Latest News from the Princes Centre
Published: 11 January 2023
The Christmas season went very well at the Princes Centre. Our Jinglers Choir had an amazing turnout when they performed at St Mary’s. At the centre there were lots of Christmas-related activities, making and decorating Christmas cakes, making little cone Christmas trees, calendars and other novelties, and enjoying lots of entertainment from Elvis, Dorothy B and her local choir singing classic carols and the Black Dog Band. Singing and quizzes, board games and indoor bowling also took place. We are very grateful to Dunelm who donated a large quantity of Christmas gifts for our clients in addition to the ones provided by the Centre.
We ended last year on a promising note with the arrival of contractors from IDDEA to erect the long-awaited solar panels. Together with the recently installed loft insulation above the main hall, we are now expecting to reduce our energy consumption expenses over the year. We are very grateful for two large grants from Ngage Solutions through Bucks Business First and Buckinghamshire Council North West Chilterns Community Board who contributed towards the cost. The trustees are planning for further projects to bring us nearer to carbon neutral in the future.
We were also very pleased to receive news that our grant applications to the Kop Hill Climb and to the Wyke Fund were successful. The Kop Hill Climb grant will be used to renew the pathway to the lower hall and around the back of the building and to erect fencing in that area to afford some privacy for clients. The Wyke Fund is specifically for hiring the use of a hydrotherapy pool to provide sessions to enable some of the clients, who would benefit from its use, to have the opportunity to swim or exercise in the pool. This is dependent on being able to book sessions which are available during the times that clients attend the centre.
A number of volunteers gave up some of their time before Christmas to help with a collection at Tescos. Considering that it was planned for a day which turned out to be extremely cold, they were very brave to turn up to help but Tescos staff very kindly allowed us to be situated inside the store which was very much appreciated. A big thank you to all of them and to Tescos.
If you or your loved one would like a free taster of what we have to offer at the Princes Centre, please contact our manager Kim on 01844 345105.
Maggie Wooster Keyte