September 2017 Extra

Our second Memory Cafe of the month took place on Monday 18th September and as usual, a good number of visitors arrived and were either chatting or having a go a word-search or a quiz based around this week’s ‘Sparkle’ magazine which we distribute to all of our members, courtesy of generous sponsorship from ‘The Bowgie’ at West Pentire.
Whilst we know everyone always enjoys these familiar games, we are keen to explore new ideas and activities, and today was no exception! Richard introduced us to Trevor Hawkins, artist and teacher, who soon engaged everyone’s attention as he spoke of the enjoyment and creativity of modelling with clay. Basic modelling tools were distributed around the tables and Trevor explained that we could all ‘have a go’ using modroc – a special clay which hardens without the need to fire it in a kiln.

After some brief tuition on building with clay and fixing components together it was ‘all systems go’ as we got stuck in! Trevor showed us some examples of what could be achieved and was on hand to give advice where needed, and very soon our creative juices were working overtime as an amazing mixture of fruit, trees, mushrooms, items of clothing and pots, not to mention a menagerie of animals, birds and sea creatures began to appear on the tables.  Memories of playing with plasticine in the classroom were revived, and there was chat about using ‘playdough’ with our children and grandchildren.

At the end of a very enjoyable hour we all had works of art to take home with us and after quickly wiping down the tables and giving our hands a scrub we were ready for the tea and cakes brought around by our refreshments team.  Thanks and applause were given to Trevor before we moved into the final part of the afternoon with a game of Musical Bingo – always a popular activity, especially with the added bonus of a chocolate for anyone completing a line!
Richard then gave us the answers to the quiz we had tackled earlier, before it was time to pack away at the end of a most enjoyable Memory Cafe.
Our next Memory Cafe meeting takes place on Monday 2nd October at Crantock Village Hall from 2pm. New members with their carers are always welcome and should you need further information please ring Di on 01637 830544 or Joan on 01637 831347.