New mini-bus officially launched by town Mayor

>> Friday 8 March 2019. Today, we were delighted to have the Mayor of Newport Pagnell, Councillor Paul Day, officially launch our new mini-bus.

 

The new vehicle will transport older members of the local community to and from activities at the Centre and was custom-designed and built by a specialist coachbuilding company in Devon. It is fully-equipped with features such as a ramp and is able to carry a wheelchair passenger.

 

The new mini-bus was funded through the Centre itself, grants from the Harry Middleton Trust and the MK Community Foundation, as well as public support through the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ blue token scheme.

 

The replacement vehicle was officially put into service by the Mayor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by some of the centre’s volunteers, Trustees, sponsors and those who worked hard to get the vehicle on the road. The Harry Middleton Trust was represented by David Kirkbright and the MK Community Foundation by Kay Jackson.


Trustee, John Gordon, commented: “This new, specially-designed mini-bus will help us provide the best possible service to older people in Newport Pagnell for many years to come. We’d like to thank everyone involved and especially the Harry Middleton Trust, MK Community Foundation and the members of the public who supported us in the Tesco blue token scheme. The grants we received and the money we won helped us get the mini-bus into service as soon as possible.”


See some photos of the launch

Bill Watson's retirement tea party

>> Thursday 28 February 2019. This week, we said a big thank you and farewell to Bill Watson, one of our long-serving and loyal volunteers. We held a retirement tea party at the Centre for Bill and his wife, Christine.

 

After he retired from work, Bill volunteered as a mini-bus driver and he was both a driver and a passenger escort for more than 15 years. During this time he was often seen on a Monday helping our Day Club members use our mini-buses to get to and from their homes and the Centre.

 

Bill was a faithful and caring volunteer and well-known for carrying out his duties with a smile. He escorted members between their front doors and the vehicle and made sure that they were all safe and wearing their seat belts!

 

Bill is also very practical and used his many skills in the Centre. For example, he constructed two trolleys to store and move our folding chairs.

 

Many thanks, Bill, for your long service and commitment no matter what the weather or the circumstances. Enjoy your retirement and your time with Christine. We'll definitely miss you! See photos of Bill's retirement tea.

1940s Wartime Event
>> Saturday 8 June 2019. Newport Pagnell & Allies. Vintage Wartime Event by Newport Pagnell Town Council. The whole town will be dressed for the event and there'll be displays, re-enactments and 1940s entertainment. We'll be serving cream teas on our terrace overlooking the river.
New Exercise Group

>> Monday 14 January 2019. Our weekly exercise group became so popular that we've started a second one Mondays at 11am. Just £3 per session (including coffee and biscuits) with the option of a home-cooked, two-course lunch for £4.


The classes are with our new, fully-qualified and experienced instructor. Each session lasts 45 minutes and begins with everyone seated but, after a warm-up, anyone can take part standing.

Christmas Saturday Lunch Club
>> Saturday 15 December 2018. It was festive jumpers and hats galore at the centre today. Turkey and all the trimmings followed by Christmas pud - delicious! Thanks to everyone who came and special thanks to our team of volunteers who did a fantastic job.


If you fancy trying our monthly lunch club, give the centre a call on 01908 614749. Our next lunch is on Saturday 19th January. Hope to see you there. See photos from the Christmas lunch.

Brooklands 'Woman of the Year'
>>Tuesday 11 December. Our 70+ volunteers have awarded Sandra Dorrill the centre's Woman of the Year Award for her tireless, dedicated and caring work for older people in Newport Pagnell. The engraved glass trophy was presented to Sandra by Councillor Keith McLean, representing the Mayor of Milton Keynes. Read more about Sandra's award.

Brooklands Christmas Lights Fayre

>>Sunday 25 November. Newport Pagnell was buzzing yesterday on Christmas lights switch-on day. The Centre was open between 9:30 am and 4:30pm and lots of people dropped in for warming homemade soup, a hot dog or a lovely piece of cake.


There were stalls in aid of the Brownies and Friends of Willen Hospice (toys and games) as well as others selling jigsaws and Christmas gifts, cards, decorations and wrapping paper. There was also a chance to try your luck at the bottle tombola, lucky dip, name the giant teddy or the hamper raffle!

