August 2019

In August 1939 – 80 years ago at the time of writing – Britain was on the brink of war and families all over the country were preparing themselves for the second time in a century to say goodbye to their young men as they got ready for the forthcoming battle.  Preparations on the ‘home front’ were equally important – for the country as a whole, and for communities and individuals whose ways of life were to change forever, and it is this aspect of war-time Britain which we chose to explore in our first August cafe.

David and Margaret opened the afternoon by reading a poem recalling wartime experiences and this really set the scene. Many of our members have vivid memories of these times, or could recall stories from their parents’ generation, and there was great interest in the display which greeted them at the cafe.  Photographs, books and artefacts related to the many aspects of life at the time – evacuation, rationing, civil defence and the many roles taken up by women sparked memories of personal experiences for our older visitors, whilst the ‘youngsters’ amongst us were reminded that it affected us too, with a look at the post-war Britain, and a reminder that rationing continued until 1954!

Our guests also had the chance to tackle a word-search themed around ‘The War Years and Beyond’ as well as a word grid based on the letters of ‘Home Guard’.
Stimulated by the displays, over the next three quarters of an hour many memories were exchanged between our guests: we heard about the number of evacuees who were sent to local villages such as St Dennis and Tresillian, American servicemen based at St Eval, the girl who was evacuated twice because she didn’t like her first billet, and another of our friends who, as an eight year old, was holidaying in a converted bus at Porth when war was declared.  The recollections were so clear it was hard to believe they harked back eighty years! Some were keen to try on the wartime police helmet and there were some telling comments on how much healthier the restrictions of a rationed diet were than our sugar-laden foods of today.
It was soon time for tea and our refreshments kept us in touch with our war-time theme with the inclusion of some items reminiscent of those times – spam sandwiches, economy bacon and egg tart bulked out with breadcrumbs, cheese biscuits and rock buns were all sampled, along with the more ‘luxurious’ cakes and biscuits we’ve all come to expect!  One thing hadn’t changed since the war – a good old cup of tea!

For the last part of the afternoon everyone enjoyed a good ‘sing-song’ of familiar numbers from the past and we shared a laugh as David went through the possible answers to the word grid.  There was a last chance to look at the displays before it was time to ‘clear the decks’ once again.
We look forward to our next meeting on 19th August at Crantock Village Hall. New members are always welcome, and should you require further information please contact Di on 01637 830544, Joan on 01637 831347 or visit our website at

July 2019 Extra

When visitors come to our Memory Cafe they can be sure that in addition to an entertaining and social afternoon they will be treated to a tasty afternoon tea with home-made refreshments provided by generous supporters from in and around Crantock.
However, on a warm and sunny mid-July afternoon a special treat was in store: an outing to nearby Callestick to include a cream tea and a chance to find out how ‘Callestick ice-cream’ is made. On arrival, many of us took the opportunity to sample the ices, the only problem being to decide which of the delicious flavours to try with so many on offer!

 With tables reserved for us, inside or out, there was a chance to relax and plenty of time for a chat and our usual word-search and quiz to tackle, as well as copies of ‘Sparkle’ magazine to peruse. Meanwhile, groups were able to go upstairs to a viewing platform where, in addition to watching ice-cream tubs being filled and boxed on the production floor below, they could read about the history and development of the company since it began in 1989.

Fresh scones with jam and clotted cream were served at the tables with a welcome cup of tea and it was soon time for Richard to reveal the answers to the quiz, although it has to be said that in between eating, drinking and chatting quite a few hadn’t got around to tackling it!

As usual time flew by and Richard thanked our Callestick hosts for providing us with the ingredients for a lively and stimulating afternoon.
We made our way home with plenty to think and talk about before our next café at Crantock Village Hall on Monday 5th August from 2pm.
Crantock Memory Cafe is run for the benefit of residents of Crantock and the surrounding areas and anyone who has a degree of memory loss, with their carers, are always welcome. Should you require further information please contact Di on 01637 830544, Joan on 01637 831347 or visit our website at

July 2019

Following on from our recent successful cafes based on the themes of ‘Radio’ and ‘Television’, our first get-together in July led us to the big screen with ‘The World of Cinema’ as the focus to spark our memories.
Visitors arrived to find wide-ranging displays of films and film-stars whilst on the cafe tables were a ‘World of Cinema’ word-search and film based quizzes to get them ‘in the mood’!  Before we delved into our favourite films any further, however, we welcomed back our friends ‘Oll an Gwella’ the brilliant a capella group from Newquay who entertained us with familiar songs and banter until tea-time.
We were very impressed with a number of familiar songs sung in the Cornish language as well as the talented musicians on swanee whistles who added their expertise to a performance of ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’!  As usual there were opportunities for everyone to join in, singing choruses and doing actions, whilst for the choristers themselves the most exciting moment seemed to be meeting up with their favourite film-star, Marilyn Monroe!

Refreshed by our usual cakes, biscuits and tea, and having had time for a chat and a closer look at the displays, the familiar strains of Gene Kelly performing ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ from one of the best-loved films of all times drew us back to the task in hand as individuals and groups shared their memories of film-going past and present and had a go at a ‘Movie Quiz’. Photos, books and cigarette cards reminded everyone of favourite films and film-stars from past decades as well as recalling the excitement of visits to the cinema in times gone by; one of our guests revealed a hidden talent – she knew how to ‘splice’ cinema film and load the projector, as it was her father’s job to service and check the machines!
Our selection of songs from well-known musical films continued to play in the background, and soon everyone was singing or humming along before answers to the puzzles and quizzes were shared.
It was a great afternoon which brought back many happy memories for everyone; whether it was going to the ‘flicks’ on a Saturday morning or snuggling up to a beau in the back stalls sharing ice-cream or popcorn!
It was soon time to pull down the shutters on the café for another week. Many thanks were given to all our visitors before everyone left for home with plenty to think and talk about before our next café on Monday 15th July. New members who have a degree of memory loss are always welcome, and should you require further information please contact Di on 01637 830544, Joan on 01637 831347 or visit our website at