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Elizabeth House is Coming Home!

(with thanks to Mike Copland)

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(11 September 2008)


Click here to see the guided tour of the new Elizabeth House from the Maidenhead Advertiser, thanks to Sonia Kapur


Over the past three months the builders have been hard at work on building an extension to Elizabeth House, Cookham's centre for the greyer haired amongst us.  And, for the past month or so, the entire Elizabeth House operation decamped to the Parish Centre to allow the builders full access to complete the work.

Stripping the dayroom down to the basics before redecorating

Now we are ready to move back in and the extended and generally improved building will start its new life next Monday, 15th September.  The key changes in the new look Elizabeth House are a dining room which will double up as an activities and meeting room and which is twice the size of the original dining room, a greatly improved and more open reception area and a refurbished day room.
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Drying out the new dining and activities room

We'll be posting some photos of the new interior when we get back in.  But here are a few 'work in progress' shots.  If anyone would like to call in to see what we have done, we'd love to see you.  And we're organising some events to show our supporters - donors, volunteers and others - around over the next month or two.

Dismantling the back of the building where the new dining and activities room will be

We'll be posting some photos of the new interior when we get back in.  But here are a few 'work in progress' shots.  If anyone would like to call in to see what we have done, we'd love to see you.  And we're organising some events to show our supporters - donors, volunteers and others - around over the next month or two.

Putting in the new dining and activities room roof

There will be some further work in due course, to improve the first floor of the building and we'll need some extra funding for that.  In the meantime, a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us raise the 165,000 or so needed to complete the first phase.  It gives us a greatly improved centre for our older residents (and they'll be an increasing proportion of the local population in the coming years) and also provides an extended facility in the heart of Cookham that will be available for us by the community as a whole.

Site manager Mike Overton and his team size up the new entrance to Elizabeth House

And our sincere thanks to our neighbours who have put up with the disruption over the 'summer': we hope you'll think it has been worthwhile! 

John Bowley, one of the Elizabeth House trustees who had responsibility for the building works, eyes up the site in week 1 with John Goldsmith, managing director of the contractors, Berkshire Building Services


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