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Village Hardware Cookham - for your flange related requirements and more...

As VIP men go, Tony from Village Hardware is right up there with Father Christmas as far as I am concerned. This is mainly thanks to my complete ineptitude with anything that comes under the general heading of “handy”. Changing a light bulb is probably possible yes, but finding the correct light bulb in the first instance is another matter entirely.  I mean, who on earth decided to call it a “bayonet fitting”?  That’s like starting an argument even before you have tried putting it in the screw fitting.
Anyway, back to Tony.  The point is, whatever your household requirement, all you have to do is go in there clutching your Exhibit A.  Very often you don’t even need to say anything.  You hand it to him with a bemused look on your face and he will say “Do you need another one"?  And even I can reply to that.  The shop is a tardis and off Tony will beetle to find a replacement of Exhibit A.  I actually don’t think there is anything I have ever needed that Tony has not got, or been ab…

myHRdept - simplifying staff employment

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If you are a small or medium sized business, you probably have two major headaches.  One being cash flow and the other being staffing.  MyHRdept was started by Bill Larke and his wife Catherine who live in Cookham Dean, over 14 years ago to help businesses with the second of these issues - managing the ongoing process of employing staff.  Whilst HR is a complex, litigated world, the administration of it need not be, if you are compliant and correctly informed.  MyHRdept have a range of services that in effect outsource HR, but this can be as simple or as comprehensive as you want it to be.  It could be providing or reviewing a staff contract to ensure you are up to date and conform with the most recent employment law.  Or, it could be the management of a complex recruitment or disciplinary issue.Either way, you are free to concentrate on growing your business.  Don’t assume that the cost is prohibitive either.  They have a range of payment options including fixed rate services and ind…

Red Squirrel IT support for the technically inept

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Sadly, I am old enough to remember the novelty of my first email (and my first text message).Now that technology and more, is ubiquitous in both our professional and private lives, and like many of you I would guess, I wonder how we ever did without it!I have had reason to set up a new computer recently.  And it’s not been a happy experience.Twenty years in the IT industry in no way equips you for computer literacy. The process has been hugely time consuming and that was even before I managed to accidently lock myself out of accounts, forget security settings and my best to date – discover a completely different inbox I did not know I had, complete with the email replies I had been chasing clients for. My only saving grace throughout this process has been Peter Borcherds, who lives in Cookham Dean, from Red Squirrel ITSupport.Thankfully his unruffled, professional approach has talked me through the worst of my connectivity panics.With over 10 years of experience, Peter calms the techno…

Riddle me do Cookham?

Who or what is talking? Make your guesses and I will share the author.

"I was born many years ago, and as is our way, I left my Mother’s side immediately.I did not choose my new home, but oh such lucky happenchance to this village.I had all I needed to grow, and grow I did.Lithe and slender in youth but tall, with convincing limbs as I matured to adulthood.Everyone knew me, and my life was blessed with many friends.But one is still with me to this day.He and I, we grew closer as time went by.The distance between us shortened until now, we are almost inseparable.Mostly our companionship is slow, easy and comfortable.Occasionally, a rage flows in him but it is rare and I simply hold my ground and wait for his quietness to return.We two, we have seen much as countless seasons have conceded.From my sweetest place of comfort, I have watched village life pass - uncountable lovers walking hand in hand, sails catching even the softest breeze and dragons racing.The end of me was swift, bru…

Vanilla Hair and Beauty - for that injection of glamour...

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I do a lot of dog walking.This means that my Lardy Arse and I are clad mostly in easy-wash, sweat wicking fabrics.And whist I am very grateful that someone, somewhere gave us Lycra, these fabrics are neither glamorous nor flattering – even with the addition of wellies.Then there is the issue of fine hair and the English weather.The damp means pretty much constant frizz.So I would estimate that probably seventy percent of the time I look like a bag lady – and that’s just on the outside.You don’t even want to know about my Hobbiton feet or hairy legs.It’s true I’m quite conscious of all this because I meet plenty of other Cookham dog walking ladies, and they never seem to look like the village bag lady.So, when I look in the mirror and I really don’t recognize the old bird looking back at me, I call on The Professionals. (Who else had a MASSIVE crush on Bodie and Doyle)? Paula Fredman, who runs Vanilla Hair and Beauty with her husband Marc, are exactly what is needed for an injection of…

