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 on: April 22, 2018, 12:17:31 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
from a Cookham Resident

Went to Kings Arms today with a friend for lunch. Food lovely, service rubbish. We were not offered a sweet menu or extra drinks or coffee, The waiter totally ignored us until we asked for the bill What was wrong with the waiter who was on duty there such rubbish service. I have been to the Kings Arms so many times and this is the worst service ever  How to be ignored big time  


 on: April 21, 2018, 07:41:48 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
People think today that Supermarkets are a modern invention, but in the UK in the early 1900's it was conceived by a Messer's Kealey and Tonge who formed "The International Stores." One of 200 such outlets was in Cookham.

 on: April 21, 2018, 07:31:58 PM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
For the past 14 years we have spent our Christmas and New Year with the friendly people of Rarotonga, Capital Island of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. There are visitors from Australia, New Zealand and even as far as Sweden and Norway.

 on: April 21, 2018, 02:31:16 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
The warmer weather has arrived !
This means, people will leave windows open, for increased ventilation - particularly at night !!
Please make sure, whenever you go out and no-one is left at home, your house is fully protected, all doors and windows are locked and an alarm if you have one, is set.
Alarms, now cost a fraction of those, even 5 years ago.  They are wireless, so there is do damage to your decorations and it only takes a few hours, to install a whole house.  They are much simpler to use - houses are ‘zoned’ and you can fob ‘zones’ on and off individually, very simply.  You no longer need complicated codes.
They are also now ‘Pet sensitive’.  They measure the volume and height of anything triggering the sensor and can distinguish between a pet and say, a child.  They can now also be set opposite windows, which was not previously possible.   So - no excuses, why it has not been set.
Alarms no longer generally sound outside the house in the street.  They sound internally.  They are so loud inside a house it is very difficult to stay if they are set off.
They are also much less prone to false alarms and are very reliable - the old spiders climbing across the sensor excuse, is no longer necessary.
Having and displaying an alarm, does not mean that you have something inside worth stealing.  All new builds have them fitted as standard.
If you cannot afford an alarm, fit a dummy box.  We don’t have professional burglars in the Royal borough and would not be targeted by one, unless you have a valuable collection of antiques, porcelain, silver, paintings or jewellery.  99% of us are targeted by opportunist thieves, who are continually walking around looking out for someone who has made a mistake and left a window open !  They know nothing about alarm systems and will avoid them, if at all possible.
At night, the only windows that can be left open for ventilation, are those on the first floor, where no one can climb up to get inside.  So generally on the front of a house, fully visible from the roadside.  No bathroom windows beside a porch, flat garage roof or conservatory can be left open when you go to bed.
We have had cases in the past, where the owners of bungalows, have left ground floor windows of children’s bedrooms open at night !  We would not advise this.
The Police will as always be out on patrol at night and will carry with them bright orange, cardboard, crime prevention footprints.  If they see windows left open, they will push one through !  You do not want to find one of these on your carpet in the morning.  This time ic could a footprint - next time………..!
If you are going to working in your garden - your side / rear door must be locked and unlocked each time you go in and out.  We have Opportunist thieves who walk around listening for hedge trimmers / mowers.  Generally if you are in your garden working, the rear / side door will have been left unlocked.  Opportunists walk down side accesses and simply walk in and steal handbags.  If you walk and find them there - you will be so stunned.  You will simply freeze and ask what they are doing in your kitchen ?  They will be primed and respond - ‘I am looking for john, doesn’t he live here‘ ?  You, still stunned will reply ‘no’ !!!  They will then walk out, while you stand there thing - what just happened - then you realise a handbag / wallet has been stolen.
Some other general crime prevention tips, to reduce the risk of your home being targeted:
keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows
keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home
don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots
lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property
consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
For more top tips please visit the crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website.
Some messages from our Partners:
From Theresa Allen Senior Young person’s Substance Misuse team:
Just wanted to ask you to promote the Parents Substance Misuse Presentation which is next due to be delivered Tuesday 3rd July.  If any parent would like to attend they will need to email or  contact the number on the flyer I am attaching to book a space.
You will also see from the flyer that there are other subject matters being delivered by colleagues in the Youth Service.
This is a great time to encourage parents to attend with the Summer Holidays approaching young people are more likely to start experimenting at this time of year when out with friends.... we would like to empower parents with the information and signs to keep their young people safe.
Kind regards

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

 on: April 21, 2018, 01:50:38 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:
“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”
“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”
FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.
Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.
Protect yourself:
• Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit
• A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit
• Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
• For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages;

