December 2016 Extra

We’ve never held a Memory Cafe so close to Christmas before, but with our ‘Extra’ cafe falling on December 19th it had to be something special, and what better than a return visit from our friends the ‘Dogtastic Dog Obedience Team’.
The five beautiful canines were suitably attired in matching festive coats and they entered the hall pulling a sleigh accompanied by their owners who were cunningly disguised as decorated Christmas trees, complete with lights, presents and baubles! The dogs performed their routine to the accompaniment of seasonal music and the jingling of bells on their coats, and altogether it was the most unusual, amusing and memorable Christmas entertainment we could have wished for!

As usual, the cafe proved to be a popular venue and a good number of visitors thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration before tucking into a festive afternoon tea. This was followed by the opportunity to meet and get to know the dogs and their owners at close quarters. There was time for a chat or to have a go at the seasonal quiz and puzzles on the tables before everyone enjoyed a game of ‘dog bingo’.
The afternoon ended with a rousing ‘sing-song’ of familiar Christmas songs and carols  - enhanced by the enthusiastic use of some of the musical instruments we’ve been able to purchase thanks to generous donations from local supporters. Gifts and cards were distributed to our Memory Cafe members and to our ‘Dogtastic’ guests who, in return, gave everyone a beautifully knitted Christmas stocking complete with a chocolate santa inside.

Crantock Memory Cafe has enjoyed a happy and successful year in 2016 and with the support of all our visitors, helpers, fundraisers and cafe-goers we look forward to much more laughter, chatter, entertainment and of course tea and cakes in 2017. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 9th January at Crantock Village Hall from 2pm – 4pm. We are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers and new members are always welcome. Should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

December 2016

The Christmas spirit was in full swing for our December cafe. Visitors and helpers were thrilled to have received a very special invitation from Karen Brown, the Headteacher of Cubert School to see their infants’ performance of ‘Strictly the Nativity’. You could feel the anticipation as we queued alongside villagers and relatives and we were soon seated in the school hall and admiring the beautiful backdrop. 

As we expected, the children gave us an enthusiastic performance and seeing the head-dresses of tea towels brought back a few memories! For some of us it was our first time back inside a primary school for many a year and we couldn’t fail to be impressed by all that we saw. We also commented on all the hard work that must have gone on to present such a polished show and we felt privileged to see it.
Those who were unable to make it to the school didn’t miss out on the seasonal activities, as the memory cafe also opened as usual back at Crantock Village Hall where the room was appropriately decorated for an hour of games and puzzles based around the sights and sounds of Christmas past and present. There was even a chance to take a ‘blind-challenge’ of identifying the smells of Christmas which included cloves, cinnamon, port wine, nutmeg and pine needles! A selection of Christmas–themed books and 3-D Christmas cards and ‘pop-up’ books to admire, all added to the magic!
Our newer members had the opportunity to hear about our ongoing ‘Memory Box’ project which aims to encourage everyone to make a collection of personal items to keep memories alive and to provide material to share and talk about at home with visiting family or friends. Colourful boxes and ‘My Life Story’ books were available for members to take home.
When the play-goers returned from Cubert it was time for refreshments – delicious as ever – and we were delighted to be joined by members of Oll an Gwella suitably attired in their festive jumpers and they entertained us for the rest of the afternoon. We were taught how to sign ‘White Christmas’ had the opportunity to join in with shanties and carols and finally took part in a few action songs!

Needless to say, it was a lively and stimulating afternoon and everyone left with their spirits raised and had plenty to think and talk about before our Memory Cafe Extra meeting in two weeks time on Monday 19th December at Crantock Village Hall from 2pm – 4pm.  Our Memory Cafe is open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers. New members are always welcome and should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

November 2016 Extra

With the festive season fast approaching, a packed room of visitors to our mid-November cafe were given a head start with a chance to have a go at making some decorations and Christmas cards!
Our visiting ‘experts’ Sue and Margaret from Camelford used a display board to demonstrate how simple it can be, using paper, glue (plus a few sparkly bits!) to conjure up some very effective results.  They then provided everyone with materials to ‘have a go’ and whilst it wasn't perhaps quite as easy as they made it look, with the aid of our willing team of helpers, everyone got stuck in (literally in some cases!) and made some very pleasing items to take away with them.  There were extra packs of materials for those who wanted to perfect their skills at home, whilst for those who felt that creativity wasn't for them there were a range of festive puzzles to do, books to look at and time for a chat.

