Latest News from the Princes Centre

Published: 04 January 2022

After all the challenges of the last year, we are hopeful of 2022 being calmer and healthier for all our clients. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary this June. Longer serving trustees remember all the initial hurdles of the first few years when we were running the centre ‘hand to mouth’ with outgoing expenses threatening to be larger than our income. The Centres are now financially secure and flourishing. 

December was a busy and exciting time for our clients and the staff with various Christmas celebrations and events taking place. The woodwork group had been busy producing craftwork which was sold on a stall when the Risborough Lights were switched on raising almost £200. Thank you to the staff who volunteered their time for this. The group also made a tree which was decorated with items handmade by the clients and displayed at St Dunstan’s Church.                                  

Entertainment on various days was provided by the local ukulele group, the Black Dog Band, a performance of Dick Whittington by the Rah Rah Theatre group, and a group of volunteers who regularly support the musical sessions held with the clients. This group also supports the Jinglers when they are performing at St Mary’s Church. All the clients enjoyed a special Christmas meal and were given a gift.  

Other news: We had a visit from the Support & Rehabilitation worker with Oxfordshire Health Authority who was impressed with the service we provide. This will hopefully lead to more referrals in the future. We had our new giant sized TV installed on Christmas Eve which will be a boon for clients with hard of hearing or poor eyesight. New curtains will be ordered for the Peter Robinson Hall once the pattern has been decided. The purchase of the TV and curtains are due to a very kind resident who made a donation for these items. We also planted a tree in memory of Bill, a former trustee. This was a happy occasion attended by members of his family, some of the staff and trustees and with the Jinglers singing one of their favourite songs.

We were delighted to hear that the Kop Hill Climb has donated £5,000 to ensure that our pottery group keeps functioning. Pottery is so beneficial for clients and they get a lot of pleasure from producing their own objects. We also have received a large donation from a fundraising event held in Speen, and one from the Lacey Green Badgers for the woodwork group, and a donation from the Lacey Green Youth Club. We are very grateful for all this support.

Don’t forget there is a chance to support the Centre by getting a team together for the Quiz, Curry & Bingo on Friday 28th January 7pm for a 7.30 start. It is good fun and our first opportunity in 2 years to hold a quiz. Please let Kim know if you can get a team and she will advise on any covid precautions you need to take.

We are also looking to fill some vacancies and will reward anyone who makes a recommendation leading to a post being filled:

Bourne End - Cleaner 6 hrs rising to 7.5 in 2022

Princes Risborough - Senior support worker 24 hrs Older people

Princes Risborough - Support worker 24 hrs per week Older people

New volunteers are always welcome. If you wish to offer help in any way or are interested in your loved ones to come and have a free taste of what is offered at the Centre, please contact Kim our manager on 01844 345105.

Maggie Wooster Keyte