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.

Arts & crafts donation update

Greenbuttercup CIC were honoured to receive a cheque from Mrs Tessa Parker, to mark the passing of her Aunt, Mrs Joyce Davies.  Mrs Parker and her sister had decided that in lieu of flowers, they would like to support a group who worked with people with Dementia – as unfortunately their aunt had struggled with the disease in the last years of her life.  Mrs Parker and her husband John had visited our ‘Arts & Crafts’ group during John’s term as Mayor of Romsey, and they called in again to present the cheque at our recent 1st Birthday celebrations.
‘Thank-you’ Tessa, for thinking of us at this sad time.  We really appreciate your support.

Greenbuttercup CIC & arts & crafts 1st birthday celebrations

1st Birthday Celebrations

Greenbuttercup CIC, in conjunction with ROMDAG, have now been running their ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions for people living with Dementia and their carers for one year.  The sessions were first promoted at Demfest last September and they began shortly afterwards.  What started as a trial, has now become a regular event.  Participants have enjoyed trying out a wide range of crafts throughout the year, including: papercraft, painting, printing, clay, glass painting, weaving, card-making and mosaics.  They have had their work displayed at Romsey’s ‘Inside Out Art Trail’ and in the Abbey United Reformed Church during Romsey Festival, and their painted glass tealight holders were sold in aid of funds at a Charities Fair earlier this year.

The importance of this venture has been acknowledged by many, and financial support for the last year has come from: Test Valley Arts Foundation; Romsey Town Council; Romsey, Chandler’s Ford & District Round Table; and private donations – for which we are very thankful.  Participants are charged £3 per person to attend, but it will be necessary to continue to fundraise in order to ensure these sessions continue.

Members of Greenbuttercup CIC and group regulars were joined on Friday, October 6th by some distinguished guests to help them celebrate the group’s first birthday.

The Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Carl Borg-Neal & his Mayoress Mrs Maria Neal; the Deputy Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock; the Chair & Vice-Chair of RAODS (Romsey Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society) Neil Gwynne and Barry Young; Andover MIND’s new Dementia Adviser for Romsey Jo Frost; ROMDAG’s Ian Bradford; and the Former Mayor of Romsey Cllr John Parker & his wife Mrs Tessa Parker; were welcomed with coffee and cake.  They were thanked for their support of ROMDAG’s activities, and especially in helping to make the ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions a success.  The guests were then invited to see what the group were making, and some even joined in !  As it was October, the group were enjoying themselves making Halloween Masks – both beautiful and frightful – and some of the creations you certainly wouldn’t have wanted to meet on a dark night !

The ‘Arts & Crafts’ fun sessions usually take place on the first Friday of the month from 10.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey (by kind permission of RAODS).  However, there are occasions when the date has to change, if something is already booked at the Theatre.  No experience is necessary, and all tuition and materials are provided along with drinks and biscuits.  At each session, there is a ‘have-a-go’ session, and the programme for the final two sessions of the year is as follows:

Friday, November 3rd – Making Collages

Friday, December 15th – Christmas Crafts and Mince Pies (please note the date)

If you know someone who may enjoy this, they are welcome to come along and try us out for free.  There is parking behind the theatre, and entry is by the side door up the accessible ramp.

For further information, please contact Pamela@shadow26.plus.com or 01794 501605, or just turn up at one of our sessions.

Study research opportunity


A research project at the University of Southampton is exploring why people with dementia do physical activity; what do they value about physical activity and what benefits physical activity brings them. This will inform professionals on what should they aim for when promoting physical activity programmes for people with dementia.


We are interviewing relatives and friends of people living with dementia to learn more about their views on physical activity.


If you wish to be interviewed or would like more information, please contact Ana-Carolina Gonçalves by:


Email: A.C.Goncalves@Soton.ac.uk

Phone: 07561862373

Flyer attached: – Study poster -ACG


Just a big shout out to our wonderful & newest committee member at Romdag – Di Metters.

Thank you for your incredible work on creating a Romdag/Demfest bollard cover – it can be seen directly outside The Phoenix pub, Romsey (where we hold our regular puzzles & games club).

Di – you are a star.

Send us your pictures with the Romdag bollard to show your support for those living with dementia in our Romsey community & I will post them up on our social media & website.

Tai Chi for people with dementia

Our friends at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute are researching the effects of Tai Chi for people living with dementia.

They have set up a group in Romsey.

If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact us at admin@romdag.co.uk or Yolanda & the study team directly at ybarradomartin@bournemouth.ac.uk

Please click here for more details: TACIT flyer

Demfest 2017

We are now accepting expression of interest forms!

Are you a local service for people with dementia?

Are you conducting any inspiring work for people living with dementia?

Do you have anything to add to our amazing line up?

Let us know!

If you would like a stand / activity tent / speaking slot, please complete this form Blank Booking Form & send it back to admin@romdag.co.uk

Alternatively, complete our online form at http://romdag.co.uk/demfest.html