Princes Centre News!

Published: 12 March 2020

We are very pleased to report a surge in new clients attending the Centre which will contribute to achieving the growth that is planned over the next few years. We must all hope that our clients keep safe from the possible spread of the coronavirus.

On Friday the 28th February, the Peter Robinson room was filled with supporters who came to see a Showcase of Plays by ‘I have a Voice Too’, a group of Learning Disabled people. Their performance included sketches of Dr Guttmann’s Journey from Germany to Stoke Mandeville, Act 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Elvis in the Ghetto, followed by an encore with Elvis’s Return to Sender. The audience were very impressed with their efforts, especially that of the main singer.

Preparations are being made for the clients to celebrate VE Day on the 6th and 7th of May. The clients are making a large aeroplane and lots of smaller ones to decorate the hall. There will also be Union Jacks, balloons etc and staff will dress up in the clothing of that period. If you are able to provide any hessian sacks to help with the creation of a bunker staff would be pleased to receive them. going on in the car park from their desks. The recent gales caused some damage to the tiles on the roof which have now been sorted.

A local production company has kindly offered to make a professional, short promotional film about the Centre.  Following a visit and tour recently, they have commenced filming and the result will go onto the web site in due course.

We have now recruited a driver to provide transport for some of our clients who used to come by taxi, which will provide another means of income for the Centre. We are also researching a new vehicle, hopefully, a 7-seater, which will enable small groups to go out with one member of staff, as opposed to having a driver and member of staff if using the minibus. This will also help with transporting clients to and from the Centre as numbers increase.

On Sunday 29th March there will be a ‘Songs of Praise’ at St Mary’s at 3 pm with a performance from our Jinglers. The Princes Centre Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 2nd April at 6pm and we hope that you will come along and take the opportunity to view the wonderfully upgraded Lower Hall area.

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