Community Support for Crantock Memory Cafe

Our Memory Cafe is run entirely through the generosity of voluntary support and we are so fortunate to live in a community which has a big heart! Helpers, organisers, cake makers and kitchen workers, plus visiting speakers and entertainers, all give us their time and energy freely and we can’t thank them enough.
However, we do also need a little financial help to pay our rent and provide materials to keep everyone stimulated and interested in the world around them, and once again our local community has turned up trumps!
Crantock’s main charity event of the year is the ‘Bale Push’ which takes place in September and over the years has raised a staggering amount of money for local charities. This year we were once again delighted to be invited to receive a cheque from the Bale Push committee alongside such worthy causes as Cornwall Hospice Care, Motor Neurone Disease and a number of other community-based organisations. The presentation at The Bowgie Inn was, as always an enjoyable celebratory occasion and this year it had a very special atmosphere as most of the event took place by candlelight as a result of a power failure!

Crantock Memory Cafe is also very grateful to Sally and Andy Pickles of The Bowgie Inn for their generous sponsorship which will enable us to provide visitors to the cafe with copies of ‘The Daily Sparkle’ throughout the year. The Sparkle is a reminiscence paper full of articles, quizzes, old news stories, puzzles, singalongs and entertainment to stimulate the mind and improve memory.

There is a saying that ‘the act of giving without the expectation of something in return is the true definition of kindness’ – perhaps this summarises in a nutshell the support given to our Memory Cafe by so many people and groups in our local community. 

October 2016 Extra

Over the months at our Memory Cafe Extra afternoons, our visitors have been introduced to a number of interesting speakers on a wide variety of topics, and our October cafe was no exception! A lively group of guests were introduced to Reverend Canon Michael Moxon – now a Newquay resident, but in the 1990s Chaplain to the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Michael held us all spellbound as he gave us a background history of the magnificent castle and its inhabitants, before telling us a number of wonderful anecdotes about his professional experiences working and living close to the Royal Family and those residing in the confines of Windsor Great Park.

We were privileged to see royal photographs, personal letters and cards which gave an insight into the more private and personal side of the Royal Family not normally seen during public engagements and in the media.
Michael obviously had very fond and happy memories of his eight years serving at Windsor and it was a privilege to see the Royal Victorian Order medal presented to him by the Queen on his retirement.

As usual, there was a word search (Windsor based) and a quiz which Michael was able to help with!
A delicious afternoon tea followed and a vote of thanks, on behalf of a very appreciative audience was given by Richard to Rev. Canon Moxon. The afternoon was rounded off with a game of Bird Bingo!

We were delighted to welcome new guests this afternoon and we look forward to opening again from 2pm – 4pm on Monday 7th November and Monday 21st November. Crantock Memory Cafe is open to anyone concerned about memory loss - for more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

October 2016

Our October cafe began, as usual, with a room full of friendly faces and some word puzzles on the table to amuse everyone. There seemed to be something missing though: the kitchen was very quiet and our usually busy catering team were joining in with the chatter instead of putting the kettle on and getting the cups and saucers out!
The mystery was quickly solved – we were soon to be off to C-Bay at West Pentire for a cream tea.  However, first there were some songs to join in with and then some cryptic word and picture brain teasers to solve. 

Coupled with the usual chatter and laughter the time flew by, and before long we were piling into cars for the short journey down the road to C-Bay – the restaurant on the cliffs with the wonderful view over Crantock Beach and up the coast to Trevone.
We were soon enjoying a most delicious tea of scones with jam and cream.  After our talk by Philip Rodda at the previous cafe, everyone was pleased to see that they were served the Cornish way (cream on top) which, of course, made them taste even better! It was great for everyone to have a change of scenery, and we were delighted that our busy kitchen helpers could come and join us.
In two weeks time (17th October) we will be back in our usual venue (Crantock Village Hall) for another cafe with something interesting and enjoyable to do, and another chance for a laugh and a chat.

Crantock Memory Cafe is a great way to meet and make friends, and new members are always welcome. We are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers, and should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347.