The Memory cafe was set up on 30th September 2015 for people with memory problems who live in the village and surrounding areas. However it has now grown and we have several extra members who come along just to enjoy the company. We meet on the last Wednesday of the month in the Mariners Close visitor's lounge.
Prior to the pandemic we would have entertainers, poets, musical activity, and craft workers coming along to liven up the afternoon, all dished up with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. There would also be 4/5 Rotarians around to spend time talking to people. These get togethers were relaxed and extremely enjoyable for all. Numbers started to grow and friendships have been made.
However, due to the pandemic, this monthly activity has had to be put on hold, but we in Rotary felt we must keep something going. Every month we have produced newsletters, with a theme in mind. These newsletters have been based on VE day, The Rotary Village Fair, Braunton Wheels, Local Authors, The Great Field and Local Farming in the area, Velator Quay with stories provided by local fisherman, and future months will, be on Music, Halloween, etc. We have had several articles from our members which have been included in the newsletters and we are actively encouraging people to send us more written contributions.
Despite not being able to meet regularly face to face, we now have four new members, who we are supporting by including them in the delivery of the newsletter a goody bag and regular phone calls. Our goody bags have included hand sanitisers, puzzle books, crafts etc this has been with the help of our local shops Tesco’s and Copy Katz, a Devon Cream Tea provided by Fine foods of Braunton, Fish and Chips from Squires, a Limerick Book written by our own Rotarian Peter Little, a CD from local musician Steve Tucker, and Biscuits.
Communication and the welfare of our members is very important to us so we make regular contact by telephone to ensure all is ok.
All our team are members of Braunton Caen Rotary
At the moment we cannot meet face to face, but we want to be there for people and so once a month we hand out a newsletter and a small gift. We like to keep in touch and will ring our members as well.