Community Involvement

Recently Twyford Windows and the Twyford Village Home Improvement Group have been getting community minded at The Lady Elizabeth Centre. With help from Bridge House, Interserve, Hare Hatch Sheeplands and Action Carpet Services the Home Improvement Group completed a FREE £4000 makeover of the day care centre for the elderly in Polehampton Close as part of their mission to make Twyford a better place for Twyford residents to live.

The centre provides a friendly, warm and caring place for Twyford’s elderly to meet, eat, and receive services like hairdressing and chiropody. “The work that's been done has made such a difference to the quality of the environment we can give our visitors” said Penny Feathers, chairman of the centre’s trustees. “We had a 30% cut in our funding this year and wouldn't have been able to do this work ourselves. We're so lucky we can rely on our local businesses to pitch in and help out in these times of need.”

The makeover included carpet and furniture cleaning, the repair of windows and doors by Twyford Windows, new flooring and replacement tiling in the toilets, new lighting, cleaning out guttering, and plants for the garden. Lyn Buddell the centre’s manager was there to hand out tea and bacon sandwiches to the workers. “I’m delighted with what's been done for us - we're very grateful. And everyone seemed to have fun doing the work too.” The Home Improvement Group, along with other village businesses, have plans for further improvements to the centre. In 2011 the focus shifts to building a new garden, which will benefit not just visitors to Age Concern, but also residents of the sheltered housing behind the day centre. “It’s good for us to help the day centre - after all, we might be needing it ourselves someday,” said Dave Chambers.

And as Kevin Brown says the more the local community shops local and uses the HIG members the more we will be able to put back into Twyford.

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