Roy Lancaster CBE and patron of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens returned on Sunday 8th July to open the fourth Dementia Festival DEMFEST organised by the Romsey Dementia Action Group. Over 500 people enjoyed the hot summer weather and engaged with over 45 different stands, stalls and workshops.
The event highlights innovative ideas, allowing inspirational people to showcase their work with dementia and workshops designed to assist people who live with this disease. The day focuses on known areas of help, such as aromatherapy, gardening therapies, music and the live bands and individuals provided the backdrop to a very enjoyable day for everyone.
Wessex Film & Sound Archive showcased their pioneering mobile film theatre drawing interests to the interesting and memory inspiring reminiscence marquee, the Mayflower Theatre were able to update visitors upon the refurbishment of the theatre and its reopening in September and show old show programmes.
Andrew Knight who runs fortnightly music workshops, Music Unlocking Memories in the Crosfield Hall gave a demonstration of his unique ‘Music Therapy’ to an audience of 50 plus, which overran such was the enjoyment meaning the expert panellists on the Question and Answer session was moved out into the sunshine into an events shelter.
Face painting, Men’s Shed, a unique wishing tree, arts and crafts complimented the very busy Shentons Information Marquee where advice upon dementia was to be found from a range of agencies.
Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Caroline Nokes MP attended with the Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock and Deputy Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Hatley, local parish councillors also attended this excellent day hosted by Romsey but visited by many from across the counties.
Check out our Demfest page on the Romdag website for photos of the event.