Tea and cake were very welcome, as were our second group of guests, ‘Cameo’ the musical ladies from St. Columb Minor who entertained us for the remainder of the afternoon with their repertoire of seasonal songs, verses and dance routines. Whilst everyone enjoyed joining in with the ‘old favourites’ it was good to be introduced to some less familiar seasonal numbers, and we all enjoyed the dulcet tones of the ‘fairy’ on the Christmas tree!

Thanks were given to all our guests at what had been a very busy but enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to meeting again in two weeks time on Monday 5th December and again on Monday 19th December at Crantock Village Hall from 2pm – 4pm. New members are always welcome to our Memory Cafe and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers. Should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

Remembrance Sunday

The Memory Cafe was pleased to be actively involved in a well-attended Remembrance Service held at the Crantock Memorial Hall on 13th November. Alongside a number of local organisations, Crantock Memory Cafe was proud to be represented by the laying of a wreath of poppies by one of our members with military experience.

‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them’

November 2016

We’re always delighted that our memory cafe is such an enjoyable and social occasion where friends old and new have a chance to relax, chat and share experiences and local news over a cup of tea and home-made refreshments. However, we aim to enhance those experiences with a theme which will add interest and entertainment, as well as stimulating thoughts and memories.
For our first cafe in November guests arriving at the cafe were quick to see that they were about to be transported into the world of holidays!  The room was colourfully decked with posters, bunting, books, maps and postcards of holiday destinations, and our ever-popular quizzes and word-searches on the theme were on the tables.

Our special guest, Veronica Gray, had a very particular holiday story to tell: as an experienced ‘tour guide,’ she spent a number of years escorting groups of visitors around the British Isles and further afield, and had a wealth of fascinating and often amusing tales to tell, along with historical and geographical detail about places she had seen.

The story she told was of her first ever experience as a guide, which involved escorting a large group of American visitors on a month-long trip encompassing Scotland, Wales, South East England and across the English Channel to Bologne – quite an expedition!  She held us all spellbound and amused with her stories as they visited towns and cities, castles and cathedrals – not to mention the hotels and hospitals! With the aid of maps and photographs – and even poetry – Veronica took us with her on her journey, and brought back many memories of our own travels and places we had visited or lived.

At the end of the afternoon thanks were given to Veronica and everyone left with plenty to think and talk about before our Memory Cafe Extra meeting in two weeks time on Monday 21st November at Crantock Village Hall from 2pm – 4pm.  Our Memory Cafe is an enjoyable 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. 

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. 

September 2016 Extra

On a damp and dreary Monday afternoon visitors were delighted to be welcomed to the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Memory Cafe. As usual there were some new faces as well as some ‘old friends’, and soon everyone was chatting or having a go at some puzzles which were based around farming and the dairy industry.
When we welcomed our special visitor for the afternoon, everything fell into place! Philip Rodda, former managing director and family member of the famous Cornish clotted cream producer, arrived to give us an illustrated talk about the history of the company and of his family.

A fascinating archive film introduced the Rodda Family dynasty and led into Philip’s interesting and entertaining talk, which might have been subtitled ‘It’s not all about cream!’  He spoke of the family farm at Scorrier and how the business evolved through the local influence of mining and mineral tramways, to turkeys and tourists, as well as new developments, expanding markets and Royal connections.
The time flew by and by the time everyone had chosen a selection from the tempting array of samples to take home and try, we had almost forgotten that tea and cakes were waiting for us – and that’s a first!!

Philip joined us for refreshments and by the time Richard had revealed the answers to the quiz, it was well past time to wend our way home.

Many thanks to Philip for a most informative and enjoyable afternoon and we look forward to opening again from 2pm – 4pm on Monday 3rd October and Monday 17th October. Crantock Memory Cafe is open to anyone concerned  about memory loss and new members are always welcome. For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

Memory Cafe At Crantock Bale Push

We were delighted to be invited to take part once again in Crantock’s biggest charity event of the year on Friday 9th September.

