OUR NEWS 2020
Shoebox Christmas hampers
15 December 2020. Usually, at this time of year, the Centre is a hive of activity - full of Christmas cheer, seasonal celebrations and plenty of parties. This year, however, things are very different and the Centre is still closed.
Thank you to Sandra
Volunteer Christmas hamper raffle
8 December 2020. In recognition of all their hard work during what has been a difficult year for the Centre, our Life President, Jim Wiles, and his wife and former Trustee, Sheila, donated a quality Prestige hamper to be raffled off among our fantastic team of volunteers.
Earlier this year, the team won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and they've soldiered on with their voluntary work during the lockdowns - keeping in touch with members and supporting them, maintaining the building and mini-buses, and helping to run the Day Clubs when they re-opened for a few weeks.
Jim and Sheila drew the winning ticket and the winner, Joan Rose, was presented with the hamper by Chair of Trustees, Catherine Hall.
At 96, Joan is Brooklands' oldest volunteer and has been volunteering at the Centre for nearly 40 years! Read more about Joan's story here.
Jim and Sheila also donated a beautiful presentation box of Baylis & Harding toiletries. The winner of this lovely prize was Jeanne Liles. Jeanne is also one of our long-standing volunteers. She produces the Brooklands Bugle newsletter, is popular with everyone for her delicious homemade cakes and helps keep the Centre looking its best by looking after the outdoor plants. Well done and thanks to Joan and Jeanne - enjoy!
Jungle Room thanks to Co-op members
Brooklands Annual General Meeting
9 November 2020. The Centre's AGM will take place this Thursday (12th Nov) at 7:30pm. However, like almost everything this year, it will be very different.
The meeting will take place online using Zoom. If you'd like to find out what's been happening at the Centre during what has been an unprecedented year, please contact us on either 01908 614749 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll email you a link so that you can attend virtually.
Tuesday Pop-In reopens
We've gone solar!
We've been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service!
2 June 2020. Everyone at the Centre is delighted to announce that we've been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the equivalent to an MBE for voluntary groups.
This prestigious award is the highest of its kind in the UK and recognises exceptional contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers who devote their time for the benefit of others.
The Centre was nominated for the award by Councillor Paul Day, Mayor of Newport Pagnell, who commented: “I was delighted to nominate The Brooklands Centre for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, especially when my mayoral charity of the year was Dementia UK. The Centre is a wonderful facility and it provides fantastic services for older people in the local area. Its team of 70 volunteers is a testament to Newport Pagnell’s community spirit and is very much part of what makes the town so special.”
Our Chair of Trustees, Catherine Hall, commented: “We are extremely proud and honoured to receive such a prestigious award. It’s a much-deserved reward for our team of 70 wonderful volunteers who give their time freely and whose outstanding work has contributed so much to our Centre.
“We are incredibly grateful and so privileged to have such a dedicated team. We cannot thank them enough for enabling us to achieve so much and making the work of the Centre possible. We simply couldn’t function without them. Thank you to each and every one of them.”
Representatives of the Centre will receive a certificate and a commemorative crystal from Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, later this summer and the Trustees will organise a party to celebrate, once it’s safe to do so. Furthermore, two volunteers from the Centre will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s award from across the country.
RAF Sergeant Harry Hogben shares his lockdown story
Videos to keep you mobile and active at home
1 April 2020. We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times.
We know that many of our members are missing our weekly exercise sessions and it's really important to keep active and mobile while the Centre's closed. So, our exercise tutors Kamal and Andy have produced a series of videos that you can follow at home.
They're FREE to watch and any Brooklands (execise group) member can take part. Have a go - but be careful and stay safe. Please only take part in exercises with which you feel comfortable. It is your responsibility to follow these exercises carefully and safely. The Brooklands Centre and its instructors cannot be held responsible for any accidents or damage of any kind that might occur.
Start today with the introduction and warm-up video and enjoy your home exercising!
The Centre is now completely closed
18 March 2020. In view of the current coronavirus situation, the Centre is now closed to both all our own groups and also all outside groups. It will remain closed until Trustees are advised that it's safe for people to meet again.
We're considering a buddy system where our volunteers will keep in contact with members who need support or, if necessary, visit them - especially those who have limited help locally.
Please be assured that everyone at Brooklands is keen to help and support each other as we look forward to returning to our normal activities. Stay safe, everyone and best wishes.
Celebrating our Volunteers
13 March 2020. Today was party time at The Brooklands Centre as we celebrated our 70 volunteers who keep our lovely Centre running by donating around 360 volunteer hours per week - cooking meals, preparing and serving refreshments, helping in the kitchen, spending time with our users, organising groups, running activities, driving, undertaking travel escort duties and providing admin support.
Our Volunteers help out at our clubs and groups for our 300 users who attend the Centre around 400 times per week.
Thank you, everyone! See more photos.
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