Countdown To Memory Café opening 

The Memory Cafe is held at Barton Baptist Church, Torquay, on Saturday afternoons

The Memory Cafe is held at Barton Baptist Church, Torquay, on Saturday afternoons - Credit: Norrms McNamara

It’s true, and you know it, we really do live in the most beautiful part of the UK.

The incredible beaches, the rolling hills, little towns and villages with their farmers' markets and old ways and customs - just talking about it gladdens the heart.

Now the better weather is upon us, we have so much to look forward to.

Things are slowly beginning to open up, and even though we may still have some Covid restrictions, as always we have come through this by standing together, working together and looking after each other.

We will be opening our Memory Café for the first time in such a very long time on Saturday, July 10, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Barton Baptist Church in Happaway Road, Torquay.

We are the only one in the area that we know of that opens on a Saturday but it’s for one very good reason... nobody else does! It really is as simple as that.

When the wonderfully hard-working carers are pulling their hair out at the weekend, not knowing where to go or what to do with their loved ones with dementia as all is closed, we’re not!

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We are there with a huge smile, friendly faces and open arms to welcome them for two hours of fun, dancing, singing and games.

And you don't have to have dementia to come to our wonderful Saturday café. If you only want to know something about dementia, we will be there for you. If you know somebody who has dementia, be it a neighbour or a family member in the past, you are welcomed, but most of all, if you’re on your own and just fancy a good old sing-song and a knees-up with games on a Saturday afternoon, we will be so pleased to see you - and it won’t cost you a penny!

That’s right, not a penny! We do not charge for this café, but we do have a donation pot when you sign in but it really is up to you,. How can we charge people for having a good time? It just wouldn’t be right.

We will also throw in tea, coffee, biscuits and if my wife Elaine has been baking, homemade cakes which I can highly recommend.

On July 10, for the opening, we also have the incredibly talented local swing singer Peter 'Mac' Dell.

So, what more can you ask for and to be honest, what else would you be doing on a Saturday afternoon?

The last year or so have been hard going for all of us, we have all lost loved ones, friends, acquaintances to this awful disease of Covid and I don’t think that anybody has been untouched by it.

We have lost a few members along the way who will be very sadly missed, both because of the pandemic and dementia as it waits for no man or woman as you know, but we have come out of this even stronger, I believe, and a lot more appreciative of our family, friendships and those who live around us.

To coin a very old phrase, 'This is a brand new world' we are all going into, but if we all travel this road together, with hope in our hearts, how can we go wrong?

See you all on July 10.