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Update December 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

At our recent Annual General Meeting, our trustees and staff were congratulated by County Councillor Carl Etholen on the successful running of the Princes Centre. D/Cllr Alan Turner, who was Vice Chairman, is now Chairman for the next two years. Cllr Matthew Walsh, our out-going chairman, was thanked for all his hard work. He is now Vice Chairman for the next two years and remains in charge of overseeing our budgets, for which we are all very grateful. The trustees all bring various strengths and many unpaid hours of their time to the overall operation and we are extremely fortunate in having Kim as our manager and our staff who maintain such a positive atmosphere.

 We readily acknowledge that our success is due to the very strong community support we receive which does not automatically come about when commercial organisations provide services. This is very evident in the following paragraphs.    

At the Annual General Meeting the Peter Robinson Award, awarded yearly to someone who has given a lot of support to the Centre, was presented to Graham Pitcher, our ‘secret’ gardener. Whilst a number of names were put forward for this award, he has been nominated several years running and he has been coming very regularly, when no-one is here to thank him, for a very long time to mow the grass and generally keep the premises tidy. His input is very much appreciated

We recently held a Volunteers Day and would like to thank those who came along to help with a special mention for a group of teenagers undertaking National Citizenship Service who planted bulbs in the rain.                           

The trees which were causing problems for a neighbouring property have been removed and a new fence is going to be erected this week, funded by  Princes Risborough Rotary Club. The overgrown front hedge has been reduced by the Town Council.

Please remember that our next Quiz and Bingo evening is being held on January 26th at 6.30 pm. The cost will be £10 per person for the quiz, including a curry meal, and if you wish to join in with the bingo this is a little extra. If you would like to come and try one of our low-cost mid-day meals some other time please ring Kim to let us know you are coming and make your choice from the menu.

We have recently received two large donations, one of which is from the Bledlow  Charity; the other is from an anonymous person. We would also like to acknowledge the other generous donations we have received from individuals which are most welcome.

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

Update November 2017

Charity Number 1151083

We continue to get acknowledgement of our good work providing day care services for the elderly and for younger adults with all types of disabilities at the Princes Centre. Below is a photo showing an award recently received by the staff for Team of the Year from the One4All.

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We continue to get acknowledgement of our good work providing day care services for the elderly and for younger adults with all types of disabilities at the Princes Centre. Below is a photo showing an award recently received by the staff for Team of the Year from the One4All.

Refurbishment of the new female client toilet facility is almost completed but there will be a delay with the refurbishment of the remaining one. It has been necessary for it to remain in use while the other is being refurbished to cause minimal disruption but due to evidence of further underground leakage of sewage there, part of the foundations will require time to dry out once the existing floor is taken up.

Recently our contractor has converted a corner of the entrance hall into a much-needed large walk-in cupboard in which to house the wheelchairs and stores for the rest rooms in the vicinity. This has involved the relocation of a radiator and pipe-work in an adjoining room. However the result is very good and the cupboard looks as if it has always been part of the entrance hall.

Some trees which are causing problems for a neighbouring property are due to be removed shortly and a new fence is planned for that boundary. Princes Risborough Rotary Club has very kindly offered to fund the work and we are extremely grateful for their continued support for all we are trying to achieve. The Interactors, youngsters from the Princes Risborough School, have recently visited to see the clients and have also very kindly raised some funds and donated a bench for the garden. With part of the Tesco grant some ornamental trees, pots, bulbs and other plants have also been purchased for the garden area.

Our new finance officer commences work this week which should make life a lot easier for our office staff as keeping on top of monies due from outside agencies is rather complicated.

 

We are hoping to see a number of volunteers here on Saturday November 18th to help with various jobs in the garden and within the buildings. As an enticement, we are offering free bacon butties and coffee on arrival. If this update is published in time, please consider attending our Annual General Meeting which is being held on Thursday 23rd November at 18.30 in the Princes Centre.

 

We will be holding a collection outside Tescos on Friday 1st December. The Jinglers will be performing there for a while in the morning followed by Aunt Sallys Delight playing festive and folk music immediately afterwards. Please come and shop to music there and support the Princes Centre at the same time.

Please remember that our next Quiz and Bingo evening is being held on January 26th at 6.30 pm. The cost will be £10 per person for the quiz, including a curry meal, and if you wish to join in with the bingo this is a little extra.

We have recently received a very useful donation from an anonymous person which is very much appreciated. We would also like to acknowledge the other generous donations we have received from individuals which are most welcome.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105

 

 

 

 

 

Update October 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

The new toilets, wet room and quiet room are now fully operational. Our contractor, Pete, is now working on upgrading the clients’ facilities and it is envisaged that they will be completed in early to mid November. The photos show the completed wet room, the problem area in the male clients’ facility and part of the ladies room. We are very grateful to the Kop Hill Climb and all the other donors who have made this work possible.

 

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Due to an ever-increasing workload in this department, and to bring everything ‘in-house’, we have recruited a Finance Officer to take over our finances which have been handled by the Town Council on our behalf for the last 5 years.

A big thank you to all those who supported our recent Quiz and Bingo evening and our next one is being held on January 26th [not December 8th] at 6.30 pm. The cost will be £10 per person for the quiz, including a curry meal, and if you wish to join in with the bingo this is a little extra.

The Dementia Cafe is restarting with children from the top school coming to socialise with the elderly clients. The pottery sessions, which are enjoyed by so many of the clients, are continuing with a grant for the cost of employing the potters for a further year being received from Bucks County Council through the North West Local Area Forum, for which we are very grateful.

 

A further grant application has been made to Tescos and if anyone shopping in Tescos can please ask for a disc and use it to vote for the Princes Centre, it would be much appreciated. If we are successful, we would like to resurface the front paths to make them safer and more attractive for the clients. The voting in Tescos is running to the end of October.

 

Members of the Banjovi Revival Band have now sold all their CDs which were produced to support the Princes Centre, and a final cheque has recently been received. Their support has been much appreciated. We are also very pleased to hear that our recent application for a grant to St Mary’s Church has been successful. We would also like to acknowledge the other generous donations we have received from individuals which are most welcome.

 

The trustees of the Princes Centre are holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd November at 18.30 in the Princes Centre and if you would like to join us that evening, you are most welcome. It is an opportunity for you to come and see our new facilities.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

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Update September 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

Earlier this year I reported that we had the pleasure of a visit to the Princes Centre by Mrs C R Soames, the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, and we are now delighted to thank her for her assistance, which has resulted in us receiving a major and very welcome grant from the Rothschild Foundation. This will be used to make progress with the first stage of the work to the Lower Hall, which entails the outer porch area which we need to restructure in order to fit some new doors to provide easier access for clients with disabilities as the current structure is unable to support them. We are awaiting planning permission before we can proceed with this.

 The upgrading of the last two toilets in the Upper Hall area is about to start as the dampness affecting the walls appears to have dried out. A large store cupboard for all the requisite items to maintain these facilities is planned and will be constructed shortly.

We recently had a visit from Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher who was very impressed with everything that had been achieved at the centre in the last 5 years. We cannot take all the credit for that – it is also due to all the wonderful support we have received from our local community, and it is planned to acknowledge our major donors, supporting organisations and individuals on our web site, along with the names of people for whom others have contributed in their memory, in due course. 

We are thrilled with the news that we have won the One4All Spotlight Award for Team of the Year and have been informed that we will be automatically entered into the National Finals of the SME Awards at Wembley.

Our next Quiz and Bingo evening is being held on Friday 29th September 6.30 pm for 7pm. The cost is £10 per person for the quiz and if you wish to join in with the bingo this is a little extra. There is a choice of meal [included in price] – shepherd’s pie or veggie pie and you are free to bring your own drinks. Please let Kim [number below] know if you are coming and which meal you wish to have.  There will also be a Christmas Quiz held on December 8th at 6.30 pm.

We have recently received donations from Lloyd Latchford, Banjovi Revival CD sales, the Bell Public House from their Bell Fest weekend and from the Whitecross Line Dancing Group. We would also like to acknowledge the other generous donations we have received from individuals which are most welcome. We have also been notified that a local resident, who recently passed away, has generously bequeathed money to a number of local and national charities including ours, in his will. It will be a while before we benefit but the altruism of this person is most inspiring.

The trustees of the Princes Centre are holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd November at 18.30 in the Princes Centre and if you would like to join us that evening, you are most welcome.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

Update August 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

We are now able to advise that the garden and paths and disabled ramp in that area are now fully completed. Thanks to the grant from Tescos and some lovely plants supplied by Marks and Spencers this area is now looking really beautiful and is a pleasure to use and very uplifting for the clients, as well as allowing easier access for wheelchair users between the lower hall and the upper hall. Kim, our manager, has applied for yet another Tesco grant to have our front pathway laid to resin similar to that in the rear garden so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a successful outcome.

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There is also good news on the toilet project. We now have two new toilets and the wet room, and a small meeting room completed and they are looking very good. There is, unfortunately, a delay with starting the upgrading of the last two toilets in this corridor due to long term leakages of water behind the walls caused by faulty workmanship many years ago. The leaks have been stopped but the replacement of the floors and the tiling, which are the first jobs to do will have to wait a bit longer until the walls are completely dried out. This project has been partly funded from a grant from the Kop Hill Climb, for which we are very appreciative.

 

Further good news – We have been notified that we are finalists with The Spotlight awards, sponsored by Oneforall  for ‘Team of the Year’, and we have also been shortlisted for the National SME awards with an awards night at Wembley.

 

Young adults on the National Citizen’s Service scheme have been coming in regularly over the summer to participate in the activities of the centre and learn about the service. We hope that they will be inspired to become good leaders and volunteers in their own communities through their involvement with our clients who appreciate their company.

 

Dorreen, our client who recently celebrated her 100th birthday had an amazing day at the centre and we have received many thanks from her family. She received 477 birthday cards and enjoyed entertainment from the Black Dog Band and a big birthday cake and a visit from the Mayor and the local press.

 

Our next Quiz and Bingo evening is being held on Friday 29th September and the next Cash Bingo evening is on September 14th. For further details phone Kim on the number below. If you prefer to support us from your armchair, Wycombe Lottery is now up and running and with every ticket purchased we could get a donation. To join the lottery please use the link below and not only give yourself a chance to win but also raise money for us. 

https://www.wycombelotto.co.uk/support/the-princes-risborough-centre-limited

 

We appreciate a large donation from Marks and Spencer which comes from their charging for carrier bags so thank you to all those of you who pay out regularly for a carrier bag from them. We would also like to acknowledge the other generous donations we have received from residents. They are most welcome and will go towards our next project.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update July 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

Thanks to the grant from Tescos and the lovely summer weather the clients of the Princes Centre are now enjoying sitting out in the refurbished garden area. The paths are due to be upgraded shortly and then a grand opening of the area with Tescos will be arranged.

 

The project to refurbish the toilets is now well underway. The men’s existing toilet has been temporarily converted to allow for wheelchair use while the disabled toilet is being upgraded to allow its additional use as a ‘wet room’. At the moment three rooms [the two new toilet areas and the disabled toilet] have new floors and they are being tiled, prior to having the fittings installed. The existing toilets will be upgraded once the new facilities and upgraded disabled facility are available for use.

 

The Princes Centre is now one of the designated charities for the Wycombe Lottery, which starts this month. 60p of every £1 ticket you buy goes to the designated charity. You simply select the charity you want to benefit. It’s a good way to win money and benefit us, so if you feel lucky you could set up a regular direct debit and join the lottery. Just check it out on line www.wycombelotto.co.uk, and support our centre. When you get to the site please search for our charity before you purchase the tickets otherwise you will be supporting other general causes.

 

We were thrilled to be included as finalists for the Bucks Business Awards for Community Project of the Year but unfortunately got pipped for the award. However as we have received two other awards this year and three commendations we cannot complain.

