We will be holding our first “Coffee & Cake Morning” on Friday 6th October from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome.
To get the party going WessexFM will be in attendance and running their ‘Crack the Safe’ competition to win £100 cash. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local shops including Framptons of Bridport.
Chancery House’s Chair of Trustees, Barbara Vousden, said “One of the aims of the ‘Coffee & Cake Morning’ is to get more people in to see what we can offer at Chancery House – either for themselves or for elderly family members, friends or neighbours. The numbers of day care clients attending Chancery House, either for care or companionship, is declining and we are finding it extremely difficult to balance the books and are in real danger of having to close.
We hope that this will be the first of many ‘Coffee & Cake’ mornings which will take place on the first Friday of each month. All the delicious cakes will be homemade by trustees, staff and friends of Chancery House.”
The Bingcows will be coming to Chancery House on Friday 20th October and will be giving a performance at 1 p.m. Anyone over 55 who has served in the armed forces is most welcome to join us. More details to follow!
The Bingcows will be performing at Broadoak Village Hall later that evening as part of the Artsreach programme.
Starting on Friday 6th October, the first Friday of each month will be a Coffee & Cake Morning at Chancery House. Everyone over 55 is welcome to join us to enjoy home made cake with their coffee (or tea). All we ask is a donation to Chancery House.
For our first Coffee & Cake Morning on 6th October we will be joined by Wessex FM who will be running games and competitions, so there will be lots of prizes to be won! Do come along and take part.
We were delighted to hear that we have been awarded £500 from Bridport Car Boot Fund towards the cost of employing tutors to undertake activities with our day care clients.
“Use it or Lose it” was the message given out by trustees at our recent AGM.
The following report is courtesy of ‘The View from Bridport” where the article was recently published.
THE future of a day centre in the heart of Bridport is “limited” as financial pressures threaten the service.
Trustees of Chancery House held their AGM recently and the group heard that the centre could end up in a “financial crisis” and close.
In her chairman’s report, Barbara Vousden outlined the progress that has been made during the last 12 months to concentrate more on day care, with specific mention of providing care for those with dementia.
She went on to outline the financial pressures that are present. She said: “The future of Chancery House is limited because of the financial situation facing the organisation. “Despite on-going efforts to reduce costs and improve income, our deficit increases year on year. “The deficit is being made up by taking money from our investments and clearly this cannot continue indefinitely.”
Barbara also thanked the many donors to Chancery House and highlighted Bridport Co-op, West Dorset Car Boot Fund, Bridport Town Council and Nantes Solicitors for their help.
Keith Day, vice-chairman of the trustees, gave a brief overview of the financial report and confirmed the current financial position. He said: “Although Chancery House has a reasonable sum invested, a loss in excess of £40,000 over the last financial year and forecast losses in future years will eventually result in a financial crisis.“We therefore have to face the inevitable. At some time in the future we will no longer be able to sustain our operation and will have to close.”
“In the meantime we will continue to serve the elderly of Bridport and district for as long as we are able.”