Rotary is reaching for the skies
Memories, music, and merriment – Rotarians created a winning combination for people living with dementia in our city. Last week Crocus Cafe hosted Chris Bylett and his friends Charlie and Desmond Duck.
Chris introduced himself as: “A man who’s paid to talk to himself!”
Chris is a professional singer so he entertained members and carers with easy listening songs before introducing Charlie who regaled us with funny stories.
After a break to top up cuppas and cakes we then had the pleasure of meeting another dummy - Desmond Duck. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and listen to the laughter as they enjoyed a unique brand of ventriloquism, original jokes and saucy humour. Everyone went home really happy. The next day we all met again for a coach trip to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight visitor centre.
We divided into two groups and, while the first group set off for a guided tour in the hangar, we tucked into a substantial lunch with soup, sandwiches, sausage rolls and a huge variety of cakes. After 90 minutes we changed over and, while the first group feasted, it was our chance to see the Hurricanes, Spitfires, Chipmunks and a Dakota.
We had special dispensation to walk right up to the aircraft, a real privilege that brought back many memories for our members. Our guide was amazing and told us fascinating stories about each plane and the brave people who flew them. The first group were especially fortunate as they actually saw the Lancaster and watched it take off on a journey to Holland – a rare sight.
We heard the characteristic roar and caught a fleeting glance as it flew over.
The time literally flew by and it was time to board the coach for the journey home.
A special thanks to everyone at the BBMF, the Salvation Army who allow us to use their facilities and Rotarian Deena Brooks who arranged this very special outing for Crocus Cafe.
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