First impressions count! Members returning to Elizabeth House from their four week move to the Cookham Dean Cricket Club said ‘it’s like a luxury hotel’ when they first stepped into the dayroom, then looked around to see the different features.
Interior designer Sarah Swain had involved members in the design process and the new look dayroom now has comfortable seating, better lighting, air conditioning; a storage unit with TV and audio facilities and new carpeting.
This refurbishment was made possible thanks in part to bequests from past members Dorothy Stevens and Jack Tomlin.
In the dining room ‘state of the art’ presentation equipment has been installed as a result of a generous donation from the Cookham Festival. This will also enhance the value of Elizabeth House to external groups wishing to hire the room for meetings and presentations.
“We aimed to upgrade the building to modern standards, to provide a more comfortable environment for members and to incorporate new technology capable of allowing future flexibility – and with Bill Bennett’s project management skills, we have achieved this”, said chairman of the trustees Chris Harris.
“We used local contractors where possible: Build Trade Ltd, Degrees of Comfort; Climate Solutions and David Butler. Both Bill and Sarah both generously gave their time to the project free of charge, for which we are immensely grateful”.
The refurbishment project was enabled by generous grants from The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, The Shanly Foundation and the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust. Elizabeth House is also fortunate to receive donations from local individuals and organisations, such as The Spice Merchant and Cookham Bridge Rotary Club, who recently raised £5,000 from a concert by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir at Taplow Court.