Princes Centre News!

Published: 11 November 2019

We were privileged to have Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, to visit the Centre recently when he presented to our Chairman, D/Cllr Alan Turner, an engraved crystal Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of all our volunteers. The volunteers were presented with enamel badges. Many others, dignitaries, volunteers and supporters, attended and were able to view the reconstructed and refurbished lower areas of the premises and enjoy a spread of refreshments.

The clients are really enjoying being in their new premises and it is now possible to enlarge the range of activities being held there with different activities, educational, handicraft work, games, quiet and noisy, on offer each session. The little Scrabble group are thrilled to have a quiet area in which to play and clients are having opportunities to cook in the brand new kitchen. There have been lots of positive comments from staff, carers, visitors and clients.

Upstairs the hall has been restored to its former size with the removal of the two temporary rooms which helped to house the younger clients. We are hoping to replace the faded and stained upstairs carpet in the New Year if finances allow. The proceeds of the Christmas collection outside Tescos in December, during which the Jinglers are entertaining for a while in the morning, will be put towards this. The new entrance and alarm systems are now in the process of being activated which will improve the security of the buildings.

We are hoping to extend the days available for elderly clients to attend the Centre to include Fridays in the New Year. The Board of Trustees have agreed to a Business Plan, part of which aims to gradually increase the numbers of people attending the Centre over the next 5 years.

Many of our upstairs clients were recently taken to view the numerous soldier silhouettes overlooking the M40 at the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve commemorating those who lost their lives during WW1 and WW2, and followed this with tea and cake at the Air Raid Shelter Cafe in High Wycombe. Others will be going to RAF Naphill for their Annual Christmas dinner and a visit to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to enjoy the pantomime performance. The downstairs clients had another trip to Rogue Bowling followed by lunch at the Honeybee.

A group of volunteers from AMP [Association for Project Management] kindly came to decorate the Centre and the Christmas trees. We have a number of special activities planned for Christmas including a ‘Princes Centre’s Got Talent’ performance by the younger clients for the older ones, a concert from the Black Dog Band and Christmas lunches and buffets.

Our Bourne End Centre is growing in numbers and more staff are required with vacancies for a cook, support staff and a driver. If you know of anyone who may be interested in any of these positions please ask them to ring Kirsty on 01628 527024 for further details.

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