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Residents at one of our sheltered schemes enjoyed a cup of tea, a cup cake and a chance to reflect on old memories as we marked Dementia Awareness Week.

We turned Montgomery Court in Wainscott into a Lyons’ Corner House from the early part of the 20th century in order to bring back memories for the over 55s at the Emerald scheme.

Staff designed posters, bunting and other decorations to evoke the style of the time, while some of the Montgomery Court team dressed up in white hats and pinafores to add to the fun.

Karen Vince, Extra Care Scheme Assistant, explained that the idea was to rekindle memories for the older residents.

“Many people with dementia have problems with their short-term memories but can remember the old times,” she explained. “This was just a fun way of bringing back some memories and having an entertaining afternoon at the same time.”

One of the residents, Flin Adams, told everyone how she and her husband Brian, who is also at Montgomery Court, had become engaged at possibly the most famous of all the Lyons Corner Houses – in London’s Charing Cross. Friday’s event also coincided with Flin’s 83rd birthday.

While not all the residents at Montgomery Court have memory problems, all those who attended had an enjoyable afternoon, rounded off with a quiz – on a wartime theme – run by resident Frank Spencley.

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