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 www.smile.amazon.co.uk 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.