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 on: April 20, 2018, 01:28:29 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Thank you to everybody who took part in our Windsor Business online question and answer session last night. The event enabled business owners to find out how arrangements in the town will affect their business ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Over 200 people logged into the two-hour web chat, putting their questions directly to Inspector Louise Warbrick and our partners from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council. If you missed the session, you can read the full conversation by clicking on the ‘Windsor Business Cover it Live’ link in the Completed Events box here:

Local residents will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions in our second session, which is being hosted on Thursday 3 May between 7pm and 9pm. You can set a reminder to log in here: Simply click on the ‘Windsor Residents Cover it Live’ link in the Upcoming Events box and enter your email address.

We hope you can join us.

Message Sent By
Neil Hawkins (Police, Communications Officer, Forcewide)

 on: April 20, 2018, 01:24:35 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Having your dog microchipped can make a lot of difference when looking for and trying to identify a missing dog.
Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age.
Each microchip has a unique number that must be registered on a Government approved database along with information about your dog and you as its owner. If your dog is not registered on one of these databases you can be fined.
It is important that the information is kept up-to-date so that if your dog does go missing, you can be contacted at the correct phone number or address.
Reporting it to the police as soon as possible is also important, including making us aware of the microchip number so we can record this on our database. This will make it easier for us to identify any dogs that are found and check to see if they have been reported as missing or stolen.
It is also recommended to record the loss or theft of your dog online using sites dedicated to finding lost and stolen dogs. Often these sites work with police and other organisations, such as local Neighbourhood Watch Groups and Vetinary practices, to try and find them.
More information on microchipping your dog can be found on the Government website.
In 2016, the Dogs Trust recorded that 9,000 stray dogs were reunited with their owners due to having a microchip with up-to-date details.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) also reported that in 2017, 11% of dog owners did not realise that it was a requirement by law to have their dog microchipped and a further 7% had not updated their details when they needed to.

 on: April 19, 2018, 03:21:33 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Residents are set to continue to benefit from weekly bin collections as cabinet is recommended to approve the procurement process for a weekly waste and recycling service, ahead of the current contract coming to an end.

The Royal Borough’s waste management partner Veolia will continue to deliver weekly waste and recycling services in the borough until summer 2019 under an extended contract, if the proposals are agreed.

Cabinet will be asked on Thursday 26 April to begin the retendering process for a new weekly waste and recycling contract to start when the proposed extension comes to an end next summer.

The plans will see no significant changes to the weekly service residents currently receive. In addition, approval is needed to extend the Greenredeem contract, the council’s recycling rewards scheme.

The Royal Borough is among the 25 percent of councils in the country who still provide weekly bin collections.

Cllr Jesse Grey, cabinet member for environmental services (inc. parking and flooding), said: “We are committed to maintaining high quality, weekly bin collections for residents and this proposed contract extension will ensure residents continue to benefit from this weekly service.

“The proposed new contract and the interim extension with Veolia both seek to continue to deliver that excellent service to residents.

“The collection crews and staff at the Stafferton Way tip do an amazing job in making sure our bins are emptied and rubbish is disposed of in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way.

“Continuing with Greenredeem, also shows our commitment to our community and helping residents to recycle and reuse as much as they can.

“There are plans to change the way Greenredeem recycling points are collected but still maintaining the existing incentives for recycling.”

The current contract with Veolia has been in place for 14 years. An extension until next summer is being sought to give the current unstable recycling market time to settle down following recent changes in China’s restrictions on importing recycling.

By waiting and allowing the market to settle it is hoped the Royal Borough will be able to get a good price for the new contract next year.

The contract includes management of the transfer station and tip at Stafferton Way, marketing of recyclable materials, provision of new bins and managing recycling points around the borough.

 on: April 19, 2018, 11:13:28 AM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Old Cookhamite
This is very worrying for you but cats do have a habit of wandering, especially in the evenings when the weather gets warmer.

At 4am this morning I heard a cat miawing outside our home in The Pound - just quietly, two or three times. It struck me as unusual because our neighbours with cats tend to keep them in at night. We will keep a lookout, but would it perhaps be an idea to spread your flyers over a much wider area? Someone may be feeding her.

Do you have a photo that can be posted here?

 on: April 19, 2018, 09:31:15 AM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Mac
Sadly there is still no sign of our cat.

We have dropped flyers off with our neighbours and houses in the immediate area, but would be really grateful if everyone could take a look in their sheds, garages, out houses etc as she may have sought shelter there.

Thank you.

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