In the mid 1970s local doctor David Mercer, realising the difficulties faced by people in their later years, made a plea for a local venue where they could be provided with a healthy meal each day. Cookham resident Elisabeth Sanders responded to the call and, with the help, enthusiasm and money of many local colleagues, gained the lease to the old police station (the bars to the cell are still on view in reception!), renovated it and opened it for business in 1980.
Since then many hundreds of local elderly residents have become members and benefited from the many facilities offered and, above all, the companionship that Elizabeth House provides.
In 2008/2009 a major refurbishment was undertaken and Elizabeth House was extended. As well as being a day centre for the over 60s, it is also an Art Gallery for local artists and rooms are available to rent out in the evenings and at weekends, in addition to some daytime availability.
Elizabeth House is a registered charity (No. 277473) and is managed by a group of trustees involving people from across our community. The Management Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre, is always ready to listen to any advice and new ideas that may be helpful.
Meet our team
President – Lady Aurelia Young
Chairman – Chris Harris
Vice Chairman – Mike Clark
Hon Treasurer – Arthur Giorgi
Hon Secretary – Stephanie Diggon
Trustees – Jill Cruse, John Lloyd Parry MBE, Glenn Maybury and Suzi Shellabear