Happy Memories Café 25th June …. a big success… Thank you to everyone who attended our second Happy Memories Cafe where we explored memory boxes. This was very popular with all ages and encouraged a lot of happy reminiscing over all the items that were in the boxes. Items such as a toasting fork, which made us all talk about when we used to use them on the open fires, a milk can that we used to go and to collect fresh milk straight from the dairy. When I was young our milk came from Court Green Farm and we would walk over and collect it with the Presslee boys from next door, I would swing the can full of milk in a big circle feeling rather clever not to spill it. We talked about “Monday washday” and it lasting most of the day with the lighting of the copper and the never ending items of clothes to be washed ,Sylvia remembered the blue bags that were used to keep the whites right and Joan recalled the wooden tongs that were used, but we all felt that things had changed for the better with the introduction of the automatic machines. Many memories were exchanged all instigated by the various objects and the morning was much enjoyed. Thanks to all who helped out in anyway and to all who made the lovely home made cakes. Thanks to Pastor Jim, Lyn, and Denise who along with myself lead the discussions on the items in the boxes and helped to facilitate. Special thanks to Lisa Holmes who is part of Age UK Memory Advisory Team who gave a short talk at the start of the morning about memory loss and the importance of going to see your GP early, as in many cases treatment for the condition can really make a difference. The Next Happy Memories Cafe is on Monday September the 3rd 10am until 12noon where we will be looking at the old Bere Regis photographs and Paul Bennett will be bringing along a rolling slideshow and albums of postcards. We also have an entertainer with a patdog so pop this date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there.
“Consider Yourself One Of Us.”… Today we will stage our Summer Production at 2pm and again at 7pm this is the culmination of the best part of six months work. Young people will be taking on major roles some for the first time, some will be making their début on stage while others will have faced learning their roles in conjunction with the pressure of exams. They have all done extremely well and as their Director I am proud of each and everyone of them. This will be our first production with the new lighting and our thanks goes to Philip Boreham who has installed this and enabled us to further our creativity, with the lighting adding a whole new dimension to scenes and giving the show an air of real theatre. The profits from the Show will be donated to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice a very worth cause. The production is a wonderful example of a community group including many young people working together growing within their own confidence and abilities and helping to raise money for others who do not share the bright future that they all have.
The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations… The Village is looking great with all the bunting and flags flying, what a wonderful affirmation of Britishness ,at the Pop In Place we have staged two very successful Jubilee events the first being The Jubilee Village Quiz where we had 17 teams taking part, very many thanks to Sue Stone for setting the questions. The winners were the Dorset Scribblers and the Royal Oak Bridge Team. (Joint) The second Jubilee event was “Let’s Celebrate” with talented local band Rapport. This was a great night Rapport played lots of popular songs and they are certainly great musicians, a most enjoyable night was had by all who attended and this has now set the scene for the up and coming Jubilee weekend when the Pop In Place Performers group take to the street in the Jubilee Pageant with their float “Consider Yourself One Of Us ”. We are pleased to be able to send a cheque to the Bere Regis Parish Council for £200 after all our expenses have been covered to go towards the Village Jubilee Celebrations on Monday 4th June.