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.