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.
The food storage facilities at Elizabeth House have been refurbished. Insulation, ventilation, a new UPVC door and a new floor covering have been installed in the garage, improving both hygiene and security for the food storage area, thanks to grants from Louis Baylis Charitable Trust and The Prince Philip Trust Fund.
We replaced four domestic chest and upright freezers with three upright, energy efficient commercial models and a commercial fridge, suitable for storing quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables. We also installed shelving in the garage for the storage of dry foods. Our non-food items are now stored separately in an external storage area.
Cook Tina Trice (pictured) said: “These new facilities are a huge improvement. The upright freezers make it so much easier for me to see everything and control the stock. The new fridge gives us loads of new space, so we can keep foods fresher for longer”.
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.