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.