The Brooklands Centre

FOOD - FUN - FRIENDS - FOR THE OVER 55s

OUR NEWS FOR 2019

Brooklands Christmas party time!

21 December 2019. The Centre has been buzzing with the Christmas spirit over the past week or so with festive parties galore, bringing out the usual array of colourful jumpers, seasonal music and elfy fun.


We were particularly pleased to see a group of staff from BI WORLDWIDE - EMEA (based in Newport Pagnell) helping out at the Centre on one of their volunteer days. Many thanks to them.


Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year to everyone who makes Brooklands the fantastic place it is.


We hope you have a wonderful time and we'll see you in 2020!


The Centre is now closed until after the New Year and it reopens on Monday 6 January. Please continue to visit or volunteer in the coming year - we really appreciate your support.


See more photos.

At 91, our Connie celebrates 40 years of volunteering at the Centre

18 December 2019. Today, ninety-one-year-old Connie Keeves was treated to a sherry party at the Centre, to celebrate both her 91st birthday and 40 years of volunteering at Brooklands.


In front of Wednesday Day Club members and her fellow volunteers, Day Club Manager, Sandra Dorrill, presented Connie with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, some luxury biscuits and a signed card.


Sherry was also on offer as was a fantastic thank you cake baked by another volunteer at the Centre.


Well done, Connie! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Here’s to many more years of volunteering at The Brooklands Centre!


Read Connie's story.

Christmas Fayre

30 November 2019. The Centre was busy today during the Newport Pagnell Christmas Lights Switch-on.


Lots of people popped in and the Centre was packed with stalls and there were raffles and tombolas.


We were also serving 'winter warmers' hot dogs, soups and rolls as well as scrumptious homemade cakes.


The Mayor and Mayoress paid a visit, had a look round and had a cuppa.


It was a great day and the event raised funds for the Centre.

At 95, is our Joan the oldest volunteer in the area?

21 November 2019. Having celebrated her 95th birthday in September, Joan Rose is probably the oldest volunteer in north Bucks; maybe even in the whole county!


Joan's volunteering began when she helped to set up and later run a mother and toddler group at Newport Pagnell's United Reform Church.


She was involved in the group for seven years and went on to volunteer at Pagnell Grange (now Westbury Grange) before starting at The Brooklands Centre nearly 40 years ago.

Joan has been volunteering at the Centre ever since!


Read Joan's story

Please make us your local Co-op good cause

11 November 2019. If you're a Co-op member, every time you buy Co-op branded products and services, 1% is donated to your chosen local good cause.


You can now choose The Brooklands Centre to receive your donations. We're raising money to convert a room at the Centre into a relaxed area where older residents of the town can meet, enjoy a cup of tea, have a chat or take part in craft activities.


Please make Brooklands your local Co-op good cause!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

17 September 2019. Well done to everyone who took part in the Friends' Group Macmillan Coffee Morning yesterday.


Lots of people came along for a cuppa, a bite to eat and a raffle at The Centre.


It was great fun and an amazing £650 was raised, every penny going towards helping Macmillan support people living with cancer. A great success and well done!

Newport Pagnell Carnival Parade winners 2019

6 July 2019. Well done and congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on the Centre's entry in the Newport Pagnell Carnival parade.

Our 'Beside the Seaside' entry won the Walking Fancy Dress category!

The win was well-deserved. The team looked fantastic! 

See more photos on our Facebook post.

From Dreams To Reality - The History Of Brooklands Club

21 April 2019. Here's our new video history of Brooklands.


Step back in time and follow our story from the black and white 1950s to the present day.


How many of the people and places in the old photos do you recognise?  DVD copies of the video are available from the Centre - £5 each.

Dishwasher appeal thanks

18 April 2019. Many thanks to everyone who donated towards a replacement after our dishwasher packed up recently.


We're very grateful. Online and personal donations plus a donation from MK Community Foundation raised just short of half the cost of a new machine.


Our washing up is now squeaky clean and we have some very happy volunteers in the kitchen!

New mini-bus officially launched by town Mayor

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 more photos on our Facebook post.

Bill Watson's retirement tea party

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! 

New exercise group

14 January 2019. Our weekly exercise group became so popular that we've started a second one on 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.