Memory Lane was established in October 2018 providing a variety of activities and support for carers and their guests every month until the final meeting before Lockdown in February 2020.
Memory Lane returned with a flourish in September to the delight of those in a caring role and their partners experiencing dementia. The Memory Lane Team formed by church and community volunteers, had been liaising by telephone, emails, monthly bulletins and of course with Zoom, with the 40 people on their mailing list throughout the pandemic. All agreed the chance to meet again was extremely welcomed.
One of the new innovations introduced at the September meeting was to have live music at every meeting rather than relying solely on their recording system. Guests now arrive to music being played by Music Therapist Ann Beresford, on a selection of instruments, with songs people remember being sung by Liz Westaway a retired Opera Singer. Their music develops into group singing as people arrive and settle down together. This talented and delightfully understanding couple will be bringing joy into the first hour of every Memory Lane.
This is followed with Tea & Cakes made by twelve members of the St Nicolas Church congregation, prior to the final activity sessions for those with dementia.
The afternoon is a time of respite for those who have been caring 24/7 and are able to relax over constant tea and homemade cakes. This is a time of sharing but sometimes with pandering and professional guidance as required.
This month Carers, Partners and Team will be joined by the ‘Wintershall Singers’ on Monday 15th November on a welcomed return visit following the period of isolation.
Plans have also been made for a joyous meeting in December with Christmas in mind so in addition to Carol Singing led by Ann & Liz, next month there is to be a production in the John Wagg Hall by the talented actors of ‘Go Perform’ on the 6th December.
Memory Lane meets every 1st & 3rd Monday at 2.15 to 4.15pm in the Cranleigh Arts Centre and welcomes anyone who may be feeling lonely and of course those experiencing dementia and their carers.