On a rather grey and windy evening a stalwart team of committee members set out a stall of over 60 brightly coloured mugs (it seemed appropriate for a cafe!) each filled with a selection of interesting goodies.

We invited those arriving to watch or participate in the bale-pushing competition to buy a ticket and hopefully win a mug, and it wasn’t long before the prizes were flying off the table!

We also had information and leaflets about the cafe and our range of activities available and we found many people interested in and happy to donate to our cause.

By 7pm all of our mugs had gone and as the crowds made their way towards the main event, we were able to clear up and join them.

Many thanks to the Bale Push organisers for allowing us to participate in this novel and successful event and we look forward to hearing how much they have raised this year for a range of deserving local charities.

September 2016

At our first cafe session in September we welcomed back ‘Cameo’, our musical friends from St Columb Minor who entertained us with a selection of ‘songs from the musicals’.

Everyone enjoyed the familiar melodies from ‘Oliver’, ‘Me and My Girl’ and ‘Oklahoma’ as well as a selection of songs from the 1940s. There were a couple of lovely solos besides three really amusing readings. Plenty of memories were stirred, and as usual there is nothing we like more than joining in with a chorus or two – even our ladies in the kitchen were dancing along to the ‘Lambeth Walk’!

Our theme for the afternoon was to continue thinking about compiling ‘memory boxes’ of our lives, and following on from last month’s talk of childhood, we moved on to the world of work. There was a word-search based on occupations, an A-Z of jobs to puzzle over and our table decorations included some interesting Cornish pottery figures illustrating different occupations which caused some interest and amusement.

After tea everyone enjoyed taking part in a trivia quiz on our working lives.  Having compared answers, we were able to metaphorically pat ourselves on the back for being so smart! This led into a discussion of our own working lives, and there was plenty to talk about! Saturday jobs, work in the home, interviews and career changes all came to light and everyone was encouraged to go home and see what artefacts, papers or photos we could find to remind us of these times and place in our own Memory Boxes.

Crantock Memory cafe is a great way to meet and make friends and to spend an interesting and entertaining afternoon. We look forward to opening again on Monday 19th September and Monday 3rd October.  New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

August 2016 Extra

Visitors arriving for our second cafe of the month, on a beautifully sunny afternoon, were delighted that we had been invited to pay a visit out to West Pentire. At the kind invitation of David and Brenda Eyles we journeyed down the road to see their lovely garden at ‘Arundell’, which they regularly open for the National Gardens Scheme.
David welcomed everyone and gave a brief introductory talk about the development of the garden over the years and then we were able to take a leisurely stroll around and explore the variety of ‘garden rooms’ and see the vast range of plants, with David on hand to answer queries and explain plantings in his usual affable way. For those unable to walk too far there were plenty of places to sit and admire the view, and it was an extra treat when Brenda and our regular kitchen team provided us all with a delicious afternoon tea, by which time everyone was ready for a rest and a chat!

A vote of thanks was given to David and Brenda for their hospitality and continued support and they were presented with an unusual orchid to add to their plant collection.

We know it’s been said before, but it certainly merits repeating that in Crantock and the surrounding area we are fortunate in having many individuals and groups with a wide range of interests, experiences and knowledge which they are generously happy to share with the Memory Cafe. Visitors to the cafe and our regular helpers really enjoy and appreciate the support we receive and we know that everyone benefits from the stimulation and pleasure that an afternoon at the cafe provides.

As usual, many thanks to all our helpers and volunteer drivers for an interesting afternoon and we look forward to opening our doors again on Monday 5th September and Monday 19th September from 2pm – 4pm at Crantock Village Hall. New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

August 2016

Every month at the Memory Cafe we are delighted to welcome a wide range of visitors who entertain everyone or share their interest and knowledge on a wide range of topics, encouraging friendly chatter and evoking memories from us all.

