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 on: September 11, 2019, 03:01:30 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
National Trust rangers for Maidenhead and Cookham Commons are currently planning a project to restore priority habitat and the historic view from Winter Hill. The work will be phased over five years to allow wildlife time to adjust to the change in habitat. This is a great opportunity for Maidenhead and Cookham to contribute towards the NT’s Land, Outdoors and Nature target of creating/restoring 25,000ha of priority habitat by 2025.

We are blessed with a scarce and declining habitat in Cookham.  The Chilterns offer one of the few remaining areas of chalk grasslands in the country.  But everywhere, this specialist environment is under duress, including in our village.  The way we farm has changed - the use of intensive fertilizers enriches the composition of the soil and livestock grazing practices have moved on, both of which have a detrimental effect on this dwindling habitat.

Cookham villagers were a generous (and foresighted?) lot back in the 1930s because the 46 acres of water meadows and chalk grassland, from Cock Marsh to Winter Hill were purchased by the village and donated to The National Trust in 1934.  For donkey’s years this area has been grazed.  Just the right amount of nibbling manages the plant content, allowing species that tolerate the poor chalky soil to flourish - even this lime rich earth will be taken over by scrub if it is not managed correctly.  From 1272 the land has been grazed and when Cookham had a monastery, sheep were an important income.  Fleeces and animals were transported down to Marlow via The Wool Way that ran along the top of Winter Hill and down through the woods (parts of this can still be seen today).  Nowadays, Commoners still have grazing rights over some areas and so the cows that appear every Spring on Cock Marsh, are working hard to maintain this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Over the years, the Winter Hill area has not fared so well however.  Even as recently as the 1960/70s there was an open view across to our neighbours on the other side of the river, but today the hillside is largely covered with self-seeded trees, scrub and the odd chicken.  The National Trust are soon to start works to tackle this – in an effort to restore at least some of the view and chalk grassland, improve the biodiversity and future proof the area against disease like ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus).  From the footpath at the corner of the “old” car park to the gate across the sheep drove this area has been split into 5 compartments, to be approached in slightly different ways.

Sections one and three will be clear felled – meaning they will take as many of the trees out as possible.  By doing this they hope to not only restore the view but enable the chalk grassland species to once again take a hold.  Section two will be thinned – some of the significant trees will be left and they will install more bird and bat boxes. Compartments four and five will be selectively felled.  Many of the trees are self-seeded ash trees and quite a few are showing signs of ash dieback, so these trees will be a focus for the felling.  Some will be replaced with disease resistant varieties and other native species, of local importance.  New habitats such as hazel coppice and hedgerows will be introduced. You might think that it will be a bit untidy – dead wood and some felled timber will be left, and some stumps won’t necessarily be ground out, as these are also an important habitat for insects and birds.

The long game is to reinstating areas of priority chalk grassland habitat, whilst future proofing the site against the effects of a catastrophic outbreak of ash dieback and ensuring that this pocket of land is as packed with native species as possible.

The aim is that “Winter Hill will be a mosaic of chalk grassland, resilient woodland and woodland edge with stunning views across the Thames Valley. This combination of important habitats will be home to a plethora of wildlife. It will be a beloved spot for the local community and our visitors, whether it’s just a love for the view or a connection with nature.”

Comments are welcomed by the National Trust. If you would like to comment, please email:

With thanks to Cookham Matters

 on: September 11, 2019, 12:41:57 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Royal Borough community wardens have been awarded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) accreditation, which will give them targeted police powers to better support our communities.

CSAS accreditation allows the wardens to deal with incidents such as anti-social behaviour, disorder and nuisance, and more.

The scheme, which makes the Royal Borough an official community safety partner, will improve the exchange of information between them and Thames Valley Police, allowing officers from both agencies to better coordinate targeted operations based upon information supplied by the local community.

Cllr Cannon, lead member for public protection, said: “Our community wardens are such a great asset to our community and they are now going to be able to support the police around our borough even more.

“I’d like to congratulate the wardens on their CSAS awards, and thank them for all the brilliant work they do for our communities.”

Andy Aldridge, community warden lead, said: “This is an exciting time for us, and the whole community wardens team are looking forward to the further training that comes with accreditation, and putting what we learn into practice for the benefit of the communities across the borough.”

