We have had some very positive comments about the recent extension to the car park at the front of the buildings. There has recently been a smaller project to create a covered area in the rear garden for clients who wish to take a breather outside when it may be wet. We were very grateful for help from some volunteers from Marks and Spencer who supplied and applied the felt to the roofing of it.
Our next project is the refurbishment of the kitchen area due to start in the middle of September which will include the laying of a new floor, new cupboards and the replacement of some of the older appliances. The recent replacement of a leaking drainage pipe now means that all the problems of damp in the kitchen have been solved.
Another project in the offing is one being sponsored by the Risborough Rotary Club and involves some landscaping of an unused external area and the construction of a shed for the use by the Centre as well as one for their use for storage of equipment.
Some clients were taken to see the recent Flower Festival at St Dunstan’s Church. Some others have been to Thame Market, or to Peterley Manor Farm to pick strawberries. Four of the staff have kindly volunteered to take a group of clients for a day trip to Southend later this month.
The trustees are still looking for looking for volunteers with particular skills. We would like to be able to contact someone on occasions to do minor repairs around the centre or for cutting shrubs once or twice a year. We are also looking to recruit another trustee preferably with experience of fund-raising, particularly national and regional grant applications and major gift fund-raising.
We are extremely grateful to St Dunstan’s PCC, Risborough Rotary Club, the Carrington Foundation, and Banjovi Revival and the Black Dog Bands for their recent donations, and also to other individuals who have recently donated. Some staff represented the Princes Centre at the Bisley Shoot which was held recently and organised by one of our patrons. It raised £2,300 for the Centre.
If you would like to make a donation towards our forthcoming refurbishment projects please send a cheque made out to the ‘Princes Risborough Centre Ltd’ to Kim at the Princes Centre, Clifford Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 0DP. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.
Maggie Wooster Keyte