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Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court – Bazaar opened by Provincial Grand Almoner

by Peter Wells

The Christmas Bazaar held at the RMBI care home Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court was opened this year by the Provincial Grand Almoner, Sean Kulan. The Bazaar is usually an annual event run by the Friends of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court to raise funds in support of the residents at the Care Home. This is the first time it has been able to run since 2019 though, due to the recent health issues. Previous to that the Bazaar took place at Lord Harris Court.

Sean thanked everyone for supporting the event and explained that the Friends organise entertainment and activities for the residents.

Outside the home were a number of food stalls keeping visitors well supplied with pastries, hot food, mulled wine and mince pies.

While inside Steve Gotting (chairman of the Friends) led the ‘Hennerton Lodge Choir’ to entertain the many visitors with a series of Seasonal songs and carols.

Also inside were a number of stalls as well as a special visit by Father Christmas to the specially constructed Grotto.

Despite the limited space, the bazaar was a great success raising £2,372 for the Friends of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court. It was great fun and the Residents all really enjoyed the afternoon.

The Friends of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court

Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court, the R.M.B.I. Home at Sindlesham, adjacent to the Berkshire Masonic Centre, opened its doors to elderly Brethren, their wives or widows or close dependent relatives in 1972 (as Lord Harris Court). Having dual registration as a Residential and Nursing Home, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court has some 90 residents. The Association of Friends, also formed in 1972, aims to assist in providing facilities for the care, comfort and well-being of the residents.

Over the years the Association has financed several projects including a physiotherapy wing, ornamental garden pond and purchased many forms of recreational equipment, together with vehicles including minibuses. The Association organises fetes to raise money, social activities for its members and the residents and provides weekly services such as a non-profit shop for the residents, shopping trips and coach outings, carpet bowls and theatre trips. A regular Newsletter keeps the members informed.

The Association of Friends would welcome all enquiries from those who are interested in this work to become members of the Association and  to  participate  in  the  social  and  fund-raising  activities  which  are open  to  all  the  family.

Enquiries to:
The  Membership  Secretary,
Association of Friends of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court,
Mole Road, Sindlesham, Berkshire, RG41 5EA.
Telephone: (0118) 978 7496.

Further information about the home can be found on the RMBI site: Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court, Berkshire – RMBI

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