Tag Archives: Cookham

Our Advertising Rates are Still at 2016 Prices

Our advertising rates have not gone up this year, so get your advert booked in at 2016 prices – £20 per month or 6 months for the price of 5.

Ads are shared all over facebook, twitter &  in our advertising gallery along with being placed in the Business Directory pages.

Email: villagejournal@btinternet.com

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Your Local Spooky Stories Needed!

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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 villagejournal@btinternet.com

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

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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

 

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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 –  jdagostino@buckscc.gov.uk 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).

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 http://www.rnli.org/respectthewater

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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.

Introduction of Memorial Page

Last week I received an email from a family who had moved to New Zealand a few years ago. They were very familiar with the area & had been trying to locate a certain person in order to get back in touch. They were saddened to read on The Village Journal that this person had in fact passed away last year. With this in mind, I have decided to add a Memorial page but of course, need your help with the details.

If you feel you would like your loved ones to be included in this, please would you be kind enough to send in a short bio & photo of you family member or friend….. It doesn’t have to be a recent passing,

I have made a start but your help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance, Kaye.

Email Kaye at villagejournal@btinternet.com

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Events Calendar Update

Take a look at the Events Calendar for recently added activities & events.  Whether you want a wedding fair, singles night or join a charity walk, there is a good selection of activities coming up!

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Centre Talks – Ken Townsend “From Spade Oak to Cookham Bridge”

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At Bourne End Community Centre tonight, Ken will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of the River Thames – From Spade Oak to Cookham Bridge. There will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end & if you have any items of interest, please bring them down.

Last year Ken’s talk on the history of the local pubs was hugely successful & I’m sure this will be too. So, if you would like to learn about the history of your village, this is a talk full of facts & interesting information.

 

Memorial Page

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I am planning on adding a memorial page to the website, a place to share the life stories of our beloved family, friends & neighbours who have sadly passed.  There is no time limit so if you lost a loved one recently, 5 years ago or 15 years ago, please still send in their story.

If would like to share your memories or tell their story, please email me at villagejournal@btinternet.com ….. thankyou, Kaye.