A warm welcome for revamped day centre

MD of Bucks CareMartin Farrow and centre manager Carolyn Pointer in the revamped Well Street Centre
MD of Bucks CareMartin Farrow and centre manager Carolyn Pointer in the revamped Well Street Centre

There was a real buzz in the air as people came to visit the area’s new Day Opportunities Centre last week.

Major refurbishment works have now been completed at Buckingham’s former Well Street Centre, which is set to reopen on Monday.

The much-loved former school building will become a Day Opportunities Centre for older people, including those with dementia, and those with learning difficulties. Thirty clients will transfer across from the former Red Cross day centre in Verney Close.

The new-look Well Street Centre received a warm reaction from visitors at an open morning last Friday.

Representatives of Well Street United Church, Buckingham WI, Buckingham U3A and the Juliet RatnageSchool of Performing Arts were among those who visited.

Juliet Ratnage said: “I must say, I’m blown away. It was an old building, it was a little bit like an old lady that needed a little bit of TLC. It’s absolutely amazing what they’ve done with the building.”

The centre has been developed with state-of-the-art new facilities within the shell of the original Victorian school buildings, so the period character of the street is retained as part of the Buckingham Conservation Area.

It will be managed by Bucks Care, the trading company created by Bucks County Council, under centre manager Carolyn Pointer and her deputy, Jenny Hall, who attended Well Street School.

MD of Bucks Care, Martin Farrow said: “I can foresee the day when the centre can be used evenings and weekends.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for local organisations. We want to be an integral part of the community.”