For our August cafe, however, the tables were turns and cafe members found themselves to be the main topic of interest and conversation. A word-search entitled ‘That’s Life’ was the first clue, and this was followed by a TV theme which was familiar to some of us: ‘This is Your Life’. Eamonn Andrews didn’t appear from behind a curtain to surprise us with his red book, but instead we began a music-led ‘tour’ of the various stages of our lives. For example, family and childhood were introduced by ‘My Brother’ by Terry Scott and ‘Three Little Maids from School’ from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’, whilst friends, past and present were encapsulated in ‘Friends and Neighbours’ sung by Billy Cotton.  Words to some of the songs were provided and everyone did a good job of singing along with the choruses!  Time was given for everyone to chat about their recollections of these years and, as usual, memories were not in short supply – so much so that we didn’t get as far as our working lives, wartime experiences, children and grandchildren, special events and much more! Never mind – we’ll save them for another time.

A mid-way break in a busy afternoon enabled everyone to ‘refuel’ with cakes and tea and to get to know several new visitors who we were delighted to welcome to the Memory Cafe.  Despite the dreadful wet weather, the cafe was very busy and our wonderful kitchen helpers were kept on their toes!
Over the time that the cafe has been running (nearly three years now) we have found that despite their initial concerns, our visitors do have many memories to share about different aspects of their lives. Our ‘This is Your Life’ theme culminated in the introduction of ‘Memory Boxes’ for everyone to take away, in which they can gather together photos, papers and objects which remind them of their lives, both for their own benefit and for them to share with friends and family. In addition to the boxes, members were given a blank ‘My Life Story’ book to work through at home which covers many aspects of our lives over the years, including favourite foods, TV programmes, music etc.

As usual, thanks to all of our organisers and supporters and we look forward to seeing everyone again at our next meetings which will be held on Monday 15th August, Monday 5th September and Monday 19th September. New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

July 2016 Extra

The summer seems to be passing us fast – on Monday 17th we held our July Memory Cafe Extra and as usual a happy band of guests joined us for an interesting afternoon!
We began by having a look at ‘Sparkle’ magazine: This is a weekly publication which provides day-to-day recollections of events, personalities, song lyrics and quizzes relating to years gone by.

A wordsearch and crossword puzzle were provided to encourage everyone to have a good look through the magazine. Birthdays that week included Richard Branson (born 1950) and Nicola Sturgeon (born 1970) whilst the ‘events’ section reminded us of the attempted assassination of Hitler (20th July 1944) and the resignation of Sir Alec Douglas-Home (22nd July 1965). In the ‘way we were’ columns we were reminded of buying sweets in the 1950s, childhood pets and school reports.  There was plenty of laughter and chatter and we rounded the session off with a chorus of ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’.
After tea, there was another opportunity to remember times past: each table was given a box of items and everyone was encouraged to have a good look and choose something which interested them or brought back memories. There was quite a selection in each box – old keys and coins, a horse brass, blackboard rubber and chalk, thimbles, a compass, a bag of confetti and many more. There was so much to look at and talk about we could have gone on for hours, but as usual time caught up with us, and everyone was encouraged to take the ‘Sparkle’ magazines home with them to peruse further in their own time.

As usual, many thanks to all our organizers and helpers for an interesting afternoon and we look forward to opening our doors again on Monday 1st August and Monday 15th August from 2pm – 4pm at Crantock Village Hall. New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

July 2016

Our cafe usually begins with some word-based puzzles which link in with something topical or the theme for the afternoon. This month our guests were greeted by word searches based on the actual day of the ‘Fourth of July’ with the focus on the American celebrations and another on ‘Musical Instruments’.
Di welcomed a packed room full of visitors and introduced Malcolm and Angela - a husband and wife singing duo from Newquay who entertained everyone with a medley of popular songs with solos by Angela accompanied by Malcolm on the harmonica. In between songs Malcolm entertained us with a series of amusing anecdotes and jokes. The performance was greatly enjoyed by all who were able to join in with many of the better known songs.

After the usual refreshments of tea and delicious homemade cakes with time for a chat with friends, Di presented a quiz based on naming musical instruments beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Whilst many were fairly easy (accordion, bassoon, cello etc.) some were extremely challenging .... did you know for q there is an instrument called a qanun (an Arabian zither)?  Everyone did very well with much creative thinking and a good time was had by all, judging from the laughter! 

