Still need your creepy stories!

I’m sure we didn’t cover everything last year? So, to get your minds working, here is one of last year’s tales…..


This was a very recent haunting in Wooburn Green, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.
A week later, again my daughters & I were watching TV together, we had pretty much forgotten about the previous week’s event.  We all suddenly jumped when we heard the back door slam, not once but 3 times as if someone had deliberately opened & slam it closed but faster than you could physically do it. People have said to me “oh, it’s the wind” …. I’d agree if it had slammed just once but how did the door open again to slam a total of 3 times?!
For the rest of our time there nothing else happened but when the tenancy came up for renewal a few months later, I declined & moved my girls to a house in Loudwater.”

Send your stories to me at

Your Local Spooky Stories Needed!


After the success of last year’s ghost story series leading up to Halloween, I would be grateful if you would send in any stories / tales / spooky history that you have heard or even seen for yourself, but It does need to be related to our local area. You can email me at

If you would like to take a look at last years stories, please go to “Articles of Local Interest” & then click on “Local Hauntings”.

Look forward to hearing from you….

Save a Life, Give Blood


Hospitals need to make sure that there is a good supply of all blood groups and blood types to treat all types of conditions. By giving blood, every donor helps meet the challenge of providing life-saving blood whenever and wherever it is needed.

If you can help with the supply needed, please pop into one of these local venues over the next few weeks.

13th October 2016 between 12:40-15:30 & 16:45-19:30 at St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.SL8 5AR

4th November 2016 between 12:40-15:30 & 16:45-19:45 at – Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, Maidenhead., BerksSL6 9EH



If you have the time to spare, volunteer work is very satisfying & whatever skills you may have will always be valuable & helpful to someone.

I worked as a volunteer counsellor for over 4 years, seeing up to 8 clients per week. Some of these clients only needed help for a few weeks & some for much longer. Imagine the difference that having access to the right help has made to the people involved.  

If you feel this is the right path for you, think of the ways you could help & then contact local companies or charities for details on how to sign up.

Meanwhile, here are a few positions you could consider:

Bourne End Junior Sports Club ~ Contact the BEJSC office – 01628 528110

St. Dunstan’s Church, Bourne End ~ Help needed between 7th November & 16th December – Charity Christmas Card Organiser.

Bourne End Community Library ~ Events Manager – Contact Inka D’Agostino by emailing – or popping into the library.

Wye Valley Volunteers ~ A number of different roles are required. For more details call 01628 521027 or pop into the Community Volunteer Office, Wakeman Road (to the left of the Community Centre).

Newly published local book, “Up Narkover” by Karen Savage

Wooburn Narkovians Cricket Club celebrate their 80th Anniversary this year, so to mark this occasion Karen Savage has written a book entitled “Up Narkover”.

The story of cricket in Wooburn starts with the Gilbey family who lived in Wooburn House and the formation of Wooburn Narkovians Cricket Club in 1936. Find out how the Narkovians got their unusual name & other interesting facts about your local cricket club.

The book containing over 200 full colour pages, contains 8 decades of history as well as facts and figures along with many interesting photos.

The book is an ideal read for cricket lovers and locals alike & is priced at £15, with all profits going to WNCC.

To obtain your copy contact the author Karen Savage on 01628 529216 or email:

Karen's book

Important meeting regarding the “Don’t Destroy Bourne End” campaign – 11th July

There is a meeting being organised at Bourne End Community Centre on 11th July at 8pm.
The announcement on Facebook is described as “Sharing info & rallying troops”.  If you can, go along to the meeting to learn about the situation & support the people who are fighting our corner.

The description on facebook is as follows:
Please join us for discussion of the proposals and collating all the gathered information at that point. Making a plan of action for opposition and how we can fight these proposals which will destroy the village as we know it.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting so please do come along and get involved. However, please be aware that the aim of this meeting is to be productive, share (public) information and to hopefully get more people to actively join in the campaign. We are limited on time and space so won’t be able to spend too much time just loudly discussing how much we individually are upset about it. We know none of us are happy about the proposal but now is the time to focus on fighting it.

For the meeting I am looking for the following volunteers.

– Someone with PA or secretarial skills who will be able to take minutes

– Someone who will have attended the 8th July meeting who is confident to speak and share to the rest of the people at the meeting

– People who are going to be willing to put themselves forward to join the liaison group. We are looking for professionals and experienced persons in all sorts of fields including lawyers, Drs, teachers, environmental fields, planning consultants, fundraisers and many many more.

Sounds like there is going to be a good turn out so please try to arrive promptly and if we run short of chairs please offer to those that need them most. Thank you all and look forward to seeing you there, Penny Drayton.