 

Kim and her staff recently organised a very enjoyable and successful Quiz and Bingo evening raising £950.00 which she will spend on enhancements for the clients. We are all very grateful to those who supported this event and hope that you will come again to the next one which will take place on Friday 29th September. Please put the date in your diary if you are interested. It will be an opportunity for you to peep outside the window and view the refurbished garden and paths. Further details will be given nearer the time.

 

We hope that Doreen, one of our clients who will celebrate her 100th birthday at the end of the month, will enjoy the special day which has been planned for her at the Centre and that she will receive lots of birthday cards. Our manager has spread the word on social media and so far cards have been arriving from all over the world.

 

A number of clients were recently taken to the Speakers House by the kind invitation of the Right Honourable John Bercow MP, one of our patrons, and had an interesting and enjoyable time there. Staff and other volunteers are kindly giving up their time to take a group of elderly people to the seaside this following weekend and we hope the weather will make it a special and memorable occasion for them.

 

We gratefully acknowledge two generous donations from St Dunstan’s Church, one from the church itself, and the other from a brass band concert held there recently. We would also like to thank someone who arranged a generous donation through CAF. We also appreciate a donation given in memory of Stephen Hargrove, one of our clients who recently passed away. We have received a number of small pledges and all these are very welcome, along with the regular donations from people donating through ‘My Donate and standing orders.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

 

 

Update June 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

The Princes Centre recently celebrated its 5th anniversary and the clients were treated to a week of entertainment. It started with a performance from the local ukulele band, then a drum workshop, then a concert from Banjovi Revival, songs from Steve McCormack, a performance from the Aylesbury Belly Dancers, music played by the Rev. Tony Bundock, a performance from Sweet Serenades, a disco provided by DJ Bill and ended with a concert from the Black Dog Band. Marks and Spencers and Tescos provided afternoon teas.

 

The Centre recently had a visit from the Bucks County Council Dignity Awards scheme and, although we were not outright winners, we were awarded three highly commended certificates: one to the staff team for their dignity shown when offering social care, another to our manager Kim for her community work, [the Yarn Bombing project last summer], and another to the trustees for their community work, namely supporting the Princes Centre.

 

Some of our clients in the Jinglers choir will be performing in St Mary’s Church during Festival week in July and if past performances are anything to go by, the audience will be in for a treat. Their performance is always very uplifting so please go along and support them.

 

Following a wishful comment from one of the elderly clients, some of our staff along with some of our volunteers will be giving their time to enable six of the clients to experience a day at the seaside in July.  They will be taken to Southend in the minibus and we hope that the weather is kind and that they have a wonderful day.

 

The garden project sponsored by Tescos is almost finished and includes a ramped path which solves the problem of access between the varying floor levels of the Princes Centre for wheelchair users. Investigations into providing a wheelchair lift within the buildings showed that it was not possible to achieve this without providing two separate lifts which would not have been conveniently close to each other. Another benefit of the ramp is that it will not require the costly 6-monthly safety checks, although we will need to cover that area in due course to protect users from inclement weather.

 

The project to refurbish the toilets is underway. Our project manager has opened up existing waste pipe-work previously hidden under the floors in the two rooms intended for the new toilet facilities and carried out investigations to ensure it is fit for purpose. 

 

We gratefully acknowledge the recent donations from the Black Dog Band, CD sales from Banjovi Revival and those from people donating through ‘My Donate and standing orders. Your generosity helps us to work through all the numerous renovations we need to undertake in order to make the Centre truly fit for purpose.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

Update May 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

The Princes Centre will be celebrating its 5th birthday on June 1st and there are plans underway to provide entertainment for the clients and anyone who is involved in any way each morning and afternoon for the week beginning Monday 29th May. Marks and Spencers and Tescos will be providing afternoon teas on the Thursday and Friday.

We are very grateful to our patron, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP for visiting the Centre to talk to our clients, which they thoroughly enjoyed. He has issued an invitation for some of them to visit the Speakers House, probably sometime after the election. Clients have enjoyed complimentary afternoon tea at the Chinnor Railway and there have been various other outings.

Following a Food Hygiene visit the Princes Centre was awarded the 5 star [highest] rating, although we have been advised that we need a new floor before the next inspection next year – another project! Please feel free to phone before 10 am to order a meal and come along at lunch time and sample what we have to offer in our restaurant.

The Princes Centre is supporting a number of students from Princes Risborough School who are studying health and social care, as well as young adults undertaking new challenges and learning new skills through the National Citizen Service.

We are delighted to learn that the Princes Centre has just been awarded a further grant from Tescos. This is wonderful news as it will enable the paths in the garden area to upgraded later this year, which will make them safer and enable the whole area to look good. We do not know yet how much we will be awarded as there will be a chance for Tesco shoppers to decide which of the 3 chosen charities gets which amount of grant. The actual garden project is progressing well and should be finished in a few weeks time.

The project to refurbish the toilets is due to start very shortly, commencing with a survey on the drains, followed by the main work which will be completed by about the end of July.

We gratefully acknowledge all the recent generous donations including those from the Rotary Club, Lacey Green Productions and an anonymous resident, as well as from people sponsoring David’s Kilimanjaro climb and those donating through ‘My Donate and standing orders. Your generosity helps us to work through all the numerous renovations we need to undertake in order to make the Centre truly fit for purpose.

The next quiz and bingo evening will take place on Friday 30th June. Please remember to put the date in your diaries and give Kim a ring if you would like to come along. It’s a fun way to show your support for the Princes Centre.

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

Update April 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

We are delighted to learn that the Princes Centre has just been presented with two awards at the SME Business Awards Ceremony. We have won the Community Business of the Year [with most of the credit due to the business acumen of our Chairman, Matthew Walsh] and our Manager, Kim Challinor, has very deservedly won the Employee of the Year.

 

Following some repair work undertaken by the Baptist Church in Tring, whose premises we are using for our Outreach Centre, volunteers will shortly decorate a lounge area and it will be furnished thanks to a grant from Tring Council and the Tring Dementia Group. There was no local initiative to continue the much-needed service in that area which is why we have expanded in that direction. Client numbers there are slowly increasing. Client numbers here in Princes Risborough are at an all-time high which is very pleasing.

 

Work is progressing on the landscaping of the clients’ garden area using the grant received from Tescos for this purpose. We are hoping that it may be possible to incorporate a ramp to enable wheelchair access to it from both the halls. The buildings at the Princes Centre are situated on 3 different levels which is quite problematic when trying to work out accessibility solutions for wheelchair users.

 

Plans to refurbish the clients’ toilet areas and the provision of further facilities for staff and visitors are progressing satisfactorily and further enquiries are taking place concerning the restructuring of the porch to the lower hall so as to enable the provision of new doors [being funded by the Risborough Masons] to enable improved access and security.

 

We recently had another successful quiz and bingo evening raising nearly £500.00. Kim is using the monies raised from the quiz evenings to enhance the experience of our clients, and visitors were shown the new comfortable arm chairs she had recently purchased for their use. The next quiz and bingo evening will take place on Friday 30th June. Please remember to put the date in your diaries and give Kim a ring if you would like to come along. It’s a fun way to show your support for the Princes Centre.

 

We gratefully acknowledge all the recent donations from people sponsoring David’s Kilimanjaro climb. We have also received 2 donations from the National Citizen Service group team Reiss from their summer fundraising campaign, and donations from  St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough School Nativity Play, and several other generous donations from residents, some through ‘My Donate, and others through standing orders.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

Risborough Area Community Bus – A Very Local Success Story

 

Back in 2010 when the Risborough Area Community Bus began its service, no one could have anticipated what a huge success it would become. But seven years later and with a smart new Mercedes Sprinter 16 seat bus, the “little green bus” is an integral part of life in and around the Risboroughs. Starting with only 70 passenger journeys in the first week, the bus now averages 1800 journeys per month, operating a six days a week, timetabled service, covering the Risboroughs, Longwick, Bledlow, Kimble and Speen. When there are no scheduled services, the bus runs regular lunch trips, garden centre trips and private hires. The bus is entirely operated by volunteers and some of the original team of thirty or so drivers are retiring from duty and we need more drivers if we are to continue to develop our service and meet increasing demands.

 

Awards received include a Certificate of Recognition from Community Impact Bucks and a Quality Mark from the Community Transport Association, one of only three awarded to services carrying fare paying services.

 

Typical quotations from passengers:-

“I don’t know how I could manage without the bus”

“If it weren’t for the bus I would need to move”

“I love travelling on the bus, everyone is so friendly”

 

Our volunteer drivers are given full training to Minibus Driver Awareness Safety Scheme standards and optional first aid training. Driving hours are very flexible and driving is a happy experience. So come and join us.

 

Email: racb@talktalk.net

Website: www.racb.co.uk

Facebook: @risboroughareacommunitybus

 

Press Contact: Peter Johnson 07876 681847

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Update March 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

We look forward to David’s return from his sabbatical which included his epic climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. At a recent Away Day meeting, much discussion took place amongst the trustees including a SWOT analysis [considering the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to the organisation], analysing the Annual Management Report and planning for this year.

Over the last year much has taken place. Two of the staff have successfully gained certified professional qualifications. Kim, our manager, reports that we have an extremely flexible and helpful team who create a very positive atmosphere at the Centre. An outreach centre has been established in Tring.

Improvements have been made. Many areas have been decorated. New carpet has been laid in the lower hall; and new blinds have been purchased for the hall and downstairs rooms. Outside some roof repairs have taken place; the guttering and fascias have been replaced around the upper hall, the upper garden patio has been re-laid, some pathways have been levelled, and work has started on the overhaul of the rear garden with the Tesco grant, which was given for this purpose.

We have successfully acquired the new mini bus and a ‘new’ car for transporting clients both here and at our outreach centre in Tring. We now have a new logo of our own and the new web site is soon to be launched.

Plans for this year include pension options for the staff, customer surveys, continued work with GP surgeries to ensure that people are made aware of the services we offer, a review of the staffing structure and contracts, fundraising suggestions, and 5 year anniversary activities.

Refurbishment plans will be centred on the upper cloakroom areas, completely refurbishing the clients’ toilets and providing further toilet facilities in that upper corridor [on the right when entering the buildings] for the public so as to enhance the prospects of increased community use. We also hope to replace the porch outside the lower hall. This is required as the present structure is not strong enough to take the weight of the new doors required to provide increased security and enable wheelchair users and other clients to independently access the building.

We hope you’ll agree that all this indicates a very healthy organisation.

We gratefully acknowledge the recent receipt of the proceeds of a fundraising activity undertaken last year by Marks and Spencers. Also we have received several generous donations from residents, and some through ‘My Donate, not forgetting those through standing orders, plus a further donation from Banjovi Revival CD sales.

Please remember that the next Quiz evening is planned for Friday 31st March. Please put the date in your diaries and give Kim a ring [01844 345105] if you would like to come along, or if you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way.

 

Update February 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

We recently had the pleasure of a visit to the Princes Centre by Mrs C R Soames, the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. Our manager, Kim, was able to report that she thoroughly enjoyed her visit and had praised the care given by our staff saying that the whole experience was uplifting.

The recent Quiz evening was enjoyed by all and £500 was raised towards the refurbishment plans. We would like to thank all the people who helped and especially all the people who supported the event. Without this support it would not be such a success. The next Quiz evening is planned for Friday 31st March. Please put the date in your diaries and give Kim a ring if you would like to come along.

The Rev. David Williams, one of our trustees, is currently in the process of attempting a sponsored climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. It is not too late to support him [and thus the Princes Centre] by either donating directly to our ‘general’ donations link – mydonate.bt.com/charities/theprincesrisboroughcentreltd  [where there is a box for you to assign your donation to David’s climb] or signing a sponsor form in St Mary’s Church or at the Princes Centre. We wish him every success.

The number of clients attending the outreach centre held in the New Mill Baptist Church in Tring is steadily growing. We recently received a grant of £1,400 from Tring Council to refurbish the small lounge there. Carpets have been ordered and will be laid once the room has been painted which will take place after the church has completed some repair work.

