Wooden Spoon Chilterns Chairman
Chilterns is one of the oldest Wooden Spoon regions having been founded in the 1980’s. In recent years, Barrie Mair was our Chairman for 17 years (2000 – 2017) followed by Ray Hague (2017-2020).
Chris Henkey is now Chairman, since July 2020.
The region is mainly based in the Chiltern Hills and the Thames Valley. An area blessed with many rugby clubs at all levels, and has support from many representatives of those clubs.
In addition to sporting and recreational events run by Chilterns, the region is also extremely fortunate in having many dedicated members who organise events to help raise money.
View a full list of Wooden Spoon Chilterns Projects.
We have recently donated £85,000 to Berkshire Youth for their Waterside Centre in Newbury. Berkshire Youth supports youth leaders and young people aged 10 to 18 through challenging life transitions/events to help them make the right choices, grow resilience and mature as individuals.
£100,000 was donated to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice near Maidenhead for a special bedroom with all facilities. They provide vital support to children with life- limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Berkshire.
Thames Valley Adventure Playground (TVAP) is a charity that offers a unique range of adventurous, therapeutic and educational play activities in a safe, caring and stimulating environment, catering for both children and adults with all types of disability, however mild or profound. Chilterns have recently donated £20,000 for toilets and changing facilities.
The region has also donated £300,000 to the Stoke Mandeville Hospital which funded the Wooden Spoon (cancer and hematology) unit for family cancer care and another £300,000 for a new building at the ACE Centre Advisory Trust, a charity that supports communication and access to technology for people with physical and cognitive difficulties.
Since Chilterns was formed in 1983 it has raised and granted over £2 million to more than 40 life changing projects in the community.
If you would like to get involved with Wooden Spoon in the Chilterns region please contact our Chairman Chris Henkey.
See the events tab below for upcoming fundraising activities within the region.
Wooden Spoon Chilterns funds a range of projects from sensory rooms to education projects to adventure playgrounds. View a full list of Wooden Spoon Chilterns Projects.
In 2017, we funded a learning cafe at Lane End Primary School, contributing £20,000 towards the project. They provide a caring environment for children from 2-11 years and hold learning in the highest regard.
The school is in an area of deprivation and the school has 26% of children on Free School Meals. The Learning Café will also be used to encourage parents/carers to come in and find out about the latest teaching methods