An open day was held at the Clockhouse Community Centre’s refurbished building in Milford.

The Clockhouse merged with Age UK Surrey at the end of last year. Guests talked to staff and volunteers about the services and activities Age UK Surrey provides and viewed the upgraded facilities – including the Poppy Café which is open Monday to Friday for the public to drop in for refreshments throughout the day between 10am and 2.30pm.

Clockhouse clients and children from Amesbury School showed off an inter-generational art project they have worked on together over several months.

Age UK Surrey chief executive Sue Zirps said: “We have refurbished to widen the appeal of the centre so we can attract younger as well as older people.

“We are keen to develop the café so the community has a safe place to meet friends, socialise and take part in activities as well as hiring out the centre at weekends.

“We want to find out what would appeal to people and what activities they might like to see.”

Dame Penelope Keith spoke about her memories of The Clockhouse being built on land donated by a local business and how she has been involved with supporting the centre for many years.

Waverley councillor John Robini officially opened the building.