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. The official opening ceremony on 6 November 1981 was performed by TV personality Richard Baker.
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 Elizabeth House was extended to provide a dining room, opened with Michael Parkinson and the Mayor, in 2016 we refurbished the kitchen with Prime Minister and local MP Theresa May opening her first ever kitchen as an official duty. The following year, in 2017, a major programme replaced the lift and central heating systems and refurbished the dayroom, stairwell and first floor, thanks to a generous will bequest by a long-standing member and Cookham resident.
Elizabeth House is a registered charity (No. 277473) and is managed by trustees drawn from across our community. The management team, 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 – Jenny Elton
Trustees – Bill Bennett, Jill Cruse, and Suzi Shellabear