Mu­si­cal magic con­jures up smiles

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotarycorner - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­

Whether you are liv­ing with de­men­tia, or sim­ply not in the first flush of youth, Ro­tary is on hand to bring a sparkle to your life.

At Cro­cus Cafe (Pe­ter­bor­ough Ro­tary Me­mory Cafe) we love to get ev­ery­one in­volved, mem­bers and car­ers alike. When singer Gwyn Pritchard joined us at our Septem­ber meet­ing he soon made sure we were all in good spir­its. The mi­cro­phone was deployed and voices could be heard singing along with fa­mil­iar words from old favourites. Af­ter a short break to re­fresh mind and body with fur­ther cup­pas, sausage rolls, cheese and pineap­ple and de­li­cious home­made Welsh cakes it was time to sit back for an­other burst of en­ter­tain­ment. As Gwyn sang rock and roll num­bers a cou­ple of Ro­tar­i­ans gave a dodgy exhibition of jive and twist but, it was when a slow num­ber fol­lowed, that it was time for Ro­tar­ian Jill Thomas to come into her own. She in­vited carer Jerzy to get up and dance - his smile says it all! Not to be out­done, singer Gwyn in­vited mem­ber Ida to join him on the floor. Nor­mally a shy per­son Ida was soon singing and danc­ing in his arms bring­ing back mem­o­ries of younger days. What a lovely morn­ing.

Some­how the weather must sense the an­nual bar­beque at Stephen­son’s Court com­ing. Each year, we are blessed with glo­ri­ous sun­shine for Or­ton Ro­tar­i­ans and res­i­dents on the day. Is it the scent of sausages siz­zling, the sud­den ac­tiv­ity, or the sun­shine that gives res­i­dents more of a spring in their step? The bar­be­cue has a spe­cial place in the Ro­tary cal­en­dar as it b bright­ens the day of so many p peo­ple.

This year, half a dozen Rot tar­i­ans or­gan­ised, set up, cooked and served up lunch for the thirty peo­ple who wanted to come into the won­der­ful gar­den among the flats and b bun­ga­lows - a per­fect set­ting with the strik­ing sil­hou­ette of Pe­ter­bor­ough Cathe­dral fill­ing the sky­line. The day passed off with great suc­cess, sausages and burg­ers thor roughly de­mol­ished and the pre­vi­ously groan­ing ta­bles emp­tied. On such a hot day it was lucky Ro­tar­i­ans came armed with tub upon tub of ice cream too! Ev­ery­one is look king for­ward to next year.

Pe­ter­bor­ough has a great his­tory of help­ing peo­ple of the city who fall on hard times in re­tire­ment and Stephen­son’s Court is part of the Almshouse Trust that dates all the way back to 1611.

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