February 2020 Extra

There’s no denying our visitors to the cafe have plenty of variety to entertain them!
At first sight our theme for the mid-February cafe was a strange one – the letter ‘X’! Guests were greeted with a word-search based around the letter ‘X’ and a quiz challenge to solve written clues identifying more words using the same letter – very mystifying.
All was revealed when David introduced our visiting entertainer Duane Johns, who had been one of the talented contestants on the popular television show ‘The X Factor’.  Duane soon demonstrated why he had been selected by the judges and in between performances of well-known songs he talked about his recollections of the auditions, participation and the direction his career has taken following the experience.
 A talented singer and performer, Duane soon captivated his audience with songs which ranged from well-known numbers made famous by the likes of Peggy Lee and Doris Day, via Cliff Richard and the Carpenters to the Beach Boys and songs from film and theatre. He quickly had everyone joining in and we provided a great rhythm accompaniment with our musical instruments.
As refreshments were served there was time for a chat and a chance to have a look at our display of vintage treasures which was entitled ‘X marks the spot’.
A selection of small boxes could be opened to reveal a range of different items from the past, encouraging reminiscences and memories -  girl guide and brownie badges, a policeman’s whistle, a bicycle bell and clips, a selection of buttons and much more were there to be discovered! 
Duane then entertained us with a finale of songs ending with ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and received a warm round of applause.
The afternoon concluded with an interesting and informative talk on ‘Energy Saving in the Home’ given by Jane and Jay from the Cornwall Rural Community Charity.  Helpful booklets and information were distributed for everyone to take home which gave us practical advice and much to consider.

As yet another enjoyable afternoon drew to a close we said our goodbyes and looked forward to meeting up again on Monday 2nd March. New guests are always welcome and should you need more information ring David on 01637 830617, Di on 01637 830544 or visit our website: crantockmemorycafe.org.uk