We would like to belatedly and gratefully acknowledge generous donations from the Princes Risborough Horticultural Society, the Longwick Evening Women’s Institute and Bledlow Charities which were received towards the end of last year and a number of contributions through My Donate. We also are very appreciative of recent donations from Banjovi Revival and the Black Dog Bands, as well as all other donations from individuals, some of which are extremely generous.  

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

Update January 2017

Charity Number 1151083

 

We wish a Happy and Healthy New Year to all our supporters, as well as our clients, our hard-working staff and our wonderful volunteers. Our clients, some of whom would have spent most of the Christmas period alone, very much appreciated all the Christmas festivities and the little extras provided by the Princes Centre. Further funds raised from the Ladies Swish Evening were used to buy Christmas gifts for them.

Due to the superb work by the many volunteers who make the Kop Hill Climb such a wonderful event for all who visit it and such a benefit for all the local charities, we have recently received a grant of £5,000 from their proceeds which we will use to upgrade the clients’ toilet facilities in the upper hall entrance area. We have been very fortunate to benefit from this event each year and very much appreciate their continued generosity.

Everyone is delighted with the new bus and the recent sale of the old bus will ensure a healthier balance in the transport account now we are not faced with regular expensive repair bills.

 

The collection held outside Tescos in December raised £831.00 which, with the addition of Gift Aid, will total over £1,000. Many thanks to the Jinglers who sang, and to the musicians who assisted during the morning; also to all the volunteers who stood outside with the buckets, and to everyone who donated. We hope that our next event, the Quiz evening being held later this month will also be successful.

 

The Rev. David Williams, one of our trustees, is hoping to raise further funds from a sponsored climb in February up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Please consider supporting his efforts by either donating directly to our donations link – mydonate.bt.com/charities/theprincesrisboroughcentreltd  or signing a sponsor form in St Mary’s Church or at the Princes Centre.

Our Jinglers choir recently sang at the opening of the new Coop store in Bell Street and their management generously donated 4 laptops. Learning computer skills is one of the many activities we offer to our clients and is of great benefit to help them cope with modern living.

We have submitted a further grant application to the Tescos Bags of Help scheme and hope that this will prove successful. We are awaiting confirmation of a successful grant application to Tring Council for funds to refurbish a small lounge in the outreach centre at Tring. We are unable to apply for grants for our main project, concerning the lower hall area until we are much further advanced with the plans and costs.

However we welcome any donations which will help towards this major refurbishment and gratefully acknowledge recent generous donations from the Shona Clack Dance Studio, Dennyside Bowling Association, the Princes Risborough Charity, Monks Risborough Parochial Charities and the Open Door Group of St Mary’s Church, as well as all other donations from individuals.

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

December 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

This year has been a very satisfying one for the Princes Centre. At the Annual General Meeting held in November, Matthew Walsh, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees was able to give details of the various works that had taken place during the year, including the completion of the major project of replacing the boiler and entire heating system throughout the buildings. The finances were looking brighter and client numbers were satisfactory. An outreach centre was being trialled in Tring and a second vehicle had been acquired to assist with the transportation of the clients. He also advised that the new bus was due to arrive the following week.

 

This has since arrived [as you can see below] and the distinctive logo will help to advertise the Centre. It has been out for its maiden trip and the driver reports that it is so much easier to drive. We are all delighted with the prospect of it giving some trouble free mileage which should make the transport account look much healthier. It is hoped that the old bus will soon be sold at a price which will recoup some of the funds spent on keeping it roadworthy.

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Kim, our manager, recently organised a Ladies Swish Evening where there were many nearly new and ‘as new’ clothes, bags, shoes etc on sale for £5 or less. This raised a fantastic £875.00 and we would like to thank all those who donated items and all those who attended. Some of the remaining items will be placed on EBay. The next event is a Quiz evening arranged for Friday 20th January. [Please note the change of date] It is hoped that the collection outside Tescos organised for December will be fruitful and we would like to thank all those who are helping for giving up their time.

 

We have just heard from Tescos that we have won a grant of £12,000 to be used for a project in the gardens of the Centre. Sincere thanks to all the shoppers who supported the Princes Centre and to Lucy, their Community Champion, for her help with the application. We have also recently received generous donations from TSB, Kimble Church, Bledlow Church, Bill Bendyshe-Brown’s Community Leaders Fund, Banjovi Revival and the Black Dog Bands, and others from residents for which we are very grateful.

 

We have now engaged an architect and quantity surveyor to progress plans for the major project concerning the lower hall area. This project is long term entailing much planning, discussions etc. Hopefully, if we receive funding, the smaller project of the refurbishment of the three toilet areas in the upper hall area will be achieved in the spring.

 

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105..

 

 

November 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The good news is that by the time you read this we should have our brand new bus. It has now arrived in England and is residing at Stanford Coachworks in Essex and is in the process of having its finishing touches applied. Our old bus managed to pass its MOT and we will be looking to selling it once the new one has arrived. We have already taken delivery of a smaller car, generously funded by the King Cullimore Trust and a number of smaller donors, the maintenance costs, of which will be sponsored by Risborough Garage. Soon these vehicles, with their new distinctive logo, will be regularly seen around the town as they bring clients to and from the centre. 

Our clients are looking forward to the Christmas festivities and are preparing to entertain people with their Christmas show which is planned for December 16th. This is open to the public and starts at 1.30.

The recent quiz and bingo evening was well supported and enjoyable. Over �£400 was raised towards the refurbishment costs and a further Quiz evening has been arranged for Friday 27th January. On Friday 25th November the staff will be holding a Ladies Swish Night where there will be nearly new and â??as newâ?? clothes, bags, shoes etc on sale for �£5 or less. Donations will be very welcome and we hope that this event will be well supported. A fund-raising collection will be held at Tescos on Friday 9th December and the Jinglers choir will be there for a while in the morning to serenade the shoppers.

With the planned closure of Social Service Day Centres in Hertfordshire at the end of December, our manager is organising an outreach centre in Tring with the expectation that some of the clients attending those centres will prefer to continue receiving day care in Tring rather than travelling to Hemel Hempstead. If the number of clients attending makes this a viable venture, it will become a permanent additional service provided by the Princes Centre. Tring Lions have donated funds to purchase some of the consumables required such as games and craft items.

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting  www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105

 

 

October 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

With the end of summer and the cooler days of autumn, the clients are now benefitting from the double glazed windows, and the new boiler and refurbished heating system, thanks to the wonderful support the Centre has received from the local community. We recently held two open days for professionals and members of the public, and although there were not that many participants for either, the professionals who attended were very impressed with the organisation, work and atmosphere, and a donation of �????�???�??�?�£500 came from one of the other visitors for which we are very thankful. We are very fortunate in having such a committed manager and her team of caring staff.

There is still much to do to get the Centre up to scratch. There are plans to refurbish the clients�???�??�?�¢?? toilet facilities in the upper hall area early next year, although this is dependent on funding becoming available. Our main project in the lower hall area is rather complex and expensive, and involves moving the kiln so as to enable the provision of a wheelchair lift between the varying floor levels, and restructuring and reroofing the lower hall area. As you can imagine this is more long term due to getting the details correct, sorting the planning and last but not least, getting the necessary funding.�???�??�?� 

Fundraising continues. A recent raffle raised approximately �????�???�??�?�£550. Please don�???�??�?�¢??t forget to support the quiz and bingo evening, complete with chicken curry or macaroni cheese, on Friday 28th October. �????�???�??�?� The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. The bingo is a small, additional cost and optional. Tickets are �????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below.

We have been extremely fortunate to receive a number of donations recently. These include a large donation from St Mary�???�??�?�¢??s Church. Also the King Cullimore Trust has generously funded the purchase of a car to help with the transportation of clients. Furthermore at a recent trustees meeting, we received a large donation from the Princes Risborough Rotary Club, as part of the proceeds from their Golf Day earlier this year. Other sizeable donations have been received from the Masons at Princes Risborough Lodge, the Masons at Carrington Lodge, Tring Lions, the mother of one of the clients, and one of the trustees. The trustees and clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support.

We are still waiting for the arrival of the new mini bus. A visit was made recently to the supplier in order to choose the fitments and to organise the signage etc but the main delay is the actual arrival of the vehicle from Germany so it will probably be ready for use some time in November. In the meanwhile our poor old minibus soldiers on. [The new minibus has been funded mainly with a large grant from Wycombe District Council and an extremely generous donation from a local resident.]

Lastly, we are holding our Annual General Meeting at the Princes Centre on Thursday 17th November at 6.30 for 7pm. You are all very welcome.

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the �???�??�?�¢??My Donate�???�??�?�¢?? button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

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September 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The Princes Centre is hosting 2 Open Days this month to raise awareness of the service we offer and to give details of the new vehicle, which is due to arrive in October, and our new logo which is seen here. Guests will be shown around the buildings and will be able to view activities undertaken by some of the clients. A large raffle is due to be drawn at one of these meetings and the main prize is a ride down Kop Hill in one of the exhibition cars at the Kop Hill event this month. For all the people who enjoy quiz and bingo evenings complete with a meal, we are holding our next ones on Friday 28th October and Friday 25th November so please put those dates in your diary. The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start.

The bingo is a small additional cost and optional. There is a choice of meal Mild Creamy Chicken Curry or Macaroni Cheese. Tickets are �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please ask your friends to come along with you and let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below so that she knows how many to cater for. The trustees were very pleased to receive a large donation from Marks and Spencers resulting from their polythene bag charges. [Thank you to all you shoppers who bought these bags] The Masons have made a further donation to the Centre and we have also received an anonymous one, both of which are very welcome.�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

We also appreciate the continued support of the Black Dog Band and Banjovi Revival who have both donated the proceeds from their CD sales this month. One of the members of the Black Dog Band has also pledged a donation towards the purchase of the vehicle we intend to acquire to relieve the pressure on the minibus. As she does not live in the vicinity of the centre and already passes the expenses she receives towards the refurbishment plans, we are doubly grateful for her generosity, and also to those who continue to donate direct to the Princes Centre by standing order. We have also been able to claim just under �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£3,000.00 from HMRC for donations which have been gift aided. Anyone who is a tax payer can get satisfaction from knowing that the tax they have paid can be claimed back from HMRC and used by charities providing they sign a gift aid form. So if you wish to donate �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£20.00 we can claim a further �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£5.00 which makes your gift even more valuable. A gift aid form can be downloaded from our web site.

If you wish to contribute financially to our continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button.

If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105.

 

 

August 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

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The Princes Centre is becoming a well-established organisation within our community and the trustees, at their monthly meetings, are constantly endeavouring to upgrade and improve the service and management. We are now able to take on an administrative assistant for several hours a week to enable our manager to expand her role in other directions. The companys Articles of Association have been revised and copies sent to Companies House and the Charity Commission. The trustees are also in the process of creating a Reserves Policy to ensure the solid financial position of the charitable company for the long term future. With the gradual increase in the numbers of clients putting pressure on the arrangements for those requiring transport to the centre, it is planned to purchase a smaller second hand vehicle later this year to complement the bus.

This will hopefully reduce the travelling time currently experienced as a smaller vehicle can transport clients living in the outlying areas. A local garage owner has offered to take care of the vehicles maintenance and repairs and the trustees are applying for a grant to cover the cost of purchasing a suitable vehicle. Grant applications involve quite a lot of work and there is no guarantee of success but we live in hope! The clients recently enjoyed several afternoons of entertainment involving singing, dancing and drama put on by a group of teenagers under the National Citizen Service scheme. This is a wonderful scheme and is of great benefit to both the clients and the teenagers who were involved. The staff held a very successful quiz and bingo evening recently and raised over �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£400.�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

Many thanks are due to all the people who came and supported it. Further funds were raised from the sale of some of the yarn bombing items and a small amount from the sale of strawberries and cream at the festival. A large raffle is currently being held to be drawn in September. Please support this and purchase some tickets should staff, carers, clients or trustees approach you! We have recently received large donations from St Dunstans Church and Universal Care which are greatly appreciated, and St Marys Church has kindly passed over all the proceeds, totalling over �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£500, from the midday concerts held during the festival week.�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

Thank you to all the people who recently donated at the concerts and also to others who recently made donations direct to the Princes Centre. They are all very welcome and will eventually enable some major refurbishments to take place in the buildings. One of the trustees is also donating money from his community fund to purchase a lap top for the new assistants use. If you wish to contribute financially to these continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button. If you would like to book a hall or offer support in any way please ring Kim, our manager, on 01844 345105. .

