June 2017 Extra

Crantock Memory Cafe opened its doors for our mid-month get together on the 19th June with the opportunity for a chat, or a wordsearch on our ‘Cornish Heritage’ for those who preferred to put their ‘thinking caps’ on! Richard then introduced Len Sheppard from the Newquay Old Cornwall Society who had come along with his trusty laptop and projector to give us an illustrated talk on local history. This was Len’s second visit to the Memory Cafe and we were delighted to welcome him back.
This time Len took as his theme ‘Shipping and Wrecks’ focussing on Newquay’s development and subsequent importance as a port within the national scene during the nineteenth century. In a coastal area like ours, this topic is a rich vein for stories and information, and Len held everyone’s attention until afternoon tea arrived.

For the latter part of the afternoon we were introduced to some new visitors – vocal group ‘The Trembellows’. This group is made up of people affected by Parkinson’s who, despite their progressive neurological condition, enthusiastically entertained us with a lively selection of sea shanties and familiar songs, and soon had us tapping our feet, clapping and singing along.

The Trembellows discovered that singing improves swallowing, the pitch and volume of the voice, and importantly it provides companionship and great fun, and as the audience we could testify to that! We hope that they will come back to entertain us again in the near future.

Crantock Memory Cafe is always pleased to welcome new members, with their carers, and should you need further information ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347. Our next meetings will be held at Crantock Village Hall on Monday 3rd July and Monday 17th July from 2pm – 4pm.