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”.
Spice Merchant has raised over £2,740 for Elizabeth House since June 2015 by donating 50p from the price of every dessert they sell and by adding an optional sum to every bill so that diners, too, can contribute, if they wish.
This initiative 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?
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.