January 2015

There was a party atmosphere in Crantock Village Hall on January 5th when friends met for the first Memory Cafe of the year. In fact it was a double celebration for in addition to welcoming in 2015 we raised a glass (well, a cup of tea, actually!) to the first anniversary of the formation of the Memory Cafe.

Games and puzzles on the tables took up the theme of celebrations and the New Year, and when everyone had finally finished ‘catching up’ with the latest news we enjoyed a light-hearted team quiz based on the theme of ‘Firsts’: e.g. who was the first man to run a sub four minute mile? Who were the first two people mentioned in the Bible? Who was the first British monarch to have a televised coronation? Yes, some serious thinking was required but all teams did very well, and in the end prizes were awarded all round!

As tea-time approached we were delighted to welcome a number of visitors who popped in to join our celebrations. These were some of the people who had actively supported us in a variety of ways during 2014. The room was packed as we all enjoyed delicious homemade refreshments washed down with – yes – you've guessed it – another cup of tea!

For the second part of the afternoon we were treated to a light-hearted reading by Margaret which pricked our consciences regarding over-indulging during the festive season, and then we were joined by talented local musicians Lamorna on violin and Elaine on keyboard. Everyone enjoyed singing along to a selection of well-known songs, and just when we thought we were going to sit back and have a rest, percussion instruments were handed around to accompany some lively jigs and reels played by Lamorna on the fiddle! It was all great fun, very noisy and brought back memories of school music lessons with triangle, drums and tambourines – our visitors enjoyed it too!
A brief look back at all the different activities and events which we have enjoyed during the past year brought the celebrations to a close. We now look forward to our next cafe meeting on Monday 2nd February.

Crantock Memory Cafe is open to all those in our local communities who are concerned about memory loss and new members are always welcomed at any time. You are welcome to ring our volunteers, Joan on 01637 831347 or Di on 01637 830544 for further information. We are a non-denominational organisation and the cafe is free, although donations towards our running costs are always welcome.