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Summer Newsletter from Princes Risborough School

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

News from the Princes Centre

We have been advised that unfortunately the date of the presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service has now been moved to Friday 15th November at 10.30 for 11 am. If anyone who has volunteered their help in any way in the past would like to join us, they will be very welcome but please ring 345105 so that catering requirements can be arranged accordingly.
The reconstruction and refurbishment of the Lower Hall area continues to progress steadily. A small group of our trustees keep regular checks and are very happy with the quality of the work. We are extremely grateful to ‘Awards for All’ who have made a grant of £10,000 towards the decorating, the fitting out of the new kitchen, carpeting and curtains, and other equipment required. We estimate this will require a further £8,000, so are looking for funding to complete everything. The proceeds of a collection outside Tescos, being held shortly, will be used for this purpose.

Our older clients have enjoyed a trip to the Italian restaurant and a visit to the Spindle and Thread in High Wycombe is being organised for some of them. A number enjoyed ‘Holiday at Home’ where they had the chance to enter the glamorous granny and knobbly knee competitions as well as enjoying games, crafts and entertainment as well as lovely food. The ‘downstairs’ clients have continued their bowling; trips have also been taken to Golf Discus in Chesham, indoor bowls and a canal trip. We always require extra staff or volunteers when arranging day trips and this is an area where voluntary help would be much appreciated. If you think this could be a way of supporting the Centre, please let Kim know.

The Bourne End Centre continues to thrive – the clients there have enjoyed a visit to a local garden centre and are now making a tree of life in their centre corridor and a mural of river life. There is an opening there for a part-time worker whilst Mags, who oversees that Centre, is away on maternity leave next year. Some kitchen units have been sourced to replace those in the client area mini kitchen there, and funding organisations are being approached to try and raise funds to refurbish their main kitchen.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge recent donations from Churches Together, St Mary’s Church [related to the donations made at the Festival Concerts in July], St Dunstan’s Church, Risborough Rotary Club, Naphill Scouts, the Bird in Hand, the Nationwide Building Society and Risborough Rugby Club.

Here is a great way to help us raise funds for our various projects. If you do much shopping on-line with Amazon, then next time you go into their web site you will have the opportunity to go to and select the Princes Centre as the charity of your choice. If it is not listed as a choice you just have to type in the Princes Centre and it will come up. Then it will come up every time you shop there and a small percentage of your purchase money will benefit the Princes Centre.

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.

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!

art in the park prints

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 for more information.