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Winton House celebrated the first birthday of its Memory Café by entertaining the Deputy Mayor at a tea party. A beautiful cake and cupcakes had been baked for the occasion by Sarah Calwell and our guitarist, Richard Barnes, played Congratulations. We welcomed both regulars and new visitors, who joined in the summer songs.

The Memory Café meets on the third Wednesday of the Month from 2pm to 3.30pm for those living with dementia and their carers and family members. The photo shows Jenny Seaburg on the left (trustee of Winton House), and Ruth Sander (Pop-In Volunteer and our Dementia Champion) who co-lead on the Memory Cafe.

At a recent Board meeting the Trustees voted to only stock Fairtrade tea, coffee and hot chocolate in our Tea Room. We are delighted to be helping not only our local community, but those farmers worldwide that need a hand to ensure better prices, decent working conditions and a say in their own future.

Our annual Strawberry Tea was held on a much needed cooler day in our garden here at Winton House. With scones, jam and cream, jugs of Pimms and a string quartet from Churchers, it is an event to say thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who help in so many ways. Ric Girdlestone, our Chairman, thanked everyone for everything that they contribute and even wrote a poem in their honour.

Sadly Richard Tickner, a key Trustee of Winton House, passed away recently. He will be sorely missed.

Richard was special. He worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of Winton House and all it's works. He was one of the architects of what has become Winton House Centre. It was Richard's sound financial planning that helped the organisation to its present sound economic position.

Richard was a strong personality at the meetings of the Board of Trustees, with his wry sense of humour, steady and sound judgement. He will be greatly missed by all. He was always ready and willing to put his hand to anything that was needed for the smooth running of Winton House. It has been a privilege to have worked alongside him.

We are holding some Dementia Friends information sessions here at Winton House Centre for anyone that would like to know more about dementia, and what it is like to live with it. This is primarily for our volunteers but open to anyone else that would like to know more. To book a place (it’s free) please contact Sheridan in the office.