Art Exhibition - Saturday, 10 November 2018
>> 11 November 2018. Many thanks to everyone who came to our exhibition yesterday. Over 70 paintings were on display together with some lovely craft items made by members of our Art Group. Most of the pictures were available to buy. Many thanks to Loretta and everyone involved for organising.

 

Our Art Group is one of the many successful groups that regularly meet at the centre. If you fancy bringing out your artistic talents, please get in touch for more details. See some photos of the exhibition.

Huge Thanks to You and Tesco
>> 7 October 2018. A big thank-you to everyone who voted for The Brooklands Centre with their Tesco 'Bags of Help' blue tokens during July and August. We came first and won £4,000 towards replacing our small mini-bus!


We really appreciate your help to fund transport for older members of our community. The new mini-bus is on order and should be with us by the end of October. Watch this space! Thanks again.

Volunteers' Cream Tea Afternoon - Sunday, 30 September 2018
>> 7 October 2018. Take a look at a few photos from our recent volunteers' get-together. A chance to have a chat, get to know each other better and welcome our new volunteers. Many thanks to our wonderful team of around 70 volunteers who provide Food - Fun - Friendship at Brooklands. It's your help that keeps the cente running!
Annual General Meeting - Wednesday, 22 August 2018
>> 23 August 2018. Many thanks to everyone who attended our AGM last night. Over 20 people came to the meeting. It was fascinating to hear about Brooklands' successes over the past year and find out what goes on at our fantastic community centre.


We heard about the Day Clubs (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), Friends' Group, Pop-In, Tai-Chi, Computer Club, Bingo Club, Art Class, Exercise Group, Garden Club, Jim's Brooklands Singers, Walking Group, Carers' Group, Book Club, Brooklands Trips and the Saturday Lunch Club - all thanks to our dedicated Day Club Manager, Trustees and an army of over 70 dedicated volunteers.


If you fancy joining one of our groups or becoming a volunteer, please get in touch on 01908 614749.

Cream Tea Afternoon - Sunday, 19 August 2018
>> 19 August 2018. Thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed a delicious cream tea and a lovely afternoon at the centre today.


Thanks also to our hard-working volunteers! It was a well-attended event and everyone had a great time. The afternoon also raised funds for the centre. See some photos of the afternoon.

We need volunteer drivers and escorts
>> 28 July 2018. Local people love to attend the clubs and groups that meet at Brooklands but many of them need transport. We have two mini-buses and we're looking for volunteer drivers and escorts. Just a few hours a week is all we're asking for. More details.
Spick and span

>> 28 July 2018. The Centre's looking spick and span after having been repainted and revarnished recently - complete with a more visible sign! See a photo of the Centre.

Brooklands joins Newport Pagnell Carnival - Saturday, 7 July 2018

>> 7 July 2018. Volunteers and members of our groups took part in the Newport Pagnell Carnival today.


They showed the town the great range of activities on offer at the centre, including: Tai Chi, Pop In Centre, Day Club, Computer Class, Art Class, Exercise Group, Carers' Group, Walking Group, Yoga Group and the Saturday Lunch Club. Take a look at our carnival photos.

Warm weather prompts tai chi class to move outdoors

>> 6 July 2018. Our tai chi group took advantage of the glorious weather recently with a class in the lovely Ousebank Gardens, thanks to Jenny Wong. See photos of the outdoor classTai chi is just one of the many clubs and groups that meet at the centre each week.

Vote for new Brooklands mini-bus with Tesco blue tokens

>> 1 July 2018. Please use your Tesco blue tokens to vote for Brooklands during July and August and help us replace our small mini-bus. We are one of three good causes chosen to take part in the scheme and could win up to £4,000. More details.

Brooklands over the airwaves - Friday, 29 July 2018
>> 28 June 2018. Tune into local radio station CRMK tomorrow (Friday) at 12 noon. Hear our Catherine Hall and Irene Henderson talking with Thia Cooper about the fantastic activities that take place at the Centre, the wide range of groups that meet there and how you can join us a volunteer.