June 2018

June in Cornwall – what better time of year to take our Memory Café visitors on a ‘Crantock Explorers’ Trail’! For this ‘one-off’ session the café was based at ‘The Cornishman’ in the centre of the village, thanks to the generosity of landlady Kathleen, who has also supported us recently by raising over £265 at a Charity Quiz Night!

Visitors and helpers met at ‘The Cornishman’, and as usual were greeted with some interesting word puzzles to have a go at whilst they settled in to their new surroundings.  Clipboards with observation sheets were then distributed, and with reminders to tread carefully on uneven surfaces and to keep an eye out for traffic, our group of intrepid explorers set off around the village! A ‘figure of eight’ trail had been devised, encompassing familiar and more unusual corners of our attractive and interesting environment, as well as a visit to the lovely Crantock Church.

The walk around the village included having a look at the listed telephone kiosk and village well, the millennium sundial and the names of those remembered around the door of the Memorial Hall, as well as interesting buildings such as the Malt House and the Ship Inn Farmhouse. At the church we were welcomed by knowledgeable sacristan Jeni Stewart-Smith who helped us make the most of the beautiful carvings and stained glass windows as well as answering any questions we posed. Everyone then enjoyed a visit to the village stocks and hearing the story of William Tinney, the last man to be put in them, and his escape from the top of the church tower!

The less mobile of our number, meanwhile, were able to stay in ‘The Cornishman’, where an interesting display of local photographs and books awaited discovery. There was also a chance to have a go at the Crantock Explorers’ Trail and questionnaire using photographs of relevant points of interest around the village under the guidance and help of Val.

Everyone arrived back safely in time for much needed refreshments, and there was plenty of time to compare ‘trail sheets’ and discuss what we had seen around the village and share what had been discovered.  Refreshed by tea and cake, there was a chance for everyone to have a look at the display and the room was soon buzzing with friendly chatter!

There was time for David to go through the answers to the questions posed on the Explorers’ Trail sheets before it was time to think about wending our way home.

Many thanks were given to Kathleen, without whom this special event would not have been possible.  We all set off for home with plenty to think and talk about before our next café on June 18th back at Crantock Village Hall.

New members, who have a degree of memory loss, are always welcome to come along with their carers, and should you require more information please contact Di on 01637 830544 or David on 01637 830617.