November 2015

Our November Cafe started with a bang as visitors were greeted with tables decorated with Guy Fawkes and ‘fireworks’! This linked with our wordsearch and wordwheel puzzles, and was followed by reminiscences of bonfire nights past – sparklers and bangers, ‘Penny for the Guy!’ and potatoes baked in the bonfire.

We were then entertained by the Cornish Dance Team from Newquay’s U3A who demonstrated a number of local dances: Mr Martin’s Reel, St Day Furry Dance, The Newlyn Reel and, a surprise for us all, The Mating Dance. 

After reading a few amusing rhymes, whilst they caught their breath, the ladies then invited us all to join them in the Flora Dance, which quite a few of us did, with considerable success! ..... 

Just watching the dancers was exhausting and those who joined in were particularly relieved to revive themselves with tea and cake before settling down to a quiz on a ‘let’s dance’ theme.  Who danced ‘cheek to cheek’ with Fred Astaire?  What dance craze was started by Chubby Checker in 1960? What dance did Matilda do? – just a few of the challenging questions which got us all thinking.

‘Conversation Boards’ on the dance theme brought back dancing memories, and we all had a laugh at a poem called ‘Dancing Queen’ read by Margaret and Di, and a recording of Joyce Grenfell’s ‘Old Time Dancing’ (probably better known as ‘Stately as a Galleon’).

Finally there was a sing-along session for all to join in, and the singing was quite impressive – perhaps it was the additional support from the U3A dance team which helped!

As usual, time flew by, and after thanks were given to all those involved in a busy afternoon, reminders were distributed of the dates of our next 2 sessions – Monday 16th November and Monday 7th December. New members will be most welcome. For more information please ring our friendly volunteers Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347.