October Newsletter (including Sept)

This is the Arora Dementia Friendly Community Newsletter for Oct 17 including all news from September. Spoken Word newsletter 

October events and news:

On Friday 6th October, I went along to the Museum’s National Heritage Awareness Day cultural session at Lews Castle Museum Education room. I was thrilled to see Maggie there, plus to have the opportunity to meet Euan, who has taken up the post that Angus left recently.  Best wishes for the future Angus, we will miss you!

A small group of us really enjoyed Euan’s presentation, plus I had the opportunity to see my own croft history in the telephone directory of the west side that Euan brought along.

Immediately after this, I was lucky enough to join Alzheimer Scotland’s Tea and Blether session in the Natural Retreats cafe.

And immediately after this, there was the incredible local Gaelic singing and storytelling in the Museum itself! One gentleman made a request for ‘puirt-a-beul’ or ‘mouth music’ and I joked that perhaps he was asking for a bit much there… but Maggie pulled it out of the bag immediately with a traditional mouth music song, which the gentleman bounced along to with his walking stick, while another lady ‘conducted and another mouthed all of the words in perfect time. .


The Museum evaluation sheet asked how it could be improved…and I  had to answer simply ‘more, please!’


The NHS Erisort Ward, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway Ceilidhs will continue each Tuesday 2-3pm in Erisort Day room.
Tuesday 3rd October
Tuesday 10th October
Tuesday 17th October
Tuesday 24th October
Tuesday 31st October

Weds 4th October is the Dementia Friendly screening at An Lanntair Pocket Cinema 1.30-3.30pm

Weds 18th October, Art Ceilidh Day with Gill Thompson (printmaking), Art Room, An Lanntair 10.30am-3pm. FREE. Drop in or stay all day.

Weds 25th October, Me Time day for past and present carers with Chris Hammacott, Textiles. Art Room, An Lanntair 10.30-3.30pm. FREE. Drop in or stay all day.

Thursday 26th October 1.30-3.30pm – Photography Walk with Mhairi Law.  Contact Paula

Weekly events on Barra relating to music, photography and reminiscence, please contact Duncan

Weekly events on North /South Uist/Benbecula – please contact kate@lanntair.com

Regular events for carers on the Uists/Benbecula – please contact Margaret Joan 

Later this month, we will be at Harris House with Louise Davidson and Maggie Smith, working on Cultural Movement and there will be a Fishing Box Memory Box creation session too.

The two existing Memory Boxes are back at Stornoway Library ready for their Stornoway launch – news of that as it is arranged. It will be soon and we will make and distribute posters.

This month sees TWO vinyl projects by DEEP going on the walls in two centres. The first one is in Erisort Day Room by Alex Boyd, working alongside people in Western Isles Hospital. News of the install date shortly but in the meantime, have a look at the poem I put together from responses from people in hospital for National Poetry Day.

The second vinyl goes up in St Brendan’s Care Centre in Barra, an image of Castlebay by Duncan Mackinnon, selected by people living at the care centre. Duncan has also been working with the people living at Castlebay St Brendan’s home, to create an image for each bedroom for the wall, a personal image of a favourite part of Barra. This is one example where very low numbers of people can be a massive bonus!


And here’s what happened in September:

Kate wrote a lovely blog post about the quernstone, which was part of the Harvest celebrations at Taigh Chearsabhagh,

Weds 6th Sept – Andy Lowndes, the Music Detective from Playlist for Life came along to Taigh Chearsabhagh with Kate.
He met Duncan on Barra when he was visiting there.
Mon 11th Sept, he came along to An Lanntair to meet Maggie Smith and on Friday 15th he came along to the traditional ceilidh in the Retirement Centre in Stornoway.

Weds 6th Sept, we screened a dementia friendly screening of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines at the pocket cinema in An Lanntair.
Clisham Ward had two Arora Film Club films this month – The Kid with Charlie Chaplin and a Laurel & Hardy compilation of short films.

Gill Thompson continued to work with people on the ward at Western Isles Hospital in Clisham Ward and on the Erisort Ward at the Tuesday ceilidh.

Dr Issie McPhail and Dr Louise Senior presented our Crofting Memory Box (see guest blog) to the Erisort Ceilidh during the Harris Mountain Festival and they are working on creating a new memory box for us with materials and resources from the exhibition relating to the Harris Mountain Festival.

We held a Bale-off month of baking at the Erisort Ward ceilidh plus we took along some harvest themed fruits and veggies, including some unusual varieties, which went down very well with the group.

Monday 11th Sept
, We went along to the Life Changes Trust gathering in Perth.

The NHS Erisort Ward, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway Ceilidhs continued each Tuesday 2-3pm in Erisort Day room
Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th September.

Weds 13th Sept – Art Ceilidh day at An Lanntair with Chris Hammacott, textiles.
Weds 27th Sept – Me Time Day with Dawn Susan, weaving with natural materials

Sat 16th Sept – Memory Walk at Benbecula with Alzheimer Scotland.

Margaret Joan held a Me Time cyanotype printmaking workshop at Taigh Chearsabhagh.


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