The Princes Centre - Happy 7th Birthday

Bucks APGM Philip Blacklaw recently visited The Princes Centre based in Princes Risborough following the pledge of £4000 towards the cost of a new kitchen, on behalf of BMCF (Buckinghamshire Masonic Centenary Fund).

In 2012 the centre at Princes Risborough was due to close when Alan Turner, a local Town Councillor and member of Carrington Lodge proposed that a community-led ‘Social Enterprise’ be established to take over the running of the centre and save it from closure.

In the years since then, it has turned from a loss-making facility into a sustainable award-winning centre of excellence. Last year the centre took on Bourne End Day Care Centre which was also faced with closure and together they provide day care for 140 clients including those with dementia, mental health issues, learning difficulties and the frail elderly.

Both centres provide award-winning care to vulnerable members of society as well as enabling much needed respite for their full-time carers.

Members of Carrington Lodge have supported the centres with both practical and financial assistance over the years.

As a special surprise on the 7th birthday of the centres, it was announced that they had been awarded “The Queens Award for Voluntary Service”.