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.
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!
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.