We are now looking forward to our next meetings which will be held on Monday 18th July, Monday 1st August and Monday 15th August. New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

June 2016 Extra

Visitors to this month’s Memory Cafe Extra on June 20th entered the realm of espionage and the ‘Cold War’.
A word-search based on ‘Spies and Detectives’ led on to a fascinating illustrated talk by Brook Blackford, a local resident and Parish Councillor. Brook was an RAF pilot for thirty years, reaching the rank of Wing Commander before being seconded to the British Embassy from where, after a tough ‘crash course’ in Russian he spent seven years working behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ ostensibly as an interpreter and liaison officer but in fact as an information gatherer or spying on Russian planes, tanks and equipment. He gave us a revealing insight into his experiences in a world of secrecy and suspicion, which included guns, prohibited areas and secret photographs, Russian soldiers, East German secret police and borders guards.

During the 1970s and 1980s Brook and his wife Salli spent time in Prague and Berlin where they saw the poverty and dereliction behind the Berlin Wall and the changes which occurred when the wall finally came down which also saw the end of Brook’s work in Europe. Richard showed everyone a small piece of the Berlin Wall, and we looked at contemporary photos of its construction, its effect on the lives of Berliners and its final destruction in 1989.

Teatime gave us a chance to chat and discuss with each other and with Brook about our own memories of those years, and to compare the eye-opening firsthand experiences of which we had just heard with what we had been told by press reports at the time.

After a brief sing-along session of familiar songs, we tackled some code-breaking exercises of our own which proved quite challenging but were met with considerable success!

It was a most thought-provoking and varied afternoon and our thanks go to Brook for sharing with us his first-hand experiences of some key moments in twentieth century history.
Our next meetings will be held on Monday 4th July and Monday 18th July from 2pm – 4pm at Crantock Village Hall. New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. 

June 2016

Cars and motoring form a significant part of all our lives and there can’t be many of us whose recollections of the past and present don’t include memorable vehicles or journeys. With these thoughts in mind, Memory Cafe organisers chose a motoring theme for our June meeting, and guests driving into the Village Hall car park were surprised to see along the edge of the field a display of ‘retro’, vintage and collectable cars together with their proud owners.

Moving into the hall there was a chance to sit and catch our breath with suitably themed puzzles and word-searches and interesting displays of photographs and motoring memorabilia to stir memories: old petrol cans, a wooden steering wheel, early number plates, tax discs recently consigned to history, a driving licence from 1920, souvenir racing programmes, model cars .... and more! 


The weather was on our side, so it was soon time to venture back outside for a close look at our seventeen visiting vehicles which included three Austin Sevens, a variety of different model MGs, a Morris Minor, a 1973 VW Variant Squareback, a 1986 Triking V1000cc 3-wheeler, a 1980 Porsche 911sc coupe sport and even a 1964 Lambretta! There was a chance to look under bonnets and in boots, and to climb inside and recall the distinctive smells and trimmings. Our generous owners were more than happy to talk about and share memories of their treasured motors. To see and hear about such a range of vehicles from different eras was fascinating, and a number of the older cars had distinctive ‘personalities’ and even names, including Olive, Susan, Ardie and Percy!

Then a special treat – for those who were keen and able there was the opportunity to ‘go for a spin’ as a selection of vehicles drove out to West Pentire and parked up in the Bowgie Carpark to admire the view, with the kind permission of Andy and Sally Pickles. Perhaps you saw us pass by?  For those who preferred to stay at the Village Hall there was a further opportunity to peruse the remaining vehicles and displays or some car jigsaws to tackle.

As the travellers returned, everyone was ready for afternoon tea and we were delighted that many of our visitors joined us for this and stayed on for the remainder of the afternoon.
Val Doonican’s song ‘O’Rafferty’s Motor Car’ then set the mood for a Car and Motoring Quiz and there was plenty of time for reminiscences and stories of first cars, driving lessons, special occasions, journeys and much more.

What an afternoon!  The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a special thanks must go to all those motoring enthusiasts who gave their time, effort and expertise to enable Crantock Memory Cafe members and helpers to relive motoring days gone by, or to experience them for the first time!  Thanks also to our catering team who were kept very busy and to all who made this special event possible.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 20th June. New members are always welcome and we are open to anyone concerned about memory loss, with their carers.  For more information  ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347.