December 2019 Extra

Christmas was approaching fast when we opened the doors for our second December cafe, so there was nothing for it but to have a bit of a party!  The tables were looking festive with sparkling decorations and a beautiful wall hanging made by one of our wonderful volunteers set off a display of trees, candles and Christmas books. The room was soon buzzing with friendly chatter and on the tables there were word puzzles and copies of the ‘Sparkle’ reminiscence magazine, sponsored by the Bowgie Inn,  to look through. With seasonal music gently playing in the background the room soon had a real Christmas atmosphere!

 David then introduced Nigel Skews from Falmouth who had come along to entertain us for the first part of the afternoon. Nigel’s smiling face and great voice soon had everyone singing along to a selection of popular songs and well known Christmas carols which we all enjoyed.
As the performance drew to a close we could see that our refreshments team, together with the wonderful local bakers who provide us with cakes and savouries had laid out a festive feast for everyone to enjoy! There was time to pull a cracker, laugh at the corny jokes inside and tuck in to a delicious spread and, of course a much needed cuppa!
 After an extended tea everyone was delighted to receive a small gift and card from the Memory Cafe team. As the afternoon drew to a close, David thanked our visiting musician and merry seasonal wishes were exchanged before everyone set off for home, looking forward to the first memory cafe of 2020 on January 6th.
As we begin our seventh year we would like to say a big ‘thankyou’ to all our friends and supporters and we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. New guests are always welcome and should you need more information ring David on 01637 830617, Di on 01637 830544 or visit our website:

December 2019

Although there were still three weeks to go before Christmas, visitors to the Memory Cafe were delighted to be greeted by a Christmas tree and a room beautifully decorated by the Village Hall Committee! We were pleased to welcome some new friends as well as familiar faces and after time to settle in with a friendly chat or a look at a ‘December Days!’ word puzzle, David introduced our friend Margaret from Camelford. This talented lady visits us a couple of times a year to give everyone a chance to have a go at practical or craft-based activities.
This time Margaret showed us how to make unusual angel decorations using old paperback books – after showing everyone examples of what we were going to make and giving a demonstration, she soon had us folding and gluing.  Quite a few of us were ‘all fingers and thumbs’ to start with, but after a bit of practice and the help of volunteers we soon got the knack, and the results were quite impressive.

During our break for tea, after admiring our handiwork, there was time to look at a display of even more intricate works made of paper and card in the form of some wonderful three-dimensional books and cards. These fascinating creations caused a lot of interest and amusement, and brought back memories of the magic of pop-up books when we were young!
 As cups and saucers were cleared away we greeted our friends ‘Cameo’ from St Columb Minor who, dressed in seasonal attire, entertained us with Christmas songs old and new and a range of Christmas verses taking us from what to do with the left-over turkey to the true meaning of the Christmas story!
 David thanked our visitors for an action-packed time and after an enjoyable afternoon everyone gathered up their Christmas angels before setting off for home. We look forward to meeting up again for our final Cafe of 2019 on December 16th at Crantock Village Hall from 2pm.