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
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.
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!
Thank you to Dave for sending in his beautiful photos of Bourne End Regatta.
Upper Thames Sailing Club
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.
Here is a lovely new event to be held on September 26th, “Illuminated Parade”.
Entries are welcome for all craft whether powered or unpowered, along the Marlow to Cookham Reach. The winners will be chosen by Dave & Sue at The Bounty who will judge the boats as they pass. Starting early evening, there will be a short “switching on of the lights” ceremony & then all the boats will move slowly downstream, fully illuminated turning around at Cookham Bridge & back to the pub for a meal.
Even if you don’t have a craft, I think this will be a great sight to watch & photograph. Each entry will be £10 & for more details or to enter, you can email Chris Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you may have already read the article I wrote about Enid Blyton & Old Thatch, well now according to the Daily Mail, Old Thatch is up for sale with a price tag of £1.85 million. I hope the new owners love the house as much as the present owners Jacky & David Hawthorn.
For more details, take a look “Articles of Local Interest”….
I have just spent 2 & a half hours looking for activities & entertainment for you & then adding them to the Events Calendar, but there is still lots more to add.
We have quite a variety of great things to do & see around here – sheepdog trials, boat festival, Falcon Beer Festival, Pennfest, car boots, concerts, loads of Farmers’ Markets, Karaoke, Dog Shows, Classic Car Shows, live music, Art & Craft Shows…in fact this should keep you very busy over the next few weeks. Read more…
Watching the weather & the forecast for Wednesday is 34º but apparently we have had temperatures of 37.1º in the past – What have you planned for the hottest day? …I think i’ll be mainly sat with the freezer door open & a fan blowing!
This is a report from the Met Office after temperatures hit a high in 1990.
Hot spell August 1990
At the beginning of August 1990 there was a widespread hot spell, during which a new UK temperature record was set
A maximum of 37.1 °C was measured at Cheltenham on the 3rd, beating the record of 36.7 °C set at Raunds (Northamptonshire), Epsom (Surrey) and Canterbury (Kent) on 9 August 1911. Temperatures exceeded 32 °C over large areas of southern, central and eastern England and east Wales from the 1st to 4th, peaking on the 3rd with over 35 °C recorded in several large swathes of England.
Today is a very busy day for fetes, fairs & sales.
If you have checked the events calendar will you see that we are spoilt for choice today but if you plan it wisely you can enjoy some time at each of them.
I popped down to the Community Centre earlier & met some lovely people selling a variety of goodies. There is also a BBQ, live music & a visit from Dominic Grieve MP. Here are some photos from earlier on.
We have had some lovely local events lately including the Glorianna passing through Bourne End for the Magna Carta celebrations.
Tuesday was the opening of Cafe Thames in Oakfield Road, a much needed addition to the community in my opinion & on Tuesday evening, The Bounty played host to some Morris Dancing. (Thank you to Anne Jirsch for these amusing Morris Dancers!)
The annual Hedsor Club, Classic Car Show was a popular day out on Sunday with some beautiful photos being taken. An impressive variety of both British & American Classic cars were on display along with music, stalls & of course the Club bar.
On Thursday evening (25th June), Bourne End & Cookham and Langley & Iver Rotaracts are holding a fancy dress, Movie Quiz starting at 7.30pm at Burnham Park Hall. There are some fantastic raffle prizes including a boat trip, afternoon tea at the Compleat Angler, Odds Farm tickets, personal training, Tour of Pinewood Studios.
This weekend is the Bourne End Village Fete from 10am til 2pm at the Community Centre. There will be a BBQ, stalls, tombola & the Wakeman Road car park will be FREE! On the same day, the Riverside Fair, Riversdale is on from 12 til 4pm so you can visit both!
And coming up we have the Teddybear Parachute Jump at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday 28th June, Henley Royal Regatta starting 1st July & the Bourne End Sewing Bee on 23rd July.
Make sure you check the events calendar on a regular basis to avoid missing any of our wonderful local events.