There is also a small blog page at called “Save Hollands Farm”,  offering information on the proposal & implications.
Save our greenbelt land

Save our greenbelt land

St. Paul’s Celebration Weekend


A message from St. Paul’s Church:
Following the successful completion of the work to re-roof St Paul’s church we are having a celebration weekend on 16th and 17th July.
On Saturday 16th July we are having an Open Day between 2:00 and 5:00 for the local community to see the roof (weather permitting) and giving us the chance to say “thank you” to the organisations and people who helped make this possible.
On Sunday we are having a Service of Celebration led by the Bishop of Buckingham. This will include a service of Confirmation. The service will start at 9:30
Full details will be on our website in the near future


Respect The Water Campaign with RNLI

As we are now coming up to the school summer break, taking a look at the RNLI website with your children could be one of the best things you ever do.

Living by the Thames & the Wye,  we often spend time by the water… taking a walk, making use of the local waterside pubs or taking a trip on a boat & for these reasons we all need to be informed of what to do should someone fall in the river.

The website helps you to think & learn about situations that could occur & what to do if you find yourself in water or see someone else in trouble. The website offers lots of tips & advice at

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Don’t Destroy Bourne End

After the bombshell that there is a possibility of not only building on Slate Meadow, but a section of Hollands Farm too, a Facebook group has been set up to try & find out more information, discuss & fight the planning applications.

Please take time to join the group named “Don’t Destroy Bourne End” & support our community.



Dates for Cornbury Music Festival 2016

The festival is on 8th, 9th & 10th July at The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire. A great line up with lots of room for camping along with kids zone, poetry corner & comedy stage.

For tickets, go to

Cornbury Music Festival 2016

Cornbury Music Festival 2016

A Visit to Bourne End Regatta with Dave Henwood

Dave Henwood has kindly sent in this article on his visit to Bourne End during Bourne End Week.

As many of you will already know, Dave travels back here from Wiltshire on a regular basis & often shares his stunning, local photos with the Facebook community. He has a huge catalogue of pictures capturing the beauty & change that creeps in with time.  Those of you who follow his trips will be aware that the railways are his passion & I was very lucky recently, to receive a sneak preview of his book, “Life On The Railway”. As soon as I hear that the book is on sale, I will let you all know.

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Bourne End Week – (Colour and Confidence make the Bourne End Regatta)

The first question must be, what was I doing in Bourne End on a day when the Train to get me there wasn’t running? A fair question easily answered. It had been just over a week since my last visit to the area that I called home for so many years, Thursday May 19th providing an all too rare opportunity for a weekday visit with the camera, unhindered to a point, with my only commitment on that date being to meet someone at Paddington Station, London later that evening. A very enjoyable walk from Marlow to Bourne End saw me spend almost an hour sat on the river bank between the hourly trips of the Marlow Donkey, which I was attempting to photograph whenever the intermittent sun coincided with its passing.
All in all that was a great day but there was something missing. Being a weekday, the River was quiet with just the odd pleasure craft out and about but of course this is not always the case. Summer weekends can bring a significant increase in water borne traffic and one week in particular will add an array of additional colour and excitement to that. I refer of course to Bourne End Week, the annual celebration of sailing on this part of the River.
It’s true, Bourne End’s Regatta is not in the same league as that of Henley but it is equally enjoyable albeit less well known. My return visit on Sunday May 29th was a combination of wanting to re-visit my former Buckinghamshire home village at some point, and my daughter wanting dad to take her out for the day which gave me the idea of combining the two, and we are so glad we did. Living in Wiltshire, it would have been a 90 minute drive up the M4 and associated A roads but using the train is always more relaxing and just as easy.
Today, though, the Marlow Donkey itself was taking a well earned break, with some fairly odd ball work taking place at Maidenhead Station causing the branch line to be closed. A comfortable mini-coach was supplied by the railway in lieu to transport passengers quickly between the branch line stations.
My daughter, who had accompanied me on a previous visit to the area somehow managed to remember that Ice Cream was available at Spade Oak Wharf. Other strange memories arose from her memory banks such as, Dad, we need to go to the Co-Op near the loos to get a Kinder Egg!
Well, who was I to argue, she seemed to have the day all mapped out and had already cottoned onto the fact that Dad had just been paid. We arrived on the coach from Maidenhead and made the Co-Op in Wakeman Road our first port of call, if you discount the loo of course. Suitably refreshed we walked through the village and down Oakfield Road to the River, pausing at the UTSC just as the afternoon session was kicking off. We moved onto Spade Oak for the aforementioned Ice Cream and found a nice spot to sit and watch the activity unfold.
In the couple of hours we were there, a few photographs were taken illustrating the busy nature of the River and the sterling job being undertaken by UTSC members in the Safety Boats – guiding the larger craft safely through what was at times a maze of sails and multi-coloured wind propelled craft.
Soon it was time to head back but time was available for us to walk up to Vineyards foot crossing over the railway, alongside the Spade Oak nature reserve and back via Upper Thames Way to the Marina where I had a quick catch up with Peter Osborne and Charlotte got to meet Rocky the Marina watch dog!
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Thank you to Dave for sending in his beautiful photos of Bourne End Regatta.