The Chief Constable from Thames Valley Police, John Campbell, visited Town Hall, Maidenhead, on Thursday 5 September to present the community wardens with their CSAS certificates and to formally launch the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead as a community safety partner. All wardens will receive additional training from Thames Valley Police for their new powers.

 on: September 10, 2019, 12:32:18 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
A one year pilot scheme will increase parking enforcement presence in rural and out of town areas, along with providing additional capacity to target specific problem areas.

The increase will see NSL, who provide parking enforcement services on behalf of the Royal Borough, weekly contracted hours increased by 25% after it was agreed at Cabinet on Thursday 29 August.

The extended contract will include coverage across the borough in these key areas:

On and off street civil parking enforcement.
First and second line machine maintenance for both on and off street machines.
Vehicle removal, relocations and abandoned vehicle enforcement.
Partnership working with Royal Borough Community Wardens and Thames Valley Police, including joint patrols and intelligence sharing.
NSL, have been awarded a two-year contract extension for parking enforcement commencing on 1 December 2019, and one-off additional funding of �69,336 will allow rural and out of town areas to be better covered.

Cllr David Cannon, lead member for public protection, said: “Resident feedback has told us that increased visibility and presence from the parking enforcement team in rural and out of town areas is important. Therefore, I am delighted that Cabinet have approved this increase in NSL’s contracted hours.

“This extra time will allow the enforcement team to cover more of the borough, more frequently, in response to resident reports.

“Performance levels have been consistently high during NSL’s last two years with the Royal Borough and their partnership with Thames Valley Police and the community wardens has also been excellent. We are very happy this will continue with the extension of their contract.”

The one year pilot will focus on enforcement in rural and out of town areas and will be directed by resident reports through the online report it function and direct liaison with Ward Councillors and parish councils.

At the end of the 12 months, an evaluation of the pilot will follow to determine the next steps.

 on: September 09, 2019, 05:25:35 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
I have been asked by Tracy Muschamp, who is the director of ‘Family Friends’ to put out a request for volunteers


Hope you’re well. I was wondering if you could send our request for volunteers, out to your contacts please? We have an induction day coming up soon and would like to promote this.

Kind regards
Tracy Muschamp
Director of Services
Offices at The Lawns Nursery School Imperial Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3RU
0300 800 1005

Our next Volunteer Introduction day is on Monday 23rd September 2019 - 9.15 a.m. / 4.30 p.m.

Would you like to join our diverse team of volunteers, to provide caring, non-judgemental, practical and emotional, short term weekly support to local families facing challenges ?

By volunteering you can:
Give something back to your community
Meet new people
Gain new skills and experiences
Make a difference to children and families
Feel valued and part of a team
We provide our volunteers with detailed induction, plus ongoing support and training.  If you have 2 - 3 hours to give each week - ideally daytime hours, Monday to Friday and are interested in joining our team, please get in touch

We also need help with fundraising and awareness events, so if you would like to get involved with raising much needed finds for our charity - please contact us.


THIS WENT OUT ACROSS NOTTINGHAM - and I thought it would be useful

What is a hate crime/incident ?

A hate crime is any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred, based on any one (or more) of the protected characteristics outlined below:
Sexual Orientation
All police forces record hate incidents based on these five personal characteristics.

Nottinghamshire Police also record hate incidents concerning the following personal characteristics:
Alternative Sub Culture
What does hate crime look like ?
Hate crime can include:
Verbal Abuse
Criminal Damage
Theft or Burglary
Online abuse
Sexual Assault or Rape
Threats of violence
Graffiti or vandalism
Why should I report hate crime ?

You should report a hate crime to:
Send a message that hate crime will not be tolerated
Stop it from getting worse or happening again
Stop it from happening to other people
Help the Police and Council to put prevention measures in place
Help victims to access appropriate support
Express solidarity with the victim and take a stand against prejudice
How to report a hate crime/incident

If you’ve experienced, or know someone who has experienced a hate crime or incident you can report it to the police by visiting your local police station or by calling the police using:

Independent Victim Support

If you have been a victim of hate crime and require independent victim support you can contact Victim Services by calling 0800 304 7575 or via their website:

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:  Alzheimer’s Society  Windsor Memory Walk -

The Windsor Memory Walk takes place at Windsor Great Park on Saturday 21st September 2019, has a target of 1,000 participants.
Participants can sign-up on our website here:

Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event. It has been running for 16 years and has raised over £19 million since it began. Every year, tens of thousands of people across the country unite against dementia at a Memory Walk. In 2019, we are uniting more participants than ever before, with 38 events being held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The money raised at Memory Walk goes towards supplying vital support to those affected by dementia, research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia as well as into campaigning for better social care.

