Entering maturity, especially when retiring or as health wanes, can be dreadfully isolating and yet the very thing that keeps us fresh and vibrant is being in the company of our like-minded peers.
The Elizabeth Mills Centre was established nearly forty years ago specifically for those of us who are aged 55 and over. We provide you with the room to meet and the space to enjoy a wide range of activities to stimulate mind, body and soul.
In addition, weekday lunches prepared by our own chefs and kitchen staff not only make for highly popular social occasions but take away the need for you to cater for yourself. And at £4 for two courses, it’s great value too!
After identifying the need for a social centre for elder members of our local society, a public meeting was held in the 1970s which gave the idea its full support. Local townsfolk donated money and Stourport Town Council made land available and through this conjoined generosity, The Elizabeth Mills Centre went from concept to reality.
In 1990 we undertook a refurbishment to the value of £30,000. In 2006 and 2008 The Rotary Club provided improved external cladding and The Lions Club rebuilt the toilet area.
In 2010 the whole interior was repainted by committee members and volunteers. The kitchen was also refurbished, leading to our full five star food hygiene rating. New chairs were purchased in 2011 and new tables in 2013.
To this day The Elizabeth Mills Centre is run by a board of Trustees, with a Management Committee in support. Thanks to their efforts and the support of volunteers over the years, the Centre is in pristine condition and a joy to be within.
Most weekday mornings you can pop in from 10 am until 11 am and enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate or squash with biscuits. It’s a great way to start the day and with prices ranging from 25p – 75p there’s no excuse either!
If you like walking, we have a walking group that starts from here every alternate Monday morning. For full details, pick up the phone.
For many, this is the main event of the day – available Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays. Enjoy a varied two course menu professionally prepared to the full Food Hygiene rating of five. Portions are perfectly matched to suit your appetite and the chef will be only too happy to service individual dietary requirements.
All we ask is that you book at least 24 hours in advance. The menu changes on a weekly basis. Details of our current weekly menu can be found on the Centre’s notice board and a sample menu is reproduced here on the lunches page.
From 1.30 pm until 3.30 pm we hold a varied programme of daily activities. These include demonstrations, video shows, musical afternoons, relaxation exercises, entertainers, competitions, bingo, quizzes and much more.
In addition we have whist every Friday at 1.30 pm, sequence dancing every Wednesday at 3.30 pm and armchair exercises fortnightly on Thursdays, alternating with games, films, Bridge, Canasta and guest speakers. There’s something for everyone, and everyone is invited to join in.
Our evening events include whist, a floral art club, Oddfellows, Civic Society, Social evenings, Tai Chi, Bridge and private functions. Some activities are free and others have a small entrance fee payable on the door.
To attend these events please contact the organisers or see our notice board for details. To find out what’s on and when, see our monthly event schedule here (link to events page)
Weekends and event hire
We’re always busy at The Elizabeth Mills Centre with events happening throughout the week and weekends. We have many regular bookings for events, for example there’s Slimming World on Saturdays between 8.30 am and 11.30 am and on Sundays, The People’ Spiritualist Church hire us between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm.
If you’d like to attend any of these events – or would like to hire our venue for your own function, – we welcome all enquiries.
The Elizabeth Mills Centre is built around accessibility. We have no stairs – everything is on ground level. If you walk with sticks, use a scooter or are short of breath you’ll find no problem joining in with our lunches and daily activities.
Our toilets include disabled facilities and are easy to access. Drive a car? We have a spacious private car park directly outside our centre. In any situation or circumstance, if you need help just ask a member of staff.