Wishing all our members and supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019.
Elizabeth House will be closed on the following days:
- Monday 24 December
- Tuesday 25 December (bank holiday)
- Wednesday 26 December (bank holiday)
- Thursday 27 December
- Monday 1 January 2019
We will open on Friday 28 December and from 2 January 2019.
Laurie Holloway,musical director for Michael Parkinson’s chat shown and for the first three series of Strictly Come Dancing, gave a concert at Holy Trinity Church in Cookham on Friday night in aid of Elizabeth House, Cookham’s day centre for independent senior citizens.
In the first half, a chamber orchestra made up of local professional musicians led by Julie Dawkes Bentley played some of Laurie’s own compositions.
In total contrast, the Laurie Holloway Trio with Laurie on piano, Harold Fisher on drums and Dave Olney on bass kicked off the second half with a medley of Beatles songs. The set interspersed instrumental jazz from the Trio with songs from two talented young singers Emily Ashcroft and Jake Willett who sang standards and music from the shows.
Audience applause filled Holy Trinity Church Cookham to the rafters at the end of this fundraising event which raised around £1,500 for Elizabeth House.
Our first ever stall at the Cookham Dean Village Fair was a great success. Friends and supporters baked and iced delicious cupcakes and enough people visited to raise £200!
We’ll be back next year.
Elizabeth House had a wonderful spot at the Regatta this year – just about at the finish line for the boat races – which gave the crews the perfect excuse to try and win a bottle or two on our now infamous stall. We are always very fortunate to receive our target 250 bottles and the bottle that was most coveted this year was a Gordons’ Sloe gin! Thanks to all who took part – we raised £636.90 and had a lovely day.
The annual general meeting of Elizabeth House was held in July. Chairman Chris Harris announced that the Cookham day centre for independent senior citizens had enjoyed another successful year.
“In 2017-2018 we embarked on an ambitious programme of works that included replacing the lift and boilers, and completely renovating the day room: installing air-conditioning, lighting and audio visual equipment. The cost was partly funded by grants, bequests and donations from the Cookham Festival and the Cookham Bridge Rotary Club, topped up from our own funds.
“We are now well placed to move forward, with a well-maintained building and a contemporary interior that fully meets our practical daily needs.
Chris thanked the staff and the superb team of volunteers “who make this place ‘hum’ every day, contributing to a warm, happy, caring and enjoyable environment”.
Lady Aurelia Young, president of Elizabeth House, presented certificates to former trustees with more than five years’ service and badges to the volunteers.