June 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The trustees are delighted with the news that our chairman of the Board of Trustees, Cllr Matthew Walsh, has recently been elected as the Chairman of the Town Council / Mayor of Princes Risborough. He is a loyal, hardworking and enthusiastic supporter of the Princes Centre and richly deserves this position. During the Queens 90th birthday celebrations week, the Centre was awash with flags, bunting and other decorations and the clients were enjoying special entertainment sessions. Those participating in the Jinglers choir are looking forward to a visit from the well known Military Wives who are going to sing to them, and they, in turn, will sing to the Military Wives. This provides encouragement for them to excel and last year they were taken to the Albert Hall and had a chance to sing there.

The minibus working group, having received three quotations for their chosen vehicle to replace the aging and unreliable bus, have ordered a Mercedes Sprinter 514 Cdi. This is due to arrive in October and gives us several months to raise the balance of funds required to purchase it. There is another Quiz and Bingo evening being held at the Princes Centre in July on Friday 15th. We do hope that you will come along and support it. The evening is great fun and a meal is provided halfway through. Please ring Kim [phone number below] for details and to book a table.

An open day is planned in September where visitors will be able to learn more of the activities undertaken at the centre and when details of our new branding, bus, and fundraising activities will be available. It is hoped that anyone interested in attending the Centre on a regular basis will also come and have a taste of what to expect. If you would like to come but are not able to get yourself to the Centre, please phone Kim and she will be able to arrange transport. The collection held outside Tescos in May raised �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£707.47 which, with a further �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£176.86 claim from HMRC as Gift Aid makes a total of �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£884.33. We have recently received a number of donations from people including some from the TSB Bank and the Black Dog Band and a couple of substantial ones through My Donate. Marks and Spencers and Tescos are both generously providing surplus food items for the benefit of the Centre and the clients.�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

The trustees are very grateful for everyones support, especially those who regularly volunteer their help or financial support. If you wish to contribute financially to these continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button. If you would like further details of any function please ring Kim on 01844 345105.

 

 

May 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The trustees, along with all those in Risborough who knew Wally Woolf, were saddened to hear of his passing recently. Wally was a trustee of the Risborough Cares Charity which supported the Day Centre for many years when it was under threat of closure. Some will remember his TV business in the town in earlier years. As well as his charitable work here, he also gave a lot of time and effort to make the world a better place for Romanian children. He will be missed by many. While we seek funds for larger improvements, smaller improvements are soon to take place. By the time you read this, hopefully the rotten softwood cladding and the higher level gutters surrounding the larger hall will have been replaced and the doors to the Lower Hall will have been made more secure.

The minibus working group, after exploring many options and having regard to the special requirements of our clients, have decided to purchase a new vehicle. This will cost more than the grant that will be coming from Wycombe District Council. However, based on the past experience of numerous breakdowns and expensive maintenance of the existing vehicle, which has also caused severe practical problems in getting clients to the Princes Centre, it was decided that the purchase of a second-hand vehicle with no reliable history was risky. As well as this most second-hand vehicles investigated did not meet the requirements. The new vehicle will have a long warranty period and be reliable, thus reducing the vehicle maintenance budget. Having decided on a Mercedes, the group are now seeking a competitive supplier who can arrange for all the requirements to be provided. If there is anyone or any group that would like to contribute towards the purchase of this replacement bus, your donations will be most welcome. The old bus will probably realise �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£1,000 to �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£1,500 when sold.�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

The Quiz and Bingo evening held recently was very enjoyable and raised over �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£400. Another is planned for Friday 15th July. We do hope that you will come along and support it. The Golf Day held by Tom Winkworth, with help from Princes Risborough Rotary Club, was very successful and we have been promised some of the proceeds. Donations continue to arrive, some small, some anonymous, some regular, some from individuals, some from small groups. We are grateful for all of them. Longwick Ladies Bridge is a small group but has sent a second donation which is much appreciated. We know that with the current financial climate and the numbers of other charities needing support, it isnt possible to support all of them.

We are providing Day Care services at the lowest cost possible in order to make a small profit but we cannot expect our clients to finance the major refurbishment of the buildings which are now owned by the community. If you wish to contribute financially to these continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visit�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button. If you would like further details of any function please ring Kim on 01844 345105. .

March 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The wonderful news this month is that we have been promised a large grant from Wycombe District Council, from monies reserved for transport needs in Princes Risborough, which will enable the replacement of our old bus which will be able to go into well-earned retirement. Special thanks are due to D/Cllr Alan Turner, one of our trustees, who pushed so hard on our behalf at High Wycombe. A working group will be set up to ensure that we purchase a bus which meets all the needs of our clients.

Work continues to improve the premises and buildings of the Princes Centre. The work to make safe the area leading from the Peter Robinson room to the garden has now been completed with the relaying and extension of the paving and the fitting of new hand railings. This will be greatly appreciated by the clients once the weather becomes warmer. Many thanks to Princes Risborough Rotary Club for partially funding this. As a result of a donation pledged by the Princes Risborough Market Traders Group the Lower Hall has received a much-needed facelift with the installation of new carpets and blinds. We are grateful to all the individuals, groups and companies who support the Centre by pledging to fund certain items.

One of the trustees has produced a very comprehensive document detailing all the improvements required to get the centre completely up to scratch and it looks as if we will be requiring support from the community for quite a while yet. We hope to obtain some grant funding but will be continuing to do fundraising activities locally. For those who wish to support the Quiz and Bingo night on Friday April 8th, the cost will be �???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and includes a meal of Lasagne and garlic bread or Shepherds Pie and a bread roll. Please ring Kim [01844 345105] to book a table. For those who enjoy bingo, a session will be running on Thursday 28th April.

Other fundraising events in the pipeline are a Golf Day on the 21st April which is being organised by Tom Winkworth with help from Princes Risborough Rotary Club, a further collection outside Tescos in May, and a Bisley Day being organised by Peter Cullimore, one of our patrons. Details of recent donations are not yet available but we do know that we have received two donations from Churches Together for which we are very grateful. If you wish to contribute financially to the continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

 

February 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The trustees, staff and clients continue to appreciate the wonderful support shown to the Princes Centre by our local community. This is benefitting not only those of our residents with various physical, mental or learning disabilities, and those elderly who wish for companionship and enjoyable sociable activities, but also the many unpaid carers who are able to obtain respite from their duties. None of us can foresee our future and we all may also benefit from the presence of the Centre in years to come. We were saddened to hear of the recent untimely death of David McLauchlan MBE. This gentleman was a very willing helper with our street collections and our thoughts are with his family. We are very grateful to the organisers of the Kop Hill Climb for their recent offer of a grant for ?5,000 and also to the Carrington Charitable Trust for a donation of ?1,000. These will be put by to be used on the next refurbishment project when we have accumulated enough funds. This involves the reroofing of the Learning and Development area along with internal restructuring. Some weeks ago a number of 16 and 17 year olds, involved in a government backed programme [National Citizen Service] which aims to empower them to meaningfully impact their local community and gain new life skills, whilst also creating a more integrated society, came to the Princes Centre and planned, organised and presented an afternoon tea party for the clients which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. This was all enabled by The Challenge [www.the-challenge.org] who recently sent a donation to our funds. Following a visit from the Office of the Lord Lieutenant, the Princes Centre has been nominated for the Queens Award, apparently one of the highest awards bestowed to a company. We will not hear whether we have been successful until July. Recent donations have been received from TSB, the Chiltern View Magazine, Marks and Spencer, a collection in memory of Peter Wotton [a former trustee of Risborough Cares Charity], the Black Dog Band and Banjovi Revival, and a number of other individuals, one of whom is a client of the Centre who greatly appreciates the services provided. We would like to thank all these people for their thoughtful generosity. A raffle held by the staff raised a further ?115. If you wish to contribute financially to the continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the My Donate button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

 

 

 

 

January 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

The clients, staff and volunteers have all enjoyed the festivities held at the Princes Centre over the Christmas period. We are very grateful for the help received from many volunteers in December including a number from the Nationwide Building Society and Lucy, the Community champion from Tescos. The new heating system which was recently completed ensured a pleasantly warm temperature for all. Recently the trustees were delighted to hear from Heart of Bucks [formerly known as Buckinghamshire Community Foundation] with the news that they have approved a grant of Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£5,000.00 towards the costs of this project. The trustees and other volunteers who work tirelessly towards the goal of providing a building which is fit for purpose for the clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support. A recent viewing of the new boiler and the associated equipment was quite an eye-opener. The project has been undertaken with thought for the long-term future in that it allows easy replacement of the boiler when its life is over at much less expenditure. There has been a problem with part of the roof due to the recent winds but this has been rectified. The renovation of the patio area is in progress at the moment. We are all hoping that the aging bus will behave itself and that we may be fortunate to receive a grant from Wycombe District Council to replace it. We will know more in February. The staff will be holding another popular Quiz and Bingo evening on Friday April 8th, doors opening at 7pm. The cost is Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£10 and includes a meal. Please support this fundraising activity by putting the date in your diary and ringing Kim to book a table for you and your friends [up to 8] to come along and take part. The Tesco collection, held in December, raised a magnificent sum of nearly Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£700.00 which, with gift aid, will be 25% higher. Some customers were entertained by the Jinglers and others by Aunt Sallys Delight, a small band who donated their time to encourage people to dip into their pockets. Many thanks to the volunteers who gave their time and to everyone who contributed towards the success of the day. Over the Christmas period, generous donations have been received from Monks Risborough Parochial Charity, Princes Risborough Charity, the Owlswick Carol Service at St Dunstans, Longwick Evening Womens Institute, TSB Bank, Black Dog Band and Banjovi Revival, another in memory of a client, and others, some as one-offs, some through My Donate, and others from our stalwart supporters who continue to donate via standing orders. The trustees continually comment on the wonderful support received from the local community and are very grateful for everyones generosity. These donations will be put aside towards our next project which is the reroofing of the Learning and Development area and internal restructuring. The restructuring is required to accommodate an internal wheelchair lift, which is limited to a particular area so as to enable wheelchair users to access both halls. It will also provide more space for the clients with various disabilities. If you wish to contribute financially to the continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

 

December 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

It has been a very good year for the Princes Centre. The trustees and staff were delighted with the recent news that the centre has received a further award for being ‘The Community Project of the Year’. The Centre had already been awarded the ‘Dignity in Care’ award [for the second time] earlier this year. Furthermore a recent client satisfaction survey confirmed that the clients really appreciated the staff and the activities provided. At the Annual General Meeting [AGM] in November, the people who attended were able to view the new windows and enjoy the warm temperature provided by the new boiler. They were informed of the successful trading activity and generous donations, which had enabled these projects to be completed. A special trophy in remembrance of the late Peter Robinson BEM, who contributed so much to the establishment of the Princes Centre, was awarded to John Keyte, a local musician who has given a lot of his time supporting the Jinglers choir and entertaining the clients, either by himself, or with his Black Dog Band. There has been no recent action with the project to replace the roof over the lower hall along with some internal alterations. This is because more funds need to be in place before progress can be made. The replacement of the aging bus may have to precede this although we have applied for a grant in hope that it will be successful. We will know more next February. The provision of funding from Tom Winkworth and the Princes Risborough Rotary Club to renovate the patio area has allowed this smaller project to be advanced. We recently had a number of volunteers from the Nationwide Building Society who spent a day cementing gaps in paving slabs, replacing and re-felting the roof of the external smoking shelter, painting all the outside railings and erecting three Christmas trees. The trustees, staff and clients are all very grateful for their generous help. Christmas and festive celebrations are well underway and the organisers of St Mary’s Pop In, which meets here weekly, have very kindly given a donation specifically to purchase presents for the clients. Their Christmas meal promises to be a very enjoyable time for them with entertainment, music and gifts. A lovely tree has been donated for the occasion by Tescos. Donations towards the refurbishment of the centre continue to be received for which we are very grateful. We were especially pleased to receive a very generous one from the Bledlow Charities. Others have been received from the Black Dog Band and Banjovi Revival, many through My Donate and from our stalwart supporters who continue to donate via standing orders. Many thanks to all of you. If you wish to contribute financially to the continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

