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Thursday 13 July: Instead of a library-based photoshoot, the mid-summer outing has become more of an annual social get-together with a friendly pub lunch attached. This year we visit the historic river-side village of Cookham, click here for a map.
Our initial meeting point from around 10.30am is the Teapot Tea Shop. This pleasant café with a rear garden is located half way along the High Street (look for the Barnside Motors sign opposite). Lunch will be at 1pm at The Ferry pub and restaurant adjacent to Cookham Bridge. If the weather permits, it has fine outside space overlooking the river. Lunch orders will be taken in advance, click here for a typical menu.
Cookham's popularity means parking can be difficult, although possibly less so on a Thursday morning. Fortunately, we have permission to park in The Ferry's car park ahead of our lunch, post code SL6 9SN. There is alternative free parking on Cookham Common to the west of the village, while parking south of Cookham Bridge on the road to Maidenhead (Sutton Road) is another option.
The PhotoGroup visited Cookham nearly ten years ago, resulting in an album with 62 images. That means we have covered most bases, but still bring your camera along for possible additions. The village is distinguished by its many fine buildings and an attractive parish church. Holy Trinity dates back to about 1140 and retains many Norman and Early English features. It will remain open all day.
The churchyard contains the grave of Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959). As one of Cookham's most famous sons he spent most of his life there. Many of his paintings depict biblical scenes that, as a great eccentric artist, he saw as mystically happening in the village and not the Holy Land. Some are featured in the Stanley Spencer Gallery on the corner of the High Street. It is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm and well worth a visit. Finally, the footpath along the River Thames offers an attractive post-lunch diversion.
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