Celebration performance as dancers come ‘home’ to Well Street

Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts dancing at the opening ceremony for the Buckingham Opportunities Centre
Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts dancing at the opening ceremony for the Buckingham Opportunities Centre

Dancers from the Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts performed at the official launch of a new day centre.

Buckingham’s former Well Street Centre was offially re-opened on Friday, April 10, following major refurbishment.

Buckingham people joined representatives from Bucks County Council and Bucks Care to officially open the Buckingham Opportunities Centre – which reopened to clients last October.

About 50 visitors spent the morning at the centre which now offers modern, state-of-the-art facilities to its users.

It primarily supports older adults, including those with dementia, as well as those with learning disabilities and autism.

Community groups also use its spacious activity rooms to run sessions for their own members – among them, the Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts.

The dance school, which had a long connection with the old Well Street Centre, has now returned to hold its classes in the refurbished Opportunities Centre.

The dancers helped celebrate the occasion with an exciting dance routine.

Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Patricia Birchley, said: “With Aylesbury Opportunities Centre opening last year, this is the second centre as part of our day opportunities programme, which is providing newly built or refurbished centres across Bucks, so that older people and adults with learning disabilities and autism can enjoy a wonderful environment, offering inspiring opportunities that can really make a difference to their daily lives.

“Our authority-owned trading company – Buckinghamshire Care – run the new centres and the high level of commitment of their management and staff will ensure that the centres fulfil their true potential.”