Bringing on back the good times...
Maureen said the evening, at St Mary’s Church in Park Road, Camberley, provided for many of ‘ Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for Self’ physical security, music.
She said: “I gave a short brief on and how our thoughts play themselves out in our health status. Our guests were invited to involve themselves in two simple exercises – a breathing exercise to change negative thoughts to more comfortable ones and a short exercise to encourage fun – identifying – actualisation, comfort, food, company and good things in their lives, writing them down and then sharing them with others.
“The Community Chef, Robin van Creveld, brought enough prepared food for 80 people. These were amazing vegetarian dishes and very gentle on the palate. He plated up 20 servings for people to take home, and these were very welcome.
“Robin gave a speech about the short Man With A Pan course and its objectives. Later, he entered into conversation with our guests.
“Steve Sansom, Senior Librarian with responsibility for reminiscence work in Surrey, changed the pace in involving people in identifying aspects from the past. Lots of chatter and laughter evolved.
“Our team were in full steam and created a relaxed, supportive envi- ronment and Eric Glover provided the music, with tunes from the past.”
As this was the end of this season’s events, evaluation sheets were gathered in and the main strength was in the friendships within the group.
Maureen added: “As a planner, this has reinforced my intention to ensure there is sufficient time in future sessions for people to talk with others ‘ in the same boat’.