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Summer Newsletter from Princes Risborough School

Latest news from our secondary school, another bumper edition full of great stories!

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Art in the Park 2019

We are delighted to show off our 17 final prints for this year's Art in the Park Competition.  All the prints can be viewed at Wades Park, Statton Road and will be in situ for the next year.  Our 2019 winner is Kelly Meaney May and her very meaningful "Honey Between Two Worlds" painting.  Thanks to our lovely sponsors this year, Cymbeline, Kelly is the receipient of an annual membership to the Royal Arts.  Well done Kelly and all the other finalists!

News from the Princes Centre

We are still basking in the pleasure of having received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service but are not standing still. We continue to give as much input into the Princes Centre as possible and are very grateful for all the support we get from the community. The trustees are working to produce a 5 year business plan to secure the long term growth and success of both the Princes Risborough and the Bourne End Centres.

Our wonderful choir, the Jinglers, recently gave another inspirational concert at St Mary’s Church during Festival week. The trustees are very appreciative of the skills of Sue Newton, one of our staff, and also of the many volunteers who help her with this activity which provides such a good link with the local community. The Jinglers also visit nursing homes and Day Centres to entertain others.

During the last few weeks, some of our clients have been out and about to various places. These included a trip to the Green Dragon Eco Farm where our younger clients met up with the animals there and had a picnic. They have also been going regularly to play bowls at Hazell’s Bowls Club in Aylesbury. They are really enjoying this activity. Others are attending the Adult Learning College for cooking sessions. Some clients have had a ‘Lads Day Out’ going by train to Aylesbury and enjoying a pub lunch. Georgia, a Psychology MA student from Stirling University, and her assistant Gabby, have begun a virtual reality ‘Swimming with Dolphins’ trial with some of our clients who enjoy swimming.

Those not venturing out have enjoyed a visit from ‘Elvis’ who entertained everyone, including our Bourne End clients who were brought over for lunch and to share the afternoon’s entertainment. We’ve also had the Blue Grass Band to entertain the clients and everyone thought they gave a very good performance and created a wonderful atmosphere.

Bourne End clients are delighted with their brand new minibus. Apart from raising our street cred and advertising the Princes Centre, it has also given the clients the reassurance that people in need in that area will always have somewhere to go for Day Care. Carers, especially, will be relieved to know that there is a facility available to give them precious respite from their caring responsibilities. We are working towards getting more of their local residents involved with the Centre.

The reconsruction and refurbishment project taking place in the Lower Hall area is coming along well with work progressing on the new porch, entrance area and toilet block. The contractors are curently installing a new staircase to enable the loft space to be used for storage. We will hopefully have it all sorted by the end of the year at the very latest although it may well be possible to use it sooner. The outside shelter area has been completed and the trustees are looking to getting a new security system installed.

The trustees are very grateful for grants received from the Sherling Charitable Trust, the Shanly Foundation and a pledge from the Edward Gostling Foundation which are all being used to help with the funding of the Lower Hall project.

If you would like to book the hall or support the work of the Princes Centre in any way, please contact our manager, Kim Challinor on 01844 345105.

Help needed!

Lighthouse is a local initiative that provides a week-long summer club full of Christian teaching for local children at the beginning of the summer holidays. The Princes Risborough event is run under the auspices of Churches Together in Risborough (CTR) and has been running for 17 years. It regularly hosts over 500 children and nearly as many teenage leaders, many of whom have no connection with the local churches. The event gets much really great, positive, feedback via the children’s parents.

The event only runs through the generosity of local schools, halls & churches in providing funding & loaning equipment and, more importantly, the hundreds of volunteers from young teenagers to those who are much more mature in years. Without their selfless contributions of time the event could not happen.

This year we are facing a major challenge as the Site Manager of recent years will not be available this year. Princes Risborough Lighthouse recognises that the role has grown year on year and  we are trying to find a team of volunteers  to make up four teams to be involved in physical activity for 2 or 3 days around the time of the event (July 25th to August 4th).  If you have any ideas, please can you make initial contact via email to lighthouse-pr@dawshome.plus.com for more information.