Unlocking romsey memories

“Unlocking Romsey Memories”

This year the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Dementia Action Week’ runs from May 21st – 27th, and members of Romsey Dementia Action Group (ROMDAG) are planning a number of special events for it.
One of these is a FREE event called ‘Unlocking Romsey Memories’, which Greenbuttercup CIC is hosting on Friday May 25th, 2018. The event will be held in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre (by kind permission of RAODS), where Greenbuttercup CIC run monthly ‘Art & Craft’ sessions for those living with Dementia on behalf of ROMDAG. Between 10.30a.m. and 12.30p.m. anyone with a Dementia, who lives in and around Romsey (or used to live/work in, or even just visit Romsey), is invited to come along with their carer and/or relatives to enjoy a morning of reminiscences over coffee and cake.
A number of organisations have kindly agreed to lend us Romsey memorabilia and photos to help unlock those memories. Members of King John’s House will be present with some artefacts from their Museum; Romsey Show and the Romsey Signal Box are loaning items; the local history society (LTVAS) and owners of the Woodley Net website have allowed us access to their photos; and members of RAODS will be on hand to talk about the Plaza – which was a Cinema and Bingo Hall before the Theatre it is now.
Everyone is welcome to join us – just drop-in at any time and stay for as long as you like. If you have an object or photo which has a special memory of Romsey for you, we would love to see it, so please bring it along.
There is parking behind the theatre, and entry is by the side entrance up the accessible ramp. If you would like further information of this event, please contact Pamela on: Pamela@shadow26.plus.com or 01794 501605.
For information about other local events during Dementia Action Week, please visit www.romdag.co.uk.

Donation – thank you

Huge thank you to St Edmunds Romsey RC church and St Andrews RC Church North Baddesley from Romsey Dementia Action Group in receiving a £910 donation from the congregation of these two churches.

The donation will help with our Dementia Action Week plans at The British Legion, Marie Louise House, The Plaza, Romsey Abbey, The Utd Reformed Church, Dementia Action Week 21st to 26th May,

And Demfest @ Sir Harold Hilliers on the 8th July will all benefit enormously from this gift.

Thank you from all of us at Romdag

Research opportunity

Carolina is a PhD student at the University of Southampton. She is looking for people to take part in her study.

I am recruiting relatives and friends of people living with dementia. As well as professionals and volunteers to take part in the last study of my PhD, which is a survey about effects of physical activity for people living with dementia. Here is the link to the online survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4220573/Delphi-round-1

I have got paper packages available as well, for those who are not so comfortable with computers. At this stage I am only recruiting relatives, friends and professionals or volunteers. But in a few months I will be recruiting people living with dementia as well

If anyone can help, click the link or contact Carolina at a.c.goncalves@soton.ac.uk

MAYOR OF TEST VALLEY ATTENDED ROMSEY ‘MEMORY WALK’

The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Carl Borg-Neal accompanied walkers on the Romsey Memory Walk earlier this week. The walk was established by the  Romsey Dementia Action Group and Walking for Health  for people who may be living with a dementia or wish to gain some exercise whilst stimulating their memory with some mental exercises.

The walks are held on the first and third Monday of each month and last for about an hour, a refreshments and an opportunity to chat are kindly provided by Marie Louise House, anyone interested in joining the walks can just come along. The walks start at 10:30am, from Marie Louise House or see the website www.romdag.org.uk  for more details.

Romsey Yarn-Bombing 2018

After the success of the yarn-bombing in Romsey during Romsey Festival 2017, it is to be repeated this year.  The aim is to cover 114 bollards in and around Romsey Town Centre from Good Friday until after the May Bank Holiday with the theme of ‘Spring into Romsey’.

Last year ROMDAG committee member Di Metters created a cover which was displayed outside The Phoenix Pub – where the Games & Puzzles group meets.  As there is not long before the covers are needed, we are resurrecting last year’s cover and it is now in the hands of the ‘Arts & Crafts’ group, who will spruce it up, and make it more ‘spring-like’.  The finished cover will be on one of the bollards at Latimer Walk, so don’t forget to look out for it at the end of next month.

#ILoveArt

Later this month from February 23-25th, a three day Festival of Creativity called #ARTCONNECTS is being held.  The Festival is based in London, but there are also events being held around the UK.  The Festival aims to celebrate the power of creativity, technology and people.  Running alongside the Festival will be a project called ‘#ILoveArt’.  People involved in the arts from all over the UK have been asked to take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘#I Love Art’.  The pictures will be blown up to life size and displayed at Kings Cross.  The aim is to have 1,000 posters.

During our ‘Arts & Crafts’ printing session in January, participants each printed out a sign to hold, and then had their picture taken for this project.  The pictures of those who consented, have now been sent to the organisers.  We have yet to find out whether any, or all, of them will be displayed in the Festival, but the organisers were very pleased that our group had entered into the spirit of the Festival.

 

To find out more about this project and the Festival go to:www.steamco.org.uk/ILoveArt

Donation from Romsey Carnival Committee

Andrea Ross-Bain and Pamela Eastwood recently attended Romsey Carnival Committee’s AGM at the White Horse in Romsey.  A number of local organisations, chosen by the committee as their good causes for 2017, were present to receive the proceeds of the events organised by the Carnival Committee in 2017.  Greenbuttercup CIC were presented with a cheque for £300 to support their work running the ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions for people with Dementia on behalf of ROMDAG.

Photo: Romsey Town Mayor and Romsey Senior Carnival Queen present Greenbuttercup CIC with the Cheque.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for their support – we are very grateful.