Tag Archives: Cookham

No Contract Advertising on the Bucks Village Journal

Take a look round the website & if you think your business would be useful to our followers, please get in touch.

Advertising is on offer at £15 per month & there are no long contracts. If you change your mind, just get in touch with a months notice.

If you have a jpg or pdf of your advert, just email me the details. If you don’t have an advert that is ready to list, I can make one for you for a one-off fee of £10… can’t say better than that!

 

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Free Photo Shoot in Marlow ~ Need your Feedback Please

Yesterday I posted a photo by Jake Henderson Photography which was pretty amazing, but Jake is a talented photographer who attends weddings, anniversaries, parties, baby showers & more.

So, after talking with him about a free photo shoot in Higginson Park, Marlow we wondered how many people would be interested in popping down for a professional photo. This could be a family shot, children, new baby, grandparents, 3/4/5 generations with a new baby, you & your dog or a group of friends.

No appointment necessary, just turn up & have your picture taken.

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The photos would appear on Jake’s website for you to view & purchase. This would probably take place in approx. 2 weeks, on a weekend.

I think this would be a great opportunity to get some beautiful photos…. so what do you think? Good Idea? We would really appreciate your thoughts on this.

Here’s a couple of examples of Jake’s work & his contact details are as follows: https://aqimage.com/ or
Facebook @jakehendersonphotography
Tel: 07713 022020

 

 

 

Bucks Family History Society – Exploring Churchyards – 8th May at Bourne End Community Centre

This looks interesting, on tomorrow night (8th May)…

BucksFHS Exploring Churchyards, The Lost Language of Headstones

Many of us wander around churchyards and cemeteries, tracing family members or just out of interest. This illustrated talk by Kevin Varty explores the sometimes hidden meanings of the symbols which are often carved into the headstones, revealing a lost language from the past. The talk also shows how these symbols have been used by the funeral business, especially during Victorian times.

Christmas isn’t always a fun time for everyone.

As we all go about our lives planning for Christmas & New Year, some people will be hiding a secret, a secret that all is not well in their world.

Whether a person is feeling depression, grieving or having relationship problems, these feelings don’t just stop because it’s Christmas. Mental health doesn’t care what time of year it is or who you are with & we all need a little support at different times in our lives. I think talking therapies are only just starting to become an acceptable way to help, rather than a luxury that is put to the bottom of the list of things to do.

Self care is as important, especially if you care for others or even to function on a daily basis. It may not be a quick fix but it certainly points you in the right direction to a better life.

I have moved from a therapy room into the online counselling area after dismissing it for years, assuming that a “face to face” session is the only way to work. But after realising that are many people who work shifts, can’t travel, have financial difficulties or perhaps don’t actually want to be in a room with a therapist, I feel online/Skype is an essential service to offer. You can be anywhere in the country & still benefit from this service.

Although it’s unusual, the price is shown in the advert to avoid those who have financial difficulties feeling awkward asking about the cost.

If you think this will help you unravel your life, please email me & I will give you a call to discuss what would suit you best.

Kaye.

Name Change for The Village Journal – The Bucks Village Journal

After some thought I have decided to change the name to The Bucks Village Journal, meaning that we have a wider audience by covering South Bucks. I hope that this will help with more interesting content for the website. Read more…

Mystery Month – Flackwell Heath Haunting

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A lady who used to live in a flat in Oakwood, Flackwell Heath during 1990 has kindly sent in this story but wishes to stay anonymous.

When the council offered me a flat in Flackwell Heath, I felt both lucky & excited. When I moved in I was full of great ideas for decorating & got stated on the kids room. My 2 little boys often cried at night & usually ended up climbing into my bed. I suppose I thought it was due to all the changes & a new bedroom that unsettled them, but this did go on for weeks. My eldest son would follow me into each room saying “don’t leave me with him” (There was no one there) & he became quite anxious. My mother would often have the boys to stay on a weekend & she told me that they were very well-behaved. They always…

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Please spread the word!

With the possibility of a new local history group, Roger needs to hear from more people who may be interested before going ahead. Please let your friends & family now & get in touch on the email address below. Thanks.

 

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….

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.

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

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The Thames

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.

 

Drum roll please!…… The Winner of the Pooch Photo Competition!

Here is the winning face of the Village Journal, Pooch Photo Competition… Hiccup, who wins a superb spa & pamper package donated by Claire’s Comfy Canines.   IMG_1582

Congratulations to little Hiccup who will know doubt enjoy the treats & the pamper coming her way!

Thank you to everyone who entered, the response was overwhelming with so many cute faces & lovely stories. I wish I could send gifts to all of you but I think this will be a regular competition, so watch out for the next announcement.

Meanwhile, if you would like to contact Claire to book a grooming session, her details are below.

Thank you once again, you all have beautiful dogs that are obviously very precious to you….Kaye.

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Too many strange people watching our homes…

I’ve noticed that there has been ever increasing reports, posts & warnings regarding strange people checking out our homes. Today it has been reported that 5 dogs went missing last night from a farm in Marlow & a black car has been parked up & watching people & their homes in Stratford drive.

I just wanted to make you all aware that these things really are going on in our neighNWbourhood. If you notice anything odd then please report it to the police &  keep your homes, children & pets safe.

Although many cars park outside my house to go to the park, I will still be checking people out to see why they are there… so, if you notice me looking at you when you pull up, I’m not being awkward or nosey, just careful & I urge you all to do the same.

Thanks Kaye, x

Post Boxes Broken Into

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Post may have been stolen in the early hours of Sunday morning (21st June) by someone who is thought to have used a sledgehammer to smash open various post boxes around the area.

The incidents are reported to have happened in the following areas:

  • Switchback Road North in Pinkneys Green
  • Westwood Green, Cookham
  • Hawthorn Lane, Slough
  • Littleworth Road, Slough
  • Hedsor Hill Top, Bourne End
  • Hedsor Hill Bottom, Bourne End
  • Camden Road, Maidenhead
  • Waltham Vicarage, White Waltham
  • Church Hill, White Waltham

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information. If you have seen anyone acting suspiciously, please contact Thames Valley Police with any information which may assist the investigation. You should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 or the Royal Mail customer service number on 03457 740 740.

 

Village Journal Jottings

The Past & Present Facebook group continues to be of great help to people with posts on lost pets, stolen tools & even a monocycle found! F_icon_svg

It always amazes me how we are keen to make good use of the group by helping each other out with “real time” posts. Facebook is such a powerful tool for keeping us all connected at any time of the day & from anywhere, but if you are looking for a service, trade or product, the scrolling down the page can become  rather tedious. So, take a look at the Business Directory on here you should find it much easier to find what you are looking for.

We have also introduced a gallery of recent photos of the locals doing what they do best, enjoying life! Take a look & see if you recognise anyone… perhaps even yourself!

If you have any questions, photos to submit or an advert to place, please contact me on kaye.townsend@btinternet.com

Enjoy your weekend, Kaye.

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