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Weʼre raising £5,000 to Weʼre raising £5,000 to create a hand crafted Memorial Sculpture/Bench at the Wokingham Waterside Centre in memory of John Cooper

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John Cooper Memorial Bench/Sculpture at the Wokingham Waterside Centre

John’s family and friends wish to mark his contribution to the Waterside Centre, Canoe Club, Scouting and the wider Wokingham community by commissioning a lasting tribute in oak. John trained as a cabinet/furniture maker and the craftsman in him would celebrate the choice of material, the best known and loved of British native trees.

It was felt that a hand-crafted bench would provide a lasting tribute and would benefit the Waterside Centre and all the visitors to this beautiful stretch of the River Thames. Nick Speakman of 3D Wood is a professional sculptor and maker of unique furniture and he has been engaged to design and craft the tribute.

The section of oak selected is believed to be over 250 years old and will provide an excellent medium for the sculpture.

We are hoping to create something that reflects the meandering shape of the river with the bow of an open canoe. The finished form will be a timeless, practical and tactile landmark, somewhere for people to interact with their surroundings.

The cost is anticipated to be in the region of £5,000 and if you would like to support this initiative then please give generously. With your help we hope to complete this project by the end of March 2018, in time for the Devises to Westminster International Canoe Race which uses the WWC as a key stop off.

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    • Nick Johnson

      Nick Johnson

      Feb 14, 2018

      Few of us will leave a lasting legacy for young people like John has done. We are all the richer for having known him.


    • Cliff Hilton

      Cliff Hilton

      Jan 30, 2018

      Fond memories of working with John on establishing the relationship between WWC and TVP in the early years ...

    • Patricia Smith

      Patricia Smith

      Jan 22, 2018

      In memory of a man who drove forward a good idea and who became my friend


    • Tony Hayward

      Tony Hayward

      Jan 22, 2018

      Many happy memories of scouting and paddling with John. The Wokingham Waterside Centre is a lasting tribute to John's wish to give young people the opportunity to safely enjoy canoeing

    • Lynn Smith

      Lynn Smith

      Jan 22, 2018

      In memory of a great man with so much enthusiasm for life, Scouting and Canoeing

    • David Chopping

      David Chopping

      Jan 21, 2018

      I met John as he was sorting out leases with WBC. He was always courteous, whatever the provocation. The use of oak for somewhere to sit and contemplate the passing world is highly appropriate!

    • Martin Deaves

      Martin Deaves

      Jan 21, 2018

      Very happy to support this excellent initiative.

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