November 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

The trustees at the Princes Centre were very sad to hear of the recent passing of Peter Wotton. He was a founder member of the Risborough Cares Charity and the work he undertook contributed to the continued provision of Day Care services in our local area. Our thoughts are with his family. Work continues with the refurbishment of the heating system and the latest news is that the boiler is now functional and all the remaining work will be completed by Christmas. The path of progress is never completely smooth but the end result will be wonderful. With the help of Lucy, Tesco’s Community champion and some Tesco staff members, and 21 willing volunteers, a total of Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£815.57 was raised from our recent collection outside Tescos. With gift aid this will total over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£1,000 and I’d like to thank everyone for their help. We have been invited to hold another collection there on December 4th, and the Princes Centre’s Jinglers choir will be singing there for an hour in the morning. The Jinglers will also be holding a concert in St Mary’s Church on Friday 11th December from 10.30 am to 11.30 am at which the Fundraising Group will be holding a raffle. Please come along and enjoy their singing and support their efforts. Kim, our manager, with help from the staff of the Centre, recently held a Quiz and Bingo evening, which was well supported and very enjoyable, with hot meals served. As a result a further welcome Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£522 was raised, some of which will be spent to provide Christmas gifts for the elderly clients, some of whom have no close family. The Nationwide Building Society have offered to send along a group of volunteers to help with odd jobs in December and TSB also continues to support the Princes Centre with their monthly coffee mornings. The organisers of the Monks Risborough Horticultural Show and the Risborough Horse Show have both sent substantial donations recently, which are much appreciated. Many thanks also to all our supporters who continue to donate their time or funds to further the refurbishment of the buildings. A special thank you to all those generous people who have contributed through the ‘My Donate’ scheme, which amounted to over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£880 last month. With the intermittent loss of elderly clients through ill health, requiring residential accommodation or hospital care, we now have spaces available for others who might wish to sample what we have to offer. If you are lonely, or if you are a carer and wish to give your relative the opportunity to socialise with others with similar problems, and join in various activities, whilst giving yourself a break, please contact our manager, Kim and she will be delighted to offer a free taster session. Our daily charges are extremely low in comparison with home care hourly rates, or Bucks County Council rates, and transport and meals can be easily arranged. If you wish to contribute financially to the continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

October 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

The trustees and everyone at the Princes Centre were very sad to hear of the recent loss of Florence Morris, the wife of Don Morris who was our Fundraising Co-ordinator until he retired through ill health. The work that he undertook on our behalf is being continued in the hope that we will be able to get grant funding towards the rest of the refurbishments required to make the Centre fit for purpose. Work is in progress with the refurbishment of the heating system. The latest news is that much of the background work has been completed and that the new boiler has belatedly arrived from Germany and will be delivered to our contractors next week. If you would like to see the results of this work, please come along to our AGM which is being held on Thursday 19th November at 7pm for 7.30 pm and, on request, one of the trustees will be delighted to show you round. We were allocated a stall at the Kop Hill Climb event in September, and held a raffle on the Saturday and a cake stall on the Sunday raising a total of Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£547. Many thanks to the committee of the Kop Hill Climb for giving us the opportunity to raise awareness of the Princes Centre. As well as providing a huge entertainment attraction, the organisers donate their profits to local charities. Kim, our manager, and Lucy, Tesco’s Community champion, recently held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party outside Tescos where passing shoppers were invited to sit down with tea or coffee and cake. Fortunately the weather was very mild and a total of Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£106 was donated. Many thanks to Lucy, and the Manager and staff of Tescos. Kim has also sold greeting cards and is holding a Quiz night at the end of this month to aid the fundraising. With the unavoidable cancellation of our collection at Tescos in September we will be holding our collection there this week and 21 volunteers have offered their help for which we are very grateful. We have recently been notified by the Nationwide Building Society that we are one of their nominated charities in Risborough. They have a ‘disc pot’ in their store and customers can place a disc into one of the three nominated charity’s slot of their choice. The charity with the most discs will be awarded Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£500 so please place a disc in our slot if you are visiting Nationwide this month. TSB have also kindly nominated us as their charity to support this year and are holding monthly coffee mornings to support us so please go along and enjoy them when they take place. We have recently received a number of generous donations, some from our regular supporters, and many others through the ‘My Donate’ facility on our web site. As well as their recent very generous donation, we were delighted to hear that St Mary’s Church will be making a further large donation next year. A further claim for Gift Aid has been submitted on the contributions received in the last few months and this will yield nearly Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£3,600.00 thanks to people’s generosity. If you wish to contribute financially to the continuing refurbishment needs, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

September 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

As you read, work will have commenced on refurbishing the entire heating system in the Princes Centre. This is quite a costly project but will ensure that the buildings are warm enough this winter for our clients. Sincere thanks to everyone who made this possible. You have a chance to come and see the results and enjoy the warmth as the staff are holding a Quiz [with bingo between the rounds for those who wish to play] evening on Friday 30th October 7 pm for 7.30 pm. Jacket potatoes with chilli or cheese and beans are included in the price but bring your own drinks. Please phone Kim [01844 345105] if you would like to participate. Also, many thanks to two volunteers, Tom Winkworth and Robin Fergusson, who have cleared part of the boundary and renewed the broken fencing, which has been generously donated by Briants. Another project in the offing is the replacement and relaying of the patio area, which Tom is funding from his Golf Day proceeds, which he is hoping will be match-funded by the Princes Risborough Rotary Club. Members of the Rotary Club have been stalwart supporters of the Princes Centre as well as working for the good of the town as a whole. The Princes Centre’s Jinglers choir recently gave a very enjoyable concert at St Mary’s Church and this raised Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£250. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of their concerts, you have missed a treat. Their enjoyment of singing is very infectious. We have recently received a number of generous donations, including a very large one from an anonymous donor, and sizable ones from St Mary’s Church, Dennyside Bowling Association and Risborough Cares Charity, which is now closed. Longwick Ladies Bridge Club, Banjovi Revival and the Black Dog Bands, and our other stalwart supporters, along with the collection boxes from the Bird in Hand Public House and Longwick Village Shop have all helped to boost the funds. The trustees continue to be amazed at people’s generosity and are very grateful. Trustees have met with their architect to discuss the next project, which includes major restructuring of the roof above the Lower Hall. More details will follow once plans have been drawn. It will now take us a while to accumulate enough funding to get this project underway but we have submitted some applications for grant funding in the hope that we may secure some financial help, although there is much competition for grants and we are not situated in a ‘deprived area’. If there is anyone reading this who has experience in grant applications and would be able to offer some advice it would be very warmly welcomed. If you wish to contribute financially, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

 

August 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

We are thrilled to tell you that, thanks to an extremely generous offer from a local resident, and following the exploration of different options and prices, we have accepted a quotation for refurbishing the entire heating system. This was the next most pressing area of need, as last winter the boiler kept breaking down and it was extremely difficult to maintain a warm temperature for the clients, some of whom are elderly and frail. Hopefully the new boiler will be operational in October and work will continue through the following weekends to replace the piping and radiators so that the clients are not disturbed by the work. We will continue to try and acquire grant funding to help towards the costs.

Some of the clients have recently enjoyed a visit to Whipsnade Zoo. It is hoped to provide some more outings in the future. Meanwhile, at the Centre, it will be a few months before we hear if the clients have achieved any recognition in the Community Garden section of the national competition of ‘Britain in Bloom’ for their work in the rear garden of the Centre. It is looking very attractive now and we wish them every success.

The staff of Marks and Spencers have recently held a Fundraising Day for the Princes Centre and have donated a wonderful Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£1,000. The TSB Bank raised Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£113 holding a raffle in support of the Centre. Also Barclays Bank has supported us in the past. We are delighted that local businesses are helping in this way and really appreciate their support. The Fundraising Team will be collecting outside Tescos on Friday September 18th and we hope that those of you shopping there that day will make a donation. ‘Every little helps!’

During the Festival week, St Mary’s Church hosted a number of concerts held by different schools and the Princes Centre’s own choir, the Jinglers, and retiring collections for these raised Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£503 for the Centre, with a further Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£123 on the Saturday when Banjovi Revival gave a concert there. Many thanks to all the people who came along and supported these concerts. The Jinglers will be performing at St Mary’s again at a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service on Sunday 23rd August at 3 pm.

We have recently received a number of generous one-off donations, which along with our regular donors, all help to bring the refurbishments a little closer to completion. Sincere thanks to every one of you who has given support in this way.

For those of you who enjoy bingo, the Staff of the Centre have organised the following dates for you to come along and have a game. The dates are August 20th, September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th and December 10th, all Thursday evenings. The doors open at 6 pm and eyes down at 7 pm. Do come along and give your support.

If you wish to contribute financially, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

July 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

We are delighted to inform you that the replacement of the large windows in the Peter Robinson room took place recently and the new ones are looking wonderful. It is very satisfying to see some end result from the fundraising efforts. Plans continue to replace the boiler and heating system, install a wheelchair lift [which will entail reordering the internal area of the building and relocating the kiln], relaying the paving in the patio area, upgrading the electrical system and providing RCD protection throughout the building, redoing some of the roof and replacing the rest of the external doors and windows. We are hoping to acquire some grant funding towards the costs. With the warmer weather, some of the clients of the Princes Centre, with the help of volunteers, are enjoying gardening one morning a week, and the Centre has been entered into the national competition of ‘Britain in Bloom’ in the Community Garden section. We wish them every success. Others have enjoyed small trips out to local attractions such as the Hellfire Caves and Waddesdon Manor and enjoyed pub lunches. Other trips are being planned and these give the clients the opportunity to enjoy the small outings in life that the rest of us take for granted. The recent Polo Event held by the Fundraising Committee and kindly sponsored by the Lacey Green Polo Club was not quite so well attended as we had hoped, due to the cold, damp and windy weather, but it was still very successful in that a further Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£1,400 was raised towards the refurbishment of the Centre. The trustees would like to thank Mariano Darritchon of La Mariposa Polo Club, Jairo Rojas and Elizabeth Humphreys for their support for this event. We have recently received generous donations from St Dunstan’s Church and Universal Care Ltd who organised a fundraising event at Bisley Shooting Ground, and these are greatly appreciated. We also thank our other donors, who continue to give their support, and to other people who have generously given donations this month. With the amount of refurbishment required to upgrade everything, we hope that local people will continue to support the Centre. If you wish to contribute financially, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. If you would like to offer support in any other way Kim would welcome a phone call from you on 01844 345105.

