The Ronson Family Community Centre at Sandringham opens its doors

24 Aug 2021

The Ronson Family Community Centre at Sandringham opened its doors on Tuesday 24th August to 40 members who previously attended Jewish Care’s Edgware and Harrow Day Centre before the pandemic. Amongst some familiar faces were some new ones too, as members gathered to enjoy in-person activities for the first time in 18 months.

Members were welcomed with tea and honey cake in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah in just two short weeks. As they gathered, there were plenty of warm embraces and lots of smiles as members were reunited with one another and some of our long-standing volunteers.

Anita Levine was thrilled to be back to in-person activity. She said, “In the words of Barbara Streisand, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world”. I have missed going to the day centre so much! It’s a life saver for me. I’ve made many friends through the centre and the new surroundings are really lovely”.It was the first time that members have been able to enjoy the brand-new, state-of-the-art community centre, which is part of the stunning Sandringham campus, situated on the border between Hertfordshire and Stanmore. Sandringham boasts 16 acres of natural woodland, landscaped courtyards and gardens, overlooking meadows and panoramic views across London.

Miriam, Avril and Ralph were amongst those enjoying their first day back at in-person activity. Miriam Fleischer, 101 years old, said, “I celebrated my 100th birthday in lockdown and we had a celebration out on the street. People went out to the pavement and were saying “hello young lady!”. It was so lovely to celebrate but I’m glad we can be back in person at the centre after so long.”

Avril and Ralph Sassen have been married for 47 years and regularly came to Jewish Care’s Edgware and Harrow Day Centre together before the pandemic. Avril said, “This is our first time at The Ronson Family Community Centre. It’s so nice to see everyone again after 18 months and we’re looking forward to many more visits!”.

Jewish Care’s Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown, said, “It was wonderful to see so many members and volunteers enjoying their first day of in-person activity at The Ronson Family Community Centre at Sandringham. Sandringham has much to offer the local community and we are excited that the doors are now open for our members, tenants and residents to make use of.”

Members of The Ronson Family Community Centre at Sandringham will also be able to access and take part in services at the on-site synagogue, attend yoga classes in our specially designed garden, and grab a bite to eat at the new café, serving hot, kosher food throughout the day.

Later this week, we also prepare to open the new Zalman and Ruchi Noé Centre at Sandringham for people living with Dementia. Members of the Zalman and Ruchi Noé Centre will also be able to enjoy all of the facilities on site at Sandringham and take part in activities at The Ronson Family Community Centre.