Oct 2011 Memory Cafe, Girton WI Hall, High Street, Girton, CB3 0PU

Fri 7th October 2011

Memory-Cafe first came to Cambridgeshire on 4th March 2011. They are held on the first Friday of each month. This is the eighth event when all with Memory challenges and their carers are welcome.

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Our speaker for the Memory Cafe was Maureen Ryan who gave us a talk on her time with the Red Cross.  She was involved  in the exchange of prisoners in the Middle East which seemed to be quite a daunting task, and also in helping to give holidays to underprivileged children.  Maureen quoted an occasion when, as she was doing a night tour of a dormitory, one little boy was still awake.  She said goodnight to him and gave him a kiss, and he said to her "we get a holiday and love as well". 
 
Her talk was much appreciated by everybody and we look forward to seeing Maureen again at our Cafe.
 
This month was the busiest we have had over the last seven months.  Somebody who was visiting said they could hear the laughter outside the hall and commented on what a wonderful atmosphere we had created.  This month we had help from local Rotarians, our Girton friends, and also from three members of the local Inner Wheel which was much appreciated.
 
Richard de Horsey
Memory Cafe Coordinator (also now for the Eastern Region for REPoD)

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