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It has been a busy time for the Crich Area Dementia Friends’ Group. Since the last article in CACN, two more newsletters have been published, the walk to raise awareness of dementia held and the first taster session of gentle yoga run.

We are very grateful to a number of volunteers and young people who have helped with delivering the newsletter; their kind help has certainly improved the extent of its distribution.

The walk to raise awareness of dementia took place on Sunday 6th May. We were delighted by the turn out; approximately 45 people turned up and, of these, about 30 undertook the walk. We were blessed by glorious weather. It was almost too hot; something rarely said in relation to the British weather. The walk was led, very expertly, by Cath Lee, an experienced walk leader. We were helped by a number of volunteers who generously gave their time to support the event.

Three gentle yoga sessions have been run by Bev Lomax. The intention of these sessions was to be a taster to see whether people enjoyed the yoga and found it beneficial. The answer to these questions has been a resounding “yes”. Everybody who attended the sessions found them incredibly helpful and very enjoyable. We hope to be able to start regular sessions in the Autumn.

Taster sessions for Nordic Walking have been arranged. Graham Beech will run three sessions of non strenuous Nordic Walking. These will be on 23rd August, 6th and 20th September 2018, from 10.30am to 12 noon on the Crich Recreational Ground. All people need to do is turn up in comfortable clothes and shoes.

The music sessions held at the Wesleyan Chapel on the second Friday of every month at 2.00pm continue to be a great success. There has been a range of musicians, including children from Crich Junior School and Fritchley CE (Aided) School. We consider the cross generational aspects of such sessions to be particularly valuable and certainly the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

We are continually thrilled by the generosity of people who want to support the work of the Group. We have recently received another generous donation from W Bruce Davis. He was born and brought up in Derbyshire and was the Managing Director of the family firm, John Davis of Derby, until 1962. He wanted to give something to a community charity in the county of his birth. We are most grateful.

If you have any comments about or suggestions for our work or want more information about our activities, please get in touch.

Frances James

01773 852692