A coachload of members of Elizabeth House and helpers enjoyed a splendid day out at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, thanks to the generosity of a local benefactor.
Their first stop was the excellent café in the Visitor Centre for refreshments and home made cakes and they later returned for a buffet lunch.
There was plenty to see across the extensive site. Amongst the attractions was a Travelling Post Office where they could learn about the Great Train Robbery which took place nearby in 1963 and sort envelopes under expert guidance.
By common consent the highlight was a short steam train ride – as Elizabeth House manager Miriam Blazey had arranged the visit on a ‘steaming day’. Riding in old fashioned railway carriages with a corridor certainly brought memories flooding back!
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Regular quizmaster John Sykes put the general knowledge of Elizabeth House supporters to the test with his challenging and well-researched questions. Trustee Jill Cruse and helpers cooked and served a delicious meal and Bernadette Clark (pictured) sold raffle tickets on the night. This fundraising event raised over £1,625 for Cookham’s much loved day centre.
The Co-op last year donated over £5,000 from their Local Community Fund to Elizabeth House.
“This funding had to be for a community project rather than specifically for Elizabeth House members”, explains manager Miriam Blazey. “We noticed that many people sat on the bench outside in the sunshine but this is now 16 years old!
“With the Co-op money we have replaced the seating with benches made from recycled plastic, added new entrance and exit signs and are waiting for another bench, new planters, a bird feeder and some garden whirligigs for everyone to enjoy.”
Thanks to a generous benefactor, a coachload of members, volunteers and staff from Elizabeth House went to Waterperry Gardens for lunch and a wander around the gardens.
We arrived, had a quick coffee and then visited the onsite museum full of old brewery memorabilia, farming and village life – with a few surprises! Who knew that sheep and goats could have little welly boots for their feet?
Returning to café, we enjoyed an amazing roast chicken dinner, apple pie and cream and tea or coffee, then spent time shopping, visiting to the old church to see the stained glass windows or walking in the grounds. There is so much to see at Waterperry Gardens that members have asked to come back for a longer visit later in the year.
Next outing (proposed dated Wednesday 18 July) to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre near Aylesbury where we are hoping to ride on a steam train! Please speak to Miriam for more information.