Jul 06, 2016
The memory lane will be an illustrative timeline depicting Framlingham through the ages, with the aim of bringing the community and residents at the care home together to reminisce and share memories.
The memory lane project is part of an ongoing partnership between the Rotary Club and Mills Meadow. As part of the Hour Community service, the Rotary Club already help to look after the gardens at Mills Meadow and provide a minibus to take residents on weekly trips out.
Vernon Readhead, president of the Rotary Club of Framlingham, said: “This is great example of communities coming together to help and support each other. We have a very close relationship with Mills Meadow and this is a brilliant opportunity to work with the residents and Care UK team to create a feature that will hopefully stimulate memories and enhance the residents’ lives. We look forward to seeing what photos people have tucked away in draws and cupboards that we can use for this project, and we would love to hear from any local people who would like to help us in finding photos or helping with the installation.”
Mills Meadow will be collecting historical photos of Framlingham between now and the end of August. Residents will then take a look at the photos and work with the Rotary Club to put them together in a timeline. The memory lane will be installed in the gardens in October 2016 and unveiled at an open event so the local community can see the finished project.
Marie Reeve, home manager at Mills Meadow, said: “Reminiscence holds countless benefits for older people, particularly those living with dementia. Memories of times gone by can be easier to talk about and can spark interesting conversations. Our memory lane installation will be displayed in the garden and will add an interesting appeal to our outdoor space for residents to enjoy.”
Anyone who has a historical photo of Framlingham can pop in to Mills Meadow and add it to the donation box in the reception area at any time. Historical objects can also be donated. For anyone who doesn’t want to leave their original photo behind, please call the Rotary Club of Framlingham’s Hour Community service on 01728 440511 who are happy to scan and copy your photos.
Marie Reeve continued: “We’re very grateful to the Rotary Club of Framlingham for organising this project and we look forward to seeing the interesting collection of historical photos from local people.”
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