Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Trustees of Elizabeth House have had to delay the start of a programme of works to October 2017.
Cookham’s centre for seniors will now be closing its doors from 9 -27 October for the works to take place. This will minimise disruption to our members, renters and their customers.
Members will continue to enjoy companionship and a delicious two-course lunch at a temporary location – Cookham Dean Cricket Club – Mondays to Wednesdays only for three weeks. Volunteer drivers will drive them there and take them home, as usual.
Alternative arrangements have been made for our members to see podiatrist Derry Lock and hairdresser Carol Weatherly.
The programme of works at Elizabeth House includes replacing the lift, upgrading the central heating system, refurbishing the dayroom, stairwell and first floor corridor and installing audio visual equipment in the dayroom and dining room.
These works have been made possible in part thanks to bequests from Dorothy Stevens and Jack Tomlin and grants from The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, The Shanly Foundation and Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
Customers of Spice Merchant have raised over £2,875 for Elizabeth House since June 2015 by paying 50p from the price of every dessert they buy and by adding an optional sum to every bill.
This brainwave came from Bashir Islam, owner of Spice Merchant, who is delighted with its success.
Why not try one of their classic curries in a historic, setting and support Elizabeth House, too?
Members and supporters enjoyed an exciting evening of classic big band swing music with The BBO Big Band. The 20 piece band is made up of both a male and female vocalist, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section comprising of piano, guitar, bass and drums. The Band was formed in 1986 and has been playing classic big band swing music to raise funds for local charities and good causes for more than 30 years. Elizabeth House received over £600.
Fifty golden years of memories were captured in the arrangements at Holy Trinity Church by members of Elizabeth House as part of the magnificent Flower Festival. Pictured, president of Elizabeth House Lady Aurelia Young inspects the vases and admires the display of pictures that members contributed of their own wedding day.
39 members, staff and volunteers braved the rain for a Thames boat trip between Runneymede and Windsor, with cream tea on board. Some went by coach and some on a People to Places minibus.
On the boat, the sun shone and members listened to a commentary about the river and the houses on its banks. They passed through Old Windsor lock, through Datchet and up to the castle.
When they were ready to disembark, the heavens opened and although some got caught in the downpour, members were all smiling on the coach and still talking about the trip the next day.
“Our thanks to French Brothers, People to Places and PPH coaches, and also to generous benefactors who donate to Elizabeth House specifically for trips like this”, said manager Miriam Blazey. “We look forward to taking more members on another trip soon.”
Elizabeth House has received £5,292.04 from Co-op members and customers. Cookham’s club for the over 60s was one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who have benefitted from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund and are making a difference in their communities.
“The remit of the award was that the funding had to be for a community project rather than specifically for Elizabeth House members”, e xplains manager Miriam Blazey. “We noticed that many people sat on the benching outside in the sunshine but this is now 16 years old! We will replace it with a new seating, keeping the memorial plate from the original one and add some extra seating under the Hope statue. We will also upgrade the lines and the entrance and exit signs.
“Our aim is to encourage people to think of Elizabeth House as a place to sit and take a breather on a walk, and to ensure that people using the car park for community events can enter and exit more safely”.
Hundreds of visitors turned up to the Cookham Christmas Fayre at Moor Hall and left with armfuls of unique gifts and decorations from more than 30 stalls.
Boys and girls from Cookham Rise and Holy Trinity schools and the Razzmatazz Theatre School in Marlow entertained the crowds with Christmas songs and carols, as did the ladies of the Cookham Handbell Ringers.
A raffle run by staff and volunteers from Elizabeth House proved very successful with a first prize of a Copas turkey, and visitors also crowded around two tombolas. Members of the popular day centre were on hand selling Christmas cards and knitted goods that they had made themselves.