To find out more about the work of Alzheimer’s Society, visit our website

NEXT:  IF YOU RUN A BUSINESS, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SECURITY PROTOCOLS.  This case has come in from Action Fraud - it means absolutely nothing to me, but if it has happened to them - it could happen to you !

The attacker is attempting to steal the Royal Mail PAF file (Postcode Address File) via our API. They first scrape an API token, from one of our client's websites. They then use the API token, to make requests to our API, for successive postcodes.

We have some basic rate limiting on the API, which typically stops the activity within half an hour. The first attack took place in May 2019. Since then the attacker has come back 11 more times.

They started on Aberdeen postcodes, and are going in alphabetical order. Today they got up to OX* ***.

Initially we though they'd get bored with the slow progress, but it looks like they are determined.

We are working on better rate limiting code, but as this is clearly a determined thief, this is likely to go on and to escalate. We have logs of all the activity.

Initially the attacks all came from the BT network form their dynamic IP range.

Today the attack came via a proxy server in the Netherlands. We know it is the same person, as each attack, starts off on the postcode where the previous one, was stopped.

Each time we block an IP address, the attacker comes back from a new address, next time. Since the initial attacks came from the BT broadband range, it should be relatively easy for BT to link the dates and IPs, to an individual customer.

We have had no response from BT so far, however, in terms of the possible damage, the PAF file, is worth a lot of money. We can only guess what the thief plans to do with the data.

If this does mean something to you - you could be at risk !

NEXT WEEK - IS ‘KNIFE CRIME’ WEEK - OP SCEPTRE.  We will be carrying out environmental audits and sweeps in parks and public spaces across the entire Borough - see below.

If you are part of a local community group, or just a concerned resident - would like to join us ?  If so, in Maidenhead, please contact PCSO Mathew Wingrove and in Windsor PCSO Melita Diprose:

Monday 16th September - Pirate Park, Dedworth 10 a.m. / noon. & Manor Park, Dedworth 1 p.m. / 3 p.m.

Wednesday 18th September -Kidwells Park, Maidenhead.  4 p.m. / 5.30 p.m.  Osgood Park Windsor 6 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.

Friday 20th September  - Oaken Grove Park 4 p.m. / 5.30 p.m. & Grenfell Park  6 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.

7/9  Saturday 1.30 a.m. / 6 a.m.  Car park, King Street.  Someone has forced and broken the barrier at the car park, to avoid paying parking fees !
9/9  Monday 2.35 a.m. / 3.40 a.m.  King Street.  Shop window smashed.
6/9 - 9/9  Friday 5.30 p.m. / Monday 11.45 a.m.  Spencer’s Road.  Black Audi S4 index GJ ** EES stolen from the road.  The owner still has the keys.  Audis are being targeted at the moment - one went from Windsor on Saturday and two possibly attempted connected jobs, relating to BMWs.

7/9 - 8/8  Saturday 5 p.m. / Sunday 9.30 a.m.  Evenlode.  Locked up bike stolen.  Chain cut.  A black, Carrera Crossfire, mountain bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER !!

4/9 - 6/9  Wednesday noon / Friday 4 p.m.  The Pound, Cookham.  Someone has rammed the property gates

8/9 - 9/9  Sunday 11 p.m. / Monday 7.35 a.m.  Aldebury Road.  Car badly keyed.


7/9  Saturday 8.15 a.m.  Wessex Way X 6  Cars badly keyed.
6/9 - 7/9  Friday 6.45 p.m. / Saturday 11.10 a.m.  Bracken Road X 4.  Cars badly keyed.
6/9 - 7/9  Friday 5 p.m. / Saturday 8 a.m.  Powis Close.  Car badly keyed.
8/9 - 9/9  Sunday 3 p.m. / Monday 9 a.m.  Palmers Close.  Car badly keyed.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - Wednesday 11th September, bottom of the escalator Waitrose.  PCSO Melita Diprose & PCSO Lizzie Davidson, will be there with a burglary / fraud / scam / crime prevention roadshow.  They will also have her Bike Marking equipment with her, if you would like your bike marked !!

Eton Wick Village Association - will be holding their public meeting on Wednesday 11th September 5 p.m. / 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.  All sorts of thisng to discuss - I will be there for some Crime prevention / Burglary / Frauds & Scams advice.
7/9  Saturday 4.45 p.m.  College, Eton.  3 rubbish bins set on fire.  Put out by Berks Fire & Rescue.