May 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

We are delighted to report that the Princes Centre has, for the 2nd year running, picked up the Community Award for Dignity and Respect from Bucks County Council for its high standard of service and care. Also, Tom Winkworth, one of our volunteers, has received the Citizen’s Award from the local Town Council, in large part for his tremendous efforts in supporting the Princes Centre. With regard to the refurbishment plans, the trustees are in the process of confirming the prices for the large replacement windows and the insulation planned for the Peter Robinson room. The funds are now available and we expect the work to be done this summer. It has been decided to replace the complete heating system next, to ensure that the buildings are warm enough next winter for our clients. We are in the process of acquiring the specifications for this work. With the recent warmer weather the clients have been able to enjoy being outside, some sitting under the parasols with cool drinks and cake, socialising with others, whilst watching others playing ball games. If the generous people who contributed to the garden furniture and the volunteers who tended to the garden could see the pleasure it gives the clients, it would warm their hearts. Further donations have been received towards the refurbishment costs. Special thanks are due to the Princes Risborough Town Council, the Royal Air Force, High Wycombe, and Banjovi Revival. A funeral collection raised a further sum. [This is a much-appreciated way of raising funds for the Centre.] The trustees of Risborough Cares Charity have donated their remaining funds to be used to provide special outings for the clients. Special thanks to all our generous supporters. The Fundraising Committee is working towards another successful polo event. It will be held on Sunday 28th June, 1 pm to 4 pm at the Lacey Green Polo Club which is based in the Widmer Equestrian Centre, 300 yards past Widmer Feeds in Pink Road, which is adjacent to the Whip in Loosley Row. Tickets cost Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£5, if purchased in advance, and Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£6 on the day at the gate. There will be opportunity to view many of the special ponies used for this sport and watch some matches. You are invited to bring along chairs and a picnic and relax. There will be an ice cream van and a raffle will be held, with the chance to win a 2-hour polo experience. The winner does not need to have any riding experience as these ponies are the most well trained you can get. You will be able to park conveniently close to where the games are played and where you have your picnic. Please come along and support the event. Tickets will be shortly be available from the Information Centre, Widmer Feeds Country Store, the Princes Centre [01844 345105 or any of the trustees. Once again, many thanks to all our supporters and if you wish to donate, to support your local Day Centre, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button.

Risborough Responders New Community Response Vehicle

On the 10th April 2015 at Princes Risborough Golf club the new Risborough Area Response Vehicle was launched by Francesca Skelton the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.The new CRV is generously sponsored by Risboro’ Garage.

For more information on the Risborough 1st Responders and how you can volunteerclick here

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April 2015

 

Update for the Princes Centre

 

Charity Number 1151083

 

 

Since the last update, the trustees have been able to view the detailed plans of the Princes Centre buildings. The best place for siting a wheelchair lift so as to access all three levels of the building would involve resiting the kiln, and the transfer of other services located in that area. This would involve further investigations and expense. Therefore it has been decided, for the time being, to proceed only with the insulation, and replacement of the large windows in the Peter Robinson room. Fresh quotations are being sought. We will work towards achieving other major projects prioritising them according to urgency.

 

Further donations have been received towards the refurbishment costs. The trustees would like to record their special thanks to Marks and Spencers, Longwick Ladies Bridge, Banjovi Revival and the Black Dog Band, and several very generous individuals for their support as well as our regular contributors. A large collection was received from the funeral of a well-known local lady, Cherry Baker, which was very much appreciated.

 

As a result of their fundraising efforts, the staff have funded the installation of two sets of double patio doors in the Lower Hall which has improved the temperature in that area. They have also held a successful quiz night last month. Other volunteers recently held a fundraising collection hosted by Marks and Spencer and the trustees wish to thank members of Princes Risborough Rotary Club for their help with this.

 

The Risborough Cares Charity, without which this Centre would have been hard-pressed to survive, has now achieved its purpose and is in the process of being closed. It was formerly established in 2000, to try and prevent the closure of the Day Centre. The trustees would like to extend a huge thank you to all the people and local organisations who contributed to this charity over the years. As a result of their generosity the trustees were able to channel many thousands of pounds to help the Day Centre keep functioning over the last 15 years. More recently the charity purchased the bus and passed over �??????????????�?????????????�????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£90,000 towards the purchase of the buildings and paid for many essential legal and other costs when the Social Enterprise took over the provision of services from Bucks County Council. A farewell meeting with a celebration cake took place recently and was attended by many of the supporters.

 

We would like to advise you of the date of our forthcoming polo event and hope that you will support it and put it in your diaries. It will be held on Sunday 28th June, 1 pm to 4 pm, and further details will be available in the next update.

 

Once again, many thanks to all our supporters and if you wish to donate, to support your local Day Centre, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. Celebration Cake for the Risborough Cares Charity

 

Celebration cake RCC 26th March 2015

March 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

The refurbishment plans for the Princes Centre are progressing steadily. Our architect has been inspecting the buildings and taking measurements, and we await the completion of his work. Further donations have been received towards the funding of the first major project, which involves insulation and window replacement in the Peter Robinson room and the provision of a wheelchair lift, which hopefully might be able to be accommodated within the buildings. The trustees would like to record their special thanks to Lacey Green Productions, the Bledlow Consolidated Charities, Princes Risborough Evening Women’s Institute, The Askett Society and St Dunstan’s Church for their very generous donations. They are also very appreciative of the all the donations from individuals, some donating on a regular basis. We would like to mention the Interactors, a group of young people from Princes Risborough School who come monthly to run a Dementia Cafe. They are supported by, and affiliated to, Risborough Rotary Club. Using a large television, which they donated, they show scenes which encourage clients to recall past events, holidays etc. Their efforts have led to them winning a National Award from the Rotary Club and we are very proud of them. The staff at the Princes Centre also deserve a mention. They have been running bingo sessions and holding raffles and, over the months, have raised Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£2,000 which they are using to fund the replacement of some patio doors in the Lower Hall and a second hand lap top for the use of the clients. This is above their call of duty and we are very fortunate that they care so much. One of our Fundraising Committee members recently got married and very generously, suggested to her guests that a donation towards the Princes Centre would be acceptable in lieu of a wedding gift. A relative of another member recently passed away and a collection was made for the Centre at his funeral. All this support brings us steadily towards making the buildings fit for purpose and a wonderful asset for the community. Once again, many thanks to all our supporters and if you wish to donate, to support your local Day Centre, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button.

February 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

As you know, we are now the proud owners of the buildings, having purchased them for the town from Bucks County Council. Our first major refurbishing project is to provide insulation and replace the large single-glazed windows in the Peter Robinson room. This will make the room much warmer for the clients and reduce our energy bills. At the same time we plan to provide a wheelchair lift to enable wheelchair users to access both levels of the buildings without having to transfer outside in all weathers. An architect has been appointed to make drawings and provide costings to install the wheelchair lift within the buildings if possible, so obviating the need for an external connecting area and reducing the costs. We have already received a number of large contributions towards the cost of this project. The trustees and clients would like to publicly acknowledge, with gratitude, the magnificent donations from the Kop Hill Climb organisation, the Princes Risborough Town Council, Risborough Cares Charity, and the Hemley Hill Action Group and all the other recent gifts. They are all much appreciated. The trustees of the Risborough Cares Charity, which has given continued support to the Day Centre for the last 15 years, will be holding their final Annual General Meeting on Thursday 26th March before initiating dissolution. All are welcome. This charity was set up when the Day Centre was first threatened with closure. Its main objective was to prevent its closure and the loss of day care services for the local community, and it has provided much needed support for many years, having channelled over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£190,000 of donations from the public, some to support the Centre during the years of reduced financial input from Bucks County Council, and the rest to help maintain the service over the transition period and to help purchase the buildings. Once again, many thanks to all our supporters and if you wish to donate, to support your local Day Centre, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button.

 

 

January 2015

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

Your local community-run Princes Centre has experienced a very promising start to the New Year. The collection at the funeral of Peter Robinson, who was a highly valued trustee and is much-missed by the clients and staff, reached a fantastic Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£2,300, and, as a large number of donations were Gift Aided, will ultimately raise around Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£3,000. During December we received donations from the Monks Risborough Parochial Charity and the Princes Risborough Charity. Many other donations have been received from client’s families, and friends of the Centre. The trustees, staff and clients are all very grateful for this wonderful support which will bring us a little closer to getting some major refurbishment works arranged for the main hall. Many willing volunteers stepped in to assist with the bucket collection outside Tescos last month and this raised Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£727, which will increase to Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£873 once Gift Aid is claimed under HMRC’s ‘Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme’. Many thanks to all the people who gave their time to help and also to the ever-generous public who dug into their pockets for us. The Christmas Pantomime, performed by the clients, with much support from members of staff, was very hilarious and much enjoyed by everyone who saw it, and raised a total of Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£450. We are extremely fortunate in that a member of the Fundraising Committee and his friend have quietly done some plastering and painting repair work in the entrance hall. There are some wonderful people in our locality and if anyone would like to offer support in any way, they would be most welcome. The trustees would be particularly interested to hear from anyone who has experience in making grant applications, who may be able to spare a few hours to help with this. Our heartfelt thanks to all those giving continued support.

December 2014

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

The Princes Centre continues to provide a wonderful service with a wide range of activities for those in need of Day Care. The Jinglers choir have recently given small musical performances in High Wycombe and Aylesbury and most of the younger clients have been involved in producing a pantomime, on top of their usual activities. Festivities are being arranged for Christmas. Volunteers will be standing outside Tescos with buckets one day this month to enable the public to support, if they wish, the planned refurbishments that are required to enable the buildings to become fit for purpose. The family of Peter Robinson, our much-loved trustee who unfortunately died recently, have informed us that a collection made at his funeral has raised a magnificent sum, which will boost the funds towards the refurbishments once it is received. The exact amount should be available in the next update. Over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£8,000 of the monies pledged for various items and works has now been received, and special thanks are due to all the contributors. The large trees that were threatening the foundations of the building and the paths have now been removed. There is still much to be done to improve the garden areas and anyone wishing to volunteer their help in this department would be very welcome. Last month also saw a number of donations being received, including a large one from an anonymous donor and another from the Royal Air Force at High Wycombe. At the recent Annual General Meeting, a cheque was presented from the Princes Risborough Community Association. Our regular donors continue to give their huge support. The trustees and clients are grateful to all. If you wish to support the Princes Centre, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. There is also a list of items that you may wish to peruse in order to purchase something for the Centre or help towards a specific project. Our heartfelt thanks to all those giving continued support.

November 2014

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

 

We were extremely sad to lose Peter Robinson, our Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, who died recently. He was a gentleman with all the qualities of character that one could wish for and it was a real joy to work with him. He worked tirelessly for many years to keep the services at the Day Centre available for the town. We are thankful that the purchase of the buildings took place just days before he died, enabling him to know that the future of the Centre had been secured. His valuable input will always be remembered. Despite the fact that we have now acquired the freehold of the buildings, fundraising will continue in order to undertake all the refurbishments and repairs required to bring the buildings up to scratch. The replacement of the deteriorating large windows in the main hall, provision of insulation and an internal connecting area containing a wheelchair lift to the lower rooms of the building is high on the ‘to do’ list. Wheelchair users in the Lower Hall currently have to be taken on quite a long trek outside to access the dining area in all weathers. We are also inviting people and companies to make a pledge to provide certain items or help with certain areas where refurbishments are required. The web site gives details of these, which range from repairing footpaths, provision of new guttering, specialist seating cushions, storage cupboard, etc ranging from under Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£100 to over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£1,000. Local groups and individuals have already generously stepped in and made pledges at a recent Celebration Event. These will enable carpets, cooker, fridge freezer, lampshades, garden furniture, hedge trimmer, etc to be replaced. Others have pledged to fund removal of trees, a day trip, service wheelchairs etc. Anonymous donors have enabled the lighting to be upgraded in the main hall and a pair of new patio doors to be fitted. In October we received donations from Monks Risborough Horticultural Society, Princes Risborough Masonic Lodge, Princes Risborough Community Association, Princes Risborough Rotary Club, The Black Dog Band, Banjovi Revival and donations given at the Special Celebration Event, as well as some anonymous donors. Our regular donors continue to give their huge support. The trustees and clients are grateful to all. If you wish to support the Princes Centre, you can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button Our heartfelt thanks to all those giving continued support.

