The Brooklands Centre

FOOD - FUN - FRIENDS - FOR THE OVER 55s

OUR NEWS 2020

We've gone solar!

5 July 2020. More exciting news - we've had solar panels fitted! The panels will generate much of our electricity and, when they're producing more than we need, they'll heat our water and any generated over that will be sold to the National Grid.

The panels were fitted while the Centre's been closed due to COVID-19 and in time to get the benefit from the rest of this summer's sunny weather.

They also include a mesh to protect them from birds and other animals (such as squirells) that might try to nest underneath and damage them.

Here's to our greener future!

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.


Read the full story here.


 

RAF Sergeant Harry Hogben shares his lockdown story

17 May, 2020. We hope that everyone is keeping safe and well in these very uncertain times.

Keith Hogben has been in touch to say that his dad, Harry, one of our regulars, is doing well but misses the company and friendship that the Centre provides.

As some of you know, Harry is 95 and loves Spitfires, a passion which began in this RAF days.

Harry had an enjoyable VE75 Day and he and Keith have given us permission to share a photo of him and his fascinating life story and, in particular, the times when he was in the RAF.


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.

Become a volunteer Driver or Escort

29 February 2020. People love to attend our clubs and groups but many need transport.

As one of our mini-bus drivers or escorts (helping people use our transport) you'll make their day by helping them get to and from the Centre.

Just a few hours a week is all we need.

We'd love to hear from you .