Good Year For Memory Cafe

The Memory Cafe

The organisers of the Memory Cafe say a good year has been tinged with sadness with the death of one of their regular attendees, Mable Bennett.

The volunteers arrange weekly sessions for a core of 14 retired residents and up to 20 islanders attend the Friday meetings and the Wednesday afternoon club.

Jenny Byers says they’ve tried to host a range of events to keep minds active and stimulate memories including antique road shows and Desert Island discs, exercises and a version of the TV game show, ‘Countdown.’

And Jenny says the cake decorating class with Rachel Marshall was a highlight of 2011.

The club has worked closely with the Five Islands School youngsters and Jenny thinks it is important to get young people sharing experiences with senior citizens as both groups can learn from each other.

Jenny says many members of the clubs try not to miss the sessions because it’s such as social occasion and a chance for them to relax and mix with their friends.

Next year, the group hopes to move into the refurbished former primary school at Carn Gwavel.

Jenny hopes there’ll be more working with the pupils next door and she’d like to set up a regular lunch club, if the catering studies pupils are able to assist.