6/9  Friday midnight / 7.50 a.m.  Testwood Road.  Burglary.  Entry through rear garden and forced rear patio door, by snapping off the handle.  The thieves entered the kitchen and removed the car keys and then an blue Audi S3 index ST ** RGE from the drive.  This was possibly connected to the jobs in Errington Drive and Staines Road.
5/9 / 6/9  Thursday 11 p.m. / Friday 8.15 a,m.  Errington Drive.  Burglary.  The owner awoke to find the house had been burgled.  Entry via rear patio doors - the handle had been snapped.  Kitchen searched for car keys for the BMW on the driveway.  The owner always takes them upstairs with them at night !  Nothing stolen.
6/9  Friday 6.30 p.m. / 10.30 p.m.  Gallys Road.  Burglary.  The owner returned to find all the house lights on.  Offenders entered the property via the rear garden and forced rear door.  Samurai sword and cutlery stolen.
9/9  Monday 9.15 a.m.  Ash Lane.  Van break.  Side doors forced with a crowbar.  Hand tools stolen.

7/9  Saturday 10.30 a.m. / 10.45 a.m.  Duncroft X 3.  Cars badly keyed.  Repeat victim.
6/9  Friday 11 p.m. / 11.15 p.m.  Parsonage Lane.  House egged.
7/9  Saturday 10.30 a.m.  Parsonage Lane.  Car badly keyed.
6/9 - 7/9  Friday 9 a.m. / Saturday 9.30 a.m.  Bulkeley Avenue.  Chained up bike stolen.  A brown & gold, Specialized Crosstrail, bike.
7/9  Saturday 8.15 p.m. / 8.30 p.m.  Grove Road.  Brown and Gold bike stolen from the driveway.

7/9  Saturday Horton Road, Datchet.  Burglary.  The owner’s dog barked.  Someone had entered the rear of the property, searching containers.  They immediately made off.  The police were called and attended immediately, carried out an area search, but no-one was found.
6/8  Friday 5 p.m.  New Road, Datchet.  Outside cupboard forced and searched.  Low value items stolen.
7/9  Saturday 1.30 a.m. / 8.30 a.m.  Staines Road, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  The owner resports someone has entered the house overnight.  Offenders entered the rear garden and then snapped the handle from the rear door.  Similar MO to the Errington Drive and Testwood Road.  Possibly looking for the car keys for the BMW on the drive.
7/9  Saturday 12.44 p.m. / 4.30 p.m.  Hythe End Road, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  House being re-furbished.  Entry via forced front door, triggering the alarm.  CCTV shows a man in a white T shirt, in a downstairs study.  Later it was established the offender undid and exited via the rear patio doors.  The police were call and attended immediately, putting on a containment, then searching the house room by room.  No-one was found.  The Dog Unit attended and tracked a scent to Thames Water land, where the trail was lost.  Nothing stolen.



Just in from Duncan a scam email:

It comes from Virgin Media - they had detected invalid billing information and were going to cut off his service - unless:……………….he clicks on the link below and updates all his details !!!

Thanks Duncan - if you have had one of these BIN IT


 on: September 09, 2019, 11:39:34 AM 
Started by Roger - Last post by Roger
This is getting ridiculous, I have had three phone calls today where the number shown is missing a digit. I did not answer them, but they mean I have to drop what I am doing and go to the phone. Surely they can do something about these calls and just block them.

 on: September 07, 2019, 11:57:21 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Mr Cooper's Coffee House will be opening in Cookham High Street on 14 September at 9.00am.

 on: September 06, 2019, 11:29:55 PM 
Started by wannabe - Last post by Roger
He just rang the doorbell in my case and came in and read the meters.

 on: September 06, 2019, 11:52:58 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Has anyone seen our cat Marley . she has disappeared after a dog stayed a couple of days . she is a Russian blue and talks all the time . she is microchipped but does not wear a collar. I live in cannon down cottages on the Maidenhead road

Julie Greatwood 07884428567

 on: September 05, 2019, 05:27:08 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by grumpyoldgit
This also applies to those of us whose migration from BT Yahoo to BT's own mail servers was halted without explanation - and never resumed. It is beyond irritating, and BT just ignores complaints about it.

 on: September 05, 2019, 05:14:15 PM 
Started by wannabe - Last post by wannabe
Has anyone else had the meter reader wandering around the outside of the house knocking on windows?

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