September 2014

Update for the Princes Centre Appeal

With fewer Day Centres functioning in Bucks, the Princes Centre is getting busier than ever and there is serious thought as to making more sessions available on a Friday. The Princes Centre Appeal is also progressing well with a further Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£29,000 added to the fund in August. Of this, Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£25,000, the promised pledge from Red Kite who manage the local rented housing has been received. The trustees are very appreciative of their support. A further Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£3,000 is from a claim for Gift Aid relating to one of the generous anonymous donations reported in last month’s update. Anyone who donates who is also a taxpayer can sign a Gift Aid form and we can reclaim some of the tax they have paid. It is very pleasing to think that the tax you pay is going to a local cause rather than into the national budget and there is no extra cost for the donor. Also during August, the Appeal benefited from a Dress Down Day held by staff at Wycombe District Council, and from large donations from RAF High Wycombe, St Mary’s Church [from midday concerts and the Jinglers concert] and Princes Risborough Methodist Church as well as numerous donations from local residents. A huge thank you to all of you. Without all this support, there would have been no local facilities for people. The nearest centres provided by the Bucks County Council are in Aylesbury or High Wycombe and, apart from travel costs and charging higher rates, would be less easy to access and more impersonal. The total raised has now reached Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£290,000. Of this Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£55,000 has been used for Start up and General maintenance costs so there is actually Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£235,000 in the fund. Once the buildings have been purchased from Bucks County Council we will be in a better position to pursue grant funding towards some of the refurbishment and essential repairs that are required to make the buildings fit for purpose so please continue supporting your local Day Care Centre. You can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk., and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. Lastly, the Annual General Meeting for the Princes Centre is being held at 7 pm on Thursday 20th November at the Princes Centre. Everyone is very welcome to attend. Our thanks to all those giving continued support.

August 2014

Update for the Princes Centre Appeal

The trustees and members of the Fundraising Committee have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and organisations, which this month boosted the funds by over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£45,000. The majority of this comes from very large donations from two residents who wish to remain anonymous. We cannot express enough gratitude to these people for their generosity. Other large donations have been received from Local Car and Van Rental, A W and E F Green, the Carrington Lodge Freemasons and the High Wycombe Royal Air Force. Smaller and just as acceptable are donations received from local residents, some on a regular basis and some one-offs. Other funds have resulted from a concert held in Lacey Green organised by Ken and June Brazier, a Barn Dance organised by John Keyte, bingo and other fundraising activities organised by the Princes Centre manager, Kim, and her staff, a Gift Aid claim, a book stall at the Pink and Lily and street and box collections, These bring the total funds raised so far to Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£260,550.00, which is much closer to the Appeal target of Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£300,000.00. The trustees are now in a position to initiate purchasing the buildings for the town from Bucks County Council so as to secure the future provision of local care services for the residents of Risborough and the surrounding villages. However we still need to fund essential repairs and renovations for the buildings, so please continue to support this very worthy cause and help us to reach our target. You can donate on line by visiting www.princescentre.org.uk, and by clicking on the ‘My Donate’ button. On behalf of the trustees, heartfelt thanks to all our supporters.

 

June 2014

Update for the Princes Centre Appeal

 

The Princes Centre recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been functioning for 2 years. The clients are increasing in numbers, including some having come in from Aylesbury a few weeks ago, and more recently others transferring from a centre in High Wycombe, which has been closed by Bucks County Council. Thanks in part to all the numerous people who give support in many different ways [their skills, their time or donations] the Princes Centre successfully reached the final shortlist for the Enterprising Charity of the Year Award sponsored by Buckinghamshire Community Foundation at the Bucks Business Awards 2014. The Appeal Fund has reached Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£199,000 towards the Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£300,000 target. Recent support has come from numerous donations of varying sizes from individuals, from local groups including the Princes Risborough Masonic Lodge and Marks and Spencers, and from a Gift Aid claim for the year 2012 – 2013. We are very grateful to all our donors and hope that people will continue to give financial support so that the trustees can hopefully be in a position to purchase the buildings for the community by the end of this year. Please, if you are a taxpayer, consider Gift Aiding any donation you can spare as this increases your donation by 25% at no cost to yourself. A form is available to download on the web site www.princescentre.org.uk The Appeal has already benefited by over Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£11,000 in this way. Thank you once again to everyone who has contributed towards the success of the Princes Centre or who has helped the Appeal fund to grow so successfully.

 

April 2014

Update for the Princes Centre Appeal

 

The Princes Centre is growing in success and has recently taken on more staff and introduced even more activities for the clients. Funds keep growing and now exceed Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£180,000, and the trustees are very grateful to all those people who have recently supported the Appeal, and especially those individuals who continue to donate monthly by standing order. Their generosity enables the balance to creep slowly but steadily up to the target of Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£300,000.The purchase of the buildings will hopefully be possible this year if donations continue at the rate of previous months. Please help this to become a reality. Once the Centre has purchased the buildings it will become easier to apply for grants to enable some major refurbishments to take place. Eighty golfers took part in a Charity Golf Day organised by Tom Winkworth at Whiteleaf Golf Club on the 24th April. Princes Risborough Masonic Lodge have pledged Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£10,000 to the Appeal. After a successful Quiz Night held at the Centre they have plans for a BBQ Race Night and 3 other members are taking part in the Three Peak Challenge. A county councillor donated from his leader’s fund, and this helped to pay for some essential repairs to the heating system a few weeks ago. The Bledlow Charity also sent a sizeable donation. We hope that others will keep the ball rolling and send donations, however small, as every donation however little will edge us closer to the goal. We would like to ask you to consider supporting the Appeal by attending the Polo event, which is being organised [weather permitting] for the afternoon of Sunday 29th June. Last year we had good weather and it was very relaxing taking a picnic up to Lacey Green and being able to experience watching live polo. If this isn’t your scene, perhaps you would like to come to a Barn Dance being held on Friday 11th July at the Princes Centre with live music from the Black dog Band and a bar. Look out for posters nearer the time. Tickets will be available from the Information Centre and the Princes Centre. Thank you once more for your support. For more information on The Princes Centre click here

Risborough Rewards enables Risborough 1st Responders to exceed their funding target!!!

Risborough Rewards a Loyalty Card scheme set up to benefit the community as a whole and to encourage people to shop locally and support the High Street, has chosen Risborough 1st Responders as the first beneficiary of the Community Pot, the proceeds of card sales ploughed back into the community. Risborough 1st Responders (R1R) are a team of local ambulance trained volunteers who attend incidents of cardiac arrest, whilst professionals from South Central Ambulance Service are on their way. The survivability of a patient in cardiac arrest reduces by between 10 to 20% per minute before the provision of Basic Life Support, so early intervention increases the chance of a patient surviving a cardiac arrest. Geoff Clarke from R1R said Although part of the 999 service R1R does not receive tax payer funding , therefore we are delighted to receive the �??????????????�?????????????�????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£200 donation from Risborough Rewards which takes us a little over our set-up funding target for three responder kits. R1R can now focus more of recruiting, sustainability for the long-term and capability enhancement to meet the ever increasing 999 demand from the Risboroughs and close by. A representative from Risborough Rewards stated We are thrilled to be able to help such an important local service and hope to help with many more community projects in the future. For more details on donating email gclark552@btinternet.com For more information on R1R click here For more details on the Risborough Rewards Loyalty Card scheme go to www.risboroughrewards.co.uk

Princes Risborough Neighbourhood Action Group steps up Community Speedwatch

The Princes Risborough Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) has been working hard on reducing speeding, the top priority choosen by the community. In recent years funds have been raised to purchase Mobile Vehicle Activated Signs (VASs) and the NAG have also involved local schoolchildren in designing anti-speeding posters. Three further speeding locations choosen by the community have been added to VAS rota, but the focus is now on Community Speedwatch and armed with more user friendly equipment the team intends to double the amount of sessions held. Mandy Dormer Chairman of the NAG said We have worked hard to tackle the issue of speeding in our residential areas, but we really need volunteers to come forward to help with Community Speedwatch our most effective tool. If the residents wish to see a further reduction in speeding then we all need to work together to make it happen, Community Speedwatch Sessions provide the evidence the Police need to allocate resources and the NAG hold sessions as often as we can but we are only a small team, we need volunteers! If you can spare an hour a month contact prisboroughnag@gmail.com, for more information on the NAG and its activities click here

Princes Risborough Annual Town Festival 5th to 12th July 2014

It is Festival time again in Risborough and plans are well underway for another week of fun and entertainment! This years theme is childrens book characters, which will be reflected across many events throughout the town The week long activities start on Saturday 5th July with the popular Childrens Fancy Dress Parade through the High Street and Market Square to Wades Park led by The Chiltern Hills Brass Band. Following the fancy dress judging and prize giving we have an afternoon of childrens entertainment including Circus Training, Martial Arts and Cheerleader displays, the infamous Tug of War, childrens races, toddler music group and puppets, kids games and stories, plus an array of stalls, including a bar and food. On Saturday evening the mood changes to something for the adults at the Community Centre a James Bond themed evening Casino Royale. Ever fancied being James Bond at the Casino? Well now is your chance! Play for fun at Blackjack and Roulette but with a chance of winning cash prizes for the evenings best gamblers. To entertain you the wonderful talents of Miss Dawn Alacey will perform her unique show A License to Thrill showcasing classic songs such as ‘Goldfinger’, ‘A View to a Kill’, ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘ Diamonds are Forever’. These songs were written for the sensational Ian Flemming Movies and will really add to the evenings fun. Throughout the performance Dawn will amaze you with her remarkable three octave vocal range to fully capture the original mood of each song, while adding her own personal warmth, fun and endless energy. Artists such as Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra and Tina Turner originally recorded the songs and Dawn pays a special tribute to each of these legends during a breath-taking night with the great British Spy. If that was not enough hot food and a bar will be available How do you like your Martini? Tickets only Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£10 each which includes entrance and free casino money. Sunday 6th A Childrens Chocolate Hunt will be held later for all children accompanied by an adult. This will start at 1pm at Whiteleaf Cross. Throughout the Festival Week many clubs, societies and local businesses host will an array of open evenings, exhibitions, walks, concerts, factory tours, and a barn dance. Saturday 12th July sees the culmination of the Festival with an Annual Street Fair from 1pm. An array of stalls, food, and a bar will line the High Street supported by live music from the Market Square. Stage Acts include Rattlesnake and the Tiny Tina Turner Rock and Blues Band a high energy 5 piece band playing all the popular Tina Turner songs as well as a few favourites along the way. For more information contact chairman@risboroughfestival.co.uk Update: We now have a dedicated Festival page which contains the full programme, please click here

Jinglers of the Princes Centre Held a Thank You concert for its supporters

On Friday April 4th, the Jinglers of the Princes Centre held a concert as a thank you to some recent supporters of the Princes Centre Appeal. Organisers of the Kop Hill Climb donated Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£10,000 and a representative from Thame Lions, who had provided and erected a new shed for the clients’ use, also attended. Also present was Tom Winkworth, whose year as president of Risborough Rotary Club had resulted in Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£20,000 being donated to the Appeal Fund. Pictured below is Tony Davies of the Kop Hill Climb accompanied by Linda Cannon Clegg, a trustee of Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, presenting a cheque for Ã???????????????Ã??????????????Ã?????????????Ã????????????Ã???????????Ã??????????Ã?????????Ã????????Ã???????Ã??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?£10,000 to C/Cllr Carl Etholen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Kim Challinor, Princes Centre Manager.jinglers

October 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

With the end of summer and the cooler days of autumn, the clients are now benefitting from the double glazed windows, and the new boiler and refurbished heating system, thanks to the wonderful support the Centre has received from the local community. We recently held two open days for professionals and members of the public, and although there were not that many participants for either, the professionals who attended were very impressed with the organisation, work and atmosphere, and a donation of �????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£500 came from one of the other visitors for which we are very thankful. We are very fortunate in having such a committed manager and her team of caring staff.

There is still much to do to get the Centre up to scratch. There are plans to refurbish the clients�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? toilet facilities in the upper hall area early next year, although this is dependent on funding becoming available. Our main project in the lower hall area is rather complex and expensive, and involves moving the kiln so as to enable the provision of a wheelchair lift between the varying floor levels, and restructuring and reroofing the lower hall area. As you can imagine this is more long term due to getting the details correct, sorting the planning and last but not least, getting the necessary funding.�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

Fundraising continues. A recent raffle raised approximately �????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£550. Please don�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t forget to support the quiz and bingo evening, complete with chicken curry or macaroni cheese, on Friday 28th October. �????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. The bingo is a small, additional cost and optional. Tickets are �????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below.