The Cookham Dog Walkers Training Walk for the Practically Perfect in Every Way

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CLAIRE: "Hello Teddie, how are you"? TEDDIE: "I is very good fank yoo". CLAIRE: "Is it true you like chasing rabbits Teddie"? TEDDIE: "I duz like wabbits but I definitely never, almost hardly ever duz chasing of them.Unless sometimes them does leave a sniff right under me noze what duz mean I has to hinvestigate if thems need retrieving.And sumtimes thems be on the other side of fences".CLAIRE: "And Phoebe, you are a bit of a wriggler on the lead I hear"? PHOEBE: "Excuse you!I am a Miniature French Poodle and practically perfect in every way". CLAIRE: "And you definitely don’t do wriggling"?  PHOEBE: "Well just maybe a tiny bit, to go with me tiny self.But I am frightfully tiny so it’s only a tiny wriggle".  Once Claire Sayles,dog trainer and behaviourist (BScHons, DipCABT) from Paws 4 Thought had established that Teddie never chases rabbits and Phoebe was actually practically perfect, we set off on the Co…

Got something to say? Then leave a comment!

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I want to actively encourage you to leave your own contributions to the posts on this blog, and so I have included the opportunity for you to comment and left it as “un-moderated” (although if we start getting a load of spam coming through, and I am not talking luncheon meat, that might have to change).So here’s what to do if you would like to comment:
Look for the “Post a comment” button on the left hand side of the contracted post or at the very bottom of the full post.  Click on it and then click on the drop down arrow SELECT PROFILE.This allows you to use an existing profile such as Google to add your post.  Don't worry if you don't have such a thing, you can simply use your name (select NAME/URL) or remain mysterious (select ANONYMOUS). Once you have selected how you want to be displayed on the comment, you can go ahead click CONTINUE and then and say what you want to say. When you are ready, click PUBLISH.Again, to try and reduce the amount of spam, you will be asked to ver…

When it all gets a bit too much at Fleur de la Maison...

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I was in Fleur de la Maison the other day admiring the most beautiful long stemmed rose.Palest pink with a slightly scalloped petal which was tinged with green.Absolutely stunning in an understated sort of way.I’d like to look like that rose.As it is, I am more of your filler foliage – an Aspidistra leaf or Eucalyptus.But I digress.“That would make a lovely bridal bouquet flower” Joint-Head-Flower-Wrangler Nikki said, whilst barely smothering a teenage giggle.I ignored her and decided to treat myself to the flowers, but there were only two in the bucket.It was at this point that Nikki’s business partner Chris, flung open the enormous fridge door.Now I don’t know about you, but I would expect to see flowers in the chiller at the florist.And to be fair I did – more of my lovely roses, some green chrysanthemums that went beautifully with the afore mentioned rose and plenty of I’ve No Idea Whats.But alongside the hand tied bunches ready to go out for the day’s deliveries, I was surprised …

How to not miss a thing...

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In the words of the great man Steve Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith and Arwen's Dad for those not instantly in the know) if you “don’t want to miss a thing” you can use the Cookham Matters SUBSCRIBE feature in the left hand navigation bar. If you add your email address here, when a new post is published you will receive it straight into your inbox – so you don’t even have to remember to view the blog! And I promise not to use your email address to try and sell you kitchen gadgets that you never knew you needed…

The cummulative effect of carrying a boat on your head and trying to direct traffic in a wet suit

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I got to the bottom of Quarry Wood Road the other day to find it literally gridlocked - Longridge had some sort of canoe based event on and cars were parked along the entire length, effectively making it a one way road with two way traffic. Everywhere around me, weaving between all the stationary cars, were teenagers holding oars, small children, mothers with push chairs and men carrying boats on their heads. Solitary Beardy Man sporting a wet suit, was holding a sandwich aloft in one hand whilst ineffectively waving the other at us drivers and making a half-hearted effort to deal with the traffic chaos they had created, whilst topping up his calorie intake. It took me 15 minutes to inch up the road and by the time I got to the Marlow end, my face was resolutely stuck in Slapped Arse.
I then arrived at John Lewis to purchase present X for my partner's birthday.  Present X was not on the shelf so I approached a girl with at least an inch of make up on, who was stood like a lim…