Not everyone knew that Friday was National Cream Tea Day. But Maggie Charlesworth did and with help from her trusty volunteers filled 95 bags with home-made scones, jam and cream and delivered them to their members and carers. A sprig of lavender donated by Ashridge Nurseries was also included.
The photo shows Maggie, on the right, and her able crew packing the bags.
“They were all delighted,” said Maggie, “and it was wonderful to see so many smiles on their faces at this turbulent time when so many are very fearful, lonely and anxious.”
More unwanted tablets have been donated to the two mental health charities one of which is The Lawrence Centre. The presentations were done by volunteer Elinor Clare. Here she is keeping social distance with Maggie Charlesworth, manager of The Lawrence Centre. The tablets were checked and personal data removed without charge by Richard Boulos of Wellscope Computers Ltd.
This is Richard Garstang and his son Ollie. Richard, who is a volunteer with the Wells Coronavirus Network, was thinking of ideas for something he could do together with Ollie.
So they kindly volunteered to clear the back garden at The Lawrence Centre charity in Wells of weeds and tidy the whole area up.
“They did a wonderful job and we were hugely grateful to them,” said the centre’s manager Maggie Charlesworth who presented them with a slab of fruit cake made by Lawrence Centre trustee Elizabeth Parry.
Emma Healey from The Lawrence Centre charity delivered a frozen meal to Guinevere, courtesy of Cook in Broad Street, Wells. Note the social distancing!
Cook donated 10 meals to vulnerable people who attend this day centre, particularly those living alone in these difficult times.
The centre has had to be closed during the coronavirus restrictions.
“Guinevere and other members of TLC were thrilled with their meals,” said the centre’s manager Maggie Charlesworth.
Thank you Cook for supporting the Wells Coronavirus Network.
We delivered daffodils and cake to our members, carers and volunteers to hopefully bring some cheer to them over Easter. We are keeping in touch with everyone along with regular deliveries of homemade cake to lift spirits as well as the offer of any help they may need at this difficult time. Everyone is missing The Lawrence Centre and looking forward to returning when we can.
In line with recent government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic, we've taken the difficult decision to close The Lawrence Centre for the foreseeable future.
Many of our members are vulnerable and at risk of loneliness and isolation, so the Manager is contacting all our members and their carers to explain how we can support them during the closure.
We are all looking forward to the re-opening of the Centre as soon as we are advised that it is safe to do so.
If anyone has any questions or concerns about this, please contact Maggie Charlesworth on 01749 676839 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boogie Beat have teamed up with The Lawrence Centre to run a special event during Intergenerational Week.
Join us with your little ones 0-6yrs, for a fun-filled music-making session with rhymes, songs, traditional fairy tales and dancing. All props & instruments are provided - just bring yourselves!
We're sure that Boogie Beat will put a smile on everyone's face.
Please click here to reserve your space (no charge). The Boogie Beat session will run from 11-11.30am on Tuesday 24th March.
Any queries to email@example.com
Elizabeth Parry (trustee) and Maggie attended a Public Consultation meeting ‘Fit For My Future’ on Thursday evening 6th February about proposals to change the location of acute mental health beds for adults of working age. One of the propositions is to close our local St Andrew’s Ward and move it to Yeovil.
TLC will be opening its door on Saturday 25th January and then on the last Saturday of each Month.
The format of the day will be relaxed and informal and will be run by Emma and Liz.
Opening 10.00am - 2.30pm
Chloe Allen organised a fantastic Festive Coffee morning in aid of The Lawrence Centre last Saturday. Chloe made lots of lovely Christmas gifts and decorations as well as yummy cakes and mince pies. It was very well attended and enjoyed by lots. The Lawrence Centre really thanks Chloe and her family for their ongoing support of The Lawrence Centre. A superb £270 was raised.
The Lawrence Centre was one of many charities with a stand at the One World Fair in Wells Town Hall on Saturday 19th October. Pictured left is Claire Chettoe, one of the helpers at TLC and Maggie Charlesworth who manages the charity.
TLC is proud to play a major part in the City of WellsDementia Action Alliance.
A full house packed Screen 1 at Wells Cinema to see Judy on October 4 and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Over £800 was raised for TLC from ticket sales and a raffle where the main prize was a Queen Street Deli luxury hamper, kindly donated by Bowleys Garage, of Westfield Trading Estate.
TLC Trustee Richard Leworthy who organised the event was very pleased with the result. ‘We’d like to thank all those who came to this special screening and to Wells Cinema staff for being so accommodating - it was a great evening thoroughly enjoyed by all’.
The Lawrence Centre would like to thank all those who bought raffle tickets from our stall at the Moat Boat Race on August 26th which raised an incredible £625 for the charity. Huge thanks to Probusiness for donating a wonderful Queen Street Deli hamper as the first prize and Morrisons for the bottle of Prosecco and accompanying red, white and rose wines as the second. And a huge thank you to Wells Lions and Wells Air Cadets for putting on such a brilliant show!
Pictured are The Lawrence Centre Trustee Ross Young and Session Worker Claire Chettoe.
On Wednesday 24th July Gina Cleverly was entertaining our regular attendees with a session of Music Therapy - one of the many activities devised and put on to entertain and stimulate them. The event was sponsored by the Wells Dementia Action Alliance for whom we send many thanks.
The Carrington's baby shower was certainly full of twists and turns; with jealousy, rivalry and a scandalous affair. This was certainly a memorable event for all. With a missing guest being discovered murdered in his garden and three key suspects identified it wasn't long before the murderer of 'Chestnut Cove' was revealed. Thanks to two local detectives and the help of the residents of 'Chestnut Cove'.
This fun event raised £220 for The Lawrence Centre; a massive thank you to everyone for their donations and for bringing their designated characters to life to make this such an enjoyable evening. And a huge thanks to fifteen year old Chloe Allen who staged the event for TLC and put on such a great show which was enjoyed by all.
Picture: Danielle, Chloe’s Mum, Chloe and Maggie and Ross of TLC
Murder Mystery April 13
The Murder Mystery Afternoon Tea in the Town Hall was a great success and all appeared to enjoy the wonderful tea provided by the Cheese Yard Cafe. The Moonstone Threatre Company players said after that they had never been asked so many questions. Of course the retired Police Officers in the audience took things very seriously and reputations were on the line! Nobody, not even the Thin Blue Line, guessed the culprit but a good time was had by all. The Lawrence Centre and St,John Ambulance were the beneficiaries. Our thanks to Madame Mayor Celia Wride who organised the event.
A great evening was had on Saturday March 2 when the Wells City Band gave a concert in the Town Hall, the proceeds from which went to the Mayor’s two charities for her year in office - The Lawrence Centre and St. John Ambulance.
The performance was a mix of traditional band music and some ‘modern’ classics which included Bohemian Rhapsody, Ticket to Ride, a further Beatles medley, Misty and Under the Boardwalk!
Pictured: Sarah Clothier, Alex Fowler, President and Unit Manager of St. John Ambulance, Maggie Charlesworth, Manager of the Lawrence Centre, Lynne Alton HR St. John Ambulance and the Mayor and deputy Mayor, Celia and Sarah Wride.