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COOKHAM Parish Council has moved into its very own new offices. Over the past century or so the parish council has worked from people's front rooms, from Pinder Hall, and latterly renting premises in the Elizabeth House Day Centre. It is with some relief that the parish council clerk, David Armstrong, said that at last the parish council had moved into its own premises as part of the project for a new library and community building in High Road, Cookham Rise.

The offices now have the usual telephone number and the official opening ceremony will be in June when Dr David Mercer, who helped set up the Cookham Medical Health Centre and has just retired as a general practitioner, will do the honours. Tony Pritchard, the present chairman of the parish council for the past four years, is stepping down and a new chairman was to be elected at a special public meeting on Tuesday evening.

THE Cookham Society which does so much to conserve and preserve the beauty of The Cookhams has its AGM next Thursday at the Chartered Institute of Marketing at 7.45pm. The society is offering a specially produced 16 page souvenir programme to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Priced £3 each, the programmes will be available from Kid 2 Kid, the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Hillcrest Stores, and Cookham Dean Post Office. There is also commemorative glassware from the society. These will be fine lead crystal paperweights at £2O and whisky glasses priced £25. Both will be engraved with the Cookham emblem and will be produced on a strictly limited edition basis. These could well become collectors' items in the future.

A SPECIAL spring working party is being held tomorrow and volunteers are needed to get the churchyard at Cookham Dean cleared and ready for the summer, and the church itself needs a good spring clean. Some people will probably be busy all day, but any time you can offer to help will be welcomed. There will be a free ploughman's lunch for those who work all day and tea and coffee will be available.

There will be one of the popular friendship lunches on Sunday at 12.45pm when those who generally eat alone can enjoy company and make new friends.

By Judy Baylis

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