STOP PRESS

Following recent publicity and advice about the coronavirus we have regretably made the decision to cancel the Memory Cafe sessions from Monday 16th March and to put future cafes 'on hold' until further notice.

We are sorry that we have had to take this step, but we are very conscious of our responsibility for the well-being of everyone who comes to the cafe and don't want to put anyone's health at unnecessary risk.

We look forward to being in touch again as soon as we can, and hope you are able to keep well in the meantime.

From the Chair and volunteers of the Crantock Memory Cafe.

March 2020


It was ‘ship ahoy’ at Crantock Village Hall on March 2nd as the Memory Cafe opened up for a maritime-themed afternoon. As it was almost St Piran’s day, there was a Cornish emphasis to our theme, and we were delighted to welcome back Jane and Gill, daughters of the late George Northey who was instrumental in establishing the popular sport of gig racing in Newquay and on the Isles of Scilly.
Jane and Gill had many memories to share of growing up on the Gannel Estuary and of the early days of bringing gigs from St Mary’s on Scilly. Having been gig rowers themselves they spoke with knowledge and experience about the skills involved in the sport. They also recalled the initial opposition to female gig rowers which was finally overcome in the mid 1970s!  With the aid of Jane’s husband Gil providing technical support they gave us a most interesting and entertaining talk and demonstration.
There were some fascinating slides of gigs in Newquay and on the Isles of Scilly and of three generations of the Northey ‘clan’ rowing and winning trophies, as well as a nostalgic film made in the 1980s in which the late George Northey talked about the days when gigs were bought from the Isles of Scilly for the princely sum of a few pounds and a bottle of whisky!
We were all amazed to see the size of the gig oar which Jane and Gill had brought along, and even more surprised by the length of a gig which was measured out on the hall floor.


During our break for tea there was a chance to chat and have a close look at our display which included books, photographs, newspaper articles and numerous programmes from the World Pilot Gig Championship hosted by the Isles of Scilly.  In between the cakes and cups of tea there was time to tackle a ‘gig racing’ word-search and an alphabet grid puzzle, or to talk to Jane and Gill about their rowing experiences and the history of the pilot gigs.
 For the remainder of the afternoon we stayed afloat with a welcome return visit from our local shanty group ‘Fiddle me Timbers’ who entertained everyone with a selection of songs with a suitably nautical flavour accompanied by guitar and two violins.  There were plenty of chances for us all to sing along and we were delighted that Jane, Gill and Gil joined in as well!
One of our volunteers brought along a small model of the St Agnes gig ‘Shah’ which had been made and purchased on the Isles of Scilly several years ago.  It was added to our display and Jane and Gill were thrilled when at the end of the afternoon it was given to them to add to their collection of memorabilia.
Thanks were given to all of our visitors for a thoroughly entertaining afternoon before we all sailed off home once more. We look forward to meeting up again on Monday 16th March. New guests are always welcome and should you need more information ring David on 01637 830617, Di on 01637 830544 or visit our website: crantockmemorycafe.org.uk

February 2020 Extra


There’s no denying our visitors to the cafe have plenty of variety to entertain them!
At first sight our theme for the mid-February cafe was a strange one – the letter ‘X’! Guests were greeted with a word-search based around the letter ‘X’ and a quiz challenge to solve written clues identifying more words using the same letter – very mystifying.
All was revealed when David introduced our visiting entertainer Duane Johns, who had been one of the talented contestants on the popular television show ‘The X Factor’.  Duane soon demonstrated why he had been selected by the judges and in between performances of well-known songs he talked about his recollections of the auditions, participation and the direction his career has taken following the experience.
 A talented singer and performer, Duane soon captivated his audience with songs which ranged from well-known numbers made famous by the likes of Peggy Lee and Doris Day, via Cliff Richard and the Carpenters to the Beach Boys and songs from film and theatre. He quickly had everyone joining in and we provided a great rhythm accompaniment with our musical instruments.
As refreshments were served there was time for a chat and a chance to have a look at our display of vintage treasures which was entitled ‘X marks the spot’.
A selection of small boxes could be opened to reveal a range of different items from the past, encouraging reminiscences and memories -  girl guide and brownie badges, a policeman’s whistle, a bicycle bell and clips, a selection of buttons and much more were there to be discovered! 
Duane then entertained us with a finale of songs ending with ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and received a warm round of applause.
The afternoon concluded with an interesting and informative talk on ‘Energy Saving in the Home’ given by Jane and Jay from the Cornwall Rural Community Charity.  Helpful booklets and information were distributed for everyone to take home which gave us practical advice and much to consider.

As yet another enjoyable afternoon drew to a close we said our goodbyes and looked forward to meeting up again on Monday 2nd March. New guests are always welcome and should you need more information ring David on 01637 830617, Di on 01637 830544 or visit our website: crantockmemorycafe.org.uk

February 2020


What a great time we had at the Memory Cafe at the beginning of February.
For the first part of the afternoon our theme was ‘Household Items Old and New’. David and Margaret opened the proceedings by reading ‘Grandma’s Kettle’ - a wonderfully evocative poem conjuring up memories of times gone by, and in addition to our usual word puzzles there was a fascinating display of everyday cleaning and cooking memorabilia from around the house and across the years for everyone to explore.

Useful objects from the kitchen and the laundry, and cleaning items such as a vacuum cleaner and carpet beaters, tins of polish and carbolic soap and much more brought back many recollections which were enhanced by displays of photographs and books.
 
 Everyone was soon on their feet exploring the display and sharing their own memories. There was plenty to see and to talk about, and it was impossible not to compare housekeeping in the past with the modern conveniences we all take for granted.

As teatime approached there was much discussion about our ‘mystery items’ challenge: twenty of the less familiar objects were numbered and everyone was invited to say what they were used for. There were some interesting suggestions for the use of some of the more unusual objects in the display. However, items such as a bone marrow scoop, rotary biscuit cutter, chestnut roaster and cherry stoner were successfully identified!
Tea was as usual delicious, and we were joined by members of the Padstow Ukulele Band who prepared to entertain us for the rest of the afternoon. Word sheets were passed around and everyone was soon happily joining in with a variety of familiar songs, ably accompanied by our visiting musicians.  There’s something jolly about the sound of ukuleles and as the afternoon drew to a close everyone prepared to leave with smiles on their faces.


Many thanks were given to our musical guests and the uses for our mystery household items were revealed before it was time to close the cafe once more.
We look forward to meeting up again on the 20th February from 2pm at Crantock Village Hall. New guests are always welcome and should you need more information ring David on 01637 830617, Di on 01637 830544 or visit our website: crantockmemorycafe.org.uk