michael Gove will lead a review into the possible use of vaccine passports to access currently closed venues, such as pubs and theatres.

And he said Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget next week will be a "Budget for jobs and to protect people throughout the pandemic and beyond", amid calls to extend the financial packages.

Having insisted that he will be led by "data not dates", the Prime Minister expressed optimism that relaxations will be complete by June 21, as tentatively scheduled in his road map, when nightclubs could reopen and large-scale events resume.

 on: February 23, 2021, 06:20:23 PM 
Started by Cookham v Coronavirus - Last post by Cookham v Coronavirus
Three more deaths linked to coronavirus have been reported at health trusts serving Berkshire.

All three deaths were reported at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The increase takes the death toll in Berkshire since the pandemic began to 1,703.

In addition, 147 new cases have been reported in the county.

Yesterday, Sunday, February 21, nine deaths were reported along with 136 new cases.

Both deaths and cases have been falling significantly nationally in recent weeks along with the infection rate.

On Saturday, the infection rate in England had fallen week-on-week by 24 per cent.

A week ago in Berkshire, 153 cases were reported along with three deaths.

Two weeks ago, 155 cases were recorded along with four deaths.

The Government said a further 178 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday, bringing the UK total to 120,757.

This is the latest breakdown of confirmed cases for each area of Berkshire since the start of the pandemic:

Bracknell Forest : 6,752 cases (increase of 20)
Reading : 10,386 cases (increase of 23)
Slough : 14,407 cases (increase of 48)
West Berkshire : 6,000 cases (increase of 21)
Windsor and Maidenhead: 7,934 cases (increase of 23)
Wokingham : 7,757 (increase of 12)
This is the latest data on the total number of deaths at NHS trusts in and around Berkshire:

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust: 1,188 (increase of three)
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust: 483 (no change)
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: 32 (no change)
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have been 140,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 10,641 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,126,150.

How many people have been vaccinated?

Government data up to February 21 shows that of the 18,348,165 jabs given in the UK so far, 17,723,840 were first doses.

That is a rise of 141,719 on the previous day.

Some 624,325 were second doses, an increase of 9,172 on figures released the previous day.

 on: February 22, 2021, 11:00:26 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Another busy Sunday for takeaway and delivery roasts. All our roast meat and vegetables come fresh from our farmer. The meat is then slow roasted overnight so it’s cooked to perfection ready for our orders.

You can order your Sunday roast in advance by either ordering online through our Webshop or you can call the pub to place your orders. We hope all our customers enjoyed their beef, pork and chicken yesterday. We look forward to serving you again this week.

 on: February 22, 2021, 10:48:13 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The Cookham Age Concern Charity Shop is really struggling to combat fly-tipping on their steps at the moment.  Whilst retail stores are closed, there’s no one to receive and sort donations and despite lots of signage, people continue to dump their unwanted items outside.
Manager, Mandy asked for our help so @Cookhamwaste took the truck along there today and collected the fly-tipped ‘donations’ which are now sadly off to be recycled as they are now deemed unsaleable from being left in the open.  As a community, we can all do our bit to help by being mindful of where to donate until things open back up. 

For broken or unsaleable items, we can collect even a bin bag from as little as £2 (up to 5 kilos) for Cookham Collections) or provide one of our wheelie bins for you to fill.  Call us if you’d like to book on 01628 337 337.

 on: February 22, 2021, 07:58:57 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Roger
I cannot believe that anything like that was agreed in a village in a rural area. It will be like that stupid idea they had along the river in Maidenhead with those chicanes, which cost a fortune and then had to be removed in the end. Why was it needed anyway? Was it because a councillor happens to live up the road?

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