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.