The Brooklands Centre



1 May 2033. Great news! The Centre was recently one of four organisations each receiving £2,000 from John Lewis Warehouse.

The money was raised from the sale of samples and our Chair of Trustees, Catherine Hall and Fundraising Trustee, Sandy Payne were delighted to collect the donation from Anne Dodds and have tea and delicious cakes with her!

Many thanks to everyone at John Lewis for supporting Brooklands - the money is going towards improvements at the Centre.


25 April 2022. Recently, our Day Club Manager, Sandra; Fundraising Trustee, Sandy Payne, and artistic Member, Florence, spent time making items for the Centre's Easter tabletop sale.

They washed cuddly toys bought from charity shops and added Easter eggs, transformed bars of soap into lillies, and made lots of yellow chicks to go over Cadbury cream eggs - thanks to Florence. Cushions were made and wine bottles were converted into lights - all added to by various items brought in by Members.

The Easter gifts were sold to anyone who visited the Centre, raising around £500. Well done to everyone who contributed!


23 March 2022. After sending Her Majesty the Queen a card signed by our members, volunteers and trustees to celebrate 70 years since her accession to the throne on 6 February 1952, everyone at the Centre is delighted to have received this letter in reply.

The letter says: "The Queen would like me to thank you for the messages you sent on the occasion of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

 "The Queen greatly appreciates your kind good wishes and thoughtfulness in writing as you did at this time."


31 January 2022. While plans are being made to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee across the country later this year, we've already congratulated Her Majesty in a different way - with a card sent to Buckingham Palace this week to celebrate the day when she ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952.

The card, organised by Mollie Gadsden and signed by the Centre's Trustees, Volunteers and Members - some of whom can actually remember the original celebrations 70 years ago - is a mark of everyone's heartfelt appreciation and their thanks for the Queen's years of dedicated and devoted service.

The card is also a thank-you for Her Majesty's recognition of Brooklands' Volunteers and all the hard work they contribute to running the Centre and the fantastic services it provides for older people in and around Newport Pagnell.

When Brooklands was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2020, it was described as "a unique and valued centre; an exceptional Volunteer-led facility providing inspirational support and epitomising the very best of service through its loyal and dedicated Volunteers".

Here's Trustee and Volunteer, David Hulance, as he prepares the card to be sent to Buckingham Palace.