It was all treats, with no tricks

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPEAKER’S CORNER / ROTARY CORNER - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­net.com

AHal­loween with a dif­fer­ence- all treats and no tricks! Staff and stu­dents at Nene Park Academy wel­comed 28 mem­bers of Cro­cus Cafe (Peter­bor­ough’s Ro­tary Mem­ory Cafe) to a ‘spook­tac­u­lar’ af­ter­noon tea at their school. What a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions to in­ter­act, and for young peo­ple to de­velop a greater un­der­stand­ing of de­men­tia.

Stu­dents had pre­pared a de­li­cious ar­ray of sand­wiches (crust free of course!) cakes and scones and served tea and cof­fee to our mem­bers. Whilst tuck­ing into the de­lights on the ta­ble our mem­bers and car­ers were en­ter­tained by the Year 7 choir en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ac­com­pa­nied by their mu­sic teacher (they did not have teach­ers like this in my day!).

We were all in­vited to join in one of the num­bers, but there was lit­tle doubt that this tal­ented choir were much more mu­si­cally pro­fi­cient than their au­di­ence.

If this was not enough of a treat, young ladies from the health and beauty sec­tion cir­cu­lated to pro­vide re­lax­ing hand mas­sages. The af­ter­noon con­cluded with pump­kin and gin­ger cakes baked ear­lier in the day and colour­fully dec­o­rated by the stu­dents to cel­e­brate Hal­loween – de­li­cious!

Happy, stim­u­lated and ready to face the world our mem­bers left be­fore the hec­tic end of school day and heavy traf­fic. Ro­tary can­not thank this school enough for their kind­ness and the work put in by all the stu­dents and staff, with a spe­cial men­tion for chef Phil Sam­mons who co­or­di­nated the day.

Re­served park­ing meant those not too steady on their pins did not have far to walk, and the room looked re­ally pretty and wel­com­ing on ar­rival. Well done Nene Park Academy – we love you.

A few weeks ago Cro­cus Cafe mem­bers en­joyed a coach trip to San­dring­ham. Thanks to a gen­er­ous dona­tion by the Martin fam­ily (se­nior Ro­tar­ian Tony had been a mem­ber him­self ) and the ne­go­ti­at­ing skills of Ro­tar­ian Deena Brooks, each per­son only paid a to­ken £5 for the coach, en­try to the house, church, gar­dens and mu­seum. Of course the sun shone all day when, di­vided into smaller groups, we en­joyed all that was on of­fer. Per­haps the most amaz­ing co­in­ci­dence was the beau­ti­ful, purple au­tumn cro­cus (our own flower em­blem) bloom­ing in the park to cel­e­brate our visit. Thanks to Deena for co­or­di­nat­ing yet an­other amaz­ing out­ing, ev­ery­thing ran like clock­work. Ro­tary in ac­tion yet again in our com­mu­nity.

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