We have been extremely fortunate to receive a number of donations recently. These include a large donation from St Mary�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Church. Also the King Cullimore Trust has generously funded the purchase of a car to help with the transportation of clients. Furthermore at a recent trustees meeting, we received a large donation from the Princes Risborough Rotary Club, as part of the proceeds from their Golf Day earlier this year. Other sizeable donations have been received from the Masons at Princes Risborough Lodge, the Masons at Carrington Lodge, Tring Lions, the mother of one of the clients, and one of the trustees. The trustees and clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support.

We are still waiting for the arrival of the new mini bus. A visit was made recently to the supplier in order to choose the fitments and to organise the signage etc but the main delay is the actual arrival of the vehicle from Germany so it will probably be ready for use some time in November. In the meanwhile our poor old minibus soldiers on. [The new minibus has been funded mainly with a large grant from Wycombe District Council and an extremely generous donation from a local resident.]

Lastly, we are holding our Annual General Meeting at the Princes Centre on Thursday 17th November at 6.30 for 7pm. You are all very welcome.

October 2016

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Charity Number 1151083

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With the end of summer and the cooler days of autumn, the clients are now benefitting from the double glazed windows, and the new boiler and refurbished heating system, thanks to the wonderful support the Centre has received from the local community. We recently held two open days for professionals and members of the public, and although there were not that many participants for either, the professionals who attended were very impressed with the organisation, work and atmosphere, and a donation of �??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£500 came from one of the other visitors for which we are very thankful. We are very fortunate in having such a committed manager and her team of caring staff.

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Fundraising continues. A recent raffle raised approximately �??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£550. Please don�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t forget to support the quiz and bingo evening, complete with chicken curry or macaroni cheese, on Friday 28th October. �??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. The bingo is a small, additional cost and optional. Tickets are �??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below.

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We have been extremely fortunate to receive a number of donations recently. These include a large donation from St Mary�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Church. Also the King Cullimore Trust has generously funded the purchase of a car to help with the transportation of clients. Furthermore at a recent trustees meeting, we received a large donation from the Princes Risborough Rotary Club, as part of the proceeds from their Golf Day earlier this year. Other sizeable donations have been received from the Masons at Princes Risborough Lodge, the Masons at Carrington Lodge, Tring Lions, the mother of one of the clients, and one of the trustees. The trustees and clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support.

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We are still waiting for the arrival of the new mini bus. A visit was made recently to the supplier in order to choose the fitments and to organise the signage etc but the main delay is the actual arrival of the vehicle from Germany so it will probably be ready for use some time in November. In the meanwhile our poor old minibus soldiers on. [The new minibus has been funded mainly with a large grant from Wycombe District Council and an extremely generous donation from a local resident.]

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Lastly, we are holding our Annual General Meeting at the Princes Centre on Thursday 17th November at 6.30 for 7pm. You are all very welcome.

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October 2016

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Charity Number 1151083

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With the end of summer and the cooler days of autumn, the clients are now benefitting from the double glazed windows, and the new boiler and refurbished heating system, thanks to the wonderful support the Centre has received from the local community. We recently held two open days for professionals and members of the public, and although there were not that many participants for either, the professionals who attended were very impressed with the organisation, work and atmosphere, and a donation of �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£500 came from one of the other visitors for which we are very thankful. We are very fortunate in having such a committed manager and her team of caring staff.

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Fundraising continues. A recent raffle raised approximately �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£550. Please don�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t forget to support the quiz and bingo evening, complete with chicken curry or macaroni cheese, on Friday 28th October. �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. The bingo is a small, additional cost and optional. Tickets are �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below.

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We have been extremely fortunate to receive a number of donations recently. These include a large donation from St Mary�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Church. Also the King Cullimore Trust has generously funded the purchase of a car to help with the transportation of clients. Furthermore at a recent trustees meeting, we received a large donation from the Princes Risborough Rotary Club, as part of the proceeds from their Golf Day earlier this year. Other sizeable donations have been received from the Masons at Princes Risborough Lodge, the Masons at Carrington Lodge, Tring Lions, the mother of one of the clients, and one of the trustees. The trustees and clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support.

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We are still waiting for the arrival of the new mini bus. A visit was made recently to the supplier in order to choose the fitments and to organise the signage etc but the main delay is the actual arrival of the vehicle from Germany so it will probably be ready for use some time in November. In the meanwhile our poor old minibus soldiers on. [The new minibus has been funded mainly with a large grant from Wycombe District Council and an extremely generous donation from a local resident.]

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Lastly, we are holding our Annual General Meeting at the Princes Centre on Thursday 17th November at 6.30 for 7pm. You are all very welcome.

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October 2016

�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

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With the end of summer and the cooler days of autumn, the clients are now benefitting from the double glazed windows, and the new boiler and refurbished heating system, thanks to the wonderful support the Centre has received from the local community. We recently held two open days for professionals and members of the public, and although there were not that many participants for either, the professionals who attended were very impressed with the organisation, work and atmosphere, and a donation of �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£500 came from one of the other visitors for which we are very thankful. We are very fortunate in having such a committed manager and her team of caring staff.

There is still much to do to get the Centre up to scratch. There are plans to refurbish the clients�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? toilet facilities in the upper hall area early next year, although this is dependent on funding becoming available. Our main project in the lower hall area is rather complex and expensive, and involves moving the kiln so as to enable the provision of a wheelchair lift between the varying floor levels, and restructuring and reroofing the lower hall area. As you can imagine this is more long term due to getting the details correct, sorting the planning and last but not least, getting the necessary funding.�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

Fundraising continues. A recent raffle raised approximately �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£550. Please don�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t forget to support the quiz and bingo evening, complete with chicken curry or macaroni cheese, on Friday 28th October. �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. The bingo is a small, additional cost and optional. Tickets are �?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below.

We have been extremely fortunate to receive a number of donations recently. These include a large donation from St Mary�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Church. Also the King Cullimore Trust has generously funded the purchase of a car to help with the transportation of clients. Furthermore at a recent trustees meeting, we received a large donation from the Princes Risborough Rotary Club, as part of the proceeds from their Golf Day earlier this year. Other sizeable donations have been received from the Masons at Princes Risborough Lodge, the Masons at Carrington Lodge, Tring Lions, the mother of one of the clients, and one of the trustees. The trustees and clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support.

We are still waiting for the arrival of the new mini bus. A visit was made recently to the supplier in order to choose the fitments and to organise the signage etc but the main delay is the actual arrival of the vehicle from Germany so it will probably be ready for use some time in November. In the meanwhile our poor old minibus soldiers on. [The new minibus has been funded mainly with a large grant from Wycombe District Council and an extremely generous donation from a local resident.]

Lastly, we are holding our Annual General Meeting at the Princes Centre on Thursday 17th November at 6.30 for 7pm. You are all very welcome.

 

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October 2016

Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

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With the end of summer and the cooler days of autumn, the clients are now benefitting from the double glazed windows, and the new boiler and refurbished heating system, thanks to the wonderful support the Centre has received from the local community. We recently held two open days for professionals and members of the public, and although there were not that many participants for either, the professionals who attended were very impressed with the organisation, work and atmosphere, and a donation of �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£500 came from one of the other visitors for which we are very thankful. We are very fortunate in having such a committed manager and her team of caring staff.

There is still much to do to get the Centre up to scratch. There are plans to refurbish the clients�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? toilet facilities in the upper hall area early next year, although this is dependent on funding becoming available. Our main project in the lower hall area is rather complex and expensive, and involves moving the kiln so as to enable the provision of a wheelchair lift between the varying floor levels, and restructuring and reroofing the lower hall area. As you can imagine this is more long term due to getting the details correct, sorting the planning and last but not least, getting the necessary funding.�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� 

Fundraising continues. A recent raffle raised approximately �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£550. Please don�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??t forget to support the quiz and bingo evening, complete with chicken curry or macaroni cheese, on Friday 28th October. �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?� The doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. The bingo is a small, additional cost and optional. Tickets are �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�£10 and you can bring your own drink. Please let Kim know that you are coming with your choice of meal on the number below.

We have been extremely fortunate to receive a number of donations recently. These include a large donation from St Mary�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢??s Church. Also the King Cullimore Trust has generously funded the purchase of a car to help with the transportation of clients. Furthermore at a recent trustees meeting, we received a large donation from the Princes Risborough Rotary Club, as part of the proceeds from their Golf Day earlier this year. Other sizeable donations have been received from the Masons at Princes Risborough Lodge, the Masons at Carrington Lodge, Tring Lions, the mother of one of the clients, and one of the trustees. The trustees and clients are extremely grateful for this wonderful show of support.

We are still waiting for the arrival of the new mini bus. A visit was made recently to the supplier in order to choose the fitments and to organise the signage etc but the main delay is the actual arrival of the vehicle from Germany so it will probably be ready for use some time in November. In the meanwhile our poor old minibus soldiers on. [The new minibus has been funded mainly with a large grant from Wycombe District Council and an extremely generous donation from a local resident.]

Lastly, we are holding our Annual General Meeting at the Princes Centre on Thursday 17th November at 6.30 for 7pm. You are all very welcome.

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November 2016

�??�?� Update for the Princes Centre

Charity Number 1151083

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The good news is that by the time you read this we should have our brand new bus. It has now arrived in England and is residing at Stanford Coachworks in Essex and is in the process of having its finishing touches applied. Our old bus managed to pass its MOT and we will be looking to selling it once the new one has arrived. We have already taken delivery of a smaller car, generously funded by the King Cullimore Trust and a number of smaller donors, the maintenance costs, of which will be sponsored by Risborough Garage. Soon these vehicles, with their new distinctive logo, will be regularly seen around the town as they bring clients to and from the centre.

Our clients are looking forward to the Christmas festivities and are preparing to entertain people with their Christmas show which is planned for December 16th. This is open to the public and starts at 1.30.

The recent quiz and bingo evening was well supported and enjoyable. Over �??�?�£400 was raised towards the refurbishment costs and a further Quiz evening has been arranged for Friday 27th January. On Friday 25th November the staff will be holding a Ladies Swish Night where there will be nearly new and â??as newâ?? clothes, bags, shoes etc on sale for �??�?�£5 or less. Donations will be very welcome and we hope that this event will be well supported. A fund-raising collection will be held at Tescos on Friday 9th December and the Jinglers choir will be there for a while in the morning to serenade the shoppers.

With the planned closure of Social Service Day Centres in Hertfordshire at the end of December, our manager is organising an outreach centre in Tring with the expectation that some of the clients attending those centres will prefer to continue receiving day care in Tring rather than travelling to Hemel Hempstead. If the number of clients attending makes this a viable venture, it will become a permanent additional service provided by the Princes Centre. Tring Lions have donated funds to purchase some of the consumables required such as games and craft items.

We have recently received a generous donation from the Risborough and District Community Association and a further donation from one of our patrons. We also have received some very generous donations from individuals in our community. The trustees never cease to marvel at all the support received, both financially and with volunteering. We would especially like to thank Cathy who regularly attends 3 days a week to help in the kitchen, and an anonymous gentleman who looks after the gardens. We have a total of 22 volunteers and this does not include the 9 trustees who work on behalf of the community to oversee the running, upkeep and refurbishment of the centre.

We have been advised that Tescos will be making a large donation as part of their proceeds from the charge on plastic bags and that the money is to be used for a garden project. The trustees are especially grateful to Lucy, their Community Champion, who does a huge amount for the Princes Centre.

We have recently received a generous donation from the Risborough and District Community Association and a further donation from one of our patrons. We also have received some very generous donations from individuals in our community. The trustees never cease to marvel at all the support received, both financially and with volunteering. We would especially like to thank Cathy who regularly attends 3 days a week to help in the kitchen, and an anonymous gentleman who looks after the gardens. We have a total of 22 volunteers and this does not include the 9 trustees who work on behalf of the community to oversee the running, upkeep and refurbishment of the centre.

We have been advised that Tescos will be making a large donation as part of their proceeds from the charge on plastic bags and that the money is to be used for a garden project. The trustees are especially grateful to Lucy, their Community Champion, who does a huge amount for the Princes Centre.