May 2014

Crantock Memory Cafe volunteers are always looking to widen their range of activities and topics in the hope of finding something to amuse and interest all those who come along. With this in mind the May meeting took the theme of ‘sport and exercise’. As usual the scene was set with puzzles and pictures on the tables, and our guests settled in with a cup of tea and a chat. A sports quiz, with multiple choice answers, then got everyone thinking and we were certainly impressed with the group’s knowledge of sports personalities and achievements through the years.
A ‘toss and talk’ ball game then tested our physical and mental ability, as we threw and caught (sometimes!) a large inflatable ball which was covered in topics and leading questions. Whoever held the ball when the music stopped read out the words under their thumbs which gave us a starting-point for thought and discussions. ‘Where was your first home?’, ‘What’s your favourite television programme?’ ‘Do you prefer cats or dogs?’ – just some of the questions which led to lively conversations and an amusing game!
Of course, after such exertion we were all ready for tea and cake, which magically appeared from the kitchen thanks to our able ‘catering team’.
Refreshments over, we welcomed Godfrey Ross who led us through a session of gentle exercises to help us keep our bodies flexible and active.  Godfrey was keen to emphasise that we must stop if our bodies told us we’d had had enough but we think and hope he was impressed with everybody’s willingness to ‘have a go!’
It was a very active afternoon, and when we all went home at 4pm it seemed likely that most of us were going to put our feet up for a late afternoon siesta – and that’s just the volunteers!
A few of our ‘regulars’ were missing this month through sickness and we do hope to see them again at our next session on Monday 2nd June from 2pm–4pm at Crantock Village Hall. We were, however, very pleased to welcome five new members and we look forward to seeing them again next month, when we promise a less strenuous afternoon!

The Memory Cafe meets on the first Monday of each month and is free for anyone with memory loss and their carers, although donations are welcomed towards our expenses.